Rehearsal Venue / Times
Saturdays 9:30am to 12:00pm at North Road Youth Centre, North Road, Lancing
Andy Burchfield 01444 235311
The Adur Concert Band is an adult group and welcomes new members of age 18 and over. We have players of all standards although those who have not reached grade 5 standard may find the music challenging. We play an exciting range of music, including show and film themes, popular standards and special concert band arrangements.
Monday evenings from 8pm - 10.15pm in Upper Norwood SE19
Susan Baker (membership)
Rob Mason (bookings)
A community concert band which welcomes all woodwind, brass and percussion players. Our members are of all ages and backgrounds – what we have in common is the enjoyment we get from making music. Come and join us!
St Matthew's Church, Church Road, Ashford, Middx. Fortnightly on Monday evenings
Philip Buckmaster 01932 783343
Enthusiastic players wanted! Modern instruments accepted. We play music from c.1575-c.1775. Grade 8+ standard. Please visit our web site for more details and sound clips.
Tuesdays in term time, 7.30 to 9pm at St Matthew's Church, Church Road, Ashford, Middlesex
Janet Husband (Secretary) 01784 241027.
Players of all standards welcome, especially string players. Ideal for newcomers to orchestral playing.
Mondays 7.30 p.m. To 9.00 p.m. During term time at St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent.
Stephanie Batchelor 07894 659686.
Brian Taylor 07963 658628
We are a very enthusiastic and friendly group of players of various abilities from Grade 3 upwards. We are particularly looking for all string players, French horns and a percussionist. We usually give two concerts a year. Audition is by playing with the orchestra.
Judd School, Tonbridge, Wednesdays in term time 8pm
Bacchus is a concert wind band based in the West Kent Area. We concentrate on music specifically written or arranged for symphonic wind band. We rehearse approximately once a fortnight on Wednesday evenings.
Fridays from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm at the Bagshot Methodist Church Hall, Jenkins Hill, Bagshot, Surrey
Brenda Cooke 01932 344463
The Band was established in 1898, has about 35 members and welcomes new players of all ages and standards.
Friday evenings in Basingstoke
Anne Smith, Personnel Secretary
The BSO plays three concerts a year in The Anvil, Basingstoke’s prestigious concert hall, generally in mid November, mid March and late June.
Battle Symphony Orchestra
Term-time weekday once a week (day and venue to be confirmed)
Actively recruiting players for a new orchestra based near Battle. Players need to be of a very high standard, strings grade 7 +, woodwind grade 8 + ; however there will be no auditions. Orchestra being created due to relocation from London to East Sussex! Rehearsals will be term-time weekday once a week (day and venue to be confirmed). Any potential conductors also welcome to e-mail!.
Every Thursday Evening 8-10pm, Bells Yew Green (Tunbridge Wells) Village Hall
We formed around 3 years ago and include a wide age range from 18-80 years old. We rehearse every week. We hold regular fund raising events for the local & surrounding communities. Our repertoire consists of the well know and loved Swing & Big Band Jazz standards. We also have a Male Vocalist. There are vacancies currently for a Trumpet & Trombone Player and Female Vocalist. Please contact me if you are interested in playing with us - whatever your instrument (suggest grade 5 standard and above - must be able to read music) - we are always looking for deps and regular players to cover absences.
Tuesday 7.30 to 9.30 pm, term time only
Bird College Office 020 8302 1456
A fun and sociable group for adults of any age. Ability is not a priority in the Bexley Band - participation is the key. Adult beginners can be catered for with adapted parts. This band really enjoys performing. Please contact Bird College Office for further details including relevant fees.
Wednesday evenings from 8.00 pm until 9.30 pm at Bird College, 27 Station Road, Sidcup, Kent DA15 7EB
Bird College Office 020 8302 1456
The Bird College Light Orchestra is a friendly, informal group of players who wish to enjoy orchestral playing. All orchestral instrumentalists are welcome to join, particularly if you are returning to playing after a long lay-off. All ages and standards are welcome and the aim of the group is to enjoy making music together. Please contact Bird College Office for further details including relevant fees.
Mondays 8-10 pm (term time only) @ Claremont Senior School, Bodiam, Near Robertsbridge, E Sussex TN32 5UJ
Sally Northen 01892 617285/07905 243801
Formed more than 20 years ago and is made up of players from a wide area of Kent, including Hastings, Bexhill and Tunbridge Wells. We have an extensive and exciting range of music, a professional conductor and currently have about 30 members. We always welcome new players.
Tuesdays 7:30 pm - 9:30pm, Regis School of Music 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1ER
Since its formation it has grown in both size and reputation and today displays the combined musical talent of over thirty local musicians. Our musicians include amateurs, semi-professional players, teachers and students. We are a community band in every sense!
Tuesdays from 8pm-10pm at Darley Dene School, Garfield Road, Addlestone, Surrey
A friendly community band which rehearses every Tuesday and performs several concerts a year, including various events during the summer months. New players always welcome.
10 am to 12.30 pm on four Saturday mornings per term at the Clarendon Centre, New England Street, Brighton
Steve Pickard 01273 553257
We are a friendly community orchestra and welcome players of any standard. There is no audition, but you will be able to participate more fully if you play to a minimum of Grade 3 standard. Established in 2008, we now have over 80 members. We give occasional informal concerts.
7.45pm - 9.45pm The Village Barn, rear of All Saints Church, Church Hill, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8YE
We are a very friendly light orchestra and give 4-5 concerts a year in local area venues. All players welcome and no auditions are necessary, but players may struggle if below Grade 5 equivalent standard.
Johann Von Stuckenbruck
Saturday 15:00-1900 St Nicholas Church or somewhere else in Brighton town centre.
BCO is an orchestra established in recent years. Rehearsals are held weekly before the concert. We welcome players of grade 8 standard or above and ideally have some orchestral experience. More details can be seen on the website.
