UK Amateur Orchestras

Heart of England (Gloucs, Shrops, Staffs, Hereford, Worcs, Warwicks, Birmingham)

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NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2015

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Wind band (brass and woodwind)

String Orchestra

Brass band



Conductor /
Rehearsal Venue / Times
Dr Trevor Farren
Alderbrook School, Blossomfield Road, Solihull. Wednesday 8-10 pm
 Jenny Phillips
Originally a youth band, the Band today comprises musicians of all ages, ranging from enthusiastic amateurs to graduate standard players. New members are always welcome.
Danny Price
Alcester on a Monday Evening
Contact via website
Established in 1897, we are a really friendly 4th Section traditional brass band, with a new dynamic musical director and conductor. We play all around the county and beyond, with 3 or 4 concerts per year, a contest or two and some fun bandstand work. We welcome players of all standards - we'd love some new players!
Stephen Lomas
Saturday mornings (term-time) Alveley Sports Club, Kidderminster Road, Alveley, Bridgnorth, WV15 6LN, 9.30am-11.30am.
 Matthew Leach (07825) 046928
The community band for the whole of Shropshire. Open to all instruments, ages and abilities, Alveley Village Band is famous for being the largest family-oriented community band in the country, bringing together grans and grandads, mums and dads, great gran and grandads, neighbours, children, teenagers anyone else who wants to take part. Pure fun for the whole music community.
Peter Searle
Alexander Webb
Wednesday evenings 8:0pm to 10;00pm at the Medical School, University of Birmingham
 Martyn Harris 0121 427 6187
Founded in 1969, the orchestra originally rehearsed in the Birmingham General Hospital, but since 1997 we have met in the Medical School. We are friendly group, and despite the orchestra's origin, welcome players from all walks of life. We give up to 3 concerts a year. We have vacancies for strings and brass.
Helen Hollinrake
Monday evening 7.30, The Nuneaton Coop Club, Dugdale Street, Nuneaton CV11 5QJ
 David Ireland - Chairman 07968 406164
Small friendly symphony orchestra 3 concerts a year, we meet most weeks to play even if not rehearsing specific works
Ian Worton
Valerie Blount
Saturday Mornings at Bewdley Primary School Stourport Road Bewdley Worcestershire
 Valerie Blount
 Ian Worton
We welcome all abilities. We currently have 40 plus members. We also run a Saturday morning music Academy for learners or returners of any age.
Ian Pickford
Friday 6.45 - 9.15 p.m
 Adam Smith (Orchestra Member)
 General Contact
See for more info.
Elaine Farmer
Roger Twivey
Tuesday 7.15 to 8.45 in Sutton Coldfield
Angela Davies 0121 329 2984
The Birchfield String Orchestra consists of a small group of players who meet weekly in Sutton Coldfield to play together for pleasure without the pressure of concerts. The orchestra owns a library of over 150 works from the baroque to the present day, covering a wide range of composers, forms and styles. Anyone with a basic standard of Grade V on violin, viola, cello or double bass is welcome to join.
Martin Leigh
Intensively before each concert
Julie Billingham 0121 550 0956
 Louise Wood
Recently in receipt of Arts Council recognition, Birmingham Chamber Orchestra is an ambitious ensemble of a high standard. In addition to a concert series throughout the Midlands, it specialises in semi-staged opera, collaborating with young professional singers. Participation is by invitation only.

Birmingham Concert Band

Eric Entwistle
Monday evening 7.45pm - 10pm St Catherines Church, Hampton Lane, Catherine de Barnes, Solihull West Midlands
 Sue Fullard
Concert Band established over 40 years ago and comprises semi pro and amateur musicians age range immaterial but minimum grade 5 standard, playing all types of music and performing to raise money for local charitable organisations. Vacancies exist in all departments but in particular, percussion, bass instruments, and middle range brass and wind. Also limited numbers of flutes and clarinets required.
Christopher Webb
Mondays during term time 7:30 - 9:30pm Springfield Primary School, Springfield Road, Moseley B13 9NY
 Linda Cullen
We are a dedicated group of like-minded musicians who enjoy music making. The orchestra is mostly made up of professional people leading busy lives, but who also like to play an instrument and enjoy the challenge of playing in an orchestra. A love of the music is a must; an enjoyment of playing with others is vital; enjoy music making? Well, it goes without saying! There is no audition needed, so come along and join us. We would particularly welcome string players.
Jack Lovell
Kat Galbraith
Alternate Sundays at AB Plus, Lower Essex Street, Birmingham, (11am) 2pm-5pm
 Jack Lovell
BGSO was formed in 2008 and has firmly established itself on the Birmingham LGBT and music scenes. We welcome orchestral players from all backgrounds and of all abilities from across the Midlands, particularly to the string and brass sections. This is a most welcoming and appreciative ensemble. You do not have to identify as L, G, B or T but all we as is that you are accomodating and friendly that you are brimming over with enthusiasm for making music - and new friends! Email for details.
Michael Lloyd
Birmingham Conservatoire, Sunday 10.00 - 13.00
 Chris Bertram 0121 689 2835
The Birmingham Philharmonic is one of the country’s leading non-professional symphony orchestras, with strong links to the CBSO and members from across the Midlands.

