Rehearsal Venue / Times
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.
Every Tuesday evening 7.15 p.m - 9.15 p.m. St Paul's Primary School, Sundridge Park, Yate, Bristol BS37 4EP
The band was formed six years ago for beginners and returning players, over the years the band has matured into a competent concert band playing a variety of music genres. We welcome new players of all instruments especially Brass players. New members of grade 3 – 5 or above will find our music enjoyable. A loan of an instrument can sometimes be arranged for up to two years. We play at a number of local events throughout the year. Apollo Wind Band is part of the Avon Wind Band Association which comprises four Wind Bands all at different levels ranging from grade one players upwards.
Rehearsals and performances take place within the Central United Reformed Church on Grove Street on Thursday nights
The Argyle String orchestra is Bath's oldest orchestra. Now over 90 years old we rehearse a wide variety of music from standard classic like Tchaikovsky's Serenade to Baroque and less familiar twentieth century works. The conductor is constantly searching for rarities and reviving works like the serenades of Volkmann and Fuchs. There are currently vacancies for violinists. There is no audition, but players are normally above Grade 5 level.
Mondays 19.30 to 21.30, Fire Service HQ, Lansdown, Bath, and training band on Wednesday nights
Phil Ashby (secretary)
You don't have to be a fire fighter to join! We are an all-comers concert wind band (Flutes, Clarinets, Saxes, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpets, Trombones, Tuba, Euph, Drums) playing a wide variety of music, representing the Avon F&RS. Bands for all abilities, including a 'returners' band' and a band for adult beginners. Experienced players are welcome to join all year round - we are currently looking to recruit experienced trumpet and cornet players.
5 Wednesdays before concerts, Axminster or Colyford
The Axe Vale Orchestra is a full Chamber Orchestra consisting of Strings, full Woodwind and Brass Sections who meet to perform and explore full classical and modern repertoires. We are always happy to welcome new members and Friends of the Orchestra.
Law Building, Monkton Combe Preparatory School, Combe Down, Bath. Tuesday evenings weekly during term time, 7-9 pm
We welcome all players, particularly violin players of any standard.
Bath Dramatic Music Society
Every other Friday Evening from 7 - 9, at the Michael Tippet Centre at Bath Spa University
Elliot Black 07804 311688
An orchestra and chorus that works to put on concert programmes including excerpts from Operas (both orchestral and vocal), ballets and larger choral works. The society is currently looking for any string, brass or percussion players.
Monday and Thursday evenings 8pm – 10pm at Bath Elim Church, Charlotte St, Bath BA1 2ND
John Light, Secretary
Ken Ash, Chairman
We are a brass band representing the City of Bath. The band plays at many different events in and around the city, including summer concerts in the local parks and gardens, and performances in local churches and community halls. Please see our concerts page to find out where we will be performing next. We also compete in national and regional brass band contests and are currently in the third section of the West of England region. We also have a Training Band that rehearses from 7pm to 8pm every Monday We are proud to have the Mayor of Bath as Patron of the band and have the privilege of being able to use the complete City of Bath coat of arms as our band crest.
7.30 - 9.30pm Roper Theatre, Hayesfield School, Bath BA2 3LA
Players must be of Grade 8 + standard. Informal auditions held during rehearsal. Friendly orchestra performing 3 concerts per season to a near professional level.
Training Band Leaders: Rachel Barrett, John Sandford, Senior Band Leaders: Rachel Cross, Marick Baxter
The second Saturday of the month 10am-12.30pm, King Edward's Junior School, Bath BA2 6JA
A sociable, lively group (aged 8-18 years). Bath Youth Folk Band performs at events and festivals throughout the year, mostly local but occasionally further afield such as the prestigious Southdown Music Festival. We have a junior and senior band so cater for students from grade 1-grade 8+ ( age 8-18). All instrumentalists welcome as long as you can play by ear and have an interest in folk traditions.
Every Tuesday evening 7:30 to 9:30 , Larkhall, Bath
Nick Manning ( for new applications)
Founded in October 2018, the Bath Tub Orchestra is a friendly mixed ability community orchestra. We play all kinds of music from pop songs, to jazz, blues, film soundtracks and classical favourites and we perform at local events and festivals.
Blooming Flutes Flute Choir NEW
Thursdays 7.00pm - 8.30pm Old Cleeve, Minehead
Sue Fletcher 07891 218302
Established in 2005, Blooming Flutes welcomes current learners and those returning to flute playing. Supportive, like-minded flautists meet regularly to enjoy a broad repertoire of carefully selected pieces chosen to engage and challenge a mixed ability group with a minimum of Grade 3 standard. Led by Sue Fletcher DipABRSM, Blooming Flutes actively engage in community performances raising funds for Nordoff Robbins – the UK’s largest music therapy charity.
Alternate Thursday evenings from 7.30 - 9pm at Tavistock Community School
Peter Jones via website
If you play a wind instrument in the Tavistock area (Devon) you will have plenty of fun in this lively wind band that meets in a local school on alternate Thursdays.
Every other Sunday evening at Winkleigh Community Centre, EX19 8HU, plus concerts.
Our 'band/orchestra' was formed in a local farmers barn during Jan 2013. Advertised in local parish mags, it has since grown from just three 'fiddle' players to a very mixed instrumental bunch comprising a core of 40+ regulars. It’s an 'all comers welcome' centre for those wishing to learn, improve and play together. Our brave musical director arranges parts for all abilities - absolute beginners to those well graded - expanding a repertoire of traditional, contemporary and classical pieces. No fees, just £1 in the pot for accommodation plus voluntary refreshment donations. Wine flows! We raise many thousands of pounds for various charities at our concert performances. However our primary aim remains having fun just playing together. So why not get in touch and give us a try?
