UK Amateur Orchestras

Central Southern England (Oxford, Bucks, Berks, Hants, Dorset, Wilts)

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2022

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2023

Orchestra (full)

Wind band (brass and woodwind)

String Orchestra

Brass band



Conductor /
Rehearsal Venue / Times
Robert Tompkins
Wednesday evening, 7.45pm to 9.45pm. (Main Band), Abingdon
 01235 820899 or via website
Abbey Brass are always keen to welcome any players, whatever standard and whatever instrument. We rehearse in our own premises situated behind the Abbey Grounds open air swimming pool, two full brass bands (Main Band and Training Band) and a learners group.
Neil Brownless
Thursday evenings at Dunmore Primary School in Abingdon (8:00pm - 10:00pm).
 Membership Secretary
Friendly community wind band who rehearse and perform concerts in and around Abingdon, just south of Oxford. We currently have vacancies for brass players (ideally of grade 5 standard or higher) so would welcome enquiries from anyone who would be interested in joining us.
Once a month on Sundays at 2pm at Adstock Village Hall, Buckinghamshire
 via Facebook
The orchestra is aimed at adult learners of roughly grade 2 to 5 standard, playing a wide range of music: classical, folk and popular in a friendly relaxed environment.
Andrew Taylor
Neil Maclean
Sunday 2 weeks prior, whole weekend prior and weekend of the concert
 Rebecca Stewardson
 Melissa Ward
APO is a friendly orchestra primarily for busy people who can't commit to weekly rehearsals. We especially encourage younger people who reached a high standard in youth orchestras, but whose busy lives lead them to put down their instruments, to rediscover orchestral playing. Nevertheless, we are very welcoming to all ages! We put on four concerts a year, usually in October, January, April and June.
Allegro Wind Bands
Kevin Riley (AWB) Paul Johnson (JuniorBand)
Junior Band - Monday evenings 5-45 to 6-45 AWB - Wednesday evenings 6.30 to 8.00 Harrow Way School Andover
 Paul Johnson 01264-339965
Arturo Serna
Barbara Dale
Monday evenings fortnightly at Bridport Christian Fellowship Hall from 7.30 to 9.30
 Mark Westwood (chairman)
 Bill Dickinson (treasurer)
A friendly community orchestra that always welcomes new members. Our conductor is Arturo Serna an enthusiastic conductor and outstanding celllist who trained originally in Venezuela through the Il Sistema project. We put on 2 concerts a year. Playing standard ranges from about Grade 5 to professional. There are no auditions and the music teachers in our group are always willing to offer technical advice.
Ian Morrish
Thursday evenings 7.30 - 9.30pm at Alton Community Centre, Amery Street, Alton GU34 1HN
 Lesley Sheldon-Browning
 Rachel Boardman
We are currently looking for competent musicians with good sight reading skills ( Grade 6 and above ) to join us:  Percussion- kit and tuned, Flautists, Clarinettists, Saxophonists and bassonists.
Christopher Gardner
Christine Meers
Wednesdays during term time: 7:30-9:30. Wootey Junior School, Alton.
 Chris Leggett. 01730 893032.
ACO serves the local community and provides a friendly and supportive forum for all musicians who enjoy playing in an ensemble. All ages and abilities welcomed. We give three concerts a year, raising money for local community charities.
Paul Fisher, Malcolm Peach, Ash Horton
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings, Tuesday afternoon and Sunday morning
 Fred Harrrison - Chairman
 Caroline Perkins
We run several brass bands including a Championship-level Band, Concert Band, Big Band, Community Band, Youth Band, Learner Band and Daytime Band. Rehearsals are at our own purpose-built bandroom in Amersham town centre.
Edin Pitt-Mansfield
Alison Hockings
Saturday 11:35 – 12:35 at Amersham School, Stanley Hill, Amersham HP7 9HH, during term time
 Music Centre Office 01494 586530
 Edwin Pitt-Mansfield
We are the adult rehearsal orchestra attached to the Amersham Music Centre, which is part of Buckinghamshire Learning Trust Music. We are a group of 'rusties' and adult learners, who play for fun, and two short concert performances each year. The entry standard is said to be Grade 4+, but nobody will ever ask. All orchestral instruments are welcome. We play classical music and some lighter music.
Kevin Riley
Karen Snook
Thursday Evening 7.15-9.00
Concerts performed throughout the year at various venues.
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.
Robert Wicks
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, 7.30 - 9.45pm Wednesdays.
 John Dablin
Established over 20 years ago, the band plays a variety of concerts and other engagements with a mix of familiar pieces and some more challenging ones. New players welcome (woodwind, brass and percussion) preferably grade 6 or above.
Robert Hodge
Mark Warner
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm, Aylesbury Music Centre, Walton Rd, Aylesbury HP21 7ST
 Julian Chilvers
Aylesbury Youth Orchestra
Tom Horn
Saturdays during term time 9.00-11.00am. Age range - up to 18
 Tom Horn 07983442550
One of the UK's leading Music Centre Youth Orchestras: Winners of Outstanding Performance Award, National Festival of Music for Youth. Exciting repertoire, friendly atmosphere.
Paul Willett
Anna Fleming
Banbury School during term-time on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30pm.
 Anna Fleming
Since 1961 the orchestra has been a platform for local amateur and professional musicians to come together to practice and perform the better-known (and some less well-known) pieces from the classical orchestral repertoire.
Basic Strings
J D Jenkins
Jill Jenkins ARCM
Fortnightly Tuesday evenings and Friday afternoons in the Lymington area
 J D Jenkins
Basic strings is for beginners and improvers and provides an intense and dedicated training opportunity.
Mark Atkins
Sherfield-on-Loddon Village Hall on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
We are a friendly wind band meeting weekly for practice and we organise a number of events and concerts during the year. We are always looking for new bass or percussion players.
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.
Beachampton Flute Group
Tuesdays, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes.
Small, friendly flute group looking for new members. Music pieces played are around Grade 3/4 and there is a small charge to cover the venue and music (Pay as you go)
Victoria Benjamin
Andrew Willis
Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.45pm in Beenham School Hall RG7 5NN
 07751 696756
The band has developed a repertoire of music written specifically for wind band, and in 2010, it changed its name to Beenham Wind Orchestra, to reflect this change in emphasis, and to avoid confusion with brass bands. However, we still think of ourselves as a band, because our aim is to be sociable, welcoming and inclusive, as well as having fun making serious music. New members are always welcomed.
Wendy Marks
St Edburg's School, Kingsmere, Bicester on Tuesday evenings in term time, 8pm to 9.45pm.
 Rosalind Mason (chair)
We work hard to improve our skills in a relaxed and friendly environment under the leadership of our talented conductor, Wendy Marks. New members are warmly welcomed. For further information please see our website.
Michael Pegram
Rehearsals in Stokenchurch
 Margaret Cooper
BCB is a friendly community band, welcoming players of all ages. We are busy providing musical performances in Buckinghamshire and beyond, with a mixture of indoor and outdoor concerts held throughout the year.
Ian Barlow, Judith Atkins
Beginner, Learner and Main Bands all rehearse in Blewbury (just south of Didcot) on Wednesday evenings (from 6.00-6.45, 6.30-7.15 and 7.30-9.15, respectively)
 Membership secretary
Formed over 100 years ago, Blewbury and District Brass Band is a friendly and inclusive village band, and is the local brass band for the area surrounding Didcot, the Hendreds, the Hagbournes, the Moretons…and Blewbury (just south of Didcot). We play 15-20 events each year and can be heard playing at local fetes, parks and community events. Players of all levels and ages are welcomed warmly, into either our Main Band, our Beginner Band (for beginner players of any age, up to about Grade 2), or our Learner Band (for learners of all ages, up to about Grade 4 or 5).
Simon Nicholls
Nick Hunt
Thursday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm at Queen's Park Infants Academy
 Band Chairperson
 Band Master
Formed in 1990, we are a community wind band with around 45 members
Jo Farley
URC in Winton on Wednesday nights, fortnightly at present at 7.30
 Jo Farley 0780 455 4923
Hoping to set up a flute choir – please contact me!
Sam Newgarth
Janet Fortnum,Wednesday at 7.30 at St Peter's Catholic School
Bournemouth-based orchestra giving several concerts a year in the Hampshire/Dorset area. New players always welcome. We are especially recruiting strings, oboe, trumpets and tuba.
Denise Ham
Brian Howells
St Paul's Church, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 9DW 1930-2150 Mondays during term time.
 Graham Baynes 01929 551050
 Alison Sepping 01202 708649
Play classical music in a friendly environment, without the pressure of performances whilst still aiming to improve ensemble playing and musicianship.
Elin Davies, Kevin Ransom
Wednesday evenings (Concert Band 7:50-9:45pm, Second Wind 7:00-9:00pm, Beaufort Band 6:30-7:50pm)
 BWCB committee
BWCB Main Band is a 60 piece wind band, open to all grade 6 and above. BWCB also has the 'Second Wind' band for players of grade 3-6 and the Beaufort Band which is suitable for players with less experience, as long as they can read music and have been playing for at least a year. Please visit the website for more details.
