UK Amateur Orchestras

North West England (Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Gt. Manchester)

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2022

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2023

Orchestra (full)

Wind band (brass and woodwind)

String Orchestra

Brass band



Conductor /
Rehearsal Venue / Times
Robert Brooks
Fiona Liddy
Friday evenings 7.15pm - 9.15pm at the Vale, Unit 2, Vale Mill, off Micklehurst Road, Mossley, OL5 9JL.
Abney Orchestra is a fun, friendly, community orchestra, playing light classics and popular film music. We are always looking for new members - no auditions - all ages and abilities welcome.
Rehearsal night is Wednesday 8 - 10pm. Currently rehearsing in Ashton Masonic Hall whilst work continues on our own band room in Dukinfield.
 Emily Kennedy (Secretary) – via band website or the band social media
We are a warm and friendly band with a wide repertoire of music. We do concerts, weddings, carnivals, marching displays and much more. We are looking to recruit players in all sections of the band, but particularly brass at the moment. If you fancy joining us, either contact us via the web page or ring the contact details also found on the website.
Richard Howarth
Shahla Armitage
Thursday evenings at Scout Headquarters, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge from 7.45 pm to 10.00 pm.
 Roger Dowling 01925 756390 (mob 07815 601447)
Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra is an ambitious but friendly orchestra with a broad repertoire ranging from Vaughan Williams and George Butterworth to Dvorak and Beethoven. Chief conductor and President is Richard Howarth, former leader of Manchester Camerata, and other professional conductors include Orr Guy, Juan Ortuno and Robert Chasey. We give four concerts each season at Alderley Edge Festival Hall and Alderley Edge Methodist Church.
Bill Freeman
Rehearsals are held each Tuesday 2pm - 4pm at The United Reformed Church, Brookhouse Road, Alsager ST7 2PA
 Bill Freeman 01270 747848
We would still welcome all Strings, Bass, Bassoon and Percussion. If you used to play then give me a ring. Tuesday rehearsals are great fun with no pressure on anybody. Playing proficiency is mixed, but perhaps a minimum of grade 4 standard is needed to enjoy it.
Gerry Moylan
19.30-21.30 Monday evenings. Woodlands United Reformed Church, Woodlands Park Way, Altrincham WA15 7QT
We are an orchestra that plays light music - principally composed in the 20th century but also overtures, suites, ballet music, symphonic movements etc. from the 18th and 19th centuries. String, brass and woodwind players are all welcome.
Louise Latham
Mary Anderson / Brigid Rawling
Two Sundays before concerts
 Brigid Rawling
 Brigid Rawling
Small string orchestra, established in 2004, playing in South Manchester area.
Barry Bleasdale
Thomas Muir
Cambridge Street Methodist Church, Accrington. Fridays 7.15 - 9.30pm
 Neil Edwards (chairman)
Always seeking new players, particularly; horn, bassoon, tuba and trombone.
Ian Pickford
Friday 7-9:30 at Victoria Centre, Biddulph Methodist Church.
 Adam Smith (Orchestra Member)
 General Contact
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Richard Howarth
Alex Stemp
Tuesdays 7.15- 9.30 pm at St Marys Parish Centre & Club, Mount Pleasant, Chorley, PR7 2SR
 Via website or email
String players are always welcome to join the orchestra. Informal auditions are held for wind and brass players when vacancies arise.
Helen Harrison
Helen Andrews
7.15-9.30pm at Blackpool Sixth College.
 Wendy Pallant
Blackpool Symphony Orchestra attracts players from across Lancashire. We perform 3-4 concerts a year and like to include lesser known works in our programmes as well as collaborating with with local arts organisations and running educational outreach projects. String players particularly welcome.
Cherry Vann
Emma Green
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30, The Triangle Community Methodist Church, New Church Road, Bolton, BL1 5QP
 Emma Cunliffe
Bolton Chamber Orchestra is an amateur orchestra that has been performing in Bolton for nearly 50 years. We perform three concerts a year in and around the Bolton Area. We currently have vacancies.
Ben Crick, Paul Witkiewicz
Anita Levy
All in the week leading up to the concert
At Bolton Symphony Orchestra we are a friendly, welcoming orchestra. We play six concerts a year at The Victoria Hall in Bolton (every other month, starting in January.) We rehearse in the week prior to the concert; usually Thursday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday day (with the concert on the evening of the Saturday.) We are currently looking for strings (particularly violas, cellos and double basses) however, whatever your instrument, please get in touch if you would like to join and we will happily see where we can fit you!
Simon Rowland
Tuesdays 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church, Broughton, Flintshire, Chester, CH4 0QB
 Laura Armitage
Founded in 1974, The Borders Orchestra provides opportunities for musicians of all ages and varying abilities to join together and make music. We play an eclectic range of music including everything from film and stage music, to classical and light music favourites. The aim of the orchestra is to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere to promote, improve and develop an enjoyment of playing together irrespective of ability. We usually hold 2 concerts a year in local community venues.
Frank Lennon
Judith Doe
Thursday evenings Sept-June, 7.30pm at Padiham Rd Methodist Church, Brassey Street, BB12 8AD
 Judith Doe 01282 838609
Burnley Orchestra - Playing great works by great composers, lots of variety over several concerts throughout the year, with a light friendly atmosphere.
Ken Greaves & Daniel James
Sabrina Ghadaouia
Hulme Hall Old Dining Room, Oxford Place, Rusholme, Manchester. Tuesdays during university term: choir 6-8pm, orchestra 8.15-10.15pm
CAOS is a friendly non-audition music society, based in the University of Manchester but open to anyone (student or not) who enjoys performing. We rehearse once a week during the university term and give two concerts a year, in addition to residential trips and social events.
Aidan Howgate
Monday 4-5pm, Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for beginners to Grade 2
Peter Stallworthy
Louise Latham
Wednesdays and Thursday in the two weeks prior to any concert. Alternating between Wilmslow Parish Hall, Wilmslow and Christchurch, Didsbury
 Peter Stallworthy
 Alastair Roberts
Cheshire Sinfonia was formed in May 2005 with the intention of providing excellence in music making for players and audiences alike. The orchestra comes together for a brief but intensive period of preparation before each concert and players join by invitation or audition on a concert by concert basis. This flexibility enables the orchestra to attract the best available players for each concert. In five short years, Cheshire Sinfonia has attracted widespread acclaim for its quality of ensemble, blend and the sheer freshness and exuberance of its performances. In addition to its own season of concerts, Cheshire Sinfonia collaborates in performances with its sister organisation, the chamber choir CHORALE, and has accompanied a number of the region's choral societies, including Chester Music Society, Stockport Grammar School and the Barnby Choir.
