UK Amateur Orchestras

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Contact(s)
 
 
 
Wednesdays at 10am at St Oswald and St Peter's Church Hall, Bannerdale /Abbeydale Road Sheffield
Michael Carter 0114 2303118
 Mary Waters
This is a friendly practice orchestra of 25ish players which has been in existence for many years and would be very pleased to welcome new members, all abilities and all instruments. We play a huge range of classical music, approximately 10 different pieces per term, and meet every Wednesday during the school terms.
Peter Hacket
 
St. Oswald's Church, Bannerdale/ Abbeydale Road, Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm
Peter Hackett 01142 637037
 
We are a group of friendly string players who enjoy a wide range of music in a relaxed environment, under the baton of a professional conductor. Suitable for Grade 3 up to 7. We meet on Wednesday evenings to musically enjoy ourselves. All string players are very welcome to join this group that has been running for over 20 years. Please see website for full details.
Alan George
Claire Jowett
Scheduled over a 2 week period prior to each concert St Olaves Church Marygate York
 Chairman 01904 449714
 
The Academy of St Olave's is a high standard Chamber Orchestra which may number between 15 and 45 players according to the requirements of the programme. The Academy performs three concerts each year and plays for one orchestral Mass on remembrance Sunday.
John Anderson
Jacqueline Cima
Monday evenings at Guiseley School. 7.30-9.45
 John Anderson
 
Founded in 1898.
Catherine Shackell
whoever's game
Thursday evenings during school term times, Burnholme Community Hub, Bad Bargain Lane, York, YO31 0GW
 Catherine Shackell 07811 772 332
 
We'll be playing with a selection of music from across the orchestral repertoire, some easy bits and some of that really meaty stuff you've always wanted to have a go at. Come along whenever life permits, play the notes you can and let the instrumental gymnast next to you fill in the twiddly bits. Open-access: players of all abilities warmly welcomed.
Neil Balfour
Heather Pollock
Alwoodley community centre, The Avenue, Alwoodley, Leeds 17. Most Sundays Sept to June, 10.15 to 12.30
 Vernon & Lesley Mais 0113 2931779
 
New players (especially strings) welcome.
Andrew McLaughlin
Brian Hill
Thursday evenings from 7.45 pm to 10.00 pm at St Hugh's Church, The Coach Road, Baildon, Shipley
 Phil Barker 01274 546156
 
The orchestra is an amateur band that has met in Baildon since 1945. We give concerts of light music from time to time but mainly play an eclectic mix of light and classical music for our own entertainment. The orchestra maintains a normal double wind section plus brass and string sections. If you would like to try us out give our Membership Secretary a call on the contact number above. The orchestra has its own large library and is a member of Making Music.
 
 
Thursday evening from 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Monk Bretton Methodist Church, High Street, Monk Bretton BARNSLEY S71 2PJ
 Heather Greenwood, secretary 01226 281965
 
Barnsley Concert Band has been entertaining audiences for over 35 years. The band's repertoire covers all major genres of music; Pop, Rock, Film, Theatre, Jazz, Marches, Light Classical and Folk. Band members range in age from 13 to nearly 80. Some are studying music and a few are professional musicians; however the majority are highly capable, enthusiastic amateurs wanting to have fun refining their playing skills in their spare time.
Peter Bear
Yvonne Barron
 
Contact via FB page
 
 
Becca Heywood
 
Wetwang Village Hall, Wednesday 7:00pm - 9:00pm
 Becca Heywood 01723 351778 / 07877996055
 
The East Yorkshire Community Wind Band. You will find us very friendly and ready to help in any way we can. Please feel free to chat to anyone at coffee time, ask questions, make yourself known to your fellow members. You'll make new friends in no time!
Andrew Hodkinson
Edward Boothroyd
Rehearsals are on term time Tuesdays, 7.30 - 9.30 at Ashgate Croft School, Chesterfield.
  
 
The orchestra gives 3 concerts a year, usually in the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield. There are vacancies for new members - especially violas!!

Chevin Orchestra

Alison Major
 
Bramhope Primary School, Leeds, LS16 9BR, Wednesdays 7.15pm - 8.40pm (term times)
 Alison Major
 
The Orchestra is for all orchestral players from around grade 2/3 to grade 5+. It is a friendly group of adults and children playing a varied repertoire.
Christopher Irvin
Robert Thorlby
Thursdays 7.00-9.30pm Adel Methodist Church, Leeds LS16 7NX
 Christopher Irvin
 
An orchestra for experienced players. Entry by interview and audition. A reliable reputation for concerts is being established, as many members have been making music together for the past five years. We specialise in light classical music, and original compositions in the same genre. Venues include care homes, shopping arcades, theatres, churches, concert halls and outdoor events (e.g. open gardens and fetes).The MD's compositions have been broadcast on Classic FM and played by orchestras throughout the country.
Tim Jackson
Dan Hands
Rehearsals are held in the 2-3 weeks immediately prior to each concert
 Tim Jackson
 
The CCO has about 35-40 playing members, and typically gives 4-5 concerts a year between September and June.
Keith Morley
 
7:15 - 9:15 p.m every Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Church Hall, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough. TS3 6EW
 Miss Karen Hinnigan 07861 503757
 
We are always on the look out for more musicians. If you like fun music with a great set of people then call over with your instrument on our rehearsal night. You will be made more than welcome and we are sure that you will enjoy the night as much as we do. You don't have to join the band to have a practice or two with us. Don't be shy, give us a try...
David Greed
 
Each concert is preceded by two Sundays of intensive rehearsal.
 Karen Maughan (Secretary)
 
The CPO is a full-sized symphony orchestra with about 85 members, which gives two challenging concerts each year, generally in October and February.
Claire Carr
Whoever arrives first
Teesside: Alternate Mondays during term time (see website), St Aidan's Church Hall, Tintern Ave, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2DF
 Lorna Wright 0788 0346145
 
