Rehearsal Venue / Times
Dance Blast Hall, Abergavenny, NP7 5YT Sunday 6.30pm – 9.00pm
We are a community orchestra with members of all ages from 15 to 80+ who come from a 40 mile radius! We play interesting programmes and enjoy our rehearsals which are focussed towards performing our 3 concerts per year as musically as possible. New members are always welcome, particularly in the upper strings. We generally require a standard equivalent to at least Grade 6 but do not hold auditions. Contact us if you are interested in playing.
St Mary's Church, Broughton, Chester, CH4 0QB on Tuesdays at 7.30pm
Fred Berridge - 01244 531911
Founded in 1974, our orchestra provides opportunities for musicians of all ages and abilities to join together and make music. The aim of the orchestra is to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere to promote, improve and develop an enjoyment of playing together irrespective of ability. We hold 2/3 concerts a year usually and welcome any players, irrespective of ability.
Rehearsals before each concert
Players do not rehearse regularly. Each of the four concerts a year has a rehearsal on the day, and one string rehearsal during the week before. There is a list of players who play with us regularly, and from this, people who are available, and where a vacancy exists are invited.
Monday between 7 and 9pm in 'The Studio', Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon,
The Band continues to flourish and is proud that in the past ten years, 10 of its younger musicians have continued their musical education at University level, many with the use of high quality Band instruments. We welcome all woodwind, brass and percussion players. We have a number of vacancies and have some instruments available.
Whitchurch Methodist Church Hall, Penlline Rd, Cardiff, CF14 2AA. Fortnightly on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm
We're a non-auditioned flute ensemble that lets you play your flute in cheery company, learn new music and have some fun. We play a wide range of repertoire. For more information please visit the website
Y Stwdio in Cardiff University's Students' Union, 18:30-20:30 on a Wednesday
We are a completely non-auditioned community wind band formed in 2001 and are open to anyone of all ages and abilities (although grade 5 is recommended). We do not have restrictions on the number of people who can join so we welcome any instruments although we are especially looking for brass players and percussionists.
Christchurch, Lake Road North, Cardiff, CF23 5QN. Sunday Afternoon 2:15pm - 4:30pm.
The orchestra plays the light classical repertoire; dances overtures, suites, and show selections and some of the shorter Symphonies. We are always looking for new members so please get in touch!
Cardiff Friendly Strings
Philip Heyman & Richard Barlow
Last Sunday of each month. 3-5pm at St Edward's church, Roath, Cardiff.
Starting in January 2017. It is intended for adult string players grades 1-5
Friday evenings during school terms, in Cardiff
Arthur Parkes (Administrator)
CPO performs an average of fifteen concerts each season. There are no auditions to join CPO, however there are rarely vacancies in the woodwind or brass sections.
Whitchurch, Cardiff on Monday evenings 7:30-9:30pm
We perform regularly at Llandaff Cathedral and have also appeared in Cwmbran, Ystrad Mynach, Newport and Porthcawl. New members are always welcome, particularly in the string sections.
Cathays Sports and Social Club, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff CF24 4HS - Monday evening
Secretary, Tim Pickles (07462 274 183)
Cathays Brass is a newly formed brass band in the heart of Cardiff. Our aim is to provide a fun and enjoyable environment to create great music. Community is key to the objectives of the band, we aim to give an opportunity for all brass players in the heart of Cardiff to come together to play fun and exciting music. We will hope to perform regularly at concerts and events throughout the Cardiff area. New players welcome. Hope to see you all there in the near future!
Sunday afternoons from 3pm - 5.30pm, at The Lee Hall, Dinas Powys CF64 4AF
Mo Dorken (Secretary) 02920 706288
We are a community orchestra of all ages, providing a focus for local musicians throughout the Cardiff and Vale areas to enjoy and develop their talents. Under the professional and expert eye of our Musical Director, we are a friendly and enthusiastic amateur orchestra of semi and retired professionals, students and dedicated amateur musicians. We perform two concerts a year and welcome new players
Mondays, during School terms 7 - 9 pm at Johnston CP School, Haverfordwest.
