UK Amateur Orchestras

North West England (Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Gt. Manchester)

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Conductor /
Leader
Rehearsal Venue / Times
 
Contact(s)
 
Rachael Howarth
Fiona Liddy
Friday evenings 7pm to 9pm at Abney Church, Huddersfield Rd, Mossley. Starter Orchestra 5:30 to 6:30
 Rachael Howarth 07870988263
 Website queries
We welcome anyone, young or old. Present members ages range from 10 to retired. Very friendly group. Several small local concerts each year. Come and have fun. DESPERATELY looking for brass, particularly trumpets and tuba.
Doug Clarkson
 
Mondays and Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm, The Old Courthouse, Russell Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire
 Karen Bailey (Secretary) 07986131448
 
We are a friendly amateur wind band with members ranging in age from 12-73 years of age. We have a varied concert repertoire and are currently looking for new players in most sections, but particularly brass, sax & clarinets. We have a training band 6.30-7.30pm on Thursday before the main band where less experienced players can prepare for and progress to the main band. Everyone is assured of a warm welcome. Call if interested or simply turn up on Thursday!,
Timothy Kendal
Shahla Armitage
Thursday evenings at Scout Headquarters, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
 Roger Dowling 01925 756390
 
We give three concerts each year in November, March and May, and hold a full-day orchestral workshop each year. The orchestra is one of the friendliest in the North West and always welcomes new players, particularly strings.
Bill Freeman
 
Rehearsals are held each Tuesday 2pm - 4pm at The United Reformed Church, Brookhouse Road, Alsager ST7 2PA
Bill Freeman 01270 747848
 
We would still welcome all Strings, Bass, Bassoon and Percussion. If you used to play then give me a ring. Tuesday rehearsals are great fun with no pressure on anybody. Playing proficiency is mixed, but perhaps a minimum of grade 4 standard is needed to enjoy it.
Gerry Moylan
 
19.30-21.30 Monday evenings. Woodlands United Reformed Church, Woodlands Park Way, Altrincham WA15 7QT
 RoddyToffler
 
We are an orchestra that plays light music - principally composed in the 20th century but also overtures, suites, ballet music, symphonic movements etc. from the 18th and 19th centuries. String, brass and woodwind players are all welcome.
Louise Latham
Mary Anderson / Brigid Rawling
Two Sundays before concerts
 Peter Aggett
 Brigid Rawling
Small string orchestra, established in 2004, playing in South Manchester area.
Barry Bleasdale
Thomas Muir
Cambridge Street Methodist Church, Accrington. Fridays 7.15 - 9.30pm
 Eileen Charnock (secretary)
 Neil Edwards (chairman)
Always seeking new players, particularly; horn, bassoon, tuba and trombone.
Ian Pickford
 
Friday 6.45 - 9.15 p.m
 Adam Smith (Orchestra Member)
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Richard Howarth
Alex Stemp
Tuesdays 7.15- 9.30 pm at Mellor Methodist Church, Mellor, Blackburn BB2 7EW
 Rona Courtney 01254-677689
 
String players are always welcome to join the orchestra. Informal auditions are held for wind and brass players when vacancies arise.
Helen Harrison
Helen Andrews
Thursday evenings at Blackpool VI Form College
 Ian Edmundson
 Wendy Pallant
We play three concerts a year including a summer concert of lighter music in June. New string players (especially violins) are always welcome.
Cherry Vann
Emma Green
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30, Central Baptist Church, Bolton, BL1 2PU
 Cherry Vann 0161 678 1454
 
Bolton Chamber Orchestra is an amateur orchestra that has been performing in Bolton for nearly 50 years. We perform three concerts a year in and around the Bolton Area. We currently have vacancies.
Bob Chasey
vacant
All in the week leading up to the concert
 David Greenhalgh
 
We occasionally have a small number of vacancies. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting group please use the form on our website.
Frank Lennon
Jem Bradley
Thursday evenings Sept-June, 7.30pm at St Luke's Church Hall, Brierfield BB9 5JL
 Judith Doe 01282 838609
 
Concerts in October, February and June at St Peter's Parish Church, Burnley, performing large scale symphonic works, also choral concerts with Burnley Municipal Choir in November, March and April. We currently have vacancies in some sections for players of Grade V or equivalent.
Sarah Chan & Daniel James
Lisa Thomas
Hulme Hall Old Dining Room, Oxford Place, Rusholme, Manchester. Tuesdays during university term: choir 6-8pm, orchestra 8.15-10.15pm
  
 
CAOS is a friendly non-audition music society, based in the University of Manchester but open to anyone (student or not) who enjoys performing. We rehearse once a week during the university term and give two concerts a year, in addition to residential trips and social events.
Aidan Howgate
 
Monday 4-5pm, Chapel-en-le-Frith Primary School
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
 