Bishop's Castle Orchestra

John Phillips
Thursday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30pm, New Street, Bishop's Castle SY9 5DQ
Kate Pratt 01588 638828
John Phillips 07790007469
A friendly community orchestra offering a wide variety of music at local events throughout the year. Current vacancies: competent and committed strings, flute/oboe.
Bobby Johnson
Wednesdays 7.00 - 9.00pm, The Methodist Church, stream Road, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9NP
 Adrian Barrett
BJ Concert Band is a community band, mainly wind instruments - but all welcome, that is intended for those who may not have played for a while or those who wish to enjoy playing with others.
Methodist church hall, Golden Cross Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove Worcs, Thursday 7.30 - 9.30
 Kevin Pearson 07776170827
We are a progressive and friendly band established in 1998 and based near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. We have seen a huge development over the last couple of years, and currently have about 35 players. We play a wide range of music and perform in various venues throughout the year such as bandstands, village fêtes, charity fund-raising events, and also more formal indoor concerts. We are always on the lookout for new players of any ability and instrument, particularly currently in the brass section (cornets, basses and trombones particularly welcome).
Nigel Wood
First rehearsals at the Friends Meeting House, 930 Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6NB.
 Nigel Wood
The Bournville Clarinet Choir is a new community music project meeting on a fortnightly basis at a local venue. Players from further afield are also welcome to attend. The project is intended to create a friendly environment while bringing clarinetists together who aspire to a high level of performance, technical knowledge and ensemble playing.The music will cover a wide range of styles and genres as well as several new arrangements and compositions customised to suit the abilities of the ensemble. We are to include players who own the more extreme instruments. E.g. Eb, Alto, Bass, Contra Bass clarinets.
James Ross
Margaret Wright
Sunday afternoons once a month, at The Castle Hall, Bridgnorth,
Founded in 2009, we are currently looking for Violins & Violas.
Shaun Middleton
Mondays all year (except Bank Holidays) 7.00 - 9.00 pm at Bridgtown Social Club, 170 Walsall Road, Cannock
 Becky Cartwright (member representative) 07973 134 830
Shaun Middleton 07973 408 036
We are a friendly band made up of a variety of ages and abilities. Our repertoire consists of show tunes, popular songs, old Dixieland Jazz numbers and many more. We play concerts and gigs around the region at fêtes, local bandstands and at the social club. There are no auditions we just need committed players with plenty of enthusiasm and at least grade 3 standard. Any wind or brass instruments are welcome however we are especially keen to hear from middle and bass instruments. You are very welcome to come along for an informal visit on any Monday rehearsal.
Georgia Vale
Saturday 10.00-11.00am during school term-times, Salvation Army Hall, Carlyle Road, Bromsgrove B60 2PN
 Georgia Vale 01527 879663
Bromsgrove Amateur Strings is a very friendly training orchestra, formed to give adults and children the opportunity to explore the string orchestra repertoire and enjoy playing together. The standard ranges from approx Grade 3-8, and no audition is necessary. We perform from time to time, and past and present repertoire includes Handel Concerto Grossi, Corelli Christmas Concerto, Warlock Capriol Suite, Dag Wiren Serenade, Pleyel, Duo (arrangement) as well as various Scottish Reels and other folk music.
David Thomas
Falcon Hotel, Bromyard, 7.30pm Fridays
Contact via website
Bromyard Wind Band is made up from players from a very wide area around the town of Bromyard in Herefordshire, England. Although “Wind Band” is in our title, we are a full Symphonic Concert Band / Ensemble.
David Haines
Tuesdays 19:30 - 21:30 at Trinity Methodist Church, Burton on Trent.
Contact via website
A friendly wind band, we perform in a wide variety of settings. We have recently played at The Royal Show, local beer festivals, and local churches. We be celebrated 15 years in September 2008, and looking forward to planning a return visit to Italy in 2009.

The Bus Band

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson /Ulrike Wilson
Mondays 19:30 - 21:30 at National Express West Midlands bus depot, Carl Street, Walsall.
Chris Wilson 07933281890
Ulrike Wilson 07983850095
Recently formed band, all wind band instruments required especially top woodwind, horns and trombones. No fees charged, very friendly and we play a good variety of music.

Cannock Chase Light Orchestra

Thursday 7.00 to 9.00pm, Littleton Green Community School, Huntington, Cannock
 Kevin 07891 731869
Not quite up and running at present, but already there is interest from quite a few musicians in the area. There are no formal auditions, but grade 5 or above would be expected.
Dan Watson
Thursday evenings from 7.45 - 9.45pm from September at Meadow View School, Great Barr, Birmingham.
 Harry Hawkes, Concert Secretary
 Donna Mc Donald, External Communications Officer
We are a community band and we are always welcoming new members. If you play trombone, euphonium or French horn we are particularly keen to hear from you. Players are usually over 18 and whilst we don't have any audition requirements, Grade 4 or above is usually a guide to the minimum standard required. However we are happy for anyone to attend and we are sure you will enjoy it! We do many concerts throughout the community each year and hope that members are committed to both these performances and our regular rehearsals. Members pay a small subscription which goes towards rehearsal venue hire, new music and teas/coffees. We welcome prospective members to attend a rehearsal just to see what it is like.
Anthony Bradbury
Anna Downes
Central England Ensemble (CEE) brings together graduate musicians and other talented performers to play symphonic repertoire to the highest standard. We are committed to promoting Midlands music.
Michael Lloyd
James Pattinson
2 weekends prior to each concert in Malvern - see website
 Roger Clift
Playing the big symphonic repertoire mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, Chandos gives three concerts per year in Malvern, under professional conductor Michael Lloyd and professional leader Kathryn Rutland. The orchestra also runs two workshops per year open to all comers. Numbering around 90 players from all over the West Midlands region and around the UK, the orchestra holds an annual young musician competition in January whose winner may be invited to play a concerto.

