UK Amateur Orchestras

Yorkshire & Humberside

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2020

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2022

Orchestra (full)

Wind band (brass and woodwind)

String Orchestra

Brass band



Conductor /
Rehearsal Venue / Times
Wednesdays at 10am at St Oswald and St Peter's Church Hall, Bannerdale /Abbeydale Road Sheffield
 Michael Carter 0114 2303118
 Mary Waters
This is a friendly practice orchestra of 25ish players which has been in existence for many years and would be very pleased to welcome new members, all abilities and all instruments. We play a huge range of classical music, approximately 10 different pieces per term, and meet every Wednesday during the school terms.
Charlotte Pinder
St. Oswald's Church, Bannerdale/ Abbeydale Road, Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm
 Charlotte Pinder 07456 429170
We are a group of friendly string players who enjoy a wide range of music in a relaxed environment, under the baton of a professional conductor. Suitable for Grade 3 up to 7. We meet on Wednesday evenings to musically enjoy ourselves. All string players are very welcome to join this group that has been running for over 20 years. Please see website for full details.
Alan George
Claire Jowett
Scheduled over a 2 week period prior to each concert St Olaves Church Marygate York
 Chairman 01904 449714
The Academy of St Olave's is a high standard Chamber Orchestra which may number between 15 and 45 players according to the requirements of the programme. The Academy performs three concerts each year and plays for one orchestral Mass on remembrance Sunday.
John Anderson
Jacqueline Cima
Monday evenings at Guiseley School. 7.30-9.45
 John Anderson
Founded in 1898.
Catherine Shackell
whoever's game
Thursday evenings during school term times, Burnholme Community Hub, Bad Bargain Lane, York, YO31 0GW
 Catherine Shackell 07811 772 332
We'll be playing with a selection of music from across the orchestral repertoire, some easy bits and some of that really meaty stuff you've always wanted to have a go at. Come along whenever life permits, play the notes you can and let the instrumental gymnast next to you fill in the twiddly bits. Open-access: players of all abilities warmly welcomed.
Samantha Laverick
Tuesday during term time, 6-30pmpm until 7.30pm in the Music Department of Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Ave, Harrogate, HG2 ODZ
 Samantha Laverick 07939533538
Conducted by Samantha Laverick as part of Harrogate Music School. ASO is a dynamic and exciting Intermediate String Group, for school aged students, playing either the Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass and are between grade 3 and 5 standard. 30 sessions are provided over the course of the year, and whilst we try to offer 10 sessions per term, it may not always be equally spread due to the school term length. There is always a concert at the end of each term, with the summer term's concert being a String Spectacular, purely dedicated to String players. The cost is £35 per term.
Neil Balfour
Heather Pollock
Alwoodley community centre, The Avenue, Alwoodley, Leeds 17. Most Sundays Sept to June, 10.15 to 12.30
New players (especially strings) welcome.
Anlaby Strings NEW
John Parkin
Skidby Village Hall, 70 Main Street , Skidby, HU16 5TG. 1st and 3rd Friday evenings of the month 7pm-9pm.
 Jacqui Millard
 John Parkin
Easier classical repertoire, rarely perform in public. Important to contact us before attending. Vacancies in all sections. No qualification or audition requirement.
Andrew McLaughlin
Brian Hill
Thursday evenings from 7:45 to 9:45 pm at The Baildon Community Link Centre, 35 Cliffe Avenue, Baildon, Shipley, BD17 6NX
 Paul Bradbury 0113 2673984
The orchestra is an amateur band that has met in Baildon since 1945. We give concerts of light music from time to time but mainly play an eclectic mix of light and classical music for our own entertainment. The orchestra maintains a normal double wind section plus brass and string sections. If you would like to try us out give our Membership Secretary a call on the contact number above. The orchestra has its own large library and is a member of Making Music.
Thursday evening from 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Monk Bretton Methodist Church, High Street, Monk Bretton BARNSLEY S71 2PJ
 Heather Greenwood, secretary 01226 281965
Barnsley Concert Band has been entertaining audiences for over 35 years. The band's repertoire covers all major genres of music; Pop, Rock, Film, Theatre, Jazz, Marches, Light Classical and Folk. Band members range in age from 13 to nearly 80. Some are studying music and a few are professional musicians; however the majority are highly capable, enthusiastic amateurs wanting to have fun refining their playing skills in their spare time.
Michael Searle
Ken Hughes
Junior Band 18.30 to 19.30 and Senior Band 19.30 21.30 on Wednesday Evenings. Rehearsals take place in Leeming Village Hall, Mill Lane, Leeming, DL7 9SS
 Ken Hughes
 Tim Brown
We are a friendly community based (non-competition) wind band that welcomes players of all abilities. We run a Junior band where band members teach complete beginners and have a group rehearsal for junior members. The Senior Band has players of all abilities. There are no auditions and we play a wide repertoire. We are keen to recruit additional players for all brass/wind instruments. The band is funded by a small annual members subscription with additional donations raised by the band for performing at local community events and functions on a voluntary basis. New members are welcome to attend rehearsals on Wednesday evenings or contact Ken or Tim for more details.
Richard Ellis
Yvonne Barron
 Contact via FB page
Becca Heywood
Wetwang Village Hall, Wednesday 7:00pm - 9:00pm
 Becca Heywood 01723 351778 / 07877996055
The East Yorkshire Community Wind Band. You will find us very friendly and ready to help in any way we can. Please feel free to chat to anyone at coffee time, ask questions, make yourself known to your fellow members. You'll make new friends in no time!
Samantha Laverick
Saturday once a month at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama, St Mark's House, St Mark's Ave, Leeds LS2 9BN, from 2pm until 5pm.
 Samantha Laverick 07939533538
Cellissimo is a fun and exciting Cello ensemble group for adult Cello learners, playing everything from Bach to Beatles. There is no upfront commitment, so you can drop in and out as you wish. Just turn up, play and enjoy. At the end of the year, we have an informal concert and cream tea. Once a year, an internationally recognised Cellist is invited to lead a workshop day. This workshop day is open to all adult learners and improvers. The cost is £12 per session, which includes breaktime refreshments.
Andrew Hodkinson
Edward Boothroyd
Rehearsals are on term time Tuesdays, 7.30 - 9.30 at Ashgate Croft School, Chesterfield.
The orchestra gives 3 concerts a year, usually in the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield. There are vacancies for new members - especially violas!!
Chevin Orchestra
Alison Major
Old Pool Bank Village Hall, Quarry Farm Rd, LS21 3BT, Wednesdays 5.15pm – 6.40pm (term times)
 Alison Major
The Orchestra is for all orchestral players from around grade 2/3 to grade 5+. It is a friendly group of adults and children playing a varied repertoire.