The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning regional network of local orchestras with an extensive programme of events and an exceptionally tolerant open-access policy. (Yes, all players of all instruments really are welcome and you don't even need to commit to coming every week).
Patrick Burnett
Whoever arrives first
Wednesdays in term time, 7.30-9.30pm, Steiner School, Danesmead, Fulford Cross York YO10 4PB
 Lorna Wright 0788 0346145
 Patrick Burnett 07733266792
The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning regional network of local orchestras with an extensive programme of events and an exceptionally tolerant open-access policy. (Yes, all players of all instruments really are welcome and you don't even need to commit to coming every week).
Diana Lee
 
Friday during term time, 6pm - 7pm. Collingham Memorial Hall, Main Street, Collingham LS22 5AS
 Diana Lee
 
Collingham Band is a friendly community wind band of woodwind and brass players. Our members are from all points on the age range spectrum from primary school children to retired adults. We welcome new members and if you play a woodwind or brass instrument, please do contact us to ask about vacancies. The Band performs at local events in the Wetherby area throughout the year, raising money for charities. Subscription £20 per term.
Diana Lee
 
Friday during term time, Collingham Memorial Hall, Main Street, Collingham LS22 5AS
 Diana Lee
 
Collingham Training Band is designed for Grade 1+ to Grade 3 players of any wind or brass instrument. There are no age restrictions - both children and adults of any age can apply to join. Subscription £20 per term. Members of Collingham Training Band will have the opportunity to join the main Collingham Band when they reach a suitable level.

Dales Sinfonia Orchestra (U3A Skipton & Craven)

Arthur Butterworth
Marion Field
Wednesdays 1.45pm until 4.00pm Embsay Village Hall
 Arthur Butterworth - 01756-792968
 
 
Roy Jones
Tony Hobbs
Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00pm at the Parish Hall (near The Olive Grill & Bar), Top Road, Barnby Dun, Doncaster, DN3 1DA.
 Roy Jones 07912 614 375
 
Annual subs £60, if you are still at school we might be able to help with that. Players welcome from string sections. ie, 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos, and double base. If you are planning music as a career, we are a great place to get orchestral experience. No auditions, and our full support.
John MacKenzie
 
Hurworth Community Centre fortnightly on a Thursday evening during school term time from 7.30 until 9.30
John Mackenzie
 
We do not audition but you should have had previous experience of playing in a band or orchestra and be at least Grade 6 standard. The best way to join is to contact our musical director and arrange to come along and sit in on a rehearsal. We are a friendly and sociable ensemble.
 
 
Tuesday evenings at Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Place, Darlington, DL2 2BN
Joy Redfearn 01388 608098 (or via website)
 
We do not have any entry requirements for the band - all we ask is that you are willing to attend rehearsals regularly and if possible to also be available for band concerts. The most important thing is to have some fun making music with other enthusiasts - a good sense of humour is a must! The music we play is suitable for a range of abilities, and new or lapsed players as just as welcome as ex-professionals in DCWB.
David Plews
Angie Binns
Tuesday in term times; 7pm to 9pm at St Thomas Aquinas church hall, North Road, Darlington.
 Debbie Greenwood 01325 251383
 
The Darlington Orchestra is a community orchestra featuring local amateur musicians. We perform two regular concerts per year and occasionally participate in other events. New members are always welcome.
 
 
Thursday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the Methodist Chapel, Barnsley Road, Darfield.
 Andy Bramall 07519 593 091
 
A classic 1940's style band who play a variety of big band pieces from the Glenn Miller standards to more modern arrangements.
Ian Beswick
 
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9pm, Doncaster Unitarian and Free Church, 60A Hall Gate, Doncaster DN1 3PB
 Ian Beswick 0795 036 8898
 
I am setting up a full symphony orchestra in Doncaster and am looking for all instruments and musicians of a grade 5 standard at least. The orchestra will explore a wide range of repertoire and I would like this to be a collaborative experience between orchestra and conductor. There will subs required to cover costs and we will look at doing 1 or 2 concerts per annum. This is a great way to meet people and gain orchestral experience/learn to conduct if so desired. Any age is accepted as long as you can play to the required standard. The actual grade exam is not necessary just the musical skill and knowledge. 1st series of meetings arranged for 2nd of November through to 14th December 2016. It's £5 per person per session to attend. Any contributions to the tea, coffee and cake table at break are greatly appreciated. Please remember your music stand.
Martin Lightowler
 
Monday 7.30pm to 9.30pm during term time at Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, Sheffield
Via the Endcliffe Orchestra Website
 
The Endcliffe Orchestra is an amateur group based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The orchestra is open to amateur musicians of grade V upwards (or equivalent), subject to vacancies. The Endcliffe serves as a development orchestra and provides a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for amateur players in Sheffield, particularly lapsed amateurs and those who are new to orchestral playing and performing.

Garforth Brass Band

 
 
Sunday evenings 6.15 till 8pm at Garforth Methodist Church, Church Lane, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1NW.
Christine Keith (band manager) 07952 312789
 
We are a friendly 4th section contesting band in the Yorkshire Region, currently about to embark on a new era with a new conductor. We would be glad to see new players, particularly cornets and bass players join us for our summer concert season. We are easily accessible from Leeds by public transport and close to the M1 and A1. Please contact our Band Manager Christine Keith for more information, or just come along any Sunday for a blow!
 
Steve Marriot
Hawkhill Club, Guiseley, West Yorkshire. Mondays 7 45 – 9 30 p.m.
Howard Woods 01943 875918
 
We are a Jazz (Swing & Latin) Band of around 17 players with a wide range of instruments; a large saxophone section and an occasional vocalist. In addition to regular Monday rehearsals, we go out gigging on Bandstands and at Charity Events in West Yorkshire from May to September. We are particularly looking for a Trombone player or two but would be happy to hear from anyone in the area who might be interested in trying out..
Sarah Baker
 
Saturday mornings, 9.30am - 10.30am in Guiseley School
 Sarah Baker 07545 603952
 
The band is predominantly adults between grade 4 - 6 standard. New members always welcome. In addition we have a jazz Band, Latin Band, Rock Band, Wind Ensemble , Flute choir and Clarinet ensemble who all play to a high standard and will welcome new players.

