UK Amateur Orchestras

Northumbria (Northumberland, Durham)

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2016

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Alnwick guitar group

Ray Humphrey
 
6 o'clock at St. Michael's church hall alternate Monday evenings.
 Ray Humphrey 07895466277
 
An informal classically based guitar group in Alnwick, always looking to increase our number, [8 to date!]. A mere rehearsal group we have no ambition to perform but have met for the last 7 years or so just to play ensemble music on the classic guitar. We are a very mixed ability bunch but anyone who is keen and can read music will be welcome.
Ray Thompson
 
Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Playhouse, Alnwick
 Lorena Field-Boden (Band secretary)
 
New members of grade 4+ standard welcome.
 
 
The Stobo Building, Longridge Towers School, Berwick upon Tweed. Monday evenings 7.30-9.30
 Laura Wilkinson
 
The band was formed in 1993 and gives regular concerts of an interesting and widely varied repertoire of wind music from its extensive library. New players welcome, especially a euphonium (instrument available) a trombone &/or tuba, and clarinets of a reasonably high standard.

Cello Orchestra

Ros Barton-Gray
Penny Callow
Wednesdays 7-9pm at Barkollo Bar (opposite Barker and Stonehouse, Newcastle) and also first Saturday of the month 10-12am at St Thomas the Martyr Church, Newcastle
 Ewa Posner
 
Just what it says: cellos rule. All cellists are welcome.
Keith Morley
 
7:15 - 9:15 p.m every Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Church Hall, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough. TS3 6EW
 Miss Karen Hinnigan 07861 503757
 
We are always on the look out for more musicians. If you like fun music with a great set of people then call over with your instrument on our rehearsal night. You will be made more than welcome and we are sure that you will enjoy the night as much as we do. You don't have to join the band to have a practice or two with us. Don't be shy, give us a try...
Andy Jackson
Whoever arrives first
Consett, Co. Durham: St. Patrick's Church Hall. Thursdays in term time. 7.15-9.15pm
 Lorna Wright 0788 0346145
 
The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning regional network of local orchestras with an extensive programme of events and an exceptionally tolerant open-access policy. (Yes, all players of all instruments really are welcome and you don't even need to commit to coming every week).
Lizelle Kirby
Whoever arrives first
Northumberland: St James Community Centre, Wellway, Morpeth NE61 1BN Tuesdays in term time 7.30 - 9.30
 Lorna Wright 0788 0346145
 
The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning regional network of local orchestras with an extensive programme of events and an exceptionally tolerant open-access policy. (Yes, all players of all instruments really are welcome and you don't even need to commit to coming every week).
Andy Jackson
Whoever arrives first
Gateshead, The Sage Gateshead, Wednesdays in term time. 1.00-3.00pm
 Lorna Wright 0788 0346145
 
The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning regional network of local orchestras with an extensive programme of events and an exceptionally tolerant open-access policy. (Yes, all players of all instruments really are welcome and you don't even need to commit to coming every week).
Greg Pullen
Whoever arrives first
Spennymoor: St Paul's Community Centre, Spennymoor, DL16 7LR. Wednesday in term time. 8 - 10pm
 Lorna Wright 0788 0346145
 
The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning regional network of local orchestras with an extensive programme of events and an exceptionally tolerant open-access policy. (Yes, all players of all instruments really are welcome and you don't even need to commit to coming every week).
John MacKenzie
 
Hurworth Community Centre fortnightly on a Thursday evening during school term time from 7.30 until 9.30
John Mackenzie
 
We do not audition but you should have had previous experience of playing in a band or orchestra and be at least Grade 6 standard. The best way to join is to contact our musical director and arrange to come along and sit in on a rehearsal. We are a friendly and sociable ensemble.
 