Arturo Serna
Alexandra Ennis
Mondays fortnightly, Christian Fellowship Hall, Bridport
 Caroline Lewars
 Rosalind Tarry
The String Orchestra of about 25 players was formed in 1975 and is based in Bridport, Dorset, our players coming from a wide area of West Dorset, East Devon and Somerset. On occasions weare joined by wind and brass instruments for larger works and normally perform three concerts each year. We have a broad repertoire embracing many composers from baroque to modern.
Damon Corio
Thursdays 7 - 9pm, St John’s Church, Broadstone
 Damon Corio
We welcome all brass, woodwind and percussion players, and usually have vacancies. We play at two major charity concerts each year: in June at the Concert Hall at Poole Lighthouse, and in December at Wimborne Minster. Come and hear us at practice, or contact Damon if you would like to play. For more information, visit our website.
Michael Sanderson
Genevieve Haughey
Monday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm Recital Room, Lecture Centre, Brunel University, Cleveland Road Uxbridge
 Jay Wilkinson /Karen Lamb 01895 266074
Friendly University-based orchestra welcomes new members, particularly strings and lower woodwind. 4 concerts each year with wide repertoire.
Julia May
Richard Hollingham
Thursday evening during term time at Sandringham School in St Albans starting at 7pm
 Contact via website
Community jazz band, formed in 2006 and with an active membership of around 15 musicians playing a wide range of jazz and jazz inspired music. New members are always welcome and we believe that we have a role to play in being a part of, and helping, the community through playing music. We are currently looking for trumpet players.
Gordon Davies
Wednesday 8-10pm in the Royal British Legion Hall in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0JB
We are a band with a professional ethos, providing music for service occasions and charity events since 2017. We have vacancies in most sections and welcome interest from new members.
Neil Brownless
Andrea Roger
Monday evenings during term time, 7.30-9.30 at Witney Community Primary School
 Andrea Roger
 Cuthbert Lovell
Based in Witney, Oxfordshire, the Burford Orchestra gives three concerts a year in West Oxfordshire. New players, especially strings and low brass, are always welcome to come and join a friendly fun local orchestra. No audition is necessary.
Phil Lazenbury
19:45-21:45 on Wednesdays at St Nicholas Church Taplow
We are a friendly wind band playing a wide range of music. We welcome all new players of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. We do not hold auditions to join but suggest a standard of about grade 5+.
Ric Wood
Ric Wood
1st & 3rd Saturday of each month @ 3:30PM-5:30PM @ St. Paul's Church, Bursledon Parish, Oak Rd, Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8DT
 Ric Wood
An adult jazz band welcoming to all instruments and abilities. We play around 4-6 gigs and concerts each year raising money for various charities. Music is a mixture of original works and well known classics from jazz standards and blues, to movie theme tunes and funk. Music is organised via Dropbox so you can look through all available parts and choose and print whichever you fancy at any point. We’re an incredibly chilled and friendly bunch attracting players from Basingstoke and Southampton to Portsmouth and The New Forest. Small band membership fee of £30 per quarter or £50 per half year, to cover venue and band costs. We’d love to hear from you!
George Vass
Martin Smith
Tuesdays 19:45-22:00 St. Margaret’s School, Bushey, Herts
 Duncan Brown 07875 525765
The Bushey Symphony Orchestra, a highly regarded part of the local community and nearing our fortieth year, gives a minimum of five concerts per season with a wide variety of repertoire from the baroque to the present day. We have vacancies in the string section and welcome all players especially post grade 8.
Andy Gigg
Wednesday evening in Farnborough Hants (next to Farnborough airport)
 Andy Gigg
We are looking for trombone and trumpet players for established big band. We play a wide variety of great charts from Basie, Kenton, Nestico, Metheny etc etc.
Dwight Pile-Gray BMus(Hons) ATCL
Monday evenings at Robertswood County School, Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, SL9 OEW
 Bryan Ogilvie (Chairman) 020 8998 7042 / 07810 648702
 Mary Cadman (Secretary) 01494 863352 / 07765 567305
We are always on the lookout for woodwind, brass and percussion players. There are also instrumental ensembles associated with the Band. The Band presents two main concerts each year, plus many other public engagements particularly during the summer and Christmas period. It raises much money for local and national charities.
Craig Lawton
On the day of the concert.
 Craig Lawton
The Charity Symphony Orchestra is a leading and successful fund-raising ensemble based on the South Coast of England. The orchestra draws players from across the region and beyond from a pool of nearly 200 musicians from amateur and professional backgrounds. Everyone involved with the orchestra, players and management, donate their time and skill to the goal of raising as much money as possible for deserving causes. The orchestra is very sociable, providing an opportunity for members to keep in touch with friends and meet new people. It is a humbling experience to work with so many talented and enthusiastic musicians.
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.
Simon Walton
Approximately fortnightly in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire during school term time
 Merlin Marr-Johnson
We are an adult string chamber orchestra including professional musicians and very advanced amateurs players. Now in our 21st year we meets weekly or fortnightly in the High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire area during school term time. Our concerts are given in locations including Marlow, Amersham and High Wycombe. Our aim is to enjoy making music and to stage about three concerts per year, sometimes including concerts for children. Often we combine with wind players, various soloists and choirs to offer a wider range of music than the typical string repertoire.
Claire Lawrence
Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 at the Royal Grammar School, Amersham Road, High Wycombe
 Martin Hellewell
The Chiltern Concert Band is a friendly community wind band based in High Wycombe, which strives for the highest musical standards. We play a wide range of music including marches, film and show selections, solo items, popular classics, and recent wind band repertoire.
Fa Fa Jin
Tony Short
Tuesday,7.30, Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common, near Reading
 Ruth Winchester 0118 972 2164
Adult Orchestra, meeting weekly for 28 weeks with informal concerts at Xmas and before we break up at the end of May. Currently seeking horn and bassoon players. Vacancies also for Trombones - Strings are always welcome.
Alan Horner
Monday 7:15 - 9:15pm (except on Bank Holidays and in December) at The Cause, 42 The Causeway, Chippenham, SN15 3DD.
 Alan Horner 01249 657654
Chippenham Town Band is a Brass and Wind Band which plays a wide range of music. We tend to play at fêtes, balls and concerts; with seasonal variations e.g. carolling, park events. Instruments include woodwind, brass and percussion. There are over 20 regular members, however some events may feature a smaller group. We play music from most genres: Big Band, theme tunes, classical and marches, to name but a few! We are always on the lookout for new members.
Stewart Lewins
Monday, Great Hall, Cholsey Meadows, Cholsey.
A community concert band looking to welcome competent players of all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments who have good sight reading skills and previous experience playing in a band or orchestra. The band plays music specifically written for concert band ranging from classical to film/musicals and easy listening. To get in touch or find out more information please message us on Facebook (search for Cholsey & Wallingford Concert Band), or drop us an email or visit our website
Steff Emmett
Steff Emmett
Tuesday evenings, central Christchurch, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
 Steff Emmett
 Philip Palmer
We are a Not for Profit, free to play, True Community band and welcome past and present players of brass and woodwind instruments. We also offer free Beginner Brass lessons on Cornet or trumpet for children of Christchurch and its Districts. One of our mottoes is 'Music should be available to all regardless of financial standing'.
Lawrence Butchart
Every Tuesday 7.30pm at Burton Green Church Hall, Burton, Christchurch, BH23 7JN
 Ruth Eshelby 0783 767 0354
Immediate vacancies for cornets and soon for trombone. Adult beginners and returners welcomed to Training Band at 6.30pm on Tuesdays
Hugh Molloy
Arranged in preparation for each concert
 Julie Boulter
String Orchestra - plus occasional wind/brass/percussion as repertoire requires. Mainly professionally trained musicians
Rebecca Udell
Rebecca Udell
Friday 7:30pm at Colehill Village Hall, Cannon Hill Rd, Wimborne, BH21 2LR
 Maria McCabe
 Rebecca Uddel
Trish Evans
Tuesday evening 7.30pm (term time only) All Saints Church, Milton Keynes Village, MK10 9AF
 Trish Evans
 Jules White
Formed in September 2014 the Concrete Calves is a place for adult woodwind players to come together and share in the joy of playing in a group. Adult beginners who can play 3 notes, to those of around grade 5 standard are all welcome. We welcome players of flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon and bass clarinet.
Cores End Concert Band
Rehearsals will take place in the Cores End United Reformed Church on Tuesdays at 8pm.
Cores End Concert Band is looking for founder members to get started. We're after high quality instrumentalists to form a top class wind band, playing challenging works.
Mary Snow
Irene Butcher
The Music Block, Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West OX4 6JZ. 7.0pm to 9.0pm Wednesdays during school terms.
 Pip Willcox
Guest Conductors
Ed Hewitt
Two Sunday Afternoons + One Friday Night before the concert. Long Crendon Bucks., and Thame Oxon.
 Angela Orgill
We are a String Orchestra and we concentrate largely on that repertoire, particularly 20th Century. From time to time we augment with woodwind to perform Symphonic Repertoire. We will celebrate our 21st Birthday at our October 2018 Concert. We would be delighted to hear from string players who might like to join us.
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.
