UK Amateur Orchestras

West Country (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol)

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Orchestra

Conductor /
Leader
Rehearsal Venue / Times
 
Contact(s)
 
Arturo Serna
Barbara Dale
Monday evenings fortnightly at Bridport Christian Fellowship Hall from 7.30 to 9.30
 Sue Smith (chairman)
 Bill Dickinson (treasurer)
A friendly community string orchestra who always welcome new members. Ron Easey returns as Guest Conductor for our our Christmas 2014 Concert. Arturo Serna has agreed to conduct from January 2015. We put on 2 concerts a year in December and May. Playing standard ranges from about Grade 5 to professional.
Tim Robb
Sara Stagg
Rehearsals and performances take place within the Central United Reformed Church on Grove Street on Thursday nights
 Tim Robb 01225 318463
 
The Argyle String orchestra is Bath's oldest orchestra. Now over 90 years old we rehearse a wide variety of music from standard classic like Tchaikovsky's Serenade to Baroque and less familiar twentieth century works. The conductor is constantly searching for rarities and reviving works like the serenades of Volkmann and Fuchs. There are currently vacancies for violinists. There is no audition, but players are normally above Grade 5 level.
Paul Brooks
 
Mondays 19.30 to 21.30, Fire Service HQ, Lansdown, Bath
 Paul Brooks (Secretary)
 Alan Peacock
You don't have to be a fire fighter to join! We are an all-comers community wind band playing a wide variety of music, representing the Avon F&RS. Bands for all abilities, including a 'returners' band' and a band for adult beginners.
David Sibley
Sheila Bunt
Law Building, Monkton Combe Preparatory School, Combe Down, Bath. Tuesday evenings weekly during term time, 7-9 pm
  
 
We welcome all players, particularly violin players of any standard.

Bath Dramatic Music Society

Elliot Black
 
Every other Friday Evening from 7 - 9, at the Michael Tippet Centre at Bath Spa University
 Elliot Black 07804 311688
 
An orchestra and chorus that works to put on concert programmes including excerpts from Operas (both orchestral and vocal), ballets and larger choral works. The society is currently looking for any string, brass or percussion players.
David Price
Tim Robb
Widcombe Junior School, Archway Street, Bath usually on Tuesdays at 7.30pm
 Hon.Secretary - Mrs Fiona Haysom 01225 482406
 
Always welcome new players, especially strings.
Peter Jones
 
Alternate Thursday evenings from 7.30 - 9pm at Tavistock Community School
Peter Jones via website
 
If you play a wind instrument in the Tavistock area (Devon) you will have plenty of fun in this lively wind band that meets in a local school on alternate Thursdays.

Bondleigh Barn Band

Richard Edwards
Tamsin Grayling
As a norm, every other Sunday evening
 Paul Cherrett
 Tamsin Grayling
Our 'band/orchestra' was formed in a local farmers barn during Jan 2013. Advertised in local parish mags, it has grown from just three 'fiddle' players to a very mixed instrumental bunch of nearer 40. Our aim remains an 'all comers welcome' centre for those wishing to learn, improve and play together. Our brave musical director is happy to arrange parts for all abilities, absolute beginners to those well graded. No fees, just accommodation & refreshment donations. Wine flows. We hope for charity donations when giving performances, but are primarily concerned with having fun as a social group.
Guest conductors
Guest Leaders
Intensive rehearsals just prior to a concert.
 Katie McConochie
 
BHCO was established in 1987 and works with professional conductors. The standard is high and the orchestra uses St George’s Bristol as its performing venue.
Arturo Serna
Alexandra Ennis
Mondays fortnightly, Christian Fellowship Hall, Bridport
 Caroline Lewars
 Rosalind Tarry
The String Orchestra of about 25 players was formed in 1975 and is based in Bridport, Dorset, our players coming from a wide area of West Dorset, East Devon and Somerset. On occasions weare joined by wind and brass instruments for larger works and normally perform three concerts each year. We have a broad repertoire embracing many composers from baroque to modern.
Dennis Simons
Robert Pinniger
Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Mackay Theatre, Bristol Grammar School.
 Robert Pinniger
 
 
Mark Lawrence
 
Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm, Victoria Rooms, Queen's Rd, Bristol, BS8 1SA
 Ann Claxton 0117 950 7404
 
Bristol CoMA is an amateur ensemble committed to playing new music to a high standard. We are on the look-out for new members to join us - all instruments welcome, the only provisos are that you should read music and be at least grade 5 standard. We usually play three concerts a year, including performances at the Victoria Rooms and Colston Hall's Lantern. Our programmes are always exciting: Recently we have collaborated with early-music groups and regularly work with Bristol University students studying postgraduate composition. If you fancy trying a different sort of music-making in a fun and inclusive environment, then get in touch!
Stefan Hofkes
Andrew Rees
Mondays, 7.30 - 9.30 pm Ashton Park School, Bristol
 0117 923 6778
 