The Broadstairs and St Peters Concert Band
The Albion Sports Centre Albion Road Car Park, Broadstairs, Kent. Mondays and Fridays 7:30 - 9:30
Richard Baker 01304 366009
A friendly, progressive and go-ahead local band who have just celebrated their 21st birthday - Always on the lookout for new players of all instruments. Age is no barrier - we have players aged 17 to 80+! Regular concerts performing very varied programmes.
Friday evenings from 8pm to 10pm, Bishop Justus School Hall, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, BR2 8HZ
A large, friendly community wind band formed nearly 60 years ago. We have lots of fun whilst rehearse a wide repertoire of music to a high standard, and we perform at many concerts in some fantastic venues, throughout the year. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining.
Mondays from 19:30 to 22:00 at Bishop Justus CE School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley BR2 8HZ
Bromley Symphony Orchestra is a large and successful amateur orchestra based in south-east London with a reputation for interesting concerts of almost professional standard. We give four concerts a year at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts and occasionally a summer workshop.
Michael Stefan Wood
Wednesday evenings, 8.15-10.15 p.m. during term time
The BHSO performs public two concerts a year, normally in May and November, plus a Patrons’ Evening in the spring. New players welcome where vacancies exist: please get in touch if interested.
Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 in Church Road, Buxted in St Marys` Church Village Hall
Frances Peri 01435 862744
We rehearse in term times and give 4 concerts a a year. Vacancies for trumpets, trombones and 2nd violins. Grade 6 recommended.
United Reformed Church, Watling Street, Canterbury; Monday evenings
Howard Ryan, Orchestra Manager 01304 812148
Beginners and more advanced players equally welcome.
Wednesday evenings, at St Stephens School, Hales Road, CT2 7AD
Orchestral Manager 01304 812755
A thriving group of enthusiastic amateur players who regularly tackle major works from the symphonic repertoire. The orchestra routinely gives three concerts a year, in March, June and November, usually at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury.
Captain David Cole
Norbury Royal British Legion Club Every Wednesday evening 7:45pm - 10pm
Assistant secretary, Phil Willans
Always welcoming new players of a high standard, especially trumpet/cornet players. Need not be ex forces. Many engagements throughout the year including Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Eastbourne Bandstand for a week, Picnic Concert at Fort Nelson and Festival of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral each year.
Tuesday Nights 6:30-8pm
Fine Tuning Music Tuition
Brand new orchestra launched in January 2017 for all ages & abilities. Everyone welcome!
Tuesday evenings 7.30 - 9pm at the University of Chichester.
We are all adult members and are grades 5 and above. We are a very friendly bunch and welcome new players.
Tuesday evening during term time at Christchurch, Old Market Avenue, Chichester, from 7.30pm-9.30pm
We are a friendly group who give 3 or 4 concerts per year, including taking part in the Chichester Festivities and the Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Series.
Chiddingfold Flute Group
Ruth Williams and Lucy Hatcher
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, in the Church Room behind St Mary's Church Chiddingfold.
Lucy Hatcher (01428) 684657
We have been running since 2012, and perform at garden parties and fêtes throughout the summer months. All standards welcome, we have altos and a bass flute in addition to C flutes, and play a wide variety of musical styles. We currently have about 18 members. £5 per rehearsal.
Claud Powell Chamber Orchestra
Monday evenings, 7.45-9.15, in term time in Ripley (easily accessible from Guildford, Woking, Cranleigh, West Horsley etc)
Jackie Ravenscroft 01428 685994
The Claud Powell Chamber Orchestra is a 'rehearsal' orchestra. We don't give public concerts but players find much pleasure in rehearsing, and performing to ourselves, a different set of pieces each term. It's a most rewarding experience. Repertoire ranges from Purcell and Bach to Vaughan Williams and Britten, with due focus on the symphonies of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. The orchestra derives from the pioneering work of the late Claud Powell, and was conducted by David Stone until 2006 when Sebastian Forbes took over. New players are most welcome, especially strings. There are vacancies for brass and also 2nd bassoon.
Once a month, except in August, on a Sunday afternoon from 2.30pm to 5pm in the Music School Recital Room at Lancing College, by kind permission of the Head Master.
Amoret Abis (Regional Co-ordinator)
Simon Kahn (Chairman CoMA Sussex)
CoMA Sussex is the regional branch of CoMA (Contemporary Music for All). We welcome players of any instruments and of any ability. Full details of our activities, including concerts, and how to join are on our website.
Contra Swing Band
Twice monthly on Wednesdays 7:45 to 9:45 pm, Bexhill-on-Sea
Contra is a newly formed swing band and we are looking for new members, including trumpet, trombones, alto, tenor and Baritone sax players, bass, or bass guitar and guitar.
Monday 7.30-9.30pm term time only, The High Weald Academy, Cranbrook, Kent
We are a very friendly orchestra who perform twice a year in churches and schools. Our members age range from 17 to 82, so there is always interesting discussions at break time!!! We always have vacancies for violin and viola and of course brass, if you play to grade 7+ standard we would welcome you to join us. Look at our website for more information.
Monday evening, 8-10pm, at Ifield West Community Centre, Dobbins Place, Hyde Drive, Crawley RH11 0PL
We are a lively and well-respected concert band, regularly performing all over the South East in concert halls, bandstands and even in the middle of fields! The band was formed in June 1999 as part of Crawley's Millennium celebrations. Since then the band has been thriving, with regular concerts every year at the Crawley Festival and charity events, plus concerts further afield in surrounding villages, Horsham and the ever-popular and prestigious Eastbourne Bandstand. We always welcome new members to the band, however we are particularly looking for bassoon players, brass players and percussionists.
Monday evenings during term-time, from 7.45pm to 10pm at Oaklands Junior School, Butler Road, Crowthorne RG45 6QZ
Ruth Winchester 0118 972 2164
We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who make music for enjoyment's sake, but who take rehearsals, practice and concerts seriously. Players are of all ages and come from all walks of life. We give 3 concerts a year performing varied and challenging programmes including popular classics as well as less well-known pieces. Players of the following instruments are welcome: - Upper strings - Trumpet - Trombone.
