UK Amateur Orchestras

Central Southern England (Oxford, Bucks, Berks, Hants, Dorset, Wilts)

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2017

NEW - entries since 1 Jun 2017

Orchestra (full)

Wind band (brass and woodwind)

String Orchestra

Brass band

Miscellaneous

Orchestra

Conductor /
Leader
Rehearsal Venue / Times
 
Contact(s)
 
Stewart Lewins
 
10:30am - 12:30pm Tuesdays, Norcot Mission Church, Brockley Close, Reading RG30 4YP
 Stewart Lewins 0118 942 5076
 
 
Robert Tompkins
 
Wednesday evening, 7.45pm to 9.45pm. (Main Band), Abingdon
01235 820899 or via website
 
Abbey Brass are always keen to welcome any players, whatever standard and whatever instrument. We rehearse in our own premises situated behind the Abbey Grounds open air swimming pool, two full brass bands (Main Band and Training Band) and a learners group.
Neil Brownless
 
Thursday evenings at Dunmore Primary School in Abingdon (8:00pm - 10:00pm).
  
 Kathy Wilcox
Friendly community wind band who rehearse and perform concerts in and around Abingdon, just south of Oxford. We currently have vacancies for brass players (ideally of grade 5 standard or higher) so would welcome enquiries from anyone who would be interested in joining us.
Andrew Taylor
Neil Maclean
Sunday 2 weeks prior, whole weekend prior and weekend of the concert
 Rebecca Stewardson
 Melissa Ward
APO is a friendly orchestra primarily for busy people who can’t commit to weekly rehearsals. We especially encourage younger people who reached a high standard in youth orchestras, but whose busy lives lead them to put down their instruments, to rediscover orchestral playing. Nevertheless, we are very welcoming to all ages! We put on four concerts a year, usually in October, January, April and June.

Allegro Wind Bands

Kevin Riley (AWB) Paul Johnson (JuniorBand)
 
Junior Band - Monday evenings 5-45 to 6-45 AWB - Wednesday evenings 6.30 to 8.00 Harrow Way School Andover
 Paul Johnson 01264-339965
 
 
Arturo Serna
Barbara Dale
Monday evenings fortnightly at Bridport Christian Fellowship Hall from 7.30 to 9.30
 Mark Westwood (chairman)
 Bill Dickinson (treasurer)
A friendly community orchestra that always welcomes new members. Our conductor is Arturo Serna an enthusiastic conductor and outstanding celllist who trained originally in Venezuela through the Il Sistema project. We put on 2 concerts a year. Playing standard ranges from about Grade 5 to professional. There are no auditions and the music teachers in our group are always willing to offer technical advice.

Alton Concert Band

Ian Morrish
 
Wednesdays at 2.30 - 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, Church Lane, Alton and also from June 2013 on Thursdays 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Hall in the centre of Alton.
 Evelyn Cooper 01420 562307
 
A friendly community band which welcomes woodwind and brass players. At present we have vacancies for percussion, trombone and tuba players.
Christopher Gardner
Christine Meers
Wednesdays during term time: 7:30-9:30. Wootey Junior School, Alton.
 Chris Leggett. 01730 893032.
 
ACO serves the local community and provides a friendly and supportive forum for all musicians who enjoy playing in an ensemble. All ages and abilities welcomed. We give three concerts a year, raising money for local community charities.
Paul Fisher
 
Monday evenings 8 p.m. at Winchmore Hill Methodist Chapel
 Fred Harrrison - Chairman
 Rod Stevens - Secretary
Amersham Band is a fourth section brass band. We are a go-ahead friendly bunch: qualified for the National Finals in 2010 and have a thriving training band for children and adults. We give various concerts and make a bi-annual visit to Bensheim, Amersham's twin town in Germany. For more information check our web site.
Alison Hockings
Alison Hockings
Saturday mornings at Amersham School, Stanley Hill, Amersham HP7 9HH, during term time
 Music Centre Office 01494 586530
 
We are the adult rehearsal orchestra attached to the Amersham Music Centre, which is part of Buckinghamshire Learning Trust Music. We are a group of 'rusties' and adult learners, who play for fun, and two short concert performances each year. The entry standard is said to be Grade 4+, but nobody will ever ask. All orchestral instruments are welcome. We play classical music and some lighter music.
Kevin Riley
Karen Snook
Thursday Evening 7.15-9.00
  
  
Concerts performed throughout the year at various venues.
Philip Buckmaster
 
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.
Claire Lawrence
 
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, 7.30 - 9.45pm Wednesdays.
 John Dablin 01296 433763
 
A friendly community band which welcomes woodwind and brass players, preferably grade 4 or above.
Ben Palmer
Mark Warner
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm, Aylesbury Music Centre, Walton Rd, Aylesbury HP21 7ST
 Julian Chilvers
 
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Aylesbury Youth Orchestra

Tom Horn
 
Saturdays during term time 9.00-11.00am. Age range - up to 18
 Tom Horn 07983442550
 
One of the UK’s leading Music Centre Youth Orchestras: Winners of Outstanding Performance Award, National Festival of Music for Youth. Exciting repertoire, friendly atmosphere.
Paul Willett
Anna Fleming
Banbury School during term-time on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30pm.
 Anna Fleming
 
Since 1961 the orchestra has been a platform for local amateur and professional musicians to come together to practice and perform the better-known (and some less well-known) pieces from the classical orchestral repertoire.

Basic Strings

J D Jenkins
Jill Jenkins ARCM
Fortnightly Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons in the Brockenhurst area
 J D Jenkins
 
Basic strings is for beginners and improvers and provides an intense and dedicated training opportunity.
Stephen Scotchmer
Sue Bint
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.

Beachampton Flute Group

Tina Chapman
 
Alternate Mondays, 19:30-21:00, Beachampton
 Tina Chapman
 
Small, friendly flute group looking for new members. Music pieces played are around Grade 3/4 and there is a small charge to cover the venue and music (Pay as you go)
Stewart Lewins
 
Every other Friday 8-10pm, Spencer’s Wood Hall, Basingstoke Road, RG7 1AP (near Reading)
 Gregor Spowart 07909 901391
 
We are a friendly, committed group who perform to raise money for charity and give 3 concerts a year. We welcome both adults and younger players at or close to Grade 8 standard who are keen to enhance ensemble playing and have the opportunity to play a wide variety of interesting music. In particular: Bassoon, Clarinet, Euphonium, French Horn, Percussion, Tenor sax, Baritone sax or Trombone
Robert Roscoe
Mel Poyda
Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.45pm in Beenham School Hall RG7 5NN
 Simon Witcomb 01635 869869
 
The band has developed a repertoire of music written specifically for wind band, and in 2010, it changed its name to Beenham Wind Orchestra, to reflect this change in emphasis, and to avoid confusion with brass bands. However, we still think of ourselves as a band, because our aim is to be sociable, welcoming and inclusive, as well as having fun making serious music. New members are always welcomed.
Philip Burditt
 
St Edburg's School, Kingsmere, Bicester on Tuesday evenings in term time, 8pm to 9.45pm.
 Rosalind Mason (chair)
 
We work hard to improve our skills in a relaxed and friendly environment under the leadership of our talented conductor, Philip Burditt. New members are warmly welcomed. For further information please see our website.
Michael Pegram
 
Rehearsals in Stokenchurch
 Margaret Cooper
 
BCB is a friendly community band, welcoming players of all ages. We are busy providing musical performances in Buckinghamshire and beyond, with a mixture of indoor and outdoor concerts held throughout the year.
Ian Barlow, Judith Atkins
 
Beginner, Learner and Main Bands all rehearse in Blewbury (just south of Didcot) on Wednesday evenings (from 6.00-6.45, 6.30-7.15 and 7.30-9.15, respectively)
 Membership secretary
 
