UK Amateur Orchestras

South East England (Kent, Surrey, E & W Sussex)

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
Andy Burchfield
Saturdays 9:30am to 12:00pm at North Road Youth Centre, North Road, Lancing
 Andy Burchfield 01444 235311
The Adur Concert Band is an adult group and welcomes new members of age 18 and over. We have players of all standards although those who have not reached grade 5 standard may find the music challenging. We play an exciting range of music, including show and film themes, popular standards and special concert band arrangements.
Rob Mason
Monday evenings from 8pm - 10.15pm in Upper Norwood SE19
 Lucy Bell (membership)
 Peter Gadd (bookings)
A community concert band which welcomes all woodwind, brass and percussion players. Our members are of all ages and backgrounds – what we have in common is the enjoyment we get from making music. Come and join us!
Derek Braddick
Nork Hall, Nork Way, Nork, Banstead, Surrey SM7 1JB 11am – 1pm on Sundays.
 Mike 07584 249113
This friendly concert band is keen to recruit more players especially, Oboe, Bassoon, Brass (including Tuba, French horns and Sax) and Percussion. We have a new conductor and a large repertoire of lovely pieces from film scores, to marches, to medleys of popular songs. All players are welcome but you might find it helpful if you were at least a grade 5 standard.
Philip Buckmaster
St Matthew's Church, Church Road, Ashford, Middx. Fortnightly on Monday evenings
 Philip Buckmaster 01932 783343
Enthusiastic players wanted! Modern instruments accepted. We play music from c.1575-c.1775. Grade 8+ standard. Please visit our web site for more details and sound clips.
Roger Pinnock
Doreen Titmuss
Monday evening during term-time 7.15pm-9pm at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bentley Road, Willesborough, Kent
 Roger Pinnock
 Doreen Titmuss – Secretary 01233 632138
We are a community based, enthusiastic and friendly orchestra of various abilities from Grade 3 upwards. We are looking for new players, particularly string players, french horn, bassoon, trumpet, tuba and percussion. We play classical and popular orchestral music under the baton of our very knowledgeable and helpful Conductor. Please enquire via email using the icons shown or call Doreen Titmuss, Secretary. New members are welcome to join us at 7.15pm ready for a 7.30pm start. Please bring a music stand as well as your instrument! No audition required, just come along and join in.
Brynly Clarke
Chris Jeffery
Judd School, Tonbridge, Wednesdays in term time 8pm
Bacchus is a concert wind band based in the West Kent Area. We concentrate on music specifically written or arranged for symphonic wind band. We rehearse approximately once a fortnight on Wednesday evenings.
Roger Sanders
Cathy O'Carroll
Fridays from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm at the Bagshot Methodist Church Hall, Jenkins Hill, Bagshot, Surrey
 Brenda Cooke 01932 344463
The Band was established in 1898, has about 35 members and welcomes new players of all ages and standards.
Stephen Scotchmer
Sue Bint
Friday evenings in Basingstoke
 via Website
The BSO plays three concerts a year in The Anvil, Basingstoke's prestigious concert hall, generally in mid November, mid March and late June.
Battle Symphony Orchestra
Term-time weekday once a week (day and venue to be confirmed)
 Annabel Noton
Actively recruiting players for a new orchestra based near Battle. Players need to be of a very high standard, strings grade 7 +, woodwind grade 8 + ; however there will be no auditions. Orchestra being created due to relocation from London to East Sussex! Rehearsals will be term-time weekday once a week (day and venue to be confirmed). Any potential conductors also welcome to e-mail!.
Andrew Raybould
Tuesday 19:30 – 21:30, at Bird College, Alma Road, Sidcup, DA14 4ED
 Bird College Office 020 8300 6004
A fun and sociable group for adults of any age. Ability is not a priority in the Bexley Band - participation is the key. Adult beginners can be catered for with adapted parts. This band really enjoys performing. Please contact Bird College Office for further details including relevant fees.
Alan Shellard
Thursday 20:00 – 21:30, at Bird College, Alma Road, Sidcup, DA14 4ED
 Bird College Office 020 8300 6004
The Bird College Light Orchestra is a friendly, informal group of players who wish to enjoy orchestral playing. All orchestral instrumentalists are welcome to join, particularly if you are returning to playing after a long lay-off. All ages and standards are welcome and the aim of the group is to enjoy making music together. Please contact Bird College Office for further details including relevant fees.
John Cornford
Monday in term time 7:30 – 9:30 at Woodlands Enterprise Centre, Hastings Rd, Flimwell, Wadhurst, TN5 7PR
 John Shuttleworth  07789 602706
Formed 35 years ago. Professional conductor and over 30 players. We play a wide range of music and perform locally several times each year. We warmly welcome new players of all ages into this social group which has a shared goal of improving our collective musical performance.
Dave Poste
Tuesdays 7:30 pm - 9:30pm, Regis School of Music 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1ER
 Dave Poste 07799382366
Since its formation it has grown in both size and reputation and today displays the combined musical talent of over thirty local musicians. Our musicians include amateurs, semi-professional players, teachers and students. We are a community band in every sense!
Johnathan Spencer
Tuesdays from 8pm-10pm at Darley Dene School, Garfield Road, Addlestone, Surrey
 01483 854706
A friendly community band which rehearses every Tuesday and performs several concerts a year, including various events during the summer months. New players always welcome.
Jacob Bride
Ben Jones
ad hoc in & around Broadstairs, for occasional concerts.
 Jacob Bride 07815 683616
A new group (from 2019) performing a mixture of modern classical music, through songs from the shows, right back to the classics.
Patrick Harrex
Bethan Wardrobe
10 am to 12.30 pm on four Saturday mornings per term at Knoyle Hall, Knoyle Road, Brighton BN1 6RB
 Steve Pickard 01273 553257
We are a friendly community orchestra and welcome players of any standard. There is no audition, but you will be able to participate more fully if you play to a minimum of Grade 3 standard. Established in 2008, we now have over 80 members. We give occasional informal concerts.
Graham Mussard
Hepzibah Sessa
7.45pm - 9.45pm Brighton Girls,Snr School, Montpelier Road , Brighton BN1 3AT
 Janet Derricott
We are a very friendly light orchestra and give 4-5 concerts a year in local area venues. All players welcome and no auditions are necessary, but players may struggle if below Grade 5 equivalent standard.
Richard Baker
The Albion Sports Centre Albion Road Car Park, Broadstairs, Kent. Mondays and Fridays 7:30 - 9:30
 Richard Baker 01304 366009
A friendly, progressive and go-ahead local band who have just celebrated their 21st birthday - Always on the lookout for new players of all instruments. Age is no barrier - we have players aged 17 to 80+! Regular concerts performing very varied programmes.
Tim Burton /Jane Tyler
Monday 7.30-9.00pm at the Bromley Youth Music Centre, Southborough Lane, Bromley, BR2 8AA
 BYMT 020 8467 1566
BAMO is a sociable orchestra for non-professional musicians, and we love to welcome new members to our group. All abilities and orchestral instruments welcome. If you used to play an instrument at school and would like to start again in a safe and welcoming environment, this is the orchestra for you! We play music from a variety of genres, from classical to film and pop, and we normally perform two concerts a year – one at Christmas with drinks and nibbles, and one in the summer which is sometimes shared with other adult groups. We come from all walks and stages of life and have members of all ages and abilities. There is no audition needed – just a love for making music.
Martin Gibbs
Friday evenings from 8pm to 10pm, Bishop Justus School Hall, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, BR2 8HZ
 Natalie Lam 07545 254935
A large, friendly community wind band formed nearly 60 years ago. We have lots of fun whilst rehearse a wide repertoire of music to a high standard, and we perform at many concerts in some fantastic venues, throughout the year. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining.
Adrian Brown
Andy Laing
Mondays from 19:30 to 22:00 at Bishop Justus CE School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley BR2 8HZ
 Paul Jenner
Bromley Symphony Orchestra is a large and successful amateur orchestra based in south-east London with a reputation for interesting concerts of almost professional standard. We give four concerts a year at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts and occasionally a summer workshop.
