Rehearsal Venue / Times
Friday evenings 7.15pm - 9.15pm at the Vale, Unit 2, Vale Mill, off Micklehurst Road, Mossley, OL5 9JL.
Abney Orchestra is a fun, friendly, community orchestra, playing light classics and popular film music. We are always looking for new members - no auditions - all ages and abilities welcome.
Rehearsal night Wednesday, 7:45-10pm. Currently rehearsing in the function room above the Astley Arms Pub, 1 Chapel Hill, Dukinfield ,Cheshire SK16 4BT (while essential repairs are done to our usual band room).
Karen Bailey (Secretary) – via band website
We are a warm and friendly band with a wide repertoire of music. We do concerts, weddings, carnivals, marching displays and much more. We are looking to recruit players in all sections of the band, but particularly brass at the moment. If you fancy joining us, either contact us via the web page or ring the contact details also found on the website.
Thursday evenings at Scout Headquarters, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge from 7.45 pm to 10.00 pm.
Roger Dowling 01925 756390 (mob 07815 601447)
Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra is an ambitious but friendly orchestra with a broad repertoire ranging from Vaughan Williams and George Butterworth to Dvorak and Beethoven. Chief conductor and President is Richard Howarth, former leader of Manchester Camerata, and other professional conductors include Orr Guy, Juan Ortuno and Robert Chasey. We give four concerts each season at Alderley Edge Festival Hall and Alderley Edge Methodist Church.
Rehearsals are held each Tuesday 2pm - 4pm at The United Reformed Church, Brookhouse Road, Alsager ST7 2PA
Bill Freeman 01270 747848
We would still welcome all Strings, Bass, Bassoon and Percussion. If you used to play then give me a ring. Tuesday rehearsals are great fun with no pressure on anybody. Playing proficiency is mixed, but perhaps a minimum of grade 4 standard is needed to enjoy it.
19.30-21.30 Monday evenings. Woodlands United Reformed Church, Woodlands Park Way, Altrincham WA15 7QT
We are an orchestra that plays light music - principally composed in the 20th century but also overtures, suites, ballet music, symphonic movements etc. from the 18th and 19th centuries. String, brass and woodwind players are all welcome.
Mary Anderson / Brigid Rawling
Two Sundays before concerts
Small string orchestra, established in 2004, playing in South Manchester area.
Cambridge Street Methodist Church, Accrington. Fridays 7.15 - 9.30pm
Always seeking new players, particularly; horn, bassoon, tuba and trombone.
Friday 7-9:30 at Victoria Centre, Biddulph Methodist Church.
Adam Smith (Orchestra Member)
See bdyo.org.uk for more info.
Tuesdays 7.15- 9.30 pm at St Marys Parish Centre & Club, Mount Pleasant, Chorley, PR7 2SR
Rona Courtney 01254-677689
String players are always welcome to join the orchestra. Informal auditions are held for wind and brass players when vacancies arise.
7.15-9.30pm at Blackpool Sixth College.
Blackpool Symphony Orchestra attracts players from across Lancashire. We perform 3-4 concerts a year and like to include lesser known works in our programmes as well as collaborating with with local arts organisations and running educational outreach projects. String players particularly welcome.
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30, The Triangle Community Methodist Church, New Church Road, Bolton, BL1 5QP
Bolton Chamber Orchestra is an amateur orchestra that has been performing in Bolton for nearly 50 years. We perform three concerts a year in and around the Bolton Area. We currently have vacancies.
Ben Crick, Andrew Berryman, Paul Witkiewicz
All in the week leading up to the concert
At Bolton Symphony Orchestra we are a friendly, welcoming orchestra. We play six concerts a year at The Victoria Hall in Bolton (every other month, starting in January.) We rehearse in the week prior to the concert; usually Thursday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday day (with the concert on the evening of the Saturday.) We are currently looking for strings (particularly violas, cellos and double basses) however, whatever your instrument, please get in touch if you would like to join and we will happily see where we can fit you!
St Mary's Church, Broughton, Chester, CH4 0QB on Tuesdays at 7.30pm
Fred Berridge - 01244 531911
Founded in 1974, our orchestra provides opportunities for musicians of all ages and abilities to join together and make music. The aim of the orchestra is to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere to promote, improve and develop an enjoyment of playing together irrespective of ability. We hold 2/3 concerts a year usually and welcome any players, irrespective of ability.
Thursday evenings Sept-June, 7.30pm at Padiham Rd Methodist Church, Brassey Street, BB12 8AD
Burnley Orchestra - Playing great works by great composers, lots of variety over several concerts throughout the year, with a light friendly atmosphere.
Ken Greaves & Daniel James
Hulme Hall Old Dining Room, Oxford Place, Rusholme, Manchester. Tuesdays during university term: choir 6-8pm, orchestra 8.15-10.15pm
CAOS is a friendly non-audition music society, based in the University of Manchester but open to anyone (student or not) who enjoys performing. We rehearse once a week during the university term and give two concerts a year, in addition to residential trips and social events.
Monday 4-5pm, Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School
Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for beginners to Grade 2
Wednesdays and Thursday in the two weeks prior to any concert. Alternating between Wilmslow Parish Hall, Wilmslow and Christchurch, Didsbury
Cheshire Sinfonia was formed in May 2005 with the intention of providing excellence in music making for players and audiences alike. The orchestra comes together for a brief but intensive period of preparation before each concert and players join by invitation or audition on a concert by concert basis. This flexibility enables the orchestra to attract the best available players for each concert. In five short years, Cheshire Sinfonia has attracted widespread acclaim for its quality of ensemble, blend and the sheer freshness and exuberance of its performances. In addition to its own season of concerts, Cheshire Sinfonia collaborates in performances with its sister organisation, the chamber choir CHORALE, and has accompanied a number of the region's choral societies, including Chester Music Society, Stockport Grammar School and the Barnby Choir.