Formed over 100 years ago, Blewbury and District Brass Band is a friendly and inclusive village band, and is the local brass band for the area surrounding Didcot, the Hendreds, the Hagbournes, the Moretons…and Blewbury (just south of Didcot). We play 15-20 events each year and can be heard playing at local fetes, parks and community events. Players of all levels and ages are welcomed warmly, into either our Main Band, our Beginner Band (for beginner players of any age, up to about Grade 2), or our Learner Band (for learners of all ages, up to about Grade 4 or 5).
Currently recruiting
Nick Hunt
Thursday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm at Queen's Park Infants Academy
 Band Chairperson
 Band Master
Formed in 1990, we are a community wind band with around 45 members
Sam Newgarth
MBE
Janet Fortnum,Wednesday at 7.30 at St Peter's Catholic School
  
 
Bournemouth-based orchestra giving several concerts a year in the Hampshire/Dorset area. New players always welcome. We are especially recruiting strings, oboe, trumpets and tuba.
Denise Ham
Brian Howells
St Paul's Church, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 9DW 1930-2150 Mondays during term time.
Graham Baynes 01929 551050
Alison Sepping 01202 708649
Play classical music in a friendly environment, without the pressure of performances whilst still aiming to improve ensemble playing and musicianship.
Marc Edwards, Kevin Ransom, Elin Davies
Diana Adams
8pm Wednesday (During term time) Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7GR
 Marc Edwards
 Mary Percival
BWCB Main Band is a 60 piece wind band, open to all grade 6 and above. BWCB also has the 'Second Wind' band for players of grade 3-6 and the Beaufort Band which is suitable for players with less experience, as long as they can read music and have been playing for at least a year. Please visit the website for more details.
Arturo Serna
Alexandra Ennis
Mondays fortnightly, Christian Fellowship Hall, Bridport
 Caroline Lewars
 Rosalind Tarry
The String Orchestra of about 25 players was formed in 1975 and is based in Bridport, Dorset, our players coming from a wide area of West Dorset, East Devon and Somerset. On occasions weare joined by wind and brass instruments for larger works and normally perform three concerts each year. We have a broad repertoire embracing many composers from baroque to modern.
Michael Sanderson
Genevieve Haughey
Monday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm Recital Room, Lecture Centre, Brunel University, Cleveland Road Uxbridge
 Jay Wilkinson /Karen Lamb 01895 266074
 
Friendly University-based orchestra welcomes new members, particularly strings and lower woodwind. 4 concerts each year with wide repertoire.
Julia May
Richard Hollingham
Thursday evening during term time at Sandringham School in St Albans starting at 7pm
 Contact via website
 
Community jazz band, formed in 2006 and with an active membership of around 15 musicians playing a wide range of jazz and jazz inspired music. New members are always welcome and we believe that we have a role to play in being a part of, and helping, the community through playing music. We are currently looking for trumpet players.
Andrew Gray
 
Monday evenings,7.3, Witney Community Primary School
 Helen Jenkins
 
Based in Witney, Oxfordshire, the Burford Orchestra gives three concerts a year in West Oxfordshire. New players, especially strings and low brass, are always welcome to come and join a friendly fun local orchestra. No audition is necessary.
Phil Lazenbury
 
19:45-21:45 on Wednesdays at St Nicholas Church Taplow
  
 
We are a friendly wind band playing a wide range of music. We welcome all new players of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. We do not hold auditions to join but suggest a standard of about grade 5+.
Ric Wood
Ric Wood
1st & 3rd Saturday of each month @ 3:30PM-5:30PM @ St. Paul's Church, Bursledon Parish, Oak Rd, Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8DT
 Ric Wood
 Sarah Lambert
An adult jazz band welcoming to all instruments and abilities. We play around 4-6 gigs and concerts each year raising money for various charities. Music is a mixture of original works and well known classics from jazz standards and blues, to movie theme tunes and funk. Music is organised via Dropbox so you can look through all available parts and choose and print whichever you fancy at any point. We’re an incredibly chilled and friendly bunch attracting players from Basingstoke and Southampton to Portsmouth and The New Forest. Small band membership fee of £30 per quarter or £50 per half year, to cover venue and band costs. We’d love to hear from you!
George Vass
Jamie Hutchinson
Tuesdays 19:45-22:00 Bushey Academy, London Rd, Bushey, Herts
 Peter Banks
Brian McAdam 01923 266667
The Bushey Symphony Orchestra, a highly regarded part of the local community and nearing our fortieth year, gives a minimum of five concerts per season with a wide variety of repertoire from the baroque to the present day. We have vacancies in the string section and welcome all players especially post grade 8.
Dwight Pile-Gray BMus(Hons) ATCL
 
Monday evenings at Robertswood County School, Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, SL9 OEW
 Bryan Ogilvie (Chairman) 020 8998 7042 / 07810 648702
Mary Cadman (Secretary) 01494 863352 / 07765 567305
We are always on the lookout for woodwind, brass and percussion players. There are also instrumental ensembles associated with the Band. The Band presents two main concerts each year, plus many other public engagements particularly during the summer and Christmas period. It raises much money for local and national charities.
Craig Lawton
varies
On the day of the concert.
 Craig Lawton
 
The Charity Symphony Orchestra is a leading and successful fund-raising ensemble based on the South Coast of England. The orchestra draws players from across the region and beyond from a pool of nearly 200 musicians from amateur and professional backgrounds. Everyone involved with the orchestra, players and management, donate their time and skill to the goal of raising as much money as possible for deserving causes. The orchestra is very sociable, providing an opportunity for members to keep in touch with friends and meet new people. It is a humbling experience to work with so many talented and enthusiastic musicians.
Julie Twite
 
Tuesday evenings 7.30 - 9pm at the University of Chichester.
 Julie Twite: 07738228053
 
We are all adult members and are grades 5 and above. We are a very friendly bunch and welcome new players.
Michael Walsh
Mark Hartt-Palmer
Tuesday evening during term time at Christchurch, Old Market Avenue, Chichester, from 7.30pm-9.30pm
 Mark Hartt-Palmer
 Leon New
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.
Sam Laughton
Linda Miller
Approximately fortnightly in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire during school term time
 Dick Morbey
 
An adult orchestra which meets approximately fortnightly in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire during school term time. Our aim is to enjoy making music and to stage about three concerts per year, sometimes including concerts for children. Often we combine with wind players, and various soloists to offer a wider range of music than the typical string repertoire.
Claire Lawrence
 
Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 at the Royal Grammar School, Amersham Road, High Wycombe
 Martin Hellewell
 
The Chiltern Concert Band is a friendly community wind band based in High Wycombe, which strives for the highest musical standards. We play a wide range of music including marches, film and show selections, solo items, popular classics, and recent wind band repertoire.
Fa Fa Jin
Tony Short
Tuesday,7.30, Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common, near Reading
 Ruth Winchester 0118 972 2164
 
Adult Orchestra, meeting weekly for 28 weeks with informal concerts at Xmas and before we break up at the end of May. Currently seeking horn and bassoon players. Vacancies also for Trombones - Strings are always welcome.
Alan Horner
 
Monday 7:15 - 9:15pm (except on Bank Holidays and in December) at The Cause, 42 The Causeway, Chippenham, SN15 3DD.
 Alan Horner 01249 657654
 
Chippenham Town Band is a Brass and Wind Band which plays a wide range of music. We tend to play at fêtes, balls and concerts; with seasonal variations e.g. carolling, park events. Instruments include woodwind, brass and percussion. There are over 20 regular members, however some events may feature a smaller group. We play music from most genres: Big Band, theme tunes, classical and marches, to name but a few! We are always on the lookout for new members.
Richard Powell
 