Len Tyler
Monday evenings during term time: 7 - 8.30 at Yateley School, School Lane, Yateley, Hants GU46 6NW
 Len Tyler 01276 34820
Da Capo Winds is a concert band for both children and adults. Much emphasis is places on training with the use of the Kodaly approach much in evidence at each rehearsal. Da Capo Winds rehearses during term time only and performs three concerts each year at the end of each term.
John Fuller
Zeb Strudwick
Mondays, 7.30 to 9.30pm Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke, RG21 3HF
 John Fuller
 Claire Eldridge
This is a community based, friendly orchestra, and welcome new string players in particular. Three concerts a year normally performed.
Simon Love
Northbourne Centre, Didcot. Monday evenings 7:30-9:00 pm
A rehearsal orchestra meeting weekly in Didcot. We have a significant portfolio of our own music as well as hiring one or two major works to focus on each term. New players welcome.
Geoff Bushell
Kate Bailey
Project-based - four Didcot rehearsals on Fridays and Sundays near concert
 Geoff Bushell 01235 818848
Didcot Concert Orchestra is the first high-quality amateur concert-giving symphony orchestra based in Didcot, Oxfordshire. It brings together the best players, so participation is by invitation or audition. Upper string players of conservatoire standard are encouraged to contact us. Professional players lead each string section. Players meet for four rehearsals before each concert. After the inaugural concert in February 2018, DCO plans to give three concerts per year - February, May and September. Repertoire is mainly from the late-Romantic period, and each concert features a rare unjustly-neglected gem.
Dorchester Cello Club
Michael Moorsom
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month 6.00-7.30pm at the Durnovaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1NJ
 Michael Moorsom
 Anne Eccleston
We meet in a warm and friendly environment where every player makes a contribution to our music making as we explore the range and diversity of repertoire available to cello ensembles.
Johanna Wolff
Sandy Strachan
Every other Sunday afternoon 3 - 5 pm at the United Reform Church, Dorchester.
 Chair: Fiona Staddon
 Johanna Wolff
A friendly enthusiastic orchestra welcoming players of all orchestral instants and levels. We deliver two concerts a year for charity inviting friends and family.
Robert Jacoby
Anita Hansen/Craig McKenzie
Generally four rehearsals immediately before a concert.
 (via website)
Currently performing four concerts per year in Dorchester, Dorset. We are happy to hear from potential players of the appropriate standard, please see the orchestra website for all details.
Ian Pillow
Bäbel Glaser
Saturday or Sunday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. prior to a concert, usually at Tarrant Keyneston Village Hall.
 (via website)
Members are semi-professional and amateur adult players of Grade 6 standard and above. There are current vacancies, particularly for Violin & Viola players.
David Ansell
Rachel Greenwood
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30 pm. Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, 32 Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7TH
 Trish Dyer 01305 261288
The Dorset Sinfonia, formerly Weymouth Arts Centre Orchestra and Weymouth Sinfonia, welcomes new players. Feel free to come and give us a try - there are no auditions. It would be good if you would ring Trish beforehand so that we can ensure that we have an appropriate part available. Check out the website for more information.
Guy Bennett
Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in St James Church Hall, Emsworth PO10 7DP
 Guy Bennett 07976 292818
 Kay Williams
The Emsworth Concert Band is a friendly community band of woodwind, brass and percussion players of a wide range of ages and abilities. We perform concerts each year, including Spring and Christmas concerts, as well as playing at outdoor events during the Summer.
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.
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.
Ruth Leech
In Fareham, every other Wednesday 10am.
 Ruth Leech
We are a friendly group of flutists who enjoy playing a wide range of flute choir arrangements, from pop to jazz to classical. We enjoy bass and alto flutes and piccolo.Currently we are grade 4 and up but would welcome anybody of any ability. We busk once a year for charity and enjoy great cakes in the rehearsal break! Find us on Facebook under Tutti Flutti flute choir.
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.
Jo Price
Fridays during term time at the Immaculate Conception Church hall, 346 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 3SB from 7pm until 9pm.
 07779 927613
A friendly and enthusiastic group of flautists of all ages that meets weekly during term time. The flute choir perform around five concerts a year in a variety of settings - from Winchester Cathedral's Christmas Market and carols at Hedge End to more formal concerts with other groups at the Turner Sims, Romsey Abbey, and elsewhere in Hampshire. Players should be grade 5 standard and above. Subscriptions are £25 per term.
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.
Wendy Marks
Alternate Wednesday evenings 8.10 to 9.45 pm in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire.
 Wendy Marks 01993 883379
Friendly community orchestra with vacancies for viola, double bass and brass players.Grade 6+. Concerts twice a year.
Lindsay Stoner
Lindsay Stoner
Tuesday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at St George's Church, St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1ED
 Joe Wilkinson
We welcome mandolinists and classical guitarists of all standards and have instruments for newcomers to borrow. The ability to read music is essential. Find us on Facebook too!
Anita Hall
Thursday 6:30 – 7:30
 Anita Hall
A fun loving flute group that enjoys playing and progressing. Wrong notes don’t matter in rehearsals.
Thursday evenings 8 - 10pm Drayton Parslow Village Hall
 David Sharp
Formed in 2003, the ethos of the Giocoso Concert Band is one of playing in a relaxed, friendly environment. Members range in age from 11 to 65. No auditions. Music ranges from Beatles through to Mozart! We are desperate for new members - any wind players or percussionists please get in touch!
Goring Community Centre, Mondays (except Bank Holidays) 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The band - a friendly community band of around 45 woodwind and brass players of a wide range of ages and abilities - welcomes new players. We perform about 12 times a year, mainly during the summer months, at local fêtes, regattas and parks.
Goring Community Centre, 6:40 to 7:25 pm on Monday evenings during term time
The Starter Band is open to wind, brass or percussion players of all ages and abilities who wish to gain (or develop) experience of playing in a group, or wish to exercise their second (or third) instrument. There are no auditions for membership. As a rough guide players at Grade 2 - or for whom Grade 2 is the next step - would probably not be out of their depth.
The Great Missenden Orchestra
Andy Langley
Debbie Archer
Wednesday evenings in term time, Oldham Hall, Great Missenden, Bucks, 8-10pm
 Carolyn Davies (Secretary)
We are a friendly orchestra who put on two or three concerts/workshops per year. String players particularly welcome!
Various guest conductors
Rehearses in the week leading up to a concert
 Tim Wright
The Guernsey Symphony Orchestra is an independent amateur orchestra founded in 1991. The orchestra demands high standards from its players, and engages high quality conductors and soloists to perform three ambitious concerts each year in the St. James Concert Hall, St. Peter Port.
Christopher Burgess
Wednesday evenings 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm Warblington School Drama studio, Havant, Hants
 Penny Smith
 Christopher Burgess
HRS is a group of forty recorder players. Some are seasoned musicians, others are talented amateurs. There is no limit to the style of music which HRS plays; it ranges from very early to modern - you name it; they play it. HRS has also commissioned new and exciting works for recorder orchestra. They play 4 concerts a year in some lovely venues plus an Open Playing Day. New players are welcome. If you would like to become a member of HRS, you need to be a confident recorder player, and preferably be able to play both C and F instruments.
Hampshire Symphonic Winds
Guy Bennett
Guy Bennett
4 rehearsals fortnightly before concerts (twice a year), Camberley
 Athena Morse
  Madhu Vidyarthi
Hampshire Symphonic Winds has been formed to allow high quality musicians from the South East to come together twice a year to put on high quality concerts. The band will play a wide ranging repertoire from pure wind band, to music from stage and screen. Our aim is to perform an entertaining programme at an extremely high level. By holding only 3-4 rehearsals at fortnightly intervals in the Camberley area prior to a concert, our aim is to attract the top players from surrounding areas to perform good quality music, whilst not having to interfere with other regular commitments. If you are interested in playing with a group of like-minded quality musicians please get in touch. We would be interested in hearing from woodwind, brass and percussion players of grade 8 standard or above.
Jonathan Butcher
Cathy Mathews
Most Fridays in 'term time' 7.15-9.45 at St. Faith's Church Hall in Havant
 Stella Scott
Formed in 1962, friendly full symphony orchestra. Minimum standard of entry around Grade 8 Associated Board or equivalent. Informal audition process involving attendance at some rehearsals and chat with section leader and conductor. At least three concerts each season, usually with international soloists, mostly at Oaklands School in Waterlooville. Particularly keen to hear from Double Bass players, but all enquiries welcome: if we don't have a space for you at the moment we often need extras or deps.
Rachel Fountain
Emma Spikings
Every Wednesday during term-time from 8 until 10pm at Buckingham Community Centre, Cornwall’s Meadow, Buckingham MK18 1RP
 Rachel Fountain
We are a friendly and supportive community string orchestra in Buckingham open to adult string players of all abilities: from accomplished musicians to learners to those who are returning to playing after many years. We hold two or three concerts a year and cover a varied repertoire from Baroque to Pop and Classical to Modern.