Christopher Irvin
Robert Thorlby
Thursdays 7.00-9.30pm Adel Methodist Church, Leeds LS16 7NX
 Christopher Irvin
An orchestra for experienced players. A reliable reputation for concerts is being established, as many members have been making music together for the past five years. We specialise in light classical music, and original compositions in the same genre. Venues include care homes, shopping arcades, theatres, churches, concert halls and outdoor events (e.g. open gardens and fetes).The MD's compositions have been broadcast on Classic FM and played by orchestras throughout the country.
Tim Jackson
Dan Hands
Rehearsals are held in the 2-3 weeks immediately prior to each concert
 Tim Jackson
The CCO has about 35-40 playing members, and typically gives 4-5 concerts a year between September and June.
Keith Morley
7:15 - 9:15 p.m every Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Church Hall, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough. TS3 6EW
 Miss Karen Hinnigan 07861 503757
We are always on the look out for more musicians. If you like fun music with a great set of people then call over with your instrument on our rehearsal night. You will be made more than welcome and we are sure that you will enjoy the night as much as we do. You don't have to join the band to have a practice or two with us. Don't be shy, give us a try...
David Greed
Each concert is preceded by two Sundays of intensive rehearsal.
 Karen Maughan (Secretary)
The CPO is a full-sized symphony orchestra with about 85 members, which gives two challenging concerts each year, generally in October and February.
Peter Gulbis
Whoever arrives first
Teesside: St Aidan’s Church Hall, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2DF
 Lorna Wright 07534 675 820
The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning network of nine local orchestras across the North of England. Each group welcomes, encourages and supports all players of all instruments and all abilities, always seeking to be inclusive. For more detailed information on events, venues, times and dates of rehearsals visit
Patrick Burnett
Whoever arrives first
York: Lidgett Methodist Church, Wheatlands Grove, Acomb, York YO26 5NH
 Lorna Wright 07534 675 820
The Cobweb Orchestra is a multi-award winning network of nine local orchestras across the North of England. Each group welcomes, encourages and supports all players of all instruments and all abilities, always seeking to be inclusive. For more detailed information on events, venues, times and dates of rehearsals visit
Diana Lee
Friday during term time, 6pm - 7pm. Collingham Methodist Church Hall, Harewood Road, Collingham LS22 5BL
 Diana Lee
Collingham Band is a friendly community wind band of woodwind and brass players. Our members are from all points on the age range spectrum from primary school children to retired adults. We welcome new members and if you play a woodwind or brass instrument, please do contact us to ask about vacancies. The Band performs at local events in the Wetherby area throughout the year, raising money for charities. Subscription £22.50 per term.
Diana Lee
Friday during term time, 5pm – 5.45pm. Collingham Methodist Church Hall, Harewood Road, Collingham LS22 5BL
 Diana Lee
Collingham Training Band is designed for Grade 1+ to Grade 3 players of any wind or brass instrument. There are no age restrictions - both children and adults of any age can apply to join. Subscription £22.50 per term. Members of Collingham Training Band will have the opportunity to join the main Collingham Band when they reach a suitable level.
Nick Williams
Monthly in Leeds
 Sue Watts 07742 196 622
Interested in playing contemporary music with a friendly, enthusiastic group? All instruments and abilities welcome. CoMA Leeds is the regional branch of CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) which gives us opportunity to perform new music commissions in local and national events.
Daniel Thompson
Monday nights at Hull Minster HU1 1RR 6pm till 7.30pm
 Daniel Thompson 07980317111
The Culture:Orchestra devises immersive, creative and innovative performances for musicians and their audience as large scale live music events and in particular by the use of a transitional multi-disciplinary approach to the previously traditional symphonic instrumentation and purpose of a classically ‘conformist’ ensemble. We seek ways in which to make it possible for those who previously may not have had the opportunity to experience live music of this magnitude to be able to do so both as performers and listeners. One of our main areas of interest is the continued development of live ‘orchestral’ music in Kingston-upon-Hull, an area that is currently being enriched by gaining City of Culture Status in the year 2017. Our purpose is multi faceted: engage those around us to continue to develop local musical talent, perform exciting, current and engaging repertoire and most importantly to give the city a new way into experiencing live music. The orchestra will not be wearing formal attire; they will also not be expected to hold the attention of the audience through their silence. Instead we intend to create a lively performance atmosphere welcoming families and friends to initiate the positive development of social bonds and foster a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
Daniel Thompson
Monday nights at Hull Minster HU1 1RR 7.30pm till 9pm
 Daniel Thompson 07980317111
Culture:SymphonicWinds devise immersive, creative and innovative performances for musicians and their audience as large scale live music events and in particular by the use of a transitional multi-disciplinary approach to the previously traditional symphonic instrumentation and purpose of a classically ‘conformist’ ensemble. We seek ways in which to make it possible for those who previously may not have had the opportunity to experience live music of this magnitude to be able to do so both as performers and listeners. One of our main areas of interest is the continued development of live ‘large scale ensemble’ music in Kingston-upon-Hull, an area that is currently being enriched by gaining City of Culture Status in the year 2017. Our purpose is multi faceted: engage those around us to continue to develop local musical talent, perform exciting, current and engaging repertoire and most importantly to give the city a new way into experiencing live music. The Symphonic Winds will not be wearing formal attire; they will also not be expected to hold the attention of the audience through their silence. Instead we intend to create a lively performance atmosphere welcoming families and friends to initiate the positive development of social bonds and foster a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
Wilbur Paley
Marion Field
Wednesdays 1.45pm until 4.00pm Embsay Village Hall
 Via Craven U3A Website
Roy Jones
Tony Hobbs
Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00pm at the Parish Hall (near The Olive Grill & Bar), Top Road, Barnby Dun, Doncaster, DN3 1DA.
 Roy Jones 07912 614 375
Annual subs £60, if you are still at school we might be able to help with that. Players welcome from string sections. ie, 1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos, and double base. If you are planning music as a career, we are a great place to get orchestral experience. No auditions, and our full support.
John MacKenzie
Hurworth Community Centre fortnightly on a Thursday evening during school term time from 7.30 until 9.30
 John Mackenzie
We do not audition but you should have had previous experience of playing in a band or orchestra and be at least Grade 6 standard. The best way to join is to contact our musical director and arrange to come along and sit in on a rehearsal. We are a friendly and sociable ensemble.
Tuesday evenings at Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Place, Darlington, DL2 2BN
 Joy Redfearn 01388 608098 (or via website)
We do not have any entry requirements for the band - all we ask is that you are willing to attend rehearsals regularly and if possible to also be available for band concerts. The most important thing is to have some fun making music with other enthusiasts - a good sense of humour is a must! The music we play is suitable for a range of abilities, and new or lapsed players as just as welcome as ex-professionals in DCWB.
David Plews
Angie Binns
Tuesday in term times; 7pm to 9pm at St Thomas Aquinas church hall, North Road, Darlington.
 Debbie Greenwood 01325 251383
The Darlington Orchestra is a community orchestra featuring local amateur musicians. We perform two regular concerts per year and occasionally participate in other events. New members are always welcome.