 
Rainer Dolz
 
St Peter’s Methodist Church, Allison Road, Broom Hill, Bristol Weds 7.30
 Chris Chaloner
 
A well established and friendly group of bands. Formal and informal concerts throughout the year. We run three bands at different levels (and on different evenings), so can find a position for almost anyone. We also run classes for complete beginners.
Tom Sammut
 
We rehearse and have concerts in St Paul's Church in Bristol, BS8 1LX, Saturdays 4pm-6pm
 Tom Sammut
 
At Galenicals' Orchestra we play varied and captivating concert repertoire to a high standard. At least 2 seasonal concerts a year. Although associated with the Medical School we welcome everyone. Unauditioned, free, full orchestra.
Knud Stüwe
Knud Stüwe
Fortnightly on Sat. 10.00 - 12.00 Helliwell room next to Horfield Parish church Bristol; BS7 8ST
 Knud Stüwe
 Sandra Woodruff
We are an enthusiastic amateur plucked string orchestra committed to quality and joy in our music making. Adventurous and varied repertoire ranging from Tangos, Irish music, Vivaldi, Holst, Bartok, Eric Satie, Jimmie Hendrix and more. Come and join us. Guitars and mandolins all shapes and sizes very welcome.
William Goodchild
Pamela Bell
Redland High School, Redland Court, Bristol, BS6 7EF. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
 Margaret Putin 01454 619366
 
Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra is a full-sized symphony orchestra, performing a wide variety of classical music from the symphonic repertoire. We meet on a Tuesday evening at Redland High School. Our aim is to achieve the very best level of musicianship under the guidance of our excellent conductor, William Goodchild.
Graham Bull and John Pitts
Heather Roylance
Bristol Grammar School, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SR Mondays 7.00 - 9.00pm.
Heather Roylance 07812 347151
 
A large friendly orchestra which plays a varied repertoire.

Bristol Music Club Strings

Julian Dale
Sue Burdock
Monday mornings 10.00-12.15 at Bristol Music Club, St Pauls Rd, Clifton.
Julian Dale 0117 9737739
 
Mixed-ability string orchestra playing music of all periods. Gives occasional concerts. New players welcome.

Bristol Orchestral Players

Julian Dale
Sue Burdock
St.Peter’s Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze, Bristol, BS9 4LD. Sunday (once a month) : 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Good parking available.
 Trevor Southon (secretary)
 
We are a friendly orchestra that meets monthly to enjoy playing through a symphony and overture, or equivalent. We play for pleasure so there are no formal concerts (and no ticket selling!). The programme changes every two sessions and we hold one (free) concert a year - followed by an American supper - for family and friends . We particularly need strings; other instruments - please contact us to ask about vacancies. Rusty players are welcome but some sight reading ability is desirable.
Mark Gateshill
 
Wednesdays, 19:00, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol
 Paul Packwood
 
A large, friendly, Bristol-based orchestra whose emphasis is on being sociable, and fun at the same time as producing great music to a high standard. Players of all instruments and ages are very welcome.
Barry Carrington Moule
 
Mondays 7:30pm The Music Suite, Budehaven Community School
 Barry Carrington Moule 01288 361625
 
 
Andrew Foister
Denise Clark
Tuesday from 7.45pm at St Barnabas church in Warmley, Bristol
 Rob Tyley
 Denise Clark
The Orchestra would welcome interest from potential new members, and are looking for a playing ability of Grade 6 or higher.
David Henry
 
Thursday (term time) 7.15-9.15pm at Penair School Truro, Cornwall
 Jo Talbot
 
As a Wind Orchestra we rehearse weekly during term time and perform at various indoor and outdoor venues throughout the year. We are always pleased to welcome players of all woodwind and brass instruments, but are particularly keen to recruit players of flute, saxophone and most brass instruments.
Dave Lambert
 
Alternate Thursdays from 7.30 - 9 pm at the Trout & Tipple , Tavistock, Devon
 Dave Lambert 01752 211572
 
We are a very friendly clarinet choir with members ranging from 14 - 60 + from north Cornwall to south Devon. We play 2 or 3 concerts a year mainly to raise funds for new music and support local charities. To get the most out of our evenings you'll need to be able sight-read from about grade 5 +.
Chris Morgan
Rachel Beale
Monday (term time) 7.30-9.00pm at Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TH
 Mark Bramwell 07816 960843
 