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for beginners to Grade 2
Peter Stallworthy
Louise Latham
Wednesdays and Thursday in the two weeks prior to any concert. Alternating between Wilmslow Parish Hall, Wilmslow and Christchurch, Didsbury
 Peter Stallworthy
 Alastair Roberts
Cheshire Sinfonia was formed in May 2005 with the intention of providing excellence in music making for players and audiences alike. The orchestra comes together for a brief but intensive period of preparation before each concert and players join by invitation or audition on a concert by concert basis. This flexibility enables the orchestra to attract the best available players for each concert. In five short years, Cheshire Sinfonia has attracted widespread acclaim for its quality of ensemble, blend and the sheer freshness and exuberance of its performances. In addition to its own season of concerts, Cheshire Sinfonia collaborates in performances with its sister organisation, the chamber choir CHORALE, and has accompanied a number of the region's choral societies, including Chester Music Society, Stockport Grammar School and the Barnby Choir.
Daniel Parkinson and Mairerad Bushnell-Wye
 
Saturday morning at Hartford High School from 10am til 1pm
 Music Service Secretary, Nicola Cooper 01248 714501 ext 233
 
The Cheshire Youth Orchestra comprises some of the most talented young musicians from all over Cheshire. The Cheshire Youth Orchestra and the Cheshire Youth Training Orchestra provide a fun and friendly environment where young musicians can meet and play in a symphony orchestra setting on a regular basis to develop their musical skills. The minimum standard for entry to the CYO is that you are most likely to have passed Grade 5, or due to take it in the near future. For the CYTO, the same applies, but at Grade 3.
David Chatwin
Sarah Jessop
Monday evenings at 7.30pm, All Saints Church, Hoole Road, Chester.
 Mary Dentschuk, secretary
 
We give about 5 concerts a year. We are currently seeking to recruit viola and double bass players, and have some vacancies for brass players (all sections). Good string players are always welcome.
Andrew Edwards
 
Normally meet at 7 pm on the first Friday of each month at Barrow Village Hall Main Street , Great Barrow , Cheshire . CH3 7HX.
Irena Emberson 01244 349936
Andrew Edwards 01244 378590
We are an informal chamber orchestra who meet with our conductor Andrew Edwards to play symphonies by Mozart , Haydn , Beethoven , Schubert , Mendelssohn , etc. New strings, and some woodwind / brass players are welcome.
Ian Robinson
 
Monday evening at Blacon High School between 7-9pm.
 John Collins (chair person) 01244 659211
 
The Band are looking for new members and have a variety of instruments available. It's first come, first served!
John Modelski
 
The Queen's School, City Walls Road, Chester CH1 2NN on Friday evenings in school term time from 7 pm - 9.30 pm (commencing from 12 September 2014),Mags Kerns
Chairperson (07958 530396)
 
The Orchestra is being set up to give Chester's young players of every orchestral instrument the chance to play in a full symphony orchestra. The aim is to make the experience fun and friendly whilst also achieving a high level of professionalism, therefore developing musical skills and experience. The repertoire will always be varied and challenging and there will be 2 concerts per year.? Applications are invited from players up to the age of 21 and of approximately Grade 5 Level or above.
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!!

Colne Orchestral Society

Judith David
 
Mondays 7.30pm - 9.30pm Bethel Chapel, Burnley Rd, Colne, Lancashire
 Justine Wormwell - Secretary
 
We are a friendly amateur orchestra based in Colne, Lancashire and were founded in 1891! We have two concerts per year, one in March and one in November. New members are always welcome.

Con Fuoco

 
 
Wednesdays, 7.30pm - 9pm, Chester
 Tracy Grant 0788 444 2331
 Andrea Grant
Con Fuoco has been in existence for over 15 years, we are a small, informal and friendly group of wind instrument players - currently flute, oboe, clarinets and bass clarinet. We are actively recruiting new members for our Wednesday rehearsals - all wind very welcome. We play a variety of music, from Mozart to The Beatles. We are mixed ability, no rehearsals, all fun.

Concordia String Orchestra

Jean Fielden
 
Torkington Centre Hazel Grove from 10.00 til 12.30 on alternate Wednesdays
 Nick Heath 07890 871212
 
The Concordia String Orchestra was founded in 1989. It is a very friendly orchestra which has its own extensive music library. The orchestra does not perform in public and there are no auditions. All you need is enthusiasm for string music and a willingness to work.
Jake Convery
 
Monday nights 8pm - 9.30pm at Mossley Village Hall, Bida Lane, Congleton, Cheshire East CW12 3LJ
Jake Convery 07516 147871
 
Recently formed chamber orchestra welcomes enquiries from new players.
Eddie Garrard
Hannah Boulton
Saturday mornings during term time
 Helen Chappel - Secretary
 
The ages of the orchestra members range from 9 years up to 25 years. Younger players have their own Wind Tutor and String Tutor (Grade 2 upward) who run separate rehearsals as and when required. The Intermediate players are integrated into the main orchestra as soon as practicable. String players are particularly welcome, and we currently also have vacancies for bassoon players, and French horn players.
Albert Dunseath
 
Thursdays 7:30 to 9:30pm at Wistaston Memorial Hall, Crewe
 Peter Powell
 Sarah-Jayne Steer
A well established band of approx. 35 players of Grade 5+ standard. We perform a wide variety of music from classical to music from stage and screen. We perform at least 6 concerts a year some of which raise money for charities.
Guest Conductors
Henry Gibson
Fridays 7.45 pm to 10 pm at Blundellsands United Reformed Church, Warren Road
  
