Rehearsal Venue / Times
Dance Blast Hall, Abergavenny, NP7 5YT Sunday 6.30pm – 9.00pm
We are a community orchestra with members of all ages from 15 to 80+ who come from a 40 mile radius! We play interesting programmes and enjoy our rehearsals which are focussed towards performing our 3 concerts per year as musically as possible. New members are always welcome, particularly in the upper strings. We generally require a standard equivalent to at least Grade 6 but do not hold auditions. Contact us if you are interested in playing.
St Mary's Church, Broughton, Chester, CH4 0QB on Tuesdays at 7.30pm
Fred Berridge - 01244 531911
Founded in 1974, our orchestra provides opportunities for musicians of all ages and abilities to join together and make music. The aim of the orchestra is to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere to promote, improve and develop an enjoyment of playing together irrespective of ability. We hold 2/3 concerts a year usually and welcome any players, irrespective of ability.
Rehearsals before each concert
Players do not rehearse regularly. Each of the four concerts a year has a rehearsal on the day, and one string rehearsal during the week before. There is a list of players who play with us regularly, and from this, people who are available, and where a vacancy exists are invited.
Monday between 7 and 9pm in 'The Studio', Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon,
The Band continues to flourish and is proud that in the past ten years, 10 of its younger musicians have continued their musical education at University level, many with the use of high quality Band instruments. We welcome all woodwind, brass and percussion players. We have a number of vacancies and have some instruments available.
Whitchurch Methodist Church Hall, Penlline Rd, Cardiff, CF14 2AA. Fortnightly on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm
We're a non-auditioned flute ensemble that lets you play your flute in cheery company, learn new music and have some fun. We play a wide range of repertoire. For more information please visit the website
In the week or two leading up to each concert, usually in the Cardiff area
Isaac Barrow (Orchestral Manager)
Created in June 2021, with an informal membership base of music students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Cardiff University (although anyone is welcome to join!). Although not currently looking for winds, we're always on the lookout for more brass and strings!
Y Stwdio in Cardiff University's Students' Union, 18:30-20:30 on a Wednesday
We are a completely non-auditioned community wind band formed in 2001 and are open to anyone of all ages and abilities (although grade 5 is recommended). We do not have restrictions on the number of people who can join so we welcome any instruments although we are especially looking for brass players and percussionists.
Philip Heyman & Richard Barlow
Last Sunday of each month. 3-5pm at St Edward's church, Roath, Cardiff.
Starting in January 2017. It is intended for adult string players grades 1-5
Friday evenings during school terms, in Cardiff
Arthur Parkes (Administrator)
CPO performs an average of fifteen concerts each season. There are no auditions to join CPO, however there are rarely vacancies in the woodwind or brass sections.
Whitchurch, Cardiff on Monday evenings 7:30-9:30pm
We perform regularly at Llandaff Cathedral and have also appeared in Cwmbran, Ystrad Mynach, Newport and Porthcawl. New members are always welcome, particularly in the string sections.
Cathays Sports and Social Club, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff CF24 4HS - Monday evening
Secretary, Tim Pickles (07462 274 183)
Cathays Brass is a newly formed brass band in the heart of Cardiff. Our aim is to provide a fun and enjoyable environment to create great music. Community is key to the objectives of the band, we aim to give an opportunity for all brass players in the heart of Cardiff to come together to play fun and exciting music. We will hope to perform regularly at concerts and events throughout the Cardiff area. New players welcome. Hope to see you all there in the near future!
Sunday afternoons from 3pm - 5.30pm, at The Lee Hall, Dinas Powys CF64 4AF
Mo Dorken (Secretary) 02920 706288
We are a community orchestra of all ages, providing a focus for local musicians throughout the Cardiff and Vale areas to enjoy and develop their talents. Under the professional and expert eye of our Musical Director, we are a friendly and enthusiastic amateur orchestra of semi and retired professionals, students and dedicated amateur musicians. We perform two concerts a year and welcome new players
Every third Wednesday of the month, 7pm to 9pm at St Illtyd's Church, Ystrad Road, Fforestfach, Swansea, SA5 4BT
Alida Watters 07505355087 or 01792 896739
We meet up once a month for a two hour ensemble, where we play and refine ensemble pieces we have been practicing, with input from our experienced teacher. The pieces we play together will have parts to suit different levels from beginner to advanced. We also have a WhatsApp group to share tips, support each other, and generally enthuse about all things cello!