Thursday evening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the Methodist Chapel, Barnsley Road, Darfield.
 Andy Bramall 07519 593 091
A classic 1940's style band who play a variety of big band pieces from the Glenn Miller standards to more modern arrangements.
Martin Lightowler
Monday 7.30pm to 9.30pm during term time at Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, Sheffield
 Via the Endcliffe Orchestra Website
The Endcliffe Orchestra is an amateur group based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The orchestra is open to amateur musicians of grade V upwards (or equivalent), subject to vacancies. The Endcliffe serves as a development orchestra and provides a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for amateur players in Sheffield, particularly lapsed amateurs and those who are new to orchestral playing and performing.
Garforth Brass Band
Sunday evenings 6.15 till 8pm at Garforth Methodist Church, Church Lane, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1NW.
 Christine Keith (band manager) 07952 312789
We are a friendly 4th section contesting band in the Yorkshire Region, currently about to embark on a new era with a new conductor. We would be glad to see new players, particularly cornets and bass players join us for our summer concert season. We are easily accessible from Leeds by public transport and close to the M1 and A1. Please contact our Band Manager Christine Keith for more information, or just come along any Sunday for a blow!
Steve Marriot
Hawkhill Club, Guiseley, West Yorkshire. Mondays 7 45 – 9 30 p.m.
 Howard Woods 01943 875918
We are a Jazz (Swing & Latin) Band of around 17 players with a wide range of instruments; a large saxophone section and an occasional vocalist. In addition to regular Monday rehearsals, we go out gigging on Bandstands and at Charity Events in West Yorkshire from May to September. We are particularly looking for a Trombone player or two but would be happy to hear from anyone in the area who might be interested in trying out..
Susan Grant
Wednesday nights 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Corpus Christi Hall, Holy Trinity Parish, Cleethorpes.
 Deirdre Perry, Chairman
Grimsby Symphony Orchestra is back rehearsing, playing music for a wide audience. From Prom style pieces to Pop! This first term is Free. It is your chance to catch up with people in your area who enjoy making music. We are especially looking for First and Second Violins and Violas. Players need to be Grade 6 and above. Come and give us a try. You will be most welcome.
Sarah Baker
Saturday mornings, 9.30am - 10.30am in Guiseley School
 Sarah Baker 07545 603952
The band is predominantly adults between grade 4 - 6 standard. New members always welcome. In addition we have a jazz Band, Latin Band, Rock Band, Wind Ensemble , Flute choir and Clarinet ensemble who all play to a high standard and will welcome new players.
Guiseley Flute and Clarinet Ensemble
Marie Whitaker
Tuesdays (term-time), 8.15 - 9.30 pm at Guiseley Baptist Church, Oxford Road, LS20 9AS.
 Jeanette Smith, 01943 879203 or 07530 045927
We are a recently established group of flute and clarinet players (age 16+). Our main aim is to enjoy playing a range of music together and to prepare for occasional community concerts. We would welcome anyone of Grade 4+ standard even if they haven't played for many years.
Nick Simpson
Barbara Slade
Monday evenings at Heath United Reformed Church, Free School Lane, Halifax, HX3 0DW
 Chris Leyland (Chairman)
 Jayne Jefferies (Secretary)
With over 125 years of concert seasons, the Halifax Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest and most established amateur orchestras in England. Concerts are held in the Victoria Theatre, Halifax. We currently have vacancies for violas, cellists (including Principal Cellist) and double bass players.
Carey Williams
 Carey Williams 01678 520188
This amateur orchestra performs mainly Baroque and classical repertoire. Two annual concerts as well as occasional concerts in the Doncaster area. Hall gate Orchestra provides an opportunity for players to make music in a relaxed friendly and purposeful environment. We particularly encourage local soloists of all ages and occasionally explore less well known repertoire.
Natalia Luis-Bassa
John Cooper
Thursday & Friday evenings 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the 3 weeks prior to each concert, High Storrs School, High Storrs Road, Sheffield, S11 7LH
 Joy Paul (Secretary)
Since its founding in 1973, the orchestra has evolved into one of the finest amateur orchestras in the North of England, and engages professional conductors. Whilst Classical works lie at the heart of each season's programmes the orchestra regularly performs larger scale works from the 19th and 20th Centuries. We would welcome enquiries from string players and percussionists, of at least Grade 8 standard.
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Wednesdays 8pm - 10pm, and Sundays 7pm - 9pm, at the Band Room, Harcourt Road, Harrogate, HG1 5NL
 Catherine Morland - 07779 320606
We're seriously entertaining and are a popular choice for performing at concerts and all sorts of great events. As well as putting on fantastic concerts we compete regularly so our standard of playing is consistently high and we have a reputation for innovation and performing exciting contemporary music.
George Kennaway
Nadiia Ivcovs
Fridays night, 6 before each concert
 Gilly Charters
 Teresa Crick
The HPO was founded in 1981 as Harrogate Pro Musica and is a semi-professional chamber orchestra of about 32 regular players. We specialise in baroque and classical repertoire mainly, together with more modern works for smaller orchestras. Its players, many of whom are professional and trained musicians, are drawn from a wide area, attracted by its diverse and challenging repertoire. The orchestra encourages young musicians from the local area both as regular players and as concerto soloists. Currently looking for a first or second horn after our current first horn relocated to the SE, and we’re always keen to welcome new string players to the orchestra.
Bryan Western
Emma Shae
St John's Primary School, Stockwell Lane, Knaresborough on Thursday, from 7:15pm 'till 9:45pm
The Harrogate Symphony Orchestra can trace its roots back to 1931 when the Harrogate String Orchestra replaced the Municipal Orchestra. The aims are to give players a chance to play orchestral music together on a regular basis and to present concerts of interesting music in the chamber, symphonic and 20th century orchestral repertoire in a pleasant social atmosphere.
Jessica Leathley
Thursday from 7.30 at Swanland Village Hall
 Jessica Leathley 01482 844166
 Martin Lutley
Hessle Sinfonia has a performing strength of about 50 players with members drawn from Hull, East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. Hessle Sinfonia presents three concerts each year in Beverley. We usually have vacancies for string players, and would like to hear from trumpet, trombone and tuba players. Our wind, horn and percussion sections are currently full. Please contact us for further details.
James Morgan
7.00 to 9.00pm on Wednesdays during term time at Holmfirth High School, Heys Road, Holmfirth
 Nick Finnis, 01484 684091
The Holme Valley Orchestra is an amateur group based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. The orchestra is open to amateur musicians of grade IV/V upwards (or equivalent), subject to vacancies. The HVO serves as a development orchestra and provides a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for amateur players in and around the Holme Valley. We particularly welcome lapsed amateurs and those who are new to orchestral playing and performing.
Horsforth School, Lee Lane East, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5RF - Saturday (term time only) 10.30 until 11.30
 Susan Brooksbank 07545 603953
The Beginners' String Orchestra caters for all bowed string instruments from the very early stages of open string playing to grade 3. Adults and children welcome.
