Rehearsal Venue / Times
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.
Thursday evenings at Dunmore Primary School in Abingdon (8:00pm - 10:00pm).
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.
Sunday 2 weeks prior, whole weekend prior and weekend of the concert
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday Evening 7.15-9.00
Concerts performed throughout the year at various venues.
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.
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, 7.30 - 9.45pm Wednesdays.
Established over 20 years ago, the band plays a variety of concerts and other engagements with a mix of familiar pieces and some more challenging ones. New players welcome (woodwind, brass and percussion) preferably grade 6 or above.
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm, Aylesbury Music Centre, Walton Rd, Aylesbury HP21 7ST
Aylesbury Youth Orchestra
Saturdays during term time 9.00-11.00am. Age range - up to 18
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.
Banbury School during term-time on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30pm.
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.
J D Jenkins
Jill Jenkins ARCM
Fortnightly Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons in the Lymington area
Basic strings is for beginners and improvers and provides an intense and dedicated training opportunity.
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
Alternate Mondays, 19:30-21:00, Beachampton
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)
Every other Friday 8-10pm, Spencer’s Wood Hall, Basingstoke Road, RG7 1AP (near Reading)
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
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.
St Edburg's School, Kingsmere, Bicester on Tuesday evenings in term time, 8pm to 9.45pm.
We work hard to improve our skills in a relaxed and friendly environment under the leadership of our talented conductor, Wendy Marks. New members are warmly welcomed. For further information please see our website.
Rehearsals in Stokenchurch
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)
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).
Thursday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm at Queen's Park Infants Academy
Formed in 1990, we are a community wind band with around 45 members
URC in Winton on Wednesday nights, fortnightly at present at 7.30
Hoping to set up a flute choir – please contact me!
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.
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
8pm Wednesday (During term time) Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7GR
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.
Mondays fortnightly, Christian Fellowship Hall, Bridport
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.
Thursdays 7 - 9pm, St John’s Church, Broadstone
We welcome all brass, woodwind and percussion players, and usually have vacancies. We play at two major charity concerts each year: in June at the Concert Hall at Poole Lighthouse, and in December at Wimborne Minster. Come and hear us at practice, or contact Damon if you would like to play. For more information, visit our website.
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.
Thursday evening during term time at Sandringham School in St Albans starting at 7pm
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.
Monday evenings,7.3, Witney Community Primary School
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.
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+.
1st & 3rd Saturday of each month @ 3:30PM-5:30PM @ St. Paul's Church, Bursledon Parish, Oak Rd, Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8DT
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!
Tuesdays 19:45-22:00 St. Margaret’s School, Bushey, Herts
Duncan Brown 07875 525765
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.
Wednesday evening in Farnborough Hants (next to Farnborough airport)
We are looking for trombone and trumpet players for established big band. We play a wide variety of great charts from Basie, Kenton, Nestico, Metheny etc etc.
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.
On the day of the concert.
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.
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.
Approximately fortnightly in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire during school term time
We are an adult string chamber orchestra including professional musicians and very advanced amateurs players. Now in our 21st year we meets weekly or fortnightly in the High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire area during school term time. Our concerts are given in locations including Marlow, Amersham and High Wycombe. 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, various soloists and choirs to offer a wider range of music than the typical string repertoire.
Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 at the Royal Grammar School, Amersham Road, High Wycombe
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
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.
Monday 7:15 - 9:15pm (except on Bank Holidays and in December) at The Cause, 42 The Causeway, Chippenham, SN15 3DD.
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.
Monday, Great Hall, Cholsey Meadows, Cholsey.
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
Tuesday evenings, central Christchurch, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
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'.
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
Arranged in preparation for each concert
String Orchestra - plus occasional wind/brass/percussion as repertoire requires. Mainly professionally trained musicians
Tuesday evening 7.30pm (term time only) All Saints Church, Milton Keynes Village, MK10 9AF
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.
The Music Block, Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West OX4 6JZ. 7.0pm to 9.0pm Wednesdays during school terms.
Two Sunday Afternoons + One Friday Night before the concert. Long Crendon Bucks., and Thame Oxon.
We are a String Orchestra and we concentrate largely on that repertoire, particularly 20th Century. From time to time we augment with woodwind to perform Symphonic Repertoire. We will celebrate our 21st Birthday at our October 2018 Concert. We would be delighted to hear from string players who might like to join us.