Guiseley Flute and Clarinet Ensemble

Marie Whitaker
 
Tuesdays (term-time), 8.15 - 9.30 pm at Guiseley Baptist Church, Oxford Road, LS20 9AS.
 Jeanette Smith, 01943 879203 or 07530 045927
 
We are a recently established group of flute and clarinet players (age 16+). Our main aim is to enjoy playing a range of music together and to prepare for occasional community concerts. We would welcome anyone of Grade 4+ standard even if they haven't played for many years.
Nick Simpson
Barbara Slade
Monday evenings at Heath United Reformed Church, Free School Lane, Halifax, HX3 0DW
 Chris Leyland (Chairman)
 Jayne Jefferies (Secretary)
With over 125 years of concert seasons, the Halifax Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest and most established amateur orchestras in England. Concerts are held in the Victoria Theatre, Halifax. We currently have vacancies for violas, cellists (including Principal Cellist) and double bass players.
Carey Williams
 
 
 Carey Williams 01678 520188
 
This amateur orchestra performs mainly Baroque and classical repertoire. Two annual concerts as well as occasional concerts in the Doncaster area. Hall gate Orchestra provides an opportunity for players to make music in a relaxed friendly and purposeful environment. We particularly encourage local soloists of all ages and occasionally explore less well known repertoire.
Natalia Luis-Bassa
John Cooper
Thursday & Friday evenings 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the 3 weeks prior to each concert, High Storrs School, High Storrs Road, Sheffield, S11 7LH
 Joy Paul (Secretary)
 
Since its founding in 1973, the orchestra has evolved into one of the finest amateur orchestras in the North of England, and engages professional conductors. Whilst Classical works lie at the heart of each season's programmes the orchestra regularly performs larger scale works from the 19th and 20th Centuries. We would welcome enquiries from string players and percussionists, of at least Grade 8 standard.
[N/A – in recruitement]
 
Wednesdays 8pm - 10pm, and Sundays 7pm - 9pm, at the Band Room, Harcourt Road, Harrogate, HG1 5NL
 Catherine Morland - 07779 320606
 
We're seriously entertaining and are a popular choice for performing at concerts and all sorts of great events. As well as putting on fantastic concerts we compete regularly so our standard of playing is consistently high and we have a reputation for innovation and performing exciting contemporary music.
Guests
Eric Clark
Fridays at 7:30 for five or six weeks before each concert at the Friend's Meeting House, Queen Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5PP
 Gilly Charters 01423 545188
 
The HPO was founded in 1981 as Harrogate Pro Musica and is a semi-professional chamber orchestra of about 32 regular players. We specialise in baroque and classical repertoire mainly, together with more modern works for smaller orchestras. Its players, many of whom are professional and trained musicians, are drawn from a wide area, attracted by its diverse and challenging repertoire. The orchestra encourages young musicians from the local area both as regular players and as concerto soloists.
Bryan Western
Jo Richardson
St John's Primary School, Stockwell Lane, Knaresborough on Thursday, from 7:15pm ’till 9:45pm
  
 
The Harrogate Symphony Orchestra can trace its roots back to 1931 when the Harrogate String Orchestra replaced the Municipal Orchestra. The aims are to give players a chance to play orchestral music together on a regular basis and to present concerts of interesting music in the chamber, symphonic and 20th century orchestral repertoire in a pleasant social atmosphere.
 
Jessica Leathley
Thursday from 7.30 at Swanland Village Hall
 Jessica Leathley 01482 844166
 Martin Lutley
Hessle Sinfonia has a performing strength of about 50 players with members drawn from Hull, East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. Hessle Sinfonia presents three concerts each year in Beverley. We usually have vacancies for string players, and would like to hear from trumpet, trombone and tuba players. Our wind, horn and percussion sections are currently full. Please contact us for further details.
James Morgan
 
7.00 to 9.00pm on Wednesdays during term time at Holmfirth High School, Heys Road, Holmfirth
 Nick Finnis, 01484 684091
 
The Holme Valley Orchestra is an amateur group based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. The orchestra is open to amateur musicians of grade IV/V upwards (or equivalent), subject to vacancies. The HVO serves as a development orchestra and provides a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for amateur players in and around the Holme Valley. We particularly welcome lapsed amateurs and those who are new to orchestral playing and performing.
 
 
Horsforth School, Lee Lane East, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5RF - Saturday (term time only) 10.30 until 11.30
 Susan Brooksbank 07545 603953
 
The Beginners' String Orchestra caters for all bowed string instruments from the very early stages of open string playing to grade 3. Adults and children welcome.
 
 
Horsforth School, Lee Lane East, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5RF - Saturday (term time only) 11.30 until 1
 Susan Brooksbank 07545 603953
 
The Orchestra is a friendly amateur group comprising both adults and children. Strings from grade 3+, Woodwind and Brass from grade 5+. All welcome - no auditions!
Stephen Bradnum
 
Saturday mornings during school terms at Cottingley Village Primary School, Cottingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 1SY
 
 
Hot Aire! is a symphonic concert band based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. It is the third generation of a band that began life in 1956 as a brass band, became a wind band in the 1980s and developed in the 1990s as an extended concert band. The band attracts musicians from Bradford and beyond; we are always ready to welcome new members. There is no formal audition, and we encourage players to enjoy getting the most from their music, developing their skills as musicians by playing in Hot Aire! and other groups if they wish.
Robert Guy
Mary Barber
Tuesdays at Huddersfield New North Road Baptist Church 7.30 - 9.45
  
 
High standard full size symphony orchestra which gives 3 concerts per year in Huddersfield Town Hall, one of the best concert venues in the North. We are currently looking for new players for all string sections, particularly 1st violins and violas. We also occasionally need additional woodwind, brass and percussion players for rehearsals and concerts.
Andrew Mallon
Helen Pearson
Tuesday at Salendine Nook Baptist church 7.30pm- 9.30pm
  
 
Huddersfield Wind Band stared in 1996 and band members come from all walks of life. The thing we all have in common is we all enjoy playing music. We play a variety of musical styles. We always welcome new players. More information is available on our website.
 