Horsforth School, Lee Lane East, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5RF - Saturday (term time only) 11.30 until 1
 Susan Brooksbank 07545 603953
The Orchestra is a friendly amateur group comprising both adults and children. Strings from grade 3+, Woodwind and Brass from grade 5+. All welcome - no auditions!
Stephen Bradnum
Saturday mornings during school terms at Dixons Cottingley Academy, Cottingley New Road, Bingley, BD16 1TZ
 Linda Stafford 07719 618822
Hot Aire! is a symphonic concert band based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. It is the third generation of a band that began life in 1956 as a brass band, became a wind band in the 1980s and developed in the 1990s as an extended concert band. The band attracts musicians from Bradford and beyond; we are always ready to welcome new members. There is no formal audition, and we encourage players to enjoy getting the most from their music, developing their skills as musicians by playing in Hot Aire! and other groups if they wish.
Rita Castro Blanco
Emily Sharratt
Tuesdays at Huddersfield New North Road Baptist Church 7.30 - 9.45
High standard full size symphony orchestra which gives 3 concerts per year in Huddersfield Town Hall, one of the best concert venues in the North. We are currently looking for new players for all string sections, particularly 1st violins and violas. We also occasionally need additional woodwind, brass and percussion players for rehearsals and concerts.
Andrew Mallon
Helen Pearson
Tuesday at Salendine Nook Baptist church 7.30pm- 9.30pm
Huddersfield Wind Band stared in 1996 and band members come from all walks of life. The thing we all have in common is we all enjoy playing music. We play a variety of musical styles. We always welcome new players. More information is available on our website.
Daphne McMillan
Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Hessle Memorial Hall, Salisbury Street, Hessle, HU13 0SE
 Ellis Marshall 07806 790893
Hull and East Yorkshire Concert Band. A mixed group of amateur and professional musicians playing in Hull and the Humber region. We rehearsal in Hessle, every Tuesday 7 - 9 pm. We play a wide selection of music from marches to movie music and classical to contemporary. We encourage all our members to enjoy and develop their musical ability with support and advice from other members of the band.
Rehearsals on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00.
 Wendy Waldock 07508 471800
This is for you if you’re a Late Starter, if you’ve been learning to play a musical instrument for at least a year, if you can already read music, and if you would like to join a small friendly group playing light classics and popular pieces. Beginners up to Grade 5 standard. GREETINGS AND WELCOME to any stringed instruments including guitars, to any woodwind instruments including recorders, to brass instruments of all sizes, and to anyone who would like to play a percussion instrument or bring and play their own keyboard. Music stands will be provided.
Andrew Penny
Pam Mitchell
Hull YPI, George Street, Hull, Wednesday 7.30 - 9.45
Considered by many to be one of the finest amateur orchestras in the country, Hull Philharmonic presents at least 3 concerts each season. Programmes include less well known repertoire alongside popular pieces.
Ray Gallagher
Friday nights during school term time, Eastfield Primary School, Anlaby Road, Hull
 Ray Gallagher on 01482 501614
We are one of the few independently run youth orchestras in the country, Established in 1952. We have 2 orchestras, a training and a concert orchestra. - new members are extremely welcome!!
Brent Read
Humberside Police Training Centre, Courtland Rd, Kingston upon Hull, HU6 8AW Thursdays 19:30 - 21:00, Sundays 10:30 - 13:00
 John Morrison​ (Band Secretary) 07768 916215
 Brent Read (Musical Director)​
We are a 'Military Style' concert band with a heritage of over 150 years. Our affiliation now continues under the Humberside Community Safety Partnership. As well as leading parades within the Humber region we perform about 20 concerts per year to entertain and raise funds for local organisations. We seek the perfection of a social / performance balance. @HPConcertBand
Bob Howe
7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday evenings at Hurworth Grange Community Centre in Hurworth village Darlington
 Gary Bridge ( Band Secretary ) - 07540 890941
Hurworth Concert Band comprises brass, reed and percussion players from Darlington, Durham, North Yorkshire and Teesside. We aim to provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to pursue their musical interests and develop their instrumental skills as well as providing a musical resource for the local community. New players of all standards are always welcome so if you play an instrument come and join us.
David Dawson
Music Director
Clarke-Foley Centre, Ilkley. Fridays (except August, Christmas and Good Friday), 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 Inge Cramer
Currently about 45 strong, the NH Concert Orchestra plays a range of light and classical music, mostly for its own enjoyment. Membership is open to anyone from 50 years of age upwards. New members welcome, particularly in the brass, violin and cello sections.
Robert Steadman
Ruth Birkett
Ashby Wesley Methodist Church on Tuesdays in term time 7pm to 9pm.
Founded in 2000. 3 concerts a year. No auditions. 45-50 members. Very friendly orchestra playing extensive repertoire - see Facebook page. If you want to play orchestral music then this is the orchestra for you
Lee Muncaster
Dewsbury Road Social Club, Leeds. 19:45 Tuesday
Wide repertoire played encompassing classical music, film and show music etc. New members welcome subject to vacancy existing at discretion of director of music. Good playing standard.
Rob Ellis
Paul da Villanueva
Weekly during the Autumn and Spring in Kirkbymoorside.
 Richard Sigsworth
For orchestral musicians who love to learn new works and enjoy playing informally without the pressure of concerts. It is ideal for both experienced and young players alike. Rehearsals take place weekly during the Autumn and Spring in Kirkbymoorside.
Alex Elwood
Alex Elwood
(approximately) every other Sunday 19:30 to 21:30, Knowle Top Methodist Church, Stannington, Sheffield.
 Dave Keighley
We do not charge a subscription/ members fee. You will need to be grade 5 or above and own your own instrument.
Ben Crick
Tuesday evenings, 7pm-9.30pm (with break) at Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds
 Leeds College of Music 0113 2223449
A lively and friendly ensemble for classical musicians who are a minimum of grade 6 (strings/brass) and grade 8 (woodwind) standard. The Orchestra brings together people from all over the Yorkshire region who share a love of playing orchestral music, performing three concerts per academic year as part of the Leeds College of Music Concert Season. Their Musical Director is Ben Crick, who has established a reputation as an innovative and original conductor; he is a former BBC Music Fellow. The orchestra recruits players throughout the year, and spaces are available for strings and brass. We do not currently audition new members, but an audition may be required if there is demand for places.
Andrew Watkinson
Tuesday evenings, 7pm-9.30pm (with break) at Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds
 Leeds College of Music 0113 2223449
Leeds College of Music Sinfonia is a friendly, welcoming group of adult learners who are passionate about playing classical music. Tutored by conductor Andrew Watkinson, Sinfonia studies three programmes of music each year, with performances for friends and family in an informal setting. The orchestra recruits players throughout the year and spaces are available for strings, 1st horn, 2nd clarinet and 2nd bassoon. No audition is required, but Sinfonia aims to provide orchestral experience for players who have achieved a minimum standard of grade 3 (strings) and grade 5 (wind/brass).