Bill Basey
Graham Leng
Every Thursday evening at Little Stanney Village Hall (near Cheshire Oaks) from 8.00pm to 10.00pm
 Gavin 07401 192950
This band has been in existence for over 30 years and is a rehearsal band, although we do perform occasional concerts. We play the swing music of Count Basie, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman etc and have a library of over 250 arrangements. There are vacancies and the opportunity to sit in from time to time. Players should ideally be competent to Grade 5 or above. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.
Daniel Parkinson and Mairerad Bushnell-Wye
Saturday morning at Hartford High School from 10am til 1pm
 Music Service Secretary, Nicola Cooper 01248 714501 ext 233
The Cheshire Youth Orchestra comprises some of the most talented young musicians from all over Cheshire. The Cheshire Youth Orchestra and the Cheshire Youth Training Orchestra provide a fun and friendly environment where young musicians can meet and play in a symphony orchestra setting on a regular basis to develop their musical skills. The minimum standard for entry to the CYO is that you are most likely to have passed Grade 5, or due to take it in the near future. For the CYTO, the same applies, but at Grade 3.
Jon Modelski
Wednesday evenings 8-10pm St Andrews United Reformed Church, Handbridge, CH4 7JF
The Chester Big Band is an amateur group based in Chester rehearsing on Wednesday nights (8-10pm). We have our own library of over 300 songs and play a large repertoire of music from the big band era and beyond. 2017 has already seen an exciting influx of new members and a musical director but we are still looking for new brass players – trumpets and trombones in particular.
Jan Modelski
Saturday mornings at Barrow Village Hall (CH3 7LN), Introductory Orchestra 0915-1045, Intermediate 0915-1115, Main 1130-1330
 Chester Community Orchestra
The Chester Community Orchestra is an amateur orchestra based near Chester, it was founded in 2001 to enable musicians of all ages and abilities to participate in a performing amateur orchestra. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and geared towards encouraging the best performances from its members and aiding their musical development. The orchestra has an """"open admission"""" ethos - which means that there is no audition and no one is ever turned away, the only requirements are a basic ability to read music, a desire to play with other performers and a sense of humour. There are 3 separate orchestras; Introductory, Intermediate and the """"Main"""" Orchestra, so there is sure to be an orchestra suitable to most playing abilities. The average attendance is between 60 and 70 players and a number participate in more than one orchestra. All three orchestras share the common goals of enjoyment, encouragement and development.
David Chatwin
Robert Anderson
Monday evenings at 7.30pm, All Saints Church, Hoole Road, Chester.
 Alex Stubbs, secretary
Chester Philharmonic was founded in 1884. The orchestra gives a minimum of four concerts annually. These are usually held in Chester Cathedral. The orchestra has a number of regular conductors and appoints both conductor and leader on a concert by concert basis. The orchestra also aims to provide young professional conductors and soloists concert opportunities.
Helen Thomas
Normally meet fortnightly at 7 pm on Fridays at St Columba’s Church Hall, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1PL
 Irena Emberson
We are an informal chamber orchestra who meet with our conductor Helen Thomas to play symphonies by Mozart , Haydn , Beethoven , Schubert , Mendelssohn , etc. New strings, and some woodwind / brass players are welcome.
Ian Robinson
Monday evening at Blacon High School between 7-9pm.
 John Collins (chair person) 01244 659211
The Band are looking for new members and have a variety of instruments available. It's first come, first served!
John Modelski
The Queen's School, City Walls Road, Chester CH1 2NN, Fridays in school term time from 6:45 pm - 9.00 pm
 Chairperson (07958 530396)
The Orchestra is being set up to give Chester's young players of every orchestral instrument the chance to play in a full symphony orchestra. The aim is to make the experience fun and friendly whilst also achieving a high level of professionalism, therefore developing musical skills and experience. The repertoire will always be varied and challenging and there will be 2 concerts per year.? Applications are invited from players up to the age of 21 and of approximately Grade 5 Level or above.
River Edis-Smith
Lucy Phillips
Rehearsals are on term time Tuesdays, 7.30 - 9.30 at Brookfield School, Chesterfield.
 Joyce Sallis
Usually give 3 concerts a year in Chesterfield or surrounding area
Michael Haydock
Thomas Muir
Wednesday 7.30-9.30, Low moor club ,Clitheroe BB7 2LS
 Vanessa Warren
We are a friendly relaxed wind band based in the Ribble Valley. We play several concerts a year from a wide range of traditional and modern music. We always welcome new players of any wind and brass instruments.
Judith David
Mondays 7.30pm - 9.30pm Bethel Chapel, Burnley Rd, Colne, Lancashire
 Justine Wormwell - Secretary
We are a friendly amateur orchestra based in Colne, Lancashire and were founded in 1891! We have two concerts per year, one in March and one in November. New members are always welcome.
Con Fuoco
Wednesdays, 7.30pm - 9pm, Chester
 Tracy Grant 0788 444 2331
 Andrea Grant
Con Fuoco has been in existence for over 15 years, we are a small, informal and friendly group of wind instrument players - currently flute, oboe, clarinets and bass clarinet. We are actively recruiting new members for our Wednesday rehearsals - all wind very welcome. We play a variety of music, from Mozart to The Beatles. We are mixed ability, no rehearsals, all fun.
Concordia String Orchestra
Gloria Bakhshayesh
Torkington Centre Hazel Grove from 10.00 til 12.30 on alternate Wednesdays
 John Wilson
The Concordia String Orchestra was founded in 1989. It is a very friendly orchestra which has its own extensive music library. The orchestra does not perform in public and there are no auditions. All you need is enthusiasm for string music and a willingness to work.
Jake Convery
Monday nights 8pm - 9.30pm at Mossley Village Hall, Bida Lane, Congleton, Cheshire East CW12 3LJ
 Jake Convery 07516 147871
Recently formed chamber orchestra welcomes enquiries from new players.
Eddie Garrard
Hannah Boulton
Saturday mornings during term time
 Helen Chappel - Secretary
The ages of the orchestra members range from 9 years up to 25 years. Younger players have their own Wind Tutor and String Tutor (Grade 2 upward) who run separate rehearsals as and when required. The Intermediate players are integrated into the main orchestra as soon as practicable. String players are particularly welcome, and we currently also have vacancies for bassoon players, and French horn players.