Daniel Parkinson and Mairerad Bushnell-Wye
Saturday morning at Hartford High School from 10am til 1pm
Music Service Secretary, Nicola Cooper 01248 714501 ext 233
The Cheshire Youth Orchestra comprises some of the most talented young musicians from all over Cheshire. The Cheshire Youth Orchestra and the Cheshire Youth Training Orchestra provide a fun and friendly environment where young musicians can meet and play in a symphony orchestra setting on a regular basis to develop their musical skills. The minimum standard for entry to the CYO is that you are most likely to have passed Grade 5, or due to take it in the near future. For the CYTO, the same applies, but at Grade 3.
Wednesday evenings 8-10pm St Andrews United Reformed Church, Handbridge, CH4 7JF
The Chester Big Band is an amateur group based in Chester rehearsing on Wednesday nights (8-10pm). We have our own library of over 300 songs and play a large repertoire of music from the big band era and beyond. 2017 has already seen an exciting influx of new members and a musical director but we are still looking for new brass players – trumpets and trombones in particular.
Monday evenings at 7.30pm, All Saints Church, Hoole Road, Chester.
Chester Philharmonic was founded in 1884. The orchestra gives a minimum of four concerts annually. These are usually held in Chester Cathedral. The orchestra has a number of regular conductors and appoints both conductor and leader on a concert by concert basis. The orchestra also aims to provide young professional conductors and soloists concert opportunities.
Normally meet fortnightly at 7 pm on Fridays at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Hall, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4AG
We are an informal chamber orchestra who meet with our conductor Helen Thomas to play symphonies by Mozart , Haydn , Beethoven , Schubert , Mendelssohn , etc. New strings, and some woodwind / brass players are welcome.
Monday evening at Blacon High School between 7-9pm.
John Collins (chair person) 01244 659211
The Band are looking for new members and have a variety of instruments available. It's first come, first served!
The Queen's School, City Walls Road, Chester CH1 2NN, Fridays in school term time from 6:45 pm - 9.00 pm
Chairperson (07958 530396)
The Orchestra is being set up to give Chester's young players of every orchestral instrument the chance to play in a full symphony orchestra. The aim is to make the experience fun and friendly whilst also achieving a high level of professionalism, therefore developing musical skills and experience. The repertoire will always be varied and challenging and there will be 2 concerts per year.? Applications are invited from players up to the age of 21 and of approximately Grade 5 Level or above.
Rehearsals are on term time Tuesdays, 7.30 - 9.30 at Ashgate Croft School, Chesterfield.
The orchestra gives 3 concerts a year, usually in the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield. There are vacancies for new members - especially violas!!
Fridays, 7.30 to 9.00 pm. Chorley Methodist Church, Gillibrand Walk, Chorley. PR7 2EZ
David Ashton 0777 2945796
Heather Shepherd 07922 600560
We play music for our own enjoyment while also aiming to do further concerts. Our repertoire includes some classics, light and show music. You should be around Grade 5 standard or better. New players very welcome, especially strings brass and percussion. Ring or leave a text with us.
Wednesday 7.30-9.30, Low moor club ,Clitheroe BB7 2LS
We are a friendly relaxed wind band based in the Ribble Valley. We play several concerts a year from a wide range of traditional and modern music. We always welcome new players of any wind and brass instruments.
Colne Orchestral Society
Mondays 7.30pm - 9.30pm Bethel Chapel, Burnley Rd, Colne, Lancashire
Justine Wormwell - Secretary
We are a friendly amateur orchestra based in Colne, Lancashire and were founded in 1891! We have two concerts per year, one in March and one in November. New members are always welcome.
Wednesdays, 7.30pm - 9pm, Chester
Tracy Grant 0788 444 2331
Con Fuoco has been in existence for over 15 years, we are a small, informal and friendly group of wind instrument players - currently flute, oboe, clarinets and bass clarinet. We are actively recruiting new members for our Wednesday rehearsals - all wind very welcome. We play a variety of music, from Mozart to The Beatles. We are mixed ability, no rehearsals, all fun.
Concordia String Orchestra
Torkington Centre Hazel Grove from 10.00 til 12.30 on alternate Wednesdays
The Concordia String Orchestra was founded in 1989. It is a very friendly orchestra which has its own extensive music library. The orchestra does not perform in public and there are no auditions. All you need is enthusiasm for string music and a willingness to work.
Monday nights 8pm - 9.30pm at Mossley Village Hall, Bida Lane, Congleton, Cheshire East CW12 3LJ
Jake Convery 07516 147871
Recently formed chamber orchestra welcomes enquiries from new players.
Saturday mornings during term time
Helen Chappel - Secretary
The ages of the orchestra members range from 9 years up to 25 years. Younger players have their own Wind Tutor and String Tutor (Grade 2 upward) who run separate rehearsals as and when required. The Intermediate players are integrated into the main orchestra as soon as practicable. String players are particularly welcome, and we currently also have vacancies for bassoon players, and French horn players.
Thursdays at 8pm in Cotebrook Village Hall, Stable Lane, Cotebrook, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0JJ
Neil Glendinning 01244 375186
Cotebrook is a long-standing rehearsal orchestra which at present does not give concerts. It works on repertoire mostly from the classical and romantic repertoire, e.g. symphonies by Beethoven, Dvorak etc. Typically it rehearses two sets of works each ‘term’. It’s a great place to get exposure to a lot of repertoire. Vacancies for strings and brass, woodwind please enquire.
Thursdays 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Crewe, CW2 8ER
Website or 07933 916212
Crewe Concert Band was formed in 1982, for woodwind and brass players of all ages, and until April 2011 was known as Crewe West End Concert Band. We are predominantly amateur musicians, although some members are, or have been, professional musicians and/or music teachers. We represent a wide range of backgrounds, professions and age groups but we come together through a shared love of making music for our own enjoyment, and the enjoyment of others. We are immensely proud of the fact that we still have some of the Band's founding members within our lineup. Capability within the band varies, although most parts require a minimum playing standard of around grade 4/5. There are no auditions to worry about so if you're a bit rusty it's no problem. A number of our players have come to the band after a break from music and are rediscovering their talent and love for music once more. Get in touch if you would like to come along and give us a try, a warm and friendly welcome awaits
Fridays 7.45 pm to 10 pm at Blundellsands United Reformed Church, Warren Road
Gives 3/4 concerts per year in Liverpool/North Wales. New string players always welcome. For details of current vacancies please contact us via our website.
Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 9:00 pm,
We are a friendly community wind band in North Manchester. We play a variety of music, from classical to jazz and pop, and new players are always welcome.
Friday 5:30-7:30pm at Bradbury House, Glossop
Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, by audition/invitation, Grade 4 and above.
Monday 5-6pm at Bradbury House, Glossop
Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for Grades 2 to 3.
Jeff Snowdon / Guest conductor
Occasional weekend courses
Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, open to wind, brass and percussion players of all ages.
Tuesday 7pm - 8:30pm at Glossopdale Community College
Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, by audition/invitation, Grade 4 and above.
Albert Mill, Sandy Lane, Darwen BB3 0QE from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm each Thursday
Mike Cotter 07903 829956
Band Secretary: Maggie Bennett 07969 815290
Darwen Brass is a concert and contesting brass band based in Darwen, Lancashire conveniently located between Blackburn and Bolton. Formed in 2007, the focus is on audience entertainment as well as a high standard of musicianship.
Thursday nights, LMRCA, Navigation Road, Altrincham
Graham Tuffet 07921 316 733
We're a big band of saxophones, clarinets, flutes, trumpets, trombones, with bass, drums and piano. We always welcome new members - if you're interested in joining us come down on Thursday nights to LMRCA, Navigation Road, Altrincham.
Sunday starting at 9.00am at the TA Centre, Norris Green, Liverpool, L11 5AF
Richard Howe 0151 270 3146
We are a Territorial Army (TA) Wind Band based in Liverpool. Our repertoire of music is varied ranging from classical, big band to modern. We would welcome anyone that plays a wind, brass or percussion instrument that might be interested in coming along to a musical rehearsal and to find our more about the band. Please contact Richard Howe for more information.
Sunday 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle BB5 3HZ
Ian McGuinness 01204 303971
Dating back to 1842, and recognising our military roots we have been playing a prominent role in commemorating the centenary of WW1 and the Accrington Pals, both on television and radio as well as live in concert. We continue to add to our repertoire of modern music, film scores, and popular music from the shows. Now constituted as a community wind band, we welcome musicians of all ages and ability without audition. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players all are equally welcome.
Wednesday at 7.30 PM at the Drill Hall in Bury Town Centre
Martin Hiwarth 07590262827
Fusiliers Association [Lancashire] Band is a military style concert band. We welcome all brass and woodwind players [at any level] See out website for our concerts. We have been in existence about 10 years and have playing in Germany and Canada. We are playing France this year and back to Canada in 2008 with a possibility of playing in Cyprus in the next couple of years.
Brian Hughes LGSM
Peter Farnbank LRSM
One Sunday in three, 2.30 to 4.45 at St Stephen On the Cliffs Church, Holmfield Road, North Shore, Blackpool FY2 9RB
A friendly group, we enjoy playing light music and give about six concerts/events a year. Our concert proceeds finance our expenses, so players don't pay subscriptions. We also benefit from an arranger-in-residence, often reviving old music into a playable modern idiom. String players are especially welcome, but we also have vacancies for wind and brass players.
The Drive Methodist Church, Clifton Drive South, St Annes FY8 1LH
Peter Buckley tel. 01253 725510
We do 3 regular concerts a year, plus others by invitation. We always welcome new string players.
Friday 4:15-5:15pm at Bradbury House, Glossop,
Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for beginners to Grade 3
Juan Ortuño and Marco Bellasi
Sundays 10.15am-12.30pm at St Kentigern’s Irish Social Club, 36 Wilbraham Road, M14 7DW
The orchestra is the oldest in the North West (founded in 1854) and presents six concerts each year, three of which are at Gorton Monastery. If you are interested in joining us, please email us with details of your instrument, playing standard etc. and we will be able to advise you if there are any vacancies in the orchestra. String players are always welcome, particularly violas and cellos.
Mondays for 5 weeks before each concert, and the evening before the concert, in Lancaster. 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm.
The Haffner is a symphony orchestra drawing players from around Lancaster & elsewhere in the north west. We give three concerts a year, in November, February and June, and also do occasional community events like children’s concerts, “Come and Play”, (where people come and play alongside us), “Orchestra in the Street” (which speaks for itself), and masterclasses. We welcome new members(and we audition), but try not to be too scary.
Term-time Saturday mornings, 9.30 – 1-.30 am, as part of CPC Music at St Austin’s Primary School, Riverbank Road, Liverpool L19 9DH. Alternate Thursdays throughout the year 7.30 – 9.30, In Mossley Hill Church, Rose Lane L18 8DB
Contact via Facebook
Based in South Liverpool, Halcyon Syncopators is a group of like-minded musicians who love playing big band music of the 1930's to 1960's. Our repertoire comprises vocal and instrumental, high tempo and laid back arrangements
Monday evenings from 7.45 p.m. until approximately 9.45 p.m. at Hale United Reformed Church on Cecil Road
Andy Bate 7786 173262
Jane Smith 07941 154448
The Orchestra is always delighted to welcome new members, both playing and non-playing. We always have vacancies for String players, and a further percussionist would also be very welcome. We also have a vacancies for a French Horn and second Trombone.
Mondays in term time, 5-5:45pm, at St Benedict's Primary School, Handforth, SK9 3AE
Rosemary Thomason 01625 535845
We're a jazz band who welcomes all wind and brass players aged 10-18, of any ability. We rehearse on Mondays in term time, 5-5:45pm, at St Benedict's Primary School, Handforth, SK9 3AE. We regularly participate in local events and in concerts organised by our teacher.