Formed 2007 the orchestra compromises of all age groups and of varied musical talents from early beginners, those dusting off their school instruments to those who have played for sometime. But above all we are very, very keen. Currently we are about 25 in number and wish to encourage musicians of all ages and skill levels, in particular brass and string players, to join us and help us create a great amateur orchestra.
Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Guildhall, Rosehill Street, Conwy, LL32 8LD
We pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming to both adults and young people of all abilities. Our programme is varied and we perform at least 2 concerts a year. Strings always welcome.
Lampeter Chamber Orchestra
Approximately 5 concerts per year, 4 rehearsals in Lampeter for each concert.
Elaine Parker 01558 650606
An orchestra of good amateurs and semi-professionals/retired professionals. Players must be good readers, grade 7 and upwards. Most concerts in Lampeter and environs. Repertoire mostly classical, some C20th repertoire, future season's concerts to include Beethoven Emperor piano concert with world-renowned pianist Angela Brownridge; Poulenc Concerto for Organ, strings and timpani with Prof Malcolm Smith FRCO - ex Cambridge Organ Scholar. Orchestra particularly in need of good woodwind players.
Fortnightly in Newtown, Powys
We are string players from Mid-Wales and Shropshire Borders meeting fortnightly to play music together. Concerts and social events. New members welcome.
Fortnightly, 7 to 9 pm Fridays at Monmouth Comprehensive School. See website for details
Gareth Tucker 07767 293255
A 40-strong self-funding community group formed with considerable support from our local Music Support Services. Continually looking for new players particularly viola, cello, double bass, a third trumpet and horn players, we suggest a playing level of around Grade 5 but would recommend coming along and having ago. No auditions necessary.
Pontargothi Memorial Hall twice a month on a Sunday afternoon.
01267 290429 or 07769 295306
We seek new members - whether you are a budding (but tolerant) virtuoso, a hobbyist just starting out, young or old, playing a tuba or a piccolo, double basss or a violin: you do not need to be an advanced player to learn and have fun - our MD will set the music to match your skill level.
New Titley Phil
2.15 on a Monday afternoon in Titley Village Hall (near Kington, Herefords.)
Annie Nethercott 01547 560369
Our conductor is period instrumentalist and renowned Viola da Gamba player, David Hatcher. We play mostly 17th and 18th music - increasingly with baroque bows on gut strings.
Monday night from 7:30pm until 9:30pm at Lysaght Institute, Orb Drive off Corporation Road, Newport, NP19 0RA
The Newport Orchestra is growing and improving with many new members and a new professional conductor Noel Bertram who is bringing the best out of us. We play waltzes, marches and selections from musical shows as well overtures, suites and symphonies from Gabrielli to Wagner and everything in between. If you are approximately Grade 5 standard or above and you would like to join this friendly orchestra please contact us.
North Wales Clarinet Choir NEW
Music students from Bangor University
Two Sundays a month from Sept to June. 2pm-5pm at St. Anne’s Church Hall, Menai Bridge
We are a small, friendly ensemble of adults of varying ability. We play a variety of music, including new compositions by music students from Bangor University. We are always looking for new members and welcome all standards of clarinet playing.
Dr David Russell Hulme
Wednesdays, 7.30 - 10.00 p.m. at The Old Drill Hall, Glyndwr Road, Aberystwyth.
David Russell Hulme 01970 622685
Closely associated with the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, anyone interested in joining should contact the Director of Music
Our Lady Star of the Sea church hall, Porthcawl CF36 5BN, every Sunday 6-8pm
Porthcawl Community Orchestra was founded in May 2013 & perform light Classical music & orchestral works. We are looking to recruit members in all sections of the Orchestra. We require that you are at least Grade 4 standard before joining us & have your own musical instrument. We charge £2 per rehearsal.
Thursday evenings 7.30 - 9.30 at Y Pant School, Pontyclun, South Wales.
RSO was formed in Tonypandy in 1968. Our players include a whole range of enthusiastic amateurs, schoolchildren and students, many music teachers, and some of the original orchestra members. It draws musicians from across South Wales and performs between 3 and 5 concerts annually in venues across Rhonnda Cynon Taf and surrounding counties.