Cotebrook Orchestra
Neil Glendinning
Thursdays at 8pm in Cotebrook Village Hall, Stable Lane, Cotebrook, Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 0JJ
 Neil Glendinning 01244 375186
Cotebrook is a long-standing rehearsal orchestra which at present does not give concerts. It works on repertoire mostly from the classical and romantic repertoire, e.g. symphonies by Beethoven, Dvorak etc. Typically it rehearses two sets of works each ‘term’. It’s a great place to get exposure to a lot of repertoire. Vacancies for strings and brass, woodwind please enquire.
Adam Shilton
Thursdays 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Crewe, CW2 8ER
 Website or 07933 916212
Crewe Concert Band was formed in 1982, for woodwind and brass players of all ages, and until April 2011 was known as Crewe West End Concert Band. We are predominantly amateur musicians, although some members are, or have been, professional musicians and/or music teachers. We represent a wide range of backgrounds, professions and age groups but we come together through a shared love of making music for our own enjoyment, and the enjoyment of others. We are immensely proud of the fact that we still have some of the Band's founding members within our lineup. Capability within the band varies, although most parts require a minimum playing standard of around grade 4/5. There are no auditions to worry about so if you're a bit rusty it's no problem. A number of our players have come to the band after a break from music and are rediscovering their talent and love for music once more. Get in touch if you would like to come along and give us a try, a warm and friendly welcome awaits
Guest Conductors
Henry Gibson
Fridays 7.45 pm to 10 pm at Blundellsands United Reformed Church, Warren Road
Gives 3/4 concerts per year in Liverpool/North Wales. New string players always welcome. For details of current vacancies please contact us via our website.
Maren Kuzmak
Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 9:00 pm,
 Nicky Kaye 07906 011865
We are a friendly community wind band in North Manchester. We play a variety of music, from classical to jazz and pop, and new players are always welcome.
Jeff Snowdon
Friday 5:30-7:30pm at Bradbury House, Glossop
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, by audition/invitation, Grade 4 and above.
Rachel Whibley
Monday 5-6pm at Bradbury House, Glossop
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for Grades 2 to 3.
Jeff Snowdon / Guest conductor
Occasional weekend courses
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, open to wind, brass and percussion players of all ages.
Jeff Snowdon
Tuesday 7pm - 8:30pm at Glossopdale Community College
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, by audition/invitation, Grade 4 and above.
Mike Cotter
Albert Mill, Sandy Lane, Darwen BB3 0QE from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm each Thursday
 Mike Cotter 07903 829956
 Band Secretary: Maggie Bennett 07969 815290
Darwen Brass is a concert and contesting brass band based in Darwen, Lancashire conveniently located between Blackburn and Bolton. Formed in 2007, the focus is on audience entertainment as well as a high standard of musicianship.
Tim Ashcroft
Thursday nights, LMRCA, Navigation Road, Altrincham
 Graham Tuffet 07921 316 733
We're a big band of saxophones, clarinets, flutes, trumpets, trombones, with bass, drums and piano. We always welcome new members - if you're interested in joining us come down on Thursday nights to LMRCA, Navigation Road, Altrincham.
Gavin Holden
Sunday starting at 9.00am at the TA Centre, Norris Green, Liverpool, L11 5AF
 Richard Howe 0151 270 3146
We are a Territorial Army (TA) Wind Band based in Liverpool. Our repertoire of music is varied ranging from classical, big band to modern. We would welcome anyone that plays a wind, brass or percussion instrument that might be interested in coming along to a musical rehearsal and to find our more about the band. Please contact Richard Howe for more information.
Dale Grindrod
Sunday 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle BB5 3HZ
 Ian McGuinness 01204 303971
Dating back to 1842, and recognising our military roots we have been playing a prominent role in commemorating the centenary of WW1 and the Accrington Pals, both on television and radio as well as live in concert. We continue to add to our repertoire of modern music, film scores, and popular music from the shows. Now constituted as a community wind band, we welcome musicians of all ages and ability without audition. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players all are equally welcome.
Cathie Brooks
Wednesday at 7.30 PM at the Drill Hall in Bury Town Centre
 Martin Hiwarth 07590262827
Fusiliers Association [Lancashire] Band is a military style concert band. We welcome all brass and woodwind players [at any level] See out website for our concerts. We have been in existence about 10 years and have playing in Germany and Canada. We are playing France this year and back to Canada in 2008 with a possibility of playing in Cyprus in the next couple of years.
Peter Farnbank LRSM
Philip Pendred
Once every third or second Sunday 2.30 - 4.30 pm at St John Vianney Church Hall, FY1 6RD
 Lynn Fraser
A friendly group, we enjoy playing light music and give about four concerts/events a year, mainly to raise funds for local charities. We also benefit from an arranger-in-residence, often reviving old music into a playable modern idiom. String players are especially welcome.
Peter Buckley
Karen Rouse
The Drive Methodist Church, Clifton Drive South, St Annes FY8 1LH
 Peter Buckley tel. 01253 725510
We do 3 regular concerts a year, plus others by invitation. We always welcome new string players.
Jeff Snowdon
Friday 4:15-5:15pm at Bradbury House, Glossop,
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for beginners to Grade 3
Juan Ortuño
John Resek
Sundays 10.15am-12.30pm at The Dance Studio, Lostock High School, Selby Road, Stretford, M32 9PL
 Alison Burns (secretary)
The orchestra is the oldest in the north west (founded in 1854) and presents five concerts each year, including one at Gorton Monastery. If you are interested in joining us, please email us with details of your instrument, playing standard etc. and we will be able to advise you if there are any vacancies in the orchestra. String players are always welcome, particularly violas and cellos.
Jonny Lo
Julian Cann
Mondays for 5 weeks before each concert, and the evening before the concert, in Lancaster. 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm.
 Roger Dillon
The Haffner is a symphony orchestra drawing players from around Lancaster & elsewhere in the north west. We give three concerts a year, in November, February and June, and also do occasional community events like children’s concerts, “Come and Play”, (where people come and play alongside us), “Orchestra in the Street” (which speaks for itself), and masterclasses. We welcome new members(and we audition), but try not to be too scary.
Term-time Saturday mornings, 9.30 – 1-.30 am, as part of CPC Music at St Austin’s Primary School, Riverbank Road, Liverpool L19 9DH. Alternate Thursdays throughout the year 7.30 – 9.30, In Mossley Hill Church, Rose Lane L18 8DB
 Contact via Facebook
Based in South Liverpool, Halcyon Syncopators is a group of like-minded musicians who love playing big band music of the 1930's to 1960's. Our repertoire comprises vocal and instrumental, high tempo and laid back arrangements
Charlotte Read
Andy Bate
Monday evenings from 7.45 p.m. until approximately 9.45 p.m. at Hale United Reformed Church on Cecil Road
 Andy Bate 7786 173262
 Jane Smith 07941 154448
The Orchestra is always delighted to welcome new members, both playing and non-playing. We always have vacancies for String players, and a further percussionist would also be very welcome. We also have a vacancies for a French Horn and second Trombone.