Greg Wheeler
Martin Ingram
Monday mornings (term times) 10am to 12:15pm St Mary's Church Hall, Church Road, Byfleet Surrey, KT14 7NF
 Greg Wheeler (via website)
A new amateur orchestra, formed in September 2017, and now expanding to welcome a wider range of adult players of all ages who want to improve their musical skills, explore the orchestral repertoire, and play for pleasure. The Brooklands Sinfonia is a 'players orchestra' - cooperative and friendly. Standard - Grade 6+. No auditions
Michael Stefan Wood
Andrew Biggs
Wednesday evenings, 8.15-10.15 p.m. during term time
 Richard Light
The BHSO performs public two concerts a year, normally in May and November, plus a Patrons' Evening in the spring. New players welcome where vacancies exist: please get in touch if interested.
Julian Broughton
Tessa Younger
Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 in Church Road, Buxted in St Marys` Church Village Hall
 Frances Peri 01435 862744
We rehearse in term times and give 4 concerts a a year. Vacancies for trumpets, trombones and 2nd violins. Grade 6 recommended.
Steve Wassell
United Reformed Church, Watling Street, Canterbury; Monday evenings
 Virginia da Costa 07811 045352
Beginners and more advanced players equally welcome.
Andrew Lowen
Wednesday evenings, at St Stephens School, Hales Road, CT2 7AD
 Orchestral Manager 01304 812755
A thriving group of enthusiastic amateur players who regularly tackle major works from the symphonic repertoire. The orchestra routinely gives three concerts a year, in March, June and November, usually at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury.
David Cole MVO CBE
Jay Bevan
Wednesday, Crystal Palace
 Phil Willans (band secretary)
Always welcoming new players of a high standard, especially trumpet/cornet players. Need not be ex forces. Many engagements throughout the year including Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Eastbourne Bandstand for a week, Picnic Concert at Fort Nelson and Festival of Remembrance at St Paul's Cathedral each year.
Claire Garner
Tuesday Nights 6:30-8pm
 Claire Garner
 Fine Tuning Music Tuition
Brand new orchestra launched in January 2017 for all ages & abilities. Everyone welcome!
Julie Twite
Tuesday evenings 7.30 - 9pm at the University of Chichester.
 Julie Twite: 07738228053
We are all adult members and are grades 5 and above. We are a very friendly bunch and welcome new players.
Simon Wilkins
Catherine Lawlor
Tuesday evening during term time at Christchurch, Old Market Avenue, Chichester, from 7.30pm-9.30pm
 Stephanie Hunt
We are a friendly group who give 3 or 4 concerts per year, including taking part in the Chichester Festivities and the Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Series.
Lucy Hatcher
Ruth Williams and Lucy Hatcher
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, in the Church Room behind St Mary's Church Chiddingfold.
 Lucy Hatcher (01428) 684657
We have been running since 2012, and perform at garden parties and fêtes throughout the summer months. All standards welcome, we have altos and a bass flute in addition to C flutes, and play a wide variety of musical styles. We currently have about 18 members. £5 per rehearsal.
Eddie Newton
2nd Saturday of each month, 10.15am to 11.45am at Redhill Methodist Church, Gloucester Road RH1 1BP
 Eddie Newton 01737 765450
We are a group of around 20 Christian musicians who enjoy making music together and welcome players of all abilities and orchestral instruments. Founded 20 years ago we play a mix of church, popular and film music. In addition to an annual concert in support of a local charity we often provide musical accompaniment to Christmas and Easter celebrations.
Matthew Lloyd-Wilson
Monday evenings, 7.45-9.15, in term time at Shalford Village Hall
 Jackie Ravenscroft 07967 135377
This Chamber Orchestra is a ""rehearsal"" orchestra. We do not give concerts but meet to enjoy playing music together. We play works by everyone from Bach and Boyce through Mozart and Mendelssohn to Prokofiev and Sibelius. We would love to welcome more players, especially strings. Do come along to a rehearsal and try us out.
Steve Dummer
Once a month, except in August, on a Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:00 in the Recital Room in Falmer House at the University of Sussex
 Emily Alexander
 Lluís Heppell (Secretaries)
CoMA Sussex is the regional branch of CoMA (Contemporary Music for All). We welcome players of any instruments and of any ability. Full details of our activities, including concerts, and how to join are on our website.
Contra Swing Band
Lynda Murrary
John Coote
Twice monthly on Wednesdays 7:45 to 9:45 pm, Bexhill-on-Sea
 Nick Newman
Contra is a newly formed swing band and we are looking for new members, including trumpet, trombones, alto, tenor and Baritone sax players, bass, or bass guitar and guitar.
Michael Hinchcock
Rob Eastwood
Monday 7.30-9.30pm term time only, The High Weald Academy, Cranbrook, Kent
 Kaye Snelling-Colyer
 John Dutton
We are a very friendly orchestra who perform twice a year in churches and schools. Our members age range from 17 to 82, so there is always interesting discussions at break time!!! We always have vacancies for violin and viola and of course brass, if you play to grade 7+ standard we would welcome you to join us. Look at our website for more information.
Jonathan Wood
Monday evening, 8-10pm, at Ifield West Community Centre, Dobbins Place, Hyde Drive, Crawley RH11 0PL
 Judy McMahon
We are a lively and well-respected concert band, regularly performing all over the South East in concert halls, bandstands and even in the middle of fields! The band was formed in June 1999 as part of Crawley's Millennium celebrations. Since then the band has been thriving, with regular concerts every year at the Crawley Festival and charity events, plus concerts further afield in surrounding villages, Horsham and the ever-popular and prestigious Eastbourne Bandstand. We always welcome new members to the band, however we are particularly looking for bassoon players, brass players and percussionists.
Robert Roscoe
Joanna Lavender
Monday evenings during term-time, from 7.45pm to 10pm at Oaklands Junior School, Butler Road, Crowthorne RG45 6QZ
 Iona Rottmann
We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who make music for enjoyment's sake, but who take rehearsals, practice and concerts seriously. Players are of all ages and come from all walks of life. We give 3 concerts a year performing varied and challenging programmes including popular classics as well as less well-known pieces. Players of the following instruments are welcome: - Upper strings - Trumpet - Trombone.
Laura Stead
Padworth Village Hall (between Reading and Newbury) on Thursdays from 19.30-21.30 in term time
No minimum standard is set, and the orchestra offers a friendly and supportive introduction to playing in a conducted group. For beginners (who are welcome as soon as they are brave enough to give it a go), returners and rusties.
Ian Harby
Adrian Mawbey
Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00 pm The Glentworth Club, Lowfield Street, Dartford
 Secretary - Dawn Hollis – 07522591381
Friendly wind band playing wide variety of music spanning the classical, pop, musicals, film and jazz genres. We rehearse on a Wednesday evening and give approx 4 or 5 performances a year, in N.W Kent plus a few outdoor summer gigs. Players are approx grade 5 or equivalent standard and we are keen to recruit clarinets, trumpets and percussion at the moment, see web site for more information.
Roster of guest conductors
Sylvia Seaton
Wednesday evenings at 7:45 at the Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford DA1 2JZ
 Steve Paul
The DSO was founded 75 years ago in 1946 as a music appreciation society, and that spirit of a shared experience - listening to and playing popular orchestral works - is still at the core of the Orchestra today. We are mostly amateur players, some teaching professionals, and a few members who make a living from playing, in a variety of contexts. By and large, we create our concert programmes with the musical resources we have 'in-house' but we believe we have a standard to uphold for our loyal audiences and as representatives of the best of Dartford. That means we continue to employ and pay a professional conductor - this coming season you will have seen we are pleased to have a rota of guests in that roles. There’s a members subscription, that helps to cover the costs to hire the Mick Jagger Centre for rehearsals and concerts as well as many other costs including sheet music hire.
Deans Orchestra
Barry Martin
Second and Fourth Mondays of the months during term time, Whiteway Centre, Rottingdean
 Anne Duffy
 Barry Martin
We are a small friendly orchestra who enjoy playing a wide range of classical and light music. New members who have reached a level of Grade 5 or above are very welcome to join us or to come for a taster session.
