UK Amateur Orchestras

Wales

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)
 
Dennis Simons
Sophie Silverstone
Dance Blast Hall, Abergavenny, NP7 5YT Sunday 6.30pm – 9.00pm
 Bethan Barlow
 
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.
Liam Crawford
 
St Mary's Church, Broughton, Chester, CH4 0QB on Tuesdays at 7.30pm
 Hannah Hawthorne
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.
Michael Bell
Laurence Kempton
Rehearsals before each concert
 Janet Foster (chair)
 
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.
Dave Jones
 
Monday between 7 and 9pm in 'The Studio', Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon,
 Dave Jones 07779-390954
 
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.
Kristina Morgan
 
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
 
 
Wednesday during university term time from 6.30pm to 8.45pm at Cathays Methodist Church, Crwys Road, Cathays, CF24 4NE.
 Matthew Williams
 
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.
Phillip Roberts
Julia Thomas
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.
 Philip Heyman
 
Starting in January 2017. It is intended for adult string players grades 1-5
Michael Bell
Jill Francis-Williams
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.
Martin McHale
Denise Richardson
Whitchurch, Cardiff on Monday evenings 7:30-9:30pm
 Katherine Fry
 
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.
Martyn Ford
 
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!
Antony Tarlton
Simon Carter
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
Mark Jones
 
Mondays, during School terms 7 - 9 pm at Prendergast Junior School, Haverfordwest.
 Steve Shaw 01646 621 971
 
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.
Rosina Hearn
Ruth Parker
Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Guildhall, Rosehill Street, Conwy, LL32 8LD
 Lexi Bastable
 
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. All instruments welcome but especially brass!

Lampeter Chamber Orchestra

Elaine Parker
 
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.
David Davies
Gareth Tucker
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.
Mark Jennings
 
Pontargothi Memorial Hall twice a month alternating between Sunday afternoon and Thursday evenings
 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

David Hatcher
 
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.
Noel Bertram
Sarah Norton
Monday night from 7:30pm until 9:30pm at Lysaght Institute, Orb Drive off Corporation Road, Newport, NP19 0RA
 Newport Orchestra
 
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.
Dr David Russell Hulme
Philip Mortlock
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
Jack Bridger
Imogen Kent
Our Lady Star of the Sea church hall, Porthcawl CF36 5BN, every Sunday 6-8pm
 Jack Bridger 07861600667
 
We are an Orchestra based in Porthcawl, and play a wide variety of music. Regular performance opportunities are available. Grade 4 standard is required and we ask for £1.50 per rehearsal. We are always looking for new members from every section of the Orchestra.
Brian Weir
Joanna Walters
Thursday evenings 7.30 - 9.30 at Y Pant School, Pontyclun, South Wales.
 Karyn Phelps
 
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 4 and 6 concerts annually in venues across Rhonnda Cynon Taf and surrounding counties.

St Edward’s Chamber Orchestra

Alison Dite
Diana Painter
At St Edward’s Church, Blenheim Road, Roath, Cardiff. Monday evenings 7.00-9.00pm.
 Alison Dite 02920-400975
 
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

Alison Dite
Alison Dite
At St Edward’s Church, Blenheim Road, Roath, Cardiff. Wednesday mornings 11.00am-12.30pm
 Alison Dite 029 20400975
 
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.
Mike Pilley
 
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.
Andrew George
Jan Osman
Monday 7-9pm, Brangwyn Hall
  
 
A symphony orchestra made up from local amateur players around the Swansea area. visit our website for more details.
John Price
 
Monday and Wednesday in the Rhyddings Church Hall, Brynmill, Swansea, from 19.30 to 21.00
 John Price
 
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
Michael Cottam
Rhys Watkins
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
Malcolm Pike
Richard Williams
Tuesdays 6.3-8.30 pm Neudadd-y-Dderwen, Rhosygilwen, Nr Cardigan
 Imogen Morley
 
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.

Windbags

Clare Walker
 
Rehearsal before concert from 9.30 am
 Clare Walker
 
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).
Guest conductors
Guest leaders
Wednesday evenings between 7:15 and 9:30 at William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
 Orchestra Chairman
 
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.

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