Mondays in term time, 5-5:45pm, at St Benedict's Primary School, Handforth, SK9 3AE
 Rosemary Thomason 01625 535845
We're a jazz band who welcomes all wind and brass players aged 10-18, of any ability. We rehearse on Mondays in term time, 5-5:45pm, at St Benedict's Primary School, Handforth, SK9 3AE. We regularly participate in local events and in concerts organised by our teacher.
Mehrdad Bakhshayesh
Thursday 7:30 till 10:00 pm Methodist Church, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove.
 Mehrdad Bakhshayesh
We always have vacancies for experienced and enthusiastic musicians, so if you enjoy playing beautiful music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then come and join us on Thursday evenings! You will be warmly welcomed!
Mrs Becky Thomas
Alan Crook
Sundays Sandy Lane Scout Hall, Heswall 0945 - 1200 hours
 Dr J. L. Booth 0151-342-1944
A Concert Band formed in 1996, playing all types of music. Currently seeking Solo Clarinet (at least Grade 8), Bassoon, Oboe, 3rd French Horn and auxiliary percussionist (glockenspiel). We play from 5 - 12 concerts a year and at least one is for Charity.
Andrew Hodkinson
Cornelia Pratt-Hartmann
Mechanics Institute, Whaley Bridge, Monday evenings
 Bruce Leslie
New string players are always welcome, and there are also occasional vacancies for wind players.
Jan Modelski
Tuesday 7.30pm -10pm, St Anne's Parish Centre, Rock Ferry, CH42 2BY
 Tel: 07783 938696
The Jan Modelski Pop Orchestra is based on the Wirral, and is looking to expand. Established in 2019 by Jan Modelski, this orchestra explores music from the world of pop, theatre and film. New members of all instrument groups are welcome. There is currently no audition.
Just The Ten Of Us NEW
Fridays between 11-12.30 at The Hub@Banks, Greaves Hall Avenue, PR9 8BL
 Liz Johnson 07484 364614
We are a newly formed jazz and swing ensemble. We welcome all abilities to our friendly group, and are currently looking for a trumpet and trombone player, plus a few more saxes.
Warrant Officer Class One I L Mitchell
19:30 - 22:00 every Thursday evening - TA Centre, Nelson Street, Bolton, BL3 2RW
 Catherine Line
 Sergeant Mark Thompson
The Lancashire Artillery Band is a Reserve Army Band based in Bolton, Lancashire. We currently have vacancies for brass, woodwind and percussion players aged 18 and over, playing at Grade 6+ ABRSM.
Kenneth Woods
Anne Heaton
3 Sunday rehearsals before a concert. Rehearsals in Heskin and/or Wilmslow
 Georgina Williamson
We are a string orchestra which promotes 3 of our own concerts each year, and also performs with choral societies throughout the North West. We are keen to recruit string players of Grade 8 standard and above.
Saturday mornings at Lancaster Royal Grammar School
LCMC has over 20 individual ensembles, ranging from Junior Choir, for younger school-aged children (4 up), through to a Show Band and Symphony Orchestra. Members are of all ages and can join a range of ensembles for different abilities for the four main strands: strings, wind/brass, choir and recorders.
Stuart Speakman
Ken Kelly
Tuesdays 1.00pm to 3.00pm at St. Bede's Church, Morris Green Lane, Bolton BL3 3LJ
 Ian McGuinness
We play authentic dance-band music ""of the era"". Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Drums, Bass, and Keyboard. All members, who are of a ""mature age"", play for their own enjoyment with very limited engagements. This ensemble has been established over 25 years and always welcomes new players and visiting guests.
Darren C. Wood
Sarah Smith
Wednesdays 8pm - 10pm at Brown Lane Methodist Church, Brown Lane, Heald Green, Cheadle, Stockport. SK8 3RR.
The Light Orchestra G.B. (formerly the Trafford Light Orchestra) has been a feature of the local musical community for over 65 years. We are a friendly orchestra that welcomes amateur players of all standards to play a range of light music repertoire from across the ages – from classical to show tunes to music for concerts for children – and we play a minimum two concerts a year. We would be happy to hear from players of any instrument and whether you are a rusty returner, an experienced musician or someone who has little experience of playing in an orchestra, you would be made very welcome. We are keen to encourage new members and know that joining an orchestra can feel daunting so if you would like to talk to someone before you come along or simply turn up and give us a try we will be very pleased to see you. We have players from approx Grade 3 standard up and a basic level of sight reading is required. For further information please see our website or Facebook page or contact via email.
Gemma Wilton
Mondays during term time between 6pm – 8pm. Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus, L6 1HP.
 Gemma Wilton
We are always welcoming string, woodwind, brass and percussion players of any ability, you just have to have to be able to read music. We play all sorts from classical, to film, to pop!
Tuesdays during term-time, 7.30 - 10.00 at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Safe underground car-parking.
 Monica Nurnberg 0151 727 2441
We give about 6 concerts a year, both orchestral and choral (with our Cantata Choir). String players (Grade 8 and above) are always welcome, especially violins. We also have vacancies for brass and percussion.
Mark Heron
Andrew Winter
Four consecutive Thursday evenings (7.15 - 10.00pm) prior to each concert
 Secretary 0151 724 1330
Gives four main concerts each year at Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead
Simon Emery
visiting artists
Currently 3 to 4 weekends before each concert, spread over a number of weeks.
 Amy Gordon 0151 210 1953
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brings together the region's best emerging talent to perform exciting repertoire with fantastic conductors at the world-famous Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. You'll play alongside other talented musicians, honing your instrumental and ensemble skills with sectional coaching from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and full rehearsals with our conductor, Dane Lam, and with visiting artists. Membership is open to all young musicians aged between 13 and 23 years. Applicants should normally have reached Grade 7 standard or equivalent; if you're not sure if you are eligible, just call us. Auditions take place in Liverpool in May and June. The closing date is Friday 2 May; we may hold auditions at other times during the year if vacancies become available.
Neill Jackson
Monday evening 7.15pm during term time, Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall Liverpool
 Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
Orchestra is open to violin, viola, 'cello and double players. A wide range of String repertoire. Also additional large scale String days held in Wirral 3/4 time a year.