The Chase Light Orchestra

George Hardy
Carol Edwards
Thursday evening at the Chase Grammar School -Cannock 7.30 to 9.15pm
John Gansley 0771771911
Kevin Matthews 01543 466493
Membership Free. New players welcome with reasonable ability, no auditions. Established 2013. We tend to play modern and classical popular music. Regular concerts. Rehearsals are fun but with purpose.
Duncan Westerman
Sue Belinfante
Wednesday evenings in central Cheltenham
 Secretary 01452 714209
The orchestra gives four public concerts in Cheltenham Town Hall or other local venues.
David Curtis
Prestbury Junior School, Cheltenham. 730pm Thursdays in term time
 Secretary Andrew Chapman 01684-772272
The orchestra gives 7-8 concerts a year in Cheltenham and surrounding towns. There are potentially places for good string players.

Cirencester Community Orchestra

Tim Cambray
David Scott-Langley
Tuesday 7:00 to 8:30pm, Deer Park School Main Hall
 Tim Cambray 07876 183256
We welcome all players especially younger members who we try to pair up with more experienced players. Our repertoire is varied from film to symphony, from concerto to choral suite. We have worked with several other local groups to put on joint concerts.
Ian Higginson
To be announced shortly
Sunday afternoons in the Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester. 14.15-17.00
 Katie Emsley, Membership Secretary
A friendly Orchestra centred around Cirencester in the beautiful Cotswolds. Players are mainly good standard amateurs but we are lucky enough to have a few professionals among us - we learn from them and it helps to keep our performance standards high. Repertoire is mainly classical and increasingly ambitious - we have recently played Dvorak's New World Symphony, Beethoven IV and V. We perform two concerts a year, usually preceded by about 8 rehearsals - this makes us very popular with musicians who want to play with a full orchestra but don't want the commitment of a weekly rehearsal throughout the year. We welcome new members - at the moment we would particularly like to hear from string or brass players.
Wednesdays 8 00 pm, Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester
 Alan Bingle 01453 764626
String orchestra for adults who are of intermediate level. Ideal for players who used to play at school and who want to start playing again.
Brian Chappell
(changes each season)
Every Friday in term time from 7.00pm to 9.45pm at Blue Coat School, Terry Road, Coventry and occasion weekends as required.
 Brian Chappell 024 7678 8575
The orchestra is always pleased to welcome new members at any time during the season providing there are vacancies. It is expected that string players will have reached Grade 6 standard of the Associated Board or equivalent, although a promising Grade 5 might also be considered. Woodwind and brass Grade 7 and Percussion Grade 6. Age : 11 to 21 This past season (2009/2010) the orchestra has performed in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Coventry Cathedral, Butterworth Hall, Arts Centre, University of Warwick, The Parish Church of All Saints, Royal Leamington Spa and the Guy Nelson Hall, Warwick.
Phil Cowley
Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester. Monday evenings at 7pm in term time.
 Phil Cowley 01452 528008
The band gives 4-5 concerts a year, mainly in and around Cheltenham. There are potentially places for woodwind or brass players of above Grade 5 standard, especially horns and lower brass.
Stuart Hazelton
Monthly, 2 - 5pm on Saturdays or Sundays, at the Walsall campus of Wolverhampton University.
 Anne Willie 01789 292246
We are a small, friendly ensemble, the local part of a national organisation which is dedicated to workshopping and performing newly-composed music. CoMA was founded in 1993 with the aim of enabling musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music.
Hugh Bowman & Mike Thorne
Margaret Holter
An orchestral course held every Easter
 Angela Pettit Jones
A long-established adult annual residential orchestral course held at Easter in various locations. The 2015 course will be in Ellesmere, Shropshire. The aim of the course is not only to tackle large-scale repertoire that most amateurs do not often get the opportunity to play, but just as importantly to have fun socialising and playing. We are pleased to be able to offer free string scholarships in 2015 for young people and reduced-rate places for students of other instruments. Please check our website for vacancies for this year's course and get in touch.

Eclectica Coventry

Simon Watkins
Mondays at 7.30 in the Coventry Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA
 Simon Watkins 07729 108162
We play a selection of short, light classical and show music and aim to give at least once concert per term, usually to raise money for charitable causes. Members give £2 per session attended in subs. There is no obligation to attend weekly, though regular attendance is encouraged for the sake of progress towards performance standards. We are currently seeking new members in all orchestral sections, but have a particular need for stringed or bass instruments. There are no auditions and parts vary enough to suit a variety of abilities, although sight reading to at least a basic level is essential and the equivalent of Grade 3 is desirable.
Bernard Moses
Mondays from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at Wylde Green United Reformed Church, Britwell Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5SW
 Bernard Moses 0121 241 9087 or 07773 396234
Enigma Brass Ensemble are a 10 piece brass ensemble based in the West Midlands and play in the format made popular by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and subsequently London Brass consisting of 4 Trumpets, 1 French horn, 4 Trombones and 1 Tuba. We are always keen to hear from players of at least grade 8 standard with good sight reading capabilities as vacancies arise from time to time for players to assist with rehearsals and concerts. We play a wide and varied repertoire tailored to suit whatever engagements we have planned.
James Topp
Noriko Tsuzaki
Sundays 11am -4 pm at 4-6 week intervals at St Edmund’s Hall, College Road, Malvern CP, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, West Midlands, England, WR14 3DL
 Jane Whittle
 Ed Malpass
The UK’s 1st amateur orchestra to perform only original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 6+ musicians, all ages welcome.
James Topp
2nd Sunday of the month, 10:30am -12:30pm at The Memorial Hall, The Downs Malvern College, Brockhill Road, Colwall, Worcestershire WR13 6EY
 Jane Whittle
We only play original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 2-6 musicians, all ages welcome.
Sally Alexander
Monthly Sunday afternoon rehearsals at Kimichi School, 111, Yardley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27 6LL
 Jane Whittle
We only play original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 5+ musicians, all ages welcome.
Edward Roberts-Malpass
Monthly Saturday afternoon rehearsals at 2pm -4 pm at Little Witley Village Hall, Worcestershire. WR6 6LL
 Jane Whittle
 Ed Malpass
We only play original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 8+ musicians, all ages welcome.
David Taylor
1st Sunday of the month, 11am - 1pm at Appletree Studio, 15 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RU
 Jane Whittle
We only play original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 5-8 + musicians, all ages welcome.
Noriko Tsuzaki
2nd Sunday of the month, 1pm -3 pm at The Memorial Hall, The Downs Malvern College, Brockhill Road, Colwall, Worcestershire WR13 6EY
 Jane Whittle
 Noriko Tsuzaki
We only play original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 3-8 musicians, all ages welcome.
Edward Roberts-Malpass
Monthly Saturday afternoon rehearsals at 3pm -5 pm at Blakedown Parish Rooms, 18 Belbroughton Road, Blakedown, Kidderminster DY10 3JG
 Jane Whittle
 Ed Malpass
We only play original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 4-7 musicians, all ages welcome.