Intensive rehearsals just prior to a concert.
BHCO was established in 1987 and works with professional conductors. The standard is high and the orchestra uses St George's Bristol as its performing venue.
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.
Rehearsals on the 3rd Sunday from 2-4 in the Jubilee Hall at Long Ashton, Bristol
We are an acoustic band modelled on the village band of Thomas Hardy’s day, when local musicians would play at all the local gatherings – weddings, May Day celebrations fetes , etc. We have wide range of acoustic instruments and play lively upbeat dances and songs of the British Isles wearing period dress for gigs! We currently pay £8. Come to the first session free. In period dress we have performed in lunchtime concerts, fairs and fetes, dances and most recently (June) Bristol Old Vic 250 birthday celebration, the opening of the new Clevedon Pier. We are a friendly and inclusive group welcoming all acoustic instruments, there are no auditions and music is provided in advance for those who are not such confident readers. An ability to read music / sight read around grade 3 would help enjoyment, but some participants play by ear and don't read music.
Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Mackay Theatre, Bristol Grammar School.
Wednesdays 7.15 to 9.15pm, Victoria Rooms, Queen's Rd, Bristol, BS8 1SA
Bristol CoMA is an amateur ensemble committed to playing new music to a high standard. We are on the look-out for new members to join us - all instruments welcome, the only provisos are that you should read music and be at least grade 5 standard. We usually play three concerts a year, including performances at the Victoria Rooms and Colston Hall's Lantern. Our programmes are always exciting: Recently we have collaborated with early-music groups and regularly work with Bristol University students studying postgraduate composition. If you fancy trying a different sort of music-making in a fun and inclusive environment, then get in touch!
Mondays, 7.30 - 9.30 pm Ashton Park School, Bristol
St Peter's Methodist Church, Allison Road, Broom Hill, Bristol Weds 7.30
A well established and friendly group of bands. Formal and informal concerts throughout the year. We run three bands at different levels (and on different evenings), so can find a position for almost anyone. We also run classes for complete beginners.
Thursday term time 7:30-9:30 Alma Church Hall, 29 Alma Road, BS8 2ES
Combining the energy of traditional folk music with the rich sound of a string orchestra. Come and play in this new project from the folk musician, arranger and conductor Matt Norman. Players of all styles are welcome as long as you can read music. Violins, violas, cellos and double basses are needed to make a glorious big sound in this exciting new ensemble.
We rehearse and have concerts in St Paul's Church in Bristol, BS8 1LX, Saturdays 4pm-6pm
At Galenicals' Orchestra we play varied and captivating concert repertoire to a high standard. At least 2 seasonal concerts a year. Although associated with the Medical School we welcome everyone. Unauditioned, free, full orchestra.
Fortnightly on Sat. 10.00 - 12.00 Helliwell room next to Horfield Parish church Bristol; BS7 8ST
We are an enthusiastic amateur plucked string orchestra committed to quality and joy in our music making. Adventurous and varied repertoire ranging from Tangos, Irish music, Vivaldi, Holst, Bartok, Eric Satie, Jimmie Hendrix and more. Come and join us. Guitars and mandolins all shapes and sizes very welcome.
Alma Church, 29 Alma Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2ES. Tuesdays, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM.
A thriving, dynamic orchestra conducted by Karin Hendrickson, performing repertoire from Classical to the 21st Century at St George’s Bristol.
Mondays, 7-9pm, Bristol Grammar School
Friendly orchestra that plays a variety of music. No audition required of new members but players should be a minimum of grade 6-8 standard.
Monday mornings 10.00-12.15 at Bristol Music Club, St Pauls Rd, Clifton.
Julian Dale 0117 9737739
Mixed-ability string orchestra playing music of all periods. Gives occasional concerts. New players welcome.
St.Peter's Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4LD. Sunday (once a month) : 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Good parking available.
Joanna Mellors (Secretary)
We are a friendly orchestra that meets monthly to enjoy playing through a symphony and overture, or equivalent. We play for pleasure so there are no formal concerts (and no ticket selling!). The programme changes every two sessions and we hold one (free) concert a year - followed by an American supper - for family and friends . We particularly need strings; other instruments - please contact us to ask about vacancies. Rusty players are welcome but some sight reading ability is desirable.
David Insua Cao
Monday evening 7-9pm every fortnight, at the Malcolm X Centre, St Pauls.
We are a group of around 25 musicians who all love reggae! We draw our musical influences from reggae, ska, jazz and classical genres. We play a mixture of our own compositions and well know reggae standards, arranged especially for the orchestra. We had our first gig in 2010 and since then have played at various events in and around Bristol and beyond. This year we played the main stage at the Bristol Harbour Festival and attracted an audience of thousands! New players always welcome, please get in touch.
Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church, Waterford Road, Bristol BS9 4BT, Mondays (fortnightly), 7.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Pamela Bell 07977 487 131
Bristol Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic and passionate orchestra newly formed in 2016. Our ethos is to be the best we can, and to communicate joy in making music. 19th and early 20th century music forms the basis of our repertoire. We meet fortnightly on Monday evenings starting from 18 January 2016. We are now seeking new applicants (Grade 8 standard or above and who have orchestral experience).