Ian Brown
David Burton
Henley College, Thursdays 7.30pm - 10pm September to June
 Maureen Idowu
Under the guidance of Ian Brown, HSO is now one of the country’s leading amateur orchestras. It attracts some 60 players from across the Thames Valley and promotes an annual series of four concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists. The aim is to provide high-quality music-making at affordable prices and to give local musicians a chance to perform the great classical orchestral repertoire. HSO has also given performances in Henley’s twin towns of Falaise and Leichlingen, at Bled International Music Festival in Slovenia, and has annual appearances in its hometown at Henley Festival.
Phil Daish-Handy / Chris Lightfoot
First and Third Tuesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, The Guide Hut, Lake Grove Road, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 5LA
 Chris Lightfoot 07801 291165
Highly Strung is a string ensemble of enthusiastic and talented musicians who want the opportunity to explore the rich and extensive string music repertoire. We meet twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays. We are actively seeking more players particuarly violin and viola players.
Lorna Mountford
Monday evenings in Tadley 8-10pm.
 Lorna Mountford
The Innovations Jazz Orchestra is an exciting friendly Big Band. We perform the music of Basie, Fitzgerald, Buble, Sinatra and others. Playing music from the 1920s to current day, this 20 piece band does regular performances in the Basingstoke/Reading/Newbury triangle. The band self-finances so there are no associated costs. Players must all be good readers equivalent to grade 7/8 and above only. If you can improvise then opportunities to do so will be offered. Get in touch to come along and try out with us.
Paul Cox
Andrew Lack
Tuesdays and Fridays 7.30pm - 9.45pm in the fortnight preceding the concert
 Andrew Lack (chair)
The ISIS Chamber Orchestra gives several concerts per year, in and around Oxfordshire, and performs a variety of orchestral works, mainly for chamber orchestra.
Jonathan Butcher
Kate Turnbull
Wednesday (except August) from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at the Wootton Community Centre, Brannons Way, Wootton IOW
 Timothy Isard
The IWSO is a well-established non-professional Symphony Orchestra on the Isle of Wight. The Orchestra performs music from a varied repertoire, usually at the Medina Theatre in Newport, with 5 concerts a year.
Anita Hall
Friday 7:00 – 8:00
 Anita Hall
A band for Grade 5 plus Saxophonists. We play a wide range of trad jazz and a few others.
Jubilee Brass
Ian Smith
Tuesday evenings 7:30 - 9:30 at Oasis Academy Mayfield, Ashley Crescent, (Off Portsmouth Road), Southampton SO19 9NA
We are a traditional Brass band that plays all kinds of music, perform concerts that are both fun and often challenging and have a membership that draws from latent talent in Southampton and Hampshire. All brass players are welcome.
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
Junior Strings
Jillian Jenkins ARCM
Sunday mornings in Brockenhurst
 J D Jenkins
Workshops for string players under 12 years of age. Lively ensemble sessions and opportunity for solo performing.
Duncan Wilson
Monday and Wednesday 8-10pm at our band hall in Kidlington, Oxfordshire
 Player Enquiries - Dave Taylor
Kidlington Concert Brass is a Championship Section brass band based in Kidlington, 5 miles north of Oxford City Centre. The band has a balanced programme of contests and concerts, including our own local concert series which is growing in popularity. The band is ambitious, but not at the expense of our enjoyment of making music. The band welcomes enquiries from players interested in joining (current list of vacancies on our website) or if you would like to book the band.
Kevin Withell
Wednesdays 7.30 -9.30 in term time at Langtree School, Woodcote
 Sally Hamilton (secretary)
 Jane Gray
We are a friendly bunch who enjoy playing together, who passed our 50th anniversary in 2021. We give two formal concerts a year, one usually at St Mary’s in Wallingford. There is no audition to join, and we currently have vacancies in all string sections.
John Ravenor
Julia Shepherd
Sacred Heart Church Hall, 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. LU7 1HZ - Tuesdays 7:45-9:45pm – two rehearsals to accommodate CoVID distancing
 Julia Shepherd 07707- 995812
The Leighton-Linslade Concert Band was formed in the summer of 2008, we are a concert band - a wind orchestra - consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion. The Band has members from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We welcome brass players, woodwind players and percussionists. If you enjoy playing a wide range of music styles and you are interested in joining a friendly ensemble please contact us!
Louise Rayner
Saturday mornings during term time 10-11am, Yateley Manor School
 Louise Rayner
Clarinet ensemble for beginners to grade 5 playing music from Mozart to the Muppets! £60 per term.
Lymington Town Band
Clive Burroughs
Monday evenings 1930 to 2130 at the Literary Institute, New Street, Lymington, Hampshire
 Frank Weller (Hon Secretary) 023 80846702
The Lymington Town Band would welcome new players - Brass, Woodwind and Percussion. The Band has a number of vacancies in all sections. We have a programme of public Concerts which include the regular outdoor Concerts on Lymington Bandstand during the Summer.
Different for each concert
Venue tbc but normally 4-5 rehearsals in the three weeks before a concert
 Chris Block / Ben Jennings
This is a brand new auditioned amateur orchestra launching in Bournemouth this year. Our vision is for an orchestra for Dorset that is committed to music-making of the highest quality. We exist primarily for the musician, devising programmes and rehearsal experiences that focus on the pleasure of playing orchestral music. We will do 3-4 concerts a year using different professional conductors for each concert. We're always on the look out for more players who are grade 8+. Please get in touch.
Peter Ripper
Furze Platt Church, Maidenhead - Monday 7:30 - 9:00pm (During term time)
 Carrie Rogers
The Maidenhead Concert Band is a community band formed in January 1998 by Father and Daughter, Peter Ripper and Carrie Rogers to enable musicians of all ages to get together and play on a regular basis. The band give two or three major concerts a year as well as perform at many local fund raising events during the summer months.
Art Robb
Art Robb
Fridays 7.30-9pm at Unit 6, Park Road Industrial Estate, Malmesbury
 Art Robb
 Kate Cloke
We play at local Bandstands, village Fêtes, and similar events, including Remembrance Sunday at Malmesbury Abbey and a big Annual Concert at Malmesbury Town Hall. We don't require auditions, but we do appreciate some sight-reading skills. Right now, we're especially looking for more brass players. If you play woodwind or brass instruments, feel free to ask about open spots!
John Bell
Caroline Biggin
Thursdays 6.30pm to 7.45 pm in Marchwood Village Hall, SO40 4SX. (Only 15 minutes from the centre of Southampton)
 Group Secretary 08454637345
Part of the Marchwood Orchestras group. This ensemble is for everyone, but especially for musicians who for some reason, may lack confidence. It plays a wide range of genres using bespoke music. It presents optimum levels of challenge with good humour, high standards and non judgmental support.
Catherine Gosney
Philippa Baldwin
Thursdays, Marchwood Village Hall 8 - 9.15pm
 Philippa Baldwin
Marchwood Sinfonia is fun new amateur chamber orchestra based on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. As part of Marchwood Music Society, the orchestra has been established with the aim of playing fun classical pieces for amateur musicians grade 5+. We are currently looking for strings and brass players, if you would like to join us, please get in touch
David Watson
The Wesley Hall Marlborough Oxford Street Wiltshire SN8 1AP every Monday evening. Training Orchestra 6.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m., Advanced Orchestra 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
 David Watson, Musical Director 01672 512634
 Marilyn Mason, Training Orchestra 01672 512634
We have accordions of all sizes available to borrow or players can bring their own. All ages welcome from about 6 years and we provide tuition for all standards - from total beginners with no musical knowledge at all. All tutors are D.B.R. approved. We are a very friendly group with players from all walks of life and many different local schools. Please visit our website to see more details.
Roselise Gentile
Edward Judge
Every Tuesday 7:30 – 9:30 Christchurch, Marlborough
 via website
MCO plays light music and popular classics. It has entertaining rehearsals and performs 3 exciting concerts a year. It aims to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of orchestral music in all its aspects. Members' ages range from 14 - 70!
Tom Horn
Thursday nights 7.30pm-9.00pm, Christchurch URC, Quoiting Square, Oxford Rd, Marlow, SL7 2NL - with a social gathering in the pub afterwards.
 Tom Horn 07983442550
 Jacqueline Brown, 07979 356977
We play various works catering for all standards. We have some very new players, some returning to the instrument, and some semi professionals. Subs paid either by the term or yearly. Special rates for Students. Anyone welcome to get in touch. We are currently looking for violins and bassoons although all other instruments will be very welcome .
Meon Valley Orchestra
Lorraine Masson
Bryan Lant
Thursday morning 9am – 12 noon, The Meon Hall, Meonstoke, SO32 3NP
 Ian Blackwell 07757 714235
We are a friendly group of adults playing a wide variety of music for our own enjoyment. We perform at local events and some formal concerts. New members of all abilities and most instruments are very welcome. We moved to The Meon Hall in January 2019; the acoustics are good and we have gained several new members.
Don Lloyd BMus(Hons)
Howard Bayliss
Alternate Sunday afternoons from 2.30-5.00pm, Wallington Village Hall, Broadcut, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 8ST
 The secretary
The band numbers around 35 members performing high quality concerts across South Hampshire, with a repertoire that includes modern, traditional and light entertainment music of different genres.