We are a full orchestra for players over 18 that wish to 'return' to playing after some time away from their instrument, however short or long. Ideally, new players are not expected to be complete beginners or professional/concert standard. Our repertoire is predominantly classical, both traditional and contemporary, and we perform at indoor venues throughout the year. Currently we are very keen to recruit brass players.
Colin Wills
Nigel Atkinson
Alternate Saturday mornings 10am-12noon at Village Hall, Uffculme, Devon. Also twice yearly orchestral days to which additional players are invited.
 Colin Wills
 
A friendly inclusive community orchestra meeting regularly to play varied classical works, mainly for our own pleasure. We also organise two orchestral days each year culminating in a playthrough or concert, focussing on our current repertoire. Anyone interested is invited to contact us. We would particularly welcome trumpets and would like to hear from additional horns and trombones and string-players.
Tony Hindley
 
Saturday mornings 10am till 12noon in St Clements Church Hall, Dartmouth, TERM TIME.
Maggie 07525 442313
 Alan Leach
We are a friendly lot who enjoy playing a varied programme of music under our new Musical Director and Conductor Tony Hindley. We perform three concerts a year plus an hours light music session for the annual Dartmouth Music Festival. Currently we are looking for additional players, in particular for the string sections. We use grade five as a guide for ability, however we would rather people come and try us during rehearsals.
Susan White
 
Thursday evening at 7.30pm at the Headquarters of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Clyst St George, Nr Exeter.
 Susan White 01392 872 200
 
The Band is one part of the DSFRS Ceremonial Unit: full details at www.DSfire.gov.uk and search for Band. Membership is open to all, no connection to the Fire & Rescue Service is required. In particular, the Band is looking for bassoonists, additional French horns, clarinettists and percussionists, but players of all wind and brass instruments are welcome to make contact.
Paul Painter
 
Once a month on Saturday, Exeter School, Manston Terrace, Exeter EX2 6NP
 Paul Painter 01395 445755
 
Intermediate level (Grade 3+) Plays lighter classical works, film and TV themes, as well as popular music. Includes saxophones and baritone/euphonium.
Paul Painter
 
Once a month on Saturday, Exeter School, Manston Terrace, Exeter EX2 6NP
 Paul Painter 01395 445755
 
Advanced level (Grade 6+) Plays more 'serious' pieces, including symphonies, orchestral suites and modern works.
Robert Weaver
Guest Leaders
Short intensive period prior to each concert
 Isabelle Miller (manager)
 
Enigma launched in 2012 and runs 4 projects a year, performing at St George's Bristol. We attract players of a high standard based in the South West. Apply via our online application form.
Marion Wood
Clare Smith
St. Peter's High School, Exeter. Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm
 Fenny Gill
 
Exeter’s leading orchestra presenting a wide variety of classical concerts featuring national and international soloists. New players welcome.
Derek Browning
Alan Williams
We meet on Saturday mornings from 10.15 to12.30 at St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd, Exeter EX4 3ES
 Aran Brown
 
We are an amateur orchestra which meets on a Saturday morning in the autumn and spring - we are particularly keen to encourage string and brass players to get in touch!
Brian Northcott
Gill Crew
Tuesday evening during term time at St. Michael's C of E Primary School, South Lawn Terrace, Heavitree, EX1 2SN from 7.15-9.30 p.m.
 Bob Jevon, Chairman
 
The city of Exeter's principal orchestra, with concerts 3 times a year. New players very welcome.
Richard Harvey
Kate Smethurst
Usually Tuesdays in term-time 6:45 - 9:30pm
(via website)
 
EUSO performs at least three concerts per year: in mid-December, mid-March, and early-June: contact the orchestra for more details.
Daphne Harlock
 
Light Orchestra, Friday mornings in term time, Heavy Orchestra Saturday mornings
 Secretary, John Harlock
 
Two orchestras that can support people who can't afford to play a symphonic instrument. No auditions as we can cope with all abilities from grade 1 to post grade 8. Mostly 'light' music including film, show, swing and light classical.
Becki Driscoll
Nick Wyke
Mondays 7 - 9pm during term time at Plough Arts Centre, Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ
 Becki Driscoll 01837 53754
 Kevin Buckland 01837 53754
FOND welcomes players of all acoustic instruments and all abilities (14 and over), and there are no auditions. New members are welcome to join at any time. Music learning is primarily done by ear - but we do provide sheet music too. Repertoire includes traditional and contemporary English music with a particular emphasis on tunes from the South West. FOND also plays at concerts and dances across Devon.
David Faulkner
 