Colin R Waller
Monday 7.30pm at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth
We have 4 ensembles: Concert Wind Band, Parade Band, Big Band, Corps of Drums. Run under the auspices of the Royal Marine Band Service and part of the Royal Navy, the band is made up of ex service and civilian musicians a lot of which are former Royal Marines and Army so the standard is high, but we also encourage lower grade instrumentalists. Concert Band is the main focus of weekly rehearsals as well as Corps of Drums (run in the style of the Royal Marine CofD). Parade Band is a marching band formed for special occasions and Big Band is for Senior (semi pro) members. We rehearse at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth which is a military base so auditions are by special arrangement so we can organise a security pass. Always keen to hear from musicians from all walks of life but especially retired military service men and women. Membership is free and we provide uniforms and occasionally service instruments to participants.
Wednesdays, 19:00, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol
A large, friendly, Bristol-based orchestra whose emphasis is on being sociable, and fun at the same time as producing great music to a high standard. Players of all instruments and ages are very welcome.
Barry Carrington Moule
Mondays 7:30pm The Music Suite, Budehaven Community School
Barry Carrington Moule 01288 361625
Tuesday from 7.45pm at St Barnabas church in Warmley, Bristol
Denise Rudeforth (Chair)
Sally Burton (Secretary)
The Orchestra would welcome interest from potential new members, and are looking for a playing ability of Grade 6 or higher.
Thursday (term time) 7.15-9.15pm at Penair School Truro, Cornwall
As a Wind Orchestra we rehearse weekly during term time and perform at various indoor and outdoor venues throughout the year. We are always pleased to welcome players of all woodwind and brass instruments, but are particularly keen to recruit players of flute, saxophone and most brass instruments.
3 dates a year – see comments
A day of Clarinet Ensemble playing for adult clarinettist of all standards. 3 dates each year. Enjoy a variety of musical styles and arrangements in a friendly atmosphere. Get in touch for details of the next dates.
Monday (term time) 7.30-9.00pm at Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TH
We are a friendly and ambitious full symphony orchestra playing concerts at venues across Cornwall. We rehearse in Truro on a Monday evening but attract players from all over Cornwall. Our concerts range from full symphonies and concertos with professional soloists through to our family concerts to encourage the next generation of players. We also run other events to encourage and develop the performance of classical music across Cornwall.
Alternate Saturday mornings 10am-12noon at Village Hall, Uffculme, Devon. Also twice yearly orchestral days to which additional players are invited.
A friendly inclusive community orchestra meeting regularly to play varied classical works, mainly for our own pleasure. We also organise two orchestral days each year culminating in a playthrough or concert, focussing on our current repertoire. Anyone interested is invited to contact us. We would particularly welcome trumpets and would like to hear from additional horns and trombones and string-players.
Saturday mornings 10.00 to 12.00, St Clement's Church Hall, Dartmouth
We are an amateur orchestra based in Dartmouth, with players from across the South Hams. We give three or four concerts a year with a wide variety of music from well-known classics to new compositions. We are actively looking to welcome more players at present, particularly across the string sections. If you are interested in joining us, or would like to visit a rehearsal, please e mail Jess.
Thursday evening at 7.30pm at the Headquarters of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Clyst St George, Nr Exeter.
The Band is one part of the DSFRS Ceremonial Unit: full details at www.DSfire.gov.uk and search for Band. Membership is open to all, no connection to the Fire & Rescue Service is required. In particular, the Band is looking for bassoonists, additional French horns, clarinettists and percussionists, but players of all wind and brass instruments are welcome to make contact.
St. Peter's High School, Exeter. Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm
Exeter's leading orchestra presenting a wide variety of classical concerts featuring national and international soloists. New players welcome.
Once a month on Saturday, Exeter School, Manston Terrace, Exeter EX2 6NP
Paul Painter 01395 445755
Intermediate level (Grade 3+) Plays lighter classical works, film and TV themes, as well as popular music. Includes saxophones and baritone/euphonium.
Once a month on Saturday, Exeter School, Manston Terrace, Exeter EX2 6NP
Paul Painter 01395 445755
Advanced level (Grade 6+) Plays more 'serious' pieces, including symphonies, orchestral suites and modern works.
Short intensive period prior to each concert
Isabelle Miller (manager)
Enigma launched in 2012 and runs 4 projects a year, performing at St George's Bristol. We attract players of a high standard based in the South West. Apply via our online application form.
Tuesday evening during term time at St. Michael's C of E Primary School, South Lawn Terrace, Heavitree, EX1 2SN from 7.15-9.30 p.m.
The city of Exeter's principal orchestra, with concerts 3 times a year. New players very welcome.
Usually Tuesdays 19:00-21:00 during term time
Laura Page, President
EUSO is a symphony orchestra based at the University of Exeter predominantly made up of students, but we also welcome members from the wider community to join us, particularly string players. We perform at least three concerts per year and tackle a wide range of repertoire under the guidance of our wonderful conductor, Tim Pithers. Please get in contact to find out how you can get involved!
Conductor, Daphne Harlock 01395 278497
A full symphony orchestra meeting in Exmouth on Saturday mornings in term time. The emphasis is on a wide range of musical styles from light classical to Latin via the shows and film music. We have a lot of fun in the process and aim to do just two concerts annually so that we can really work on fine tuning an exciting programme.
Alternate Thursdays during school term time, 7:30-9pm at The Stables, Church Hill, Whitchurch, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 9ED
Flute Cocktail is a friendly community Flute Choir based in Tavistock, Devon made up from local members, some who travel over 25 miles to rehearsals and a few from locations in-between! We recommend players are at least Grade 4 equivalent standard or above, with many of our members having attained Grade 8+. Ages of group members have ranged from 11 to 92 years old. We perform at a few fairly informal events each year and every other year do some more formal concerts, mainly in churches in the area. New members are always welcome - just get in touch or come along to a rehearsal.
