UK Amateur Orchestras

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

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2022

NEW - entries since 1 Jan 2023

Orchestra (full)

Wind band (brass and woodwind)

String Orchestra

Brass band



Conductor /
Rehearsal Venue / Times
Dr Trevor Farren
Alderbrook School, Blossomfield Road, Solihull. Wednesday 8-10 pm
 Jenny Phillips
Originally a youth band, the Band today comprises musicians of all ages, ranging from enthusiastic amateurs to graduate standard players. New members are always welcome.
Danny Price
Alcester on a Monday Evening
 Contact via website
Established in 1897, we are a really friendly 4th Section traditional brass band, with a new dynamic musical director and conductor. We play all around the county and beyond, with 3 or 4 concerts per year, a contest or two and some fun bandstand work. We welcome players of all standards - we'd love some new players!
Garry Bailey
Saturday mornings 9.30 to 11.30 at Quatt Village Hall, WV15 6QW
 Eleanor Andrews
The community band for the whole of Shropshire. Open to all instruments, ages and abilities, Alveley Village Band is famous for being the largest family-oriented community band in the country, bringing together grans and grandads, mums and dads, great gran and grandads, neighbours, children, teenagers anyone else who wants to take part. Pure fun for the whole music community.
Ashley Buxton
Sunday 10 – 12:15ish, Inkberrow Village Hall, Sands Lane Inkberrow, Worcestershire WR7 4DZ
 Jay Willis
Based at Inkberrow Village Hall, Sands Lane Inkberrow, Worcestershire WR7 4DZ, We are a friendly 3rd Section Brass Band first formed in 1977 and still going strong today. All ages and abilities catered for. We usually play a number of concerts and band stand jobs throughout the year and a couple of contests too. Please feel free to contact us or to just drop in on a Sunday morning when we're rehearsing
Lee Armstrong
Peter Searle
Wednesday, 7.45pm at Northfield Methodist Church, Birmingham B31 2PH
 Martyn Harris 0121 427 6187
Founded in 1969, the orchestra originally rehearsed in the Birmingham General Hospital and latterly met in the University of Birmingham's Medical School. Since 2021 however our new home is in south west Birmingham. We enjoy a broad range of Classical, Romantic and 20th Century programmes, but we're particularly blessed to have the direction of conductor/arranger Lee Armstrong. A friendly group, giving up to three concerts a year and despite the orchestra's medical origin, welcome players from all walks of life!
Rodrigo Orquera
Thursday evening 7.00pm - 8.30pm at Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ
A rock group open to players of all instruments and singers of all abilities that meet during term time to play diverse rock music from 1960 to present day.
Phil Houghton
Paul White
Monday evenings 7.30pm to 9.30pm (generally term times) at Boswell Hall, Nuneaton URC, Chapel Street, Nuneaton CV11 5QH
 Michele Kondakor
 Monika Walton
Small friendly symphony orchestra 3 concerts a year, we meet most weeks to play even if not rehearsing specific works.
Ian Worton
Valerie Blount
Saturday Mornings at Bewdley Primary School Stourport Road Bewdley Worcestershire
 Valerie Blount
 Ian Worton
We welcome all abilities. We currently have 40 plus members. We also run a Saturday morning music Academy for learners or returners of any age.
Ian Pickford
Friday 7-9:30 at Victoria Centre, Biddulph Methodist Church.
 Adam Smith (Orchestra Member)
 General Contact
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Elaine Farmer
Roger Twivey
Tuesday 7.15 to 8.45 in Sutton Coldfield
 Angela Davies 0121 329 2984
The Birchfield String Orchestra consists of a small group of players who meet weekly in Sutton Coldfield to play together for pleasure without the pressure of concerts. The orchestra owns a library of over 150 works from the baroque to the present day, covering a wide range of composers, forms and styles. Anyone with a basic standard of Grade V on violin, viola, cello or double bass is welcome to join.
Steve King
Wednesday at the Hazelwell Pub in Kings Heath Birmingham, starting at 8pm
 Ed Franklin 07426 985 803
The Birmingham Basement Band is an 18 piece swing band that comprises of people from all walks of life linked by their love of big band music and playing music together. We aim to perform 3 gigs a year if possible. Our rehearsal night is Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch to see what seats are available. We very much look forward to hearing from you.
Tony Veale
Monday evening 7.45pm - 10pm St Catherines Church, Hampton Lane, Catherine de Barnes, Solihull West Midlands
 Sue Fullard
Concert Band established over 40 years ago and comprises semi pro and amateur musicians age range immaterial but minimum grade 5 standard, playing all types of music and performing to raise money for local charitable organisations. Vacancies exist in all departments but in particular, percussion, bass instruments, and middle range brass and wind. Also limited numbers of flutes and clarinets required.
Neavan Lobban
Kat Galbraith
Alternative Sundays at St David's Church, Shenley Green B29 4HH (venue subject to change), from 2-5pm
 Adam Farrington-Horsfall