Thursday 7:30 till 10:00 pm Methodist Church, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove.
We always have vacancies for experienced and enthusiastic musicians, so if you enjoy playing beautiful music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then come and join us on Thursday evenings! You will be warmly welcomed!
Mrs Becky Thomas
Sundays Sandy Lane Scout Hall, Heswall 0945 - 1200 hours
Dr J. L. Booth 0151-342-1944
A Concert Band formed in 1996, playing all types of music. Currently seeking Solo Clarinet (at least Grade 8), Bassoon, Oboe, 3rd French Horn and auxiliary percussionist (glockenspiel). We play from 5 - 12 concerts a year and at least one is for Charity.
Mechanics Institute, Whaley Bridge, Monday evenings
New string players are always welcome, and there are also occasional vacancies for wind players.
Hope Park Concert Band
Tuesday 6.-7.15pm at Hope Park, Taggart Avenue, Liverpool. L16 9JD
Woodwind and brass players are all welcome - you need to be at least grade 5 standard. We rehearse and perform a variety of music including traditional wind band repertoire as well popular film score arrangements etc. Players of all ages are welcome. Hope University students and staff play as well as musicians from the community including talented young people, those who are rekindling an interest in performing, retired people and local music teachers. We are particularly keen to recruit brass players but all are welcome!
Saturday mornings at Barrow Village Hall (CH3 7LN), the Introductory and Intermediate Orchestras start at 09.15 am and the Main Orchestra at 11.10 am.
The Jan Modelski Community Orchestra is an amateur orchestra based near Chester, it was founded in 2001 to enable musicians of all ages and abilities to participate in a performing amateur orchestra. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and geared towards encouraging the best performances from its members and aiding their musical development. The orchestra has an ""open admission"" ethos - which means that there is no audition and no one is ever turned away, the only requirements are a basic ability to read music, a desire to play with other performers and a sense of humour. There are 3 separate orchestras; Introductory, Intermediate and the ""Main"" Orchestra, so there is sure to be an orchestra suitable to most playing abilities. The average attendance is between 60 and 70 players and a number participate in more than one orchestra. All three orchestras share the common goals of enjoyment, encouragement and development.
Wednesday evenings, Ormskirk
JOY is made up of three ensembles; The Symphony Orchestra, The Wind Orchestra and The String Orchestra in which members progress according to their own musical aspirations and abilities. There are over 60 musicians from various schools and colleges ranging in age from 6 to 20. JOY performs three concerts each season; a Christmas, Easter and summer concert, which follows a week long orchestral training camp.
Warrant Officer Class One I L Mitchell
19:30 - 22:00 every Thursday evening - TA Centre, Nelson Street, Bolton, BL3 2RW
Sergeant Mark Thompson
The Lancashire Artillery Band is a Reserve Army Band based in Bolton, Lancashire. We currently have vacancies for brass, woodwind and percussion players aged 18 and over, playing at Grade 6+ ABRSM.
3 Sunday rehearsals before a concert. Rehearsals in Heskin and/or Wilmslow
We are a string orchestra which promotes 3 of our own concerts each year, and also performs with choral societies throughout the North West. We are keen to recruit string players of Grade 8 standard and above.
Saturday mornings at Lancaster Royal Grammar School
LCMC has over 20 individual ensembles, ranging from Junior Choir, for younger school-aged children (4 up), through to a Show Band and Symphony Orchestra. Members are of all ages and can join a range of ensembles for different abilities for the four main strands: strings, wind/brass, choir and recorders.
Tuesdays 1.00pm to 3.00pm at St. Bede's Church, Morris Green Lane, Bolton BL3 3LJ
We play authentic dance-band music ""of the era"". Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Drums, Bass, and Keyboard. All members, who are of a ""mature age"", play for their own enjoyment with very limited engagements. This ensemble has been established over 25 years and always welcomes new players and visiting guests.
Darren C. Wood
Wednesdays 8pm - 10pm at Brown Lane Methodist Church, Brown Lane, Heald Green, Cheadle, Stockport. SK8 3RR.
The Light Orchestra G.B. (formerly the Trafford Light Orchestra) has been a feature of the local musical community for over 65 years. We are a friendly orchestra that welcomes amateur players of all standards to play a range of light music repertoire from across the ages – from classical to show tunes to music for concerts for children – and we play a minimum two concerts a year. We would be happy to hear from players of any instrument and whether you are a rusty returner, an experienced musician or someone who has little experience of playing in an orchestra, you would be made very welcome. We are keen to encourage new members and know that joining an orchestra can feel daunting so if you would like to talk to someone before you come along or simply turn up and give us a try we will be very pleased to see you. We have players from approx Grade 3 standard up and a basic level of sight reading is required. For further information please see our website or Facebook page or contact via email.
Tuesdays during term-time, 7.30 - 10.00 at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Safe underground car-parking.
Monica Nurnberg 0151 727 2441
We give about 6 concerts a year, both orchestral and choral (with our Cantata Choir). String players (Grade 8 and above) are always welcome, especially violins. We also have vacancies for brass and percussion.
Four consecutive Thursday evenings (7.15 - 10.00pm) prior to each concert
Gives four main concerts each year at Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead
Currently 3 to 4 weekends before each concert, spread over a number of weeks.
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brings together the region's best emerging talent to perform exciting repertoire with fantastic conductors at the world-famous Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. You'll play alongside other talented musicians, honing your instrumental and ensemble skills with sectional coaching from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and full rehearsals with our conductor, Dane Lam, and with visiting artists. Membership is open to all young musicians aged between 13 and 23 years. Applicants should normally have reached Grade 7 standard or equivalent; if you're not sure if you are eligible, just call us. Auditions take place in Liverpool in May and June. The closing date is Friday 2 May; we may hold auditions at other times during the year if vacancies become available.
Monday evening 7.15pm during term time, Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall Liverpool
Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
Orchestra is open to violin, viola, 'cello and double players. A wide range of String repertoire. Also additional large scale String days held in Wirral 3/4 time a year.