Mondays 7 - 9pm during term time at Plough Arts Centre, Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ
Becki Driscoll 01837 53754
Kevin Buckland 01837 53754
FOND welcomes players of all acoustic instruments and all abilities (14 and over), and there are no auditions. New members are welcome to join at any time. Music learning is primarily done by ear - but we do provide sheet music too. Repertoire includes traditional and contemporary English music with a particular emphasis on tunes from the South West. FOND also plays at concerts and dances across Devon.
Tuesdays 7 - 9pm during term time at the Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3HF
David Faulkner 01837 53754
Kevin Buckland 01837 53754
FOOT welcomes players of all acoustic instruments and all abilities (14 and over), and there are no auditions. New members are welcome to join at any time. Music learning is primarily done by ear - but we do provide sheet music too. Repertoire includes traditional and contemporary English music with a particular emphasis on tunes from the South West. FOOT also plays at concerts and dances across Devon.
'From the Top’ Orchestra
Every Thursday during school term time. Farrington Gurney Memorial Hall, Near Wells. 7.45 – 9.15pm
We are a friendly, fun and charity fund-raising orchestra. Players from Grade 4 upwards. We play a wide range of musical styles and provide all sheet music. Bring your own stand! Opportunities for solos with accompaniment and smaller ensembles in concerts.
7 .15- 9.30pm on Mondays during school term time at Christchurch, Christchurch St West, Frome
Frome Symphony is an exciting amateur orchestra for Frome (Somerset, UK) and the surrounding area, established in 2001. We welcome new members, particularly those who play stringed instruments.
Thursdays fortnightly (see web-site) in Bristol
We are rough and folky. A regular place for rusty instrumentalists to meet and share the pleasure of making music together, the emphasis being on creating a relaxed, fun and sociable atmosphere. No auditions, but basic sight-reading skills will help.
Sunday evenings 7.15-8.45 at the Trust Hall, North Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PE
Emma Creasey (Secretary)
Catherine Bull (Chair) 07528 172228
Do you like playing classical music and live in the Filton and Bradley Stoke area? If so then the Gifford Ensemble might be for you! We are a very new (and currently very small) friendly group of musicians looking to expand our membership and repertoire. We are currently looking for strings, especially violins and violas, oboe and bassoon, of around grade 7 standard. As at October 2020 we are currently rehearsing. We have a COVID-19 risk assessment and policy and our rehearsal venue is COVID-secure.
Thursdays during term time 19.15 – 20:25 at Exeter School
This is an orchestra for all abilities. We welcome any orchestral instrument and can adapt music to suit the ability of players and blend of instruments we have.
Hartland Chamber Orchestra
Mondays from 7.30 to 9.30 in St John's Art Centre, the Square, Hartland, North Devon.
Malcolm Woodcock (MD) 01409 26167
Jill Johns (sec) 01237 441743
We are a chamber orchestra with a wide repertoire and give about five concerts a year. Members should be grade 8. Students are encouraged to sit in on rehearsals. Members come from as far as Ilfracombe in the North and Boscastle in the South and lift-sharing is possible. String players are always welcome. Any wind or string player wishing to try us out would be very welcome.
HMS Seahawk Volunteer Band
Colour Sergeant Dom O'Conner
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 1930-2130, RNAS Culdrose, Helston, TR12 7RH
The HMS Seahawk Volunteer Band is predominantly a wind band but also a marching band comprising of serving and civilian members regularly performing at venues around the region including the annual Volunteer Band Festival in Portsmouth. Our repertoire is vast and caters for all occasions from marches to jazz, classical overtures to big band. The band is looking for new members of a good musical standard to join especially Drum Kit, Woodwind and Cornet players.
Honiton Youth Orchestra
St Pauls Church in the centre of Honiton, Thursday 4.30pm to 5.45pm
Kev & Helen Roulson 01404 46214/0752 1144356
Welcome to the Honiton Youth Orchestra. We are a volunteer run orchestra for children in the East Devon Area. Children can join from any age, from approx. Grade 1+.Our Musical Director is Dan Morgan, a professional musician and qualified teacher. He is supported by enthusiastic parents, many of whom are also musicians and able to help and play alongside the children. We are a gentle, fun & welcoming group and a particular ideal place to begin playing in a bigger group. We are particularly short of brass at the moment.
Thursday evenings during school terms at Hotwells Primary School, BS8 4ND
Sue Otty 0117 927 9688
David Burns 0117 973 0696
Do you want to play chamber music? We have provided a forum for amateur music-making in chamber groups since 1971. All levels of ability/experience welcome - though not suitable for beginners who can't read music. We meet in 6 x 6-week sessions per year, though you only commit to a single session at a time - great for people with busy lives. Tremendous variety: different groups, different music each session. Extensive library: duet to octet, 17th - 21st century. No public concerts.
6/7 rehearsals, Sunday afternoons in Exeter before each concert.
Roger Hendy 01404 823150
Antony Clements 01626 891981
A Chamber orchestra up to 40+ experienced players giving regular concerts in Sidmouth, Devon and elsewhere. Full classical programmes feature national and international soloists.
Queens Road Methodist Church, Keynsham, 7.45 to 9.45.
A friendly orchestra that plays a wide variety of orchestral music. String players and French horn players are especially welcome.
The Launceston Orchestra
Tuesdays in term-time 7pm-8.45pm Launceston College, PL15 9JR
Simon Thomas 07725 964 996
Friendly, no auditions, we don't perform in public, just for fun. Repertoire includes Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart symphonies. Everyone welcome, especially (at the moment) violins, violas, bassoons.