Five Valleys Adult Wind Band

Susan Bell
Saturday mornings during term time. 9.30 - 11.30 at Archway School in Stroud.
 Susan Bell 01452 618062
A well established intermediate wind band that plays a wide range of music including classical, swing, and film. We do at least 3 concerts a year, including charity performances. Recently we recorded for and were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. We offer a warm welcome to any new players, particularly brass. No audition necessary. Email or call for further details.
Kristyann Symonds
Once a month on Sunday afternoons 3.00 -5.00 pm
 Kristyann Symonds
Forest Little BIG Band is a Youth Big Band for musicians aged 11 - 22 from the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley area.
Simon Stephens
Thursday evening 7.30pm till 9pm at St. Georges Church Grange Road Tuffley
 Keith and Shiela Stephens 01452 413681
Welcome Woodwind and Brass players of any age and standard. Various gigs during the year mainly fêtes, and Christmas services with a couple of concerts mixed in. Playing a wide variety of music show tunes, classic arrangements and more contemporary items.
Glyn Oxley
Marie Roberts
Tuesdays from 7:30-9.30 pm at Elmbridge Road Junior School, Gloucester
 Chantal Butters 01452 614555
The Orchestra is always keen to welcome new members as players. There are no formal auditions but members are expected to be of a reasonable standard, ideally Grade 7 or equivalent. We are still after a string players especially lower strings and double basses!!.
Vaughan Smith
Great Wyrley High School, Hall Lane, Great Wyrley, Staffs. WS6 6LQ, Tuesday 7.15 - 9.30pm.
 Musical Director 01543 257535
Whether you play Woodwind, Brass or Percussion and are Grade 3 standard or above, we would be pleased to hear from you. Even if you haven't played for years, come along on a Tuesday and sit in with the Band.
First Sunday of every month at The Lodge Inn, Alsager
 Sue Simpson 07979 677170
Greenway Strings was formed in 2008 with a view to playing mostly baroque and classical chamber music with an emphasis on stylistic preparation