Clare Kennington
Four or five Tuesdays immediately prior to concerts, usually at Friends Provident in Dorking
 Jo James
The DCO was founded in 1988 and specialises in 18th and 20th century works. It gives its regular players opportunities to perform chamber concertos. The orchestra welcomes new members, especially string and brass players.
Paul Newbold
currently vacant
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:45, St. Martin's Church Christian Centre RH4 1DW
 Susan Looseley – Chairperson
We are friendly and welcoming orchestra who enjoy the community spirit of group music making. We currently have vacancies for all string players, particularly cello and double bass and brass players.
Peter Allwood
Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Pulborough RH20 2BF,  Saturdays 09:30-11:30 Fortnightly
 Ros Allwood
 Elizabeth Zeschin
We are a friendly community orchestra welcoming players of any standard, without audition, though you will be able to participate more fully if you play to a standard equivalent to Grade 3 or above. We play a mix of classical and popular music, giving occasional informal concerts for family and friends. Currently, violinists and brass players would be particularly welcome.
Stuart Fifield M.Mus. LRSM. LTCL
Wednesdays 8pm-10pm, The East Grinstead Ex-Servicemens' Club, 4 Station Rd, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1DJ
 Rachael Albrighton, Personnel Officer
The East Grinstead Concert Band (founded in 1974) is a friendly and active community based concert wind band which attracts a diverse membership throughout the East Grinstead area and beyond, of all ages and experience. Under the banner of the Bluebell Railway Band we also perform at various events for the famous heritage railway. Currently have vacancies for flute, french horn, trombone and euphonium.
Johnathan Bailey
Chailey Parish Hall, Wednesdays 8 - 10
 Martin Forward
We are a well established friendly concert band rehearsing on Wednesday evenings in Chailey Parish Hall at 8.00pm. Play a wide variety of music including classical, big band and show time. The library is extensive and our concert programmes are chosen to suit each venue. New members are always welcome, particularly brass players.
Simon Gower
Simon Smith
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 during term time at All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne
 Karen McCarthy (after 6pm) 07952 667377
The Eastbourne Concert Orchestra is the playing arm of the Eastbourne Orchestral Society. The orchestra has been going for over 60 years, usually performing 3 concerts a year. We are a community orchestra and we meet on a Tuesday evening during term time. The Orchestral society is always looking for new members; musicians, concert helpers and patrons. In terms of vacancies within the orchestra we are particularly looking for strings and brass players.
Monday evenings, Cobham, Surrey
 John Starling
The Ember Big Band first embarked on their musical voyage of discovery together as a cohesive Big Band in 2010. Under the guidance of the legendary trombonist and arranger, Bill Geldard, they have developed their sound and command of an extensive repertoire. With a full line up of community minded musicians and vocalists, they have performed across the borough of Elmbridge, and wider afield, raising money for some amazing charity projects. For more information or want to get involved, please get in touch.
Dr Laura Ritchie
Dr Laura Ritchie
Every Wednesday during term time Wednesday 7-8.30pm
 Sally Kingsbury
 Ray Cooper
This is an orchestra for adults returning to playing after some time away, or have just taken up an instrument. Only stipulation is to be grade 3 level or above. We are looking for new players, particularly violin and viola players. It is held in a room at Chichester university. £5 per session.
Andrew Wilson
Wednesdays, 6pm to 7:15pm Manor House Lane, Little Bookham, Surrey KT23 4EN
An independent, non-profit-making, youth orchestra, dedicated to developing a love of music in young people and nurturing a wide range of musical abilities and talent. Members are encouraged to join in, have a go, and enjoy themselves. The orchestra was founded in 1983 and our members are aged between 7 and 18 years old.
Darrell Davison
Eric Hastings
St. Martin's Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom. Thursdays 7.30pm - 10pm
 Janet Burr 01372 -812798
A very friendly orchestra currently enjoying it's 54th year. 5 concerts performed at Epsom Playhouse, 1 children's concert at Fairfield Hall and an outdoor lakeside picnic concert. Vacancies particularly for violas, trumpets and trombones.
Stewart McCormack
Monday evening 7.30pm – 9.45pm during term time at Farnborough Methodist Church
 Stewart McCormack
 Susan Looseley
We are a wind chamber group that plays to a high standard performing concerts for local and national charities. We are very proud of our large, diverse library of music which encompasses a wide range of musical genre. If you would like us to support your charity please contact us to discuss opportunities for a concert of musical entertainment.
Mike Smith
Tuesday 7:45pm - 10pm, Anthony Roper Primary School, Eynsford, Kent
 Paul Gould 07506 679015
Current vacancies for Percussion, Euphonium & French Horn. Our required standard is Grade 8.
David Smart
Manor Park, Aldershot. Tuesday evenings 8 - 10pm
 David Smart 0203 602 4368
A friendly sociable band with many high profile engagements through the year in London and the South East of England, including overseas travel.
Tom Horn
Vanessa Gynn
Tuesday Evenings 8-10pm Samuel Cody Sports College, Cove, GU14 8SS
 Lynda Trice
The Farnborough Concert Orchestra gives four concerts a year in the Hampshire/Surrey area, plus a Play Day in summer to which all players of suitable standard are invited. The orchestra's wide-ranging repertoire includes well-known classical works as well as selections from stage and screen. Concerts are popular and well-attended. New members are always welcomed by this remarkably friendly orchestra. We currently have vacancies for violins, violas, trumpet, bass trombone and tuba.
Mark Fitz-Gerald
Vacant (applications via website)
Memorial Hall, North Camp Methodist Church, Lynchford Road, Farnborough. Thursday mights
 David Nash (Secretary)
 Peter Birkett (Chairman)
Four concerts given per season. Actively recruiting all strings, including Leader.
Evatt Gibson
SS Philip and James Church, Kings Road, Fleet, Every Wednesday during term-time from 7.30-9.30pm
 Nicola Oliver
An enthusiastic and friendly ensemble that is currently expanding under our new conductor. We warmly invite anyone who can play an orchestral instrument. What's most important to us is that there is a wish to improve individual playing standards and, for the more experienced, to share technique and musicianship.
Andrew Lowen
Flo Peycelon
Folkestone School for Girls in Coolinge Lane on Mondays during school terms, from 7.30 to 9.30
 John Bateson
The orchestra is a friendly group of people who meet up once a week and give three public concerts a year to very appreciative audiences.
Roland Millar
Julian Spencer
Saturdays 9.00-10.30am during term time at Forest Row Primary School, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ
 Roland Millar
 Warren Alexander-Pye
Friendly and informal community chamber orchestra, always looking for new players (especially strings!) of grade 5 standard and above.
Godalming Orchestra
Vincent Godfrey
Thursdays from 7.30pm-9pm at the Godalming United Church and occasional Sunday workshops 1-4.30pm
Welcoming all musicians Grade 6+
Andrew Raybould / Beverley Prankard
Thursdays, St Georges Church Hall, St George’s Church, Gravesend: Training Band 18:30-19:30, Concert Band 19:30 – 21:30
Always happy to meet other musicians. Please visit our web site for more information.
Michael Hitchcock
Joan Evenett
St Philip's Church, Birken Road, Tunbridge Wells, alternate Saturdays, 7.30 - 9.45 pm.
 Michael Hitchcock 01732 364538 or 07725 268614
 Grosvenor Orchestra
We are a friendly orchestra, playing a mixture of classical, romantic and 20th-century works. New string and brass players will be very welcome. Concerts are given in aid of local charities.
Darrell Davison
Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at Queen Eleanor's School in Onslow Village, Guildford.
 Ahmed Hussain 07930 743583
The GSO was founded in 1919 and is the town's premier community orchestra regularly offering a full-scale programme of 19th and 20th century symphonic music under director of music Darrell Davison. We also hold three 'play for pleasure' rehearsals at the start and end of each season.
