UK Amateur Orchestras


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
Gareth John
Jean Fletcher
Midstocket Parish Church
 Aden Mazur
The Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1982 by a group of friends who had known each other at school and university in the city. The idea was to promote a small-scale concert for the enjoyment of the players, friends and relatives. The concert was such a success that the members decided that they wanted to meet again and thus the Chamber Orchestra was born. Since then, the ACO has gone on to establish itself at the forefront of amateur orchestral playing in Aberdeen.
Colin Hunter
Wednesday at 7:15 PM at Cults Parish Church
 via website
Aberdeen Concert Band is a wind band in Aberdeen that provides busking and concerts in the City and Shires. We warmly welcome newcomers and also offer subsidised tuition for £10 a lesson. This is with our woodwind instructor, Juliette Dinning with the aim to join the band once they are confident.
Sheila Reid
Linda Shepherd
Hazlehead Primary School, Provost Graham Avenue, Aberdeen, AB15 8HB. Monday evenings - Juniors 6.30-7.30, Seniors 7.30-9.00
The Society was established in 1928 to practice, perform and preserve traditional Scottish music. Violin and accordion players of all ages are always welcome to join the orchestras. No auditions are necessary. Usually two larger concerts are performed each year. Opportunity to perform at various smaller group concerts throughout the year and also the potential to participate in the fiddlers' rallies of other Societies.
Richard Ingham
One Sunday per month. Full day rehearsal in Inverurie
 Foss Foster
Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra is the only saxophone orchestra in Scotland covering the full instrumental range from bass to sopranino saxophones. We make the more unusual sizes of these saxophones available on loan to our members. Under the direction of Richard Ingham, the orchestra explores a diverse repertoire of music from classical arrangements to bespoke compositions.
Various guest conductors
Guest Leaders
Intensive weekend before concert
Amicus was founded in 2008 by members of NYOS Camerata. We give 3 concerts a year (usually in Glasgow, but Nov 2018 was in the Leipzig Gewandhaus) with players from right across the Central Belt. We prepare with an intense weekend of rehearsals. Standard Grade 8 plus, our pool of players are invited to apply to take part on a concert by concert basis. We will consider all new enquiries to join our database about three times a year. Apply from the link on our website.
Michael Graham
Alistair Watson
St.John's Church Hall Bathgate Friday evenings 7:30-9:30
Bathgate Concert Orchestra is a voluntary group of musicians who meet on Friday evenings for rehearsal and performance of show music and light classics for fund-raising, education and entertainment.
The Stobo Building, Longridge Towers School, Berwick upon Tweed. Monday evenings 7.30-9.30
The band was formed in 1993 and gives regular concerts of an interesting and widely varied repertoire of wind music from its extensive library. New players welcome, especially a euphonium (instrument available) a trombone &/or tuba, and clarinets of a reasonably high standard.
Michael Crocker
Usually 1st Sunday afternoon in the month in Culbokie
 Michael Crocker
Concentrating on the lighter side of Classical music with hopefully a few Film/Show tunes mixed in. Able to play at Grade 8 standard or above please. Not interested in Exam results, just musicality and technical ability. Need to be friendly with a good sense of humour.
Robert Cowan
Mondays, 7-9pm, Bristo Baptist Church, Queensferry Road, Edinburgh
We are a friendly community band open to woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities. We are particularly keen to hear from brass and percussion players at the moment.
Susie Dingle
Winnie Main
Wednesdays during term time, August to April, 7.30-9.30
 Katrina Gordon 01847 893517
The Caithness Orchestra is a friendly orchestra of amateur musicians who meet weekly during term time to rehearse for two or three concerts each year. No auditions - everyone always welcome. For more info, look us up on facebook.
Errol Village Hall, Thursdays, 8-9:30 pm
We are based in Tayside, and welcome all woodwind players for some relaxed chamber music with a couple of concerts a year. No auditions are required but a standard of approximately grade 4 is helpful. Most of our members come from Dundee and Perth so lift shares are available, please ask for details.
Kevin Lamb
Leith St Andrews Church, 410-412 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH6 8HT, 7.30 to 9.30pm on Thursday evenings during school terms.
 Kevin Lamb
Membership is open to all players with an interest in making music We are always pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in joining the band. In particular, we need percussion, bassoon, trumpet/cornet, French horn, trombone and euphonium players. Some instruments are available on loan.
Emma Kennedy
Sunday evenings from 6pm - 9pm in the Carluke Lifestyles Centre, Carnwath Road, Carluke, ML8 4DF
 Stuart Laird (Secretary) 01555 773394
We are an enthusiastic group of around 30 amateur flautists and percussionists, taking our membership from all ages and abilities, including beginners. As one of Scotland's best amateur community music groups, our repertoire is extremely varied from classical music to movie themes and easy listening. We use a full range of flutes from piccolo to the 7.5 foot tall subcontrabass in G, some 3 and a half octaves below. Come along on a Sunday evening and see us, a warm welcome awaits.