Tuesdays 7 - 9pm during term time at the Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3HF
 David Faulkner 01837 53754
 Kevin Buckland 01837 53754
FOOT welcomes players of all acoustic instruments and all abilities (14 and over), and there are no auditions. New members are welcome to join at any time. Music learning is primarily done by ear - but we do provide sheet music too. Repertoire includes traditional and contemporary English music with a particular emphasis on tunes from the South West. FOOT also plays at concerts and dances across Devon.
Mark Gateshill
Tom Budden
7 .15- 9.30pm on Mondays during school term time at Christchurch, Christchurch St West, Frome
 Jon Benger 07760 393514
 
Frome Symphony is an exciting amateur orchestra for Frome (Somerset, UK) and the surrounding area, established in 2001. We welcome new members, particularly those who play stringed instruments.
Martin Solomon
 
Thursdays fortnightly (see web-site) in Bristol
 Martin Solomon
 
We are rough and folky. A regular place for rusty instrumentalists to meet and share the pleasure of making music together, the emphasis being on creating a relaxed, fun and sociable atmosphere. No auditions, but basic sight-reading skills will help.
Judith Wooster
Carla Fullam (administrator)
Thursdays during term time 7.15 - 9.15pm at St. Peter's school, Exeter
 Carla Fullam
 
This is an orchestra for all abilities. We welcome any instrument and can adapt music to suit the ability of players and blend of instruments we have.

Hartland Chamber Orchestra

Colin Hodgetts
Tina Bennett
Mondays from 7.30 to 9.30 in St John's Art Centre, the Square, Hartland, North Devon.
 Colin Hodgetts 01237 441 426
 
We are a chamber orchestra with a wide repertoire and give about five concerts a year. Members should be grade 8. Students are encouraged to sit in on rehearsals. Members come from as far as Ilfracombe in the North and Boscastle in the South and lift-sharing is possible. String players are always welcome. We need a 2nd oboe.

HMS Seahawk Volunteer Band

Colour Sergeant Dom O'Conner
 
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 1930-2130, RNAS Culdrose, Helston, TR12 7RH
 Bandmaster 01326 557210.
 
The HMS Seahawk Volunteer Band is predominantly a wind band but also a marching band comprising of serving and civilian members regularly performing at venues around the region including the annual Volunteer Band Festival in Portsmouth. Our repertoire is vast and caters for all occasions from marches to jazz, classical overtures to big band. The band is looking for new members of a good musical standard to join especially Drum Kit, Woodwind and Cornet players.
Bristol
hotwellsmusic.org.uk
Thursday evenings during school terms at Hotwells Primary School, BS8 4ND
 Sue Otty 0117 927 9688
David Burns 0117 973 0696
Do you want to play chamber music? We have provided a forum for amateur music-making in chamber groups since 1971. All levels of ability/experience welcome - though not suitable for beginners who can't read music. We meet in 6 x 6-week sessions per year, though you only commit to a single session at a time - great for people with busy lives. Tremendous variety: different groups, different music each session. Extensive library: duet to octet, 17th - 21st century. No public concerts.
Roger Hendy
Antony Clements
6/7 rehearsals, Sunday afternoons in Exeter before each concert.
 Roger Hendy 01404 823150
Antony Clements 01626 891981
A Chamber orchestra up to 40+ experienced players giving regular concerts in Sidmouth, Devon and elsewhere. Full classical programmes feature national and international soloists.
Mark Gateshill
Andrew Rees
Queens Road Methodist Church, Keynsham, 7.45 to 9.45.
 Tony Iveson 01761 463907
 
A friendly orchestra that plays a wide variety of orchestral music. String players and French horn players are especially welcome.

The Launceston Orchestra

Elizabeth Ashford
 
Tuesdays in term-time 7pm-8.45pm Launceston College, PL15 9JR
 Elizabeth Ashford 01566 782 218
 
Friendly, no auditions, we don't perform in public, just for fun. Repertoire includes Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart symphonies. Everyone welcome, especially (at the moment) violins, violas, bassoons.

Long Ashton Orchestra

Nicholas Bromilow
Paul Packwood
Tuesday evenings 19.30 -21.30 at Church House Long Aston Bristol
Adrian Phillips 01761 221341
 
We are a friendly orchestra playing a wide variety of classical music. We give approximately three concerts a year, see our Facebook page for details of recent concerts. We would especially welcome string players.
Paul Sidney
Peter Patch
Longwell Green Community Centre, Bristol, Thursdays 7.30 - 9.30 p.m.
Paul Sidney 07799 718520
 
A small friendly orchestra which plays a varied repertoire. String and percussion players especially welcome.