Padworth Village Hall (between Reading and Newbury) on Thursdays from 19.30-21.30 in term time
No minimum standard is set, and the orchestra offers a friendly and supportive introduction to playing in a conducted group. For beginners (who are welcome as soon as they are brave enough to give it a go), returners and
Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00 pm The Glentworth Club, Lowfield Street, Dartford
Friendly band playing wide variety of music from Vaughan Williams to Shostakovitch, Lloyd Webber to Glenn Miller. 5 or 6 performances a year, mainly Saturday Evenings in N.W Kent. All wind and brass players welcome, see web site for more information.
7.30pm to 9.30pm every Friday at the Rainbow Centre, Rose Street, Northfleet, Kent DA11 9EQ
Secretary, Mrs Vera Bennett 01474 351688
We are a small and friendly group of players who get together every Friday evening at the Rainbow Centre in Northfleet, Kent. We play a very wide range of music and simply play because we enjoy it. New members are always made very welcome.
Friday evenings two or three weeks before a concert at the Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford DA1 2JZ
Anita Laybourne, Secretary 0778 758 3540
Vacancies in all string sections - standard should be a minimum of ABRSM Grade 8 The DSO was formed in 1946 and currently gives around 6 concerts per season at The Mick Jagger Centre, and other rural venues. Also see Dartford Symphony Orchestra page on Facebook.
Deans Orchestra NEW
Second and Fourth Mondays of the months during term time, Whiteway Centre, Rottingdean
We are a small friendly orchestra who enjoy playing a wide range of classical and light music. New members who have reached a level of Grade 5 or above are very welcome to join us or to come for a taster session.
Four or five Tuesdays immediately prior to concerts, usually at Friends Provident in Dorking
The DCO was founded in 1988 and specialises in 18th and 20th century works. It gives its regular players opportunities to perform chamber concertos. The orchestra welcomes new members, especially string and brass players.
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:45, St. Martin's Church Christian Centre RH4 1DW
Susan Looseley – Chairperson
We are friendly and welcoming orchestra who enjoy the community spirit of group music making. We currently have vacancies for all string players, particularly cello and double bass and brass players.
Stuart Fifield M.Mus. LRSM. LTCL
Wednesdays 8pm-10pm, The East Grinstead Ex-Servicemens' Club, 4 Station Rd, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1DJ
Rachael Albrighton, Personnel Officer
The East Grinstead Concert Band (founded in 1974) is a friendly and active community based concert wind band which attracts a diverse membership throughout the East Grinstead area and beyond, of all ages and experience. Under the banner of the Bluebell Railway Band we also perform at various events for the famous heritage railway. Currently have vacancies for flute, french horn, trombone and euphonium.
Chailey Parish Hall, Wednesdays 8 - 10
We are a well established friendly concert band rehearsing on Wednesday evenings in Chailey Parish Hall at 8.00pm. Play a wide variety of music including classical, big band and show time. The library is extensive and our concert programmes are chosen to suit each venue. New members are always welcome, particularly brass players.
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 during term time at All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne
Karen McCarthy (after 6pm) 07952 667377
The Eastbourne Concert Orchestra is the playing arm of the Eastbourne Orchestral Society. The orchestra has been going for over 60 years, usually performing 3 concerts a year. We are a community orchestra and we meet on a Tuesday evening during term time. The Orchestral society is always looking for new members; musicians, concert helpers and patrons. In terms of vacancies within the orchestra we are particularly looking for strings and brass players.
Encore Chichester Community Orchestra (ECCO) NEW
1st and 3rd Wednesday 6.30-8pm
This is an orchestra for adults returning to playing after some time away, or have just taken up an instrument. Only stipulation is to be grade 3 level or above. We have only just started so are looking for new players and it is a good time to start as we are all new together. It is held in a room at Chichester university. £5 per session changing to £30 per term as of September.
Wednesdays, 6pm to 7:15pm Manor House Lane, Little Bookham, Surrey KT23 4EN
An independent, non-profit-making, youth orchestra, dedicated to developing a love of music in young people and nurturing a wide range of musical abilities and talent. Members are encouraged to join in, have a go, and enjoy themselves. The orchestra was founded in 1983 and our members are aged between 7 and 18 years old.
St. Martin's Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom. Thursdays 7.30pm - 10pm
A very friendly orchestra currently enjoying it's 54th year. 5 concerts performed at Epsom Playhouse, 1 children's concert at Fairfield Hall and an outdoor lakeside picnic concert. Vacancies particularly for violas, trumpets and trombones.
Monday evening 7.30pm – 9.45pm during term time at Farnborough Methodist Church
We are a wind chamber group that plays to a high standard performing concerts for local and national charities. We are very proud of our large, diverse library of music which encompasses a wide range of musical genre. If you would like us to support your charity please contact us to discuss opportunities for a concert of musical entertainment.
Tuesday 7:45pm - 10pm, Anthony Roper Primary School, Eynsford, Kent
Current vacancies for Percussion, Euphonium & French Horn. Our required standard is Grade 8.
Manor Park, Aldershot. Tuesday evenings 8 - 10pm
David Smart 0203 602 4368
A friendly sociable band with many high profile engagements through the year in London and the South East of England, including overseas travel.
Vacant (applications via website)
Memorial Hall, North Camp Methodist Church, Lynchford Road, Farnborough. Thursday mights
David Nash (Secretary)
Peter Birkett (Chairman)
Four concerts given per season. Actively recruiting all strings, including Leader.
SS Philip and James Church, Kings Road, Fleet, Every Wednesday during term-time from 8.00-9.30pm
An enthusiastic and friendly ensemble that is currently expanding under our new conductor, who is an enthusiastic young music graduate. We warmly invite anyone who can play an orchestral instrument at a level of (say) Grade 4 and above. What's most important to us is that there is a wish to improve individual playing standards and, for the more experienced, to share technique and musicianship
Folkestone School for Girls in Coolinge Lane on Mondays during school terms, from 7.30 to 9.30
The orchestra is a friendly group of people who meet up once a week and give three public concerts a year to very appreciative audiences.