 
Gives 3/4 concerts per year in Liverpool/North Wales. New string players always welcome. For details of current vacancies please contact us via our website.
Kathryn Burke
Kathryn Burke
Wednesday evenings 7:30 - 9:45 pm,
 Kathryn Burke 07974 708351
 
We are a friendly community wind band in North Manchester. We play a variety of music, from classical to jazz and pop, and new players are always welcome.
Jeff Snowdon
 
Friday 5:30-7:30pm at Bradbury House, Glossop
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
 
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, by audition/invitation, Grade 4 and above.
Rachel Whibley
 
Monday 5-6pm at Bradbury House, Glossop
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
 
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for Grades 2 to 3.
Jeff Snowdon / Guest conductor
 
Occasional weekend courses
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
 
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, open to wind, brass and percussion players of all ages.
Jeff Snowdon
 
Tuesday 7pm - 8:30pm at Glossopdale Community College
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
 
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, by audition/invitation, Grade 4 and above.
Tim Ashcroft
 
Thursday nights, LMRCA, Navigation Road, Altrincham
 Graham Tuffet 07921 316 733
 
We're a big band of saxophones, clarinets, flutes, trumpets, trombones, with bass, drums and piano. We always welcome new members - if you're interested in joining us come down on Thursday nights to LMRCA, Navigation Road, Altrincham.
Gavin Holden
 
Sunday starting at 9.00am at the TA Centre, Norris Green, Liverpool, L11 5AF
 Richard Howe 0151 270 3146
 
We are a Territorial Army (TA) Wind Band based in Liverpool. Our repertoire of music is varied ranging from classical, big band to modern. We would welcome anyone that plays a wind, brass or percussion instrument that might be interested in coming along to a musical rehearsal and to find our more about the band. Please contact Richard Howe for more information.
Dale Grindrod
 
Sunday 10.00 am to 12.00 noon, Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle BB5 3HZ
 Ian McGuinness 01204 303971
 
Dating back to 1842, and recognising our military roots we have been playing a prominent role in commemorating the centenary of WW1 and the Accrington Pals, both on television and radio as well as live in concert. We continue to add to our repertoire of modern music, film scores, and popular music from the shows. Now constituted as a community wind band, we welcome musicians of all ages and ability without audition. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players all are equally welcome.
Cathie Brooks
 
Wednesday at 7.30 PM at the Drill Hall in Bury Town Centre
Martin Hiwarth 07590262827
 
Fusiliers Association [Lancashire] Band is a military style concert band. We welcome all brass and woodwind players [at any level] See out website for our concerts. We have been in existence about 10 years and have playing in Germany and Canada. We are playing France this year and back to Canada in 2008 with a possibility of playing in Cyprus in the next couple of years.
Brian Hughes LGSM
Peter Farnbank LRSM
One Sunday in three, 2.30 to 4.45 at St Stephen On the Cliffs Church, Holmfield Road, North Shore, Blackpool FY2 9RB
 Jane Foster 01253 351020
 
A friendly group, we enjoy playing light music and give about six concerts/events a year. Our concert proceeds finance our expenses, so players don't pay subscriptions. We also benefit from an arranger-in-residence, often reviving old music into a playable modern idiom. String players are especially welcome, but we also have vacancies for wind and brass players.
Peter Buckley
Karen Rouse
The Drive Methodist Church, Clifton Drive South, St Annes FY8 1LH
 Peter Buckley tel. 01253 725510
 
We do 3 regular concerts a year, plus others by invitation. We always welcome new string players.
Jeff Snowdon
 
Friday 4:15-5:15pm at Bradbury House, Glossop,
 Jeff Snowdon 01457 853137
 
An ensemble of the Dark Peak Music Trust, suitable for beginners to Grade 3
Juan Ortuño and Andrew Hodkinson
John Resek
Sundays 10.15am-12.30pm at The Community Centre, The Forum, Romiley, Stockport.
 John Boydell
 
The orchestra is the oldest in the North West (founded in 1854) and presents five concerts each year, two of which are at Gorton Monastery.
Alan Nuttall
Andy Bate
Monday evenings from 7.45 p.m. until approximately 9.45 p.m. at Hale United Reformed Church
 Andy Bate 01925-756650
Hon. Secretary 0161-928-9618
The Orchestra is always delighted to welcome new members, both playing and non-playing. We always have vacancies for String players, and a further percussionist would also be very welcome. We also have a vacancies for a French Horn and second Trombone.
 
 
Mondays in term time, 5-5:45pm, at St Benedict's Primary School, Handforth, SK9 3AE
 Rosemary Thomason 01625 535845
 
We're a jazz band who welcomes all wind and brass players aged 10-18, of any ability. We rehearse on Mondays in term time, 5-5:45pm, at St Benedict's Primary School, Handforth, SK9 3AE. We regularly participate in local events and in concerts organised by our teacher.
Mehrdad Bakhshayesh
 
Thursday 7:30 till 10:00 pm Methodist Church, Wesley Street, Hazel Grove.
 Mehrdad Bakhshayesh
 
We always have vacancies for experienced and enthusiastic musicians, so if you enjoy playing beautiful music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then come and join us on Thursday evenings! You will be warmly welcomed!
Liam Crawford
 
Sundays Sandy Lane Scout Hall, Heswall 0945 - 1200 hours
 Dr J L Booth FRCR 0151-342-1944
 
A Concert Band formed in 1996, playing all types of music. Currently seeking Solo Clarinet (at least Grade 8), Bassoon, Oboe, 3rd French Horn and auxiliary percussionist (glockenspiel). We play from 5 - 12 concerts a year and at least one is for Charity.
Andrew Hodkinson
Cornelia Pratt-Hartmann
Mechanics Institute, Whaley Bridge, Monday evenings
 Peter Aggett 01663 719400
 
New string players are always welcome, and there are also occasional vacancies for wind players.