Hadlow Orchestra
Nelson Sinclair-Strong
Monthly on Saturdays at Hy-Arts Centre, Hadlow, Kent
 Anne Waddingham (Secretary)
 Paula Carey (Chair/Treasurer)
The Hadlow Orchestra is a friendly, informal group of players who enjoy orchestral playing. We give one concert per year. We range from beginners, through improvers, to experts of all ages. All orchestral instrumentalists of any standard are welcome to join, and no audition is necessary. Our aim is to have fun making music together.
Danielle Budden
Horam, East Sussex on Thursdays between 6.30 and 8.00pm.
 Danielle Budden (Musical Director) 07745 732950
The Harmonie Concert Band, established in 2007, is a blend of woodwind, brass and percussion. A group of musicians with a mission to play good music and have fun. Our players are of all ages and abilities.
Dr James Ross
Tom Horn
Monday evening at 7.30 in the Haslemere Hall, between September and May
 Lucy Hatcher (Orchestra Secretary)
 Sue Ecclestone (Secretary)
We are a society with both Choir and Orchestra who perform together at regular concerts in the Haslemere area. We are always pleased to welcome new members - both singers and instrumentalists. All we ask of our members is that they should be enthusiastic and committed - there are no auditions for the chorus or string players. We are currently seeking basses for the chorus and Violin and Brass players and Principal Oboe.
David Wright
Wednesday evenings 7.45pm to 9.45pm, United Reformed Church Hall, Beacon Hill GU26 6NL
 Sandra Margetts 07708 334179
We are a friendly brass band and welcome players of all standards. We have some instruments to borrow.
Derek Garden
Peter Fields
St John The Evangelist, Brittany Road, St Leonards-On-Sea, every other Wednesday, from 7.30-9.30
 Sandra Goodsell 07841 448879 (Chair)
We are a group of enthusiastic amateur and local professional musicians and pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming orchestra. We perform music that is popular and easy to listen to, we include old classics, popular works, film music, opera highlights and new melodic works by living composers. New members very welcome.
Dan James
Lynn Cook
Wednesdays, Term Time, 8-10pm, at St John’s Church, 251 Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham, BR3 3JN
 Ant Fawkes
 Julia Challender
Friendly community orchestra rehearsing in West Wickham in Kent. No audition required, just enthusiasm for making music. We’re looking for violins and brass players so come down and give us a try.
Haywards Heath Sinfonietta
Sundari Heller
Jonathan Crook
Thursday 7.45 St Richard's Church Hall (very near Haywards Heath station)
 Jonathan Crook
We are a small friendly orchestra, always looking for more players, particularly strings. Although we have given the occasional concert, we play mainly for pleasure and give regular soirées for friends and relatives.
Edward Whiting
Benenden School Wednesdays 5.30 -7.10pm September to late April
Free membership open to all school age Kent musicians. Admission is by audition and instrumentalists should have achieved at least grade 6.
Fortnightly on Sundays in West Surrey
 Stephanie Hinson 07818 568050
Herd of Sax are a saxophone ensemble group based in West Surrey, UK. We perform a wide range of 'light' saxophone music for local events, approximately 1 gig per month between May and October and then another 1 or 2 in December.
Stephanie Jarvis
Thursdays, The Howard Venue, Egerton Avenue, Hextable, Kent BR8 7LG
 Stephanie Jarvis
All brass and wind instruments are welcome. We play classical to musical theatre, film and pop.
Oliver Nelson
Tuesdays at Hindhead Music Centre
Part of Hindhead Music Centre. We welcome instrumentalists who are keen amateurs, returning to playing after a break or late learners. We explore exciting classical repertoire and although no audition is required, an approximate standard of Grade 5 and above is recommended.
Oliver Nelson
Tuesdays at Hindhead Music Centre
Part of Hindhead Music Centre. We welcome instrumentalists who are keen amateurs, returning to playing after a break or late learners. We explore exciting classical repertoire and although no audition is required, an approximate standard of Grade 5 and above is recommended.
Steve Dummer
Rachel Ellis/Barry Sutton
Millais School, Depot Road, Horsham; Wednesdays 7.45 to 9.45 pm
 James Torry
 Chris Maslin, Chairman
Three concerts a year in The Capitol, Horsham, often with professional soloists. Look at our list of past concerts at our website.
Richard Hubbert
Tuesday evenings 19:15 - 21:30, Saltwood Primary School, Grange Road, Saltwood, CT21 4QS
 Secretary Samantha Smith 07545 759054
The Town Band was established at some time before 1880. The band plays a series of Concerts, Bandstands and Civic functions. All players of Grade 5 Standard are welcome. Players from Grade 1 will be welcomed at training Band.
Jim Harrison
Tuesday evenings – Herne Bay Hight School - CT6 7TL 19:30 - 21:30
 Chris 07552 216920.
If you are interested in playing with Invicta Concert Band, why not come along to one of our weekly Tuesday night rehearsals? We play a vast variety of music, including: Musicals, Overtures, Waltzes and Big Band numbers. We are particularly seeking: trumpets/cornets, tubas, trombones, and french horns. However, all concert band instruments are welcome with players of a minimum grade 5 standard.
James Harrison
Tuesday evenings - Greenhill High School - Herne Bay - CT6 7NS 19:30 - 21:30
 Chris Spillett
 Ken Dickson
Community Concert Band Based in North Kent, has regular engagements at Kent Bandstands during the Summer Season plays private social events and themed concerts through the year throughout Kent and London. Band has been established for over 30 years and welcomes new players of Grade 5 or above. Current Vacancies - Bassoon, Trombone, Tuba
Scott Jenkins
7:45 – 9:15 Thursday Maidstone area
 Contact via the website
The Invicta Jazz Orchestra is probably the biggest big band you will ever see. Based in Kent, they perform both locally and further afield, recently touring to France and The Netherlands, in addition to raising money for their chosen annual charity. Their style and their music are infectious, and audiences have often been seen dancing in the streets, with their variety of swing, jazz, funk and rock. A talented group of musicians who love what they play and love to perform.
Jeremy Cooper
Ian Harby / Adele Gordon
We meet for a Saturday of rehearsals followed by a formal evening concert 5 times per annum in Kent
 Jeremy Cooper
We aim to offer players of roughly grade 8 standard plus the chance to play challenging, approachable and interesting original repertoire for symphonic winds. We normally field a band of 50 players but are always interested to find new people to join our pool of performers. There is no charge and commitment is date by date.
Jefferies Orchestra
Brian Rogers (Conducts from the violin)
Wednesdays during term time from 2pm – 4pm, Offington Park Methodist Church Hall, South Farm Road, Broadwater, Worthing, BN14 7TN
 Brian Rogers 01903 775880
 Pat Rogers
We are mainly strings with some woodwind, We play light music, Overtures and Symphonies. Any player of grade 5 and better is very welcome. Anyone interested can contact via email or can telephone.
David A Cunningham
1st and 3rd Sunday afternoon 2-5, Fleet
 David A Cunningham
J4BB is a member band that plays Jazz and Swing and more modern music
Paul Valentine
St Peters Church Hall, Greenhill, Herne Bay on Mon Eve 7.30pm to 9.30pm
 07970 013586
Formed in 1992. Currently over 40 members. Always welcome new members.
Ciara Considine
Fridays 6pm-7.15pm Invicta Grammar School auditorium, term-time only 
 Ciara Considine
We are a new, friendly orchestra for adults of grade 3+ standard. We’re a blend of people who haven’t played their instruments since their school-days mixed with advanced players who regularly perform. Everyone is welcome. Our aim is to explore a wide range of music with whilst having fun.
John Groves
Wednesdays 7.15 - 9.30 pm at Police Headquarters in Maidstone.
 John Groves 01424773915
Membership open to all. Very friendly band with prestigious engagements such as Ship Launchings in Germany, 10 Downing Street etc.
Julie Moore
Tina Francis
Rochester Grammar School, Monday evenings 8pm - 9.45 pm.
 Pat Norton 01795 522738
The orchestra plays standard repertoire and more besides. Players are very friendly and the atmosphere great. We work hard and are supported by our conductor.
Julie Moore
Tina Francis
Rochester Grammar School, Monday evenings 7.15pm - 8.00 pm.