Tuesday evenings 19.30 -21.30 at Church House Long Aston Bristol
Adrian Phillips 01761 221341
We are a friendly orchestra playing a wide variety of classical music. We give approximately three concerts a year, see our Facebook page for details of recent concerts. We would especially welcome string players.
Longwell Green Community Centre, Bristol, Thursdays 7.30 - 9.30 p.m.
A small friendly orchestra which plays a varied repertoire. String and percussion players especially welcome.
Loosemore String Orchestra
Five times a year on Saturdays 2:00 pm to 5:30, Bickington Village Hall
Janet Wellingham 01647 221388
The orchestra explores string music of all periods. The meetings are study sessions and are self-contained as the orchestra does not give concerts. It is essential to reserve a place beforehand by contacting the organiser.
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.
Monthly - Saturday; dates as per website
(or via MooD Facebook page)
Because the mandolin is a relatively rare instrument it is unusual for mandolinists to get an opportunity to play together. The idea of the Orchestra is to bring players together to meet each other, to learn specific mandolin repertoire, and to develop technique and expertise. MOOD is open to players of all sizes (and shapes) of mandolin, from piccolo to mando-bass, as well as closely-related instruments such as bouzouki. We also include bass instruments and finger style guitar (playing melodies). Each session begins with a workshop focussing on elements of technique and answering participants' questions. Then we learn and rehearse pieces specially written for mandolin ensemble. Repertoire is drawn from the 'golden age of mandolin orchestra' as well as arrangements of new and traditional pieces. It will be helpful to be able to read music, but not essential.
Croscombe Village Hall, Croscombe, Somerset, Wednesday evenings during school term time 8.00 - 10.00
Martin Lovell, chairman 01749 343852 home 01458-842405 work
Local amateur orchestra musicians of high standard. 4 concerts a year mixed repertoire. New members welcome according to position availability. Occasional guest conductor opportunities.
Monday afternoons in Redland, Bristol, plus new band on Wednesday evenings
Do you play the saxophone, clarinet, trombone, bass guitar or keyboard? Would you like to join a small friendly band playing on Monday afternoons? (Or would you like to join a new band on a Wednesday evening, starting in September.) Both bands are in Redland, Bristol. We just play for fun, no sight reading, no concerts. We play a mixture of pop and swing. This band would suit someone who used to play an instrument and has taken it up again recently, or has been playing for a couple of years or more. (It is not for complete beginners.) For more information; venue, dates, times and for links to the music we play, please see the website
Nailsea Methodist Church, Nailsea, Fridays 19:30
Liz Crew (chairman) 01275 795431
Small classical orchestra performing works for small orchestras. Give three concerts a year in North Somerset area. New members,especially brass players welcome.
Usually at Bethesda Church Alma Rd. Clifton, three weeks before a concert.
Mark Bunker 0117 9715605
Friendly young orchestra, high standards. Based in Bristol - concerts in the Victoria Rooms
Wednesdays at 7.30 to 9.30pm Hannahs at Seale Hayne, just outside Newton Abbot, off the A383
Christine Henry (Chair) 01803 835100
Moira Aylett (Secretary)
Affiliated to Newton Abbot and District Society of Arts. www.nadsa.co.uk A group which enjoys playing classical and romantic music, including selections from shows. Under Rob's baton, it has progressed greatly over the past two years. Average is three concerts a year in Newton Abbot and the surrounding area. The Orchestra performs concerts for charities/causes and welcomes invites to perform at new venues in the future.
West Buckland School, North devon. 4 rehearsals during 3 weeks before concert
Emma Kent 01598 710434
We are a full-scale symphony orchestra with members from all over Devon (and even some from Cornwall and Somerset). 4 concerts a year including performances in the Two Moors Festivals 2005 & 2006). New members welcome.
Wednesday evenings Rowde, near Devizes (7 rehearsals with 3 concerts a year)
Mark Ellerby (Publicity)
Jutta Mackwell (Secretary)
North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra (formerly North Wiltshire Orchestra) is one of the oldest orchestra’s in Wiltshire having recently celebrated its 50th birthday. The orchestra is an amateur symphony orchestra playing to a high standard and gives 3 concerts a year at St. Andrews Church in Chippenham. Rehearsals take place every Wednesday at Rowde Primary School near Devizes with 7 rehearsals and a final ‘dress’ rehearsal on the day. The orchestra prides itself not only on making music to a very high standard but also on the equally important aspects of having a great social life and being part of the community. Contacts from musicians always welcome.
Full weekend rehearsals plus concert. Likely format to be Friday evening, Saturday all day and Sunday all day finishing late afternoon. Exeter, Devon.
The South West’s first LGBT+ orchestra, launched in October 2016. We welcome all players from across the LGBT+ spectrum as well as their friends. We rehearse over a weekend/series of weekends and finish with a performance. The next weekend session is planned for early 2017. We would love to hear from more musicians who would like to be involved. Coverage of our launch weekend is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-37610579
Tuesday evenings during school term time, 8-9.30pm, Westbury Park School Hall, Bayswater Avenue, BS6 7NU
Grade 5+ standard, playing a selection of popular and classical music. £85 per term or £42.50 for under 18's. Prospective members are welcome to come along for a FREE trial session before deciding whether to join.
Wednesdays, term time at our Band Room, Lower Queen Street, Penzance, from 7.15p.m. to 9.30p.m
Patrick Gale 01736 871808
Anton Barnes (Chairman) 01736 787307
If you are interested in joining us please ring our Secretary or Chairman for details, or fill in the online form. There is a waiting list for some instruments and membership is by invitation only.