Iveta Hlavenkova
Thursday at 7pm at Yorkshire College of Music and Drama, 1 St Marks Ave, Leeds, LS2 9BN
 Iveta Hlavenkova 07546 459 409
A folk group for violinists and fiddle players from Leeds area. We are currently looking for more violinists and fiddle players.
Chris Pelly
Adam Ferguson
Friday evenings at West Park United Reformed Church, Spen Lane, LS16 5BD
 Chris Pelly (artistic director)
A small chamber orchestra (20-30 players) specialising in the music of Haydn and his contemporaries. The orchestra comprises former and semi-professionals as well as good amateur players. Everybody is very friendly and works hard during rehearsals; because of the small size of the ensemble every person's contribution is important. Enquiries welcomed from all orchestral musicians, particular vacancies currently for violins (first or second) and violas.
David Greed/Douglas Scarfe
Amanda Crawshaw
Mondays at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College, St Marks Avenue Leeds. 19:30 - 22:00
 Paul Moffatt
Sinfonia is a high-standard orchestra giving four concerts a year in the Leeds area.
Aljosa Skorja
Moortown Methodist Church, Moortown, Leeds (behind Sainsburys), 7pm till 9.30pm, £3 per night, Tuesday nights from mid June to end September
 Russell Keane 07511598286
 Mel Powell 07714437019
Got nowhere to play in summer, well you have now. From mid June to mid September we meet to play from the vast range of classical music, film music anything that sounds nice with a concert for family and friends to end the summer. for more details please visit our website
John Lyon
Rosemary Milner
Monday, 7.15pm
 Julian Ridge
 Martin Binks
A full sized orchestra founded in 1890 giving high standard concerts of varied repertoire, with professional soloists, in Leeds, Knaresborough and other venues in West and North Yorkshire.
Aaron Campbell
Sophie Bevan
Wednesday evenings, from 5.30 - 6.30.
 Sophie Bevan 07545603954
The Morley Community Orchestra is a fun, relaxed ensemble aimed at children and young people but open to all. We play a wide range of pop and concert band music. This group welcomes all instruments and all abilities. We arrange parts to your ability and style of playing. A great opportunity to try something new, and to learn with like minded people. The community orchestra regularly performs at local events around South Leeds. £3.50 per rehearsal, payable weekly.
Thomas Pitts
Thursday during term time between 7pm and 9pm at Drighlington Primary School on Moorland Road, Drighlington
 Thomas Pitts
 José Smales 0796 365 8302
We are open to all ages and abilities, although a reasonable standard of playing would be needed. The band has traditional concert band instrumentation - a woodwind section currently consisting of flutes, Bb clarinets, bass clarinet and saxophones - alto, tenor and baritone; and a brass section consisting of trumpets/cornets and baritone/euphonium.
Bryan Western
Tuesday evenings 6.45 to 8.45 term time only at Nidderdale High School, Pateley Bridge
 Katy Penn
We welcome players of all instruments and ages. Some of our members have dusted instruments off after many years of hibernation, others have just begun.
Elaine Levene & Amy Levene
Hazel Walters
Leeds, Saturdays in term-time, 11:55am-1.15pm
 Jane Atkinson
The main orchestra of North Leeds Music Centre, part of Leeds City Council's Music Support Service. Standard between grades 4 to 8.
Occasional repertoire weekends, first one in September 2005
 Michael Williamson
Recently established to provide musicians a rare opportunity of studying challenging and exciting orchestral repertoire in simulated professional circumstances.
Sean Gleeson
Chris Hodges
7pm – 9pm on the second and fourth Sunday evenings of each month at Bridge Church Hall, Cattle Market Street
 Helen Thornton 01943 463099
We have about 50 members who are drawn from Wharfedale and further afield. They are experienced, hard working players - but very sociable! There is a full string section (with room for more 1st violins), double woodwind, horns, trumpets and timps. Repertoire is varied but drawn largely from the Classical and early romantic periods. We are currently looking for a lead viola.
Otley Little Theatre Orchestra
Neil Briggs
7.30-9.00pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the St John's Ambulance Headquarters on Gay Lane, Otley, West Yorkshire
 Neil Briggs 079000 50346
We are a friendly bunch of players playing popular and classical music for our own enjoyment. There is no minimum standard for joining and anyone is welcome to come along and 'have a go' - the only commitment is a £2 fee each time we meet in order to cover the hire of the room.
Christine Hoare
Paddock Village Hall, Huddersfield, Tuesdays 7:30pm
 Steve Verity
We are a well established amateur orchestra that performs at least three public concerts a year in the Huddersfield area.
Keiron Anderson
7.30-9.30pm on Thursday evenings at St Chad's Parish Centre, Far Headingley
 Hilary Pattison, 0113 266 3055
There are no auditions but ideally players should be of Associated Board Grade 5+ standard
Great Preston Village Hall, Preston Lane, Leeds, LS26 8AS. Thursday 7.30pm – 9.00pm
 Joanne Styles 0113 2871981
The Preston Players are a small friendly group, of mixed ages and abilities, who came together following the closure of the local music centre. We are looking for players of brass and wind instruments to come and play with us. We have a good selection of music which includes swing, film/musicals and Disney.
Samantha Laverick
Tuesday during term time, 5-15pm until 6-15pm in the Music Department of Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Ave, Harrogate, HG2 ODZ.
 Samantha Laverick 07939533538
Conducted by Samantha Laverick as part of Harrogate Music School. RSB is a fun and exciting beginner String Group, for school aged students, who have been playing either the Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass for at least two terms, up to Grade 3. 30 sessions are provided over the course of the year, and whilst we try to offer 10 sessions per term, it may not always be equally spread due to the school term length. There is always a concert at the end of each term, with the summer term's concert being a String Spectacular, purely dedicated to String players. The cost is £35 per term.
Guest conductors
Thursdays during term-time, 7:30 – 9:30pm,Richmond, North Yorkshire
 Jill Russell 07814 118468 secretary
Richmondshire Orchestra is a community orchestra based in Richmond, North Yorkshire, drawing musicians from the Dales and surrounding areas. We give three concerts a year and have a strong social side, including Christmas dinners, summer BBQs and informal 'jam' sessions during the summer. Entry is open to all string players while wind and brass depend on the balance of forces required.
Ripon Community Orchestra
Xenophon Kelsey
Joy Fletcher
Tuesday evenings in term time. 7:30 pm Holy Trinity Junior School . Ripon, North Yorks
 Simon Robinson 01423 772459
We are always interested in new players, especially strings and at present we could do with another trumpet and trombone or two We reckon people need to be grade 4+ to enjoy the orchestra. Previous experience of ensemble playing will help with this but is not essential. Anyone interested is welcome to ring on the number above.