Hope Park Concert Band

Anne James
 
Tuesday 6.-7.15pm at Hope Park, Taggart Avenue, Liverpool. L16 9JD
 Anne James
 Ben Toleman
Woodwind and brass players are all welcome - you need to be at least grade 5 standard. We rehearse and perform a variety of music including traditional wind band repertoire as well popular film score arrangements etc. Players of all ages are welcome. Hope University students and staff play as well as musicians from the community including talented young people, those who are rekindling an interest in performing, retired people and local music teachers. We are particularly keen to recruit brass players but all are welcome!
John Modelski
 
Saturday mornings in Barrow Village Hall, Main Street, Great Barrow, Chester, CH3 7HX from 9.00 to 10.15am.
 Roanne Paul 01829 741603
John Modelski 07818 027157
Are you learning to play an orchestral instrument? Would you like to play with other budding musicians and have some fun? If so, come along and join in.
John Modelski
 
Saturday mornings in Barrow Village Hall, Main Street, Great Barrow, Chester, CH3 7HX from 10.30am to 13.30
 John Modelski 07818 027157
Roanne Paul 01829 741603
The orchestra was founded in 2001 to enable musicians of all ages and abilities to participate in a performing orchestra. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and geared towards encouraging the best performances from its members and aiding their musical development. An annual concert is held in July and the orchestra occasionally performs away from its base in Barrow. New members are welcome and we try to cater for as wide a range of instruments as possible.
Andy Baker
 
Saturday mornings in Barrow Village Hall, Main Street, Great Barrow, Chester, CH3 7HX from 09.15 (sat down and ready to play) for an hour
 Andy Baker 07801 141 773
 
The JMCO is now running a 'beginning orchestra' session. This is aimed at preparing players of any age and instrument for our other orchestras. The aims are to introduce players to working with a conductor and playing with other players. If you are new to an instrument or have never played in an orchestra setting before, this is the session for you. A basic level of music reading is required - we will take it from there.
Helen Davies
Rachel Melling
Wednesday evenings, Ormskirk
 Helen Davis
 Alan Oldfield
JOY is made up of three ensembles; The Symphony Orchestra, The Wind Orchestra and The String Orchestra in which members progress according to their own musical aspirations and abilities. There are over 60 musicians from various schools and colleges ranging in age from 6 to 20. JOY performs three concerts each season; a Christmas, Easter and summer concert, which follows a week long orchestral training camp.
Anthony Houghton/Julia Harding
 
Tuesday (orchestra) and Wednesday (concert band) between 7.40 - 9.45 pm at St. Peter's Church, Windmill Street, Macclesfield SK11 7HS.
  
 
Our society has an orchestra and concert band, as well as a choir. The orchestra rehearses on Tuesdays and the concert band on Wednesdays. The orchestra is especially keen to hear from brass, percussion and string players, and the band from low winds, percussion and brass. However, if you are interested and don't fit one of those categories please do still contact us.
Warrant Officer Class One I L Mitchell
 
19:30 - 22:00 every Thursday evening - TA Centre, Nelson Street, Bolton, BL3 2RW
 Catherine Line
 Sergeant Mark Thompson
The Lancashire Artillery Band is a Reserve Army Band based in Bolton, Lancashire. We currently have vacancies for brass, woodwind and percussion players aged 18 and over, playing at Grade 6+ ABRSM.
Kenneth Woods
Anne Heaton
3 Sunday rehearsals before a concert. Rehearsals in Heskin and/or Wilmslow
 Georgina Williamson
 
We are a string orchestra which promotes 3 of our own concerts each year, and also performs with choral societies throughout the North West. We are keen to recruit string players of Grade 8 standard and above.
 
 
Saturday mornings at Lancaster Royal Grammar School
 07866-289545
 
LCMC has over 20 individual ensembles ranging from Mini Music Makers for the under fives through to a Show Band and Symphony Orchestra. Members are of all ages and can join a range of ensembles for different abilities for the four main strands Strings, Wind/Brass, Choir and Recorders.
Darren C. Wood
Sarah Smith
Wednesdays 8pm - 10pm at Brown Lane Methodist Church, Brown Lane, Heald Green, Cheadle, Stockport. SK8 3RR.
  
 
The Light Orchestra G.B. (formerly the Trafford light Orchestra est. 1955) has been performing concerts across the North West for the last 60 years. We are always looking to become even stronger and more vibrant and welcome players in all orchestral disciplines. For more information please visit or web site or contact us by email.
 