Peter Farnbank
Megan Scott
Friday evenings 7.30pm - 9pm term time, Westwood Community Centre, Grasmere Crescent, Eccles (five minutes from Junc 13 on the M60)
 Julie Rose 01204 692265
We are a very friendly adult string group for beginner/intermediate standard string players. Particularly suitable for late starters, adult returners and those not quite ready to join a full orchestra. New members always welcome.
Darren C. Wood
Thursdays 8pm - 10pm at Lymm United Reformed Church (Hall), Brookfield Road Lymm WA13 0QL
 Darren Wood
We are a friendly and welcoming group who perform at least 4 concerts per year. We perform a wide variety of music from traditional material to music from the stage and screen. We ALWAYS welcome new players and are looking to increase our numbers. If you play a Woodwind, Brass or Percussion instrument, come and 'give us a go!'
Lytham Light Orchestra
Michael Hall
The Visual Noise Arts Centre, Blackpool
 Sheila Johnston
 Margaret Chew, tel; 01772 856892, fax: 01772 852924
We are a small friendly orchestra who play light classical music and songs from the shows. We have approx. 3 concerts a year (Sun) and support the Michael Hall Theatre School with their concerts on Marton, Blackpool. We welcome any players from approx. Grade 4 standard -especially 1st violins.
Martin Edward Gunson
Tuesday 7.30 p.m. Lytham Assembly Rooms, FY8 5JY
 Martin E. Gunson, +44 (0) 1253 739 611
Lytham Promenade Orchestra is an activity of the charity Youth Music (no connection with the Foundation for Youth Music) and was established in 1972.
Peter Ledder
Peter Ledder
Park Street, Methodist Church, Lytham, Tuesday evenings 7.45pm - 9.30pm
The band is an opportunity for all brass, woodwind or percussion players to rehearse and perform a wide variety of concert band music. If you would like to join us please Contact Us and come along to a rehearsal. We pride ourselves on being a friendly community band who work hard to entertain the people of the North West. Use the website to send us a message.
Julia Harding
Wednesday rehearsals between 7.45 - 9.45 pm at St. Peter's Church, Windmill Street, Macclesfield SK11 7HS
Formerly known as the KEMS Concert Band (KCB), we operate within the King Edward Music Society of Macclesfield, which also has a Choir, an Orchestra and an informal Contemporary Music Group. The Concert Band rehearses on Wednesdays and we always welcome interest from potential new players, especially low winds, percussion and brass.
Paul Stanhope
Karen Stanhope
Tuesday evenings 7.45-9.45pm, Salvation Army Rooms, Roe Street, Macclesfield
 Rosemary Jones 01625 529313
We are a friendly amateur orchestra and welcome players of any age. We play selections from shows and light popular classical pieces. We put on a couple of concerts a year supporting local charities, as well as a carol concert at Christmas.
Anthony Houghton
Tuesday rehearsals between 7.40 - 9.45 pm at St. Peter's Church, Windmill Street, Macclesfield SK11 7HS.
Formerly known as the KEMS Orchestra, we operate within the King Edward Music Society of Macclesfield, which also has a Choir, a Concert Band and an informal Contemporary Music Group. The orchestra rehearses on Tuesdays and we always welcome interest from potential new players, especially strings and percussion.
Frank Lennon
Luke Johnson
Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm during term time at William Hulme Grammar School (Springbridge Road, Moss Side), Manchester
We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time. Admission to our concerts is usually free but collections are made for the charity sponsored by each concert.
Rohan Shotton
Siobhan McAlorum
Ad-hoc for each concert
 Rohan Shotton
Manchester Medical Orchestra is an ensemble consisting of doctors, other health professionals and guests. We meet for ad-hoc workshops and charity concerts on a variable schedule dependent on the project. If you would like to join us for future projects, please contact me on
Denise Beynon
Wednesdays in School Term Time, 1pm. to 3pm., at Union Chapel, Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6EQ
 Denise Beynon (conductor0
 Sarah Edgar 07870 598 983
A friendly orchestra of intermediate standard, currently around thirty members, always ready to welcome new members. We have a wide repertoire ranging for example, from Beethoven and Vaughan Williams to Gershwin and Leroy Anderson. We play for our own enjoyment, and do not give concerts.
Elaine da Costa
4 Consecutive Sundays with Concert on the final Sunday
 David Cantillon 
 Katherine Stonham 
The musicians of the Manchester Philharmonic Orchestra perform chamber and symphonic music all year round. They make their homes across Greater Manchester and the North West of England and pursue a variety of professions, not all music-related.
Ralph Corrigan
Mondays 8pm-10pm in Sale
 Clare Webster
We are a friendly but hard-working amateur ensemble made up of a mixture of music graduates and others who were looking to continue playing at an advanced level after leaving university. We play quality wind orchestra repertoire (both old and new) to a high standard and perform at least 4 concerts a year in venues around South and Central Manchester. MWO is, where possible, a one-per-part band so prospective players must be roughly Grade 8 standard and able to commit to weekly rehearsals. We are eager to hear from all instruments but have specific vacancies for flute, bass clarinet, bassoon, euphonium, horn and percussion.
Mike Phenton
Fridays 8-10pm at Plumley Village Hall WA6 0TR
 Concert Secretary 01565 634184
Mereside Brass is a concert & contest brass band based in Plumley, between Northwich & Knutsford in Cheshire; which is led by Musical Director Mike Phenton. The band have performed all types of music around Cheshire including Arley Hall, Tatton Park, Middlewich, Winsford, Buxton and Chatsworth House. They have also toured on a number of occasion's in Europe playing in the Rhine Valley Germany, Luxembourg City, Belgium and Maastricht, Holland. More recently they enjoyed a band tour to the Isle of Man.
Middlewich Concert Orchestra
Edwina Wolstencroft
Tessa Newton
The Methodist Church Hall, Booth Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire. CW10 0HA, Monday, 8:00pm to 10:00pm
 Gustav A. Pilsel (Secretary) 01270 662284
The Orchestra members (approx.37) represent all age groups, from young teens to some in their seventies. Normally the Orchestra performs 3 concerts a year at its performance venue, the Community Centre in Middlewich, Cheshire. No auditions are held, but the expected standard is about ABRSM Grade 5 or 6. Subscriptions are collected each term based on a £2-a-week fee (concessions available). Currently, the Orchestra is in need of competent violinists.
Tom Blackwell
Wednesday 7.30pm - 9pm Ash Grove School, Macclesfield
 Arthur Marshall
 Derek Laidlaw
A cheerful bunch of (mostly) newcomers to brass band music. Some members have played in local competing bands and have joined us in retirement, others are near beginners and some are somewhere in between. We play mostly junior band music, enjoy ourselves and welcome anyone with a smidgeon of musical knowledge who would like to learn more. We don't compete and we don't march - but we play for local school or church fairs and in the local Town marketplace.