Forest Row Orchestra
Saturdays 9 - 10.30am during term-time, at Forest Row Primary School, Forest Row, East Sussex
Heather Douch 01342 822241
Roland Millar 01892 527889
Friendly community chamber orchestra whose membership ranges from 11 to 75 years old, always looking for new players (especially strings!) of grade 4 standard and above.
Thursdays 19.30-21.30 , Ebbsfleet Rainbow Centre, Rose Street, Northfleet, Kent
Always happy to meet other musicians. Please visit our web site for more information.
St Philip’s Church, Birken Road, Tunbridge Wells, alternate Saturdays, 7.30 - 9.45 pm.
Michael Hitchcock 01732 364538 or 07725 268614
We are a friendly orchestra, playing a mixture of classical, romantic and 20th-century works. New string and brass players will be very welcome. Concerts are given in aid of local charities.
Thursdays (term time) 7.30-930, Westfield School, Bonsey Lane, Woking, Surrey GU22 9PR
Alison Harding, 07968 832413
Amateur orchestra run by Surrey Arts for adult learners. Friendly and informal, no min standard but players mainly grade 4-8. All welcome - especially strings. Just come along and try us out.
Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at Queen Eleanor's School in Onslow Village, Guildford.
Ahmed Hussain 07930 743583
The GSO was founded in 1919 and is the town's premier community orchestra regularly offering a full-scale programme of 19th and 20th century symphonic music under director of music Darrell Davison. We also hold three 'play for pleasure' rehearsals at the start and end of each season.
Monthly on Saturday evenings at St Mary's Church, Hadlow, Kent
Derek Wisdom 01732 850372
The Hadlow Orchestra is a friendly, informal group of players who enjoy orchestral playing. We give one concert per year. We range from beginners, through improvers, to experts of all ages. All orchestral instrumentalists of any standard are welcome to join, and no audition is necessary. Our aim is to have fun making music together. We are currently looking for a clarinet, Grade 6 or above (or of that standard) and a French horn.
Horam, East Sussex on Thursdays between 6.30 and 8.00pm.
Danielle Budden (Musical Director) 07745 732950
The Harmonie Concert Band, established in 2007, is a blend of woodwind, brass and percussion. A group of musicians with a mission to play good music and have fun. Our players are of all ages and abilities.
Monday evening at 7.30 in the Haslemere Hall, between September and May
Marion Bagshaw, Orchestra Secretary, 01428 656129
Sue Ecclestone, Secretary, 01428 605612
We are a society with both Choir and Orchestra who perform together at regular concerts in the Haslemere area. We are always pleased to welcome new members - both singers and instrumentalists. All we ask of our members is that they should be enthusiastic and committed - there are no auditions for the chorus or string players. We are currently in need of Violin, Brass and Timpani players.
St John The Evangelist, Brittany Road, St Leonards-On-Sea, every other Wednesday, from 7.30-9.30
Sandra Goodsell 07841 448879 (Chair)
We are a group of enthusiastic amateur and local professional musicians and pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming orchestra. We perform music that is popular and easy to listen to, we include old classics, popular works, film music, opera highlights and new melodic works by living composers. New members very welcome.
Wednesdays, 7.45-9.45pm, at West Wickham Methodist Church, Hawes Lane, West Wickham BR4 9AA
David Thomas, 020 8851 5830
We perform three concerts per year, playing works by composers such as Beethoven and Brahms, and occasionally later works and world premiers by contemporary composers such as the conductor, Benjamin Ellin. New players will be warmly welcomed, especially string and brass players.
Haywards Heath Sinfonietta
Thursday 7.45 St Richard's Church Hall (very near Haywards Heath station)
We are a small friendly orchestra, always looking for more players, particularly strings. Although we have given the occasional concert, we play mainly for pleasure and give regular soirées for friends and relatives.
Benenden School Wednesdays 5.30 -7.10pm September to late April
Free membership open to all school age Kent musicians. Admission is by audition and instrumentalists should have achieved at least grade 6.
Fortnightly on Sundays in West Surrey
Stephanie Hinson 07818 568050
Herd of Sax are a saxophone ensemble group based in West Surrey, UK. We perform a wide range of 'light' saxophone music for local events, approximately 1 gig per month between May and October and then another 1 or 2 in December.
Friday evening between 7.30 - 9.30
Leo on 01227 455 299 /07818 23 442 38
We are an amateur Concert Band with 26 players who play at various functions across the southeast of Kent. These broadly speaking are at local Hospices, Old People's homes, churches, bandstands and private events. Our music library is extensive with a mixture all types of music from old time, classical, pop, military, and much more to suit all occasions.
Rachel Ellis/Barry Sutton
Millais School, Depot Road, Horsham; Wednesdays 7.45 to 9.45 pm
Chris Maslin, Chairman
Three concerts a year in The Capitol, Horsham, often with professional soloists. Look at our list of past concerts at our website.
Tuesday evenings 19:15 - 21:30, Saltwood Primary School, Grange Road, Saltwood, CT21 4QS
Deryck Euden 01303 812381
The Town Band was established at some time before 1880. The band plays a series of Concerts, Bandstands and Civic functions. All players of Grade 5 Standard are welcome. Players from Grade 1 will be welcomed at training Band.
7.30 - 9.00pm every Thursday in Sutton Valence School Music Dept.
01580 714514 (or via the website)
We meet once a week for practice. We are a friendly 30 strong group of enthusiastic amateurs and we play 5 or 6 gigs a year. Ideally you should be the equivalent of grade 3 minimum and would really need to be able to read music. You will be made very welcome.
St Peters Church Hall, Greenhill, Herne Bay on Mon Eve 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Formed in 1992. Currently over 40 members. Always welcome new members.
Tuesday evenings - Greenhill High School - Herne Bay - CT6 7NS 19:30 - 21:30
Community Concert Band Based in North Kent, has regular engagements at Kent Bandstands during the Summer Season plays private social events and themed concerts through the year throughout Kent and London. Band has been established for over 30 years and welcomes new players of Grade 5 or above. Current Vacancies - Bassoon, Trombone, Tuba
Wednesdays 7.15 - 9.30 pm at Police Headquarters in Maidstone.