 Pat Norton 01795 522738
The players work hard on standard repertoire pieces and other music. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. We welcome newcomers.
Lamorbey String Orchestra (Sidcup)
Nick Youngs
Janet Newis
Last Tuesday in every month at 10.15AM at Hurst Community Centre, Sidcup
 Malcolm Youngs
 Nick Youngs
This orchestra is an amateur group which meets monthly at Hurst Community Centre in Hurst Road, Sidcup. Meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month at 10.15 in the morning. We play a wide variety of music from the string orchestra repertoire. The playing is mainly for our own pleasure with an occasional public performance. The atmosphere at our rehearsals is friendly and informal.
Laura Kjaergaard-Grier
Rob Campkin
Fridays 19:00 – 21:15
 Beth Schaeffer
A small friendly orchestra which plays 3 concerts a year. Concerts in St Michael and All Angels Church, South Street, Lancing.. We welcome enquiries from musicians wishing to join.
Anthony Bonello
Ruth Foxcroft
Leatherhead Institute, High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm during term.
 Tina Bland, Membership Secretary
We are a friendly amateur orchestra catering mostly for adult players but welcoming younger ones, including those with little or no orchestral experience. The music we play is from the standard classical repertoire. If you would like to join us please call the contact number below or just come along. At the moment we need string, horn and brass players.
Ian McCrae
Lisa Wigmore
Four Sundays before the concerts, from 2.30 to 5.30pm at St Marys Hall, Lewes.
 Helen Parkyns
Formed in March 1993 by Russell Morgan at the request of The Lewes Town Council to perform concerts of popular classical music for the people of Lewes. Since then the orchestra has performed three concerts every year at The Town Hall, Lewes. Currently has string vacancies (see website for details).
Ian Stewart
Thursday evenings at 8pm All Saints Arts Centre,Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex
 Jane Stewart 07980407831
 Simon Emberley 07768438433
LGB Brass is an active Brass Band undertaking a sensible mix of concerts and contest engagements, the band are nationally graded as second section from 2014. Returning Brass players are always welcome together with existing learners. The band operates a training band and a main band for more experienced players.
Roy Fuller
7.45pm on Thursdays
 Julie Fuller 07916344396
We are a local non contesting brass band. We perform on Bandstand’s in the area, and also at local fetes and concerts. We are always pleased to welcome new players.
Bob Haselip
Thursday evening The Trading Post (on the Body Shop site), Watersmead Business Park, Littlehampton, BN17 6LS.
 Bob Haselip 01903 213028
We are a community band playing a host of different concerts throughout the year. We pride ourselves on interesting music, a fun atmosphere and we welcome anyone who would like to come along and have a play with us.
Brynly Clarke
Rehearsals take place (in Sevenoaks or Tonbridge) during evenings and weekends in the period 10 days before each concert.
 Bryn Clarke - Musical Director
The Orchestra exists to provide playing opportunities or young musicians of approaching Grade 8, aged 14-25, and performs three concerts a year in school holidays, each preceded by a period of rehearsals in the week or so before.
Various (school tutors)
Two weekend courses are run each year in Sevenoaks or Tonbridge during the autumn and spring terms.
 01732 364538
Founded by June Clements in 1989, the orchestra is open to players aged 8 - 15 of around grade 3-6 standard and is designed to develop general musicianship and enhance ensemble performance skills. Courses are tailored to the particular group of musicians and could include a mixture of string orchestra, wind band and full orchestra as well as workshops in 'Stomp' percussion, Samba and singing.
Angela Smith
Angela Smith
Thursday evenings, Newhaven
 Angela Smith
We are a long standing friendly Sussex dance/swing/sing era band. We started with a traditional 5/4/4/4 format and now have extra parts and clarinets. We rehearse in Newhaven most thursday evenings. We almost always have openings for bass clef reading instruments and sometimes other instruments as well. Please make contact if you are interested in playing with us, or for us to play for you.
Brian Wright
Robin Brightman
Thursdays, 7.30pm, Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone.
Community orchestra gives 5 concerts a year with pro soloists in Mote Hall, Maidstone. Always on the look out for good string players, violins and violas. Approaching their centenary! (2011)
Roger Graham
Tuesday evenings (school term time) 7.30-9:30pm. The Maplesden Noakes School, Buckland Road, Maidstone, ME16 0TJ
 Roger Graham
 Heather Pickard
Advanced wind orchestra with an adventurous repertoire, including new works for wind orchestra, and performing and recording with renowned soloists. National Concert Band Symposium winners 2015. Keen to welcome new players, particularly brass and percussion.
The Marlowe Ensemble
Malcolm Youngs
Roy Simpson
Tuesday mornings at 10.15AM at Hurst Community Centre, Sidcup
 Malcolm Youngs
 Nick Youngs
This orchestra is an amateur group which meets weekly at Hurst Community Centre in Hurst Road, Sidcup. We play a wide variety of light orchestral music. The playing is mainly for our own pleasure with an occasional public performance. The atmosphere at our rehearsals is friendly and informal.
Doug Blackford
Fridays, 8-10pm, The Bandroom, Court Meadow, Mayfield
 Simon Rudge
Friendly village Brass Band in the heart of East Sussex, with a variety of engagements including 3/4 formal concerts a year, and numerous less formal engagements. Following retirements and student departures, we urgently require solo cornet players. We also have a training band and welcome players of all ages and abilities, including beginners. See our facebook page for recent information, pictures and video.
Peter Fender
Martin Palmer
Rehearsals at Ardingly College on four Sundays before each concert
 Diana Davy (chairman)
 Oliver Springett
The orchestra welcomes enquiries from players. There is no audition, but standards are high. You are welcome to play on a trial basis. Four concerts per year, usually at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath
Andrew Wilson
Ashcombe School, Dorking, RH4 1LY 7:30pm Mondays
 Sarah Kent (secy) 01372 456176
The Training band welcomes all ages of players who want to learn to play in a band or brush up existing skills. Same venue, also Mondays in term time, 5:45pm
Monday Afternoon Strings
Michael Newman
Heather Hall
2pm - 4pm, every Monday in term time, Christchurch, Tudor Way, Petts Wood, BR5 1LH.
 Michael Newman 01622 743834
 Heather Hall 020 8650 3349
For anyone lacking experience or confidence we provide an excellent introduction to playing in a string orchestra, and, for those more familiar with playing 'under the baton', there is the pleasure of exploring the repertoire in a friendly, informal atmosphere, with expert professional guidance. Music is selected according to the average ability level and we suggest a minimum of grade IV to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment. String players of any age can be assured of a warm welcome - we need you all!
Luisa-Maria Cordell
Approximately twice a term on a Sunday at Beare Green Community Hall, Beare Green, Dorking,Surrey RH5 4RD
 Luisa-Maria Cordell, Director +44 (0) 1306 713337
 Jamie Cordell, Chairman
Founded in 2014, the National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain numbers up to 30 harpists of all ages, although predominantly harp players aged 8 to 18, based in the South East of England. To make it more accessible to players from all over the UK rehearsals are predominately held on a Sunday approximately twice a term; there are also occasional Friday rehearsals three or four times a year before important events or concerts. Rehearsal and concert dates are published on our website. There are Junior and Senior sections. A downloadable application form and a background document are available on the website.
Patrick Harrex
Every Tuesday Evening - 7-9pm. Venue: St Luke's, Prestonville, 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton BN1 5PR
 Molly Mathieson
We Jam, We compose, We perform. We are the music group who help people play their way through recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Anyone can join regardless of ability. Be part of genre-breaking musical movement, making an impact on individuals recovering from addiction through the creation and performance of new music.
Brian Cox
Tuesday evenings 8.00 -10.00 at Aitken Hall, St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HF
 Brian Cox – 07791 688838
The New Venture Concert Band is a new band created in the summer of 2018. If you play a wind or brass instrument or percussion and have good sight reading skills we would love to see you.
Sara Young
Pam Deverill
Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. at locations around Oxted
 Pam Deverill
 Marian Atkinson
North Downs Community Orchestra is open to all over 18 and especially encourage those who haven't played in a long while and those who are learning and would like the experience to play in a group. It is all for fun, no auditions, no grade requirements. Contact us for more details and to arrange a trial visit.