Nick Birch
Wednesday 7.15-9pm Brookfield Hall Shrewbridge Road Road Nantwich Cheshire CW5 7AD
 Bob Hutton
 Janet Haighton
We are a community based group of around 30 brass, wind and percussion players, performing throughout the year at fetes, carnivals and festivals around the Nantwich area, including one formal concert each year. We welcome all players and have no minimum entry but grade 3/4 is a good level for 2nd/3rd parts. We also have a training band for beginners
Nessie's Monster Band
Ola Ness
Fridays, 19.30-21.30, Hilldale Village Hall, Parbold, Wigan, WN8 7AR
 Ola Ness 07946448284
Andrew Mallon
Friday 7:30 - 9:45 pm at Bridgewater High School, Lower School Site, Hall Drive, Appleton, Warrington
 Phil Shering (chairman)
Wind Orchestra with a regular 4 concert season at the Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington. Current vacancies for trumpets, horns and percussion. Please contact us to enquire about other possible vacancies.
Monday evenings between 19:30 and 21:30 in the Chadderton area of Oldham (Turf Lane Community Centre).
 Ann Jones
 Addie McGruer
There are usually three concerts a year, towards the end of each school term. The music is varied, with classical favourites interspersed with some challenging (usually to play rather than to listen to!) more contemporary works. We are always looking to strengthen the orchestra and would particularly welcome string and brass players
Jim Cooke & Dan Adams
Tom Sykes
Thursday evenings, 7.45 - 9.45, at Asmall Primary School, Tennyson Drive, Ormskirk L39 3PJ
 Helena Cooke 07595 353104
Friendly, dedicated musicians in the heart of Lancashire! Ormskirk Music Society comprises a choir and orchestra performing four concerts a year in Ormskirk, Lancashire. The OMS orchestra plays a broad range of music from the great symphonies and concertos to the work of contemporary British composers, film music and light orchestral selections. We're always on the lookout for new players, especially brass and strings.
Phoenix Concert Orchestra (Liverpool)
Jill Hyde
Christine Bratherton
Usually the 2nd and 4th Mon in each month from 8pm-10pm, except July and August. Held at Sefton Cricket Club, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17
 Jill Hyde 0151 486 6944
A well established orchestra, holding concerts three times a year. We have a large selection of light orchestral music suited to musicians of Grade 6 standard and above. Players in all sections welcome.
Gill Hume
Wednesday Evenings 7.00pm - 9.00pm, All Saints, Anchorsholme, Thornton Cleveleys
We are a small friendly adult string orchestra, meeting weekly in Thornton Cleveleys. We hold concerts at least twice a year. We play a mixture of classical and light music arranged for strings. New members welcome, Grade 3+.
David Straughan
Vicky Roberts
Lyceum building, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 7:30 - 10:00 pm on most Mondays during season (September - end of April).
 Angela Pettit Jones
Based at the Lyceum Building, Port Sunlight, we play four concerts a year, with 1 or 2 outside engagements. We currently have vacancies in both violin sections. We also have a Summer Weekend course every August.
Adam Hall
Wednesdays 8pm - 10pm at Poynton Royal British Legion, George’s Road West, Poynton, SK12 1JY
 Adam Hall
We play a wide range of music including classical orchestral music arranged for band, traditional marches, jazz and popular music. We perform mainly in Cheshire and support fund-raising activities for the Royal British Legion, particularly during the annual Poppy Appeal. We are always keen to meet new brass, woodwind and percussion players! Please note that we are not a marching band.
Graham Hickey
Tony Kingston
Thursdays 7.30 pm till 9 pm Ingol Methodist Church,Tag Lane, Ingol, PRESTON, PR2 3XA
 Sue Hickey (secretary) 01772 654438
 Tony Kingston (chair) 01772 783048
The band is an established concert wind band that performs throughout Lancashire through out the year. It has a friendly atmosphere and welcomes all players. Musical styles are Jazz, big band, Musicals, Film and light classical numbers.
Rob Rainford
Alternate Fridays 7.30-9.30pm
 Rob Rainford
A friendly group of flautists meeting to play ensemble music every other week. No audition, but about grade 3 standard upwards. All flutes from piccolo to sub-contrabass used.
Marco Giudici / John Chapman
Beverley Mizon
Sundays every fortnight 4pm to 6:30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Liverpool Road, Longton. PR4 5AA.
 Paul Heptinstall – Secretary
 Matthew Price - Chairman
We are seeking good string players for First and Second Violins, Viola’s, Cello and Double Bass. For more information and our rehearsal schedule please email either of the contact addresses.
John Chapman
Anne James
Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.15 pm, St John's Church Hall, Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, L14 5NR
 John Chapman
 Anne James (chair)
The band is serious about music but relaxed, cheerful and friendly. Some of our members are former army bandsmen and the rest, keen amateurs, some of whom have only taken up music in their later years. We welcome anyone to join
Graham Marshall
Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30pm in St. Michael's Pairsh Church, Bury and Rochdale Old Road, Bamford OL10 4BB
 Graham Marshall 01706 642139
Founded in 2008 by a group of enthusiasts led by composer/conductor Graham Marshall, the Rochdale Light Orchestra gives amateur musicians the opportunity to get together to rehearse and perform music of a light-hearted nature by a wide range of composers. There are no auditions, but it is expected that players will have reached at least Grade 5 on their instrument(s). New wind, brass, percussion,string and keyboard players are always welcome.
Cathie Brooks
Wednesday at 7.30 PM in Bury Town Centre
 Eric Davidson - 07753 587 606
We are a military style concert wind band with strong links to the local community and to the armed forces, although we are entirely voluntary and comprised of non-military musicians. We welcome all brass, woodwind and percussion players playing to at least a Grade 5 standard. Throughout the year we have a busy schedule of concerts and engagements and, as the regimental band of the town of Bury we perform an important function in the marking of various annual events such as leading the Remembrance Sunday parade every November. We play a varied and ever-changing repertoire of wind orchestra music, so please get in touch if you'd like to find out more!
Keith Owens
Every Wednesday evening 7.30 to 9.30 pm
 Keith Owens
We welcome anyone, young or old. Present members ages range from 18 to retired. We are a very friendly group, and play several small local concerts each year. All instruments welcome, come along and give us a try.
Richard Howarth
Mondays 8:00 - 10:00pm, St Martin's Church Hall, Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale, M33 5QQ
We are a friendly and ambitious String Chamber Orchestra (often with invited wind players) performing around 4 concerts a year with our inspirational Conductor.