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
Monday evenings during term time: 7 - 8.30 at Yateley School, School Lane, Yateley, Hants GU46 6NW
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.
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.
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.
Project-based - four Didcot rehearsals on Fridays and Sundays near concert
Geoff Bushell 01235 818848
Didcot Concert Orchestra is the first high-quality amateur concert-giving symphony orchestra based in Didcot, Oxfordshire. It brings together the best players, so participation is by invitation or audition. Upper string players of conservatoire standard are encouraged to contact us. Professional players lead each string section. Players meet for four rehearsals before each concert. After the inaugural concert in February 2018, DCO plans to give three concerts per year - February, May and September. Repertoire is mainly from the late-Romantic period, and each concert features a rare unjustly-neglected gem.
Dorchester Cello Club
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month 6.00-7.30pm at the Durnovaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1NJ
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
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month 6.00-7.30pm at the Durnovaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1NJ
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…
Alternate Sundays at Durnavaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Dorchester
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.
Anita Hansen/Craig McKenzie
Generally four rehearsals immediately before a concert.
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.
Saturday or Sunday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. prior to a concert, usually at Tarrant Keyneston Village Hall.
Members are semi-professional and amateur adult players of Grade 6 standard and above. There are current vacancies, particularly for Violin & Viola players.
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30 pm. Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, 32 Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7TH
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.
Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in St James Church Hall, Emsworth PO10 7DP
Guy Bennett 07976 292818
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.
Dr Laura Ritchie
Dr Laura Ritchie
Every Wednesday during term time Wednesday 7-8.30pm
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.
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.
In Fareham, every other Wednesday 10am.
We are a friendly group of flutists who enjoy playing a wide range of flute choir arrangements, from pop to jazz to classical. We enjoy bass and alto flutes and piccolo.Currently we are grade 4 and up but would welcome anybody of any ability. We busk once a year for charity and enjoy great cakes in the rehearsal break! Find us on Facebook under Tutti Flutti flute choir.
St Andrew's Church Hall Farlington Portsmouth Thursday evenings
The Guitar Workshop was established in 1988 and is a group of novice and intermediate guitarists playing classical guitar, with 2 concerts a year for local charities. We have a playlist of 150 easy guitar ensembles in all styles and we always welcome new members.
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.
Fridays during term time at the Immaculate Conception Church hall, 346 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 3SB from 7pm until 9pm.
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.
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
Alternate Wednesday evenings 8.15 to 10 pm in Eynsham, Oxfordshire.
Friendly community orchestra with vacancies for viola, double bass and brass players.Grade 6+. Concerts twice a year.
Tuesday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at St George's Church, St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1ED
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
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.
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
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
Wednesday evenings in term time, Oldham Hall, Great Missenden, Bucks, 8-10pm
We are a friendly orchestra who put on two or three concerts/workshops per year. String players particularly welcome!
Various guest conductors
Rehearses in the week leading up to a concert
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.
Wednesday evenings 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm Warblington School Drama studio, Havant, Hants
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
4 rehearsals fortnightly before concerts (twice a year), Camberley
Athena Morse firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Most Fridays in 'term time' 7.15-9.45 at St. Faith's Church Hall in Havant
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.
Every Wednesday during term-time from 8 until 10pm at Buckingham Community Centre, Cornwall’s Meadow, Buckingham MK18 1RP
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.
Henley College, Thursdays 7.30pm - 10pm September to June
Elaine Dudeney, 01491 628520
Fort Widley, Portsmouth on Wednesday nights during term time between 19:00 - 21:30
Richard Horn 07901650987
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.
Alternate Tuesdays, from 7pm to 9pm at Lymington C E (Aided) Infant School, Avenue Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9GP
Chris Lightfoot 07801 291165
Highly Strung is a string ensemble of enthusiastic and talented musicians who want the opportunity to explore the rich and extensive string music repertoire. We meet twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays. We are actively seeking more players particuarly violin and viola players.
Monday evenings in Tadley 8-10pm.
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.
Tuesdays and Fridays 7.30pm - 9.45pm in the fortnight preceding the concert
The ISIS Chamber Orchestra gives several concerts per year, in and around Oxfordshire, and performs a variety of orchestral works, mainly for chamber orchestra.