 
Tuesdays during term-time, 7.30 - 10.00 at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Safe underground car-parking.
 Monica Nurnberg 0151 727 2441
 
We give about 6 concerts a year, both orchestral and choral (with our Cantata Choir). String players (Grade 8 and above) are always welcome, especially violins. We also have vacancies for brass and percussion.
Mark Heron
Andrew Winter
Four consecutive Thursday evenings (7.15 - 10.00pm) prior to each concert
 Secretary 0151 724 1330
 
Gives four main concerts each year at Pacific Road Arts Centre, Birkenhead
Dane Lam
visiting artists
Currently 3 to 4 weekends before each concert, spread over a number of weeks.
 Amy Gordon 0151 210 1953
  
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra brings together the region's best emerging talent to perform exciting repertoire with fantastic conductors at the world-famous Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. You'll play alongside other talented musicians, honing your instrumental and ensemble skills with sectional coaching from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and full rehearsals with our conductor, Dane Lam, and with visiting artists. Membership is open to all young musicians aged between 13 and 23 years. Applicants should normally have reached Grade 7 standard or equivalent; if you're not sure if you are eligible, just call us. Auditions take place in Liverpool in May and June. The closing date is Friday 2 May; we may hold auditions at other times during the year if vacancies become available.
Neill Jackson
 
Monday evening 7.15pm during term time, Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall Liverpool
 Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
 
Orchestra is open to violin, viola, 'cello and double players. A wide range of String repertoire. Also additional large scale String days held in Wirral 3/4 time a year.
Peter Farnbank
Emily Narey
Friday evenings 7.30pm - 9pm term time, Westwood Community Centre, Grasmere Crescent, Eccles (five minutes from Junc 13 on the M60)
 Julie Rose 01204 692265
 
We are a very friendly adult string group for beginner/intermediate standard string players. Particularly suitable for late starters, adult returners and those not quite ready to join a full orchestra. New members always welcome.
Darren C. Wood
 
Thursdays 8pm - 10pm at Lymm United Reformed Church (Hall), Brookfield Road Lymm WA13 0QL
 Darren Wood
 
We are a friendly and welcoming group who perform at least 4 concerts per year. We perform a wide variety of music from traditional material to music from the stage and screen. We ALWAYS welcome new players and are looking to increase our numbers. If you play a Woodwind, Brass or Percussion instrument, come and 'give us a go!'
Michael Hall
 
The Visual Noise Arts Centre, Blackpool
 Sheila Johnston
 Margaret Chew, tel; 01772 856892, fax: 01772 852924
We are a small friendly orchestra who play light classical music and songs from the shows. We have approx. 3 concerts a year (Sun) and support the Michael Hall Theatre School with their concerts on Marton, Blackpool. We welcome any players from approx. Grade 4 standard -especially 1st violins.
Martin Edward Gunson
 
Tuesday 7.30 p.m. Lytham Assembly Rooms, FY8 5JY
 Martin E. Gunson, +44 (0) 1253 739 611
 
Lytham Promenade Orchestra is an activity of the charity Youth Music (no connection with the Foundation for Youth Music) and was established in 1972.
Paul Cooper
 
Park Street, Methodist Church, Lytham, Tuesday evenings 7.45pm - 9.30pm
 Chairman Jim Fraser 07714 241860
 
A well established band of approx 30 players of all ages and backgrounds. We're very friendly and welcome all new players with no auditions. We prefer grade 5+ but anyone is welcome for a blow; we're particularly looking for lower brass...bass, euph etc. and percussion at the moment.
Frank Lennon
Luke Johnson
Tuesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm during term time at Manchester High School for Girls, Grangethorpe Road, Manchester
  
 
We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time. Admission to our concerts is usually free but collections are made for the charity sponsored by each concert.

Manchester Medical Orchestra NEW

Rohan Shotton
Siobhan McAlorum
Monday 8-10pm, Manchester Med School, plus extras
 Rohan Shotton
 
MMO welcomes doctors, nurses, healthcare students and other guests. We play 2-5 concerts each year in South Manchester and the City Centre: 1 large scale concert in each university semester and a couple of others with just two rehearsals beforehand. Recent highlights include Dvorak symphonies and an ongoing Beethoven cycle. Always keen to hear from new members - please do get in touch!
Denise Beynon
 
Wednesdays in School Term Time, 1pm. to 3pm., at Union Chapel, Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6EQ
 Denise Beynon 0161 224 9662
Jenny Hulbert 0161 427 5210
A friendly orchestra of intermediate standard, currently around thirty members, always ready to welcome new members. We have a wide repertoire ranging for example, from Beethoven and Vaughan Williams to Gershwin and Leroy Anderson. We play for our own enjoyment, and do not give concerts.
Ralph Corrigan
 
Mondays 7.30pm-9.30pm in Eccles
  
 
We are a friendly but hard-working amateur ensemble made up of a mixture of music graduates and others who were looking to continue playing at an advanced level after leaving university. We play quality wind orchestra repertoire (both old and new) to a high standard and perform at least 4 concerts a year in venues around South and Central Manchester. MWO is, where possible, a one-per-part band so prospective players must be roughly Grade 8 standard and able to commit to weekly rehearsals. We are eager to hear from all instruments but have specific vacancies for bass clarinet, horns, euphonium, tuba and percussion.