Hagley Community Orchestra

Cynthia Downes
Gill Blanchard
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9pm at the Drama Studio, Haybridge High School, Hagley, Worcestershire, DY8 2XS
 Cynthia or Andrew Downes
Established in 2004, our very friendly Community Orchestra takes on challenging repertoire from all eras and we perform to a very high standard. Instrumentalists (Grade 5+) are all welcome. We have great fun in rehearsals and our ages range from early teens to 85 at the moment.
Martin Leigh
Jennifer Smith
Monday evenings in Halesowen
Julie Billingham 0121 550 0956
A thriving weekly-rehearsing orchestra in the West of Birmingham. Presenting four concerts a year and often working with professional soloists.
John Meadows
Every Friday, 7:30pm, term time at the QAC, Court Oak Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B17 9TG
Richard Bridges 0121 501 3426
Founded in 1940, the orchestras main objective has always been to provide a friendly atmosphere where players of all ages and abilities can enjoy making music. Rehearsals prepare for three concerts a year.
Chris Davies
Wednesdays 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm at Langley Secondary School, Solihull.
 Carol Lewis
Harmonie is a Solihull wind band with a long and successful history of providing the opportunity for players to rehearse and perform concerts. We have no age restrictions or entry requirements - everyone is welcome. We take part in several concerts each year and often with local schools involvement. The band also commissions works and engages top professionals to conduct workshops to improve playing skills.
Mark Wooton
Jane Pudsey
Tuesdays at 7:30 in the Methodist Central Hall in Coventry
We play mainly light music. We welcome new string players in particular; players should be prepared to attend weekly rehearsals. We play three or four concerts in each year.
Thomas Payne & Roland Melia
Stephen Brown
Every Monday in term time, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Usually in The Griffin Centre at Hereford Sixth Form College.
Chairman - Derek Harries 01981 240936
The HSO was founded in 1958. It became established as an independent orchestra, and today it is the only regular adult orchestra in Herefordshire. Initially founded as a string group, it quickly developed a pattern of concerts including wind, brass, percussion players and choral groups. In the past the HSO joined with the Hereford Orchestral Society to give large symphony concerts. But when the Society ceased to function, the HSO took over such concerts.
Richard Laing
Eleanor Robson
In the 2 weeks before a concert, The Kingsley School, Leamington Spa
 J Stafford
Founded in 1977 by Andrew Mogrelia the Leamington Chamber Orchestra is a high quality amateur orchestra performing in Leamington Spa. The orchestra has a varied repertoire and is particularly keen to promote and perform lesser known pieces, and 20th Century works including commissions.
Thomas Payne
Edward Boothroyd
Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm (in term time) at Spencer Yard, Leamington Spa.
Via the website
Leamington Sinfonia is one of Warwickshire's most accomplished and socially active orchestras. We enjoy ambitious programmes, projects with local choral and ballet groups, workshops, and many fun events such as International tours, bike-rides and pub-crawls. We are currently looking for additional string players - especially violin, viola and double bass - and a new trombone player.
Mark Vause
Mondays, usually at the Guildhall from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
The Band performs up to 10 concerts a year, varying from outdoor concerts performed in bandstands, to more formal concerts, many arranged by the Band and performed at the Guildhall. Membership now exceeds 50 but there are still openings for additional players. Currently, we are especially looking for trombone and French horn players
Sara Birchall
Peter King
Tuesdays 7.45 - 9.45 in Lichfield
 Pam Easto - secretary
Lichfield Sinfonia is a small well established amateur orchestra. Players are a friendly bunch, of all ages, who share a love of making music. We play two main concerts, in May and December, with a lighter summer offering. Repertoire is mainly romantic, and concerts usually involve a professional soloist. There are always opportunities for string players in all sections, and for brass players.
Colin Reeves
Thursday evening, from 7pm til 8.30pm, at The Red Cross Centre, Smithfield Car Park, Ludlow.
Colin Reeves 01584 875608
We are a community wind band which performs at a wide range of outdoor and indoor concerts in and around Ludlow, Shropshire. Founded in 2009, plays wide range of concert band music to a high standard. Mixed ability of amateur musicians, new members welcome, there are no formal auditions.
Thomas Payne
Claire Tocknell
fortnightly on Sunday evenings in Wistanstow Village Hall (just off the A49,a couple of miles north of Craven Arms)
 Richard Linington 01588650185
The Ludlow Orchestra has approximately 50 players. It was founded in 1970 has gradually grown in size and in the expectations of its ever-increasing audience.
David Davies
Gareth Tucker
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.
Ed Harrisson
Catherine Newson
Manor Primary School, Wednesday evenings 7-9pm during term time
 Ian Myatt
The New Streetly Youth Orchestra aims to further the musical education of young musicians of all ages and abilities, improving confidence through regular rehearsal and performance. The orchestra is privileged to receive regular guidance and support from a team of talented tutors, many of whom have studied music and renowned establishments including the Birmingham Conservatoire. All tutors give up their time and energy for free to help lead rehearsals.

New Titley Phil

David Hatcher
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.
Julia Harding
David Weston
Friday evenings in Newcastle-under-Lyme
 Chris Mason
Founded in the 1930s; repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary.
George Taylor
Bill Anderton
Saturdays, 10.00 a.m.- 12.00 midday. Upleadon Village Hall
 Guy Fletcher 07763 186927
Amateur orchestra with regular concerts. No formal auditions; wide range of abilities and ages.
Richard Jenkinson
An all day workshop and two rehearsals in the week before a concert
 Alastair and Cathy Moseley 01527 760048
This is a high quality chamber orchestra based at the Church of St John the Baptist in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Players are selected by 'invitation only' with an emphasis on local players from Bromsgrove and Worcestershire. Encouragement for young players will be one of the main aims together with a choral event involving local singers. There are three concerts a year with a MusicFest based at the church in July and a chamber concert series throughout the year under the umbrella of 'The Orchestra of St John presents...'
Dan Watson
Sunday evening at Trefoil House, Central Birmingham
 Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
A community orchestra founded in 2012 for musicians playing to a Grade 7+ standard, all ages welcome. Repertoire of film, show, games and light popular music played in residences across the Midlands. All instruments welcome. Instrument bank, tuition and bursaries available on request. Rehearsing weekly in Birmingham and The Black Country the orchestra performs a minimum of 6-8 concerts per year, musicians have the opportunity to compose music to film and perform in a variety of unusual events across the region, including flash mobs.
Nigel Tyson
Weekly in Birmingham and The Black Country
 Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
A community dance band with repertoire of swing, blues, lindy through to indie and rock. All instruments and ages welcome. The band play at events and dances across the Midlands. Musicians should be able to play to a Grade 7 standard or above. The People’s Orchestra Dance Band rehearses weekly in Birmingham and The Black Country
Termly guest conductors
Kingsley College, Redditch, Worcestershire. - 7.30 till 9.30pm every Thursday during school term time
 Dorothy Longfils, Chairperson 0121 445 3365
The Redditch Orchestra, started in 1947, has a full symphony orchestra make up of mainly local musicians. We play three concerts a year and invite guest conductors and professional soloists from time to time. Presently we could do with more cellists and brass players.
Jack Lovell
Thursday during term time at the Newnham St Peter's Church of England Primary School hall, Station Road, Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire GL14 1AT, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
 Liz Pritchard
Launched in January 1993, the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is a lively and friendly ensemble comprising amateur musicians from all parts of the county, as well as the Forest of Dean and South Wales. The orchestra is continuing to expand and would like to hear from interested musicians.
Monday evenings in term time only, Rugby, Warwickshire
 Joanna Grindle 01788 579714.
We have been in existence since the 1950's, meeting on Monday evenings in term time only and giving about 3 concerts locally each year. We are always keen to recruit new members, especially string players,
Monday evenings at Kenilworth School, 6:45-7:45, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth CV8 2DA
CMS Office: 01926 742630
This is an adult learner string group, new members on all stringed instruments of a Grade 3 standard plus are welcome. The group plays a variety of styles from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic to jazz and folk. The group performs at yearly events such as Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations, CMS (Warwickshire County Music Service) concerts, and collaborates with the CMS adult winds and other groups.
Merren Anthony
Tuesday Evening from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall, Bromyard Road, St. Johns, Worcester WR2 5DL
Merren Anthony 01905 749 317
 Geoff Simmons 01905 353 013
We are an informal group of instrumentalists who simply enjoy group playing and who like helping and encouraging new players. We are mixed ability and several of our more experienced players also play with other orchestras in Worcestershire. Our Conductor is very experienced in encouraging and developing the skills of amateur musicians.