Wednesday (except August) from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at the Wootton Community Centre, Brannons Way, Wootton IOW
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.
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.
David A Cunningham
1st and 3rd Sunday afternoon 2-5, Fleet
J4BB is a member band that plays Jazz and Swing and more modern music
Jillian Jenkins ARCM
Sunday mornings in Brockenhurst
Workshops for string players under 12 years of age. Lively ensemble sessions and opportunity for solo performing.
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 and brass sections. We are currently recruiting for a new conductor and leader. Applications very welcome to the chairman, Chris Winch, See website for details.
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!
Saturday mornings during term time 10-11am, Yateley Manor School
Clarinet ensemble for beginners to grade 5 playing music from Mozart to the Muppets! £50 per term.
Lymington Town Band
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.
Furze Platt Church, Maidenhead - Monday 7:30 - 9:00pm (During term time)
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.
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.
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.
The Wesley Hall Marlborough Oxford Street Wiltshire SN8 1AP every Monday evening. Training Orchestra 6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m., Advanced Orchestra 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
David Watson, Musical Director 01672 512634
Marilyn Mason, Training Orchestra 01672 512634
We have accordions of all sizes available to borrow or players can bring their own. All ages welcome from about 6 years and we provide tuition for all standards - from total beginners with no musical knowledge at all. All tutors are D.B.R. approved. We are a very friendly group with players from all walks of life and many different local schools. Please visit our website to see more details.
Every Tuesday 7:30 – 9:30 Christchurch, Marlborough
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!
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
Jacqueline Brown, 07979 356977
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
Thursday morning 9am – 12 noon, The Meon Hall, Meonstoke, SO32 3NP
Ian Blackwell 07757 714235
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. We moved to The Meon Hall in January 2019; the acoustics are good and we have gained several new members.
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.
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
Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes, Thursday 7:30p.m
Christine Hunt, Chair
All welcome esp. experienced violin, viola & bass players.
Amersham Free Church, Woodside Road, Amersham HP6 6AJ, 8 pm Thursdays
4 concerts per year in the Chiltern area. String and brass players very welcome.
Thursdays 6-8pm at the University of Winchester
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.
7.30pm on Wednesday evenings in Hordle Church Memorial Hall ( between Lymington and New Milton in South-West Hampshire)
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.
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.
Mondays in term time, 7.30 to 9.30 at Friends Meeting Hall, Ordnance Road, Southampton
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!
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.
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.
St Ebbe's School, Oxford, just prior to concerts.
Founded in 1984, giving an average of four orchestral concerts per year, mostly in Oxford. We also accompany choral societies.
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.
Tuesday 7.30 - 10.00 pm in termtime. Main Hall, St Gregory the Great Catholic School, Cricket Road, Oxford OX4 3DR
Oxford’s principal non-professional symphony orchestra founded in 1902. 3 concerts annually + occasional other appearances (eg Truck Festival). Presents both well-known and under-performed masterworks from the large symphonic repertoire. Concerts in Oxford Town Hall and the Sheldonian Theatre. Welcomes players at Grade VIII standard or thereabouts. See website for current vacancies and more information.
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.
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. We currently have vacancies for violins, violas, french horn, trombone and tuba.
Shirley Parish Hall, 7.30pm every Thursday
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.
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).
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7.30pm until 9.30pm
Richard Fradgley, Band Secretary
David Watson, Musical Director
Phoenix Brass Band draws its members from West Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Gloucestershire. Phoenix Brass is a community Band providing entertainment for audiences and its members. The Band prides itself on its friendliness and enthusiasm and caters for all ages and standards of musician. Our current players range from 9 years to 80+ years. Everyone shares the one common goal, that of making music with like-minded people. Rehearsals are generally easy going and are a mixture of playing through musical pieces currently in our programme and working in more detail on new music to add to our programme. There are no auditions but there is an expectation that if you join the band you will attend regularly. The Training Band meets at Froxfield War Memorial Hall on Saturday mornings, from 10.30am until 12 noon for individual lessons and group practice. The Training Band is open to learners of any age.
Fridays during term time at the Immaculate Conception Church hall, 346 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 3SB from 6pm until 7pm.
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.
Tuesday evening during termtime at St. Clements Church, Parkstone, Poole at 7.30pm
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.
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.