Loosemore String Orchestra

Bridget Ansell
 
Five times a year on Saturdays 2:00 pm to 5:30, Landscove Memorial Hall (between Buckfastleigh and Totnes)
Janet Wellingham 01647 221388
 
The orchestra explores string music of all periods. The meetings are study sessions and are self-contained as the orchestra does not give concerts. It is essential to reserve a place beforehand by contacting the organiser.
Tony Fleming
 
Fridays 7.15-9.15pm at Unit 6, Park Road Industrial Estate, Malmesbury
Tony Fleming 01666 575229
Kate Cloke 01666 832084
We perform in local Bandstands, at village Fêtes and the like, for Remembrance Sunday (at Malmesbury Abbey) and for a major Annual Concert at Malmesbury Town Hall. Whilst we do not audition, we do expect a reasonable sight-reading ability and are currently particularly interested in additional brass players and Percussion, although all appropriate instrumentalists (woodwind and brass) are invited to enquire as to vacancies.
Matt Norman
 
Occasional Saturdays 2-5pm at Fairplace Church, Fairplace, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1DN
 Kevin Buckland 01837 53754
 
MOOD is open to players (14 and over) of all sizes (and shapes) of mandolin, from piccolo to mando-bass, as well as closely-related instruments such as bouzouki. The idea of this new Orchestra is to bring players together to meet each other, to learn specific mandolin repertoire, and to develop technique and expertise. Repertoire focusses on pieces specially written for mandolin ensemble, and is drawn from the 'golden age of mandolin orchestra' as well as arrangements of new and traditional pieces. Music reading helpful, but not essential.
Stephen Smith
Hywel Jenkins
Croscombe Village Hall, Croscombe, Somerset, Wednesday evenings during school term time 8.00 - 10.00
 Martin Lovell, chairman 01749 343852 home 01458-842405 work
 
Local amateur orchestra musicians of high standard. 4 concerts a year mixed repertoire. New members welcome according to position availability. Occasional guest conductor opportunities.
Bob Jenner
Ali White
Christ Church, Nailsea, Fridays 19:30
 Meryl Vowles 01275 866192
 
Small classical orchestra performing works for small orchestras. Give three concerts a year in North Somerset area. New members,especially brass players welcome.
James Lowe
Mark Bunker
Usually at Bethesda Church Alma Rd. Clifton, three weeks before a concert.
Mark Bunker 0117 9715605
 
Friendly young orchestra, high standards. Based in Bristol - concerts in the Victoria Rooms
Robert Young
Adrian Janssen
Wednesdays at 7.30 to 9.30pm Hannahs at Seale Hayne, just outside Newton Abbot, off the A383
 Janna Bulmer (chair) 01364 652227
 Rosemary Roscoe 01626 365949
Affiliated to Newton Abbot and District Society of Arts. www.nadsa.co.uk A group which enjoys playing classical and romantic music, including selections from shows. Under Rob's baton, it has progressed greatly over the past two years. Average is three concerts a year in Newton Abbot and the surrounding area. Recently, it has been fortunate in being asked to play for charity and similar events, so avoiding having to promote its own concerts.
Emma Kent
Dan Kent
West Buckland School, North devon. 4 rehearsals during 3 weeks before concert
Emma Kent 01598 710434
 
We are a full-scale symphony orchestra with members from all over Devon (and even some from Cornwall and Somerset). 4 concerts a year including performances in the Two Moors Festivals 2005 & 2006). New members welcome.
Chris Thompson
Michael Oliver
Wednesdays from 7.30 - 9.30 at Devizes School
Caroline Oram 07966 541471
Christopher Joseph (Secretary) 01672 513364
Founded in 1966, concerts are given three times a year, in St Andrew's Church, Chippenham. String players are always welcome
Tom Jones
 
Tuesday evenings during school term time, 8-9.30pm, Westbury Park School Hall, Bayswater Avenue, BS6 7NU
 Tom Jones 07967 200082
 
Grade 4-8+, playing a selection of popular and classical music. £75 per twelve week term or £37.50 for under 18's. Prospective members are welcome to come along for a FREE trial session before deciding whether to join.
Judith Bailey
Pam Rosenfeld
Wednesdays, term time at our Band Room, Lower Queen Street, Penzance, from 7.15p.m. to 9.30p.m
 Patrick Gale 01736 871808
Anton Barnes (Chairman) 01736 787307
If you are interested in joining us please ring our Secretary or Chairman for details, or fill in the online form. There is a waiting list for some instruments and membership is by invitation only.
James Ross
vacant
Tuesdays, term time, 7:30 to 9:30, Park School, Park Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9AX
via the website
 
We are a small friendly orchestra playing a variety of works. We have recently had a number of retirements and are in need of string players, 1st violins (incl leader) min grade 7, 2nd violins min grade 5, violas min grade 6. We also need oboe and bassoon min grade 6. Our purpose is to make music and have fun in the process, we try to give one concert per term.
Anne Kimber
Paul Matthews
Monday evenings, Plymouth
 Anne Kimber 01803 73255
 
Plymouth's own Symphony Orchestra has been central to the musical life of the city for 132 years, and continues to perform challenging music ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.