Midsummer Players
Mike James
Term time Monday evenings, 8:00-9:30 at the City Church, Central Milton Keynes
 Mike James 01908 324448 or 07989 583436
We are the adult orchestra of the Milton Keynes Music Service. We don't have any formal entry requirements, and emphasise enjoying making music together and playing our instruments. Typically members used to play in orchestras, but haven't for quite a while, or have only taken up their instrument as adults.
Millstream Orchestra
Thursday every other week in Damerham
 Heather Dobby 01425 473900
All instrumentalists are welcome. At the moment we are especially looking for brass players and string players. We have regular Saturday workshops and have an extensive collection of music which we own.
The Milton Keynes Sinfonia
David Knight
Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes, Thursday 7:30p.m
 David Knight
 Christine Hunt, Chair
All welcome esp. experienced violin, viola & bass players.
Richard Jacklin
Maggie Watson
Amersham Free Church, Woodside Road, Amersham HP6 6AJ, 8 pm Thursdays
4 concerts per year in the Chiltern area. String and brass players very welcome.
Felicity Griffin
Emily Russell
Thursdays 6-8pm at the University of Winchester
 Emily Russell
Based at University of Winchester as part of Foundation Music, It was set up to allow students, staff, graduates and members of the local community to come together in a fun, friendly environment to make music. We play everything from big band, to theme tunes, to popular music, to musical theatre. There are NO fees and NO auditions. We welcome players of ANY age, ANY ability and on ANY instrument, however we are especially looking for players to join our brass section.
Ieuan Davies
7.30pm on Wednesday evenings in Hordle Church Memorial Hall ( between Lymington and New Milton in South-West Hampshire)
 Alan Ford 01590 681741
We are a group of amateur musicians of all ages from a wide variety of backgrounds. We aim for a high standard; there is no entrance audition but would suggest Grade 5 standard as a minimum. We perform classical repertoire and some lighter material. We are currently especially aiming to recruit additional string, wind ( except clarinets) and brass players.
Jonathan Williams
Wendy Clark
Every Wednesday 7.15pm Davis Block St Bartholomews School, Buckingham Road, Newbury
 David Cooper, chairman 01635 551875
Newbury Symphony Orchestra, founded 1879, is a local amateur symphony orchestra with a professional conductor and leader. We give three full orchestral concerts a year as well as taking part in smaller events.
Craig Lawton
Clare Blackwell
Mondays in term time, 7.30 to 9.30 at Friends Meeting Hall, Ordnance Road, Southampton
 Alan Fitch
Friendly Southampton based orchestra giving two concerts a year. Proceeds to charity. Young players very welcome. Started in 1926, so 2016 is our 90th Anniversary!
Anita Hall
Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00
 Anita Hall
For Grade 4 plus wind instruments. Easy fun rehearsals where mistakes can be made !
Hugh Molloy
At the Open University, Milton Keynes, generally Friday lunchtime for an hour.
 Laurence Holden 01908 605863
The Orchestra welcomes members of the local community who can make lunchtime rehearsals. It was started in January 2005, and is developing into a full symphonic orchestra. Currently we have vacancies for violas, 1 bass, 1 horn and 1 trombone, but do check our website. We give three lunchtime concerts a year plus contribute to other musical events.
Simon Chalk
Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15pm, Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP
The OUP Orchestra is a high-quality amateur orchestra based at Oxford University Press and made up of over 60 staff members of the Press and the University, though we welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to join us or simply find out more. The orchestra rehearses 5.30–7.30pm on Wednesdays over 8-week terms, with a break for Oxfordshire schools’ half-term holidays, and gives 3 concerts per year. A new conductor is selected by the players every year.
Deborah Stanley
Saturdays, 10:15-11:15, St Bartholomew's School, Newbury.
 Deborah Stanley
 Jude Bowers
Out Of The Attic is a friendly and inclusive orchestra, run for adults at our Saturday morning music centre in Newbury. The group's name was given by its founding members, many of whom were returning to playing an instrument after a long break and so were getting their instruments back 'out of the attic'. (on the website please scroll down and select 'adult' in the 'I'm interested in' category)
St Ebbe's School, Oxford, just prior to concerts.
 Simon Payne 01235 539888
Founded in 1984, giving an average of four orchestral concerts per year, mostly in Oxford. We also accompany choral societies.
Chris Fletcher-Campbell
John Hounam
19:30-21:30 Monday evenings in term-time. Sandhills Primary School, Terrett Avenue, Sandhills, Oxford, OX3 8FN
 Bill Manville 01865 558626
No formal auditions. Violins, violas, double basses, and brass especially welcome to apply.
Robert Max
Mariette Richter
Tuesday 7.30 - 10.00 pm in termtime. Main Hall, St Gregory the Great Catholic School, Cricket Road, Oxford OX4 3DR
 Diana Collingwood
Oxford’s principal non-professional symphony orchestra founded in 1902. 3 concerts annually + occasional other appearances (eg Truck Festival). Presents both well-known and under-performed masterworks from the large symphonic repertoire. Concerts in Oxford Town Hall and the Sheldonian Theatre. Welcomes players at Grade VIII standard or thereabouts. See website for current vacancies and more information.
Stewart Lewins
Wednesday evenings 18.30 for 18.45 start. Finish 19.45, Pangbourne Village Hall, Station Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7AN
 Stewart Lewins 0118 942 5076 / 07786694491
Pangbourne All-Comers' Band seeks musicians and ANYONE is welcome, whatever instrument they play! We meet every Wednesday during school terms, as a forum for enjoying making music in a group. The music we play is suitable for anyone of about Grade 2 and above, and is ideal for children and adults alike. Perhaps you have a child learning an instrument, or maybe you would like an outlet for a second instrument. If so, the Pangbourne All-Comers' Band could be for you.
Paul Ingram
Chris Knox
Shirley Parish Hall, 7.30pm every Thursday
 Chris Knox 07717 705789
Per Piacere Chamber Orchestra is a group of non-professional musicians specialising in performing music from the Baroque and Classical musical periods. Founded in early 2007, the group started with just string players, and has rapidly grown to include appropriate wind and brass instruments.
Robin Browning
Helen Purchase
Churcher's College, new Music School, Fridays 7.30 – 9.30pm
 Orchestra manager via our website ‘contact us’
A friendly amateur orchestra who give 3-4 concerts a year, in November/December, March and June, usually at the Festival Hall, Petersfield. We would particularly welcome enquiries from String players (Grade 6 and above).
David Watson
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7.30pm until 9.30pm
 Richard Fradgley, Band Secretary
 David Watson, Musical Director
Phoenix Brass Band draws its members from West Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Gloucestershire. Phoenix Brass is a community Band providing entertainment for audiences and its members. The Band prides itself on its friendliness and enthusiasm and caters for all ages and standards of musician. Our current players range from 9 years to 80+ years. Everyone shares the one common goal, that of making music with like-minded people. Rehearsals are generally easy going and are a mixture of playing through musical pieces currently in our programme and working in more detail on new music to add to our programme. There are no auditions but there is an expectation that if you join the band you will attend regularly. The Training Band meets at Froxfield War Memorial Hall on Saturday mornings, from 10.30am until 12 noon for individual lessons and group practice. The Training Band is open to learners of any age.
Jo Price
Fridays during term time at the Immaculate Conception Church hall, 346 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 3SB from 6pm until 7pm.
 07779 927613
Piccolissimo is a flute choir for rusty players and beginners up to grade 5 standard. Only £3 per session! (or £25 for the term). You must be able to play some notes and read music.
Sheridan Bartlett
Tuesday evening during termtime at St. Clements Church, Parkstone, Poole at 7.30pm
We play mainly light music e.g. selections from the shows, Strauss waltzes, Sousa marches etc. but sometimes go a little more classical. We are a very friendly orchestra and give concerts three or four times per year.
Ron Armstrong
Celia Ellis
Every 3rd Sunday from 10.0 to 1.0pm
 Ron Armstrong
The Pops orchestra play music from shows and films also full concerts of James bond, Queen & Take That: a full orchestra set up with added saxes and synth / keyboard and 3 vocalists. We have a vacancy for French Horn & cello.
Eddy McDermott
Tuesday from 7.45pm. to 9.45pm. at The Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth
 Eddy McDermott 02392 524978
 Val Loft 02392 371135
Annual subscriptions £40 (includes Community Centre Membership). Student Rate £16.
Hugh Carpenter
Colin Wilkins
Sundays during term time from 7pm-9pm at Church of the Resurrection, Drayton
 Di Lloyd - Chair
 Elisabeth James - Secretary
We welcome players of all standards, with no auditions, but some popular instruments have waiting lists. See the website for more details. We do three concerts per year for charity and so far have raised £15,000 since our foundation in 2009.
Colin Jagger
Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm in the White Swan Building (PO1 2DT)
 Colin Jagger
The Orchestra performs a wide variety of repertoire with three programmes each year. Players need to be a minimum of grade 5 standard, and wind players will usually be asked to audition due to a high demand for places
Colin Jagger
Tuesday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm in the White Swan Building (PO1 2DT)
 Colin Jagger
The Wind Band performs a light repertoire of music from the stage and screen, pop songs from various decades and well-known classical pieces and folksongs. All woodwind and brass instruments are welcome, as well as string bass, drums and percussion. The recommended standard for members is Grade 3 minimum, although beginners are welcome to enhance their learning in a friendly, relaxed environment.