Friday evenings 7.30pm - 9pm term time, Westwood Community Centre, Grasmere Crescent, Eccles (five minutes from Junc 13 on the M60)
We are a very friendly adult string group for beginner/intermediate standard string players. Particularly suitable for late starters, adult returners and those not quite ready to join a full orchestra. New members always welcome.
Darren C. Wood
Thursdays 8pm - 10pm at Lymm United Reformed Church (Hall), Brookfield Road Lymm WA13 0QL
We are a friendly and welcoming group who perform at least 4 concerts per year. We perform a wide variety of music from traditional material to music from the stage and screen. We ALWAYS welcome new players and are looking to increase our numbers. If you play a Woodwind, Brass or Percussion instrument, come and 'give us a go!'
The Visual Noise Arts Centre, Blackpool
Margaret Chew, tel; 01772 856892, fax: 01772 852924
We are a small friendly orchestra who play light classical music and songs from the shows. We have approx. 3 concerts a year (Sun) and support the Michael Hall Theatre School with their concerts on Marton, Blackpool. We welcome any players from approx. Grade 4 standard -especially 1st violins.
Martin Edward Gunson
Tuesday 7.30 p.m. Lytham Assembly Rooms, FY8 5JY
Martin E. Gunson, +44 (0) 1253 739 611
Lytham Promenade Orchestra is an activity of the charity Youth Music (no connection with the Foundation for Youth Music) and was established in 1972.
Park Street, Methodist Church, Lytham, Tuesday evenings 7.45pm - 9.30pm
Chairman Jim Fraser 07714 241860
A well established band of approx 30 players of all ages and backgrounds. We're very friendly and welcome all new players with no auditions. We prefer grade 5+ but anyone is welcome for a blow; we're particularly looking for lower brass...bass, euph etc. and percussion at the moment.
Wednesday rehearsals between 7.45 - 9.45 pm at St. Peter's Church, Windmill Street, Macclesfield SK11 7HS
Formerly known as the KEMS Concert Band (KCB), we operate within the King Edward Music Society of Macclesfield, which also has a Choir, an Orchestra and an informal Contemporary Music Group. The Concert Band rehearses on Wednesdays and we always welcome interest from potential new players, especially low winds, percussion and brass.
Tuesdays 8pm - 10pm St George's Street Baptist Church, Macclesfield, SK11 6TG
Ian Mackintosh 01270 761747
Lawrence Beard 01625 572324
We are a friendly amateur orchestra and welcome players of any age. We play selections from shows and light popular classical pieces. We put on a couple of concerts a year supporting local charities, as well as a carol concert at Christmas.
Tuesday rehearsals between 7.40 - 9.45 pm at St. Peter's Church, Windmill Street, Macclesfield SK11 7HS.
Formerly known as the KEMS Orchestra, we operate within the King Edward Music Society of Macclesfield, which also has a Choir, a Concert Band and an informal Contemporary Music Group. The orchestra rehearses on Tuesdays and we always welcome interest from potential new players, especially strings and percussion.
Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm during term time at William Hulme Grammar School (Springbridge Road, Moss Side), Manchester
We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time. Admission to our concerts is usually free but collections are made for the charity sponsored by each concert.
Manchester Medical Orchestra
Monday 8-10pm, Manchester Med School, plus extras
MMO welcomes doctors, nurses, healthcare students and other guests. We play 2-5 concerts each year in South Manchester and the City Centre: 1 large scale concert in each university semester and a couple of others with just two rehearsals beforehand. Recent highlights include Dvorak symphonies and an ongoing Beethoven cycle. Always keen to hear from new members - please do get in touch!
Wednesdays in School Term Time, 1pm. to 3pm., at Union Chapel, Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6EQ
Denise Beynon 0161 224 9662
Jenny Hulbert 0161 427 5210
A friendly orchestra of intermediate standard, currently around thirty members, always ready to welcome new members. We have a wide repertoire ranging for example, from Beethoven and Vaughan Williams to Gershwin and Leroy Anderson. We play for our own enjoyment, and do not give concerts.
Mondays 8pm-10pm in Sale
We are a friendly but hard-working amateur ensemble made up of a mixture of music graduates and others who were looking to continue playing at an advanced level after leaving university. We play quality wind orchestra repertoire (both old and new) to a high standard and perform at least 4 concerts a year in venues around South and Central Manchester. MWO is, where possible, a one-per-part band so prospective players must be roughly Grade 8 standard and able to commit to weekly rehearsals. We are eager to hear from all instruments but have specific vacancies for flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, euphonium, horn and percussion.
Fridays 8-10pm at Plumley Village Hall WA6 0TR
Concert Secretary 01565 634184
Mereside Brass is a concert & contest brass band based in Plumley, between Northwich & Knutsford in Cheshire; which is led by Musical Director Mike Phenton. The band have performed all types of music around Cheshire including Arley Hall, Tatton Park, Middlewich, Winsford, Buxton and Chatsworth House. They have also toured on a number of occasion's in Europe playing in the Rhine Valley Germany, Luxembourg City, Belgium and Maastricht, Holland. More recently they enjoyed a band tour to the Isle of Man.
Middlewich Concert Orchestra
The Methodist Church Hall, Booth Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire. CW10 0HA, Monday, 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Gustav A. Pilsel (Secretary) 01270 662284
The Orchestra members (approx.37) represent all age groups, from young teens to some in their seventies. Normally the Orchestra performs 3 concerts a year at its performance venue, the Community Centre in Middlewich, Cheshire. No auditions are held, but the expected standard is about ABRSM Grade 5 or 6. Subscriptions are collected each term based on a £2-a-week fee (concessions available). Currently, the Orchestra is in need of competent violinists.
Wednesday 7.30pm - 9pm Ash Grove School, Macclesfield
A cheerful bunch of (mostly) newcomers to brass band music. Some members have played in local competing bands and have joined us in retirement, others are near beginners and some are somewhere in between. We play mostly junior band music, enjoy ourselves and welcome anyone with a smidgeon of musical knowledge who would like to learn more. We don't compete and we don't march - but we play for local school or church fairs and in the local Town marketplace.