Plymouth University Orchestra

 
 
Thursday evening during the University Academic Year, between late September and May
 Jonathan Hurdle
 
Our evening schedule runs as follows: 6:30 to 7:45 Sectional rehearsals, working on music for strings, wind and brass as well as full orchestra sectionals; 8:00 to 9:30 Full orchestra. We also have 3 workshop days through the year, 2 for the individual sections and 1 for full orchestra
 
 
St.Nicholas Church, Nore Rd., Portishead every Tuesday from 7.30 to 9.00 pm.
  
 
The Portishead Concert Band was formed over 30 years ago and has been practising and performing locally ever since. It is a wind band of about 20 enthusiastic musicians playing brass and wood-wind instruments plus a drummer and a bass. We would be very pleased to welcome new players. At the moment we are especially looking for euphonium and tuba players.
Steve Ellis
 
Monday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Quaker Meeting House, Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8PD
 Andy Brown
 
We are an enthusiastic community wind band; 50 members strong! We play a wide range of music with something for everyone. If you are a Brass, Woodwind, or percussion player, and want to join a fun and sociable band to rehearse and perform around the community please email us to see if there is a vacancy for your instrument! We only ask that you can play to at least a grade 6 standard (otherwise you may struggle to keep up). We look forward to playing with you.
David Faulkner
 
Mondays 7 - 9pm during term time at Broadclyst Victory Hall, The Green, Broadclyst, Devon EX5 3DX
 David Faulkner 01837 53754
 Kevin Buckland 01837 53754
We welcome players of all acoustic instruments and all abilities (14 and over), and there are no auditions. New members are welcome to join at any time. Music learning is primarily done by ear - but we do provide sheet music too. Repertoire includes traditional and contemporary English music with a particular emphasis on tunes from the South West. We perform at concerts and dances across Devon, as well as at the Sidmouth and Baring-Gould Folk Festivals, and in Brittany.
Peter Skellon BEM
 
The Blakehay Theatre, Wadham Street, Weston-s-Mare BS23 Mondays 20.00 to 21.30
 Musical Director:
 
You don't have to have been in the RAF or other Services to join the Band. The 1st officially recognized R.A.F.A. CONCERT BAND was formed in 1998 as a unique partnership with the RAFA. All the musicians are volunteers, who enjoy making music together. They contribute a significant amount of time to their 'hobby' much to the benefit of the RAFA and other Charities.
Ruth Ballantyne
 
Burraton Community Centre, Saltash, Nr Plymouth Friday 7.30pm-9.30pm
 Ruth Ballantyne
 
Are you a wind, brass or percussion player that is up for a challenge - and a lot of fun?! For players grade 6+ ages 16+.
George Lawrey
 
Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm till 9.30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall in St.Erth
George Lawry 01736 755512 or via website
 
Local community band playing a wide range of music including Classical, Jazz, Swing, Contemporary, Film and Show tunes and everything in between.
David Frost
Martin White
Thursday evenings at Probus from 7:30 to 9:30pm
 Secretary
 press and publicity:
Founded in 1974, this small string orchestra has at present twenty two players, some of whom are founder members.
Roger Allsopp
 
1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at Britford Memorial Hall, SP5 4DS
 Dr Helen Smith (secretary) 01722 331163
 
We play a wide range of music from 'Nimrod' at the wreath laying in the Guildhall Square during the Remembrance Parade to 'Young Person's Guide to John Williams'. We perform at fetes, carnivals and indoor concerts throughout the year. Currently we are recruiting for percussion, 2nd Alto Saxophone, 2nd French horn and Cornets/Trumpets. Additional players in other sections are welcome to come along. There are no subscriptions but players must become members of the Royal British Legion. Socialise with other musicians in the break over a cup of tea whilst deciding how many raffle tickets to buy! Non-playing supporters are also welcome.
Chris Holmes
 
Every Wednesday during term time at St. Martin's Primary School, Shady Bower, Salisbury, SP1 2RE
 Lorraine Blakey (Chairman)
 
We currently have vacancies for percussion players.
Tim Murray
 
 
  
 
Established in 1992
David Halls
Ros Bromley
7:30 pm on Friday, usually at the South Wilts Grammar School, Stratford Road, Salisbury, SP1 3JJ
 Mrs P Dickins (secretary) 01747 870226
 
Additional string players are always welcome. We also frequently have need for augment players to perform works for larger orchestra.