Monday, Great Hall, Cholsey Meadows, Cholsey.
 Kalinda Francomb 07590 280507
 
A community concert band looking to welcome competent players of all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments who have good sight reading skills and previous experience playing in a band or orchestra. The band plays music specifically written for concert band ranging from classical to film/musicals and easy listening. To get in touch or find out more information please message us on Facebook (search for Cholsey & Wallingford Concert Band), or drop us an email or visit our website
Steff Emmett
Steff Emmett
Tuesday evenings, central Christchurch, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
 Steff Emmett
 Philip Palmer
We are a Not for Profit, free to play, True Community band and welcome past and present players of brass and woodwind instruments. We also offer free Beginner Brass lessons on Cornet or trumpet for children of Christchurch and its Districts. One of our mottoes is 'Music should be available to all regardless of financial standing'.
Lawrence Butchart
 
Every Tuesday 7.30pm at Burton Green Church Hall, Burton, Christchurch, BH23 7JN
 Ruth Eshelby 0783 767 0354
 
Immediate vacancies for cornets and soon for trombone. Adult beginners and returners welcomed to Training Band at 6.30pm on Tuesdays

Claydon Chamber Orchestra

Hugh Molloy
 
Arranged in preparation for each concert
 Julie Boulter
 
String Orchestra - plus occasional wind/brass/percussion as repertoire requires. Mainly professionally trained musicians
Trish Evans
 
Tuesday evening 7.30pm (term time only) All Saints Church, Milton Keynes Village, MK10 9AF
 Trish Evans
 Jules White
Formed in September 2014 the Concrete Calves is a place for adult woodwind players to come together and share in the joy of playing in a group. Adult beginners who can play 3 notes, to those of around grade 5 standard are all welcome. We welcome players of flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon and bass clarinet.

Cores End Concert Band

 
 
Rehearsals will take place in the Cores End United Reformed Church on Tuesdays at 8pm.
  
 
Cores End Concert Band is looking for founder members to get started. We're after high quality instrumentalists to form a top class wind band, playing challenging works.
Mary Snow
Irene Butcher
The Music Block, Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West OX4 6JZ. 7.0pm to 9.0pm Wednesdays during school terms.
 Pip Willcox
 
 
Robert Roscoe
Joanna Lavender
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.
Patsy Moore
 
Padworth Village Hall (between Reading and Newbury) on Thursdays from 19.30-21.30 in term time
 Patsy Moore 0118 9832098
 
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 rusties.
Len Tyler
 
Monday evenings during term time: 7 - 8.30 at Yateley School, School Lane, Yateley, Hants GU46 6NW
 Len Tyler 01276 34820
 
Da Capo Winds is a concert band for both children and adults. Much emphasis is places on training with the use of the Kodaly approach much in evidence at each rehearsal. Da Capo Winds rehearses during term time only and performs three concerts each year at the end of each term.
John Fuller
 
Mondays, 7.30 to 9.30pm Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
 John Fuller - 01256 398211
 
3 concerts a year - always to raise money for charities.
Simon Love
 
Northbourne Centre, Didcot. Monday evenings 7:30-9:00 pm
  
 
A rehearsal orchestra meeting weekly in Didcot. We have a significant portfolio of our own music as well as hiring one or two major works to focus on each term. New players welcome.

Dorchester Cello Club

Michael Moorsom
 
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month 6.00-7.30pm at the Durnovaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1NJ
 Michael Moorsom
 Anne Eccleston
We meet in a warm and friendly environment where every player makes a contribution to our music making as we explore the range and diversity of repertoire available to cello ensembles.

Dorchester String Orchestra

Michael Moorsom
Catherine McMillan
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month 6.00-7.30pm at the Durnovaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1NJ
 Michael Moorsom
 Anne Eccleston
We meet throughout the year to make music in a friendly and encouraging environment with repertoire chosen to suit the group’s abilities. There are no auditions; beginners can expect to find the music challenging, while more advanced players will always have plenty to get their teeth into! We don’t give formal concerts, but we do occasionally invite family and friends to listen to us perform…

Dorchestra

Catherine Oakley
Sandy Strachan
Alternate Sundays at Durnavaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Dorchester
 Catherine Oakley
 
A community Orchestra catering mainly for Adults although no age limitations, playing a mix of Classical/light Classical/ Film and Show music. A friendly, social group. Brass, Horn and Oboe players especially welcomed.
Robert Jacoby
Anita Hansen/Craig McKenzie
Generally four rehearsals immediately before a concert.
(via website)
 
Currently performing four concerts per year in Dorchester, Dorset. We are happy to hear from potential players of the appropriate standard, please see the orchestra website for all details.
Ian Pillow
Bäbel Glaser
Saturday or Sunday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. prior to a concert, usually at Tarrant Keyneston Village Hall.
(via website)
 
Members are semi-professional and amateur adult players of Grade 6 standard and above. There are current vacancies, particularly for Violin & Viola players.
David Ansell
Rachel Greenwood
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30 pm. Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, 32 Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7TH
 Trish Dyer 01305 261288
 
The Dorset Sinfonia, formerly Weymouth Arts Centre Orchestra and Weymouth Sinfonia, welcomes new players. Feel free to come and give us a try - there are no auditions. It would be good if you would ring Trish beforehand so that we can ensure that we have an appropriate part available. Check out the website for more information.
Guy Bennett
 
Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in St James Church Hall, Emsworth PO10 7DP
Guy Bennett 07976 292818
 Kay Williams
The Emsworth Concert Band is a friendly community band of woodwind, brass and percussion players of a wide range of ages and abilities. We perform concerts each year, including Spring and Christmas concerts, as well as playing at outdoor events during the Summer.

Encore Chichester Community Orchestra (ECCO)

Laura Ritchie
Laura Ritchie
Every Wednesday during term time Wednesday 6.30-8pm
 Sally Kingsbury
 Alex Wilby
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 are looking for new players, particularly violin and viola players. It is held in a room at Chichester university. £5 per session changing.
 
Stewart McCormack
Monday evening 7.30pm – 9.45pm during term time at Farnborough Methodist Church
 Stewart McCormack
 Susan Looseley
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.
David Smart
 
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.
Mark Fitz-Gerald
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.
Jo Price
 
Fridays during term time at the Immaculate Conception Church hall, 346 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 3SB from 7pm until 9pm.
 07779 927613
 
A friendly and enthusiastic group of flautists of all ages that meets weekly during term time. The flute choir perform around five concerts a year in a variety of settings - from Winchester Cathedral's Christmas Market and carols at Hedge End to more formal concerts with other groups at the Turner Sims, Romsey Abbey, and elsewhere in Hampshire. Players should be grade 5 standard and above. Subscriptions are £25 per term.
Vince Godfrey
Mike Varty
SS Philip and James Church, Kings Road, Fleet, Every Wednesday during term-time from 8.00-9.30pm
 Anna Day
 
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
Louise Rayner
 
Saturday mornings, Yateley Manor School, Reading Road, Yateley
 Louise Rayner
 
3 colourful flute choirs for children under 18 - Fresh Flute Salad for beginners to grade 3, Flute Salad for intermediate players to grade 6 and advanced players from grade 6 and above. Regularly play festivals and concerts in the area as well as participating in fund-raising events for charity.
Wendy Marks
 
Alternate Wednesday evenings 8.15 to 10 pm in Freeland, Oxfordshire.
 Wendy Marks 01993 883379
 
We are a friendly community orchestra in the Oxford area looking for more string players. Other instrumentalists also welcomed. No auditions!
Lindsay Stoner
Lindsay Stoner
Tuesday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at St George's Church, St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1ED
 Joe Wilkinson
 
We welcome mandolinists and classical guitarists of all standards and have instruments for newcomers to borrow. The ability to read music is essential. Find us on Facebook too!

Giocoso Concert Band

 
 
Thursday evenings 7.45pm-9.45pm, Swanbourne Village Hall, Bucks
 David Sharp 01908 503461
 
Formed in 2003, the ethos of the Giocoso Concert Band is one of playing in a relaxed, friendly environment. Members range in age from 11 to 65. No auditions. Music ranges from Beatles through to Mozart! We are desperate for new members - any wind players or percussionists please get in touch!
 