Diane McCrory
Thursday 7-9 pm, Calderglen High School, East Kilbride
 Genelle Harkins
We are a friendly, award winning wind ensemble, performing several concerts per year, and participating in national Concert band Festivals. We are always on the lookout for new players. We play at a high standard, so if you got your G8 sometime in the past, and want to pick up playing again - then please get in touch!
Julian Appleyard
Firrhill High School, 9 Oxgangs Road North, Edinburgh, EH14 1DP. Tuesday evening 7:30
 Tristan Heal
An amateur orchestra that plays a variety of music ranging from baroque to 20th century.
Michael Graham
Thursdays @ 6:30pm at the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Bristo Square during term time.
Composers' Orchestra is a non-auditioning orchestra established in 1991, dedicated to playing only premieres of new compositions by living composers. New members (especially brass and winds) are very welcome. Open to students and non-students alike.
Tim Tricker
Tuesday evenings in Ferryhill Parish Church from 7.30 to 9.30pm
 Dave Southwood 01467 642408
Concordia was formed in 1997 and comprises musicians from all walks of life, including students, teachers, accountants and engineers. We generally perform two or three concerts for the public each year. The Ferryhill Parish Church is a regular venue for our concerts.
Inverness, Mondays from 1900 to 2100
 Church secretary
 Band Secretary: 01463 236738
Crown Church Band is a wind band in Inverness that plays a wide range of music, from modern shows, marches, swing to classical pieces. Practices are on Mondays at 7 pm and finish at 9pm with a pause for a cuppa at 8. We are always looking for new members to join the band. So if you are a brass or woodwind player please come along and join us for a rehearsal, you will be made most welcome. All abilities are welcomed. If you have any questions please send us a message!
Glynn Hesketh
Richard Clark
Victory Hall in Aboyne, 7:30 on Tuesday evenings
The Deeside Orchestra started life in 1984. It is now a group of around 40 enthusiastic amateur musicians. New players always welcome.
Carolyn Sparey
Four rehearsals before concerts in May and November
 Fiona Shearer 01786 822004
Dunblane Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2008 and is made up of experienced musicians from around the Dunblane area and further afield. Our website gives full details of our history, concerts, rehearsals etc. We give two concerts a year in May & November with four rehearsals for each. If you are interested in joining the DCO, you can get in touch through the website via our ""Contact Us"" page.
Robert Dick
Mondays at Bell Street Music Centre, Bell Street, Dundee. From 7.30 - 9.45pm
 Dr Morag Ward 01382 522744
The Society was founded in 1893 by a group of enthusiastic amateur performers. The orchestra has a core membership of some thirty, mostly amateur, players. Extra players are brought in when necessary.
Morven Bell
Mondays 7.30 - 9.30pm at Craigmillar Park Church, 2 Craigmillar Park, Newington, Edinburgh, EH16 5LZ
We are a community Wind Band in Edinburgh with around 50 players of all ages. We welcome anyone who plays Woodwind, Brass or Percussion of any standard, from beginners to advanced - all we ask is that you have an instrument and enthusiasm! We have a varied programme of music (Film Music / Original Works / Small Ensembles etc.) and take part in events ranging from Play Away Rehearsal Days to charity concerts.
William Hilditch
Ian Brodie
Wednesday 7:30pm - 9pm and Sundays 4pm -6pm
 Graeme Campbell
We play the full traditional range of flutes, from piccolo to bass flute; and all kinds of music, from full orchestral overtures to easy listening and even chart music. We hold a learners' class on Mondays at 6.30pm. Lessons are offered in flute or percussion, including timpani. We provide the instruments. Do not be put off if you are a bit older: we have had five over 30s join in the last few years, each of whom took up flute for the first time!.
Alberto Massimo
Kathy Garison
Morningside United Church, Holy Corner, 15 Chamberlain Road, EDINBURGH. Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm
 Maureen Cochrane
All string players welcome, especially violins
Edinburgh City Center Late Starters Group
Louise Douglas
Saturday at noon or Sunday 1.30 pm, based just off Princes Street,12 South Charlotte Street.
 Louise Douglas
If you play Flute or Violin, come join in the serious fun. You will be made to feel most welcome. It is best suited to around Grade 3 or 4. If someone wants to come along but just feels too nervous to do so then please be assured this is the session for you. The music we focus on is mainly Baroque and Classical.