Wednesday 7-9pm, St. Margaret’s Church, Roath Church Vicarage/Waterloo Rd, Cardiff, CF23 5AD (followed by a drink/food in a local pub!) Predominantly term-time.
St Anne’s Orchestra was founded in September 2013 by a dynamic group of musical young professionals including teachers, doctors, opticians, I.T. workers and many more. We were lucky to have a home in St Anne’s Church in Roath until Christmas 2015 when the church closed it’s doors for the last time. We are very grateful to Fr Stuart and the congregation of St Margaret’s for offering us a new home in their church just around the corner.
St Edward’s Chamber Orchestra
At St Edward’s Church, Blenheim Road, Roath, Cardiff. Monday evenings 7.00-9.00pm.
We normally give three concerts a year. New players welcome, especially in the strings. Orchestra has a large library. St Edward’s Chamber orchestra performs many symphonies from the late 18th/early 19th centuries. We also hold regular concerts where our members are given the opportunity to perform solos or chamber music, as well as some members performing concerti with us. We rehearse and perform in St Edward’s Church which has a marvellous acoustic.
St Edward’s String Orchestra
At St Edward’s Church, Blenheim Road, Roath, Cardiff. Wednesday mornings 11.00am-12.30pm
St Edward’s String Orchestra rehearses 11am-1pm on Wednesday mornings. We have a large music library including all concerti grossi by Handel, Scarlatti, Geminiani and Corelli, and also 19th and 20th Century music for strings. We give performances about three times per year, sometimes with the Church choir. There is no audition, and all standards of string players are welcome.
First Tuesday of the month, 38 Fields Park Road, Newport, South Wales, NP20 5BB. 6.30-8.30pm with tea break
Oliver Ludlow 01633 677729
The Bassoon Band (South Wales) was formed with the intention of providing an opportunity for bassoon enthusiasts to come together and enjoy a musical experience through collective bassoon playing. It is an informal group that meets regularly on a 'drop in' basis once a month to play a variety of music from eclectic genres, from classical to modern, and we welcome suggestions for new music to try. Parts range from easy to hard and we welcome all standards of bassoon playing.
Fortnightly at the Swansea Male Voice Hall in Manselton
01792 775265 or 07908644359
Swansea Accordion Orchestra was founded in the early 1980. We play a wide genre of music from an extensive repertoire. We have a selection of accordions that are given out on loan. The orchestra consists of approx. 15 accordionists, drummer, guitarist and percussionist and we welcome new members from musicians of any instrument who can read music. Due to recent retirement we are seeking a musical director/conductor.
Monday 7-9pm, Brangwyn Hall
A symphony orchestra made up from local amateur players around the Swansea area. visit our website for more details.
Monday and Wednesday in the Rhyddings Church Hall, Brynmill, Swansea, from 19.30 to 21.00
The City of Swansea Concert Band was founded in 1968. We welcome new players of wind or percussion instruments, particularly Bassoon and French Horn players
Sunday in the Llangadog Community Hall. 7.45 to 9.30 pm
Michael Cottam 01550 777604
Formed in 1993 for players of all ages, amateur and professional, to express their talent on their varied instruments and to experience the pleasure of orchestral performance. It aims to provide for audiences in the Towy Valley programmes of music that they might otherwise not be able to hear in live performance. Subject of a BBC4 documentary series, November 2006
Tuesdays 6.3-8.30 pm Neudadd-y-Dderwen, Rhosygilwen, Nr Cardigan
The orchestra gives two concerts a year at Rhosygilwen. Orchestra members travel from all over Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion to play a wide variety of music. New members of a reasonable standard, especially string players, are always welcome.
Rehearsal before concert from 9.30 am
Windbags is a group of amateur wind and brass players that was founded by our resident conductor, Clare Walker, some 25 years ago. Based around the Brecon area, we are a friendly group of people who come together to play light classical music once a quarter for a full day's workshop / rehearsal, followed by a short, informal concert and a sumptuous tea! We're always happy to welcome new members (preferably Grade 5 and above).
Wednesday evenings between 7:15 and 9:30 at William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Accompanying text: We are always keen to hear from good string players who are interested in joining the Orchestra. We are also happy to hear from good musicians who play other instruments, as from time to time other vacancies do become available, even if only on a temporary basis.