Chris Clark
Jon Henderson
St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, see calendar on website
 Simon Caplan (Chairman) 07402 213965 / 0161 772 0089
Re-formed in 1995, the Orchestra aims to provide local people with interesting programmes, performing four concerts per year and also platform opportunities for talented musicians (amateur and professional). Vacancies for string players.
Carol Box
Saturday mornings 10:00 - 12:15 at the Timperley Methodist Church, Stockport Rd, Timperley, WA15 7UG
 0161 928 5616
Music is arranged to suit all abilities and we hold three fun charity concerts each year. The age range of our members at the moment is, 12 - 68 years old. Just turn up for a trial if you wish.
Saira Clegg
3rd Sunday of every month, 4pm - 6pm, Heald Green Village Hall, Outwood Road, SK8 4JL
 Saira Clegg
A friendly saxophone community of players, grade 3+, from all walks of life sharing a love for music and saxophone playing. We meet every month and play two concerts during the year. We also offer social events and intensive saxophone weekend courses. See our website for more information
Saira Clegg
3rd Sunday of every month, 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Heald Green Village Hall, Outwood Road, SK8 4JL
 Saira Clegg
A friendly and welcoming beginner saxophone ensemble aimed at players who are around grade 1 - 3 in standard. We play a variety of different music and hope to help you improve your saxophone playing and ensemble skills so that you can progress into the Saxophone Orchestra Manchester’s main ensemble.
SK Community Wind Band
Paul Stanhope
2nd and 4th Mondays, 10am-12.30pm, Heald Green United Reformed Church, Wilmslow Road, Heald Green, Cheadle, SK8 3BH.
 Paul Stanhope
Woodwind and brass players of all abilities are welcome to join. The repertoire covers a wide variety of music styles including light classical, musical theatre, film scores, jazz and pop.The aim is to enjoy playing music without the pressure of concerts.
Albert Dunseath
Most Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.15 pm, at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Crewe. CW2 8ER
 Sharon Forrester-Wild
South Cheshire Concert Band was formed in 2014, we are a group of enthusiastic players with an interest in a wide repertoire of music. Membership is normally suited to players who are grade 5 or above however, there can be exceptions to this, in certain circumstances and formal auditions are not required. Please visit our website for further information.
Richard Moulton-Mallison
Sarah Goodwin
The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston, Crewe, Cheshire. CW2 8ER, Sundays, 10.00am to 12:15pm
 Gustav A. Pilsel
The Orchestra members (approx.32) represent all age groups, but the tendency is towards a more senior membership. Normally the Orchestra performs 3 concerts a year at its performance venue in Nantwich, Cheshire. No auditions are held, but the expected standard is about ABRSM Grade 5 or 6. Annual subscription currently £36 (£18 for students). Currently, the Orchestra is in need of competent violinists.
Dr Robert A Howard
Guy Soulsby
Tuesdays in term time 7.30pm-9.30pm at Liverpool Reform Synagogue, 28 Church Road North, Liverpool L15 6TF
 Guy Soulsby 07812 660691
The South Liverpool Orchestra is a group of amateur and student musicians who meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm, throughout term-time, to play classical music together at Liverpool Hope University. The music they play changes every few weeks and they perform two concerts a year (May and December). They are always happy to see new musicians, so please get in touch if you would like to join.
Jo Atherton
Andrew Pratt
Tuesdays    7pm to 8.30 pm, Hutton Police Headquarters, PR4 5TJ
 Jo Atherton 07913876077
 Andrew Pratt
South Ribble Concert Band perform a range of music such as light classical, music from films and musicals. We have a wide range of ages and abilities and are at present looking for percussionists, but any other player would be welcomed to join. We perform for local events and charitable causes around the Preston and South Ribble area.
Amanda Denley
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Location Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Ln, Walton-le-Dale, Samlesbury, Preston PR5 0UY
 via website contact form
A friendly string orchestra for all ages from grade 5/6 upwards to play from the string repertoire honing technique to achieve that 'pure string sound'. Members range from diploma standard and have extensive experience in playing in orchestras. You are assured of a warm welcome.
Jeff Rimmer
Joanna Munro
Tuesdays 7.45 - 10.00 pm All Saints Church Hall, off Park Road, Southport, PR9 9JB
 Simon Barker
We are a friendly orchestra with over 50 members making a great sound, playing three concerts over the year, March, June/July and December. We welcome new members, particularly string players. If you would like to join us please either just come along or email
Stockport Symphonic Sounds
Martin Stuart
2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings 10.30am - 12.30pm Heald Green United Reformed Church, Wilmslow Road, SK8 3BH
This daytime, amateur orchestra launched in February 2016. Anyone of a competent sight-reading ability is welcome to join us. The aim is to enjoy music-making in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. There are no plans to perform formal concerts.
Helen Brackley Jones
Concentrated rehearsals take place in the 3 weeks before a concert
 Mrs Jo Hossle-Standring (secretary)
Full symphony orchestra of very high non-professional standard. Eight concerts per year in Stockport Town Hall. Wide orchestral and choral repertoire.
Tim Crooks / Chris Orton
Friday evening at the Offerton School Campus The Fairway, Offerton, Stockport SK2 5DS during term time
 0161 408 4895
Two complete symphony orchestras to cater for players of differing standards, with links to groups within Stockport Music Service for players who do not yet make this standard (e.g. SMS String Groups). They are coached by experienced professional instrumental tutors and performers. Advanced players are also encouraged to perform solo items with the orchestras in our series of concerts.
Friday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:45pm in St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Davyhulme, Manchester
 Diane Harris
Sweet Rhythm Big Band is a not-for-profit big band which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. On average, we perform in public once a month at a wide variety of social events and fundraisers. Currently we are looking for a trumpet player to perform Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars, The Blues Brothers, The Jacksons etc. etc. No subscription fees. Free tea/coffee and chocolate biscuits during the weekly Friday evening rehearsals. Age and experience is not a problem but enthusiasm is essential.
Gavin Barry
Every Wednesday evening at Frankby Church Hall, St John the Divine, Frankby Rd Wirral from 7.45pm to 10.00pm
 Gavin 07401 192950
First formed in 2010 we are a big band based on Wirral. We cover mainly swing and jazz with some latin and funk arrangements for band and vocal from the swing period (1930's) onwards. We have an extensive repertoire including many of the greats such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller as well as some of our own arrangements. Our band members have wide ranging experience, from those who played in the dance bands of the 50's and 60's to those more recently embarking on their musical careers. We rehearse weekly and gig regularly at indoor and outdoor events. We welcome new players, especially brass and you will find us friendly and supportive of those with less experience. Reasonable proficiency of sight reading is required (Grade 5 equivalent) and improvising skills useful but not essential.