Sarah Cunningham
St Bride's Community Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace Edinburgh EH11 2DZ; 7.00 for 7.15 - 9.30
The Edinburgh Concert Band is a community group of amateur musicians, which was founded in 1988 by Stephen Callaghan. There are no auditions to join, but it is recommended that players have left school and reached Grade 5 standard. So if you are a woodwind, brass or percussion player - why not come along and join us!
Julie Crombie
Edinburgh Society of Musicians recital rooms at 3 Belford Road Edinburgh from 7:30 - 9:30pm, Tuesdays
 via website
Flute choir in Edinburgh.
Calum Zuckert
Colin McKee / Katie Foster
In days preceeding concert, 2 times a year.
 Rosie Hyde
 Calum Zuckert
The Orchestra was founded for young musicians, between 14-24, in 2009. It has since gone from strength to strength, and has commissioned a number of young composers, as well as having performed works to great acclaim among audiences and press. Comprised mainly of music college students, young professional musicians, and pupils of schools aspiring to pursue music, the orchestra is interested in a wide range of music.
Michael Graham
Thursday from 7.00 to 8.30 pm at the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, 3 Belford Road, Edinburgh.
 via website
We are a group of enthusiastic amateur musicians playing instruments from the plucked string family – mainly (but not exclusively) mandolins, mandolas and guitars – and our repertoire is drawn from a wide range of musical genres spanning classical to popular, baroque to contemporary, and dipping into many different cultures along the way.
Raphaël Mollaret
Vacant (please apply)
Edinburgh Society of Musicians 3 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3BL 7:30-9:45 Monday
 Raphaël Mollaret
Founded in 2009, this orchestra is a mixture of musicians from all walks of life - including students and professionals - dedicated to making music to the highest possible standard. The orchestra works on a number of 'projects' which may involve a full size or smaller-size orchestra, choirs or soloists. Most members will play throughout the year but some may wish to be involved in a limited number of 'projects' during short periods. We recruit all year round - there are always vacancies for string and brass players - and musicians who want to be involved are welcome to contact us.
Edinburgh Players Opera Group
Mike Thorne
Philip Taylor
One weekend opera course per year in Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh, held on the last weekend in September (Fri - Sun).
 Philip Taylor 01368 850235
An annual course in Edinburgh rehearsing and performing a complete opera with full orchestra and professional singers. Having now worked through the entire Ring, Tristan, Parsifal and Die Meistersinger, we've returned to the Ring and 2009 will be Die Walküre. Vacancies for strings and harps. Grade 8+ standard. Players from outside Edinburgh very welcome!
Leon Coates
Philip Heywood
The German speaking church on Chalmers Crescent, Monday evenings in term time from 1930 to 2130.
 Paula Brown 0131 553 1251
The orchestra is a rehearsal orchestra - we play for our own pleasure, rather than performance. New string and brass players welcome, and one bassoon needed at present.
Gerard Doherty
Sheena Jardine
The Reid Memorial Church, West Saville Terrace, Edinburgh Wednesdays 8.00-10.15pm
 John Wilkinson
New strings always welcome; some openings for brass and percussion.
Neil Metcalfe
Tuesday during term time, 7-9pm, St Peters Church Hall, Lutton Place, Edinburgh.
 Amanda MacLeod
EUMS Chorus is a non-auditioning SATB choir. It is conducted by Neil Metcalfe and all are welcome to rehearsals, students and non-students.
Michael Devlin
Saturday in term time in Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Sq, Edinburgh 10.30am - 1.30pm
 Marie Anderson
Wind, Brass and Percussion are auditioned during Freshers' Week. It is non-auditioning for strings. A grade 6 or 7 standard is expected but all are welcome so do come and join us.
Russell Cowieson
Rehearsal 6.30-9.30 every Monday during term time.
 Vicky Carmichael
EUMS Symphony Orchestra is a fully-auditioning orchestra. Auditions take place during freshers' week. Standard Grade 8+. Students and non-students welcome.
Edinburgh West End Music Room
Louise Douglas
Sunday afternoons
 Louise Douglas
The emphasis is on just having serious fun hence the mind can relax and play. Very suitable for Adult Late Starters/ Adults Returning to music after a long break. No Audition Required.. Baroque /Classical Music Suitable for Beginners between Grade 1 and 2
Michael Graham
Falkirk Trinity Church, Falkirk, Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 pm
 Anna McGregor 07794 258456
An Orchestra now for 10 years and have managed to attract between 65 & 80 members with an age range of 15 to 65+. We do not restrict the number of members in any of the sections within the orchestra reducing the pressure on members if they are unable to commit to any of the concerts. Members' abilities in playing also vary usually starting around grade 4 upwards.