Middlewich Concert Orchestra

Edwina Wolstencroft
Tessa Newton
The Methodist Church Hall, Booth Lane, Middlewich, Cheshire. CW10 0HA, Monday, 8:00pm to 10:00pm
 Gustav A. Pilsel (Secretary) 01270 662284
 
The Orchestra members (approx.37) represent all age groups, from young teens to some in their seventies. Normally the Orchestra performs 3 concerts a year at its performance venue, the Community Centre in Middlewich, Cheshire. No auditions are held, but the expected standard is about ABRSM Grade 5 or 6. Subscriptions are collected each term based on a £2-a-week fee (concessions available). Currently, the Orchestra is in need of competent violinists.

Moor Park Light Orchestra

Don Bateman
Ronald White
Fridays, 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Hall at the rear of Park Road Methodist Church, Chorley.
Don Bateman 01257 272708
Joy Hiller 01257 264493
We play music for our own pleasure and also give 3 or 4 concerts each year. Our repertoire is mixed including some classics and some music from the shows. We play music that is usually Grade V standard and above. New players are very welcome. Please give us a ring, or just come along and join the fun.
Nick Birch
Nick Birch
Wednesday 7.15-9pm Brookfield Hall Shrewbridge Road Road Nantwich Cheshire CW5 7AD
 Miranda Hill (Chair)
 
We are a community based group of around 30 brass, wind and percussion players, performing throughout the year at fetes, carnivals and festivals around the Nantwich area, including one formal concert each year. We welcome all players and have no minimum entry but grade 3/4 is a good level for 2nd/3rd parts. We also have a training band for beginners.
Clare Deady
 
Friday 7:30 - 9:45 pm at Bridgewater High School, Lower School Site, Hall Drive, Appleton, Warrington
 Phil Shering (chairman)
 
Wind Orchestra with a regular 4 concert season at the Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington. Current vacancies for trumpets, horns and percussion. Please contact us to enquire about other possible vacancies.
Richard Waldock
Andrew Marshall
Monday evenings between 19:30 and 21:30 in the Chadderton area of Oldham (Turf Lane Community Centre).
 Gillian Shuttleworth (Secretary) 01457 870312
 
There are usually three concerts a year, towards the end of each school term. The music is varied, with classical favourites interspersed with some challenging (usually to play rather than to listen to!) more contemporary works. We are always looking to strengthen the orchestra and would particularly welcome string and brass players
David Evans
 
St Mary's Church, Broughton, Chester, CH4 0QB on Tuesdays at 7.30pm
 Fred Berridge - 01244 531911
 
Founded in 1974, our orchestra provides opportunities for musicians of all ages and abilities to join together and make music. The aim of the orchestra is to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere to promote, improve and develop an enjoyment of playing together irrespective of ability. We hold 2/3 concerts a year usually and welcome any players, irrespective of ability.
Jim Cooke & Ian Shirley
Janet Hitchen
Thursday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30, at Ormskirk School, Wigan Rd., Ormskirk.
 Chairman: David Green
 Clare Williams 01925 221301
Ormskirk Music Society comprises a choir and orchestra which perform four concerts a year in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Phoenix Concert Orchestra (Liverpool)

Jill Hyde
Christine Bratherton
Usually the 2nd and 4th Mon in each month from 8pm-10pm, except July and August. Held at Sefton Cricket Club, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17
 Jill Hyde 0151 486 6944
 
A well established orchestra, holding concerts three times a year. We have a large selection of light orchestral music suited to musicians of Grade 6 standard and above. Players in all sections welcome.
John Foster
 
Fleetwood, North of Blackpool. Wednesdays 7-9pm.
 Jane Clarke
 
A new string ensemble for adults, bridging the gap between individual lessons and a full orchestra. Ideal for returners to playing, or late starters. All levels of ability welcome.
David Straughan
Vicky Roberts
Lyceum building, Port Sunlight, Wirral, 7:30 - 10:00 pm on most Mondays during season (September - end of April).
 David Thomas (Secretary), 0151-678-7335
 
Based at the Lyceum Building, Port Sunlight, we play four concerts a year, with 1 or 2 outside engagements. We currently have vacancies in both violin sections.
Keith Hatton
 
Wednesday 8 - 10 pm at Poynton Royal British Legion Club, Georges Road West, Poynton SK12 1JY
 Keith Stokes 01625 876865
 
We play a wide range of music including classical orchestral music arranged for band, traditional marches, jazz and popular music. We perform mainly in Cheshire and support fund-raising activities for the Royal British Legion, particularly during the annual Poppy Appeal. We are always keen to meet new brass, woodwind and percussion players! Please note that we are not a marching band.
Graham Hickey
Tony Kingston
Thursdays 7-9pm Lea Methodists Church, Birkdale Road, PR2 1UN
 Sue Hickey (secretary) 01772 654438
Tony Kingston (chair) 01772 783048
Concerts through-out the years at events, parks and charities. Music from the shows ,films, Jazz and new contemporary music. Always welcomes new players of all abilities.
Graham Marshall
 
St. Martin's Church, Vicarage Road North, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30pm.
 Graham Marshall 01706 642139
 