Scirocco Wind Ensemble NEW

Mark Allen
10 - 12 on Saturday mornings, roughly but not exactly corresponding to term times, in the band room of Bilton Silver Band in Rugby
 Pat Cole 01788 817780
We're a woodwind ensemble only, currently consisting of flutes, various clarinets and saxes. We don't hold auditions but expect players to be of a reasonable standard of, say, grade 5 or so, although no formal qualifications are required or expected. Just come along and have a blow! We could particularly do with a couple more sax players (any sax) but wouldn't turn away anyone who fits in. We normally do three or four concerts a year. Subscriptions of between £35 and £50 per year.
Martyn Ford
Wednesdays and Fridays, at Light Hall School in Shirley.
 Brian Johnson - 01564 703787
The Shirley Band is a traditional British brass band based in the town of Shirley in the Borough of Solihull. Each year we have a full programme of local concerts, and often play further afield at venues such as Cheltenham, Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon
Ken Lumley
Meole Brace secondary school, Longdon Road Shrewsbury, every Thursday evening 7.30pm - 10.00pm during term time
Liz Carr 01743 874096
Regular concerts including band stands, charity events. Enthusiasm, commitment, approx grade 5+ required. Current vacancies
Peter Road-Night
Sheila Thompson
The Priory School, Longden Road, Shrewsbury. Fridays (during term time) 7.30 - 10.00pm
 Secretary - Pat Evans 01743 362684
Founded in 1968, the orchestra plays a variety of music is played including light classical, show music, film and TV themes, traditional and modern popular numbers. Over the years the Orchestra has given both formal and informal concerts of light music in and around Shrewsbury.
John Moore
Paul Bramwell
Every Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm The Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School
 Hollie Whittles
We are always pleased to welcome keen, competent players of a suitable standard to the Orchestra as and when vacancies arise. Currently players of string instruments, particularly viola and double bass, would be especially welcome to the Orchestra. Vacancies for woodwind and brass occur rather less frequently, but we do need extra instruments for some works, or players to deputise for our regular members on occasions, so it is well worth getting in touch.
Michael Seal
Cambridge Road Methodist Church, Kings Heath. Typically Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 - 10pm
 Mark Desmond 0121-241-3398
The Sinfonia of Birmingham is a high standard chamber orchestra giving up to 5 concerts a year in the Midlands along with an international tour every 2 years. The orchestra has a close association with members of the CBSO either as conductor or concerto soloists.
Jon Malaxetxebarria
Sarah Sasse
Tuesday evenings, David Turnbull Music Centre, Solihull School, Warwick Road, Solihull
 Membership Secretary 0121 745-5548
Formerly Knowle Sinfonia, we are a friendly local orchestra with a growing reputation who enjoy taking on the challenge of an exciting repertoire. We are currently very keen to find more violinists, but there are often vacancies in other string sections too - why not get in touch to find out more?
Lee Differ
Diane Hiley
Monday evenings at the Bournville Friends Meeting House
 Chris Quince (Secretary)
A thriving friendly orchestra with over 65 members performing a broad range of music from major symphonic works and concertos with professional soloists to shorter classical pieces. Currently trialling 3 concerts a year and we are always on the look out for upper strings players. You can get more information at our website and we look forward to hearing from you.
Colin Touchin
 02476 670211
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra is a mixed professional and advanced amateur orchestra for the Midlands, with players from Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire. Audition or recommendation required for amateurs, who should be at least Grade 8 standard.
Colin Touchin
Thursday evenings, Old Library, Avenue Rd., Leamington Spa
 02476 670211
Spires Youth Orchestra is a high standard youth orchestra for the Midlands, with players from Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire. Ages 11 - 21, audition required: as a guide we expect grade 6+ for strings and grade 7+ for wind. The strongest players are invited to join the Spires Philharmonic Orchestra.
Paul Nevins
Peter Norris
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30 at St Leonard's Sports and Social Club, St Leonard's Ave, Stafford ST17 4LX
 Ros Sleigh
The Stafford Orchestra began as the English Electric Orchestra over 45 years ago. The orchestra plays a wide variety of music, and performs about 4 concerts a year in local venues. We are a friendly orchestra offering a warm welcome to new players, particularly strings. Contact details, maps and other information can be found on the website.
Darrell Wade
Mandy Hallam
St Patrick's School, Marston Road, Stafford, ST16 3BT. Monday evenings 19:30-21:45
 Darrell Wade 01785 824 855
The Stafford Sinfonia is a well-established orchestra performing around four concerts each year in and around the town of Stafford and often branches to other venues around the county of Staffordshire itself. We are particularly interested in hearing from string players and bassoonists, although vacancies crop up in other departments depending on repertoire and availability.