Emma Nottage and Tom Bayliss
Tuesdays, term time, 7.30-9.30pm, St. Paul's Church Hall, Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Devon. EX31 2BG
Emma Nottage (Chair & Co-conductor)
Tom Bayliss (Secretary and co-conductor)
We are a small, friendly local orchestra. We do three or four concert performances a year, including one in which we accompany a local choir. Subs: £20 per term. All players welcome.
Emerson’s Green Library, South Gloucestershire on Mondays from 7.30 – 9.30 pm
We are a friendly adult concert band playing a wide variety of music ranging from classical to film scores, through swing and jazz, to original works for wind band. Our members range from students to retired people from all walks of life, but all enjoy playing together while improving our standard and broadening our repertoire. We play several concerts a year, including summer outdoor events and Christmas carols. We always welcome new players of at least Grade 6 standard.
Mondays 7.30-9.30 at Mount Gould Methodist Church
A friendly well established band numbering about 35 members of mixed abilities playing a wide variety of music.
Monday evenings, Plymouth
Plymouth's own Symphony Orchestra has been central to the musical life of the city for 132 years, and continues to perform challenging music ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.
Plymouth University Orchestra
Thursday evening during the University Academic Year, between late September and May
Our evening schedule runs as follows: 6:30 to 7:45 Sectional rehearsals, working on music for strings, wind and brass as well as full orchestra sectionals; 8:00 to 9:30 Full orchestra. We also have 3 workshop days through the year, 2 for the individual sections and 1 for full orchestra
St.Nicholas Church, Nore Rd., Portishead every Tuesday from 7.30 to 9.00 pm.
The Portishead Concert Band was formed over 30 years ago and has been practising and performing locally ever since. It is a wind band of about 20 enthusiastic musicians playing brass and wood-wind instruments plus a drummer and a bass. We would be very pleased to welcome new players. At the moment we are especially looking for euphonium and tuba players.
Monday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Quaker Meeting House, Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8PD
We are an enthusiastic community wind band; 50 members strong! We play a wide range of music with something for everyone. If you are a Brass, Woodwind, or percussion player, and want to join a fun and sociable band to rehearse and perform around the community please email us to see if there is a vacancy for your instrument! We only ask that you can play to at least a grade 6 standard (otherwise you may struggle to keep up). We look forward to playing with you.
Mondays 7 - 9pm during term time at Broadclyst Victory Hall, The Green, Broadclyst, Devon EX5 3DX
David Faulkner 01837 53754
Kevin Buckland 01837 53754
We welcome players of all acoustic instruments and all abilities (14 and over), and there are no auditions. New members are welcome to join at any time. Music learning is primarily done by ear - but we do provide sheet music too. Repertoire includes traditional and contemporary English music with a particular emphasis on tunes from the South West. We perform at concerts and dances across Devon, as well as at the Sidmouth and Baring-Gould Folk Festivals, and in Brittany.
Peter Skellon BEM
Monday evenings from 2000hrs to 2130hrs, at The Victoria Methodist Church Hall, Station Road, Weston-s-Mare BS23 1XY
You don't have to have been in the RAF or other Services to join the Band. The 1st officially recognized R.A.F.A. CONCERT BAND was formed in 1998 as a unique partnership with the RAFA. All the musicians are volunteers, who enjoy making music together. They contribute a significant amount of time to their 'hobby' much to the benefit of the RAFA and other Charities.
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.
Burraton Community Centre, Saltash, Nr Plymouth Friday 7.30pm-9.30pm
Are you a wind, brass or percussion player that is up for a challenge - and a lot of fun?! For players grade 6+ ages 16+.
Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm till 9.30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall in St.Erth
George Lawry 01736 755512 or via website
Local community band playing a wide range of music including Classical, Jazz, Swing, Contemporary, Film and Show tunes and everything in between.
Harry Crook Centre, Raleigh Road, Bristol, BS3 1AP on Sundays 2pm-5pm
We are a wind band for all ages and abilities. As we are part of St John Ambulance membership is free. You do not need to be a St John Ambulance volunteer to join.
Thursday evenings at Probus from 7:30 to 9:30pm
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Founded in 1974, this small string orchestra has at present twenty two players, some of whom are founder members.
St Elizabeth Hall, 131 Exeter Street, Salisbury, SP1 2SG on the first and third Thursdays of each month except August.
Dr Helen Smith (secretary) 01722 331163
We play a wide range of music from 'Nimrod' at the wreath laying in the Guildhall Square during the Remembrance Parade to 'Young Person's Guide to John Williams'. We perform at fetes, carnivals and indoor concerts throughout the year. Additional Cornets/trumpets welcomed. Please ring 01722 331163 to enquire. Other instruments sometimes needed. There are no subscriptions but players must become members of the Royal British Legion. Socialise with other musicians in the break over a cup of tea whilst deciding how many raffle tickets to buy! Non-playing supporters are also welcome.
Every Wednesday during term time at St. Martin's Primary School, Shady Bower, Salisbury, SP1 2RE
We currently have vacancies for percussion players.
Established in 1992
7:30 pm on Friday, usually at the South Wilts Grammar School, Stratford Road, Salisbury, SP1 3JJ
Mrs P Dickins (secretary) 01747 870226
Additional string players are always welcome. We also frequently have need for augment players to perform works for larger orchestra.
Saltford Hall, Saltford. Friday mornings, 09:45 – 12:45
Saltford Orchestra offers the chance, about nine times a year, to get together for a morning, to rehearse and play through a major orchestral work in a friendly and supportive environment. Music is made available in advance. There are opportunities for new players, only strings at present.