Founded in 2008 by a group of enthusiasts led by composer/conductor Graham Marshall, the Rochdale Light Orchestra gives amateur musicians the opportunity to get together to rehearse and perform music of a light-hearted nature by a wide range of composers. There are no auditions, but it is expected that players will have reached at least Grade 5 on their instrument(s). New wind, brass, percussion,string and keyboard players are always welcome.
Cathie Brooks
 
Wednesday at 7.30 PM at the Drill Hall in Bury Town Centre
Steve Ribchester - 07870 671 153
 
The Band and Drums of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) is a military style concert band. We welcome all brass and woodwind players [at any level] See out website for our concerts. We have been in existence about 10 years and have playing in Germany and Canada. We are playing France this year and back to Canada in 2008 with a possibility of playing in Cyprus in the next couple of years.
Richard Howarth
Jac McKeigue
Mondays 8:00 – 10:00pm, St Martin’s Church Hall, Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale, M33 5QQ
 Secretary
 Jac McKeigue
We are a friendly and ambitious String Chamber Orchestra (often with invited wind players) performing around 4 concerts a year with our inspirational Conductor.
Barrie McKinnon
Jon Henderson
St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, see calendar on website
 Christine Clarkson (orchestra manager) 0161-737 4126
 
Re-formed in 1995, the Orchestra aims to provide local people with interesting programmes, performing four concerts per year and also platform opportunities for talented musicians (amateur and professional). Vacancies for string players.
Carol Box
 
Saturday mornings 10:00 - 12:15 at the United Reformed Church, Woodlands Parkway, Timperley
0161 928 5616
 
Music is arranged to suit all abilities and we hold three fun charity concerts each year. The age range of our members at the moment is, 12 - 68 years old. Just turn up for a trial if you wish.
Albert Dunseath
 
St Peter's Church Hall in Minshull Vernon, Crewe on Thursday evenings 7:30 to 9:15
 Sharon Forrester-Wild
 
South Cheshire Concert Band was formed with the aim of bringing together like-minded and enthusiastic amateur musicians from the surrounding areas. Membership is via an audition with the band on a rehearsal evening which is friendly and relaxed.
Various
Christine Sullivan
The Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wistaston, Crewe, Cheshire. CW2 8ER, Sundays, 10.00am to 12:15pm
 Gustav A. Pilsel (Treasurer) 01270 662284
 
The Orchestra members (approx.32) represent all age groups, but the tendency is towards a more senior membership. Normally the Orchestra performs 3 concerts a year at its performance venue in Nantwich, Cheshire. No auditions are held, but the expected standard is about ABRSM Grade 5 or 6. Annual subscription currently £36 (£18 for students). Currently, the Orchestra is in need of competent violinists.
Dr Robert A Howard
Guy Soulsby
Tuesdays in term time 7.30pm-9.30pm at Liverpool Hope University (Woolton site)
 Guy Soulsby 07812 660691
 
The South Liverpool Orchestra is a group of amateur and student musicians who meet every Tuesday at 7.30pm, throughout term-time, to play classical music together at Liverpool Hope University. The music they play changes every few weeks and they perform two concerts a year (May and December). They are always happy to see new musicians, so please get in touch if you would like to join.
Jeff Rimmer
Melanie Foster
Tuesdays 8.00 - 10.00 pm All Saints Church Hall, off Park Road, Southport, PR9 9JB
 Jeff Rimmer
 
We are a friendly orchestra with almost 50 members making a great sound, playing three concerts over the year, March, June/July and December. We welcome new members, particularly string players. If you would like to join us please either just come along or email info@southportorchestra.co.uk
various
 
Concentrated rehearsals take place in the 3 weeks before a concert
 Ian Harvey 07882 624051
 
Full symphony orchestra of very high non-professional standard. Eight concerts per year in Stockport Town Hall. Wide orchestral and choral repertoire.

Swing Collection Big Band NEW

Alan Lloyd
Alan Lloyd
Every Thursday evening at Little Stanney Village Hall (near Cheshire Oaks) from 8.00pm to 10.00pm
 Alan 0151 336 1478
 
The band has been in existence for over 30 years. Primarily we are a rehearsal band although we do perform occasional concerts. We play mainly swing music including Count Basie, Glenn Miller , Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Benny Goodman ,Woody Herman etc. and have a library of over 250 arrangements. We have about 13 regular members coming each week but we currently have vacancies for two trumpeters (3/4), and two trombonists(3/4/Bass) (Trombone parts are in Bass clef) to complete the band. All players must be at least Grade 5 standard. Experience of playing swing an advantage but not necessary as training can be given. Call Alan on the above number if you are interested. Admission to the band by audition.
Stephen Curtis
 
Wednesday evenings 7.30pm to 9.00pm, Swinton High School, Sefton Road, Pendlebury, Manchester, M27 6JU
 Stephen Curtis
 Pauline Clavering
We are currently looking for woodwind, brass and percussion players
Michael Turner
 
Tuesday and Thursday evening - at 8 PM at Tottington Conservative club, Royds Street, Tottington.
 Steve Bailey 01204 887738
 