 
The Three Tuns pub on Boothferry Road 7-9pm.
  
 
The Hull & East Yorkshire Concert Band is a recently established community concert band, set up to provide a musical outlet for musicians of grade 5 standard or above in the Hull and East Yorkshire area and help raise money for charities along the way. We are working towards building up the Band's numbers with a view to performing a variety of musical genres, from pop to soundtracks, and are also eager to participate in the Hull City of Culture events in 2017.
Andrew Penny
Pam Mitchell
Hull YPI, George Street, Hull, Wednesday 7.30 - 9.45
  
 
Considered by many to be one of the finest amateur orchestras in the country, Hull Philharmonic presents at least 3 concerts each season. Programmes include less well known repertoire alongside popular pieces.
Ray Gallagher
 
Friday nights during school term time, Eastfield Primary School, Anlaby Road, Hull
 Ray Gallagher on 01482 501614
 
We are one of the few independently run youth orchestras in the country, Established in 1952. We have 2 orchestras, a training and a concert orchestra. - new members are extremely welcome!!
Brent Read
 
Humberside Police Training Centre, Courtland Rd, Kingston upon Hull, HU6 8AW Thursdays 19:30 - 21:00, Sundays 10:30 - 13:00
 John Morrison​ (Band Secretary) 07768 916215
 Brent Read (Musical Director)​
We are a 'Military Style' concert band with a heritage of over 150 years. Our affiliation now continues under the Humberside Community Safety Partnership. As well as leading parades within the Humber region we perform about 20 concerts per year to entertain and raise funds for local organisations. We seek the perfection of a social / performance balance. @HPConcertBand
Bob Howe
 
7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday evenings at Hurworth Grange Community Centre in Hurworth village Darlington
 Gary Bridge ( Band Secretary ) - 07540 890941
Keith Sandick ( Band Chairman ) - 07757 166759
Hurworth Concert Band comprises brass, reed and percussion players from Darlington, Durham, North Yorkshire and Teesside. We aim to provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to pursue their musical interests and develop their instrumental skills as well as providing a musical resource for the local community. New players of all standards are always welcome so if you play an instrument come and join us.

Idle Sightreaders (Bradford Concert Orchestra) NEW

John Large and others
Hazel Thompson
Sundays, 10.00-12.00, The Little Theatre, Malt Shovel Yard, Westfield Lane, Idle, BD10 8QB
 Hilary Clarke 0113 272 0382
 
Small, friendly orchestra sight-playing a wide range of light and short classical pieces - different pieces each week. String players welcome, regularly or as stand-ins; players of other instruments also often welcome - please get in touch. We almost never give concerts, but play all year round for fun and sight-reading skills. N.B. Steep stairs - venue is above Idle and Thackley Conservative Club. Ample parking.

Ilkley New Horizons Concert Orchestra

 
Hazel Thompson
Clarke-Foley Centre, Ilkley.Fridays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 Adrienne Fox, Secretary 01756 700624
 
Currently about 45 strong, the NH Concert Orchestra plays a range of light and classical music, mostly for its own enjoyment. Membership is open to anyone from 50 years of age upwards. New members welcome, particularly in the brass, violin and cello sections.
Alan Edgar
Gordon Mumby
North Lindsey College Drama Studio, Tuesdays 7.00.pm - 9.00 pm
 Alan Edgar
 
Founded in 2000. 3 concerts a year. No auditions. 45-50 members. Very friendly orchestra playing extensive repertoire - see website. If you want to play orchestral music then this is the orchestra for you
Vernon Mais
 
Dewsbury Road Social Club, Leeds. 19:45 Tuesday
Contact via the website or
 Vernon & Lesley Mais 0113 2931779
Wide repertoire played encompassing classical music, film and show music etc. New members welcome subject to vacancy existing at discretion of director of music. Good playing standard.
Alex Elwood
Alex Elwood
(approximately) every other Sunday 19:30 to 21:30, Knowle Top Methodist Church, Stannington, Sheffield.
 Dave Keighley
 
We do not charge a subscription/ members fee. You will need to be grade 5 or above and own your own instrument.
Ben Crick
 
Tuesday evenings, 7pm-9.30pm (with break) at Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds
 Leeds College of Music 0113 2223449
 
A lively and friendly ensemble for classical musicians who are a minimum of grade 6 (strings/brass) and grade 8 (woodwind) standard. The Orchestra brings together people from all over the Yorkshire region who share a love of playing orchestral music, performing three concerts per academic year as part of the Leeds College of Music Concert Season. Their Musical Director is Ben Crick, who has established a reputation as an innovative and original conductor; he is a former BBC Music Fellow. The orchestra recruits players throughout the year, and spaces are available for strings and brass. We do not currently audition new members, but an audition may be required if there is demand for places.
Andrew Watkinson
 
Tuesday evenings, 7pm-9.30pm (with break) at Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds
 Leeds College of Music 0113 2223449
 
Leeds College of Music Sinfonia is a friendly, welcoming group of adult learners who are passionate about playing classical music. Tutored by conductor Andrew Watkinson, Sinfonia studies three programmes of music each year, with performances for friends and family in an informal setting. The orchestra recruits players throughout the year and spaces are available for strings, 1st horn, 2nd clarinet and 2nd bassoon. No audition is required, but Sinfonia aims to provide orchestral experience for players who have achieved a minimum standard of grade 3 (strings) and grade 5 (wind/brass).
 