Saltford Orchestra

Guest conductors
Joyce Denyer
Saltford Hall, Saltford. Friday mornings, 09:45 - 12:45, about six times a year.
 Steve Hoddell 01275-332421
 
Saltford Orchestra offers the chance, about six times a year, to get together for a morning, to rehearse and play through a major orchestral work in a friendly and supportive environment. Music is made available in advance. There are opportunities for new players, only strings at present.
 
Sarah Hunt
Tuesday evenings 7-9 pm, King's Hall, Tavistock
  
 
Saxophonics is a friendly community saxophone ensemble with an emphasis on enjoyment and fun. We are always happy to welcome new saxophone players - all players are welcome, from about grade 3 (or equivalent experience) to grade 8 and beyond; soprano, alto, tenor, or bari. Our repertoire includes many of the iconic sax classics and we aim to provide varied parts for players of all levels of experience. We do several fairly informal performances each year.

Sidmouth Orchestra

Alan Williams
 
Mondays 10.15 to 12.15 Church Hall, Primley Road, Sidmouth.
Alan Williams 01392 461754
 
Mainly a rehearsal orchestra , but we give a few short lunch- time concerts in local churches. Currently there are no vacancies for wind players, but any string players would be welcome.
Michelle Krawiec
 
19.00 - 20.15 on a Thursday evening during term time at Christ the King Church, Bradley Stoke, Bristol
 Michelle Krawiec
 
Silverwinds Flute Choir is a community ensemble directed by Michelle Krawiec. We are always looking for new members to join us and recommend that you are at least grade 5 standard and enthusiastic.
David Hedges
 
Queen's College, Taunton 7.00pm - 9.30pm Tuesday evenings
 Susan Kaufman (Secretary) 01823 672618
 
The orchestra for each concert is formed from the membership as required and rehearsals take place in the weeks prior to a performance. In addition to these rehearsals are repertoire evenings where members rehearse music which is not intended for immediate public performance.

Somerton Festival Band

Phil Lambton
 
Methodist Church Hall, Somerton 7:30pm - 9:30pm
 Sarah Baker 01935 413598
 
We require euphonium, tuba and flute players of grade 5/6 standard.

South Bristol Music Centre

 
 
Saturday mornings 9.30 to 12.30 at Ashton Park School
 0117 9031 370
 
We play a concert at the end of each term and various mid term concerts if they arise. In the last year we have played the Colston Hall and the Lord Mayor's Ball held at the Bristol City Football club.
Mel Orriss
 
Irregular Tuesdays, Melvin Hall, Kelly College, Parkwood Road, Tavistock, PL19 0HZ
 Sally Humphries
 
Anyone who plays an instrument to about grade 5 standard or above is welcome to join, as the emphasis is on having fun while experiencing what it's like to be part of an orchestral group.
 
 
2pm-4pm on the second Saturday of each month (excl.August), United Reformed Church, Thornbury, BS35 2BA
 Alison
 
Thornbury Clarinet Choir is for adult clarinettists of grade 6 and above. We have clarinets from the small Eb to the contra-bass. Good sight-reading skills needed.
Chris Hill
Janet Lewis
19:45 on alternate Wednesdays at the United Reform Church, Thornbury, plus some sectional rehearsals on the other Wednesdays.
 Chairman Hugh Price 01454 612453
 
Founded in 2002, the orchestra has grown rapidly and now performs large symphonic works. While aiming for high standards, we remain a fun, friendly and enthusiastic group. Players need to be of a good standard and wishing to improve. Recent works played by the orchestra include Elgar's Enigma Variations, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and excerpts from Holst's The Planets.
Richard Gonski
Susanna Burnett
 
  
 
The orchestra performs three series of concerts a year in Totnes, Torquay, Dartmouth and other venues in the area.
David Price
John Lauder
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon
 Frank Martin - Secretary 01225 753379
 
If you are looking for an orchestra to play in or support, TSO has a reputation for combining friendliness with demanding rehearsals and rewarding, exciting performances
Barry Carrington-Moule
Betty Wheeler
Truro College, Truro, term time on Wednesday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
Alison 01326 318484
Barry Carrington-Moule 01288 361625
Our purpose is to provide a route for anyone wishing to play in an ensemble with other musicians in a non-competitive environment. There are those who have been playing for a relatively short time and a few who have returned to playing after a long gap.