Sundays during term time from 7pm-9pm at Church of the Resurrection, Drayton
Di Lloyd - Chair
Elisabeth James - Secretary
We welcome players of all standards, with no auditions, but some popular instruments have waiting lists. See the website for more details. We do three concerts per year for charity and so far have raised £15,000 since our foundation in 2009.
Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm in the White Swan Building (PO1 2DT)
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
Tuesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm in the White Swan Building (PO1 2DT)
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.
Six rehearsals preceding each concert (usually on Tuesdays), and also a Saturday afternoon rehearsal on the day of the concert.
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.
10:30am - 12:30pm Tuesdays, Norcot Mission Church, Brockley Close, Reading RG30 4YP
Stewart Lewins 0118 942 5076
Every Thursday evening, 7:15 to 9:30. St Mary’s School, Wensley Road, Reading.
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.
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.
Wednesday evenings (term time) for 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at The Romsey School.
The Romsey Chamber Orchestra performs three concerts a year, focusing on repertoire from the 'classical' period. Founded at the end of 2018, the orchestra has rapidly grown to an established membership of 38 players. We currently have vacancies for a few strings (notably two violas and one contrabass) and one bassoon. Applicants should be over 18. For further information please contact us by email.
Weds 8-10, Amersham
A new band representing the Royal British Legion. New players always welcome, Standard 8+. Come to rehearsals with a smile, leave with a grin.
DMaj Charlie Blake
Monday Evening at Brock Barracks in Reading from 1930hrs - 2130hrs
Charlie Blake, Adrian Jasper
We are the band Detachment within The Royal County of Berkshire Army Cadet Force. We are always looking for new Cadets to come along and Join us on a Monday Evening at Brock Barracks in Reading. If you are aged 12 ( In year 8 ) to 17 and maybe interested in coming to join us as a cadet or if have children in the above age range who would like to come and join us. We are also able to take on Civillian Assistants and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers if you would like to get involved in the organisation, check out the website above. We are a military themed youth organisation, with an ethos build upon the values and standards of the British Army. We are NOT a recruiting vessel for the army, but we are part funded by the MoD which enables us to provide training and facilities at a fraction of the cost to the cadets of comparable youth organisations. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or further information.
Andrew Parker 01225 834108 / 07836 462643
Royal Wootton Bassett Concert Band is seeking more players. We are a friendly band seeking to expand our repertoire and concert footprint. We are particularly looking for more Brass players (Cornet/Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone), and Saxophone players, but all players are most welcome.
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.
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.
Mondays 7.30-9.30 in term time, St.Aldhelm’s Church, Branksome, Poole.
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!
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
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
Sarisbury Green Big Band
Thursday evenings 7-9pm at Sarisbury Green parish Rooms
Tony Linford 01489 579998
The band is often 20-strong, with large sax & brass sections, sometimes clarinets, a piano, bass and drums. They have a large choice of music which includes arrangements from the swing era. They sometimes do concerts for charity events
Saturday 10.30am - 12.45, Beansheaf Community Hall, Calcot, Berkshire
We meet to enjoy playing classical music and occasionally to rehearse concerts for charity. Currently there are vacancies for strings and a French horn.
Once a month on a Sunday at Charvil Pavilion, RG10 9TY - 10am-12.30pm
Sax Bandits is an all-saxophone community band for adults of all ages and abilities (even beginners), playing your favourite rock and pop songs in a friendly and relaxed environment. This band is unlike anything you've experienced before and the perfect outlet for bedroom-dwelling saxophonists who want to play for fun! Your first session is completely FREE!
Once a month on a Sunday at Worminghall Village Hall, HP18 9LD - 3-5.30pm
Sax Bandits is an all-saxophone community band for adults of all ages and abilities (even beginners), playing your favourite rock and pop songs in a friendly and relaxed environment. This band is unlike anything you've experienced before and the perfect outlet for bedroom-dwelling saxophonists who want to play for fun! Your first session is completely FREE!
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
Sundays fortnightly from 5.30pm until 7.30pm at the Irish Club, Station Road, Eastleigh.
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.
Combine parts recorded separately at home
We are a sister organisation to www.theselfisolationchoir.com and we offer amateur instrumentalists the chance to learn wonderful pieces online from home. After each course, we ask people to record themselves, send in the recording and we combine them all in the studio and play it back in a Concert. We started with NIMROD to see how it might work, and it was wonderful.