Six rehearsals preceding each concert (usually on Tuesdays), and also a Saturday afternoon rehearsal on the day of the concert.
 John Stradlin (chair)
The Radcliffe Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra made up mainly of staff, relatives and friends of the Oxford Hospitals. We give three concerts per year (usually in November, March and June) in aid of various medical charities.
Stewart Lewins
10:30am - 12:30pm Tuesdays, Norcot Mission Church, Brockley Close, Reading RG30 4YP
 Stewart Lewins 0118 942 5076
Stefan Hofkes
Lynette Wynn
Every Thursday evening, 7:15 to 9:30. St Mary's School, Wensley Road, Reading.
 Julia Luckett, Chairman
Paul Cox
Fridays 7:30-9:30 during term time, University of Reading London Road campus
 Paul Cox or Mel Le Breuilly, contact via website
Reading Youth Orchestra is a friendly group of musicians aged 11-21, welcoming members Grade 5 and over from the greater Reading area.
Bishopstoke Community Centre (off Church Road) every Tuesday 19.30 - 21.30
 Bob Campbell 02380266185
 Mike Coombes 01489861326
Riverside Concert Band, previously known as Eastleigh Town Band was founded on the 1st of January 2015. We are a very friendly band of all ages and musical ability. We regularly provide entertainment in the local area, from Bandstands in the summer months to more formal summer and Christmas concerts.
Stephen Smith
Wednesday evenings (term time) for 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm at The Romsey School.
 Stephen Smith
The Romsey Chamber Orchestra performs three concerts a year, focusing on repertoire from the 'classical' period. Founded at the end of 2018, the orchestra has an established membership of 40 players. There are currently vacancies for two 1st violins, one 2nd violin, one viola and one contrabass. Applicants should be over 18 years of age. For further information please email
DMaj Charlie Blake
Monday Evening at Brock Barracks in Reading from 1930hrs - 2130hrs
 Charlie Blake, Adrian Jasper
We are the band Detachment within The Royal County of Berkshire Army Cadet Force. We are always looking for new Cadets to come along and Join us on a Monday Evening at Brock Barracks in Reading. If you are aged 12 ( In year 8 ) to 17 and maybe interested in coming to join us as a cadet or if have children in the above age range who would like to come and join us. We are also able to take on Civillian Assistants and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers if you would like to get involved in the organisation, check out the website above. We are a military themed youth organisation, with an ethos build upon the values and standards of the British Army. We are NOT a recruiting vessel for the army, but we are part funded by the MoD which enables us to provide training and facilities at a fraction of the cost to the cadets of comparable youth organisations. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or further information.
Andrew Parker
Thursday evenings
 Andrew Parker 01225 834108 / 07836 462643
Royal Wootton Bassett Concert Band is seeking more players. We are a friendly band seeking to expand our repertoire and concert footprint. We are particularly looking for more Brass players (Cornet/Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone), and Saxophone players, but all players are most welcome.
7.30pm every Thursday evening at The Methodist Church, Rope Yard, Royal Wootton Bassett.
Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra is a relaxed, friendly amateur orchestra. We give three concerts a year with occasional extra events. Members are mostly adult, but we do have a few younger members. There are no auditions. We take players at about Grade 5 or over. Strings are normally welcome, but places for other instruments (regulars and deps) vary from season to season according to our vacancies and programmes.
Phil Lazenbury
Peter Woods
Mondays 20:00 - 22:00 at the Cody Sports and Social Club, Old Ively Road, Farnborough
 Peter Woods 01252 658314
 Ossie 01252 651544
We are a friendly community concert band of about a 40 who work closely with a training band of about 20 (adults and children) so people of all levels are catered for, from professionals to learners and people just wanting to play a second instrument. We do 4 concerts a year and especially have vacancies for percussion, trombone and tuba players or anyone else interested in joining us.
Ian Lowes
Anna Tyrell
Mondays 7.30-9.30 in term time, St.Aldhelm's Church, Branksome, Poole.
 Amy Taylor, chairperson
We are a full sized orchestra that performs proper orchestral works (overtures, concertos, symphonies) 3 times a year. We work hard to keep our programmes exciting and fresh. Vacancies are listed on ourwebsite. Do come join us!
Chris Foster
Elizabeth Sansom
St Ambrose Strings started in 2007 as a double string quartet. We have now expanded the orchestra and play such things as Elgar and Tchaikovsky String Serenades. We are based in Bournemouth and are looking for first violins and violas
Dwight Pile-Gray
Emily Ormerod
St Mary & St John School, Oxford, Thursdays 7.30-9.30
 St Giles Orchestra
Oxfordshire's favourite amateur orchestra, playing 4 concerts per year. Please see our website for concert details and vacancies
Sarisbury Green Big Band
Tony Linford
Thursday evenings 7-9pm at Sarisbury Green parish Rooms
 Tony Linford 01489 579998
The band is often 20-strong, with large sax & brass sections, sometimes clarinets, a piano, bass and drums. They have a large choice of music which includes arrangements from the swing era. They sometimes do concerts for charity events
Jerry Lanning
David Thompson
Saturday 10.30am - 12.45, Beansheaf Community Hall, Calcot, Berkshire
We meet to enjoy playing classical music and occasionally to rehearse concerts for charity. Currently there are vacancies for strings and a French horn.
Once a month on a Sunday at Charvil Pavilion, RG10 9TY - 10am-12.30pm
 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 Worminghall Village Hall, HP18 9LD - 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 Crowmarsh Village Hall, OX10 8ED - 10-12:30pm
 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 Standlake Village Hall, OX29 7SB - 10-12:30pm
 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!
David Hynds
1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month, 4:30 - 6pm, in St Pauls' Church Hall, Chippenham.
 Mike Pearce 01249 650540 or 07734 767826
We are a friendly saxophone ensemble who play a wide variety of music: classical, pop, rock, film theme, jazz, latin etc. We do not require a Grade exam but players are expected to assess themselves to be playing at Grade 5 or above
Sarah Heard
Sundays fortnightly from 5.30pm until 7.30pm at the Irish Club, Station Road, Eastleigh.
 07779 927613
Aimed at intermediate and advanced players the music is fun, varied and occasionally challenging too! Membership fees are £15 per term. All pieces are arranged for sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. A mixture of original sax ensemble compositions and arrangements of popular songs means there is something for everyone.
Mondays 1.30-2.30, Aylesbury
 N Jacob
Offering group lessons and experience for Violin Viola and Cellists, catering for returners to string playing from beginners to grade 5 standard, all returners welcomed but must be over 50 years old (ID required 😊) with a PMA! We are a relaxed, friendly but devoted group of string players getting together on Monday afternoons for music and refreshments. We play all styles of music including Folk, Pop and Classical (so far..) Occasional relaxed performances.
Sarah Freestone
Geoff Bowring
St James' Church, Shaftesbury. Monday evenings 7:30 - 9:30pm 
 Ingrid Uden
Shaftesbury Symphony Orchestra is a friendly group of amateur musicians. Under the guidance of our professional conductor we meet regularly to rehearse and perform 3 concerts a year.
Sherborne Community Orchestra
David Price
Robert Martin
Sherborne Boys School in the Big School Room. 4 Sundays a year plus 1 concert. 10am - 4.30pm
New musicians always welcome of Grade 5 standard and above.
Monthly on a Sunday 2:30 – 5:00 Sibford School, Sibford Ferris, Banbury, Oxon OX15 5QL
Sibford Community Orchestra, based at Sibford school near Banbury in N. Oxfordshire, are looking to build on their small and enthusiastic group for monthly rehearsals and occasional concerts. We are particularly keen to hear from cellists, double bassists, bassoonists, and all brass players, anyone else is welcome too. All ages and abilities.
David Wilson
Marilyn Vanryne
Orchestra: Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:45 Choir: Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 Burnham Grammar School, Hogfair Lane, Burnham SL1 7HG
 Orchestra: Steve Cossins 01494 815255
 Choir: Mike Quincey 07500 668812
Well established part of the community for over 70 years. 5 High quality concerts per year (September - May). Orchestra welcomes experienced players, particularly violas, cellos, double basses and trombones. Chorus welcomes all-comers and also offers group singing lessons with specialist vocal tutor.
Louise Rayner
Saturday mornings during term time, Yateley Manor School, Reading Road, Yateley
 Louise Rayner 07971 260579
A small, friendly group of saxophonists who meet on Saturday morning during term time to play a wide variety of music from Mozart to The Muppets! Beginners to intermediate players of any age welcome. Fees, £50 per term, no audition and no music hire costs.
Simon Wilkins
Ken Thomas
Bramshaw Village Hall, Bramshaw, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7JE. We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 8pm to 9.30pm.
 Linda Shanks
This orchestra is for musicians who want to play light orchestral pieces with the occasional challenge of more demanding symphonic works. A friendly and supportive group who give several concerts a year within the local community. A grade 5 or similar experience is suggested to be able to access the music with the attitude of wanting to develop skills being preferred
Ka Wai Cheng
Twice a month, Wallington Village Hall, Fareham, Hants, PO16 8SD
 Ka Wai Cheng 07547 051203
We are a symphonic wind orchestra providing a platform for professional musicians, experienced instrumentalists and young musicians to explore orchestral wind repertoire. The orchestra aims to perform two public concerts a year.