Iveta Hlavenkova
Thursday at 7pm at Yorkshire College of Music and Drama, 1 St Marks Ave, Leeds, LS2 9BN
 Iveta Hlavenkova 07546 459 409
 
A folk group for violinists and fiddle players from Leeds area. We are currently looking for more violinists and fiddle players.
Chris Pelly
Adam Ferguson
Friday evenings at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, LS16 5BD
 Chris Pelly (artistic director) – 07546 303481
 
A small chamber orchestra (20-30 players) specialising in the music of Haydn and his contemporaries. The orchestra comprises former and semi-professionals as well as good amateur players. Everybody is very friendly and works hard during rehearsals; because of the small size of the ensemble every person's contribution is important. Enquiries welcomed from all orchestral musicians, particular vacancies currently for violins (first or second) and violas.
David Greed/Douglas Scarfe
Amanda Crawshaw
Mondays at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, St Marks Avenue Leeds. 19:30 - 22:00
 Paul Moffatt
 
Sinfonia is a high-standard orchestra giving four concerts a year in the Leeds area.
Aljosa Skorja
 
Moortown Methodist Church, Moortown, Leeds (behind Sainsburys), 7pm till 9.30pm, £3 per night, Tuesday nights from mid June to end September
 Russell Keane 07511598286
 Mel Powell 07714437019
Got nowhere to play in summer, well you have now. From mid June to mid September we meet to play from the vast range of classical music, film music anything that sounds nice with a concert for family and friends to end the summer. for more details please visit our website
Martin Binks
Rosemary Milner
Monday, 7.15pm
 Julian Ridge
 Martin Binks
A full sized orchestra founded in 1890 giving high standard concerts of varied repertoire, with professional soloists, in Leeds, Knaresborough and other venues in West and North Yorkshire.
Aaron Campbell
Sophie Bevan
Wednesday evenings, from 5.30 - 6.30.
 Sophie Bevan 07545603954
 
The Morley Community Orchestra is a fun, relaxed ensemble aimed at children and young people but open to all. We play a wide range of pop and concert band music. This group welcomes all instruments and all abilities. We arrange parts to your ability and style of playing. A great opportunity to try something new, and to learn with like minded people. The community orchestra regularly performs at local events around South Leeds. £3.50 per rehearsal, payable weekly.
Thomas Pitts
 
Thursday during term time between 7pm and 9pm at Drighlington Primary School on Moorland Road, Drighlington
 Thomas Pitts
José Smales 0796 365 8302
We are open to all ages and abilities, although a reasonable standard of playing would be needed. The band has traditional concert band instrumentation - a woodwind section currently consisting of flutes, Bb clarinets, bass clarinet and saxophones - alto, tenor and baritone; and a brass section consisting of trumpets/cornets and baritone/euphonium.
James Lyon
Yuki Kondo
Monthly
 James Lyon
 
The orchestra is a new ensemble based in Huddersfield, originally made from graduates from Huddersfield and other universities. The orchestra is open to anyone who wishes to play. We rehearse once a month, and perform 2 - 3 concerts a year.
Bryan Western
 
Tuesday evenings 6.45 to 8.45 term time only at Nidderdale High School, Pateley Bridge
 Katy Penn
 
We welcome players of all instruments and ages. Some of our members have dusted instruments off after many years of hibernation, others have just begun.
Matthew Tiffany & Elaine Levene
Katie Allen
Leeds, Saturdays in term-time, 9.15am-12.00
 Mervyn Manning 0113 293 6585
 
The main orchestra of North Leeds Music Centre, part of Leeds City Council's Music Support Service. Standard between grades 4 to 8.
 
 
Occasional repertoire weekends, first one in September 2005
 Michael Williamson
 
Recently established to provide musicians a rare opportunity of studying challenging and exciting orchestral repertoire in simulated professional circumstances.

Otley Chamber Orchestra

Aljosa Skorja
Chris Hodges
Second and fourth Sunday evenings each month, Courthouse Arts Centre, Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire
 Helen Thornton 01943 463099
John Restorick 01943 875176
We have about 50 members who are drawn from Wharfedale and further afield. They are experienced, hard working players - but very sociable! There is a full string section (with room for more 1st violins), double woodwind, horns, trumpets and timps. Repertoire is varied but drawn largely from the Classical and early romantic periods. We are currently looking for a lead viola.

Otley Little Theatre Orchestra

Neil Briggs
 
7.30-9.00pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the St John's Ambulance Headquarters on Gay Lane, Otley, West Yorkshire
 Neil Briggs 079000 50346
 
We are a friendly bunch of players playing popular and classical music for our own enjoyment. There is no minimum standard for joining and anyone is welcome to come along and 'have a go' - the only commitment is a £2 fee each time we meet in order to cover the hire of the room.
Barbara Bancroft
John Parker
Paddock Village Hall, Huddersfield, Tuesdays 7:30pm
  
 
We are a well established amateur orchestra that performs at least three public concerts a year in the Huddersfield area.
Keiron Anderson
 
7.30-9.30pm on Thursday evenings at St Chad's Parish Centre, Far Headingley
 Hilary Pattison, 0113 266 3055
 
There are no auditions but ideally players should be of Associated Board Grade 5+ standard
 
 
The Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, St Mark's House, 1 St Mark's Avenue, Leeds LS2 9BN
Contact via website
 
Players for Pleasure provides opportunities to make music with other adult amateur musicians and to get experience at performing music amongst ourselves in a friendly and supportive environment. Players of any instrument and all levels of ability and experience are welcome to apply to perform at Players for Pleasure events. Please see the web site for further information.
Hugh Bowman & Tim Jackson
 
Thursdays during term-time, 7:30 - 9:30pm,Richmond Methodist Church Dundas St. DL10 7AB
 Janet Smith (Secretary) 01969 622665
 
The Richmondshire Orchestra is a community orchestra serving Richmond and the surrounding area. The orchestra gives three concerts a year. String players particularly welcome.