Mondays 1.30-2.30, Aylesbury
Offering group lessons and experience for Violin Viola and Cellists, catering for returners to string playing from beginners to grade 5 standard, all returners welcomed but must be over 50 years old (ID required 😊) with a PMA! We are a relaxed, friendly but devoted group of string players getting together on Monday afternoons for music and refreshments. We play all styles of music including Folk, Pop and Classical (so far..) Occasional relaxed performances.
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
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.
Monthly on a Sunday 2:30 – 5:00 Sibford School, Sibford Ferris, Banbury, Oxon OX15 5QL
Sibford Community Orchestra, based at Sibford school near Banbury in N. Oxfordshire, are looking to build on their small and enthusiastic group for monthly rehearsals and occasional concerts. We are particularly keen to hear from cellists, double bassists, bassoonists, and all brass players, anyone else is welcome too. All ages and abilities.
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.
Saturday mornings during term time, Yateley Manor School, Reading Road, Yateley
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.
Bramshaw Village Hall, Bramshaw, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7JE. We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7.45pm to 10.00pm.
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 5 or similar experience is suggested to be able to access the music with the attitude of wanting to develop skills being preferred
One or two rehearsals in Portsmouth prior to concerts
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.
3pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month at St Peter's Church, Boyatt Wood, Eastleigh
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!
Mortimer Methodist church in Mortimer, Berkshire (RG7 3TE) on Friday evenings at 19:45 to 22:00 hrs.
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.
Sunday evenings in term time 7 - 9.30pm, Millbrook Church, Southampton
Southampton based orchestra giving up to 7 concerts a year. New players always welcome. Please phone or e mail for further details.
St Anne's School, Southampton Thursday 7.30pm to 9.30pm
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.
Fortnightly Sundays 3-6pm, Bishopstoke, Southampton
We are a predominantly amateur group of musically minded people who have formed a flexible musical ensemble. The Band is primarily a wind band, playing everything from show tunes to original pieces composed by members of the band. We are always on the lookout for new players. If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch. No audition is required to join, though players are expected to have a reasonable level of musical ability. We do not follow a vacancy system so you will not have to wait to join us.
Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45pm, at the Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton.
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.
Wednesday evenings, term-time, 19:00-22:00 in Turner Sims, Southampton
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.
Room behind Salvation Army Citadel, Albert Road, Southsea. Wednesdays (all year), 7.00 to 9.00pm.
We explore the classical repertoire for our own enjoyment. Anyone welcome, but especially strings.
Christ Church Community Centre, Cricklade St, Swindon, SN1 3HB, Adult & Junior groups alternate Sundays from 4 – 5pm.
Jenny Gleeson 01793 634927 / 07305836752
At The String Studio Limited we believe the experience of playing in an ensemble or orchestra should be available to all people of all ages. Our adult and junior orchestras provide a platform that beginners can comfortably get started on and that more advanced players can be enjoyably challenged. Working closely with conductors, composers and a recording studio we commit to providing an exciting and moving journey into music. Expect repertoire that embraces modern music as well as traditional classics and exciting collaborations with Swindon's inspired local performers.
Stour View Centre, Sturminster Newton, Saturday mornings 9.30 - 11.45 in school term time
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
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.
Sunday afternoons 2 - 4 Even Swindon Community Centre SN2 2BG for 6 weeks prior to the November and March concerts.
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.
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.
Christchurch, Upper High Street, Thame, every Tuesday 7:30 - 9:30
Thame Concert Band was formed in 1993 by a small group of local musicians. We pride ourselves on being a community band and regularly take part in some of the biggest events in Thame. We have grown considerably since the formation of the band in 1993 and now boast around 30 regular members - although we are always keen to welcome new musicians!
Intensive period of rehearsals before a concert; usually held in Bicester
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.
Trinity Church, Lower Earley on Tuesday evenings 7:45 - 9:45
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!