Wednesday Orchestra

 
 
Wednesday during term time at Taunton Academy South, Lyngford Road, Taunton, TA2 7EF from 7.45-9.45pm
 Ruth Scanlon ( Secretary)
 
The Wednesday orchestra is a repertoire orchestra with a good long-standing reputation. No auditions,grade 5 minimum standard
Andrew Baatz
Nicola Ashton
Monkton Park School, Sadler's Mead, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3PN Mondays 7.30pm - 9.30 pm
 Orchestra Manager - Guy Edwards 01793 851185
 
The Wessex Concert Orchestra was originally formed in 1940 as the Westinghouse Concert Orchestra and was re-launched in September 2004 as an independent, regionally-orientated orchestra for North Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire & BaNES. We are proud to present a varied and popular repertoire which includes film music, British light music and concert works. Our exciting and challenging programming requires a reasonable degree of competency, but we do not set a strict, grade-based standard for membership. Please contact us for information about our vacancies
Philip Sims
 
Monday night during term times between 7:30 - 9:30 - Bristol Centre for Music and the Arts, Fontill Campus, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5SJ
 Philip Sims 07971 926 282
 
WBCB are a community wind band based in Southmead where the emphasis is on achieving high standards of performance through enjoyment. In 2016 we will be celebrating 40 years of musical activities in the city and beyond. The band is always interested in recruiting new players, especially clarinets and horns, and membership to the ensemble is free!
Chris Golding
 
Thursday evenings 7.15 - 9.15pm at The United Reformed Church, Muller Road, Bristol.
 Rosanne Eskell - 0117 9683998
 
A small friendly orchestra which welcomes new members - particularly strings(grade 5 and above). We do not at present give concerts but play a wide variety of classical works.
Jackie Harding
 
Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm throughout the year barring Bank Holidays at the Hayle Rugby Club, Memorial Park, Marsh Lane, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4PS
 Keith Murch
 
The West Cornwall Concert Band was formed in 1998 and is a well established concert band within the area of west Cornwall. The band maintains a wide-ranging repertoire for all occasions, embracing swing, jazz, pop, classical and show music. The band is happy to entertain audiences in venues ranging from big outdoor public events to the more intimate surroundings of small village hall. We welcome new players of all abilities.
Dennis Simons
Christine Gladwin
Term time Fridays 7.45pm at The Lynch Chapel Hall, The Lynch, Winscombe, North Somerset
 Eleanor Gates
 Anita Ferguson
Medium size orchestra performing classical repertoire and some lighter orchestral music. Experienced players welcome to join us, string players especially. We are particularly seeking more first violin players grade 7and above.
Chris Harris
 
Downend library, Bristol BS16 5TW Mondays 7.30 pm. all year round.
 Chris Harris 0117 9561950
 
Westerly Showband is a top quality Wind Orchestra founded to provide an outlet for experienced musicians. While not publishing a vacancy list it can usually find places for players who suit. It performs both concert and community engagements. It also welcome 'returners' who wish to get back into playing. These are temporarily placed in its training band. Please do enquire!
Susie Toley
 
7.30pm Tuesdays all year at Liskeard Methodist Church Hall, Liskeard, Cornwall
  
 
We are a community concert wind band which rehearses weekly and throughout the year. We play a few concerts locally at carnivals, fêtes and Christmas. We play for fun and charity only. We are always interested in new members, or if you are in the area on holiday we'll be pleased to see you.

Weston-super-Mare Light Orchestra

Chris Manners
Sonia Loney
7.45pm Thursdays at the Lynch Chapel Hall, Winscombe, North Somerset before concerts
 Jennie Taylor (Secretary) 01275 462826
 
The Weston-super-Mare Light Orchestra presents concerts of Light Music in the tradition of Palm Court and Grand Hotel given mainly as charity events in Churches in North Somerset and also at the Winter Gardens in Weston-super-Mare. Usually about 8 concerts a year.
 
 
7.30pm every Thursday evening at The Methodist Church, Rope Yard, Wootton Bassett.
  
 
New players are welcome, especially string players at present.

Yeovil Concert Band

Terry Ravenor
 
Yeovil Sports & Social Club, Coronation Avenue
 Sarah Baker 01935 413598
 
Tuba player required, grade 5/6 standard, able to read bass clef would be an advantage. Available for charity concerts, general concerts or any engagement. We play a wide range of repertoire to suit all tastes.
Ian Gibbins
 
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesdays, Holcote House, Yeovil College
Music Centre 07811 760255
 Ian Gibbons 07806 565113
Intended standard is ABRSM Grade 5 and above but enthusiasm is more important than exam passes. We would welcome new members on all instruments.......and are actively seeking past members of Yeovil Music Centre, particularly from Yeovil Youth Concert Band, Sax Group, Swing Band, and Senior Strings or 'Cello Club.

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