Wednesday 7.15-9pm Brookfield Hall Shrewbridge Road Road Nantwich Cheshire CW5 7AD
We are a community based group of around 30 brass, wind and percussion players, performing throughout the year at fetes, carnivals and festivals around the Nantwich area, including one formal concert each year. We welcome all players and have no minimum entry but grade 3/4 is a good level for 2nd/3rd parts. We also have a training band for beginners
Nessie's Monster Band
Fridays, 19.30-21.30, Hilldale Village Hall, Parbold, Wigan, WN8 7AR
Friday 7:30 - 9:45 pm at Bridgewater High School, Lower School Site, Hall Drive, Appleton, Warrington
Wind Orchestra with a regular 4 concert season at the Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington. Current vacancies for trumpets, horns and percussion. Please contact us to enquire about other possible vacancies.
Monday evenings between 19:30 and 21:30 in the Chadderton area of Oldham (Turf Lane Community Centre).
Gillian Shuttleworth (Secretary)
Alison Lees 0161 620 0777
There are usually three concerts a year, towards the end of each school term. The music is varied, with classical favourites interspersed with some challenging (usually to play rather than to listen to!) more contemporary works. We are always looking to strengthen the orchestra and would particularly welcome string and brass players
Jim Cooke & Dan Adams
Thursday evenings, 7.45 - 9.45, at Asmall Primary School, Tennyson Drive, Ormskirk L39 3PJ
Clare Williams 01925 221301
Friendly, dedicated musicians in the heart of Lancashire! Ormskirk Music Society comprises a choir and orchestra performing four concerts a year in Ormskirk, Lancashire. The OMS orchestra plays a broad range of music from the great symphonies and concertos to the work of contemporary British composers, film music and light orchestral selections. We're always on the lookout for new players, especially brass and strings.
Phoenix Concert Orchestra (Liverpool)
Usually the 2nd and 4th Mon in each month from 8pm-10pm, except July and August. Held at Sefton Cricket Club, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17
A well established orchestra, holding concerts three times a year. We have a large selection of light orchestral music suited to musicians of Grade 6 standard and above. Players in all sections welcome.
Wednesday Evenings 7.00pm - 9.00pm, All Saints, Anchorsholme, Thornton Cleveleys
We are a small friendly adult string orchestra, meeting weekly in Thornton Cleveleys. We hold concerts at least twice a year. We play a mixture of classical and light music arranged for strings. New members welcome, Grade 3+.
Lyceum building, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 7:30 - 10:00 pm on most Mondays during season (September - end of April).
Based at the Lyceum Building, Port Sunlight, we play four concerts a year, with 1 or 2 outside engagements. We currently have vacancies in both violin sections. We also have a Summer Weekend course every August.
Wednesday 8 - 10 pm at Poynton Royal British Legion Club, Georges Road West, Poynton SK12 1JY
Keith Stokes 01625 876865
We play a wide range of music including classical orchestral music arranged for band, traditional marches, jazz and popular music. We perform mainly in Cheshire and support fund-raising activities for the Royal British Legion, particularly during the annual Poppy Appeal. We are always keen to meet new brass, woodwind and percussion players! Please note that we are not a marching band.
Thursdays 7.30 pm till 9 pm Ingol Methodist Church,Tag Lane, Ingol, PRESTON, PR2 3XA
Sue Hickey (secretary) 01772 654438
Tony Kingston (chair) 01772 783048
The band is an established concert wind band that performs throughout Lancashire through out the year. It has a friendly atmosphere and welcomes all players. Musical styles are Jazz, big band, Musicals, Film and light classical numbers.
Alternate Fridays 7.30-9.30pm
A friendly group of flautists meeting to play ensemble music every other week. No audition, but about grade 3 standard upwards. All flutes from piccolo to sub-contrabass used.
1030 to 1230 at the British Legion Club 49-51 Leyland Road Penwortham PR1 9QH
David Redman on 0780 678 9345
We are a little big band (with a big sound) playing Rag Time, Jazz, Ballads, Light Classical and Modern Compositions, under the direction of Dominic McIver. We have played concerts at Penwortham Live, Avenham Park Cafe, Duxburys Garden Centre and Carols for Charity at M & S Deepdale.
Red Rose Band
Wednesdays 10.15am to 12.15 pm, St John's Church Hall, Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, L14 5NR
Ola Ness 07946448284
St. Martin's Church, Vicarage Road North, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30pm.
Graham Marshall 01706 642139
Founded in 2008 by a group of enthusiasts led by composer/conductor Graham Marshall, the Rochdale Light Orchestra gives amateur musicians the opportunity to get together to rehearse and perform music of a light-hearted nature by a wide range of composers. There are no auditions, but it is expected that players will have reached at least Grade 5 on their instrument(s). New wind, brass, percussion,string and keyboard players are always welcome.
Wednesday at 7.30 PM in Bury Town Centre
Eric Davidson - 07753 587 606
We are a military style concert wind band with strong links to the local community and to the armed forces, although we are entirely voluntary and comprised of non-military musicians. We welcome all brass, woodwind and percussion players playing to at least a Grade 5 standard. Throughout the year we have a busy schedule of concerts and engagements and, as the regimental band of the town of Bury we perform an important function in the marking of various annual events such as leading the Remembrance Sunday parade every November. We play a varied and ever-changing repertoire of wind orchestra music, so please get in touch if you'd like to find out more!
Every Wednesday evening 7.30 to 9.30 pm
We welcome anyone, young or old. Present members ages range from 18 to retired. We are a very friendly group, and play several small local concerts each year. All instruments welcome, come along and give us a try.