Wednesday evenings 7.15-9.15 pm (term time only) at Walwayne Court Primary School, Brook Rd, Trowbridge BA14 9DU
Peter Wratten, Secretary
Roderich Heier, Chairman
Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra has a long history having been formed in 1923. It draws its members from around Wiltshire and meets regularly during term time, performing 3 concerts per year at differing venues, including The Wiltshire Music Centre Bradford on Avon, Holy Trinity Church Bradford on Avon and St James' Church Trowbridge. Recent concerts have included Shostakovitch Piano Concerto no.2, Beethoven Symphony no.3, Dvorak Symphony no.8, Sibelius Symphony no.2, and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. Vacancies exist in several sections of the orchestra.
Friday 10 am to 12 noon, Lymington Roman Catholic Church, High Street, Lymington,
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 Symphonic Wind Band
Usually the first Sunday in the month at Ellesborough Village Hall, Butlers Cross, Nr Aylesbury 10:00 till 13:00
Clare Calderan (Secretary)
The Vale Symphonic Wind Band 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.
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
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!
7:30pm - 9:30pm Thursday evenings
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 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.
Sunday afternoon in Southampton
Amanda Kibble, secretary, 07713 538686
Founded in 2014, Wessex Sinfonietta has quickly established itself as one of Hampshire’s leading chamber orchestras. Professionals and similarly talented musicians perform exciting and entertaining programmes at a high level. The orchestra has no principal conductor but enjoys performing with a number of highly-regarded guest conductors. We give on average three concerts a year each of which is preceded by a short season of intensive rehearsals.
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.
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.
Monthly from 8 to 9.30 pm in Eynsham, West Oxfordshire.
Clarinet choir for players of Grade 6 and above.
alternate Wednesdays from 7 to 7.50 pm in Eynsham, West Oxfordshire
A friendly & supportive community wind band for players of up to Grade 3 standard or for those who have never played in a group before. All ages.
Alternate Wednesdays 7 to 8 pm in Eynsham, West Oxfordshire.
A friendly community wind band for players of Grade 4 standard and above. Brass players particularly welcome.
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
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
Tuesday 7.45-9.45pm, Wiltshire Police HQ, Devizes,
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!
Trowbridge, twice a month, on Saturday afternoons between 2.15pm-4.45pm
Amateur orchestra, open to all grades. £5 per session. Check website for dates.
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.
Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30pm at St Barnabas Church, Fromond Road, Winchester, SO22 6EF
We are a friendly amateur orchestra and welcome players of roughly Grade 6 standard upwards. We aim to encourage adult 'learners and returners' to join us, hence we don't hold scary auditions but do have an informal review process. If you are interested, all vacancies are advertised on the website.
4 rehearsals prior to concerts in March and November
The orchestra is a pro-am group which plays with the WMC choir for 2 concerts per year. Strings are mainly amateur with professional section leaders. Other sections are professional.
Monday evenings in term-time, 8-10pm, central Winchester
Caroline Maynard (secretary)
We are a high-standard amateur orchestra and give two or three concerts per year. Every two years we run the Hampshire Young Soloist competition which offers the opportunity for Hampshire school pupils to play a full concerto with the orchestra. We currently have vacancies for a trumpet player and a double bass player.
Every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.40pm, Dolphin School, Hurst, near Twyford, Berks
Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity, which provides an opportunity for local musicians to develop their skills and explore great orchestral masterpieces. We perform 3 major concerts each season in Eton College Hall and other local venues and the winners of our young musician competition are given the opportunity to play a concerto with the orchestra. See our website for our latest concert details and vacancies.
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.
Thursday evening at 7:30p.m to 9:30p.m, Winslow Public Hall, Elmsfield Gate, Winslow, MK18 3JA
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.
Tuesday, 7.30 to 9.30 p.m in Milton Keynes
We are one of the oldest orchestras in the area, offering the opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to rehearse in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. No auditions but you need to be able to play to a reasonable standard (usually grade 5 or above). We put on 3 to 4 concerts per year including a sell-out Christmas concert. Repertoire includes light classical, musicals, film and pop. We have current vacancies in all string sections and french horn, but are interested in hearing from players of other instruments too.
Wednesday evenings 7.45-10pm, St Dominic Savio Primary School, Western Avenue, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3BH
Dr Catherine Piper (Secretary)
Woodley Concert Band is an award-winning, high quality wind band based in Woodley, near Reading in Berkshire. We’re a warm, welcoming band and we’re proud of the extremely high standard we achieve, the variety of engagements we carry out and our thriving social scene.
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.
Monday Evenings, Wycombe High School Hall Music Centre
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