Saltford Wind Chamber Music Ensemble
Friday mornings (term time), Saltford Community Hall (between Bristol and Bath)
We are a group of wind players who meet in combinations of 8, 9 or 10 to play octets, nonets and decets. We play solely for our own pleasure (ie no concerts); we do try to play each piece to the best of our ability. We have a large library, and because we have more players than the two needed for each instrument, no-one has to commit to playing every week. Twice a term we provide the woodwind section of the Saltford Orchestra (who have their own website entry) to work on a single piece (usually a symphony) under a professional or semi-professional conductor. We currently have vacancies for french horn and bassoon players.
Tuesday evenings 7-9 pm, King's Hall, Tavistock
Saxophonics is a friendly community saxophone ensemble with an emphasis on enjoyment and fun. We are always happy to welcome new saxophone players - all players are welcome, from about grade 3 (or equivalent experience) to grade 8 and beyond; soprano, alto, tenor, or bari. Our repertoire includes many of the iconic sax classics and we aim to provide varied parts for players of all levels of experience. We do several fairly informal performances each year.
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.
Every term-time Monday 7.15pm - 9.15pm at Camelford Hall, Clease Road, Camelford, North Cornwall
We are a very friendly, full orchestra formed in 2007 in Camelford, North Cornwall, welcoming all those over 18 who wish to learn, improve and play together, no audition or minimum standard is required but the ability to read music would be useful. We range from 25-45 in numbers. What we lack in technique we make up for in enthusiasm and humour!! Our repertoire is predominantly classical, traditional and contemporary. We perform two or three indoor concerts per year, including a 'Last Night of the Proms' type concert. Fees at present are only £20 per term to cover the hire of the hall, heating etc. Players of all orchestral instruments, including percussion, are invited to come along and try us out before committing themselves!
19.00 - 20.15 on a Thursday evening during term time at Christ the King Church, Bradley Stoke, Bristol
Silverwinds Flute Choir is a community ensemble directed by Michelle Krawiec. We are always looking for new members to join us and recommend that you are at least grade 5 standard and enthusiastic.
Queen's College, Taunton 7.00pm - 9.30pm Tuesday evenings
Susan Kaufman (Secretary) 01823 672618
The orchestra for each concert is formed from the membership as required and rehearsals take place in the weeks prior to a performance. In addition to these rehearsals are repertoire evenings where members rehearse music which is not intended for immediate public performance.
South Bristol Music Centre
Saturday mornings 9.30 to 12.30 at Ashton Park School
We play a concert at the end of each term and various mid term concerts if they arise. In the last year we have played the Colston Hall and the Lord Mayor's Ball held at the Bristol City Football club.
South Hams Community Orchestra
Monday mornings 10.30-12 at Ivybridge rugby club
The Orchestra plays music from a variety of styles including Baroque, Classical, Twentieth Century both ‘serious’ and light-hearted and welcomes new members who want to develop ensemble skills and keen to explore a range of music. In concerts members often perform as soloists with the Orchestra or in a separate item themselves. The minimum standard is grade 4. The orchestra is always looking for string players and we would like to include Brass and Percussion as we grow. We are well served with Clarinets and Flutes although we have space for another Oboe and a Bassoon / and or Bass Clarinet. Members pay a subscription which covers hire of rehearsal and concert venues and the fee of the musical director. There is no audition but players are welcomed to two rehearsals to find out what we do and whether the musical director is happy that the person will cope with the demands of the music.
Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm at Clyst St Mary Village Hall
A band of enthusiastic amateur and semi-professional musicians, who perform in concerts in and around Exeter. All concerts are for charity. The band plays a wide variety of music including military marches, classical overtures, musicals, film themes, swing and jazz.
Wednesday Afternoon @ Landrake near Saltash
A classic 16 piece Big Band playing 40s/50s (mostly) swing & dance band numbers. We all donate our time for free & play in order to fund raise for charities. We are currently looking for TROMBONE players
Meets at Taunton Baptist Church, 19 Silver Street, TA1 3DH, Wednesdays, 7.45 – 9.45 during term times.
Ruth Scanlon ( Secretary)
The Wednesday Orchestra is a friendly and longstanding repertoire orchestra that is inclusive of a range of abilities. Under our professional conductor, Stewart Stunell, we tackle a diverse range of classical works from overtures to symphonies, with the focus on enjoyment and achieving the highest standard that we can. We do not perform formal concerts, but twice a year we undertake a 'playthrough' of the works we have been rehearsing for family and friends. We are always keen to welcome new members. There are no auditions, but we would suggest that you should probably be of grade 5 ability or above to enjoy the experience. Lapsed players are welcome! From time to time some sections of the orchestra may be full, but we will do our best to accommodate all. Subs are currently £28 a term.
2pm-4pm on the second Saturday of each month, United Reformed Church, Thornbury, BS35 2BA
Thornbury Clarinet Choir is for adult clarinettists of grade 7 and above. We have clarinets from the small Eb to the contra-bass. Good sight-reading skills needed.
19:45 on alternate Wednesdays at the United Reform Church, Thornbury, plus some sectional rehearsals on the other Wednesdays.
Founded in 2002, the orchestra has grown rapidly and now performs large symphonic works. While aiming for high standards, we remain a fun, friendly and enthusiastic group. Players need to be of a good standard and wishing to improve. Recent works played by the orchestra include Elgar's Enigma Variations, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and excerpts from Holst's The Planets.
The orchestra performs three series of concerts a year in Totnes, Torquay, Dartmouth and other venues in the area.
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.
Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Devoran Village Hall
Alison Stott 01326 318484
Truro Sinfonia is an amateur orchestra which meets for the enjoyment of the players. It is for you to play in the company of other musicians, and above all, for you to enjoy playing in a friendly and noncompetitive environment. New players welcome - our members include both experienced players and the less so, although not beginners. There are no auditions or criteria for people to join.
