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Orchestra ConductorLeader Rehearsal Venue/Times Contact(s)
[link]Allington StringsWendy Staal Janet Lane Monday evenings fortnightly at St Mary's School, Bridport [email]Sue Smith (chairman)
[email]Wendy Staal
A friendly string orchestra who would welcome new members. We are currently rehearsing Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings for concert on 1 May at St John's, West Bay. Future music likely to include Schubert Death and the Maiden and Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
[link]Argyle String OrchestraTim Robb Sara Stagg Rehearsals and performances take place within the Central United Reformed Church on Grove Street on Thursday nights [email]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.
[link]Band of the Avon Fire & Rescue ServicePaul Brooks   Mondays 19.30 to 21.30, Fire Service HQ, Lansdown, Bath [email]Paul Brooks (Secretary)
[email]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.
[link]Bath All Comers OrchestraDavid Sibley Sheila Bunt Law Building, Monkton Combe Preparatory School, Combe Down, Bath. Tuesday evenings weekly during term time, 7-9 pm [email] 
 
We welcome all players, particularly violin players of any standard.
Bath Dramatic Music SocietyNEWElliot Black   Every other Friday Evening from 7 - 9, at the Michael Tippet Centre at Bath Spa University [email]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.
[link]Bath Symphony OrchestraDavid Price Tim Robb Widcombe Junior School, Archway Street, Bath usually on Tuesdays at 7.30pm [email]Hon.Secretary - Mrs Fiona Haysom 01225 482406
 
Always welcome new players, especially strings.
[link]BlowzonePeter 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 NEWRichard Edwards Tamsin Grayling As a norm, every other Sunday evening [email]Paul Cherrett
[email]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.
[link]Brandon Hill Chamber OrchestraGuest conductors Guest Leaders Intensive rehearsals just prior to a concert. [email]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.
[link]The Bristol Chamber OrchestraDennis Simons Robert Pinniger Wednesday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Mackay Theatre, Bristol Grammar School. [email]Robert Pinniger
 
 
[link]Bristol CoMANEWMark Lawrence   Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm, Victoria Rooms, Queen's Rd, Bristol, BS8 1SA [email]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!
[link]The Bristol Concert OrchestraStefan Hofkes Andrew Rees Mondays, 7.30 - 9.30 pm Ashton Park School, Bristol [email]0117 923 6778
 
 
[link]Bristol Concert Wind BandNicola Ware   St Peter’s Methodist Church, Allison Road, Broom Hill, Bristol Weds 7.30 [email]Chris Chaloner
 
For details, please see the website.
[link]Bristol Galenicals' OrchestraTom Sammut   We rehearse and have concerts in St Paul's Church in Bristol, BS8 1LX, Saturdays 4pm-6pm [email]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.
[link]Bristol Metropolitan OrchestraWilliam Goodchild Pamela Bell Redland High School, Redland Court, Bristol, BS6 7EF. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. [email]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.
[link]Bristol Millennium OrchestraGraham 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 StringsJulian 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 PlayersJulian 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. [email]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.
Brunel SinfoniaTom Gauterin   Wednesdays, 19:00, Clifton College, Bristol [email]Dave Sherwin
 
Fresh, new, young orchestra whose emphasis is on being sociable, friendly and fun at the same time as producing great music to a high standard. Players of all instruments and ages very welcome, but most especially strings and lower brass (Grade 7 minimum standard).
[link]Bude Concert OrchestraBarry Carrington Moule   Mondays 7:30pm The Music Suite, Budehaven Community School [email]Barry Carrington Moule 01288 361625
 
 
[link]The Cameo OrchestraAndrew Foister Denise Clark Tuesday from 7.45pm at St Barnabas church in Warmley, Bristol [email]Rob Tyley
[email]Denise Clark
The Orchestra would welcome interest from potential new members, and are looking for a playing ability of Grade 6 or higher.
[link]City of Truro Wind OrchestraMike Brown   Thursday (term time) 7.15-9.15pm at Penair School Truro, Cornwall [email]Mike Brown 07825 221112
 