Ripon Community Orchestra

Xenophon Kelsey
Joy Fletcher
Tuesday evenings in term time. 7:30 pm Holy Trinity Junior School . Ripon, North Yorks
Simon Robinson 01423 772459
 
We are always interested in new players, especially strings and at present we could do with another trumpet and trombone or two We reckon people need to be grade 4+ to enjoy the orchestra. Previous experience of ensemble playing will help with this but is not essential. Anyone interested is welcome to ring on the number above.
Nicholas Nowicki
 
Saturday afternoons as arranged, during term time. Fun residential weekend in March
 Nicholas Nowicki
Steph Swann 0191 4699402
Based in the North-East of England, St. Paul's Youth Ensemble gives young string players the chance to make music together in a relaxed but stimulating atmosphere, regardless of age or ability. The ensemble, now in its 30th year combines a happy, inclusive ethos with high standards of musicianship.
 
 
Tuesday, 7.30 - 9.30 at the church of St Philip and St James, Clifton, York.
01904 791952
 
The orchestra, a string and woodwind ensemble of about twenty players, has grown from a quartet founded in the 1920s by a local cellist, Charles Sayer. It is a rehearsal or run-through orchestra, one of its aims being to give practice in sight-reading. We are an amateur orchestra of friends, and players of all ages who are reasonably proficient sight-readers are welcome. Each week we play through a mix of perhaps half-a-dozen works, Beethoven rubbing shoulders with Bucalossi; Schubert with Strauss.
Shaun Matthew
Anthony Mason
Tuesday evenings in St Saviour’s Church Hall, Gladstone Road, behind Sainsburys
 Tony Mason
 
Six concerts a year. Average rehearsal attendance about 60: new strings are always welcome.
Darren Everhart
Tracy Keeley
Settle High School from 7.30 to 9.30pm each Friday during term time
 Sarah Glossop 01729 825806
 
A friendly local orchestra in the Craven area that performs works from all periods. We perform at least six concerts in Skipton, Settle, Clitheroe and other local towns each season
Chris Brain & Lucy Revis
 
Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Walkley Community Center.
 Chris Brain 07446484858
 
Calling all amateur string players, grade 5+!!! Come and play some of the string orchestra's greatest repertoire with the new friendly Sheffield Amateur String Orchestra. It is lead and coached by violinist Chris Brain and cellist Lucy Revis. First session is free then £5 after that.
George Kennaway
Ralph Dawson
Tuesday, Endcliffe Methodist Church Lower Hall, 7:15 (for 7:30 start) - 9:30 pm,
 Robin Saunders (chairman) 0114 266 5403
 
The Sheffield Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1950 and is a small classical orchestra of around 40 musicians, comprising of woodwind, horns, trumpets and percussion, in addition to the usual complement of strings. New members are welcome, subject to available vacancies. Generally, a minimum playing standard of Grade 8 is expected.

Sheffield Flute Choir

 
 
Monthly on a Saturday morning, Norfolk Park, Sheffield
 Rachel Shirley
 
We are a friendly adult amateur flute choir who meet once a month on a Saturday morning (plus occasional evening/ weekend performances), playing a mixture of repertoire for flutes, piccolos and alto flutes. We welcome new members of around Grade 5 standard upwards. Please contact us for more details and dates.
Bernard Kidd
Roy Denton
Every Thursday evening 7p.m. to 9p.m. in the Victoria Hall, Sheffield
 Doris Denton
 
We play a wide variety of music in a relaxed atmosphere but do not give concerts. Many members play in other orchestras but enjoy the opportunity that is available here to engage in our extensive repertoire. We play music across the classical range including overtures, symphonies, selections from shows, suites, marches and other popular classics.
 
Tony Hobbs
Tuesdays 7.30-9.45pm at Victoria Hall, Chapel Walk, Sheffield
 Eugene Chang
 
SPO is a well-established full symphony orchestra, attracting players from the S Yorkshire/N Derbyshire areas including a number of students/staff from the Sheffield universities. We perform three major concerts per year, plus a Christmas concert and a Last Night of the Proms style open air event at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens each summer. There are also additional performance opportunities for the orchestra, including additional concerts, smaller chamber groups, and as part of our popular foreign tours. Do get in touch for current vacancies.
Juan Ortuño
Martin Usher
Wednesday evenings during term time 7.30 until 9.30 pm at Birkdale School. (entrance on Endcliffe Cresecent)
 Hon. Secretary 07794 144574
 
SSO plays a wide variety of music, but specialises in music for the larger orchestra. The orchestra generally has a concert season of 4 concerts, performed in Sheffield, plus 2 New Year concerts and can be engaged by arrangement for other concerts. In the past the orchestra has played in Ripon, Beverley, Buxton, Stockport, Eli, and has undertaken tours to Belgium and Germany.

Sheffield Youth Orchestra

Stephen Vickers
 
During school term time at Croft House, Garden Street, Sheffield S1.
 Stephen Vickers
 
Formed in 1964 as an independent youth orchestra to give young Sheffield musicians the opportunity to play challenging orchestral music from both the classical and contemporary repertoire.
Jude Beatty
 
Rehearse usually on Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 at Shepley Methodist Church, Lane Head Road Shepley HD8 8DB (see website for exceptions)
  
 
Shepley Band, based in Huddersfield, is one of the largest self-funded wind bands in West Yorkshire with over forty amateur musicians from all walks of life. We are a friendly, vibrant and enthusiastic group that believes in making music fun and accessible for all, whilst playing a key role in the life of the local community. We are around grade 5 standard, although anyone is welcome. We take part in many events throughout the year, along with hosting some of our own concerts and enjoy a diverse repertoire. Please email us or see our website for more information, and you are welcome to sit in on a rehearsal.
Clive Scott
 