Steve Tanner
Kirstie Robertson
One or two rehearsals in Portsmouth prior to concerts
 Helen Walton
The SSO - Portsmouth's own Symphony Orchestra - we provide three high quality concerts each year with repertoire ranging from full symphonic works (Beethoven, Shostakovich, Hindemith) to smaller chamber music (Stravinsky, Mozart, Gordon Jacob) for our summer concert. Rehearsals are limited so players need to be experienced orchestral musicians. Concerts - Sept, February and July.
Peter Fraser
3pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month at St Peter's Church, Boyatt Wood, Eastleigh
 Stephen Spencer
Sound Worship is a Christian orchestra based in Hampshire. We specialise in playing traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. We are available to play at church services and events throughout Hampshire on request and have taken part in a wide range of celebrations including songs of praise style services. Our players are from churches of various denominations from all over Hampshire. New players are always welcome. We offer our services for free, although a donation to orchestra funds would never be turned down!
Paul Speed
The Link, Tadley Community Centre, Newchurch Road, Tadley (RG26 4HN) on Friday evenings at 19:45 to 22:00 hrs.
 Louise Truslove
We are a community woodwind, brass and percussion music group who perform throughout the year with both formal evening concerts and afternoon bandstand events. For more information and to see current band vacancies, please visit our website.
Paul Ingram
Cerys Emmett.
Sunday evenings in term time 7 - 9.30pm, Millbrook Church, Southampton
 Paul Ingram
Southampton based orchestra giving up to 7 concerts a year. New players always welcome. Please phone or e mail for further details.
Calum Gray
St Anne's School, Southampton Thursday 7.30pm to 9.30pm
 Marguerite Johnson
The band's concert programme incorporates a variety of musical styles including original, classical, shows, popular, traditional and jazz. We introduce new music whenever possible whilst trying to remain accessible and entertaining for the general public. SCWB perform at venues across the South Hampshire region, mainly during the summer months. Our primary aim is to have fun playing a wide variety of music and we hope that people who join the band enjoy themselves and feel able to take an active and long-lasting part in the band's future development.
David Kinloch
Fortnightly Sundays 3-6pm, Bishopstoke, Southampton
 Danni Sarony
We are a predominantly amateur group of musically minded people who have formed a flexible musical ensemble. The Band is primarily a wind band, playing everything from show tunes to original pieces composed by members of the band. We are always on the lookout for new players. If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch. No audition is required to join, though players are expected to have a reasonable level of musical ability. We do not follow a vacancy system so you will not have to wait to join us.
John Traill
Christa Porter
Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45pm, at the Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton.
 Orchestra Manager
The City Of Southampton Orchestra is one of the leading non-professional orchestras in the south of England, performing a wide variety of interesting works from across the orchestral repertoire. We have been established for over thirty years and perform five concerts each year, including one concert designed specifically to introduce children to orchestral music. Check our website for current vacancies.
Susanna Riddell
Wednesday evenings, term-time, 19:00-22:00 in Turner Sims, Southampton
 Vice- President
The Southampton University Symphony Orchestra is widely recognised as one of the leading student orchestras in the UK. The orchestra seeks to provide students with the opportunity to study and perform some of the most challenging symphonic repertoire, performing between 4-6 concerts each year. The strings section is also open to non-students from the local community, if you are interested in joining please get in touch.
Jenny Gleeson
Christ Church Community Centre, Cricklade St, Swindon, SN1 3HB, Adult & Junior groups alternate Sundays from 4 – 5pm.
 Jenny Gleeson 01793 634927 / 07305836752
At The String Studio Limited we believe the experience of playing in an ensemble or orchestra should be available to all people of all ages. Our adult and junior orchestras provide a platform that beginners can comfortably get started on and that more advanced players can be enjoyably challenged. Working closely with conductors, composers and a recording studio we commit to providing an exciting and moving journey into music. Expect repertoire that embraces modern music as well as traditional classics and exciting collaborations with Swindon's inspired local performers.
David Ansell
Auguste Shepherd
During Dorset school terms, Saturdays 09:30-11:45
 John Savage
 via website
We are community orchestra for beginners, late starters, and rusties. We play all kinds of music, with a range suitable for all abilities. We welcome players of orchestral instruments who have reached about grade 2 standard or above. No auditions, no pressure, just fun making music together. We rehearse at The Exchange on Saturday mornings and give short public (free entry) concerts at the end of each term.
David Burnham
Tuesday from 19:30 to 22:00, Rodbourne Methodist Church Hall.
Swindon Community Concert Band is a new music group in Swindon. We aim to play a mixture of music such as Film Scores, Jazz, Blues, Classical and Pop Music. In the future we would love to stage some concerts with other local groups like dancers or actors. Maybe even put on a musical. Our rehearsals are really relaxed and we try to make sure there is plenty of cake at each rehearsal.
Monday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30 pm
Providing great music and entertainment throughout Wiltshire and the surrounding area, Swindon Concert Band is a vibrant and award-winning amateur wind band, playing everything from classical and contemporary favourites through to big band and Broadway standards. Whilst we take our music-making seriously, we are a fun-loving and friendly bunch of musicians and always keen to welcome prospective new players.
Malcolm Webb
Nikki Young
Sunday afternoons 2 - 4 Even Swindon Community Centre SN2 2BG for 6 weeks prior to the November and March concerts.
 Secretary 01793 627503
A friendly orchestra playing familiar and less-familiar but nevertheless highly-rewarding works, the orchestra supports a charity each concert by means of a retiring collection. If you are an accomplished upper string or brass player, we would love to hear from you and we will be very happy to place any other enquirers' names on a waiting list.
Rob Spalton
Christchurch, Upper High Street, Thame, every Tuesday 7:30 - 9:30
Thame Concert Band was formed in 1993 by a small group of local musicians. We pride ourselves on being a community band and regularly take part in some of the biggest events in Thame. We have grown considerably since the formation of the band in 1993 and now boast around 30 regular members - although we are always keen to welcome new musicians!
Paul Edmunds
Monday night from 7:30pm-9pm at Christchurch, Thame
An off-shoot of Thame Concert Band, Thame Concert Training Band was introduced in March 2023 as a safe space for developing musicians, whether you’re returning to music or starting playing an instrument for the first time. We play a wide variety of music and are always keen to welcome new members!
Guest conductors
Nancy Roberts
Intensive period of rehearsals before a concert; usually held in Bicester
 Edward Paine
Friendly chamber orchestra in the North Bucks/Oxon area. Players at least grade 8 standard. Please get in touch if you're interested in joining us. Strings particularly welcome.
Paul Speed
Trinity Church, Lower Earley on Tuesday evenings 7:45 - 9:45
 Membership Secretary, Stephen Kerry
Trinity Concert Band is a full symphonic wind band, our repertoire exploiting the tonal qualities such an ensemble can offer; classical transcriptions, original wind band compositions, music from stage and screen, pop, rock and swing as well as traditional marches! We hold 4-5 formal concerts each year, plus a few bandstand gigs in the summer months. Regular entrants at the National Concert Band Festival, we were awarded the top Platinum Award in the national finals in April 2018.
Phil Draisey
Carmen Tunney
Wednesday evenings 7.15-9.15 pm (term time only) at St Augustine's Catholic College, Wingfield Road, Trowbridge BA14 9EN.
 Peter Wratten, Secretary
 Roderich Heier, Chairman
Trowbridge Symphony Orchestra has a long history having been formed in 1923. It draws its members from around Wiltshire and meets regularly during term time, performing 3 concerts per year at differing venues, including The Wiltshire Music Centre Bradford on Avon, Holy Trinity Church Bradford on Avon and St James' Church Trowbridge. Recent concerts have included Shostakovitch Piano Concerto no.2, Beethoven Symphony no.3, Dvorak Symphony no.8, Sibelius Symphony no.2, and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. Vacancies exist in several sections of the orchestra.
Ukulele Hangout
Friday 10 am to 12 noon, Lymington Roman Catholic Church, High Street, Lymington,
 Tel: 07766592425
Ukulele Hangout meets in a number of locations giving residents of Lymington, Hythe and Ringwood a chance to meet, play and socialise in groups guided by a qualified, experienced teacher who supervises the sessions and practises. Mixed ability groups learn to play their ukuleles together with parts for everyone.
Vale Symphonic Wind Band
Andy Compton
Usually the first Sunday in the month at Ellesborough Village Hall, Butlers Cross, Nr Aylesbury 10:00 till 13:00
 Clare Calderan (Secretary)
The Vale Symphonic Wind Band is a thriving wind band that aims to play good music to a very high standard. The band aims to continually expand repertoire as well as perform several concerts a year. Band members are friendly and hardworking, coming from all walks of life, with playing abilities ranging from Grade 8 to professional standard. We welcome players of any age who are of this standard; particularly clarinets, horns and percussion. If you are interested you would be welcome to come to one of our rehearsals.