 
Goring Community Centre, Mondays (except Bank Holidays) 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
 Chairman
 
The band - a friendly community band of around 45 woodwind and brass players of a wide range of ages and abilities - welcomes new players. We perform about 12 times a year, mainly during the summer months, at local fêtes, regattas and parks.
 
 
Goring Community Centre, 6:40 to 7:25 pm on Monday evenings during term time
 Chairman
 
The Starter Band is open to wind, brass or percussion players of all ages and abilities who wish to gain (or develop) experience of playing in a group, or wish to exercise their second (or third) instrument. There are no auditions for membership. As a rough guide players at Grade 2 - or for whom Grade 2 is the next step - would probably not be out of their depth.

The Great Missenden Orchestra

Paul Luke
Ed Hewitt
Wednesday evenings in term time, Oldham Hall, Great Missenden, Bucks, 8-10pm
 Stephanie Baudet
 
We are a friendly orchestra who put on two or three concerts/workshops per year. String/brass players particularly welcome - 2nd oboe and 2nd clarinet urgently needed.
Various guest conductors
 
Rehearses in the week leading up to a concert
 Tim Wright
 
The Guernsey Symphony Orchestra is an independent amateur orchestra founded in 1991. The orchestra demands high standards from its players, and engages high quality conductors and soloists to perform three ambitious concerts each year in the St. James Concert Hall, St. Peter Port.
Derek Hasted
 
Purbrook Church Hall Waterlooville, Thursday evenings
 Derek Hasted, 023 9247-9200
 
hago is a guitar orchestra with 4 sizes of classical guitar. New players from Grade 4 to 8 are always welcome to audition. We play 3 or 4 concerts a year to raise funds for local community charities.
Christopher Burgess
 
Wednesday evenings 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm Warblington School Drama studio, Havant, Hants
 Penny Smith
 Christopher Burgess
HRS is a group of forty recorder players. Some are seasoned musicians, others are talented amateurs. There is no limit to the style of music which HRS plays; it ranges from very early to modern - you name it; they play it. HRS has also commissioned new and exciting works for recorder orchestra. They play 4 concerts a year in some lovely venues plus an Open Playing Day. New players are welcome. If you would like to become a member of HRS, you need to be a confident recorder player, and preferably be able to play both C and F instruments.

Hampshire Symphonic Winds

Guy Bennett
Guy Bennett
4 rehearsals fortnightly before concerts (twice a year), Camberley
 Athena Morse athenamorse@hotmail.com
  Madhu Vidyarthi
Hampshire Symphonic Winds has been formed to allow high quality musicians from the South East to come together twice a year to put on high quality concerts. The band will play a wide ranging repertoire from pure wind band, to music from stage and screen. Our aim is to perform an entertaining programme at an extremely high level. By holding only 3-4 rehearsals at fortnightly intervals in the Camberley area prior to a concert, our aim is to attract the top players from surrounding areas to perform good quality music, whilst not having to interfere with other regular commitments. If you are interested in playing with a group of like-minded quality musicians please get in touch. We would be interested in hearing from woodwind, brass and percussion players of grade 8 standard or above.
Jonathan Butcher
Cathy Mathews
Most Fridays in 'term time' 7.15-9.45 at St. Faith's Church Hall in Havant
 Stella Scott
 
Formed in 1962, friendly full symphony orchestra. Minimum standard of entry around Grade 8 Associated Board or equivalent. Informal audition process involving attendance at some rehearsals and chat with section leader and conductor. At least three concerts each season, usually with international soloists, mostly at Oaklands School in Waterlooville. Particularly keen to hear from Double Bass players, but all enquiries welcome: if we don't have a space for you at the moment we often need extras or deps.
Rachel Fountain
Emma Spikings
Every Wednesday during term-time from 8 until 10pm at Buckingham Community Centre, Cornwall’s Meadow, Buckingham MK18 1RP
 Rachel Fountain
 
We are a friendly and supportive community string orchestra in Buckingham open to adult string players of all abilities: from accomplished musicians to learners to those who are returning to playing after many years. We hold two or three concerts a year and cover a varied repertoire from Baroque to Pop and Classical to Modern.
Ian Brown
David Burton
Henley College, Thursdays 7.30pm - 10pm September to June
 Elaine Dudeney, 01491 628520
 
 
Richard Horn
 
Fort Widley, Portsmouth on Wednesday nights during term time between 19:00 - 21:30
 Richard Horn 07901650987
 Alistair Lane
The Highbury Area Band is a symphonic youth wind band with an extensive repertoire covering the whole musical range including classical, popular, marches, film themes and music from well known shows. The musicians range in standard from Grade 5 upwards, and are mostly aged between 11 and 21. HAB performs regular concerts throughout the year many in aid of local charities.
Lorna Mountford
 
Monday evenings in Tadley 8-10pm.
 Lorna Mountford
 
The Innovations Jazz Orchestra is an exciting friendly Big Band. We perform the music of Basie, Fitzgerald, Buble, Sinatra and others. Playing music from the 1920s to current day, this 20 piece band does regular performances in the Basingstoke/Reading/Newbury triangle. The band self-finances so there are no associated costs. Players must all be good readers equivalent to grade 7/8 and above only. If you can improvise then opportunities to do so will be offered. Get in touch to come along and try out with us.
Paul Cox
Andrew Lack
Tuesdays and Fridays 7.30pm - 9.45pm in the fortnight preceding the concert
 Andrew Lack (chair)
 
The ISIS Chamber Orchestra gives several concerts per year, in and around Oxfordshire, and performs a variety of orchestral works, mainly for chamber orchestra.
Jonathan Butcher
Kate Turnbull
Wednesday (except August) from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at the Wootton Community Centre, Brannons Way, Wootton IOW
 Timothy Isard
 
The IWSO is a well-established non-professional Symphony Orchestra on the Isle of Wight. The Orchestra performs music from a varied repertoire, usually at the Medina Theatre in Newport, with 5 concerts a year.

Jubilee Brass

Ian Smith
 
Tuesday evenings 7:30 - 9:30 at Oasis Academy Mayfield, Ashley Crescent, (Off Portsmouth Road), Southampton SO19 9NA
  
 
We are a traditional Brass band that plays all kinds of music, perform concerts that are both fun and often challenging and have a membership that draws from latent talent in Southampton and Hampshire. All brass players are welcome.

Junior Strings

 
Jillian Jenkins ARCM
Sunday mornings in Brockenhurst
 J D Jenkins
 
Workshops for string players under 12 years of age. Lively ensemble sessions and opportunity for solo performing.
Paul Cox
Melissa Ward
Wednesday evenings during term time from 7.30 to 9.30 at Langtree School in Woodcote, near Reading.
 Nick Kiff 01491 833515
Chris Winch (chairman) 01865 340339
We are a friendly bunch of mixed musical abilities who enjoy playing together. We give two formal concerts a year, one a programme of classical music at St Mary's Church, Wallingford in November, and the other a bigger, more ambitious performance at Dorchester Abbey in May. There is no audition to join, and we currently have vacancies in all string sections and all brass except horns.
John Ravenor
Julia Shepherd
Sacred Heart Church Hall, 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. LU7 1HZ - Tuesdays 7:45-9:45pm
 Julia Shepherd 07707- 995812
 
The Leighton-Linslade Concert Band was formed in the summer of 2008, we are a concert band - a wind orchestra - consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion. The Band has members from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We welcome brass players, woodwind players and percussionists. If you enjoy playing a wide range of music styles and you are interested in joining a friendly ensemble please contact us!