St Mary's Church Hall, Howard Road, Walkley, Sheffield, S6 3RX - Mondays 7pm till 9pm during School Term Time
 Lauren Newton 01142962164
 
Formed in the summer of 2005, to give former members of Sheffield Music Services an outlet to perform following the completion of full time education. However, in recent years the band has established itself within the wider community and now has a much wider age range. The band now has around 25-30 regular members with ages ranging from 18-75.
Tricia Rees-Jones
 
Second and last Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm till 9.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Vestry Rooms (church at top of the High Street)
 Mrs Catherine Davison 07905 457626
 
No membership fees but costs £3 per monthly rehearsal (only payable if you come), which includes refreshments. We provide an opportunity to make music within a very friendly and supportive environment. We have a complete open policy to those who wish to play, all welcome. We especially encourage lapsed or rusty musicians and those who are learning an instrument. We play a range of music from classical to modern and hope to perform 2 or 3 concerts a year (optional, you do not have to!) for the local community to enjoy and feel inspired.
Benjamin Elin
Michelle Northam
Monday evenings in Slaithwaite Civic Hall 7.30 - 9.30pm
 Chris Woodhead (Secretary)
 
SPO, the 'Symphony orchestra of the Colne Valley' give four concerts each year in Huddersfield Town Hall. Renowned for presenting the players with challenging repertoires, recent concerts have included Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony, Stravinsky's The Firebird, Shostakovich Symphony No 4 and 5, Carmina Burana and fully staged productions of Puccini's operas La Boheme and Tosca. New string players are particularly welcome. Please visit the SPO website for further information and details of forthcoming concerts.
Robert Guy
Mary Barber
Four Sunday concerts per year at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax with rehearsals on Sundays
 Nick Barber (01484) 544892
Mike Briggs (01422) 372246
Established in 1997 this chamber orchestra is the resident orchestra at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Their repertoire is varied and interesting, and extra high quality string players are always welcome.

Steel City Concert Band

David McLaren
 
Tuesdays during school terms from 7.30 till 9.30 at the Scout headquarters, Trippet Lane, Sheffield
Judy Day 01142 816701
 Sarah West
Amateur Band, all ages, all brass, wind and percussion players welcome.
Martin Essex
 
Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at St. David’s School, Cowley Road, Acklam, Middlesbrough.
Liz Cameron (Secretary) on 01642 653046.
 
The TSO is a full-sized symphony orchestra which gives two concerts each year, generally in November and March/April.
Jason Mitchell
 
Tuesday 7.00 until 9.00, The Avenue Primary School, The Avenue, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS7 0AG
  
 
Teesside Wind Band is a small local ensemble who meet weekly in the Middlesbrough area. We are made of up of local musicians who enjoy playing for fun, making new friends and eating lots of cake! We give regular concerts throughout the year at local venues. No formal grade exam is needed, just turn up!
Nicholas Concannon Hodges
Andrew Rostron
Central Methodist Church in Todmorden on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30p.m
 Jennifer Moorhouse 01706 817333
 
Todmorden Orchestra is a full size symphony orchestra which gives three orchestral concerts a year, as well as joining with Todmorden Choral Society for three choral and orchestral concerts. We are currently looking for a fourth horn and a principal second violin.
Mike O'Farrell
 
Saturdays in term time 9.15 - 11.30 at the Ilkley Baptist Church, Kings Road, Ilkley
 Les Goldman
 
The band plays from the typical concert band repertoire. We have vacancies chiefly for flutes, French horn, trumpets, lower brass and percussionists.
Trevor Vincent
 
Thursdays in term time 7pm - 9pm at St. James Church, Otley Road, Baildon
 Les Goldman
 
The band plays a mix of 'big band', jazz and latin numbers with some more modern rock'n'roll. Currently we are not looking for more players other than trombones and trumpets - but we are maintaining a waiting list!'
Sophia Davies / Abi Fisher 
 
Friday during term time at 5pm in the music department (Heslington campus)
 James Corkhill (Chairman) 07763 226314
 
Membership is mainly students at the university, but anyone is welcome to join.
Lee Muncaster
Julia Percival
Thursday evenings, Ossett, West Yorkshire
 Julia Percival
 
New players always very welcome, grade 6 or above.
Alison Major
 
West Leeds Music Centre, West Academy, (Back entrance on Summerfield Drive, LS13 1AJ), Saturdays 9-9.55am (term time)
 David Major 07528 586 139
 
The Beginners' Orchestra is for anyone who knows 3 notes or more on any instrument, up to around grade 2 standard. The emphasis is on having fun and introducing members to ensemble playing, with specially arranged music. Open to adults and children. The group is part of West Leeds Music Centre, which is run by Yorkshire Music Education Service.
Joelle Braithwaite
 
West Leeds Music Centre, West Academy, (Back entrance on Summerfield Drive, LS13 1AJ), Saturdays 9-10.25am (term time)
 David Major 07528 586 139
 
The Concert Band welcomes both children and adults and plays a wide range of music - from military marches to film/musical theatre scores, and everything in between. The group is part of West Leeds Music Centre, which is run by Yorkshire Music Education Service.
Alison Major
 
West Leeds Music Centre, West Academy, (Back entrance on Summerfield Drive, LS13 1AJ), Saturdays 10.45-12.10am (term time)
 David Major 07528 586 139
 
The Orchestra is for all orchestral players from around grade 2/3 to grade 5+. It is a friendly group of adults and children playing a varied repertoire. The group is part of West Leeds Music Centre, which is run by Yorkshire Music Education Service
Randall Whittaker
Sam Essen
Wednesdays from 7.30 - 9.30, Abbey Grange School. The address is Butcher Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 5EA
 