Sylvia Seaton
1st Sunday of the month, Tatsfield
 Peter Maynard
NDS is a thriving Symphony Orchestra based in the village of Tatsfield on the Kent/Surrey border, noted for its high musical standards and friendliness. We play 2 concerts a year to large and enthusiastic audiences under different conductors each season. We welcome new players, especially strings, grade 7/8+, please mail us or refer to our website for more details. Hope to see you soon!
Northiam Chamber Orchestra
Peter Fields
Once a month @ 7.30, Northiam village hall, East Sussex.
We are a small friendly orchestra actively seeking new members. Players of all ages and standards are very welcome, although a minimum of approximately grade four to five is recommended. We rehearse each Thursday evening during term time in Northiam village hall.
Brian Cox
Twice a month on Sunday afternoons in Addington Village, near Croydon.
 Sarah Cox
We are a friendly concert band who enjoy producing good music to the best of our ability. If you share our ambition and play a wind, brass or percussion instrument to grade 5 standard or above we would love to hear from you.
Peter Aviss
Floriane Peycelon
Rehearsals are held in the United Reformed Church, Faversham
 Jonathan Chapter (Chairman)
At least 3 concerts each year, usually in The Alexander Centre, Faversham. Membership is by invitation.
Bryan Gipps
Derek Webb
Friday evenings in St Martin's Church, Maidstone, starting at 7.45pm
The Old Barn Orchestra (the orchestra for Medway and Maidstone) was founded in 1927 and incorporated with a full constitution the following year. Its name derives from its first meeting place, which was the music room - a converted barn - of Dr Ponder and his family at Abbey Court in Sandling (north of Maidstone).
Roy Garman
The Highway Primary School, The Highway, Orpington, BR6 9DJ on Monday evenings: Beginners and Improvers: 18:30 – 20:00, Main Band: 20:00 – 22:00
 Roy Garman 01689 854657
 Sylvia Blunt 01959 532830
The Orpington Band was founded in 1925 and provides a unique combination of nurturing beginners and providing a platform for more experienced players to perform together. Originally established as the Orpington Silver Band playing marching and other brass band repertoires, it now plays a wide selection of music from old classics to modern pop and film music.
Emily Singh
Sarah Douch
Thursdays 19.30-21.30 during term time. Petts Wood, Orpington
We are a friendly orchestra in our 72nd season, containing semi-professionals, teachers and keen amateurs. We perform three concerts a year of popular and lesser known classical works. Currently we are actively recruiting violin, viola, bass and brass players of grade 6+ standard. Please contact us with your enquiries and see our website.
Darrell Scholes
Tuesdays at 8pm at Mill Lane, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9DG
 Stephie Onley
Oxted Band is a friendly brass band, established in 1901, and playing at various events both around Oxted and further afield around the South East, both indoor concerts and various outdoor events. We also have an enthusiastic training band for those not yet ready to play in the band. Enquiries from brass/percussion players or those looking to start always welcome!
 Beverley Prankard
Peninsula Big Band (PBB) have been running for over 15 years, playing modern and traditional big band music. Regular gigs have included Chatham food and drink festival, Hoo church and Dobbies.
John Beswick
David Burton
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Carlton Road, Redhill. Monday evenings in term time from 7.30pm to 9.45pm.
The Redhill Sinfonia is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the country. Established in 1891 under the name of “Redhill Society of Instrumentalists”, during its long history it has been associated with many famous names, including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob who were both Presidents of the orchestra. The orchestra performs three well-attended concerts of varied repertoire each year, in Reigate and Redhill. Key to the orchestra’s continued success, popularity and high standard are the skill and enthusiasm of its professional conductor John Beswick and leader David Burton. We always welcome applications from new members of at least grade 8 standard or equivalent, especially strings and brass. We also offer free Scholarship places to school-age string players who are at or working towards grade 8. We rehearse on Monday evenings during term time, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Bernard Hunt
Fran Giles
Wray Common Schoo,l Kendal Close, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0LR. Saturday mornings 10am-12noon
 Rachel Carress 07767846544
We are an amateur community big band who play music for fun and perform some concerts throughout the year
Ripley String Orchestra
Sylvia Houghton
Thursday afternoon from 1.45 - 3.45. Temporarily based at St. Mary's Church Hall, 124 Church Road, Byfleet, KT14 7NG
 Daphne Balchin
We are a small, friendly group who meet every Thursday afternoons We are temporarily based at St. Mary's Church Hall, as the Ripley Village Hall has been demolished. We would welcome more string players, particularly violins and violas. Good sight-reading practice, no concerts, no pressure.
Robin Morrish / Sophie Carville
Amy Grimes
Two Sunday concerts a year - 8:30am - 5:30pm
 Sophie Carville
A very large orchestra who meet together twice a year to play all day for enjoyment. Wishing to keep a balanced orchestra, all enquiries for all instruments will be considered.
Peter Bassano
Alison Jackson
Monday evenings during school term time, The Pilkington Building, Universities at Medway, North Road, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4JB from 19.45 to 21.45
 Jerome Sadler
We are the leading Medway orchestra, with four concerts a year, at the Central Theatre, Chatham. New Members are always welcome, subject to trial.
Roy Valenti Big Band NEW
Monday evenings at Kingswood Village Club (KT20) from 8pm to 10 pm.
We are a friendly big band rehearsing on Monday evenings at Kingswood Village Club (KT20) from 8pm to 10 pm. There is plenty of free parking. We have a 15 minute break during the rehearsal where we grab a drink in the club’s bar. We are outside ULEZ! We are currently seeking trombone players. All welcome but would be ideal for grade 6+. Please email if you are interested.
Nick Newman
Monday Evenings 8pm at Little Common RBL Club.
 Alastair Thomson
 Nick Newman
From Territorial Army Band origins in the 1960s the band has developed to be an active community band which still maintains some ex military connections. We perform regular concerts at the club and outside including Eastbourne Bandstand. The band has an extensive music library which is constantly being enlarged. We welcome enquiries from new players in particular of the Bassoon,French Horn, Tuba, Euphonium, Trombones, Bass trombone, Drum Kit, Timpani and Eb Clarinet .
Roderick Dunk (Music Director), Mark Shanahan and Barry Wordsworth
Julian Leaper
Friday Evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, September to April
 Anne Parker, Orchestral Manager 01825 761915
Founded in 1922, the RTWSO presents a season of six concerts each year at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, during the period from October to April. It is made up from a core group of gifted local musicians whose ranks are augment by a number of professionals. Together they play to a high standard.
Runnymede Sinfonia
Martin Ingram
Addlestone Community Centre, Garfield Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2NJ, on alternate Mondays from 7.30 to 10pm
 Martin Ingram, 01932 343121
This is a small, friendly orchestra, good for those who want to improve sight reading. No concerts, no pressure.  Meets fortnightly, no auditions.
Jake Convery (main) Kate Robinson (training)
Training Band 6.00-7.00, Concert Band 7.15-9.15 every Tuesday, Jubilee Centre, Jubilee Road, Sandwich, Kent. CT13 0QP
 Kevin Smith-Burchnell
A friendly community Concert Band welcoming players of all wind, brass and percussion. The Training Band caters for young and old from about grade 1 upwards, the Concert Band from Grade 5 upwards. Please see the website to find out more, new players are always welcome.
Chris Farra
Edward Ferris
Sandwich United Reformed Church, Cattle Market, Sandwich, Thursdays in term-time, 7:15 - 9:00 pm
 Chris Farra, 01304 613980
Sandwich Music Group, formed in 1976, is a registered charity aiming to provide the opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages and abilities to play as part of an ensemble. Sandwich Music Group regularly supports charitable money-raising events in East Kent
Once a month on a Sunday at New Haw Community Centre, KT15 3ND - 3-5:30pm
 Sax Bandits
Sax Bandits is an all-saxophone band for adults, playing your favourite rock and pop songs! Suitable for beginners, learners and returners, meet like-minded saxophonists in a friendly and relaxed environment who want to play for fun. Playalongs and video tutorials are available to help you learn the music. The first session is completely FREE!