Lymington Town Band

Clive Burroughs
 
Monday evenings 1930 to 2130 at the Literary Institute, New Street, Lymington, Hampshire
 Frank Weller (Hon Secretary) 023 80846702
 
The Lymington Town Band would welcome new players - Brass, Woodwind and Percussion. The Band has a number of vacancies in all sections. We have a programme of public Concerts which include the regular outdoor Concerts on Lymington Bandstand during the Summer.
Different for each concert
 
Venue tbc but normally 4-5 rehearsals in the three weeks before a concert
 Chris Block / Ben Jennings
 
This is a brand new auditioned amateur orchestra launching in Bournemouth this year. Our vision is for an orchestra for Dorset that is committed to music-making of the highest quality. We exist primarily for the musician, devising programmes and rehearsal experiences that focus on the pleasure of playing orchestral music. We will do 3-4 concerts a year using different professional conductors for each concert. We're always on the look out for more players who are grade 8+. Please get in touch.
Peter Ripper
 
Furze Platt Church, Maidenhead - Monday 7:30 - 9:00pm (During term time)
 Carrie Rogers
 
The Maidenhead Concert Band is a community band formed in January 1998 by Father and Daughter, Peter Ripper and Carrie Rogers to enable musicians of all ages to get together and play on a regular basis. The band give two or three major concerts a year as well as perform at many local fund raising events during the summer months.
Tony Fleming
 
Fridays 7.15-9.15pm at Unit 6, Park Road Industrial Estate, Malmesbury
Tony Fleming 01666 575229
Kate Cloke 01666 832084
We perform in local Bandstands, at village Fêtes and the like, for Remembrance Sunday (at Malmesbury Abbey) and for a major Annual Concert at Malmesbury Town Hall. Whilst we do not audition, we do expect a reasonable sight-reading ability and are currently particularly interested in additional brass players and Percussion, although all appropriate instrumentalists (woodwind and brass) are invited to enquire as to vacancies.
Simon Wilkins
Ken Thomas
Thursdays 8pm to 10 pm in Marchwood Village Hall, SO40 4SX. (Only 15 minutes from the centre of Southampton)
 Group Secretary 08454637345
 
Part of the Marchwood Orchestras Group. This orchestra is for musicians who want to play light orchestral pieces with the occasional challenge of more demanding symphonic works. A friendly and supportive group who give several concerts a year within the local community. A grade 4 or similar experience is suggested to be able to access the music with the attitude of wanting to develop skills being preferred.
John Bell
Caroline Biggin
Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.45 pm in Marchwood Village Hall, SO40 4SX. (Only 15 minutes from the centre of Southampton)
 Group Secretary 08454637345
 
Part of the Marchwood Orchestras group. This ensemble is for everyone, but especially for musicians who for some reason, may lack confidence. It plays a wide range of genres using bespoke music. It presents optimum levels of challenge with good humour, high standards and non judgmental support.
Roselise Gentile
Edward Judge
Every Tuesday 7:30 – 9:30 Christchurch, Marlborough
via website
 
MCO plays light music and popular classics. It has entertaining rehearsals and performs 3 exciting concerts a year. It aims to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of orchestral music in all its aspects. Members' ages range from 14 - 70!
Tom Horn
 
Thursday nights 7.30pm-9.00pm, Christchurch URC, Quoiting Square, Oxford Rd, Marlow, SL7 2NL - with a social gathering in the pub afterwards.
 Tom Horn 07983442550
 Rob Innes (Chair) 07958 570330
We play various works catering for all standards. We have some very new players, some returning to the instrument, and some semi professionals. Subs paid either by the term or yearly. Special rates for Students. Anyone welcome to get in touch. We are currently looking for violins and bassoons although all other instruments will be very welcome .

Meon Valley Orchestra

Lorraine Masson
Bryan Lant
Thursday mornings 9 - 12 at Soberton Village Hall
 Annabel Armstrong 07732 329792
 
We are a friendly group of adults playing a wide variety of music for our own enjoyment. We perform at local events and some formal concerts. New members of all abilities and most instruments are very welcome.

Midsummer Players

Mike James
 
Term time Monday evenings, 8:00-9:30 at the City Church, Central Milton Keynes
Mike James 01908 324448 or 07989 583436
 
We are the adult orchestra of the Milton Keynes Music Service. We don't have any formal entry requirements, and emphasise enjoying making music together and playing our instruments. Typically members used to play in orchestras, but haven't for quite a while, or have only taken up their instrument as adults.

Millstream Orchestra

 
 
Thursday every other week in Damerham
 Heather Dobby 01425 473900
 
All instrumentalists are welcome. At the moment we are especially looking for brass players and string players. We have regular Saturday workshops and have an extensive collection of music which we own.

The Milton Keynes Sinfonia

David Knight
 
Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes, Thursday 7:30p.m
 David Knight
 Christine Hunt, Chair
All welcome esp. experienced violin, viola & bass players. Forthcoming concerts 25/3, 25/6, 15/7.
Richard Jacklin
Dora Chatzigeorgiou
Amersham School, Stanley Hill, Amersham, HP7 9HH, 8 pm Thursdays
 Clair McCoy
 
4 concerts per year in the Chiltern area. String and brass players very welcome.
Felicity Griffin
Emily Russell
Thursdays 6-8pm at the University of Winchester
 Emily Russell
 
Based at University of Winchester as part of Foundation Music, It was set up to allow students, staff, graduates and members of the local community to come together in a fun, friendly environment to make music. We play everything from big band, to theme tunes, to popular music, to musical theatre. There are NO fees and NO auditions. We welcome players of ANY age, ANY ability and on ANY instrument, however we are especially looking for players to join our brass section.
Ieuan Davies
 
7.30pm on Wednesday evenings in Hordle Church Memorial Hall ( between Lymington and New Milton in South-West Hampshire)
 Alan Ford 01590 681741
  
We are a group of amateur musicians of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds. We aim for a high standard; there is no entrance audition but would suggest Grade 5 standard as a minimum. We perform classical repertoire and some lighter material. We are currently especially aiming to recruit additional string, wind ( except clarinets) and brass players.
John Traill
Rachael Elliott
Every Wednesday 7.15pm Davis Block St Bartholomews School, Buckingham Road, Newbury
David Cooper, chairman 01635 551875
 
Newbury Symphony Orchestra, founded 1879, is a local amateur symphony orchestra with a professional conductor and leader. We give three full orchestral concerts a year as well as taking part in smaller events.
Craig Lawton
Clare Blackwell
Mondays in term time, 7.30 to 9.30 at Friends Meeting Hall, Ordnance Road, Southampton
 Alan Fitch
 
Friendly Southampton based orchestra giving two concerts a year. Proceeds to charity. Young players very welcome. Started in 1926, so 2016 is our 90th Anniversary!
Hugh Molloy
 
At the Open University, Milton Keynes, generally Friday lunchtime for an hour.
 Laurence Holden 01908 605863
  
The Orchestra welcomes members of the local community who can make lunchtime rehearsals. It was started in January 2005, and is developing into a full symphonic orchestra. Currently we have vacancies for violas, 1 bass, 1 horn and 1 trombone, but do check our website. We give three lunchtime concerts a year plus contribute to other musical events.