 
We aim to provide an opportunity for young professionals, postgraduates and other young people who are interested to play orchestral music to a high standard within a sociable environment. We play a wide range of music and aim to play three different programmes each year, with concerts in March, June and December. For more details please see our website
David Greed
Clare Richards
Methodist Church in Burley in Wharfedale, fives time per year, on a Friday evening and all day Sunday.
 Claire Richards 07928 485322
 
We are a small high calibre string orchestra of friendly players of grade 8 / Diploma standard. We are always happy to welcome new members, so if you are grade 8 standard or above and would be interested in joining us, please fill out a contact form on our website. Even if there isn't a permanent vacancy, there may be an opportunity to dep. for a weekend. We meet five times per year and give two concerts.
Ben Tierney
Ben Tierney
Tewit Youth Band rehearsal rooms on the corner of Strait Lane and Crag Lane in Huby, near Harrogate, every Thursday
 Sarah Darvill
 WRCB Admin
The White Rose Concert Band (WRCB) is a local community windband based in Harrogate, with a dedicated band room in Huby, near Harrogate. We have a Main and Training band. There are no auditions. All ensembles are open to players aged 16 and over. Training Band: 6.15pm – 7.15pm with John Kendrew. This is recommended for players of grade 1-4. Main Band: 7:45pm – 9:45pm with Ben Tierney. This is recommended for players of at least grade 5.
Yanni Daoutis
 
Moortown Methodist Church, Moortown, Leeds (behind Sainsburys), 7.30pm till 9.30pm, £3 per night, every thursday night
 Russell Keane 07511598286
 
Players always welcome (especially strings) a nice, very friendly group who play concerts in Yorkshire (Oakwell Hall, Hardcastle Craggs, Husthwaite village). We play a variety of music and we can also 'theme' a concert i.e. a Broadway show, light classical, serious classical, Christmas and Proms/Andre Rieu type music.
Sue Sykes
 
New Earswick Methodist Church Hall on Monday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30 pm
 Jill
 
York Concert Band is a thriving North Yorkshire ensemble and is a full concert band with brass, woodwind and percussion sections. It comprises close to fifty regular players, who meet weekly to rehearse an interesting and engaging repertoire for a regular programme of concerts. York Concert Band is always keen to recruit new players and operates an open policy. Any prospective players are welcome to attend rehearsals with a view to joining.
John Atkin
Malcolm Brunton
Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30pm at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BX, September to July.
 Secretary Karen Nash (01904) 870759
 
York Light Orchestra established in 1947 is an amateur orchestra based in York. We perform up to six concerts a year for local charities and organisations. We play light classical music along with selections from musicals and films. We don't hold auditions and accept anyone (subject to space) over the age of 16 who plays an orchestral instrument to grade 5 standard or above. There is a small subscription charge to members each year to pay the rent for our rehearsal room.
Alasdair Jamieson
Claire Jowett
Mondays at 7.00pm at the Mount School York
 Andrew Smith 01904 658193
 
Founded in 1898, the York Symphony Orchestra is the city's oldest amateur orchestra. Its aim is to give amateur musicians in York and the surrounding area the opportunity to rehearse and perform works from the orchestral repertoire. It is particularly keen to encourage younger players, and many of its soloists are young musicians with links to York. The orchestra meets weekly for rehearsals and gives three concerts each year, in November/December, March, and June/July.
Bandmaster Louise Lingard-Snape BA (Hons) FTCL LTCL
 
Mondays 19:15-21:15- Darton College, Ballfield Lane, Darton, Barnsley. (Just off Junction 38 of the M1)
 Director of Music
 Band Secretary
The band's repertoire covers all major genres of music from Marches to Pop, Rock, Film, Theatre, Big Band, Shows and Classical. We welcome all players of a standard above around Grade 5. We also have a Corps of Drums
 
Iveta Hlavenkova
Tuesday night, Yorkshire College of Music and Drama, 1 St Marks Ave, Leeds LS2 9BN.
 Iveta Hlavenkova 07456 459409
 
A new orchestra starting in September in Leeds - Yorkshire Chamber Orchestra. Players above Grade 5 standard welcome to join! We are looking for players for the string section (violins, violas, cellos and a double bass), woodwind section, flute, oboe, bassoon, horn and trumpet.
Deborah Pennington
 
Headingley, Leeds, alternate Wednesday evenings in term time.
 Deborah Pennington 07910 414589
 
Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble has been recently established for clarinet players of grade 6 standard and above to enjoy playing clarinet choir repertoire. The ensemble welcomes players of all members of the clarinet family.
 
 
Advanced Flute Group (Grades 6- 8+) - rehearsals on Tuesdays 7.00 - 8.00pm at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama Leeds LS2 9BN, Intermediate flute group for Grades 3 -5 - starting on Fridays (time to be confirmed)
 Hazel Smith 07950 181510
 
All members of the flute family are welcome and there are regular opportunities to perform at local events.
George Kennaway / Andrew Watkinson
 
Saturday in term-time at the Allerton High School, King Lane, Leeds, from 10:00 until 12:30.
 YLSS secretary
 
Are you an adult beginner on a string instrument or not played for years and want to return? YLSS is a string orchestra with the emphasis on friendly, enjoyable and non-competitive playing with tuition from some of the finest professional musicians in the region. There is no minimum standard for joining the orchestra and the ethos is very much 'have a go', join in and play what you can.
Major Jack Boden (ret.)
 
Sunday morning 10.00 - 12.15 (with break) Band Room Maltkiln Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire
 Dave Stephenson 01924 375934
 
Civilian military style wind band (Ex TA Band) - concerts, parades, European tours, Germany twice in 2006.
Keiron Anderson
 
Wakefield
 Paul Hannon
 
The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra is a quality wind ensemble which has performed an extensive repertoire of mainly modern works in Yorkshire and beyond and is now recognised as a leader in its musical field. Two important aspects of the objectives of the YWO are to promote the work of contemporary composers (especially British) and to encourage the development of young wind and percussion players in the Yorkshire region.

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