 
Tuesday evenings at Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Place, Darlington, DL2 2BN
Joy Redfearn 01388 608098 (or via website)
 
We do not have any entry requirements for the band - all we ask is that you are willing to attend rehearsals regularly and if possible to also be available for band concerts. The most important thing is to have some fun making music with other enthusiasts - a good sense of humour is a must! The music we play is suitable for a range of abilities, and new or lapsed players as just as welcome as ex-professionals in DCWB.
David Plews
Angie Binns
Tuesday in term times; 7pm to 9pm at St Thomas Aquinas church hall, North Road, Darlington.
 Debbie Greenwood 01325 251383
 
The Darlington Orchestra is a community orchestra featuring local amateur musicians. We perform two regular concerts per year and occasionally participate in other events. New members are always welcome.
Matthew Allan
 
Wednesday evenings during term time only, 7:30-9:30pm in St. Aidan's College Dining Hall, Durham
 President
 
Student orchestra, no minimum standard required and a wide range of abilities represented. Performs three concerts per year including a Christmas Concert, a Summer Tour and "Last Night of the Proms" around Easter time.
Mike Wilmot
 
Weekly on Sundays from 2-4pm - at the Jubilee Theatre, Gosforth
 Mike Wilmot 07764 661 560
 
We are an evolving orchestra set up in early 2007 around a 16 year old theatre company, First Act Theatre. We perform for musicals with the theatre and in separate concerts. We cover a wide range of music styles. We are looking for musicians of all ages and backgrounds willing to commit to regular rehearsals, who love music and enjoy playing in groups and with singers We are looking to expand our membership (19 at last count) and so have vacancies in all sections and we are particularly keen to develop the membership of our string, brass and percussion sections.

Geoff Walton Orchestra

Douglas Hunter
Katie Murdoch
Friday from 1.30p.m. to 3.30p.m. at Heaton Community Centre in Trewitt Road (off Chillingham Road)
 Mike Bell (Chairman) 0191 2521328
 
The music, including light classical, musicals and symphonies, is played purely for enjoyment and the programmes are changed every three weeks to avoid boredom. No auditions, new members of all ages and abilities welcome
Bob Howe
 
7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday evenings at Hurworth Grange Community Centre in Hurworth village Darlington
 Gary Bridge ( Band Secretary ) - 07540 890941
Keith Sandick ( Band Chairman ) - 07757 166759
Hurworth Concert Band comprises brass, reed and percussion players from Darlington, Durham, North Yorkshire and Teesside. We aim to provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to pursue their musical interests and develop their instrumental skills as well as providing a musical resource for the local community. New players of all standards are always welcome so if you play an instrument come and join us.
Stephen Pettitt
 
Monday at Chillingham Road Arts and Sports Centre, Heaton, Newcastle, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
 Rachael Leisk (Secretary)
 
3 concerts a year often with soloists from The Northern Sinfonia, whose members also give coaching sessions during the term.
David Milner
Sue McGregor
Northern Counties School for the Deaf, Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Tuesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm during term time
 Sue McGregor
 
A very versatile 40 piece band playing all types of music to a high standard.
Nick Jolliffe
David Curry
Every other Wednesday evening in the King's Hall, Newcastle University
David Curry - see website for details
 
Founded in 2012, we aim to promote the enjoyment of orchestral music for classical guitar. If you play classical guitar and can sight-read a simple line of music then you are most welcome to join.
Ian Watson
Gordon More
Sunday 7.00-9.00pm, Chester-le-Street Community Centre Newcastle Road
  
 
An enthusiastic and friendly bunch playing a wide variety of music from Bach to Lloyd Webber. Vacancies exist for French Horns Trombones and 2nd clarinets. Other wind instrumentalists or percussion welcome.
John Hawkes
 
Fourth Saturday in the month (except August and December) from 9.45am to 12.45pm in church of St John's, Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
 John Hawkes 01661822909
 Shirley Forster 01670 517431
The North East Recorder Orchestra was formed in January 2004 to give recorder players in the North East Of England the opportunity to tackle large scale pieces either especially written for the recorder orchestra or arrangements. There are no auditions but members are expected to be competent sight-readers on the recorder.
Alastair Lord
Amy Gleeson
Monday 7.30pm-9.30pm at The CastleGate, Newcastle upon Tyne
  
 
Formed in 1877! Vacancies for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, French Horn, Percussion
Dave Hignett
 
Saturday mornings, throughout term-time, Prudhoe, Northumberland
  
 
We play a wide range of music to encompass the different levels of playing abilities within the band, but the emphasis is always on the fun and enjoyment of playing with other musicians.