OUP Orchestra NEW

Chloe Rooke
 
Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15pm, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP
  
 
We are a fun, friendly and high standard chamber orchestra for staff members and students of the University of Oxford, Oxford University Hospitals, and Oxford University Press. Players should ideally be Grade 6+, however we welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to join us or simply find out more. We play 3 public concerts per year consisting of a variety of classical music. No audition necessary.
various
 
St Ebbe's School, Oxford, just prior to concerts.
 Simon Payne 01235 539888
 
Founded in 1984, giving an average of four orchestral concerts per year, mostly in Oxford. We also accompany choral societies.
Chris Fletcher-Campbell
John Hounam
19:30-21:30 Monday evenings in term-time. Sandhills Primary School, Terrett Avenue, Sandhills, Oxford, OX3 8FN
 Bill Manville 01865 558626
 
No formal auditions. Violins, violas, double basses, and brass especially welcome to apply.
Stewart Lewins
 
Wednesday evenings 18.30 for 18.45 start. Finish 19.45, Pangbourne Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7AN
 Stewart Lewins 0118 942 5076 / 07786694491
 
Pangbourne All-Comers' Band seeks musicians and ANYONE is welcome, whatever instrument they play! We meet every Wednesday during school terms, as a forum for enjoying making music in a group. The music we play is suitable for anyone of about Grade 2 and above, and is ideal for children and adults alike. Perhaps you have a child learning an instrument, or maybe you would like an outlet for a second instrument. If so, the Pangbourne All-Comers' Band could be for you.
Tom Horn
David Wallace
Tuesday Evenings 8-10pm Samuel Cody Sports College, Cove, GU14 8SS
 Lynda Trice
 
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.
Paul Ingram
Chris Knox
Shirley Parish Hall, 7.30pm every Thursday
 Chris Knox 07717 705789
 
Per Piacere Chamber Orchestra is a group of non-professional musicians specialising in performing music from the Baroque and Classical musical periods. Founded in early 2007, the group started with just string players, and has rapidly grown to include appropriate wind and brass instruments.
Robin Browning
Helen Purchase
Friday evenings during school term times. 7:15pm - 9:15pm at the Avenue Pavilion, The Avenue, Petersfield, Hampshire
 Eldrith Ward 02392 252357
 
A friendly amateur orchestra who give 3-4 concerts a year, in November/December, March and June, usually at the Festival Hall, Petersfield. We would particularly welcome enquiries from String players (Grade 6 and above).
Penny Shackleton
Anne Crowther
Second Sunday of the month, 15:00 to 17:00 (Phoenix Flutes) 17:00 to 18:00 (Phoenix Fledglings), Didcot, Oxfordshire
 Penny Shackleton 01235 531314
 Anne Crowther text to 07940 900768
Phoenix Flutes is an informal flute choir open to adults and students aged 16 or over around Grade 6 and above. Piccolo, alto and bass flutes available to play. Phoenix Fledglings is for less experienced players around Grade 4 or above who would like to play in a friendly, supportive group.
Jo Price
 
Fridays during term time at the Immaculate Conception Church hall, 346 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 3SB from 6pm until 7pm.
 07779 927613
 
Piccolissimo is a flute choir for rusty players and beginners up to grade 5 standard. Only £3 per session! (or £25 for the term). You must be able to play some notes and read music.
Sheridan Bartlett
 
Tuesday evening during termtime at St. Clements Church, Parkstone, Poole at 7.30pm
 Secretary
 
We play mainly light music e.g. selections from the shows, Strauss waltzes, Sousa marches etc. but sometimes go a little more classical. We are a very friendly orchestra and give concerts three or four times per year.
Eddy McDermott
 
Tuesday from 7.45pm. to 9.45pm. at The Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth
 Eddy McDermott 02392 524978
 Val Loft 02392 371135
Annual subscriptions £40 (includes Community Centre Membership). Student Rate £16.
Hugh Carpenter
 
Sundays during term time from 7pm-9pm at Church of the Resurrection, Drayton
 Anne White 02392 731122
 
We are a friendly orchestra based in Portsmouth and we aim to perform 3 concerts per year. There are no auditions or trial periods and there is no minimum ability level. Please visit our website for more information on joining us, rehearsals and forthcoming concerts.
Colin Jagger
 
Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm in the White Swan Building (PO1 2DT)
 Colin Jagger
 
The Orchestra performs a wide variety of repertoire with three programmes each year. Players need to be a minimum of grade 5 standard, and wind players will usually be asked to audition due to a high demand for places
Colin Jagger
 
Tuesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm in the White Swan Building (PO1 2DT)
 Colin Jagger
 
The Wind Band performs a light repertoire of music from the stage and screen, pop songs from various decades and well-known classical pieces and folksongs. All woodwind and brass instruments are welcome, as well as string bass, drums and percussion. The recommended standard for members is Grade 3 minimum, although beginners are welcome to enhance their learning in a friendly, relaxed environment.
various
 
Six rehearsals preceding each concert (usually on Tuesdays), and also a Saturday afternoon rehearsal on the day of the concert.
 John Stradlin (chair)
 
The Radcliffe Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra made up mainly of staff, relatives and friends of the Oxford Hospitals. We give three concerts per year (usually in November, March and June) in aid of various medical charities.
Stefan Hofkes
Lynette Wynn
Every Thursday evening, 7:15 to 9:30. St Mary’s School, Wensley Road, Reading.
 Julia Luckett, Chairman
 
 
Paul Cox
 
Fridays 7:30-9:30 during term time, University of Reading London Road campus
Paul Cox or Mel Le Breuilly, contact via website
 
Reading Youth Orchestra is a friendly group of musicians aged 11-21, welcoming members Grade 5 and over from the greater Reading area.
Paul Luke
Frank Henderson
Broughton Infant School Narbeth Drive, Aylesbury 7.45pm - 9.45pm Mondays (during school terms)
 Secretary - Suzanne Clayton. 0845 430 4567
 
Founded in 1955, we are a friendly orchestra, based in Aylesbury, Bucks., performing three concerts per year, ranging from light folk music to full symphonies. New string/brass players particularly welcome.
 
 
Bishopstoke Community Centre (off Church Road) every Tuesday 19.30 - 21.30
 Bob Campbell 02380266185
Mike Coombes 01489861326
Riverside Concert Band, previously known as Eastleigh Town Band was founded on the 1st of January 2015. We are a very friendly band of all ages and musical ability. We regularly provide entertainment in the local area, from Bandstands in the summer months to more formal summer and Christmas concerts.
 
 
7.30pm every Thursday evening at The Methodist Church, Rope Yard, Royal Wootton Bassett.
  
 
Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra is a relaxed, friendly amateur orchestra. We give three concerts a year with occasional extra events. Members are mostly adult, but we do have a few younger members. There are no auditions. We take players at about Grade 5 or over. Strings are normally welcome, but places for other instruments (regulars and deps) vary from season to season according to our vacancies and programmes.
Phil Lazenbury
Peter Woods
Mondays 20:00 - 22:00 at the Cody Sports and Social Club, Old Ively Road, Farnborough
 Peter Woods 01252 658314
 Ossie 01252 651544
We are a friendly community concert band of about a 40 who work closely with a training band of about 20 (adults and children) so people of all levels are catered for, from professionals to learners and people just wanting to play a second instrument. We do 4 concerts a year and especially have vacancies for percussion, trombone and tuba players or anyone else interested in joining us.
Ian Lowes
Anna Tyrell
Mondays 7.30-9.30 in term time, St.Aldhelm’s Church, Branksome, Poole.
 Amy Taylor, chairperson
 
We are a full sized orchestra that performs proper orchestral works (overtures, concertos, symphonies) 3 times a year. We work hard to keep our programmes exciting and fresh. Vacancies are listed on ourwebsite. Do come join us!
Chris Foster
Elizabeth Sansom
 
 
 
St Ambrose Strings started in 2007 as a double string quartet. We have now expanded the orchestra and play such things as Elgar and Tchaikovsky String Serenades. We are based in Bournemouth and are looking for first violins and violas
Geoffrey Bushell
Emily Ormerod
St Mary & St John School, Oxford, Thursdays 7.30-9.30
 Geoffrey Bushell 01235 818848
 
Oxfordshire’s favourite amateur orchestra, playing 3-5 concerts per year. Please see our website for concert details and vacancies
Jerry Lanning
David Thompson
Saturday 10.30am - 12.45, Beansheaf Community Hall, Calcot, Berkshire
 Dan Long
 
We meet to enjoy playing classical music and occasionally to rehearse concerts for charity. Currently there are vacancies for strings and a French horn.
Nicole Willis
 
1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month, 4:30 - 6pm, in St Pauls' Church Hall, Chippenham.
 Chris Churchouse, 01225 712181
 
We are a friendly saxophone ensemble who play a wide variety of music: classical, pop, rock, film theme, jazz, latin etc. We do not require a Grade exam but players are expected to assess themselves to be playing at Grade 5 or above
Sarah Heard
 
Sundays fortnightly from 5.30pm until 7.30pm at the Irish Club, Station Road, Eastleigh.
 07779 927613
 
Aimed at intermediate and advanced players the music is fun, varied and occasionally challenging too! Membership fees are £15 per term. All pieces are arranged for sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. A mixture of original sax ensemble compositions and arrangements of popular songs means there is something for everyone.
Donal Bannister
 
Term times at Port Regis School,Motcombe,near Shaftesbury
Judy Ashwin 01258 451079
 
Established some 25 years ago, termly concert at Port Regis.