Alex Robinson
Once a month on a Sunday (2-5pm), Herringthorpe
The RSO is a local orchestra consisting of amateurs, professionals, teachers, and students. The orchestra was established in 2017 and performed its first concert ‘Proms in the Park’ in Clifton Park in September of that year. The orchestra is going from strength to strength and has since performed two concerts at the prestigious Wentworth Woodhouse, plus a further ‘Proms in the Park’ in Summer 2018.
Nicholas Nowicki
Saturday afternoons as arranged, during term time. Fun residential weekend in March
 Nicholas Nowicki
 Steph Swann 0191 4699402
Based in the North-East of England, St. Paul's Youth Ensemble gives young string players the chance to make music together in a relaxed but stimulating atmosphere, regardless of age or ability. The ensemble, now in its 30th year combines a happy, inclusive ethos with high standards of musicianship.
Tuesday, 7.30 - 9.30 at the church of St Philip and St James, Clifton, York.
 01904 791952
The orchestra, a string and woodwind ensemble of about twenty players, has grown from a quartet founded in the 1920s by a local cellist, Charles Sayer. It is a rehearsal or run-through orchestra, one of its aims being to give practice in sight-reading. We are an amateur orchestra of friends, and players of all ages who are reasonably proficient sight-readers are welcome. Each week we play through a mix of perhaps half-a-dozen works, Beethoven rubbing shoulders with Bucalossi; Schubert with Strauss.
Shaun Matthew
Anthony Mason
Tuesday evenings in St Saviour's Church Hall, Gladstone Road, behind Sainsburys
 Tony Mason
Six concerts a year. Average rehearsal attendance about 60: new strings are always welcome.
Thursday evenings, 19:30-21:30 at The Priory Hotel, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe DN16 2AB.
 Ken Wardman (Chairman) 07591 591504
Scunthorpe Concert Band is a friendly amateur concert band based in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. We are scored for woodwind, brass, and percussion and play a varied repertoire of music that is constantly evolving and being added to. We have players ranging from 15 - 80 years of age, but we all share the same common goal - to have fun and make music.
Doug Mosley
Bob Colombi & Shelagh Campbell
Fridays, during term times, 1.30pm – 3.30pm at St Andrews United Reform Church, Cypress Road, Marton, Middlesbrough,TS7 8NQ
 Bill Colombi
 Shelagh Campbell
Open to all ages – No auditions – just the ability to read music and enthusiasm to make music by blowing. There is a small weekly charge to cover room hire and purchase new music. Please bring your own music stand.
Mark Strachan
Combine parts recorded separately at home
 Mark Strachan
We are a sister organisation to 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.
Guest conductors
Anne Heaton
Fridays during term time, 7.45pm - 9.45pm at St John's Methodist Church Hall, Settle, BD24 9JH
 Sarah Glossop 01729 825806
 Danny Powell
A friendly local orchestra in the Craven area that performs works from all periods. We perform at least six concerts each season, usually in Skipton and Settle. We are always happy to welcome new players, particularly strings and brass. General standard required is Grade 5+ for strings and Grade 7+ for wind and brass. There is a player subscription that can be paid termly or yearly, to cover running costs.
Chris Brain & Lucy Revis
Wednesdays at 7:30pm. Walkley Community Center.
 Chris Brain 07446484858
Calling all amateur string players, grade 5+!!! Come and play some of the string orchestra's greatest repertoire with the new friendly Sheffield Amateur String Orchestra. It is lead and coached by violinist Chris Brain and cellist Lucy Revis. First session is free then £5 after that.
George Kennaway
Ralph Dawson
Tuesday, Endcliffe Methodist Church Lower Hall, 7:15 (for 7:30 start) - 9:30 pm,
 Robin Saunders (chairman) 0114 266 5403
The Sheffield Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1950 and is a small classical orchestra of around 40 musicians, comprising of woodwind, horns, trumpets and percussion, in addition to the usual complement of strings. New members are welcome, subject to available vacancies. Generally, a minimum playing standard of Grade 8 is expected.
Sheffield Flute Choir
Monthly on a Saturday morning, Norfolk Park, Sheffield
 Rachel Shirley
We are a friendly adult amateur flute choir who meet once a month on a Saturday morning (plus occasional evening/ weekend performances), playing a mixture of repertoire for flutes, piccolos and alto flutes. We welcome new members of around Grade 5 standard upwards. Please contact us for more details and dates.
Bernard Kidd
Roy Denton
Every Thursday evening 7p.m. to 9p.m. in the Victoria Hall, Sheffield
 Doris Denton
We play a wide variety of music in a relaxed atmosphere but do not give concerts. Many members play in other orchestras but enjoy the opportunity that is available here to engage in our extensive repertoire. We play music across the classical range including overtures, symphonies, selections from shows, suites, marches and other popular classics.
George Morton
Tony Hobbs
Tuesday 7.30pm - 9.45pm at Victoria Hall Methodist Church Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JB (adjacent to the Crucible theatre)
 Meg Burton
SPO is a well-established full symphony orchestra attracting players from the S Yorks/N Derbyshire, including a number of students/staff from the two Sheffield universities. We perform no fewer than 5 major concerts per year, including a Christmas concert and a 'Last Night of the Proms' style open air event at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens each summer (to an audience of c. 2000 people!). There are also additional performance opportunities available as a member of the orchestra, including: Additional concerts, smaller chamber groups, and as part of foreign tours. We are welcoming of string players of grade 6+ standard and wind grade 8. Please see our website for information about seat vacancies.
Juan Ortuño
Martin Usher
Wednesday evenings during term time 7.30 until 9.30 pm at Birkdale School. (entrance on Endcliffe Cresecent)
 Hon. Secretary 07794 144574
SSO plays a wide variety of music, but specialises in music for the larger orchestra. The orchestra generally has a concert season of 4 concerts, performed in Sheffield, plus 2 New Year concerts and can be engaged by arrangement for other concerts. In the past the orchestra has played in Ripon, Beverley, Buxton, Stockport, Eli, and has undertaken tours to Belgium and Germany.
Jenny Jackson
approximately once a month, usually Saturday 10 - 12pm (see webpage)
 Jenny Jackson
An all-viola ensemble for adult players who want to get together to play great music just for pleasure, in a friendly and supportive group. Open to players approximately Grade 5 standard and upwards (the music has multiple parts so that everyone has something to play which is interesting and manageable). Rehearsals are approximately once a month but there is no commitment to attend every rehearsal: come when you can! Rehearsals are led by composer Jenny Jackson who is an enthusiastic amateur viola player.
Sheffield Youth Orchestra
Stephen Vickers
During school term time at Croft House, Garden Street, Sheffield S1.
 Stephen Vickers
Formed in 1964 as an independent youth orchestra to give young Sheffield musicians the opportunity to play challenging orchestral music from both the classical and contemporary repertoire.