Once a month on a Sunday at The Mytchett Centre, GU16 6AA - 3-5.30pm
 Sax Bandits
Sax Bandits is an all-saxophone band for adults, playing your favourite rock and pop songs! Suitable for beginners, learners and returners, meet like-minded saxophonists in a friendly and relaxed environment who want to play for fun. Playalongs and video tutorials are available to help you learn the music. The first session is completely FREE!
Darrell Davison
Catherine Smart
8pm - 10.15pm Wednesdays, Sevenoaks County Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, TN13 3LB
 Charles Hebert
Friendly orchestra. 4 or 5 concerts per year, mainstream symphonic repertoire. We could always do with more violins and violas, and occasionally have vacancies in other sections - please see our website.
Ian Harby
7:45-9:45pm on Fridays during term time at Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LE
The Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band is a symphonic wind band based in Sevenoaks, Kent, but with its players drawn from a wide area. With a busy schedule of performances at different venues across the region, our repertoire ranges from original works for wind ensemble to arrangements of orchestral pieces, military band items and light music of various styles.
Patrick Browne
6:00-7:30pm on Fridays during term time at Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LE
The Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Training Band welcomes members of any age who are learning to play wind or percussion instruments, or are returning to music after a break. Music ranges from classical and show medleys through to jazz, swing and pop genres. The band gives at least one public indoor concert each year and performs at local outdoor events at a variety of venues in the summer.
Dr James Ross
Bird College, Alma Road, Sidcup, DA14 4ED. Every Thursday 7.30-10 from September - early July.
 Dave or Hazel Burnie 020 8850 1170
Sidcup Symphony Orchestra performs five full concert programmes per season, with professional music director and leader, and other events in partnership with Bird College and Bexley Music Service. Current season highlights include Tchaikovsky 6, Shostakovich 5, Scuhbert 9, Prokofiev 1st Violin Concerto, Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and works by Bizet, Chausson, Debussy and Vaughan Williams. Membership and dep inquiries from advanced orchestral musicians are very welcome: current full member vacancies including one horn, one trumpet, one trombone, timpani and strings.
Christopher Newport
Weekly Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30 Slinfold Village Hall, Slinfold, Nr Horsham,West Sussex
 Graham Timms 01403 710015
This popular and busy Band,founded in 1979, undertakes a variety of engagements throughout the South East of England, ranging from local bandstand performances to indoor concerts, and from weddings to company functions. New players are always welcome. If you play brass, wind or percussion instruments, then why not come along and join the fun? Details from the website.
Steve Socci
Wednesday evening between 19:15 - 21:15 at the Aylesham Baptist Free Church on Dorman Avenue South in Aylesham, Kent. CT3 3AA
 Georgia Farbrace (secretary)
We are the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band, a traditional colliery brass band founded in 1928 and based in the heart of the Kent coal fields. We are a friendly and sociable band with 30ish players of mixed ages and abilities. We play a wide variety of genres of music from traditional brass band marches, overtures, descriptive pieces through to popular TV and Film themes. We perform throughout the year on Kentish towns bandstands, in churches, village fetes and fayres and have even played on London's prestigious Hyde Park Bandstand. We are always looking for more players to join us.
David Smith
Alan Titherington
Thursdays at 7.30pm in Beckenham. We meet for c.5 rehearsals in a block leading up to concerts, with the occasional weekend rehearsal
 Charlotte Wooley (membership)
Formed in April 2012, this new orchestra is ideal for musicians who live in and around the areas of Beckenham, Bromley, Catford, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Elmers End, Forest Hill, Norwood, Penge and Sydenham. Growing fast and welcoming enquiries from all orchestral players.
Julian Williamson
Andy Teague
Chatsworth Baptist Church, Chatsworth Way, SE27 9HN (Entrance door on Idmiston Road). Friday Mornings, 10.30 to 12.30
 Mike Barrett
We are a friendly group and would be very pleased to see new members. No auditions are held, and if you play the violin,viola, cello or double bass, you will be very welcome. We play Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century music and give a concert before Xmas and one in the summer.
Neil Franks
Saturday Morning, Queen Eleanor's School, Guildford, Surrey.
 Steve Pannifer (Chairman)
SWSCB is a Surrey Arts Youth Ensemble. It is formed of woodwind, brass and percussion players aged 8 to 18. We rehearse on Saturday mornings during term-time and enjoy making some great music.
Tom Hodge
Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm at Arundel Church of England Primary School, Jarvis Road, Arundel
 Martin Jeffery 07808 124572
The Southdowns Concert Band is a group of about 30 musicians who play regular concerts all over Sussex. We pride ourselves on high performance standards and achieve this by having a grade 6 minimum standard for players.
Spelthorne Orchestra
David Bruce
St. Nicholas Parish Centre, Shepperton, TW17 9JY, on Tuesday evenings from 7 30 to 9 00.
 Janet Husband (Secretary) 01784 241027
Players of all standards welcome, especially string players. Ideal for newcomers to orchestral playing.
Keely Timms
Saturday mornings 10.00am to 11.00am in term time, Staplehurst Music Centre, c/o Staplehurst School, Staplehurst TN12 0LZ
 Keely Timms 07910 374594
Staplehurst Music Centre Chamber Group welcomes players of all ages - adults and children over 8 years - and all abilities, particularly if you are a Late-Starter, a re-Starter or a Recent Beginner (one year's experience of playing). All instruments welcome - but we especially need string players.
Robert Hodge
St Paul's Community Centre, Inner Park Road, Wimbledon SW19 6ED on Sunday afternoons during school terms
 Julian Hardwick 07887 442489
Now in its 70th season, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra caters for talented young musicians aged 8 to 18 in South-West London and Surrey. We have a Training Orchestra for grades 4-6 and a Main Orchestra for grades 6-8 and perform 3 concerts a year at leading London venues as well as undertaking an annual Tour in July. Auditions in September, January and April.
Strings & Things
John Myhill
Broadstairs, Wednesday afternoons
 John Myhill 01843 600059
For beginners (inc. children).
Tanya Charlesworth
Thursdays (term time) 7.30-930, Westfield School, Bonsey Lane, Woking, Surrey GU22 9PR
 Alison Harding, 07968 832413
Amateur orchestra run by Surrey Arts for adult learners. Friendly and informal, no min standard but players mainly grade 4-8. All welcome - especially strings. Just come along and try us out.
by invitation
Wednesday 7:30 Music School, Reeds School, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES
 John Goodwin
 Huw Evans
Surrey Brass, the innovative and entertaining brass ensemble, was formed in 2011 and since then performed a wide range of concerts including music commissioned to accompany silent films, music commissioned to celebrate concorde, film music, an all-Russian programme, an all-Gothic programme, and more. Our 'Brass Massive' education programme in association with local schools attracts young players to experience musical performance.
 Karen Burgess
 Jo Wood
A chamber orchestra based in the Guildford area of Surrey. Our players are made up of music teachers and experienced amateurs, and we perform a wide range of repertoire. We put on 5 concerts a year, and would be pleased to hear from any violinists and viola players who are interested in joining our friendly orchestra.
Mark Fitz-Gerald
Tuesday evenings from 7:45 pm until 9:45 pm at St John's School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead
 Neil Gilchrist 01372 276949
We are a friendly orchestra and are currently looking for new members to join who are Grade VIII standard or above, and in particular, strings, and trumpets.
Thursday evenings 8-10PM, Mount Browne, Guildford. GU3 1HG
We are a friendly and welcoming band with a varied musical repertoire including military marches, selections from films and musicals, classical transcriptions and original works for concert band. The band is open to anyone interested - if you play brass, woodwind or percussion we would be delighted to hear from you.
Michael Withers
Monday evenings, 8pm-10pm at St John the Evangelist Church, Redhill RH1 6QA
 David Skinner (Chairman) 01737 289187
The Band of the Surrey Yeomanry is an amateur concert band. We play a wide range of music from Holst and Vaughan Williams to show tunes and swing and perform in about 15 concerts per year (see our full 2017 diary at our website). We’re currently actively recruiting for drummers/percussionists and trumpet players, but welcome inquiries about all instruments.