Carolyn Wilson
Scott Whitefield
Trevelyan Hall in Pencaitland on Thursday evenings during term time. 7 til 8.30pm
 Via website contact page
Established in 2008, Fiddlesticks Orchestras have been playing rock, pop and folk music from Bon Jovi and Muse to Lord of the Dance. With a rock drummer and bass guitarist beefing up a regular combination of orchestral instruments this has proved one very popular musical treat! Rehearsals are full of fun. £3 a night (includes tea/coffee, biscuits and CD backing tracks to take away with the music) pay as you go. Prospective members welcome to come and join in or just watch to begin with.
Aisling Agnew, Rachel Forbes
Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.15 pm at Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, Glasgow G14 0BL.
Flute Phonics is a friendly group of amateur flautists who meet to rehearse weekly and give regular public performances, often in aid of various charities.
Andrea Kuypers
6.30 - 8.30pm Sundays - Glasgow
 Andrea Kuypers 07778 281585
Flutes Unlimited is an flute choir for advanced flautists based in the south side of Glasgow.
John Hodgart
Garnock Community Social Club, Wednesdays 7-9pm
 07548261857 (reasonable hours only! and not Wednesday evenings)
The group is about playing and promoting traditional music in the Garnock Valley area of Ayrshire, Scotland. Our members are relatively local to the area, and play a variety of instruments. We have continued to add to our numbers (now 25+), and 14-16 players is an average attendance at our weekly meetings. We welcome new members, experienced or beginners, who want to play or sing traditional music.
Glasgow Amateur Flute Ensemble
Ms Aisling Agnew
Lorne St. Primary School Glasgow G51 1DP, Friday Evenings 7.15 p.m.- 9.15 p.m.
 Robert Murray 01294 461187
New Members always welcome whether complete beginner, graded, or experienced, flautists or percussionists, free tuition and instrument, complete range of flutes Piccolo, Treble G, Concert, Alto G, C Bass & Contrabass and percussion equipment. Music: Classical, film themes, modern and traditional. Friendly atmosphere.
Robert Baxter
Tuesdays from 7.30pm-10pm, Balshagray Victoria Park Church, Broomhill Cross, Glasgow G11 7QA
The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1956 and is one of the leading amateur orchestras in Scotland, attracting some of the best amateur musicians in the region. We give three main concerts per year, and in addition we accompany choral societies and the annual CLIC-Sargent charity carol concert in Glasgow. We currently have vacancies for strings, horns and trumpets of grade 8 level (entry is by audition).
Glasgow Classical String Orchestra NEW
Peter Jones
Chris Ffoulkes
Wednesday evenings
 David McLean
We are a relatively new group of 14 players consisting of retired professionals and keen amateurs. We hope to increase the numbers to 20.
Alastair McDonald
Tuesday evenings 1915-2115, Parkhead Congregational Church, 77 Westmuir Street, Glasgow, G31 5EW
We are a fun non-competitive concert band who rehearse weekly for biannual concerts and charitable events in and around the Glasgow area. In keeping with our ethos to be community inclusive we do not audition players and will be keen to embrace within our Band anyone of any age or background who plays a concert band instrument (including bass/bass guitar and percussion) to a reasonable musical standard. New players always welcome.
Stephen Broad, Chris Swaffer, Robert Baxter and others
Monday evenings 7.15- 9.45pm in Maryhill Burgh Hall, Gairbraid Avenue, G20 8YE
 Diane McNeice (Secretary)
We give 4 excellent concerts per year in the Glasgow area with challenging, varied and enjoyable programmes including choral works, and we welcome enquiries about membership from interested players, especially strings. We have a long tradition of commissioning new works from Scottish composers, and are keen to encourage young musicians in all aspects of orchestral life - playing, conducting, and solo performance as well as composing.
Neil Eckford & Pamela Flanagan
David Ellis
Sherbrooke St Gilbert's Church on Nithsdale Road G41 5AD, south Glasgow, alternate Wednesdays, 7.30 - 9.30pm.
 via website
A branch of the national Society of Recorder Players, we play a varied programme from modern and jazz, to baroque and early music. All players of any standard are welcome, though you do need to be able to read music.
Glasgow Senior Citizens Orchestra
Bob Nelson
Knightswood Community Centre on Thursdays between 11.45 and 2.15.
Open to all players of retirement age and over. We rehearse and give concerts between September and May. We number around 55 players, including retired professional musicians, as well as keen amateurs! Anyone interested in joining should contact the secretary in the first instance. There is no audition, but some sections, especially wind, may be full.
Gerard Doherty
Mondays, 7.30pm at Woodlands Methodist Church, Woodlands Road, Glasgow
If you live in, or around the Glasgow area and are interested in joining up, please contact us by email. Although we are an amateur orchestra, our standard is quite high, so ideally players should have passed Grade 7 or above.