Sherborne Community Orchestra

David Price
Robert Martin
Sherborne Boys School in the Big School Room. 4 Sundays a year plus 1 concert. 10am - 4.30pm
 
 
New musicians always welcome of Grade 5 standard and above.
David Wilson
Marilyn Vanryne
Orchestra: Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:45 Choir: Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 Burnham Grammar School, Hogfair Lane, Burnham SL1 7HG
Orchestra: Steve Cossins 01494 815255
Choir: Mike Quincey 07500 668812
Well established part of the community for over 70 years. 5 High quality concerts per year (September - May). Orchestra welcomes experienced players, particularly violas, cellos, double basses and trombones. Chorus welcomes all-comers and also offers group singing lessons with specialist vocal tutor.
Louise Rayner
 
Saturday mornings, Yateley Manor School, Reading Road, Yateley
 Louise Rayner
 
A small, friendly group of saxophonists who meet on Saturday morning during term time to play a wide variety of music from Mozart to The Muppets! Beginners to intermediate players of any age welcome. Fees, £50 per term, no audition and no music hire costs.
Steve Tanner
Kirstie Robertson
One or two rehearsals in Portsmouth prior to concerts
 Helen Walton
 
The SSO - Portsmouth's own Symphony Orchestra - we provide three high quality concerts each year with repertoire ranging from full symphonic works (Beethoven, Shostakovich, Hindemith) to smaller chamber music (Stravinsky, Mozart, Gordon Jacob) for our summer concert. Rehearsals are limited so players need to be experienced orchestral musicians. Concerts - Sept, February and July.
Peter Fraser
 
3pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month at St Peter's Church, Boyatt Wood, Eastleigh
 Stephen Spencer
 
Sound Worship is a Christian orchestra based in Hampshire. We specialise in playing traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. We are available to play at church services and events throughout Hampshire on request and have taken part in a wide range of celebrations including songs of praise style services. Our players are from churches of various denominations from all over Hampshire. New players are always welcome. We offer our services for free, although a donation to orchestra funds would never be turned down!
Paul Speed
Ray Meads
Mortimer Methodist church in Mortimer, Berkshire (RG7 3TE) on Friday evenings at 19:30 to 22:00 hrs.
 Ray Meads (Chair)
 
We are a community woodwind, brass and percussion music group who perform throughout the year with both formal evening concerts and afternoon bandstand events. For more information and to see current band vacancies, please visit our website.
Paul Ingram
Cerys Emmett.
Sunday evenings in term time 7 - 9.30pm, Millbrook Church, Southampton
 Paul Ingram
Mike Hall (Chairman) 023 8084 2865
Southampton based orchestra giving up to 7 concerts a year. New players always welcome. Please phone or e mail for further details.
Calum Gray
 
St Anne's School, Southampton Thursday 7.30pm to 9.30pm
 Marguerite Johnson
 
The band's concert programme incorporates a variety of musical styles including original, classical, shows, popular, traditional and jazz. We introduce new music whenever possible whilst trying to remain accessible and entertaining for the general public. SCWB perform at venues across the South Hampshire region, mainly during the summer months. Our primary aim is to have fun playing a wide variety of music and we hope that people who join the band enjoy themselves and feel able to take an active and long-lasting part in the band's future development.
John Traill
Christa Porter
Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45pm, at the Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton.
 Orchestra Manager
 
The City Of Southampton Orchestra is one of the leading non-professional orchestras in the south of England, performing a wide variety of interesting works from across the orchestral repertoire. We have been established for over thirty years and perform five concerts each year, including one concert designed specifically to introduce children to orchestral music. Check our website for current vacancies.
Susanna Riddell
 
Wednesday evenings, term-time, 19:00-22:00 in Turner Sims, Southampton
 President
 Vice- President
The Southampton University Symphony Orchestra is widely recognised as one of the leading student orchestras in the UK. The orchestra seeks to provide students with the opportunity to study and perform some of the most challenging symphonic repertoire, performing between 4-6 concerts each year. The strings section is also open to non-students from the local community, if you are interested in joining please get in touch.
Natalie Clayton
 
Albert Road, Southsea, Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm
 Natalie Clayton
 
We explore the classical repertoire for our own enjoyment. Anyone welcome, but especially strings.
Katy Ashman
Auguste Shepherd
Stour View Centre, Sturminster Newton, Saturday mornings 9.30 - 11.45 in school term time
 Anthea Lovelock
 
We are an all-age community rehearsal orchestra for beginners, late starters, and rusties. We usually play simplified orchestral arrangements, and welcome any player of an orchestral instrument who has reached about grade 2 standard or above. Rehearsals start with easy music and get more challenging after the mid-morning break. No auditions, no concerts, no pressure, just fun making music together.
 
 
Monday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30 pm
 Secretary
 
Providing great music and entertainment throughout Wiltshire and the surrounding area, Swindon Concert Band is a vibrant and award-winning amateur wind band, playing everything from classical and contemporary favourites through to big band and Broadway standards. Whilst we take our music-making seriously, we are a fun-loving and friendly bunch of musicians and always keen to welcome prospective new players.
Malcolm Webb
Nikki Young
Sunday afternoons 2 - 4 Even Swindon Community Centre SN2 2BG for 6 weeks prior to the November and March concerts.
 Secretary 01793 627503
 
A friendly orchestra playing familiar and less-familiar but nevertheless highly-rewarding works, the orchestra supports a charity each concert by means of a retiring collection. If you are an accomplished upper string or brass player, we would love to hear from you and we will be very happy to place any other enquirers' names on a waiting list.
Graham Reid
 
Annually (March / April), in Milton Keynes
 Laurence Holden 01908 605863
 
An annual meeting of professional, amateur and student musicians to rehearse and perform a major orchestral piece. The next event is currently being planned - see our website for more info, and expressions of interest in taking part are now welcomed.
Callum Rookes
 
Christchurch, Upper High Street, Thame, every Tuesday 7:30 - 9:30
  
 
We are a friendly wind band doing several concert and fête appearances every year. We have vacancies in most areas, particularly brass and percussion, but all are welcome. See our website for more information.
Guest conductors
Nancy Roberts
Intensive period of rehearsals before a concert; usually held in Bicester
 Edward Paine
 
Friendly chamber orchestra in the North Bucks/Oxon area. Players at least grade 8 standard. Please get in touch if you're interested in joining us. Strings particularly welcome.
Paul Speed
 
Trinity Church, Lower Earley on Tuesday evenings 7:45 - 9:45
 Dave Robson 0118 9668502
 
Trinity Concert Band is a full symphonic wind band and our repertoire exploits the tonal qualities such an ensemble can offer. We play music from all sources - classical transcriptions, original concert band compositions, music from stage and screen, pop, rock and swing as well as traditional marches!
David Price
John Lauder
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon
 Frank Martin - Secretary 01225 753379
 
If you are looking for an orchestra to play in or support, TSO has a reputation for combining friendliness with demanding rehearsals and rewarding, exciting performances
 
 
Friday 10 am to 12 noon, Lymington Roman Catholic Church, High Street, Lymington,
 Tel: 07766592425
 
Ukulele Hangout meets in a number of locations giving residents of Lymington, Hythe and Ringwood a chance to meet, play and socialise in groups guided by a qualified, experienced teacher who supervises the sessions and practises. Mixed ability groups learn to play their ukuleles together with parts for everyone.