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.
[link]Clarinet Caboodle Dave Lambert   Alternate Thursdays from 7.30 – 9 pm at the Trout & Tipple , Tavistock, Devon [email]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 +.
[link]Cornwall Returners OrchestraChris Morgan Rachel Beale Monday (term time) 7.30-9.00pm at Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1TH [email]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.
[link]Culm Valley OrchestraColin Wills Nigel Atkinson Alternate Saturday mornings 10am-12noon at Village Hall, Uffculme, Devon. Also twice yearly orchestral days to which additional players are invited. [email]Colin Wills
 
A friendly inclusive community orchestra meeting regularly to play varied classical works, mainly for our own pleasure. Anyone interested is invited to contact us. We would particularly welcome additional string players, second bassoon, trumpets and trombones.
[link]Dartmouth OrchestraTony Hindley   Saturday mornings 10am till 12noon in St Clements Church Hall, Dartmouth, TERM TIME. Maggie 07525 442313
[email]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.
[link]Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service BandSusan White   Thursday evening at 7.30pm at the Headquarters of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Clyst St George, Nr Exeter. [email]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.
[link]Devon Youth Concert OrchestraPaul Painter   Once a month on Saturday, Exeter School, Manston Terrace, Exeter EX2 6NP [email]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.
[link]Devon Youth Symphony OrchestraPaul Painter   Once a month on Saturday, Exeter School, Manston Terrace, Exeter EX2 6NP [email]Paul Painter 01395 445755
 
Advanced level (Grade 6+) Plays more ‘serious’ pieces, including symphonies, orchestral suites and modern works.
[link]Enigma OrchestraRobert Weaver Guest Leaders Short intensive period prior to each concert [email]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.
[link]Exeter Music Group Symphony OrchestraMarion Wood Clare Smith St. Peter's High School, Exeter. Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm [email]Fenny Gill
 
Exeter’s leading orchestra presenting a wide variety of classical concerts featuring national and international soloists. New players welcome.
[link]Exeter Rehearsal OrchestraDerek Browning Alan Williams We meet on Saturday mornings from 10.15 to12.30 at St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Rd, Exeter EX4 3ES [email]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!
[link]Exeter Symphony OrchestraBrian 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. [email]Bob Jevon, Chairman
 