Monday 7pm to 9pm at St Catherine's Church Hall, Gorseinon, Swansea SA4 4AF
Alida Watters 07505355087 or 01792 896739
A friendly, welcoming orchestra for adult learners and older teens in the Swansea area, suitable for any instrumentalist and players at grade 3 and above. We are a friendly mix of beginner and intermediate learners (grade 3+), and adults who haven't played in a while. Some of us hadn't played for over 40 years before joining! More advanced players are also very welcome. If you are 14+, can read music and ready to have fun, contact us now! We also have a collaboration with composer, Jacob Smith, who has written music especially for us. We hold concerts for the local community 2/3 times a year. We would love to hear from you however rusty you are!
Monday night from 7:30pm until 9:30pm at St John the Baptist, Risca Road, Newport
City of Newport Symphony Orchestra is an enthusiastic and friendly amateur orchestra, with a passion to make music at the highest level. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, please get in touch.
Mondays, during School terms 7 - 9 pm at Johnston CP School, Haverfordwest.
Formed 2007 the orchestra compromises of all age groups and of varied musical talents from early beginners, those dusting off their school instruments to those who have played for sometime. But above all we are very, very keen. Currently we are about 25 in number and wish to encourage musicians of all ages and skill levels, in particular brass and string players, to join us and help us create a great amateur orchestra.
Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Guildhall, Rosehill Street, Conwy, LL32 8LD
We pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming to both adults and young people of all abilities. Our programme is varied and we perform at least 2 concerts a year. Strings always welcome.
Lampeter Chamber Orchestra
Approximately 3 concerts per year, 5 rehearsals in Lampeter for each concert.
John Crompton, Secretary, 01974-261478
An orchestra of good amateurs and semi-professionals/retired professionals. Players must be good readers, grade 5 and upwards. Most concerts in Lampeter and environs. Repertoire 18th to C20th. The next concert, long postponed due to Covid-19, will include the world premiere of “The Crystal Sea” for violin and orchestra, composed by our conductor John Frith for our leader Rhiannon Fentimen.
Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm at The Tabernacle, Machynlleth
Via the website
Machynlleth Wind band was founded in 1998 by our Musical Director Sally Marshall. It has gradually increased in size and in expertise and now has about 25 regular members. It has received grants for the purchase of instruments, some of which are available for use by band members and others which are out with children in the local community who are learning to play.
Fortnightly in Newtown, Powys
We are string players from Mid-Wales and Shropshire Borders meeting fortnightly to play music together. Concerts and social events. New members welcome.
Fortnightly, 7 to 9 pm Fridays at Monmouth Comprehensive School. See website for details
Gareth Tucker 07767 293255
A 40-strong self-funding community group formed with considerable support from our local Music Support Services. Continually looking for new players particularly viola, cello, double bass, a third trumpet and horn players, we suggest a playing level of around Grade 5 but would recommend coming along and having ago. No auditions necessary.
Pontargothi Memorial Hall twice a month on a Sunday afternoon.
01267 290429 or 07769 295306
We seek new members - whether you are a budding (but tolerant) virtuoso, a hobbyist just starting out, young or old, playing a tuba or a piccolo, double basss or a violin: you do not need to be an advanced player to learn and have fun - our MD will set the music to match your skill level.
New Titley Phil
2.15 on a Monday afternoon in Titley Village Hall (near Kington, Herefords.)
Annie Nethercott 01547 560369
Our conductor is period instrumentalist and renowned Viola da Gamba player, David Hatcher. We play mostly 17th and 18th music - increasingly with baroque bows on gut strings.