Fortnightly in Manchester
St John’s Orchestra is a collection of young adults living and working in Manchester, who meet fortnightly with an emerging composer - this season will feature the work of Jonathan Raine, classical composer and Corporate Director of Allied London - to create and play new music together. You don’t have to play a classical instrument to take part – we welcome any instrument and want to promote a range of styles of music. You will also receive mentoring by Manchester Camerata musicians from different sections of the orchestra. *Please note that from now on we are mainly looking for string and brass players*. If you’re interested in being a part of the orchestra, please fill in this short questionnaire and we will email you back with further details! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HDFM6QY
Mondays 8:00 - 10:00pm, St Martin's Church Hall, Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale, M33 5QQ
We are a friendly and ambitious String Chamber Orchestra (often with invited wind players) performing around 4 concerts a year with our inspirational Conductor.
St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, see calendar on website
Christine Clarkson (orchestra manager) 0161-737 4126
Re-formed in 1995, the Orchestra aims to provide local people with interesting programmes, performing four concerts per year and also platform opportunities for talented musicians (amateur and professional). Vacancies for string players.
Saturday mornings 10:00 - 12:15 at the United Reformed Church, Woodlands Parkway, Timperley
0161 928 5616
Music is arranged to suit all abilities and we hold three fun charity concerts each year. The age range of our members at the moment is, 12 - 68 years old. Just turn up for a trial if you wish.
SK Community Wind Band
2nd and 4th Mondays, 10am-12.30pm, Heald Green United Reformed Church, Wilmslow Road, Heald Green, Cheadle, SK8 3BH.
Woodwind and brass players of all abilities are welcome to join. The repertoire covers a wide variety of music styles including light classical, musical theatre, film scores, jazz and pop.The aim is to enjoy playing music without the pressure of concerts.
St Peter's Church Hall in Minshull Vernon, Crewe on Thursday evenings 7:30 to 9:15
South Cheshire Concert Band was formed with the aim of bringing together like-minded and enthusiastic amateur musicians from the surrounding areas. Membership is via an audition with the band on a rehearsal evening which is friendly and relaxed.
The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston, Crewe, Cheshire. CW2 8ER, Sundays, 10.00am to 12:15pm
The Orchestra members (approx.32) represent all age groups, but the tendency is towards a more senior membership. Normally the Orchestra performs 3 concerts a year at its performance venue in Nantwich, Cheshire. No auditions are held, but the expected standard is about ABRSM Grade 5 or 6. Annual subscription currently £36 (£18 for students). Currently, the Orchestra is in need of competent violinists.
Dr Robert A Howard
Tuesdays in term time 7.30pm-9.30pm at Liverpool Reform Synagogue, 28 Church Road North, Liverpool L15 6TF
The South Liverpool Orchestra is a group of amateur and student musicians who meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm, throughout term-time, to play classical music together at Liverpool Hope University. The music they play changes every few weeks and they perform two concerts a year (May and December). They are always happy to see new musicians, so please get in touch if you would like to join.
South Manchester Sinfonietta NEW
Monday evenings (term time) 7.30-9.30 with tea break. Trinity Methodist Church, Davenport, nr Bramhall.
We are a small, friendly orchestral group of mixed ages and abilities with a professional leader. We mainly ‘just’ play for pleasure although we have been known to perform occasionally! We play mostly classical music, but also a variety of other styles. Ideal for people who reached Grade 4/5 earlier in life and wish to play again. No auditions necessary. We usually have an end-of-term curry!
Tuesdays 7pm to 8.30 pm, Hutton Police Headquarters, PR4 5TJ
Jo Atherton 07913876077
South Ribble Concert Band perform a range of music such as light classical, music from films and musicals. We have a wide range of ages and abilities and are at present looking for percussionists, but any other player would be welcomed to join. We perform for local events and charitable causes around the Preston and South Ribble area.
Walton le Dale Arts College and High School, Brindle Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6RN - Wednesday evening 7.15 until 8.45pm fortnightly.
Secretary via website contact form
A friendly string orchestra for all ages from grade 5/6 upwards to play from the string repertoire honing technique to achieve that 'pure string sound'. Members range from diploma standard and have extensive experience in playing in orchestras. You are assured of a warm welcome.
Tuesdays 8.00 - 10.00 pm All Saints Church Hall, off Park Road, Southport, PR9 9JB
We are a friendly orchestra with over 50 members making a great sound, playing three concerts over the year, March, June/July and December. We welcome new members, particularly string players. If you would like to join us please either just come along or email email@example.com
Stockport Symphonic Sounds
2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings 10.30am - 12.30pm Heald Green United Reformed Church, Wilmslow Road, SK8 3BH
This daytime, amateur orchestra launched in February 2016. Anyone of a competent sight-reading ability is welcome to join us. The aim is to enjoy music-making in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. There are no plans to perform formal concerts.
Helen Brackley Jones
Concentrated rehearsals take place in the 3 weeks before a concert
Mrs Jo Hossle-Standring (secretary)
Full symphony orchestra of very high non-professional standard. Eight concerts per year in Stockport Town Hall. Wide orchestral and choral repertoire.
Tim Crooks / Chris Orton
Friday evening at the Offerton School Campus The Fairway, Offerton, Stockport SK2 5DS during term time
Two complete symphony orchestras to cater for players of differing standards, with links to groups within Stockport Music Service for players who do not yet make this standard (e.g. SMS String Groups). They are coached by experienced professional instrumental tutors and performers. Advanced players are also encouraged to perform solo items with the orchestras in our series of concerts.
Friday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:45pm in St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Davyhulme, Manchester
Sweet Rhythm Big Band is a not-for-profit big band which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. On average, we perform in public once a month at a wide variety of social events and fundraisers. Currently we are looking for a trumpet player to perform Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars, The Blues Brothers, The Jacksons etc. etc. No subscription fees. Free tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits during the weekly Friday evening rehearsals. Age and experience is not a problem but enthusiasm is essential.