Jude Beatty
Rehearse usually on Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 at Shepley Methodist Church, Lane Head Road Shepley HD8 8DB (see website for exceptions)
Shepley Band, based in Huddersfield, is one of the largest self-funded wind bands in West Yorkshire with over forty amateur musicians from all walks of life. We are a friendly, vibrant and enthusiastic group that believes in making music fun and accessible for all, whilst playing a key role in the life of the local community. We are around grade 5 standard, although anyone is welcome. We take part in many events throughout the year, along with hosting some of our own concerts and enjoy a diverse repertoire. Please email us or see our website for more information, and you are welcome to sit in on a rehearsal.
Michael J. Cox
Monday Evenings 7:30-9:30pm, The Upper Room Wesley Hall, (access is on Brick Street), Crookes, Sheffield S10 1DU
 Lauren Newton
 Hilary Mateer
Formed in the summer of 2005, to give former members of Sheffield Music Services an outlet to perform following the completion of full time education. However, in recent years the band has established itself within the wider community and now has a much wider age range. The band now has around 25-30 regular members with ages ranging from 18-75.
Alan Owens
Thursday evening 7.30 to 9.30 in Nunthorpe
 Anne-Marie Billington
Teesside’s longest established concert band, we rehearse once a week in a fun and friendly environment. Players of grade 5 standard or over are welcome
Tricia Rees-Jones
Second and last Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm till 9.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Vestry Rooms (church at top of the High Street)
 Mrs Catherine Davison 07905 457626
No membership fees but costs £3 per monthly rehearsal (only payable if you come), which includes refreshments. We provide an opportunity to make music within a very friendly and supportive environment. We have a complete open policy to those who wish to play, all welcome. We especially encourage lapsed or rusty musicians and those who are learning an instrument. We play a range of music from classical to modern and hope to perform 2 or 3 concerts a year (optional, you do not have to!) for the local community to enjoy and feel inspired.
Benjamin Ellin
Michele Northam
Monday evenings in Slaithwaite Civic Hall 7.30 - 9.30pm
 Chris Woodhead (Secretary)
SPO, the 'Symphony orchestra of the Colne Valley' give four concerts each year in Huddersfield Town Hall. Renowned for presenting the players with challenging repertoires, recent concerts have included Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony, Stravinsky's The Firebird, Shostakovich Symphony No 4 and 5, Carmina Burana and fully staged productions of Puccini's operas La Boheme and Tosca. New string players are particularly welcome. Please visit the SPO website for further information and details of forthcoming concerts.
Dave Ellis
Two rehearsals a month, Saturday mornings, St Cross Church, Middleton Park Avenue, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 4HX
South Leeds Community Orchestra was born in October 2014 and we are here so that we can maybe encourage others, who like some of us, can get our instruments out of the loft, dust them down, and play again. We also want to encourange any player, of any age to come a join our monthly rehearsal. We are not a teaching organisation, but so long as you can play and are capable and prepared to practice at home, you are welcome to come. Now an orchestra for brass and woodwind only.
Robert Guy
Mary Barber
Four Sunday concerts per year at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax with rehearsals on Sundays
 Nick Barber (01484) 544892
 Mike Briggs (01422) 372246
Established in 1997 this chamber orchestra is the resident orchestra at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Their repertoire is varied and interesting, and extra high quality string players are always welcome.
Tamsyn Fraser
Tuesdays 7.15pm to 9.15pm @ Scout Headquarters, Trippet Lane, Sheffield S1 4EL
 Anne Gurnell 07884 327214
Amateur Band, all ages, all brass, wind and percussion players welcome.
Christopher Haigh
Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at Trinity Centre, North Ormesby
 Liz Cameron (Secretary) on 01642 653046.
We are a local Symphony Orchestra made up of Music Teachers and other experienced musicians of a grade 8 standard. We perform two concerts a year, generally November and April/ May with rehearsals on a Wednesday from mid September to the November Concert and from Mid January to the April/ May concert. Formed in 1960, Our concerts have included well known orchestral works, to works commissioned and written for us.
Jason Mitchell
Tuesday 7.00 until 9.00, The Avenue Primary School, The Avenue, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS7 0AG
Teesside Wind Band is a small local ensemble who meet weekly in the Middlesbrough area. We are made of up of local musicians who enjoy playing for fun, making new friends and eating lots of cake! We give regular concerts throughout the year at local venues. No formal grade exam is needed, just turn up!
Charlie Gower-Smith
Sarah Reece
a few before each concert
 Deby Whitfield
We are a recently formed orchestra of around 50 players of experienced accomplished players who enjoy playing music together. We usually play three concerts per year of mostly classical and romantic music with the occasional foray into other genres.
Nicholas Concannon Hodges
Central Methodist Church in Todmorden on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30pm
 Jennifer Moorhouse
Todmorden Orchestra is a thriving orchestra in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. There are six concerts a year, four being orchestral, and two combining with a choral society. Programmes are varied and ambitious, and concerts take place in Todmorden Town Hall. There are currently two vacancies. One is for Principal Trumpet, and the other is for a Clarinet.
Joelle Braithwaite
Saturdays 10.15am - 11.45am
 Mike Howill
 Joelle Braithwaite
We are an unauditioned band for players grade 3+ and we welcome all ages. Our focus is on learning good music, making community and playing for mental health and well being. We rehearse in Bramley, Leeds on Saturday mornings and a nice cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake is important to our rehearsal ritual.
Mike O'Farrell
Saturdays in term time 9.15 - 11.30 at the Ilkley Baptist Church, Kings Road, Ilkley
 Les Goldman
The band plays from the typical concert band repertoire. We have vacancies chiefly for flutes, French horn, trumpets, lower brass and percussionists.
Trevor Vincent
Thursdays in term time 7pm - 9pm at St. James Church, Otley Road, Baildon
 Les Goldman
The band plays a mix of 'big band', jazz and latin numbers with some more modern rock'n'roll. Currently we are not looking for more players other than trombones and trumpets - but we are maintaining a waiting list!'
Sophia Davies / Abi Fisher 
Friday during term time at 5pm in the music department (Heslington campus)
 James Corkhill (Chairman) 07763 226314
Membership is mainly students at the university, but anyone is welcome to join.
Lee Muncaster
Julia Percival
Thursday evenings, Ossett, West Yorkshire
 Julia Percival
New players always very welcome, grade 6 or above.
Wensleydale Philharmonic Society NEW
Brian Wilderoder
7:30 - 9:30pm Thursdays over 3 terms that roughly equate to school term times, The Institute, Thornton Rust, DL8 3AN
 Antonia Johnston(secretary) tel. 01969 663325
We may have a fancy name, but we are far from that! The Wensleydale Orchestra is a small but very friendly group of musicians. Our members have a wide range of musical abilities and all are welcome whether you have experience of ensemble playing or not! All you need is a musical instrument and a desire to experience the joy that is playing with other people to create music! We do not hold auditions. If you are interested give Antonia a call or email her for more details.