Iain Massey
Claire Philip
Tuesday nights in the GAMTA building at 19 Farnell Street Glasgow G4 9SE
 Iain Massey
We are a 65 piece orchestra specialising in film, stage and light music. We have concerts 4 or 5 times a year, with 'splinter' groups (strings for example) occasionally performing as an ensemble. Our repertoire is fun, challenging and exciting and a bit different from the norm! We're always interested in new players, especially in the viola section! Most of our members are music teachers and instrumental instructors, so our standard is pretty high. We're looking for players around the grade 7 mark. Get in touch!
Andrew Morris
John Dunn
Tuesdays at 19 30hrs at Notre Dame High School, Observatory Road, Glasgow G12 9LN
3 Concerts per year. We pride ourselves on being a very friendly outfit and have a wide range of ages and backgrounds. We are currently looking for players especially in the string sections of the orchestra
Kevin Price
Gavin Bryce
Monday nights from 7pm until 9pm(ish), Hyndland Church.
 Gareth Cole
The Glasgow Wind Band (originally called The Glasgow Youth Band) was formed in 1972 to provide an opportunity for senior school pupils, students and adult members of the public to participate in a symphonic wind band of the very highest calibre.
Martin Thomson
Springfield Cambridge Parish Church in Bishopbriggs, Friday evenings
For a list of vacancies visit our web site.
Dr Tim Tricker
St Ninian's Episcopal Church, King Street, Aberdeen. Thursdays 7:30 to 9:45
 07831 223422
GCO is a friendly and informal community orchestra, which rehearses and performs all year round. We welcome new players Grade 6 or above on any instrument - no auditions.
Emma Simson
Emma Simson
Cardross Church Hall, Station Road, Cardross G82 5NL/ Wednesday7:30 - 9:30 pm
 Sheena Thorn (secretary) 01436 676638
Membership is open to all levels of players who like playing Scottish Traditional Music. Instruments accepted are: violin, viola, cello, double bass, accordion, guitar, flute, whistle, mandolin, banjo, concertina and clarinet. Interested parties may join us for two weeks trial without commitment. Interested players need to either read music or be familiar with Scottish music.
Derrick Morgan
Christine Sinclair
Victoria Halls, Helensburgh, on Mondays 7.30-9.45pm
An excellent amateur orchestra which plays a range of classical and modern music. Membership is open to anyone who plays at approximately Grade V level or above, no auditions necessary. Vacancies exist for all string players, especially violins and violas, trombones, trumpet and French horn. The orchestra puts on 2 or 3 concerts a year in Helensburgh and sometimes further afield.
Susan Dingle
Anne Wood
Two weekends in Inverness in advance of concerts
 Mike Cormack 
Founded in 2000 to provide orchestral music throughout the Highlands, this orchestra has professional and amateur members. We present two seasons of concerts annually, in May and late August / early September. Pairs of concerts are usually in widely-separated venues, examples being Kingussie, Inverness, Strathpeffer, Ullapool and Wick. The orchestra welcomes new members – particularly in the string sections. We currently have a strong wind and brass section, but players of these instruments are welcome to make contact with a view to joining our ‘reserve’ list. We do not audition, but if you play to around grade 8 standard, we’d be pleased to hear from you – please contact the orchestra for further details. We have a play-through day each year – this is a good opportunity for potential new players to come and try us out! We also organise occasional composers' days for new works to be tried out by the orchestra.
Hamish Wood
Mondays or Wednesdays 7:30 Thainstone Exchange in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Please see Facebook Page for details.
 Hamish Wood
Inverurie Wind Band is an inclusive community wind band and we are looking for all woodwind, brass and percussion players to join us. We play a range of standards, classical and film music. All ages and abilities welcome.
Chris Gray
Aden Mazur
Thursday, 7.30-9.30pm, St Mary's Church, High St, Inverurie
 Zoe Sayer
Inverurie Orchestra is a community orchestra that mainly comprises amateur players from Aberdeen Shire and City. The orchestra was founded in 2007 and puts on 2-3 concerts a year. Led by Musical Director, Chris Gray, we explore a variety of orchestral repertoire that is fun and sometimes just a little bit challenging! We are always keen to recruit musical talent, particularly strings and brass, so if you are interested in becoming a member please get in touch.
Maurice Powell
Tom Field
Wednesdays 7.30pm St Johns School, (term times)
 Janet Warburton
Experienced amateur or professional instrumental players are always welcome to come and play with us. Please contact us via the website or email via the link.
Paul Dunderdale
Every Thursday during school term time
 Joanna Drysdale
Guest conductors
Tuesday evenings, Bute Hall, Glasgow
The student-run orchestra of Glasgow University. We're happy to hear from any students in Glasgow who want to play.