The city of Exeter's principal orchestra, with concerts 3 times a year. New players very welcome.
[link]Exeter University Symphony OrchestraRichard Gonski Natasha Cox Usually Tuesdays in term-time 6:45 – 9:30pm [email]Rebecca Pennar (President)
[email]Richard Gonski (Conductor)
EUSO performs at least three concerts per year: in mid-December, mid-March, and early-June: contact the orchestra for more details.
[link]Exmouth Light Orchestra / Exmouth Heavy OrchestraDaphne Harlock   Light Orchestra, Friday mornings in term time, Heavy Orchestra Saturday mornings [email]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.
[link]Folk Orchestra of North DevonBecki Driscoll Nick Wyke Mondays 7 - 9pm during term time at Plough Arts Centre, Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ [email]Becki Driscoll 01837 53754
[email]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.
[link]Folk Orchestra of TorbayDavid Faulkner   Tuesdays 7 - 9pm during term time at the Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, Devon TQ3 3HF [email]David Faulkner 01837 53754
[email]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.
[link]Frome SymphonyMark Gateshill Ursula Voigt 7 - 9pm on Mondays during school term time at Christchurch, Christchurch St West, Frome [email]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.
[link]Gasworks Scratchy Folk OrchestraMartin Solomon   Thursdays fortnightly (see web-site) in Bristol [email]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.
[link]Harmony OrchestraJudith Wooster Carla Fullam (administrator) Thursdays during term time 7.15 - 9.15pm at St. Peter's school, Exeter [email]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 OrchestraColin Hodgetts Tina Bennett Mondays from 7.30 to 9.30 in St John's Art Centre, the Square, Hartland, North Devon. [email]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.
[link]HMS Seahawk Volunteer BandJules Cook   Tuesday and Thursday evenings 1930-2130, RNAS Culdrose, Helston, TR12 7RH [email]Jules Cook 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.
[link]Hotwells Music Workshop, BristolNEW Bristol hotwellsmusic.org.uk Thursday evenings during school terms at Hotwells Primary School, BS8 4ND [email]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.
[link]ISCA Ensemble South WestRoger Hendy Antony Clements 6/7 rehearsals, Sunday afternoons in Exeter before each concert. [email]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.
[link]Keynsham OrchestraRichard Jones Andrew Rees Queens Road Methodist Church, Keynsham, 7.45 to 9.45. [email]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 OrchestraElizabeth Ashford   Tuesdays in term-time 7pm-8.45pm Launceston College, PL15 9JR [email]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 OrchestraChris Golding Paul Packwood Tuesday evenings 19.30 -21.30 at Church House Long Aston Bristol [email]Chris Golding
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.
[link]Longwell Green Community OrchestraPaul 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 OrchestraBridget 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.
[link]Malmesbury Concert BandTony 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.
[link]Mandolin Orchestra of DevonMatt Norman   Occasional Saturdays 2-5pm at Fairplace Church, Fairplace, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1DN [email]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.
[link]The Mid-Somerset OrchestraStephen Smith Hywel Jenkins Croscombe Village Hall, Croscombe, Somerset, Wednesday evenings during school term time 8.00 - 10.00 [email]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.
[link]Nailsea Concert OrchestraBob Jenner Ali White Christ Church, Nailsea, Fridays 19:30 [email]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.
[link]New Bristol SinfoniaJames 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
[link]Newton Abbot OrchestraRobert Young Adrian Janssen Wednesdays at 7.30 to 9.30pm Hannahs at Seale Hayne, just outside Newton Abbot, off the A383 [email]Janna Bulmer (chair) 01364 652227
[email]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.
[link]North Devon SinfoniaEmma 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.
[link]North Wiltshire OrchestraChris 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
[link]Out There OrchestraTom Jones   Tuesday evenings during school term time, 8-9.30pm, Westbury Park School Hall, Bayswater Avenue, BS6 7NU [email]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.
[link]Penzance Orchestral SocietyJudith Bailey Pam Rosenfeld Wednesdays, term time at our Band Room, Lower Queen Street, Penzance, from 7.15p.m. to 9.30p.m [email]Patrick Gale 01736 871808
Mike Higgs (Chairman) 01736 850880
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.
[link]Petrovian OrchestraJames 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.
[link]Plymouth Symphony OrchestraAnne Kimber Paul Matthews Monday evenings, Plymouth [email]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 [email]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
[link]Portishead Concert BandNEW    St.Nicholas Church, Nore Rd., Portishead every Tuesday from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. [email] 
 
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.
[link]Redland Wind BandSteve Ellis   Monday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Quaker Meeting House, Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8PD [email]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.
[link]Rough Music - East Devon Folk OrchestraDavid Faulkner   Mondays 7 - 9pm during term time at Broadclyst Victory Hall, The Green, Broadclyst, Devon EX5 3DX [email]David Faulkner 01837 53754
[email]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.
[link]RWindbandRuth Ballantyne   Burraton Community Centre, Saltash, Nr Plymouth Friday 7.30pm-9.30pm [email]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+.
[link]St Erth Concert BandGeorge 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.
[link]St Mewan SinfoniaDavid Frost Martin White Thursday evenings at Probus from 7:30 to 9:30pm [email]Secretary
[email]press and publicity:
Founded in 1974, this small string orchestra has at present twenty two players, some of whom are founder members.
[link]Salisbury City Band of The Royal British LegionRoger Allsopp   fortnightly on Thursdays, 7.30pm at The Royal British Legion's Club in Endless Street, Salisbury Dr Helen Smith (secretary) 01722 331163
 
We are a new military band looking for additional brass players - bass clef reading tenor trombones, euphonium and Eb tuba. Exceptional players on other instruments will also be welcomed to support us in large scale works. Willingness to march is not essential but would be welcomed
[link]Salisbury Concert BandChris Holmes   Every Wednesday during term time at St. Martin's Primary School, Shady Bower, Salisbury, SP1 2RE [email]Lorraine Blakey (Chairman)
 