Swing Collection Big Band
Every Thursday evening at Little Stanney Village Hall (near Cheshire Oaks) from 8.00pm to 10.00pm
The band has been in existence for over 30 years. Primarily we are a rehearsal band although we do perform occasional concerts. We play mainly swing music including Count Basie, Glenn Miller , Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman ,Woody Herman etc. and have a library of over 250 arrangements. We have about 13 regular members coming each week but we currently have vacancies for two trumpeters (3/4), and two trombonists(3/4/Bass) (Trombone parts are in Bass clef) to complete the band. All players must be at least Grade 5 standard. Experience of playing swing an advantage but not necessary as training can be given. Call Alan on the above number if you are interested. Admission to the band by audition.
The band inception came in 2010 when four older members of The Heswall Concert Band took the decision to start a swing band based on the extensive experience they possessed as musicians playing in the regional dance bands of the late 40's and 50's.
Thursday 19:30 to 21:30 The Band Room, Off The Close, High Street, Tarporley.
Tarporley Silver Band formed in 1875 and has members that aim to enjoy their music as a group and try to improve their repertoire and performance by a regular weekly practice in our own band room. All ages and abilities are welcome to join the band. We have an extensive music library and some instruments are available for loan. You will find a friendly and supportive group of musicians, eager to play a variety musical pieces for their own enjoyment, and to play a few concert venues each year in the local area, such as fetes and parades, to support the community and meet our expenses. This band does not take part in competitions, but has experienced members who can bring a new player on, developing their talent to its full potential. There is currently no subscription or audition to be a member of this band.
Tuesday and Thursday evening - at 8 PM at Tottington Conservative club, Royds Street, Tottington.
Steve Bailey 01204 887738
We are a brass band that was been in existence constantly since prior to 1840, which makes us the oldest continuous band in the country of not the world. We need brass players at all positions - age and experience not a problem. We especially need cornets and basses.
15 per year spread within school terms
David Whalley - Orchestra manager - 01606 79697
The 23 - 25 member string orchestra rehearses at Appleton Thorne Village Hall. Each year 3 formal concerts are performed for charity at various locations in the North West. Also, one extended string orchestra workshop (60 last time) is held at Antrobus Village Hall. Audio/Video excerpts from several previous concerts are available in the web site.
Alternate Monday Evenings, 7.30 - 9.45pm, at Fallowfield Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 81 Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6BN
Kate Johnson, 07980 506530
We are a string/chamber ensemble based in central Manchester. We currently have vacancies for a violas, grade 6 or above, and a harpsichordist. Please contact via email, phone or our web page for more details of the group.
Tuesday evening 7:30 - 9:30pm at Hood Lane Community Centre, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 1ET
Warrington West Concert Band was established in 1997 and currently has about 30 players. We play a wide variety of music and perform 10-20 concerts each year. We are always busy at Christmas-time. We always welcome new players of any ability or any age, particularly brass. If you play flute, clarinet, alto/tenor/Bari sax, oboe, bassoon, trumpet/cornet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba or percussion, please come along and see us.
Saturday mornings in term time
Based in Warrington Bridgewater High School (Upper School), Broomfields Road, Appleton, WA4 3AE and rehearsing every Saturday morning during school term time at, we have a membership of over 170, split between 8 groups. There are small groups for beginners, instruments provided, junior groups grades 1-3, chamber orchestra grades 3-5+, symphony orchestra grade 6+. More information is available on the website, no auditions required and free trial period available.
Unit 36, Chadkirk Business Park, Vale Road, Romiley, Stockport SK6 3NE. Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
The band was formed in 1983 by Allan Jones and gives 5 - 6 concerts a year, at venues including the Royal Northern College of Music and The Forum Theatre, Romiley. The band has twice won the Gold award in the Community Band class of the Boosey & Hawkes National Concert Band Festival. The band accepts woodwind, brass and percussion players of Grade V standard or above.
Friday evenings in Honford Hall Community Centre in Handforth, 7.30pm
There are always vacancies for good string players. The range of music means that vacancies can also arise in the wind, brass and percussion sections.
Thursday 7:30pm to 10:00pm at West Kirby United Reformed Church, Meols Drive, West Kirby, CH48 5DA
Lesley Owen; 01516323045 or 07854991439
Richard Landon, 0151 334 8193
We are a friendly group of amateur musicians who enjoy making music together and performing at concerts and small music gatherings. As a community orchestra, we do not hold auditions and are pleased to welcome new members regardless of experience, instrument or age. Our repertoire is always varied and challenging with music ranging from light classical music, medleys from musical shows, film themes and popular pieces. We perform several concerts each year to support local charities.Our Musical Director, Jan Modelski, is passionate about music and is a full time professional musician with many years' experience as a conductor, performer and orchestral arranger, gaining an ever-increasing reputation in the orchestral music scene in the North West. Jan aims to ensure his rehearsals are relaxed and informal whilst at the same time enabling every musician to become the best they can possibly be. Come along for a free 'taster session', you will be given a very warm welcome and hopefully enjoy playing some great music with like-minded musicians.
Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
Orchestra of invited players holding charitable concerts in Wirral.
Wirral String Play Day Orchestra
Meets 3/4 times a year in Bebington
Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
Meets 3/4 times a year in Bebington , Wirral to play large String Orchestra repertoire pieces.
Monday evenings at Lingham Primary School in Moreton at 7.30pm.
We are a 50 strong adult wind band established over 25 years ago , we generally do 4 concerts per year as well as lots of other local events, bandstand concerts and the national wind band festival (gold award winners). We have a few vacancies within the band and are looking for players of grade 5+ standard
Tuesday 7.30pm during term time at Hoylake Chapel, Meols Drive, Hoylake
Rod Tann, secretary 0151 625 1234 (evenings)
Wednesday 8pm – 9.30pm
The band welcomes players of any age and standard.
Wednesday evenings between 7:15 and 9:30 at William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Accompanying text: We are always keen to hear from good string players who are interested in joining the Orchestra. We are also happy to hear from good musicians who play other instruments, as from time to time other vacancies do become available, even if only on a temporary basis.