Clive Longhurst
Tuesday evenings 8pm to 10pm, Horsham
 Band secretary
The Sussex Band of The Royal British Legion ( Horsham) is a Concert Band consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion. We also take part in parades and carnivals but please note we do not do marching displays. The band also has a Dance band made up from members of the main concert band.
Kenneth Roberts
Andrew Laing
2 rehearsals before each concert
 Ruth Elias
We are a symphony orchestra made up of local professional musicians and teachers, plus talented amateur musicians. We also try to include local young people who have reached a high standard in their playing. We do 2 or 3 concerts per year in the Hastings/Bexhill area and are always keen to welcome enthusiastic and committed new players.
Simon Smith
Simon Smith
Wednesday evenings, three weeks before a concert at Trinity Church, Willingdon
 Simon Smith
A new String Orchestra based in Eastbourne. We do two concerts a year, always for charity, and start rehearsing three weeks before a concert. We look forward to hearing from string players of a grade 7 standard. We play music from Telemann to brand new compositions. Come for the music, stay for the cake!
Mark Andrew James
Hove Park School, Brighton. Specific dates throughout the year.
 Andy Wooler
The Sussex Symphony Orchestra has been bringing live music to Sussex audiences for over 20 years. The SSO is a friendly, sociable mixture of professional and amateur musicians who live and work in Sussex. We perform a minimum of five concerts per year in Brighton and across Sussex. We are always keen to welcome new violin, viola, cello, woodwind and French horns. We rehearse on specific dates throughout the year - usually one full Sunday, a Thursday evening and then Saturday concert day rehearsal. We ask that any new players are at least grade 8 standard with orchestral experience.
Philip Aslangul
Annmarie McDade
Tuesday evenings during term time in central Sutton, 7.45 to 9.45 pm
 Nigel Stephens 020 8660 2473
 Sue White 0208 644 4055
Sutton Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is an amateur orchestra which aims to provide the opportunity for players of a reasonable standard to experience rehearsing and performing works from the orchestral repertoire. SSO believes making music should be fun but challenging. The Orchestra performs three major public concerts per year within the London Borough of Sutton.
Nick Downs
Wednesday (Term time only) at Emanuel Baptist Church, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 5BB. Ensemble 18:45 – 19:45, Singers 20:00 – 21:00
 Nick Downs 07767 480723
 Peter Stafford
Members of all ages and abilities welcome. Our current members are aged 8 – 80+.
David Pestell
Ben Jones
Wednesdays 8-10 p.m. at Wellesley House School, Broadstairs
 Ben Jones 01843 847701
Small orchestra with a friendly mix of amateurs and pros, founded in 1946. New members always welcome, but those below Grade 5 would struggle. Four to five charity concerts per year, ranging from Haydn to 20C London shows.
Thanet Sinfonia
Patrick Dunn
Ben Jones
ad hoc in & around Broadstairs, for occasional concerts.
 Patrick Dunn
A new group (from 2019) performing primarily baroque repertoire.
Naomi Butcher
Susan Skone James
Monday evening from 7.45-9.45 at Weald of Kent school, Tonbridge
 Jane Urquhart
With over 40 instrumentalists and 100 singers, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society is an established and well-respected part of musical life in Kent under the Musical Directorship of Naomi Butcher. We have been performing high-quality music in Tonbridge since the society was formed in 1946. The orchestra was formed in 1958 and we remain to this day one of the few societies comprising both chorus and orchestra.
Stephen French
Forresters Hall, Harcourt Road, Uckfield , East Sussex TN22 5DT, Wednesday evenings 6.15 to 8pm (during term-time)
 Linda Hallett 01825 761124
We are a small community orchestra aimed at late starters and recent beginners. We welcome children over 9 and adults of any age. We play a range of classical and popular music and welcome players of any instrument from Grade 2 to around grade 5/6. This is a wonderful way to get playing with other musicians. Please contact us before coming, so we can arrange music and let you know of any COVID requirements.
Nick Morris
Tuesday from 8-10 pm, The Alma, Framfield Road, Uckfield
 Musical Director
 General Enquiries
Uckfield Concert Brass have a high profile in our community performing with local groups and soloists undertaking many prestigious concerts throughout the year in Uckfield and beyond. Our focus is putting on high calibre and innovative concerts, for example ‘Proms on the Pitch’ even contemporary dance. The band have undertaken several tours abroad most recently to Arques-la-Bataille and Chef Boutonne in France and the Menem Gate in Belgium. We welcome new players of all abilities to come along.
Annette Clifford
Julie Best
Wednesday Evenings, Church Street, West Chiltington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2JW
 Julie Best
 Annette Clifford
We always welcome new players for all brass, age isn't a problem - our youngest full band member is 13, while our oldest is - well pretty old. We have no auditions and no minimum grades - the aim is to enjoy playing together, generally have fun and to maintain the brass band tradition in our beautiful West Sussex corner of rural England.
Richard Hubbert
Cathy Newcombe
Underriver Village Hall, near Sevenoaks, Friday evening 6.45-8.45pm
 Membership Secretary
We are a friendly concert band of wind and brass musicians from Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas of Kent and Sussex. We play a wide variety of music to suit all tastes and perform in concert venues and in the open air throughout the south east of England. We are looking for Brass, Wind and Percussion players of reasonable standard to join us.
Roy Stratford
Tess Radwan
The Church of the Good Shepherd, Coldharbour Road, Pyrford, Woking, Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.45
 Roy Stratford
Three main concerts plus one Family concert per year. Vacancies in all string departments, Grade 8+ standard.
Jeremy Morrish
Jeremy Morrish
Mondays during term time , 20:00 - 22:00. Westfield Primary School, Bonsey Lane, Westfield, Woking, Surrey. GU22 9PR
 General Enquiries via website
We are a Surrey Arts supported community wind band made up of ex-servicemen and enthusiastic amateurs. Please visit our website for more details.
Dominic Grier
Preston Yeo, Simon Hewitt Jones
Mondays 7.00pm - 9.30pm Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing
 via website, or:
We play five concerts a year in the fantastic acoustics of the Worthing Assembly Hall We perform a varied and appealing variety of orchestral works and often joining with choirs in the area to perform large scale choral works. We are always pleased to hear from players, particularly string players, who might be interested in joining.
Laura King
Usually Wednesday 7:30 - 9:30 at Queen Street Church Centre, Worthing
 Laura King 07909 685654
Everyone at WSB is proud of our reputation as being an extremely friendly and sociable band. The players consist of mixed ages and abilities and everyone is welcome. We play a wide variety of music from a selection of genres and the enjoy playing at concerts throughout the year. We are looking for more players to join us especially cornets and basses!
Gillian Lloyd
Tuesday evenings in term-time from 6.00-7.15pm at Guildford United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4BS
 Gillian Lloyd
We are essentially a teaching group for junior string players (both children and adults) of approximate standard Grades 2-5, with some very welcome help from a number of more experienced players. We present a Carol Evening at Christmas, play in local music festivals and give Summer Concerts. New members are always welcome.
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Howard Thompson
First Mon in the month at Grace Baptist Church, Chertsey St, Guildford, 7.15 for a 7.30 start, finish at 9.30
 Howard Thompson
Our repertoire is very varied, but includes baroque concertos - we have a harpsichord continuo - as well as classical symphonies, and any later works for strings - Tchaikowsky/Dvorak/Elgar Serenades, pieces by Ireland, Warlock, Elgar, Bartok, Britten, Poulenc and a host of other composers, often arranged specially by Howard for strings. We are all keen to encourage young players to join us to explore the fantastic string repertoire, and have seen many youngsters go on to train and play professionally, whilst others simply enjoy making music together as amateurs. Once a year we have a free Family Concert, which includes an opportunity for a younger player to play solo. We don't have auditions so folk can join us at any time but they would need to be grade 5 upwards and be happy to do a lot of sight-reading.

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