Dougie Flower
Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm at Loch Leven Community Campus in Kinross
 Bouwien Bennet
A community orchestra for adults who like to play their instruments in a group. Handy if you read music. No auditions, all welcome
Kintyre Orchestral Society
Saturday afternoons in the Heritage Centre Hall from 3 to 4.30, Campbeltown Kintyre.
 Jacqueline Fitzgibbon 01586 830181
No audition necessary,we are either late starters or returnees and play easy arrangements of music like Singing in the rain, movements from Pictures at an Exhibition and a wealth of extracts from Handel's Water Music.
Graeme Wilson
Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy 6:45-9: Tuesdays term time between August and March
 Maureen Simpson
We are growing in numbers, ability and audiences, performing three main concerts per season with additional projects to interested members. We have our own composer and play a great mix of music from Baroque to 21st century contemporary original works. We have a wide age range of players from teens upward. No auditions, although an expected standard of Grade 5/6+ is advised. All new players will receive a warm welcome and we would particularly love a 2nd bassoon, trombones and violas. We are on Facebook.
Caitlin Hollinger
Angela Gibb
St. Andrew's Parish Church Hall, Glasgow Rd, Blantyre. Thursdays 7.15pm – 9.30pm, September to May in school term times.
Lanarkshire’s only amateur orchestra warmly welcomes new members! At the moment we are actively recruiting and would very much like to hear from any string players, particularly viola and double bass. We are also looking for a 3rd trumpet and 3rd french horn. We play a wide repertoire of pieces, from light, popular and film music through to symphonic works. We work towards three performances a year: a festive Christmas concert, a classical concert and a concert comprising of favourites from film/musicals. We are a friendly orchestra and we look forward to hearing from potential new members
Chris Gray
Tuesday 7.30 at Rosemount Community Centre
 Brian Priestley 01224 741998
 Willie Primrose on 01224-638411
The Learig Orchestra has long been one of the most popular amateur orchestras in North East Scotland. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and welcome players of all instruments, at all standards. In a typical year we give three concerts, all supporting charities. Recent concerts have included works as diverse as the symphonies and overtures of the great classical masters to the sound tracks from popular films and arrangements of comic operas or popular dance music.
Lissa Herron
David Bateman
191/1 Leith Walk EH6 8NX, Thursday 7.30 – 9.30
 David Bateman 0131 555 0889
Leith Baroque was established in 2016 to practise and perform baroque music for small string orchestra. We occasionally add a little wind. Our core instruments are five modern, violin-family at 440. The costumed dancers Les Danses Antiques have shared stages with us at Stirling Castle and Holyrood Place. Violin and viola players of at least grade 5 or equivalent are sought to swell our numbers a little.
Marjorie Downward
Once a month on a Saturday, Hopeman Village near Elgin, Morayshire
 Marjorie Downward 01343 835430
Playing days for 'ego-free' adult amateur players ! (sight reading level gr.6+) No concerts - we play purely for pleasure. Specialise in music from the Baroque & Classical Eras.
Lex McDowell
Tuesday evening (7.30 - 9.30pm) in Linlithgow Academy
 Enquiries via the website
The Royal Burgh of Linlithgow Reed Band is one of very few civilian bands in Scotland which has a military configuration, in that it includes reed, brass and percussion instruments. We undertake a wide variety of marching jobs across central Scotland and have two concerts a year in April and December. We have also undertaken a number of other jobs to help local and national charities raise money. The band are currently recruiting new members - particularly experienced bass, trombone and flute players.
Derek Williams
Linlithgow Masonic Lodge. Monday evenings 7.30-9.30pm (West Lothian School term-time).
 On Facebook or:
An orchestra for players aged 13+ (or under 12 accompanied by an adult player) based in Linlithgow which plays music approximately Grade 5 standard+. New members are always welcome from Linlithgow and the surrounding areas. Please email for more information
Bede Williams
Saturday 10.00-12.00 noon, St Michael's Church Hall, William Street, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute
 Via the website
The orchestra is for all orchestral instruments, all abilities and all ages from primary school to pensioners - all that is needed is one year's playing experience, an instrument, music stand and a willingness to play music and enjoy yourself! We play a wide range of music from classical to modern with public performances at various times throughout the year, especially at Christmas. We're really in need of string players, oboes and bassoons at present - and we'd like additional adult members. We don't hold auditions - everyone is always welcome.