Staunton Concert Band

Monday night at St. Hardulph's School at Breedon on the Hill
A group of amateur musicians of all ages presently consisting of 50 members. We play music of all kinds, classical, film, other and give a number of concerts each year.
Martin Sleaford (orchestra)
Martin Sleaford (Choir)
Mondays 7:30 (orchestra) and Tuesdays 7:30 (Choir) in The Unicorn Centre, Brettell Lane, Stourbridge DY8 4ES
 Jim Pearman 01562 632172
It was founded in 1884, and is one of the oldest choral and orchestral societies in England. The choir and orchestra meet from September to July and perform in three concerts per year. The choir and/or a small group of players is available for weddings etc.
Andrew Swinn
Diana Lucas
Friday (19:45-22:00) in school terms, at Shottery Village Memorial Hall, Stratford (western outskirts)
 Andrew Swinn 01789 763954
Diana Lucas 01386-840442
The orchestra performs works largely from the classical repertoire from the 17th to the 20th century. Concerts are given three times per year. The orchestra is always on the lookout for new players, particularly in the string and trumpet sections.
Jonathan Earle
Thursday Evenings, Stratford upon Avon
Stratford Concert Band is an established concert band whose activities centre on the town of Stratford upon Avon, with a range of formal concerts and outdoor appearances. The band's repertoire consists of marches, light classical arrangements, familiar show and film arrangements, and original works for concert band.
Simon Kemp
Tuesday evenings
 Ray Coyte
The orchestra starts rehearsals in January 2016 and its first concert will be “Baroque and Roll” which gives a clue to the music styles they intend to span. We want to have an orchestra comprised of a mix of adults and teenagers who would enjoy playing a wide range of music - not necessarily serious classical music all of the time. The orchestra are now actively looking for members and all are welcome. If you feel you would like to join the Stratford Festival Orchestra we can be contacted via the website or Ray can be emailed directly. We will be really pleased to hear from you..... particularly if you are a string or brass player.