Monkton Park School, Sadler's Mead, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3PN Mondays 7.30pm - 9.30 pm
Orchestra Manager - Guy Edwards 01793 851185
The Wessex Concert Orchestra was originally formed in 1940 as the Westinghouse Concert Orchestra and was re-launched in September 2004 as an independent, regionally-orientated orchestra for North Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire & BaNES. We are proud to present a varied and popular repertoire which includes film music, British light music and concert works. Our exciting and challenging programming requires a reasonable degree of competency, but we do not set a strict, grade-based standard for membership. Please contact us for information about our vacancies
Monday night during term times between 7:30 - 9:30 - Bristol Centre for Music and the Arts, Fontill Campus, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5SJ
Philip Sims 07971 926 282
WBCB are a community wind band based in Southmead where the emphasis is on achieving high standards of performance through enjoyment. In 2016 we will be celebrating 40 years of musical activities in the city and beyond. The band is always interested in recruiting new players, especially clarinets and horns, and membership to the ensemble is free!
Thursday evenings 7.15 - 9.15pm at The United Reformed Church, Muller Road, Bristol.
Rosanne Eskell - 0117 9683998
A small friendly orchestra which welcomes new members - particularly strings(grade 5 and above). We do not at present give concerts but play a wide variety of classical works.
Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm throughout the year barring Bank Holidays at the Hayle Rugby Club, Memorial Park, Marsh Lane, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4PS
The West Cornwall Concert Band was formed in 1998 and is a well established concert band within the area of west Cornwall. The band maintains a wide-ranging repertoire for all occasions, embracing swing, jazz, pop, classical and show music. The band is happy to entertain audiences in venues ranging from big outdoor public events to the more intimate surroundings of small village hall. We welcome new players of all abilities.
John William Johnson
Fridays 7.45pm at The Lynch Chapel Hall, The Lynch, Winscombe, North Somerset, BS25 1AR
Chair – David Sutton
Medium size friendly orchestra performing classical repertoire. Players welcome to join us, string players especially. No auditions.
Monday evenings (term time only) from 8.00 - 9.30 pm at Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, 46 Westbury Hill, Westbury-on-Trym Bristol BS9 3AA
Are you a STRING OR BRASS player looking to join a friendly Orchestra. We are a not for profit, non-auditioned, welcoming orchestra under the baton of Ben England with a repertoire of classical and modern popular pieces with an emphasis on having fun. You will ideally need to be of a good standard. COME AND GIVE US A TRY.
under new leadership
Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30 at The YouFoundation, Page Road, Staple Hill
The Committee 0117 962 9080
Look no further, you have found a great band to join! We have a busy performance schedule, playing at approximately 12 events throughout the year i.e. Local bandstands, Bristol 10k and Half Marathon, Keynsham Music Festival and Christmas celebrations etc. We play lots of great music with a mix of genres but tend to lean towards more contemporary tunes. We would like to expand our membership, so if you have been playing for 4 years or more, please get in touch!
Horfield CEVC Primary School Bishop Manor Rd, Bristol BS10 5BD. There is ample parking.
Chris Harris 0117 9561950
Westerly Showband is a lively, compact, performance wind band. It provides music and entertainment for the whole community. It offers members a rehearsal programme which is both satisfying and challenging. It strives to delight audiences with a wealth of well-loved tunes and priceless memories!
We rehearse on Tuesdays from 7.30 to 9.30 pm
Going through a reboot and resuming September 2021. We play for fun and charities. Friendly training band based in Liskeard. Bit depleted after pandemic hiatus. Brass players particularly welcome. If you picked up an instruments wind or brass during lockdown, this would be the perfect place to learn and play together in a non pressure environment. Lots of variety in repertoire to improve your playing.
Weston-super-Mare Light Orchestra
7.45pm Thursdays at the Lynch Chapel Hall, Winscombe, North Somerset before concerts
Jennie Taylor (Secretary) 01275 462826
The Weston-super-Mare Light Orchestra presents concerts of Light Music in the tradition of Palm Court and Grand Hotel given mainly as charity events in Churches in North Somerset and also at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare. Usually about 8 concerts a year.
The Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne, on Thursday evenings at 7.30.-9.30
The Charity started a new band for beginners in September 2014. The band is now 16 strong and comprises Flutes, Clarinets, Oboe, Saxophones, Tenor Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba.
Monday mornings 9.45am-12pm Yeovil Sports & Social Club, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil
Sarah Baker 01935 321330
We are a band of amateur and semi professional musicians who perform fund raising and charity concerts in and around the Yeovil area. Vacancy for drummer/percussionist, must be able to read music and own their own kit.
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesdays, Holcote House, Yeovil College
Music Centre 07811 760255
Ian Gibbons 07806 565113
Intended standard is ABRSM Grade 5 and above but enthusiasm is more important than exam passes. We would welcome new members on all instruments.......and are actively seeking past members of Yeovil Music Centre, particularly from Yeovil Youth Concert Band, Sax Group, Swing Band, and Senior Strings or 'Cello Club.
St. Marks, Widcombe, Sundays
The Zephyrian Woodwind Orchestra was founded in 1994 by conductor, Richard Caradon, as a group with a minimum standard of Grade 5 for flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and saxophones, In 1998 ZWO won the Gold Award in the NCBF regional finals, and has played annually in the Bath Music Festival in May, as well as many concerts for local charities. New pieces have been commissioned from composers, such as Judith Bailey, Eddie Maguire, Michael Short & Geoff Poole. The clarinet section also plays as a separate group, with Eb, alto, & contralto.