Chris Fletcher-Campbell
Piotr Jordan
Tuesdays in termtime, 7:30pm, usually King Alfred's Academy (West site) OX12 9DU
 Tim Hutchinson (Chair)
 Robyn Volkers (membership)
The Wantage Orchestra was founded in February 1977, to provide an opportunity for local musicians, including schoolchildren, to play together. We normally give three concerts a year. Repertoire is broadly symphonic; typical concert consists of an overture, a concerto & a symphony. Recently we have also played joint concerts with Oxford Studio Orchestra, with whom we share a conductor: Holst Planets in 2012, Mahler 5 planned. New players are welcome. Wantage Orchestra is registered charity No. 274065
Amanda Wakelin-Smith
Every other Tuesday at Warminster School from 7.30-9.30pm
 Amanda Wakelin-Smith 01985 846557
If you love playing in an orchestral group and you want to meet more like-minded people; that's what we are about and we need YOU!
Jon Audain
7:30pm - 9:30pm Thursday evenings
 Jon Audain
A relaxed and friendly concert band with a repertoire taken from ballets, musicals, film scores, marches, etc. We give three main concerts per year plus a number of other performances in the community. We welcome new members of all ages and suggest a standard of grade 4-5 above. We also have a training section for less experienced players.
Martin Davison
(see notes)
 Martin Davison 01308 425010
Rather than have regular rehearsals, we perform regularly throughout the year as a marching band, concert band, Bavarian band and others at a variety of engagements. We travel to Germany every year and have played previously at the Royal Albert Hall. The band welcomes all new instrumentalists aged 13+; Grade 5 standard and above is preferred.
Guest conductors
Sunday afternoon in Southampton
 Christopher Mahy 07973 186430
Founded in 2014, Wessex Sinfonietta has established itself as one of Hampshire’s leading chamber orchestras. Professionals and similarly talented musicians perform exciting and entertaining programmes at a high level. Rehearsals are held near Southampton on three Sunday afternoons near Southampton leading up to a concert in the beautiful Royal Victoria Chapel, Netley, where we have been appointed the Resident Orchestra. The orchestra enjoys performing with highly-regarded guest conductors. In 2023, conductors who have been invited to conduct the orchestra are Jonathan Lo (Royal Opera House), Mark Biggins (English National Opera), and Leo Geyer.
Arturo Serna
Heidi Berry
Wednesdays, 7.30 pm in the Britten Hall, Sherborne Girls School
 Angela Green 01749 850436
Wessex Strings is always happy to welcome experienced new players of about Grade 7 standard.
Walter Brewster
Weekly during term time on Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30 pm at the Christian Fellowship Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6
 Walter Brewster 07967 117012
We are a small friendly community orchestra for all ages playing mainly light classical pieces. We perform two concerts a year including a long-standing Christmas concert in aid of Barnardos. The first session is free for newcomers if you want to try us out.
Wendy Marks
Monthly on Wednesday evenings from 8 to 9.30 pm in Eynsham, West Oxfordshire.
 Wendy Marks 01993 883379
Clarinet choir for players of Grade 6 and above.
Wendy Marks
Alternate Wednesdays from 7 to 7.50 pm in Eynsham, West Oxfordshire
 Wendy Marks 01993 883379
A friendly & supportive community wind band for players of up to Grade 3 standard or for those who have never played in a group before. All ages.
Wendy Marks
Alternate Wednesdays 6.45 to 7.45 pm in Stanton Harcourt, West Oxfordshire.
 Wendy Marks 01993 883379
A friendly community wind band for players of Grade 4 standard and above. Brass players particularly welcome.
Lee Marchant
Jane Bultz
Friday evenings 7.30 to 9.30 at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne
 Debbie Stent (Sec) 01202 425056
Bournemouth-based orchestra, giving 8 concerts a year in the Hampshire/Dorset area. New players always welcome.
Wiltshire Chamber Recorder Consort
Tyrone Harry
Fortnightly on Thursday evenings from 6.00-7.30pm in Chippenham, Wiltshire
 Tyrone Harry 07955 094393
If you are an experienced player and want to play at a semi-professional level this would be of interest to you. For more information please contact the lead player Mr Harry
Martin Perry
Rob Watson
Tuesday 7.45-9.45pm, Wiltshire Police HQ, Devizes,
 Andy Bracher
 Rob Collins
The band was formed in October 1985 by a small group of enthusiastic musicians from within the police force. It is a traditional military style band, comprising of woodwind, brass and percussion sections. Note that despite the name, you don't have to be in the police force to play with the band, and in fact none of the current members are!
Alex Gray
Trowbridge, twice a month, on Saturday afternoons between 2.15pm-4.45pm
 Sue Dawson
Amateur orchestra, open to all grades. £5 per session. Check website for dates.
John Turner
Kim Grounds
St Nicholas Church, 30 Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, BH21 3LE, Mondays 7.30 - 9.30 p.m.
 John Turner (conductor)
 Peta Bowker (Membership Secretary)
For players of all orchestral and band instruments regardless of level or experience. Recent beginners and rusty returners equally welcome. We play a mix of ‘classical’ and light music chosen to suit the current line-up. Anyone welcome to give us a try: just let us know you are coming!
Craig Lawton
Sarah Noble
Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30pm at St Barnabas Church, Fromond Road, Winchester, SO22 6EF
 Tim Banks
 Becky Lynch
We are a friendly amateur orchestra and welcome players of roughly Grade 6 standard upwards. We encourage adult 'learners and returners' to join us, and don't hold auditions but do have an informal review process. The orchestra is currently led by more experienced musicians of grade 8 standard and above. If you are interested, all vacancies are advertised on the website.
David Thomas
4 rehearsals prior to concerts in March and November
 Liz Flower
The orchestra is a pro-am group which plays with the WMC choir for 2 concerts per year. Strings are mainly amateur with professional section leaders. Other sections are professional.
Nicholas Wilks
Monday evenings in term-time, 8-10pm, central Winchester
 Caroline Maynard (secretary)
We are a high-standard amateur orchestra and give two or three concerts per year. Every two years we run the Hampshire Young Soloist competition which offers the opportunity for Hampshire school pupils to play a full concerto with the orchestra. We currently have vacancies for a trumpet player and a double bass player.
Leon Gee
Susie Henwood
Every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9.40pm, Dolphin School, Hurst, near Twyford, Berks
 Frances Jones
Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra is a registered charity, which provides an opportunity for local musicians to develop their skills and explore great orchestral masterpieces. We perform 3 major concerts each season in Eton College Hall and other local venues and the winners of our young musician competition are given the opportunity to play a concerto with the orchestra. See our website for our latest concert details and vacancies.
Elaine Foakes
Dedworth Green Baptist Church, 29 Smiths Lane, Windsor SL4 5PE on Thursdays from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m
 Elaine Fowkes 01753 859123
A local orchestra for all ages, including children above 9 years old, young people and adults, who meet to learn a wide range of music and perform together in the community. We welcome players of any grade or ability, but the orchestra is designed for those under grade 5.
Paul How
Thursday evening at 7:30p.m to 9:30p.m, Winslow Public Hall, Elmsfield Gate, Winslow, MK18 3JA
 Alison Cockroft
The Winslow Concert Band is a true community band, welcoming musicians of all ages and standards. It is made up of a very friendly group of players, and less experienced musicians get plenty of encouragement from more experienced members and from musical director Paul How. Members agree that their playing, especially their sight-reading, has improved since they joined, and the overall standard of the Band continues to progress. We always welcome players of any age or playing ability (although we usually suggest grade 3 and above) to any section. However we are currently particularly keen to recruit players of the French horn, tuba (instrument available) and baritone sax.
Mike Crofts
Carolyn Amos
Tuesday, 7.30 to 9.30 p.m in Milton Keynes
We are one of the oldest orchestras in the area, offering the opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to rehearse in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. No auditions but you need to be able to play to a reasonable standard (usually grade 5 or above). We put on 3 to 4 concerts per year including a sell-out Christmas concert. Repertoire includes light classical, musicals, film and pop. We have current vacancies in all string sections and french horn, but are interested in hearing from players of other instruments too.
Claire Lawrence
Wednesday evenings 7.45-10pm, St Dominic Savio Primary School, Western Avenue, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3BH
 Dr Catherine Piper (Secretary)
Woodley Concert Band is an award-winning, high quality wind band based in Woodley, near Reading in Berkshire. We’re a warm, welcoming band and we’re proud of the extremely high standard we achieve, the variety of engagements we carry out and our thriving social scene.
Hazel Hellewell
Friday, 19:45 - 21:15 at The Royal Grammar School, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe . Term time only.
 Alex Eden
 Lesley Skipper
We are a wind band encompassing woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, and we play a wide variety of music from Classical to Jazz suitable for beginners and intermediate players. We are a band for musicians of all abilities, those who are learning an instrument or have restarted playing, and more advanced players developing their musical skills in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
John Dunnett
Stephen Cossins
Monday Evenings, Wycombe High School Hall Music Centre
Wycombe Sinfonia is an orchestra of classical proportions consisting of local players of a very good standard. It aims to provide the opportunity for ensemble playing for the members and to organise public performances of a high standard several times a year

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