We are a brass band that was been in existence constantly since prior to 1840, which makes us the oldest continuous band in the country of not the world. We need brass players at all positions - age and experience not a problem. We especially need cornets and basses.
Richard Howarth
Mary Anderson
15 per year spread within school terms
 David Whalley - Orchestra manager - 01606 79697
 Margaret Parks-Smith
The 23 - 25 member string orchestra rehearses at Appleton Thorne Village Hall. Each year 3 formal concerts are performed for charity at various locations in the North West. Also, one extended string orchestra workshop (60 last time) is held at Antrobus Village Hall. Audio/Video excerpts from several previous concerts are available in the web site.
Isabel Stoppani-Lawless
 
Alternate Monday Evenings, 7.30 - 9.45pm, at Fallowfield Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club, 81 Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6BN
 Kate Johnson, 07980 506530
 
We are a string/chamber ensemble based in central Manchester. We currently have vacancies for a violas, grade 6 or above, and a harpsichordist. Please contact via email, phone or our web page for more details of the group.
Philip Robinson
 
Bridgewater High School (Upper School), Broomfields Road, Appleton, WA4 3AE. Saturday 09:15-12:00 during school term time.
Roy Green (Chairman) or Mary Tierney (Secretary) 0300 0300 996
 
Based in Warrington and rehearsing every Saturday morning during school term time at Bridgewater High School in Appleton, we have a membership of over 130, split between three orchestras. Our Junior Orchestra conducted by Imelda Yalcin is for Grades 1 to 3, Chamber Orchestra conducted by Clare Deady is for Grades 4 to 6 and the Symphony Orchestra conducted by Phil Robinson is for Grade 6+. Membership is open to all players in the area up to the age of 21. We hold four concerts per year, with additional performances by arrangement. We have a beginners string group and have a number of instruments available for loan/hire.
Ben Lloyd
 
Tuesday evening 7:30 - 9:30pm at Hood Lane Community Centre, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 1ET
 Ben Lloyd 07951547827
 
Warrington West Concert Band was established in 1997 and currently has about 30 players. We play a wide variety of music and perform 10-20 concerts each year. We are always busy at Christmas-time. We always welcome new players of any ability or any age, particularly brass. If you play flute, clarinet, alto/tenor/Bari sax, oboe, bassoon, trumpet/cornet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba or percussion, please come along and see us.
Allan Jones
 
Unit 36, Chadkirk Business Park, Vale Road, Romiley, Stockport SK6 3NE. Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30 pm.
  
 
The band was formed in 1983 by its present Musical Director and gives 6 - 8 concerts a year, at venues including the Royal Northern College of Music and The Forum Theatre, Romiley. The band has twice won the Gold award in the Community Band class of the Boosey & Hawkes National Concert Band Festival. The band accepts players of Grade V standard or above.
Kenneth Woods
Juan Ortuño
Friday evenings in Honford Hall Community Centre in Handforth, 7.30pm
 Ros Wood, secretary
 
There are always vacancies for good string players. The range of music means that vacancies can also arise in the wind, brass and percussion sections.
Jan Modelski
Lesley Owen
Thursday 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Charing Cross Methodist Church, Claughton Road, Birkenhead,CH41 4DX
 Lesley Owen; 01516323045 or 07854991439
 Jeremy Eyre 0151 652 4765
We are a friendly group of amateur musicians who enjoy making music together and performing at concerts and small music gatherings. As a community orchestra, we do not hold auditions and are pleased to welcome new members regardless of experience, instrument or age. Our repertoire is always varied and challenging with music ranging from light classical music, medleys from musical shows, film themes and popular pieces. We perform several concerts each year to support local charities.Our Musical Director, Jan Modelski, is passionate about music and is a full time professional musician with many years' experience as a conductor, performer and orchestral arranger, gaining an ever-increasing reputation in the orchestral music scene in the North West. Jan aims to ensure his rehearsals are relaxed and informal whilst at the same time enabling every musician to become the best they can possibly be. Come along for a free 'taster session', you will be given a very warm welcome and hopefully enjoy playing some great music with like-minded musicians.

Wirral Orchestra

Neill Jackson
 
Occasional concerts
 Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
 
Orchestra of invited players holding charitable concerts in Wirral.

Wirral String Play Day Orchestra

Neill Jackson
 
Meets 3/4 times a year in Bebington
 Neill Jackson 0151 645 5547
 
Meets 3/4 times a year in Bebington , Wirral to play large String Orchestra repertoire pieces.
Scott Lloyd
 
Monday evenings at Lingham Primary School in Moreton at 7.30pm.
 Scott Lloyd 07766303727
 
We are a 50 strong adult wind band established over 25 years ago , we generally do 4 concerts per year as well as lots of other local events, bandstand concerts and the national wind band festival (gold award winners). We have a few vacancies within the band and are looking for players of grade 5+ standard
Jonathan Small
Martin Gillett
Tuesday 7.30pm during term time at Hoylake Chapel, Meols Drive, Hoylake
Rod Tann, secretary 0151 625 1234 (evenings)
 
 
Guest conductors
Guest leaders
Wednesday evenings between 7:15 and 9:30 at William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
 Orchestra Chairman
 
Accompanying text: We are always keen to hear from good string players who are interested in joining the Orchestra. We are also happy to hear from good musicians who play other instruments, as from time to time other vacancies do become available, even if only on a temporary basis.

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