Membership open to all. Very friendly band with prestigious engagements such as Ship Launchings in Germany, 10 Downing Street etc.
Rochester Grammar School, Monday evenings 8pm - 9.45 pm.
The orchestra plays standard repertoire and more besides. Players are very friendly and the atmosphere great. We work hard and are supported by our conductor.
Rochester Grammar School, Monday evenings 7.15pm - 8.00 pm.
The players work hard on standard repertoire pieces and other music. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. We welcome newcomers.
Lamorbey String Orchestra (Sidcup)
Last Tuesday in the month - 10:30am. Hurst Community Centre, Sidcup
This orchestra is an amateur group which meets monthly at Hurst Community Centre in Hurst Road, Sidcup. Meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month at 10.30 in the morning. We play a wide variety of music from the string orchestra repertoire. The playing is mainly for our own pleasure with an occasional public performance. The atmosphere at our rehearsals is friendly and informal.
Lancing Orchestral Society
Fridays 7.00 p.m (excluding July and August) Guide Hall, Penhill Road, Lancing, West Sussex
A small friendly orchestra which plays 3 concerts a year. Concerts in Lancing Parish Hall. We welcome enquiries from musicians wishing to join.
Leatherhead Institute, High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm during term.
Sue Newman, Membership Secretary
We are a friendly amateur orchestra catering mostly for adult players but welcoming younger ones, including those with little or no orchestral experience. The music we play is from the standard classical repertoire. If you would like to join us please call the contact number below or just come along. At the moment we need string players.
Four Sundays before the concerts, from 2.30 to 5.30pm at St Marys Hall, Lewes.
Formed in March 1993 by Russell Morgan at the request of The Lewes Town Council to perform concerts of popular classical music for the people of Lewes. Since then the orchestra has performed three concerts every year at The Town Hall, Lewes. Currently has string vacancies (see website for details).
Thursday evenings at 8pm All Saints Arts Centre,Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex
Jane Stewart 07980407831
Simon Emberley 07768438433
LGB Brass is an active Brass Band undertaking a sensible mix of concerts and contest engagements, the band are nationally graded as second section from 2014. Returning Brass players are always welcome together with existing learners. The band operates a training band and a main band for more experienced players.
Thursday evening The Trading Post (on the Body Shop site), Watersmead Business Park, Littlehampton, BN17 6LS.
We are a community band playing a host of different concerts throughout the year. We pride ourselves on interesting music, a fun atmosphere and we welcome anyone who would like to come along and have a play with us.
Rehearsals take place (normally at Amherst School, Sevenoaks) during evenings and weekends in the period 10 days before each concert.
Anthony Daniel - Chairman 0844 3320187
Bryn Clarke - Musical Adviser 0844 3320188
The Orchestra is open to players aged 14 to 25 years, and gives 3 concerts a year in School/University holidays, in Sevenoaks or Tunbridge Wells. In most years the Orchestra undertakes a short tour in the Summer or has a workshop day when aspiring soloists can play concertos. The preferred standard is Grade 7 for strings, Grade 8 for wind and brass. New players always welcome and younger players can join but may not be eligible to go on tours..
Two weekend courses are run each year in Sevenoaks during the autumn and spring terms by Michael Hitchcock
Founded by June Clements in 1989, the orchestra is open to players aged 8 - 15 and provides the opportunity for young musicians to gain orchestral experience of a high standard from their early days of learning their instrument. At present it is only for only strings of a minimum of Grade 3 standard. We do hope to start a course for woodwind and Brass from Autumn 2012 which will run concurrently with the string course..
Thursdays, 7.30pm, Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone.
Community orchestra gives 5 concerts a year with pro soloists in Mote Hall, Maidstone. Always on the look out for good string players, violins and violas. Approaching their centenary! (2011)
Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.45pm at Invicta Grammar School, Huntsman Lane, Maidstone
Advanced orchestra proudly pioneering new works for wind orchestras with renowned soloists. National Concert Band Symposium winners 2015. We normally stage 6 concerts per year in Maidstone. Particularly keen to hear from percussionists and french horns.
The Marlowe Ensemble
Wednesday evenings - 7:30pm. West Lodge School, Station Road, Sidcup
This orchestra is an amateur group which meets weekly at West Lodge School in Station Road, Sidcup. We play a wide variety of light orchestral music. The playing is mainly for our own pleasure with an occasional public performance. The atmosphere at our rehearsals is friendly and informal.
Fridays, 8-10pm, The Bandroom, Court Meadow, Mayfield
Friendly village Brass Band in the heart of East Sussex, with a variety of engagements including 3/4 formal concerts a year, and numerous less formal engagements. Following retirements and student departures, we urgently require solo cornet players. We also have a training band and welcome players of all ages and abilities, including beginners. See our facebook page for recent information, pictures and video.
Rehearsals at Ardingly College on four Sundays before each concert
Diana Davy (chairman)
The orchestra welcomes enquiries from players. There is no audition, but standards are high. You are welcome to play on a trial basis. Four concerts per year, usually at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath
Monday Afternoon Strings
2pm - 4pm, every Monday in term time, Christchurch, Tudor Way, Petts Wood, BR5 1LH.
Michael Newman 01622 743834
Heather Hall 020 8650 3349
For anyone lacking experience or confidence we provide an excellent introduction to playing in a string orchestra, and, for those more familiar with playing 'under the baton', there is the pleasure of exploring the repertoire in a friendly, informal atmosphere, with expert professional guidance. Music is selected according to the average ability level and we suggest a minimum of grade IV to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment. String players of any age can be assured of a warm welcome - we need you all!