North Wales Clarinet Choir
Music students from Bangor University
Two Sundays a month from Sept to June. 1.30pm-3.30pm in the Scout Hut, Menai Bridge.
We are a small, friendly ensemble of adults of varying ability. We play a variety of music, including new compositions by music students from Bangor University. We are always looking for new members and welcome all standards of clarinet playing.
North Wales Saxophone Choir NEW
Thursdays 7pm-9pm in Menai Bridge.
We are a small, friendly ensemble of adults. We play a variety of music, including both classical and swing. We are always looking for new members and welcome all standards of saxophone playing.
Dr David Russell Hulme
Every Wednesday, Old College, 7.30 to 9.45
Nia Mair Jones
David Russell Hulme
Closely associated with the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, anyone interested in joining should contact the Director of Music
6:00 – 8:00pm Every Sunday at The Scout Hall, The Precinct, Nottage, Porthcawl, CF36 3RF
We welcome people from all musical backgrounds at the PCO and pride ourselves on our diverse membership - we have professionals, students and adult returners who all enjoy making music together. We require that you are at least of Grade 5/6 standard before joining us. A short term instrument loan may be available in some cases.
Thursday evenings 7.30 - 9.30 at Y Pant School, Pontyclun, South Wales.
RSO was formed in Tonypandy in 1968. Our players include a whole range of enthusiastic amateurs, schoolchildren and students, many music teachers, and some of the original orchestra members. It draws musicians from across South Wales and performs between 3 and 5 concerts annually in venues across Rhonnda Cynon Taf and surrounding counties.
Wednesday 7-9pm, Urban Crofters, Crofts St, Cardiff CF24 3DZ (followed by a drink/food in a local pub!) Predominantly term-time.
Roath Chamber Orchestra (formerly St Anne’s Orchestra) was founded in September 2013 by a group of musical young professionals who regularly met on a Wednesday evening for few drinks. On realising there was at least 1/8 of an orchestra in the room the ensemble was formed and the first mission was to find additional keen music makers in the beautiful city of Cardiff! Since then the orchestra has grown in strength and ambition performing at least four public concerts a year including a Family Concert in the Summer Term. Our repertoire is mainly chamber orchestral works (symphonies and overtures) with members of the orchestra regularly volunteering to perform a concerto with the rest of the ensemble. We have performed works by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky. We are particularly looking for regular Viola and Brass players. However, if you would like to be added to our list of deps, please get in touch via email or drop us a Facebook message. @RoathChamber
Thursday 19:15 – 21:15 Dr Mz/The Clubhouse, Friars Park, Carmarthen
Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
Rusty Players is a friendly, relaxed orchestra for those who want to dust off their instrument and get back into the swing of things - or even those who have taken up a new instrument and are looking to join an ensemble. We recommend that players are confident in reading music but there are no auditions, and everyone is welcome to come to a free taster session to see if it is the right fit for them before signing up as a member. All instruments welcome!
Whitchurch Methodist Church Hall, CF14 2AA on Mondays from 7:45-9:30pm
St Alban's Wind Band Cardiff is a friendly community wind band with a 125 year history. We play a range of music from traditional wind band pieces to marches, musicals, film, pop and classical. New players of any wind instrument are always welcome, and there is no audition to join. The band is made up of all ages and abilities. Come along and play with us!
St Edward's Chamber Orchestra
At St Edward's Church, Blenheim Road, Roath, Cardiff. Monday evenings 7.00-9.00pm.
We normally give three concerts a year. New players welcome, especially in the strings. Orchestra has a large library. St Edward's Chamber orchestra performs many symphonies from the late 18th/early 19th centuries. We also hold regular concerts where our members are given the opportunity to perform solos or chamber music, as well as some members performing concerti with us. We rehearse and perform in St Edward's Church which has a marvellous acoustic.