Peter Evans
Fiona Coutts
Thursdays and Sundays before a concert,
 Strings fixer
 Wind fixer
The MCO has performed regularly and with critical acclaim to audiences in Edinburgh and many parts of Scotland for since 1972
Louise Martin
7:30 to 9:00pm on Tuesdays, in Glasgow City Halls
 Louise Martin
We welcome over 18s of all abilities, including adult beginners and rusty players, and we have professional-led sectionals each term because education and development are fundamental to the orchestra’s raison d’etre. We play classical music with an element of lighter material, and offer an enjoyable, welcoming and inclusive environment to discover or rediscover the pleasure of ensemble playing. Brass players are particularly welcome! We have a summer and a winter session each year, and give a concert at the end of each.
Dean Welsh
Alisoun Morton
Wednesdays 1930-2130
 Alisoun Morton
 Dean Welsh
The Musselburgh and Fisherrow Trades Band (the Toun Band) are a brass band who have been playing here in Musselburgh for nearly 120 years. We are a non-contesting band who are always looking for new players so get in touch or just come down and have a go.
Ness Philharmonic Orchestra
Robin Versteeg
Saturday mornings in term time - 10-12. Kenneth Street Hall - 11 Ardross Street Inverness
 Sue Lightman
 Robin Versteeg
All welcome! Next Concert Saturday 25 th March 2017 Inverness Cathedral
Tim Paxton
Joanna Michael
Nicolson Square Church, Tuesdays, 7 - 10
 Wind players
 String Players
The NEO is a friendly orchestra which performs 3 concerts a year which include new works, some commissioned by or written for the orchestra, as well as established classical repertoire.
Kim Stephen
Thursdays 7.15 - 9.15pm at Broughton St Mary's Church - Drummond Room at back of the church.
 Pippa Lockhart
2 - 3 concerts per year. New players of woodwind, brass and percussion welcome. New members are always welcome to 'try before you buy'!
Andrew Lees
Laurence Egar
Wednesday (7.45pm - 9.45pm), September to June at: Cluny Church Centre, Cluny Drive, Edinburgh
There are vacancies in the String and Brass sections.
Leon Reimer
Fiona Butcher
Sunday afternoons, central Paisley
 Kester Clark
Established in Paisley for over 50 years, we are a friendly orchestra with members of all ages. We currently have vacancies for upper strings and trombones but other vacancies arise from time to time so contact our Secretary.
Vaughan Fleischfresser
Wednesdays 7:15 – 9:15 at the Band Hall, High Street, Peebles
 Jenny Haywood – Chair
Formed in 2008 by Mr Daniel T Ward we are a friendly band open to brass, woodwind and percussion players, no audition required (brass/percussion needed, but all instruments welcome). We play 2 main concerts a year, plus occasional other events.
Robert Dick + guests
Claire Taylor
Wednesday 7.30 – 9.30pm at St Joseph's Neighbourhood Centre, Rosetta Road, Peebles
Peebles Orchestra was founded in 1976. It is essentially a community chamber orchestra for players of all abilities drawn from the surrounding area and further afield. We present two main concerts each year in the autumn and the spring, though we also put on occasional concerts at other times. We welcome new players across the instrumental spectrum; please contact us through the website.
Allan Young
Lorna McGovern
Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9.30 p.m. North Inch Community Campus, Perth. From September to February.
We are always happy to welcome new members, especially brass and string players. No audition is necessary but we do ask for commitment to regular attendance at rehearsals and concerts. We perform two regular concerts each season in November & February.
David Mitchell
Sundays 2:00 - 4:00pm in Portobello Baptist Church Hall, Portobello High Street, Edinburgh
 David Mitchell
The Portobello Chamber Music Group is an open chamber music workshop based in Edinburgh’s seaside town of Portobello. We play a wide range of music from early baroque to modern works with something new every week. Sight reading skills are required, as is a sense of humour when it all goes wrong. The music we select is not advanced or highly challenging and is generally playable by average musicians. We welcome players of all ages (over 18).
Sir Richard Neville-Towle
Wednesdays at St George's Music Rooms, Edinburgh. Generally 8pm
 Peter Stevenson, Chairman
" the Really Terrible orchestra has rapidly become one of the highlights of the Edinburgh Fringe. Why this group of [very] modestly talented musicians should presume to perform in public is beyond anybody "
Levon Parikian
Peter Nall
Weekend courses in London; annual week-long course at the Edinburgh Festival
 Anne-Marie Norman 07483 924338 (24-hr answerphone)
Join us for rewarding weekends of intensive rehearsal of large-scale symphonic repertoire in central London, plus a week-long residential course during the Edinburgh Festival, with professional conductors and string section principals. Each course ends with an open rehearsal/play-through. Players should be grade 8-plus and competent sight-readers.
Michael Graham
Tuesday evenings 7:30pm - 9:30pm at Christ Church in Morningside, Edinburgh (September to early May).