Approximately twice a term on a Sunday at Beare Green Community Hall, Beare Green, Dorking,Surrey RH5 4RD
Luisa-Maria Cordell, Director +44 (0) 1306 713337
Jamie Cordell, Chairman
Founded in 2014, the National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain numbers up to 30 harpists of all ages, although predominantly harp players aged 8 to 18, based in the South East of England. To make it more accessible to players from all over the UK rehearsals are predominately held on a Sunday approximately twice a term; there are also occasional Friday rehearsals three or four times a year before important events or concerts. Rehearsal and concert dates are published on our website. There are Junior and Senior sections. A downloadable application form and a background document are available on the website.
Sunday mornings, Kingswood Village Club. Brighton Road, Surrey
This friendly wind band is keen to recruit more players especially, oboe, bassoon, brass (including French horns) and percussion. Please email us or contact us through our website.
Every Tuesday Evening - 7-9pm. Venue: St Luke's, Prestonville, 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton BN1 5PR
We Jam, We compose, We perform. We are the music group who help people play their way through recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Anyone can join regardless of ability. Be part of genre-breaking musical movement, making an impact on individuals recovering from addiction through the creation and performance of new music.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 19:30 to 21:30 hrs, at Godstone ""Endeavour"" Scout Hut, Bay Path, Godstone Surrey, RH9 8DU
David Ellis 07802 788504
Peter Matthews 07595 024999
North Downs Community Orchestra is open to all and we especially encourage those who haven't played for a long while and those who are learning and would like to experience playing in a group. It's all for fun so come and have a go! No auditions, no grade requirements, just turn up play and enjoy yourself.
1st Sunday of the month, Tatsfield
NDS is a thriving Symphony Orchestra based in the village of Tatsfield on the Kent/Surrey border, noted for its high musical standards and friendliness. We play 2 concerts a year to large and enthusiastic audiences under different conductors each season. We welcome new players, especially strings, grade 7/8+, please mail us or refer to our website for more details. Hope to see you soon!
Northiam Chamber Orchestra
Once a month @ 7.30, Northiam village hall, East Sussex.
We are a small friendly orchestra actively seeking new members. Players of all ages and standards are very welcome, although a minimum of approximately grade four to five is recommended. We rehearse each Thursday evening during term time in Northiam village hall.
Twice a month on Sunday afternoons in Addington Village, near Croydon.
We are a friendly concert band who enjoy producing good music to the best of our ability. If you share our ambition and play a wind, brass or percussion instrument to grade 5 standard or above we would love to hear from you.
Venue is now usually the Colyer-Ferguson Hall at the West Faversham Community Centre, ME13 7RH
Jonathan Chapter (Chairman)
At least 3 concerts each year, usually in The Alexander Centre, Faversham
Friday evenings in St Martin's Church, Maidstone, starting at 7.45pm
The Old Barn Orchestra (the orchestra for Medway and Maidstone) was founded in 1927 and incorporated with a full constitution the following year. Its name derives from its first meeting place, which was the music room - a converted barn - of Dr Ponder and his family at Abbey Court in Sandling (north of Maidstone).
The Highway Primary School, The Highway, Orpington, BR6 9DJ on Monday evenings: Beginners and Improvers: 18:30 – 20:00, Main Band: 20:00 – 22:00
Roy Garman 01689 854657
Sylvia Blunt 01959 532830
The Orpington Band was founded in 1925 and provides a unique combination of nurturing beginners and providing a platform for more experienced players to perform together. Originally established as the Orpington Silver Band playing marching and other brass band repertoires, it now plays a wide selection of music from old classics to modern pop and film music.
7pm Thursdays during term time in Petts Wood
Alison Cordingley 020 8467 9470
Orpington Symphony Orchestra is now in its 66th season. We rehearse weekly in term time, and perform three concerts a year. We have vacancies in the string sections, get in touch to find out more.
Tuesdays at 8pm at Mill Lane, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9DG
Stuart Phillips - 01689 824155
Oxted Band is a friendly brass band, established in 1901, and playing at various events both around Oxted and further afield around the South East, both indoor concerts and various outdoor events. We also have an enthusiastic training band for those not yet ready to play in the band. Enquiries from brass/percussion players or those looking to start always welcome!
Tuesday Evenings 8-10pm Samuel Cody Sports College, Cove, GU14 8SS
The Pelly Concert Orchestra gives four concerts a year in the Hampshire/Surrey area, plus a Play Day in summer to which all players of suitable standard are invited. The orchestra's wide-ranging repertoire includes well-known classical works as well as selections from stage and screen. Concerts are popular and well-attended. New members are always welcomed by this remarkably friendly orchestra.
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Carlton Road, Redhill. Monday evenings in term time from 7.30pm to 9.45pm.
The Redhill Sinfonia is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the country. Established in 1891 under the name of “Redhill Society of Instrumentalists”, during its long history it has been associated with many famous names, including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob who were both Presidents of the orchestra. The orchestra performs three well-attended concerts of varied repertoire each year, in Reigate and Redhill. Key to the orchestra’s continued success, popularity and high standard are the skill and enthusiasm of its professional conductor John Beswick and leader David Burton. We always welcome applications from new members of at least grade 8 standard or equivalent, especially strings and brass. We also offer free Scholarship places to school-age string players who are at or working towards grade 8. We rehearse on Monday evenings during term time, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Wray Common Schoo,l Kendal Close, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0LR. Saturday mornings 10am-12noon
Rachel Carress 07767846544
We are an amateur community big band who play music for fun and perform some concerts throughout the year
Ripley String Orchestra
Thursday afternoons, 2-4 pm
We are a small, friendly group who meet every Thursday afternoon, in Ripley Village Hall. We would welcome more players, particularly violins (beginners and improvers welcome). No concerts, no pressure.
Two Sunday concerts a year - 8:30am - 5:30pm
Michael Atkinson 07808 471374
A very large orchestra who meet together twice a year to play all day for enjoyment. Wishing to keep a balanced orchestra, all enquiries for all instruments will be considered.
Monday Evenings at Rochester Grammar School for Girls, ME1 3BY
We are the leading Medway orchestra, with four concerts a year, at the Central Theatre, Chatham. New Members are always welcome, subject to trial.