We currently have vacancies for percussion players.
[link]Salisbury SinfoniaTim Murray     [email] 
 
Established in 1992
[link]Salisbury Symphony OrchestraDavid Halls Ros Bromley 7:30 pm on Friday, usually at the South Wilts Grammar School, Stratford Road, Salisbury, SP1 3JJ [email]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 OrchestraGuest conductors Joyce Denyer Saltford Hall, Saltford. Friday mornings, 09:45 - 12:45, about six times a year. [email]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.
[link]SaxophonicsNEW  Sarah Hunt Tuesday evenings 7-9 pm, King’s Hall, Tavistock [email] 
 
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 OrchestraAlan 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.
[link]Silverwinds Flute ChoirMichelle Krawiec   19.00 - 20.15 on a Thursday evening during term time at Christ the King Church, Bradley Stoke, Bristol [email]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.
[link]Somerset County OrchestraVarious guest conductors   Tuesday evenings at 7.00, Archbishop Cranmer School, Taunton [email]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 BandPhil Lambton   Methodist Church Hall, Somerton 7:30pm - 9:30pm [email]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 [email]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.
[link]Tavistock OrchestraMel Orriss   Irregular Tuesdays, Melvin Hall, Kelly College, Parkwood Road, Tavistock, PL19 0HZ [email]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.
[link]Thornbury Clarinet Choir    2pm-4pm on the second Saturday of each month (excl.August), United Reformed Church, Thornbury, BS35 2BA [email]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.
[link]Thornbury OrchestraChris Hill Janet Lewis 19:45 on alternate Wednesdays at the United Reform Church, Thornbury, plus some sectional rehearsals on the other Wednesdays. [email]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.
[link]Torbay Symphony OrchestraRichard Gonski Susanna Burnett   [email] 
 
The orchestra performs three series of concerts a year in Totnes, Torquay, Dartmouth and other venues in the area.
[link]Trowbridge Symphony OrchestraDavid Price John Lauder Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon [email]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
[link]Truro SinfoniaBarry Carrington-Moule Betty Wheeler Truro College, Truro, term time on Wednesday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Rachel (Secretary) 01872-261140
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 [email]Ruth Scanlon ( Secretary)
 
The Wednesday orchestra is a repertoire orchestra with a good long-standing reputation. No auditions,grade 5 minimum standard
[link]Wessex Concert OrchestraAndrew Baatz Nicola Ashton Monkton Park School, Sadler's Mead, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3PN Mondays 7.30pm - 9.30 pm [email]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
[link]West Bristol OrchestraChris Golding   Thursday evenings 7.15 - 9.15pm at The United Reformed Church, Muller Road, Bristol. [email]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.
[link]The West Cornwall Concert BandJackie 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 [email]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.
[link]West Mendip OrchestraDennis Simons Christine Gladwin Term time Fridays 7.45pm at The Lynch Chapel Hall, The Lynch, Winscombe, North Somerset [email]Eleanor Gates
[email]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.
[link]Westerly ShowbandChris Harris   Downend library, Bristol BS16 5TW Mondays 7.30 pm. all year round. [email]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!
[link]The WesternairsSusie Toley   7.30pm Tuesdays all year at Liskeard Methodist Church Hall, Liskeard, Cornwall [email] 
 
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 OrchestraChris Manners Sonia Loney 7.45pm Thursdays at the Lynch Chapel Hall, Winscombe, North Somerset before concerts [email]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.
[link]Wootton Bassett Orchestra    7.30pm every Thursday evening at The Methodist Church, Rope Yard, Wootton Bassett. [email] 
 
New players are welcome, especially string players at present.
Yeovil Concert BandTerry Ravenor   Yeovil Sports & Social Club, Coronation Avenue [email]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.
[link]Yeovil Music Centre Adult OrchestraIan Gibbins   7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesdays, Holcote House, Yeovil College Music Centre 07811 760255
[email]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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