Vale Winds

Harvey Baigent
 
Usually first Sunday of the month, near Aylesbury
 Harvey Baigent
 Eoin Woods (secretary)
Vale Winds is a thriving wind band that aims to play good music to a very high standard. The band aims to continually expand repertoire as well as perform several concerts a year. Band members are friendly and hardworking, coming from all walks of life, with playing abilities ranging from Grade 8 to professional standard. We welcome players of any age who are of this standard; particularly clarinets, horns and percussion. If you are interested you would be welcome to come to one of our rehearsals.
Chris Fletcher-Campbell
Piotr Jordan
Tuesdays in termtime, 7:30pm, usually King Alfred's Academy (West site) OX12 9DU
 Tim Hutchinson (Chair)
 Robyn Volkers (membership)
The Wantage Orchestra was founded in February 1977, to provide an opportunity for local musicians, including schoolchildren, to play together. We normally give three concerts a year. Repertoire is broadly symphonic; typical concert consists of an overture, a concerto & a symphony. Recently we have also played joint concerts with Oxford Studio Orchestra, with whom we share a conductor: Holst Planets in 2012, Mahler 5 planned. New players are welcome. Wantage Orchestra is registered charity No. 274065
Amanda Wakelin-Smith
 
Every other Tuesday at Warminster School from 7.30-9.30pm
 Amanda Wakelin-Smith 01985 846557
 
If you love playing in an orchestral group and you want to meet more like-minded people; that's what we are about and we need YOU!
Jon Audain
 
7:30pm - 9:30pm Thursday evenings
 Jon Audain
 
A relaxed and friendly concert band with a repertoire taken from ballets, musicals, film scores, marches, etc. We give three main concerts per year plus a number of other performances in the community. We welcome new members of all ages and suggest a standard of grade 4-5 above. We also have a training section for less experienced players.
Martin Davison
 
(see notes)
Martin Davison 01308 425010
 
Rather than have regular rehearsals, we perform regularly throughout the year as a marching band, concert band, Bavarian band and others at a variety of engagements. We travel to Germany every year and have played previously at the Royal Albert Hall. The band welcomes all new instrumentalists aged 13+; Grade 5 standard and above is preferred.
Arturo Serna
Heidi Berry
Wednesdays, 7.30 pm in the Britten Hall, Sherborne Girls School
 Angela Green 01749 850436
 
Wessex Strings is always happy to welcome experienced new players of about Grade 7 standard.
Walter Brewster
 
Weekly during term time on Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30 pm at the Christian Fellowship Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6
 Walter Brewster 07967 117012
 
We are a small friendly community orchestra for all ages playing mainly light classical pieces. We perform two concerts a year including a long-standing Christmas concert in aid of Barnardos. The first session is free for newcomers if you want to try us out.
Wendy Marks
 
Monthly - Wednesdays 7 to 8 pm in Freeland, Oxfordshire
 Wendy Marks 01993 883379
 
Clarinet choir for players of Grade 6 and above.
Wendy Marks
 
alternate Wednesdays 7 to 8 pm in Freeland, Oxfordshire
 Wendy Marks 01993 883379
 
This newly formed friendly wind band is for players of any age from Grade 1 to 5 standard.
Lee Marchant
Jane Bultz
Friday evenings 7.30 to 9.30 at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne
  
 Debbie Stent (Sec) 01202 425056
Bournemouth-based orchestra, giving 8 concerts a year in the Hampshire/Dorset area. New players always welcome.

Wiltshire Chamber Recorder Consort

Tyrone Harry
 
Fortnightly on Thursday evenings from 6.00-7.30pm in Chippenham, Wiltshire
 Tyrone Harry 07955 094393
 
If you are an experienced player and want to play at a semi-professional level this would be of interest to you. For more information please contact the lead player Mr Harry
Martin Perry
Rob Watson
Tuesday 7.45-9.45pm, Wiltshire Police HQ, Devizes,
 Andy Bracher
 Rob Collins
The band was formed in October 1985 by a small group of enthusiastic musicians from within the police force. It is a traditional military style band, comprising of woodwind, brass and percussion sections. Note that despite the name, you don't have to be in the police force to play with the band, and in fact none of the current members are!
Alex Gray
 
Trowbridge, twice a month, on Saturday afternoons between 2.15pm-4.45pm
 Sue Dawson
 
We are a friendly bunch of amateur musicians who enjoy making music together for pleasure, not performance. All instruments and abilities welcome although a level of sight-reading would be helpful.
John Turner
Kim Grounds
St Nicholas Church, 30 Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, BH21 3LE, Mondays 7.30 - 9.30 p.m.
 Cond.: John Turner/01258 455403
Sec.: Janet Snook 01258 88041
Players of all instruments and all standards welcome, especially 'rusty returners'. String and brass players especially welcome. Varied repertoire of light classical, etc.. Mostly shorter pieces.
Craig Lawton
Sarah Noble
St Barnabas Church Hall, Weeke, Winchester, Thursdays from 7.30 to 9.30.
 Anne Arthur
 
We currently (April 2015) have a particular need for a Bassoon player. New players of roughly Grade 6 standard upwards are welcome. We like to encourage adult 'learners and returners' to join us, hence we don't hold formal auditions. All vacancies are advertised on the website.
Nicholas Wilks
Peter Marsh
Winchester College New Hall on Monday evenings
 Sam McKay
 
We would particularly welcome string players, and sometimes have other vacancies - please enquire.
Leon Gee
Susie Henwood
Every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.40pm, Dolphin School, Hurst, near Twyford, Berks
 Frances Jones
 
 
Elaine Foakes
 
Dedworth Green Baptist Church, 29 Smiths Lane, Windsor SL4 5PE on Thursdays from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m
 Elaine Fowkes 01753 859123
 
A local orchestra for all ages, including children above 9 years old, young people and adults, who meet to learn a wide range of music and perform together in the community. We welcome players of any grade or ability, but the orchestra is designed for those under grade 5.
Paul How
 
Thursday evening at 7:30p.m to 9:30p.m, Winslow Public Hall, Elmsfield Gate, Winslow, MK18 3JA
 Alison Cockroft
 
The Winslow Concert Band is a true community band, welcoming musicians of all ages and standards. It is made up of a very friendly group of players, and less experienced musicians get plenty of encouragement from more experienced members and from musical director Paul How. Members agree that their playing, especially their sight-reading, has improved since they joined, and the overall standard of the Band continues to progress. We always welcome players of any age or playing ability (although we usually suggest grade 3 and above) to any section. However we are currently particularly keen to recruit players of the French horn, tuba (instrument available) and baritone sax.

The Wolverton Light Orchestra, Milton Keynes

Mike Crofts
Carolyn Amos
Mondays, 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.
 M.J.Buckle
 
This is the oldest orchestra in Milton Keynes, having started in about 1945. We play 4 or 5 concerts a year. We play a wide variety of classics and Light music, mostly chosen from our extensive library of sheet music. New members, especially strings, always welcome.
John Sayer
n/a
Wednesday evenings 7.45-10pm, St Dominic Savio Primary School, Western Avenue, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3BH
 Dr Catherine Piper (Secretary)
 
We are always on the lookout for new members who can play to a good standard. Right now, we are particularly looking for a bassoon player, French horn player and a tuned percussion player.
 
 
Fridays at the High Wycombe Music Centre (Millbrook School on Mill End Road) from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
 Nigel Moorhouse 01628 522729
 
We are a wind band encompassing woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, and we play a wide variety of music from Classical to Jazz suitable for beginners and intermediate players. We are a band for musicians of all abilities, those who are learning an instrument or have restarted playing, and more advanced players developing their musical skills in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
John Dunnett
John Graham
Monday Evenings, John Hampden Grammar School, High Wycombe
  
 
Wycombe Sinfonia is an orchestra of classical proportions consisting of local players of a very good standard. It aims to provide the opportunity for ensemble playing for the members and to organise public performances of a high standard several times a year

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