Roderick Dunk (Music Director), Mark Shanahan and Barry Wordsworth
Friday Evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, September to April
Anne Parker, Orchestral Manager 01825 761915
Founded in 1922, the RTWSO presents a season of six concerts each year at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, during the period from October to April. It is made up from a core group of gifted local musicians whose ranks are augment by a number of professionals. Together they play to a high standard.
Heriot Hall, Chertsey, Surrey, on alternate Mondays from 7.30 to 10pm
Martin Ingram, 01932 343121
This is a small, friendly orchestra, good for sight reading. No concerts, no pressure.
Benedict Preece (main) Kate Robinson (training)
Training Band 6.00-7.00, Concert Band 7.00-9.00 every Wednesday, Phoenix Centre, Jubilee Road, Sandwich, Kent. CT13 0QP
A friendly community Concert Band welcoming players of all wind, brass and percussion. The Training Band caters for young and old from about grade 1 upwards, the Concert Band from Grade 5 upwards. Please see the website to find out more, new players are always welcome.
Sandwich United Reformed Church, Cattle Market, Sandwich, Thursdays in term-time, 7:15 - 9:00 pm
Chris Farra, 01304 613980
Sandwich Music Group, formed in 1976, is a registered charity aiming to provide the opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages and abilities to play as part of an ensemble. Sandwich Music Group regularly supports charitable money-raising events in East Kent
Friday evening from 6.45pm until about 8.45pm at the Vine Baptist Church Hall in Park Lane, Sevenoaks.
Martin Forward, Musical Director
Paul Shone, Secretary
We are a friendly concert band of wind and brass musicians from Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas of Kent and Sussex. We play a wide variety of music to suit all tastes and perform in concert venues and in the open air throughout the south east of England. We welcome new members of all abilities.
8pm - 10.15pm Wednesdays, Sevenoaks County Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, TN13 3LB
Friendly orchestra. 4 or 5 concerts per year, mainstream symphonic repertoire. We could always do with more violins and violas, and occasionally have vacancies in other sections - please see our website.
7:45-9:45pm on Fridays during term time at Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LE
The Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band is a symphonic wind band based in Sevenoaks, Kent, but with its players drawn from a wide area. With a busy schedule of performances at different venues across the region, our repertoire ranges from original works for wind ensemble to arrangements of orchestral pieces, military band items and light music of various styles. Our Training Band offers an opportunity for less experienced players to develop their skills.
Dr James Ross
Bird College, Alma Road, Sidcup, DA14 4ED. Every Thursday 7.30-10 from September - early July.
Dave or Hazel Burnie 020 8850 1170
Sidcup Symphony Orchestra performs five full concert programmes per season, with professional music director and leader, and other events in partnership with Bird College and Bexley Music Service. Current season highlights include Tchaikovsky 6, Shostakovich 5, Scuhbert 9, Prokofiev 1st Violin Concerto, Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and works by Bizet, Chausson, Debussy and Vaughan Williams. Membership and dep inquiries from advanced orchestral musicians are very welcome: current full member vacancies including one horn, one trumpet, one trombone, timpani and strings.
Weekly Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30 Slinfold Village Hall, Slinfold, Nr Horsham,West Sussex
Graham Timms 01403 710015
This popular and busy Band,founded in 1979, undertakes a variety of engagements throughout the South East of England, ranging from local bandstand performances to indoor concerts, and from weddings to company functions. New players are always welcome. If you play brass, wind or percussion instruments, then why not come along and join the fun? Details from the website.
Thursdays at 7.30pm in Beckenham. We meet for c.5 rehearsals in a block leading up to concerts, with the occasional weekend rehearsal
Charlotte Wooley (membership)
Formed in April 2012, this new orchestra is ideal for musicians who live in and around the areas of Beckenham, Bromley, Catford, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Elmers End, Forest Hill, Norwood, Penge and Sydenham. Growing fast and welcoming enquiries from all orchestral players.
Saturday Morning, Queen Eleanor's School, Guildford, Surrey.
Steve Pannifer (Chairman)
New members always welcome, see website.
Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm at Arundel Church of England Primary School, Jarvis Road, Arundel
Martin Jeffery 07808 124572
The Southdowns Concert Band is a group of about 30 musicians who play regular concerts all over Sussex. We pride ourselves on high performance standards and achieve this by having a grade 6 minimum standard for players.
Saturday mornings 10.00am to 11.00am in term time, Staplehurst Musice Centre, c/o Staplehurst School, Staplehurst TN12 0LZ
P. Welson 01580 211 430
Staplehurst Music Centre Community Orchestra welcomes players of all ages - adults and children over 8 years - and all abilities, particularly if you are a Late-Starter, a re-Starter or a Recent Beginner (one year's experience of playing). All instruments welcome - but we especially need string players.
St Paul's Community Centre, Inner Park Road, Wimbledon SW19 6ED on Sunday afternoons during school terms
Julian Hardwick 07887 442489
Now in its 70th season, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra caters for talented young musicians aged 8 to 18 in South-West London and Surrey. We have a Training Orchestra for grades 4-6 and a Main Orchestra for grades 6-8 and perform 3 concerts a year at leading London venues as well as undertaking an annual Tour in July. Auditions in September, January and April.
Strings & Things
Broadstairs, Wednesday afternoons
For beginners (inc. children).
Wednesday 7:30 Music School, Reeds School, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES
Surrey Brass, the innovative and entertaining brass ensemble, was formed in 2011 and since then performed a wide range of concerts including music commissioned to accompany silent films, music commissioned to celebrate concorde, film music, an all-Russian programme, an all-Gothic programme, and more. Our 'Brass Massive' education programme in association with local schools attracts young players to experience musical performance.
A chamber orchestra based in the Guildford area of Surrey. Our players are made up of music teachers and experienced amateurs, and we perform a wide range of repertoire. We put on 5 concerts a year, and would be pleased to hear from any violinists and viola players who are interested in joining our friendly orchestra.
Tuesday evenings from 7:45 pm until 9:45 pm at St John's School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead
Neil Gilchrist 01372 276949
We are a friendly orchestra and are currently looking for new members to join who are Grade VIII standard or above, and in particular, strings, and trumpets.