Stroud Concert Band

Susan Bell
Tuesday evenings at Whiteshill Primary School from 7 - 9 beginning in September.
 Susan Bell 01452 618082
Come and join the new Stroud Concert Band in September. No audition necessary but we are looking for intermediate to advanced players of all ages, (Grade 4+) especially lower woodwind and brass, to play a large range of concert band music. Depending on the band composition we intend to start with Finlandia and/or Polovtsian Dances by Borodin. For further details please email or call.
Jonathan Trim
John Woodward
Wednesday eves 7.45-9.45pm at Marling School, Cainscross Road, Stroud
 Martin Green (Chairman) 01453 763375 (daytime)
 Lil Brooks (Secretary) 01242 603255 (day/eve)
We are a large, established and very friendly orchestra. We perform three concerts a year (Nov, March and June/July) usually at Holy Trinity Church, Field Road, Stroud. Our members (and audience!) enjoy a rich variety of concert programmes including guest soloists and premiers of new works. There is currently room for expansion in the string sections. Warm welcome guaranteed.
Guest conductors
Jeremy Blunt
Thursdays, 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm
 Kevin Boyd, Secretary 0121 308 8755
Sutton Coldfield Orchestra is an enthusiastic small orchestra, playing concerts in and around Sutton Coldfield five times a year, including a Young Soloist Concert, a concert of chamber works, and a family Christmas Concert.
Tony Eno
Tuesday evenings during school term time 7.15pm to 8.45pm at Flax Hill Junior School, Chestnut Avenue Tamworth B79 8QZ
 Lorraine Smith
We are a new wind band recruiting brass, woodwind and percussion musicians of grade 4 standard and above.
Andi Straw
Thursdays 18:30-19:30 Ketley Community Centre, Holyhead Road, Ketley, Telford TF1 5AN
 Andi Straw 07985 903731
Do you play an orchestral instrument to approximately Grade 4 standard or above? Would you love the opportunity to play with others? TCO would welcome you, whatever your age.
Bob Vivian
Julia Johnson
Mondays from 7.30pm - 9.30 pm at Chilcott Gardens, Bridgnorth Rd., Madeley, Telford
 Phil Yates 01746 761 424
Founded in 1862 and playing music from the 18th to the 21st century. We are currently recruiting brass and strings players who should be Grade 5 or above. We perform three or four concerts per year.
Melanie Parker
Sunday 16:30 19:00
 Steven Parker
Tenbury Town band is a community concert band. We have players of all ages and abilities. We have an apprentices band for adults and young people who do not feel ready to join the main band. There are no subscriptions. The band has a variety of engagements throughout the year; National Arboretum, concerts in local theatre, summer events throughout Hereford and Worcestershire. The band also marches and plays for Remembrance Day in two towns, but also civic and memorial days across the county. We welcome all players
Thursday from 7 PM to 9 PM, at the Newcastle Baptist Church Hall, on the A34, Newcastle-under-Lyme
We welcome all orchestral instruments to join our string, brass and woodwind sections.
Ian Higginson
Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30pm, Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham
 Ian Higginson 01242 230455 07788153776
Players are recruited from the University and the community. The orchestra gives performances at venues off campus, very often in churches in Gloucestershire and it occasionally joins with the University choir. It is a very friendly group and anyone interested in joining the University orchestra is warmly invited to contact Ian. We do expect players to be Grade 6 standard or above.
Paul McGrath and Lucy Griffiths
Tuesday 7pm- 9:40pm
 Music Centre +44 (0) 24 7652 3799
'University student orchestra which welcomes University Staff and members of the local area
Clive Allsopp
Carol Edwards
Forest Community Association, Hawbush Lane, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 1AG. 7:45-9:30pm Mondays during term time.
  Ian Sumner
Usually performing 3-4 concerts per year, we are particularly looking for violinists and horn players. Grade 5 standard or above - no audition needed!
Alex Parker
Ron Everett
Saturday mornings, once a month
 Ron Everett
Warwick Community Band provide a platform for members of the public to work and come together in one intergenerational activity. The members can be of any musical standard, no auditions will take place. The ethos of the band is for its membership to meet together play and enjoy music, and to be able to give public performances. The band are non competitive, (competition involves hours of practice, and often excludes the weaker players.) The band play popular instantly recognised music that will be entertaining to the majority audience.
Dan Jones
King Henry VIII School, Coventry Alternate Sundays 10:30-13:00
Warwick Orchestral Winds was formed in 1992. The band draws its members from all over the Midlands, giving concerts in the Warwick and Leamington Spa area. The ensemble has a deserved reputation for programming less well known works together with more traditional and well known classics from the Symphonic Wind repertoire.
Barney Barnes
Monday evenings 19:30 - 21:30, Central Coventry
A very social and active wind band with many performance opportunities and a large range of repertoire. To get more information please take a look at the website. New players are always welcome, get in touch!
Eddie Jones
Woolston Village Hall, nr Coventry. Some Fridays 7.30 - 10pm, as arranged
 Clive Letchford
We play mainly 18th century music in historically informed style. Most string players have baroque bows, and many use gut strings. Wind and brass have copies of historic instruments. We generally put on three concerts a year around Warwickshire.
Guy Woolfenden
Jeremy Ballard
Usually Wednesday evenings at Myton School, Myton Road, Warwick
 Malcolm Rowson 01926 491785
Drawing players from all over Warwickshire and beyond, this large Symphony Orchestra has a challenging repertoire and gives high quality performances with internationally acclaimed soloists.
Kevin Steward
Richard Waterhouse (Chair person)
Monday evenings between 7:30pm and 9.30pm at West Mercia Police Headquarters, Hindlip
 The Chairman, 07534 904123
Formed in 1988, the Band of West Mercia Police has established an impeccable reputation both for musical performance and work within the community. The band takes part in contests and also has a good concert schedule each year and has its 25th anniversary concert planned for 2013. It is currently looking to add to its ranks, especially trombones, basses and cornets. Please contact the band chairman for further information
David Etheridge
Jane Ware
Alternate Sundays at the Garden Room, Stone Manor Hotel, Kidderminster from 7.30-9.30
 Dennis Brown 01905-773178
WMLO is not yer average Light Orchestra: it's actually a jazz big band with a 20 piece string section and six extra woodwinds. Formed in 1982 by Les Pursey, we specialise in playing songs from the 'golden era' of song writing (1930s-70s) , so our repertoire includes standards, film themes and songs from the shows. We have over 200 original arrangements in the book, providing jazz with a hint of Mantovani!
Douglas Graham
YMCA, Claverly Drive, Warstones, Wolverhampton on Thursdays at 1930 till 2130.
 Caroline Price 07738165239
We are a group of about 50 musicians who have a common interest in playing and performing music. We perform at many venues such as fêtes, concert halls, church, band stands etc.
Pat Ryan
Stephanie Hyde (Chair person)
Wednesday evenings between 7:30pm and 10:00pm at Safeside, Fire Service Headquarters, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW
 The Band Manager, 07814 682724
We are always looking out for new talented musicians. We are a very busy organisation with over 30 engagements each year and aim to have sufficient additional players to ensure that each section is represented on all occasions. If you are a proficient instrumentalist and are interested in joining us, we suggest that you sit in on a rehearsal to try us out. We are a very friendly group and everyone is made welcome from the start. Membership of the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service is absolutely free to instrumentalists who share a passion for performance and music making. If you want to join us, please contact our Band Manager first, so that we can welcome you and arrange access into the Headquarters.
Brian Telford
Fortnightly Sundays 3pm - 5pm Norton & Lenchwick village hall 2 miles north of Evesham
 Brian Telford
All wind, brass and percussion players welcome. Minimum requirements to be able to play an octave. No age restrictions. The band holds an annual workshop in March with tutors from Stratford upon Avon based Orchestra Of The Swan.
Peter Morris
Ros Rayner
7.45pm Thursday, Cranmer Methodist Church, Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton.
 Richard Anderson 01902 752755
Formed in 1973 by a group of keen amateur players to satisfy a need for local players to prepare to as high a standard as possible interesting works for public performance.
Neil Aston
Wednesday 7.30 - 9.30 in the Magdalene Room at St Georges Church, Barbourne, Worcester
 Ian Pattison 01905 453521
A very friendly group rehearsing from September to June each year under a professional conductor and giving four varied concerts each season in Pershore Abbey. New string players always welcome and vacancies exist in the brass section.
Keith Slade
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:45 St Martin's church, London Road, Worcester
Formed in 1905, WSO is a large Symphony Orchestra, which draws keen amateur players players from across Worcestershire to performs 3 concerts a year. Under its new conductor, Keith Slade, WSO has started to develop a new challenging repertoire with internationally acclaimed soloists. A very warm welcome awaits new players - particularly string players (violins and violas) of at least grade 7 standard
Dan Watson
Jennifer Smith
Every Wednesday (in School term) at 7.30 pm. Trinity Methodist Church Kidderminster
 Nick Batson 01562 863503
New players are always welcome. There are currently some vacancies in the strings. Players should be a good grade 7 and be prepared to attend weekly rehearsals. Concerts 3 times per year, March, July and December in Kidderminster Town Hall.
Michael Maddox
Ann Hutton
United Reformed Church, Hillmorton Road Rugby, Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30pm
 Ann 07790 678737
All ages from school age to OAPs! Need to be able to read music. Regular members make a contribution towards the overheads of the band. New members welcome to come for a trial period free of charge. A friendly and sociable band, we love playing a wide range of music.

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