St Edward's String Orchestra
At St Edward's Church, Blenheim Road, Roath, Cardiff. Wednesday mornings 11.00am-12.30pm
St Edward's String Orchestra rehearses 11am-1pm on Wednesday mornings. We have a large music library including all concerti grossi by Handel, Scarlatti, Geminiani and Corelli, and also 19th and 20th Century music for strings. We give performances about three times per year, sometimes with the Church choir. There is no audition, and all standards of string players are welcome.
Combine parts recorded separately at home
We are a sister organisation to www.theselfisolationchoir.com and we offer amateur instrumentalists the chance to learn wonderful pieces online from home. After each course, we ask people to record themselves, send in the recording and we combine them all in the studio and play it back in a Concert. We started with NIMROD to see how it might work, and it was wonderful.
First Tuesday of the month, 38 Fields Park Road, Newport, South Wales, NP20 5BB. 6.30-8.30pm with tea break
Oliver Ludlow 01633 677729
The Bassoon Band (South Wales) was formed with the intention of providing an opportunity for bassoon enthusiasts to come together and enjoy a musical experience through collective bassoon playing. It is an informal group that meets regularly on a 'drop in' basis once a month to play a variety of music from eclectic genres, from classical to modern, and we welcome suggestions for new music to try. Parts range from easy to hard and we welcome all standards of bassoon playing.
Alternate Wednesdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm at St Edward’s Church, Roath, Cardiff CF23 5DE
We ask for a playing standard of Grade 7 and above. The clarinet choir consists of former professionals, instrumental teachers and talented amateurs playing Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, alto clarinet and bass clarinet (plus contra). There are no auditions.
Fortnightly at the Swansea Male Voice Hall in Manselton
01792 775265 or 07908644359
Swansea Accordion Orchestra was founded in the early 1980. We play a wide genre of music from an extensive repertoire. We have a selection of accordions that are given out on loan. The orchestra consists of approx. 15 accordionists, drummer, guitarist and percussionist and we welcome new members from musicians of any instrument who can read music. Due to recent retirement we are seeking a musical director/conductor.
Monday 7-9pm, Brangwyn Hall
A symphony orchestra made up from local amateur players around the Swansea area. visit our website for more details.
Monday and Wednesday in the Rhyddings Church Hall, Brynmill, Swansea, from 19.30 to 21.00
The City of Swansea Concert Band was founded in 1968. We welcome new players of wind or percussion instruments, particularly Bassoon and French Horn players
Sunday in the Llangadog Community Hall. 7.45 to 9.30 pm
Michael Cottam 01550 777604
Formed in 1993 for players of all ages, amateur and professional, to express their talent on their varied instruments and to experience the pleasure of orchestral performance. It aims to provide for audiences in the Towy Valley programmes of music that they might otherwise not be able to hear in live performance. Subject of a BBC4 documentary series, November 2006
Mondays, 6:30-7pm beginner band, 7-8pm Youth Band. Term time only. Llys-y-cwm Hall, Gwaunmiskin Road, Beddau, CF38 2AU
Johanna Bartley 07729 144690
We are a youth brass band based in Beddau, Rhondda Cynon Tâf. We also have a learner band for any child who would like to learn (we can hire out instruments). Please get in touch with Jo for more info or visit the Facebook page.
Tuesdays 6.3-8.30 pm Neudadd-y-Dderwen, Rhosygilwen, Nr Cardigan
The orchestra gives two concerts a year at Rhosygilwen. Orchestra members travel from all over Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion to play a wide variety of music. New members of a reasonable standard, especially string players, are always welcome.
Rehearsal before concert from 9.30 am
Windbags is a group of amateur wind and brass players that was founded by our resident conductor, Clare Walker, some 25 years ago. Based around the Brecon area, we are a friendly group of people who come together to play light classical music once a quarter for a full day's workshop / rehearsal, followed by a short, informal concert and a sumptuous tea! We're always happy to welcome new members (preferably Grade 5 and above).
Wednesday evenings between 7:15 and 9:30 at William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Accompanying text: We are always keen to hear from good string players who are interested in joining the Orchestra. We are also happy to hear from good musicians who play other instruments, as from time to time other vacancies do become available, even if only on a temporary basis.