Thursday evenings 8-10PM, Mount Browne, Guildford. GU3 1HG
We are a friendly and welcoming band with a varied musical repertoire including military marches, selections from films and musicals, classical transcriptions and original works for concert band. The band is open to anyone interested - if you play brass, woodwind or percussion we would be delighted to hear from you.
Tuesday evenings 8pm to 10pm, Horsham
The Sussex Band of The Royal British Legion ( Horsham) is a Concert Band consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion. We also take part in parades and carnivals but please note we do not do marching displays. The band also has a Dance band made up from members of the main concert band.
2 rehearsals before each concert
We are a symphony orchestra made up of local professional musicians and teachers, plus talented amateur musicians. We also try to include local young people who have reached a high standard in their playing. We do 2 or 3 concerts per year in the Hastings/Bexhill area and are always keen to welcome enthusiastic and committed new players.
Wednesday evenings, three weeks before a concert at Trinity Church, Willingdon
A new String Orchestra based in Eastbourne. We do two concerts a year, always for charity, and start rehearsing three weeks before a concert. We look forward to hearing from string players of a grade 7 standard. We play music from Telemann to brand new compositions. Come for the music, stay for the cake!
Mark Andrew James and guest conductors
Hove Park School, Brighton. Specific dates throughout the year.
The Sussex Symphony Orchestra has been bringing live music to Sussex audiences for over 20 years. The SSO is a friendly, sociable mixture of professional and amateur musicians who live and work in Sussex. We perform a minimum of five concerts per year in Brighton and across Sussex. We are always keen to welcome new violin, viola, cello, woodwind and French horns. We rehearse on specific dates throughout the year - usually one full Sunday, a Thursday evening and then Saturday concert day rehearsal. We ask that any new players are at least grade 8 standard with orchestral experience.
Tuesday evenings at Homefield School, Western Road, Sutton 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Nigel Stephens 020 8660 2473
Sue White 0208 644 4055
If you have any orchestral experience please come and try us out on Tuesday evening.
Wednesday evening 6.45-8.15pm at Riverview Junior School, Cimba Wood, Gravesend
The community ensemble for North-West Kent for all orchestral instruments at any standard
Wednesdays 8-10 p.m. at Wellesley House School, Broadstairs
Small orchestra with a friendly mix of amateurs and pros, founded in 1946. New members always welcome, but those below Grade 5 would struggle. Four to five charity concerts per year, ranging from Haydn to 20C London shows.
Susan Skone James
Monday evening, from 7.45 pm ~ 9.45 pm in the Tonbridge School Music Room.
Caroline Walshaw 01732 832725
Ann Preston 01892 530423
With over 40 instrumentalists and 100 singers, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society is an established and well-respected part of musical life in Kent under the Musical Directorship of Matthew Willis. We have been performing high-quality music in Tonbridge since it was formed in 1946. The orchestra was formed in 1958 and we remain to this day one of the few societies comprising both chorus and orchestra.
Thursday evenings, Cardboard Citizens, 77A Greenfield Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1EJ, 8 weeks a term, 3 terms a year
Come and join London's most entertaining flute choir!
Monica Das, Mark Dennis
Forresters Hall, Harcourt Road, Uckfield , East Sussex TN22 5DT, Wednesday evenings 6.15 to 8pm (during term-time)
Linda Hallett 01825 761124
We are a small community orchestra aimed at late starters and recent beginners. We welcome adults and children over 8 years. Standard up to grade 5. All instruments welcome - particularly strings. This a wonderful way to get playing with other musicians.
Tuesday from 8-10 pm, The Alma, Framfield Road, Uckfield
Uckfield Concert Brass have a high profile in our community performing with local groups and soloists undertaking many prestigious concerts throughout the year in Uckfield and beyond. Our work is focused on putting on high calibre and innovative concerts but we also take part in a limited number of local brass band contests. The band have undertaken several tours abroad most recently to Chef Boutonne in France. We welcome new players of all abilities to come along.
Wednesday Evenings, Church Street, West Chiltington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2JW
We always welcome new players for all brass, age isn't a problem - our youngest full band member is 13, while our oldest is - well pretty old. We have no auditions and no minimum grades - the aim is to enjoy playing together, generally have fun and to maintain the brass band tradition in our beautiful West Sussex corner of rural England.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, Coldharbour Road, Pyrford, Woking, Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.45
Three main concerts plus one Family concert per year. Vacancies in all string departments, Grade 8+ standard.
Mondays during term time , 20:00 - 22:00. Westfield Primary School, Bonsey Lane, Westfield, Woking, Surrey. GU22 9PR
General Enquiries via website
We are a Surrey Arts supported community wind band made up of ex-servicemen and enthusiastic amateurs. Please visit our website for more details.
Tuesdays, Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4PT
We play a wide range of jazz music - swing, bebop, latin, funk, township and more. If you play an instrument, and can read simple parts, and fancy developing your jazz skills you'd be very welcome to join us. The band usually plays a couple of gigs a year, and is open to all ages.
Saturday morning at Worthing High School, 45 minute sessions
03456 01 01 61
This course is designed for those looking to develop their creativity in a supportive group environment and is for all with an interest in music, including those with little skills or knowledge and those wishing to refresh and complement their existing abilities and skills in the subject.
Mondays 7.00pm - 9.30pm Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing
David Holmes 01903 536589
We play five concerts a year in the fantastic acoustics of the Worthing Assembly Hall We perform a varied and appealing variety of orchestral works and often joining with choirs in the area to perform large scale choral works. We are always pleased to hear from players, particularly string players, who might be interested in joining.
Usually Wednesday 7:30 - 9:30 at Queen Street Church Centre, Worthing
Everyone at WSB is proud of our reputation as being an extremely friendly and sociable band. The players consist of mixed ages and abilities and everyone is welcome. We play a wide variety of music from a selection of genres and the enjoy playing at concerts throughout the year. We are looking for more players to join us especially cornets and basses!