The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Kevin Crook
 
Tuesday evenings, St George's Army Reserve Centre, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1DF
 Richard Stacey, 0191 279 7299
 
Army Reserve wind band always looking for new members. Grade 6 and above.
Simon Posner
 
Sunday at 15:00 in Gosforth
 Sandra van Laar
 
We are a flexible ensemble of players of various ages and abilities; players of all instruments are welcomed. The aim of the group is to bring live music to hospices, nursing homes and sheltered accommodation in the Newcastle area. We play anything we enjoy - as long as the joy is infectious. Vacancy for conductor from 1-1-2012.
George Parnaby
 
Tuesdays 10.30-12.30 term times
 Julia Forster
 Margaret Vane
We are part of the Silver programme at SageGateshead. The programme has many open access music groups for players of all abilities who are aged 50 or over. The wind band plays a wide variety of music and we perform at many venues in and around Gateshead. Do come and join us if you play a brass or woodwind instrument.

South Gosforth Orchestra

 
 
Wednesday from 7p.m. to 9p.m. in St. Andrew's Church hall, Benton (100 yards north of Benton Metro Station)
Violet Hart (Secretary) 0191 4562702
 
The music, including light classical, musicals and symphonies, is played purely for enjoyment and the programmes are changed every three weeks to avoid boredom. No auditions, new members of all ages and abilities welcome

South Tyneside Orchestra

Alistair Storey
 
Wednesday evenings 6-7.30pm term time
 Rebecca Ashurst
 
We are currently looking for percussion and brass players and anybody can join as long as they're roughly grade 5 standard or above.
Paul Judson
Judith Thompson
Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm. West Park Church, Stockton Road, Sunderland.
 David Mills 0191-549 1784
 
The Orchestra how now been running for fifteen years. We are the only orchestra based in Sunderland, and are always looking for new members We have vacancies for Percussion, All Brass and Strings.
Appointed by project
Appointed by project
Flexible
 Mike Wilmot
 
The orchestra will perform in musicals and operas at the unique Grade 1 listed Tyne Theatre and Opera House a Victorian opera house in Newcastle upon Tyne. Always looking for more members but we are short of string players at the moment.
Alex Lewis
Colin Dickinson
Thursday evenings at 7.30pm in the School hall of Corbridge Middle School
 Jane Hoyle
 
The Tynedale Orchestra was formed in 1988 to enable orchestral musicians in the Tynedale area to play symphonies and concertos. We give concerts twice a year in the Autumn and Spring terms.
Denis McCaldin
 
Alternate Sunday evenings (more before a concert), Peoples' Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, normally 17:00 - 19:00
 Lisa Shaw
 
Enthusiastic and friendly string orchestra, established 50 years. We give concerts three times a year. We aim to maintain high standards and we occasionally have vacancies for good players.
Stephen Whitehead
 
Friday evenings in Whickham
 Stephen Whitehead
 
Currently a 35 piece adult wind band consisting of new players (around Grade 4 upwards), lapsed players and ex-professionals. We meet most Friday evenings in Whickham and we play (and make loads of mistakes) mostly for our own pleasure but we occasionally give concerts... usually in support of local charities. We welcome novices, lapsed players and experienced ones equally.
 
 
Whittonstall Church, Whittonstall DH8 9JN, Every Thursday 6.30pm - 8pm during term time
Andy Spencer on 07929 581412 or 01207 593378
 
We are an all age concert band who have been playing together since February 2014 and would love it if you could join us. We welcome players of all ages and standards, to encourage inter-generational opportunities within our community. If you are bored playing by yourself and want to share your experience with others be sure to come along.

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