Christopher Hardy
Thursday 19:30 to 21:30 The Band Room, Off The Close, High Street, Tarporley.
Tarporley Silver Band formed in 1875 and has members that aim to enjoy their music as a group and try to improve their repertoire and performance by a regular weekly practice in our own band room. All ages and abilities are welcome to join the band. We have an extensive music library and some instruments are available for loan. You will find a friendly and supportive group of musicians, eager to play a variety musical pieces for their own enjoyment, and to play a few concert venues each year in the local area, such as fetes and parades, to support the community and meet our expenses. This band does not take part in competitions, but has experienced members who can bring a new player on, developing their talent to its full potential. There is currently no subscription or audition to be a member of this band.
Michael Turner
Tuesday and Thursday evening - at 8 PM at Tottington Conservative club, Royds Street, Tottington.
 Steve Bailey 01204 887738
We are a brass band that was been in existence constantly since prior to 1840, which makes us the oldest continuous band in the country of not the world. We need brass players at all positions - age and experience not a problem. We especially need cornets and basses.
Dave Scarisbrick
Monday 7.30-9pm
 Brian Dickinson 07526615172
We are newly formed and have vacancies in woodwind brass and percussion sections. We would welcome any players of all ages who have spare time on a Monday evening. It doesn’t matter what standard you are or even if you haven’t played for a long time you would be made most welcome.
Richard Howarth
Robert Anderson
Split into spring and summer sessions on Tuesdays at Appleton Thorn Village Hall. WA4 4RT
 Peter Raynes
 Andrew Ball
The Vale Royal String Orchestra brings together experienced string players under the guidance of a professional conductor for concerts at Vale Royal Abbey and local churches.
Isabel Stoppani-Lawless
Alternate Monday Evenings, 7.30 - 9.45pm, at Fallowfield Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 81 Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6BN
 Kate Johnson, 07980 506530
We are a string/chamber ensemble based in central Manchester. We currently have vacancies for a violas, grade 6 or above, and a harpsichordist. Please contact via email, phone or our web page for more details of the group.
Ben Lloyd
Tuesday evening 7:30 - 9:30pm at Hood Lane Community Centre, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 1ET
 Ben Lloyd 07951547827
Warrington West Concert Band was established in 1997 and currently has about 30 players. We play a wide variety of music and perform 10-20 concerts each year. We are always busy at Christmas-time. We always welcome new players of any ability or any age, particularly brass. If you play flute, clarinet, alto/tenor/Bari sax, oboe, bassoon, trumpet/cornet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba or percussion, please come along and see us.
Andrew Mallen
Saturday mornings in term time
 0300 0300 996
Based in Warrington Bridgewater High School (Upper School), Broomfields Road, Appleton, WA4 3AE and rehearsing every Saturday morning during school term time at, we have a membership of over 170, split between 8 groups. There are small groups for beginners, instruments provided, junior groups grades 1-3, chamber orchestra grades 3-5+, symphony orchestra grade 6+. More information is available on the website, no auditions required and free trial period available.
Jonathan Parkes
Unit 36, Chadkirk Business Park, Vale Road, Romiley, Stockport SK6 3NE. Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
The band was formed in 1983 by Allan Jones and gives 5 - 6 concerts a year, at venues including the Royal Northern College of Music and The Forum Theatre, Romiley. The band has twice won the Gold award in the Community Band class of the Boosey & Hawkes National Concert Band Festival. The band accepts woodwind, brass and percussion players of Grade V standard or above.
Rosy Williams
Friday evenings in Honford Hall Community Centre in Handforth, 7.30pm
 Fiona Hughes, Secretary
There are always vacancies for good string players. The range of music means that vacancies can also arise in the wind, brass and percussion sections.
Jan Modelski
Lesley Owen
Thursday 7:30pm to 10:00pm at West Kirby United Reformed Church, Meols Drive, West Kirby, CH48 5DA
 Lesley Owen; 01516323045 or 07854991439
 Richard Landon, 0151 334 8193
We are a friendly group of amateur musicians who enjoy making music together and performing at concerts and small music gatherings. As a community orchestra, we do not hold auditions and are pleased to welcome new members regardless of experience, instrument or age. Our repertoire is always varied and challenging with music ranging from light classical music, medleys from musical shows, film themes and popular pieces. We perform several concerts each year to support local charities.Our Musical Director, Jan Modelski, is passionate about music and is a full time professional musician with many years' experience as a conductor, performer and orchestral arranger, gaining an ever-increasing reputation in the orchestral music scene in the North West. Jan aims to ensure his rehearsals are relaxed and informal whilst at the same time enabling every musician to become the best they can possibly be. Come along for a free 'taster session', you will be given a very warm welcome and hopefully enjoy playing some great music with like-minded musicians.
Wirral Orchestra
Neill Jackson
Occasional concerts
 Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
Orchestra of invited players holding charitable concerts in Wirral.
Wirral String Play Day Orchestra
Neill Jackson
Meets 3/4 times a year in Bebington
 Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
Meets 3/4 times a year in Bebington , Wirral to play large String Orchestra repertoire pieces.
Scott Lloyd
Monday evenings at Lingham Primary School in Moreton at 7.30pm.
 Scott Lloyd 07766303727
We are a 50 strong adult wind band established over 25 years ago , we generally do 4 concerts per year as well as lots of other local events, bandstand concerts and the national wind band festival (gold award winners). We have a few vacancies within the band and are looking for players of grade 5+ standard
Jonathan Small
Martin Gillett
Tuesday 7.30pm during term time at Hoylake Chapel, Meols Drive, Hoylake
 Rod Tann, secretary 0151 625 1234 (evenings)
Rhiannon Harrison
Wardley Community Centre, Salford, Wednesday 8pm – 9.30pm
 Rhiannon Harrison
Worsley Concert Band is an amateur wind band based at Wardley Community Centre, Salford. We were formed in 1974 and always welcome new players of any standard to join the WCB family. In particular, we would like to grow our bottom end, so enquries from tubas, bari saxes, trombones, euphoniums and bassons are encouraged!
Guest conductors
Guest leaders
Wednesday evenings between 7:15 and 9:30 at William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
 Orchestra Chairman
Accompanying text: We are always keen to hear from good string players who are interested in joining the Orchestra. We are also happy to hear from good musicians who play other instruments, as from time to time other vacancies do become available, even if only on a temporary basis.

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