 Enquire via Website
The orchestra is always interested to hear from potential new players: strings, wind, brass etc. (although we cannot always guarantee vacancies in all sections).
St Vincent Baroque Players
Dr John Wallace Hinton
Thursday evening at St Vincent crescent Glasgow G3 8LQ
 John Hinton
St Vincent Baroque Players need a violinist, and double bass player. We meet every Thursday night in St Vincent Crescent and have fun. Players come when they can - we have music for all combinations. We do a lot of sight reading of trio sonatas and concertos and play for charity organisations and events.
John Mason MBE
In the afternoon prior to each concert plus an annual rehearsal day in February.
 Nancy Frame
The SFO, founded in 1980 is Scotland's foremost traditional music orchestra. It has 120 members, comprising violins, 'cellos, basses, accordions, flutes, percussion and piano. The SFO plays about 6 concerts per year in major concert halls of Scotland and the UK, and occasionally tours overseas. Entry is by audition when vacancies arise.
Eileen Silcocks
Ed Friday
St Columba's Church hall, Park Terrace, Stirling FK8 2NA. The second Sunday of most months 2:00-5:00.
 David Powell (via website)
60 players of recorders of all sizes up to contrabass at 8 foot pitch play varied repertoire with a rich orchestral sound. A good standard of playing and sight-reading is necessary, but auditions are not held. There are one or two concerts each year, occasionally jointly with the Dortmund Recorder Consort in Germany.
Neil Mantle
Michael Rigg
Concert weekend and three Sunday afternoons beforehand
The orchestra is a mixture of professional players, instrumental teachers and amateurs, who aim to make music to the highest standard of which they are capable. The orchestra is organised concert by concert, and changes in size according to the programme requirements.
Valerie McCutcheon
Glasgow Kelvin College, East End Campus G31 3SR, Monday during term time
 Valerie McCutcheon
Scratchy Noises is a ceilidh band with a difference. Our purpose is to let us beginner/improvers practice playing together and have fun. We do 'gigs' which are very raw as the ethos is if you can play the tune well you are probably too good for Scratchy Noises. Our group aims to be inclusive for beginners/improvers players of any instrument.
Iain Roden
Wendy Riva
Approx. fortnightly, Aug-Dec and Jan-April. Saturdays 0945–1300
 Orchestra Secretary
Founded in 2004, and now has 30-40 members. We give two concerts a year, in December and March/April, with the December concert being a fund-raiser for local charities. Full details can be found on our website ( and news, etc. on our Facebook page (
Geoff Keating
Sarah Berker
4 Sunday afternoon rehearsals for each of 2 main concerts per year.
 Nick Riley (Chairman)
Founded in 1997 and drawing members from round the Solway estuary, we give two concerts a year, one in Dumfries and one elsewhere in the region. Our website, gives full details of our history, concerts, rehearsals etc.
Vaughan Townhill
Monday afternoons from 1.45 to 3.45 in the South Side Community Centre, 117 Nicholson Street,
The SSCO is a friendly group catering for orchestral players of all ages and abilities. It regularly takes the precious gift of music to the more elderly and vulnerable in the city. Strings always welcome. Edinburgh's only afternoon orchestra.
Alan Friel
Stewarton Academy, Ayrshire on Thursday nights 7.30pm until 9.30
 via website
We are an award winning community symphonic wind band, open to players of any age. We do not hold auditions but the general standard is grade 5 upwards. Stewarton winds compete in competitions yearly as well as our enjoyable season finales.
Stephen Broad
Joëlle Broad
Wallace High School, Stirling. Thursdays 7:30 - 9:30pm, September to May.
Stirling Orchestra is a friendly amateur orchestra of around 70 players. We usually perform 2-3 concerts a year in the Albert Halls, Stirling. Please visit our website for current section vacancies and future concerts.
Louise Martin
Donald MacLeod
Thursday evenings at 7.30 at the Stockbridge Parish Church on Saxe-Coburg Street, Edinburgh
 Infoline 0792 985-0483
Friendly for-fun group working to 2 - 3 concerts per year. Grade 3+, no audition. Currently recruiting strings (especially 'cello and viola) and brass.
Jon Hall
Tuesday Evening, 7.30 at Fairways, Inverness.
 Annie Cole-Hamilton - Chairman 01667 461188
New members welcome, no auditions, sense of humour essential, good players will be drummed out (if we can find the drum and its sticks at the same time).
Geoffrey Emerson
Tony Kime
Rehearses on the concert day, concerts mainly given in Kelso's octagonal Old Parish Church
 Geoffrey Emerson 01 573 420 279
A hit-and-run one rehearsal orchestra with a broad and interesting repertoire, giving ten main concerts in 2011, with a related wind ensemble. Last Orchestra in Scotland!

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