Alison Major
West Leeds Music Centre, West Academy, (Back entrance on Summerfield Drive, LS13 1AJ), Saturdays 9-9.55am (term time)
 David Major 07528 586 139
The Beginners' Orchestra is for anyone who knows 3 notes or more on any instrument, up to around grade 2 standard. The emphasis is on having fun and introducing members to ensemble playing, with specially arranged music. Open to adults and children. The group is part of West Leeds Music Centre, which is run by Yorkshire Music Education Service.
Alison Major
West Leeds Music Centre, West Academy, (Back entrance on Summerfield Drive, LS13 1AJ), Saturdays 10.45-12.10am (term time)
 David Major 07528 586 139
The Orchestra is for all orchestral players from around grade 2/3 to grade 5+. It is a friendly group of adults and children playing a varied repertoire. The group is part of West Leeds Music Centre, which is run by Yorkshire Music Education Service
Ritchie Howard
Monday Evening, 7:30pm – 10pm, Birkenshaw Fire Station Headquarters, BD11 2DY
 George Jenkins
The West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Band is Yorkshire’s premier “Military Style” Concert and Marching Band. We’re based in Birkenshaw, Bradford and are proud to represent one of the national Emergency Services. The band boasts some 30+ volunteer musicians, from all walks of life. Often taking part at prestigious events all over the world, the Band is as comfortable at local galas as it is at performing ceremonial duties for Senior members of The Royal Family. No previous marching experience is required as all training will be provided. Contact us today!
Nick Meredith
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday nights 7.30-9.30 during the school term. Holbeck WMC, Jenkinson Lawn, Leeds LS11 9QX
West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra performs classical music to a high standard and aims to promote classical music outside its usual audience. We are a very welcoming group, and have a strong community ethos.
David Greed
Clare Richards
Methodist Church in Burley in Wharfedale, fives time per year, on a Friday evening and all day Sunday.
 Claire Richards 07928 485322
We are a small high calibre string orchestra of friendly players of grade 8 / Diploma standard. We are always happy to welcome new members, so if you are grade 8 standard or above and would be interested in joining us, please fill out a contact form on our website. Even if there isn't a permanent vacancy, there may be an opportunity to dep. for a weekend. We meet five times per year and give two concerts.
Ben Tierney
Ben Tierney
Tewit Youth Band rehearsal rooms on the corner of Strait Lane and Crag Lane in Huby, near Harrogate, every Thursday
 WRCB Admin
The White Rose Concert Band (WRCB) is a local community windband based in Harrogate, with a dedicated band room in Huby, near Harrogate. We have a Main and Training band. There are no auditions. All ensembles are open to players aged 16 and over. Training Band: 6.15pm – 7.15pm with John Kendrew. This is recommended for players of grade 1-4. Main Band: 7:45pm – 9:45pm with Ben Tierney. This is recommended for players of at least grade 5.
Archie Batty
Thursday evenings 7.00-9.30pm at Moortown Methodist Church, Alderton Rise, Leeds, LS17 5LH
The White Rose Orchestra is a friendly, supportive orchestra of approximately 40 members. We perform four concerts per year in November, December, March, and July. We welcome musicians of Grade 6+ standard to play orchestral music with us, and we offer a free first session to any potential members wishing to see if the orchestra is suitable for them.
Sue Sykes
New Earswick Methodist Church Hall on Monday evenings between 7.30 and 9.30 pm
York Concert Band is a thriving North Yorkshire ensemble and is a full concert band with brass, woodwind and percussion sections. It comprises close to fifty regular players, who meet weekly to rehearse an interesting and engaging repertoire for a regular programme of concerts. York Concert Band is always keen to recruit new players and operates an open policy. Any prospective players are welcome to attend rehearsals with a view to joining.
Martin Farmery
Malcolm Brunton
Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30pm at Acomb Methodist Church, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BX, September to July.
 Secretary Karen Nash (01904) 870759
York Light Orchestra established in 1947 is an amateur orchestra based in York. We perform up to six concerts a year for local charities and organisations. We play light classical music along with selections from musicals and films. We don't hold auditions and accept anyone (subject to space) who plays an orchestral instrument to grade 5 standard or above. We are now able to accept players under 16yrs as long as they are accompanied by an adult. There is a small subscription charge to members each year to pay the rent for our rehearsal room.
Alasdair Jamieson
Claire Jowett
Mondays at 7.00pm at the Mount School York
 Andrew Smith 01904 658193
Founded in 1898, the York Symphony Orchestra is the city's oldest amateur orchestra. Its aim is to give amateur musicians in York and the surrounding area the opportunity to rehearse and perform works from the orchestral repertoire. It is particularly keen to encourage younger players, and many of its soloists are young musicians with links to York. The orchestra meets weekly for rehearsals and gives three concerts each year, in November/December, March, and June/July.
Iveta Hlavenkova
Tuesday night, Yorkshire College of Music and Drama, 1 St Marks Ave, Leeds LS2 9BN.
 Iveta Hlavenkova 07456 459409
A new orchestra starting in September in Leeds - Yorkshire Chamber Orchestra. Players above Grade 5 standard welcome to join! We are looking for players for the string section (violins, violas, cellos and a double bass), woodwind section, flute, oboe, bassoon, horn and trumpet.
Advanced Flute Group (Grades 6- 8+) - rehearsals on Tuesdays 7.00 - 8.00pm at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama Leeds LS2 9BN, Intermediate flute group for Grades 3 -5 - starting on Fridays (time to be confirmed)
 Hazel Smith 07950 181510
All members of the flute family are welcome and there are regular opportunities to perform at local events.
George Kennaway / Andrew Watkinson
Saturday in term-time at the Allerton High School, King Lane, Leeds, from 10:00 until 12:30.
 YLSS secretary
Are you an adult beginner on a string instrument or not played for years and want to return? YLSS is a string orchestra with the emphasis on friendly, enjoyable and non-competitive playing with tuition from some of the finest professional musicians in the region. There is no minimum standard for joining the orchestra and the ethos is very much 'have a go', join in and play what you can.
Louise Lingard-Snape JP BA (Hons) FTCL LTCL
Monday from 19:15 until 21:15 at 16 Doncaster Road, Barnsley S70 1TH
 Director of Music 07903 553496
We are the North of England’s premier Military Concert Band. We are a 40 piece, self funded band with a superb Corps of Drums and are happy performing at many events. This has included ceremonial duties for Senior members of The Royal Family at Windsor Castle or entertaining at Chatsworth House. Every year brings a new fascinating set of engagements. Please call for vacancies
Major Jack Boden (ret.)
Sunday morning 10.00 - 12.15 (with break) Band Room Maltkiln Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire
 Dave Stephenson 01924 375934
Civilian military style wind band (Ex TA Band) - concerts, parades, European tours, Germany twice in 2006.
Keiron Anderson
 Paul Hannon
The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra is a quality wind ensemble which has performed an extensive repertoire of mainly modern works in Yorkshire and beyond and is now recognised as a leader in its musical field. Two important aspects of the objectives of the YWO are to promote the work of contemporary composers (especially British) and to encourage the development of young wind and percussion players in the Yorkshire region.

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