BGSO was formed in 2008 and has firmly established itself on the Birmingham LGBTQIA+ and music scenes. We welcome orchestral players from all backgrounds and our repertoire consists of anything from classical symphonies to hits from Abba and songs from the musicals. Players should be approx. Grade 6 (or equivalent) and above. We currently have vacancies in all sections, particularly the upper strings. We are a very welcoming and appreciative ensemble. You do not have to identify as LGBTQIA+ to play with us but all we as is that you are accommodating, respectful and friendly and that you are brimming over with enthusiasm for making music - and new friends!
Michael Lloyd
Birmingham Conservatoire, Sunday 10.00 - 13.00
 Chris Bertram 0121 689 2835
The Birmingham Philharmonic is one of the country's leading non-professional symphony orchestras, with strong links to the CBSO and members from across the Midlands.
John Phillips
Thursday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30pm, New Street, Bishop's Castle SY9 5DQ
 Kate Pratt 01588 638828
 John Phillips 07790007469
A friendly community orchestra offering a wide variety of music at local events throughout the year. Current vacancies: competent and committed strings, flute/oboe.
Thursdays 7:45pm – 9:45pm Park Methodist Church, Binfield Street, Tipton, DY4 8SS
We are a new, up and coming Big Band in Tipton who play Big Band music from all eras but particularly enjoy more modern Big Band Music. We are looking a couple of trumpets to complete our line up. We are also looking for a reliable jazz pianist and guitarist! As a rough guide we are looking for grade 7/8 standard players. If you play another instrument please feel free to get in touch, it is always useful to build up a list for when we need deps for rehearsals and gigs. We look forward to hearing from you!
Methodist church hall, Golden Cross Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove Worcs, Thursday 7.30 - 9.30
We are a progressive and friendly band established in 1998 and based near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. We have seen a huge development over the last couple of years, and currently have about 55 players. We play a wide range of music and perform in various venues throughout the year such as bandstands, village fêtes, charity fund-raising events, and also more formal indoor concerts. We are always on the lookout for new players of any ability and instrument, particularly in the brass section.
Nigel Wood
Fortnightly, at Weoley Hill United Reformed Church (URC) Green Meadow Rd, Birmingham B29 4DE
 Sue Catchpole
The Bournville Clarinet Choir is a community music ensemble meeting on a fortnightly basis at a local venue. Players from further afield are also welcome to attend. The project is intended to create a friendly environment while bringing clarinetists together who aspire to a high level of performance, technical knowledge and ensemble playing. The music will cover a wide range of styles and genres as well as new arrangements and compositions customised to suit the abilities of the ensemble. Players should be of a grade 8 or equivalent standard and above.
James Ross
Margaret Wright
Sunday afternoons in St John’s Parish Hall
 Kate Bedford 07484 319664
Bridgnorth Sinfonia is a small orchestra with a growing reputation in the area which meets roughly once a month, on Sunday afternoons in St John's Parish Hall. We aim to add to the cultural life of our town and enjoy an enthusiastic following for our varied program of concerts and events. Please contact us if you would like to join. Currently we are looking for double bass players but all enquiries are welcome.
Shaun Middleton
Mondays all year (except Bank Holidays) 7.00 - 9.00 pm at Bridgtown Social Club, 170 Walsall Road, Cannock
 Becky Cartwright (member representative) 07973 134 830
 Shaun Middleton 07973 408 036
We are a friendly band made up of a variety of ages and abilities. Our repertoire consists of show tunes, popular songs, old Dixieland Jazz numbers and many more. We play concerts and gigs around the region at fêtes, local bandstands and at the social club. There are no auditions we just need committed players with plenty of enthusiasm and at least grade 3 standard. Any wind or brass instruments are welcome however we are especially keen to hear from middle and bass instruments. You are very welcome to come along for an informal visit on any Monday rehearsal.
Georgia Vale, Marco De Boni
Saturdays 10.00-11.30 at Catshill Methodist Church B61 0LG
 Marco De Boni 07717654449
Bromsgrove Amateur Strings is a very friendly training orchestra, formed to give adults and children the opportunity to explore the string orchestra repertoire and enjoy playing together. The standard ranges from approx Grade 3-8, and no audition is necessary. We perform from time to time, and past and present repertoire includes Handel Concerto Grossi, Corelli Christmas Concerto, Warlock Capriol Suite, Dag Wiren Serenade, Pleyel, Duo (arrangement) as well as various Scottish Reels and other folk music.
David Thomas
Falcon Hotel, Bromyard, 7.30pm Fridays
 Contact via website
Bromyard Wind Band is made up from players from a very wide area around the town of Bromyard in Herefordshire, England. Although 'Wind Band' is in our title, we are a full Symphonic Concert Band / Ensemble. The main ethos is to encourage players of varying abilities to meet in regular rehearsal, for public performances, and in so doing help raise money for charity.
David Haines
Tuesdays 19:30 - 21:30 at Trinity Methodist Church, Burton on Trent.
 Contact via website
A friendly wind band, we perform in a wide variety of settings. We have recently played at The Royal Show, local beer festivals, and local churches. We be celebrated 15 years in September 2008, and looking forward to planning a return visit to Italy in 2009.
The Bus Band
Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson /Ulrike Wilson
Mondays 19:30 - 21:30 at National Express West Midlands bus depot, Carl Street, Walsall.
 Chris Wilson 07933281890
 Ulrike Wilson 07983850095
Recently formed band, all wind band instruments required especially top woodwind, horns and trombones. No fees charged, very friendly and we play a good variety of music.
George Hardy
Carol Edwards
Thursday 7.15 – 9.15 at Chase Grammar School
 John – 07717 871911
Membership Free. New players welcome with reasonable ability, no auditions. Established 2013. We tend to play modern and classical popular music. Regular concerts. Rehearsals are fun but with purpose.
Tom Milford
Weekend rehearsals take place at Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and Ellesmere College Shropshire
 Helen Milford
We run Symphonic Wind Band Weekends for adult musicians with grade 6/7 standard (or equivalent) and above, currently with locations at Culford School in Suffolk and Ellesmere College in Shropshire. The rehearsals take place over two days, culminating in an informal concert and are designed to bring together like-minded musicians to explore some challenging music from the Wind Band Repertoire.
Martin Sleaford
Thursday evenings during term time 8pm – 10pm at Hundred Acre Scout Centre, Aldridge Road, B74 2DX
 Emma Farren
 Pauline Milnes
We are a community band and we are always welcoming new members. If you play trombone, euphonium or French horn we are particularly keen to hear from you. Players are usually over 18 and whilst we don't have any audition requirements, Grade 4 or above is usually a guide to the minimum standard required. However we are happy for anyone to attend and we are sure you will enjoy it! We do many concerts throughout the community each year and hope that members are committed to both these performances and our regular rehearsals. Members pay a small subscription which goes towards rehearsal venue hire, new music and teas/coffees. We welcome prospective members to attend a rehearsal just to see what it is like.
Michael Lloyd
James Pattinson
2 weekends prior to each concert in Malvern - see website
 Roger Clift
Playing the big symphonic repertoire mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, Chandos gives three concerts per year in Malvern, under professional conductor Michael Lloyd and professional leader Kathryn Rutland. The orchestra also runs two workshops per year open to all comers. Numbering around 90 players from all over the West Midlands region and around the UK, the orchestra holds an annual young musician competition in January whose winner may be invited to play a concerto.
Stephan Belinfante
Sue Belinfante
Wednesday evenings in central Cheltenham
 Orchestra manager
The Cheltenham “Phil” is an amateur orchestra established in 1895. It performs 4 concerts a year at the Pittville Pump Room and Town Hall in Cheltenham. We are a friendly, welcoming orchestra and enquiries from new players are always welcome. Details of concerts, rehearsals and player vacancies are found on the website.
David Curtis
Prestbury Junior School, Cheltenham. 730pm Thursdays in term time
The orchestra gives 7-8 concerts a year in Cheltenham and surrounding towns. There are potentially places for good string players.
Cirencester Community Orchestra
Tim Cambray
David Scott-Langley
Tuesday 7:00 to 8:30pm, Deer Park School Main Hall
 Tim Cambray 07876 183256
We welcome all players especially younger members who we try to pair up with more experienced players. Our repertoire is varied from film to symphony, from concerto to choral suite. We have worked with several other local groups to put on joint concerts.
Wednesdays 8 00 pm, Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester
 Alan Bingle 01453 764626
We are a string orchestra suitable for adults of all levels, from intermediate level e.g. who used to play at school and who want to start playing again, to advanced standard. We play a few concerts a year around the Cotswolds, and our repertoire includes bits of folk and jazz as well as traditional composers from Baroque and Classical eras. We also enjoy arrangements of show tunes and film themes.
Phil Cowley
Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester. Monday evenings at 7pm in term time.
 Phil Cowley 01452 528008
The band gives 4-5 concerts a year, mainly in and around Cheltenham. There are potentially places for woodwind or brass players of above Grade 5 standard, especially horns and lower brass.
Jenny Steele
Lindsay Evans
Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester. Wednesday 19.00-21.00 during term time
 Gloucestershire Music
 Jenny Steele
A community orchestra run by Gloucestershire Music, the county music service. Catering for adult orchestral players of grade 5 and above.
Stuart Hazelton
Monthly, 2 - 5pm on Saturdays or Sundays, at the Walsall campus of Wolverhampton University.
 Anne Willie 01789 292246
We are a small, friendly ensemble, the local part of a national organisation which is dedicated to workshopping and performing newly-composed music. CoMA was founded in 1993 with the aim of enabling musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music.
Pat Ryan
Cosford every Monday between 7.30pm and 9.45pm.
 Pat Ryan
 Sgt James Buckley
RAF Cosford Voluntary Band is a warm, friendly wind band for all wind instruments at any standard. We also run a Corps of Drums for budding percussionist. We are open to any serving members of the Armed Forces and local civilians. Full training and uniforms will be given should you consider joining. We perform at local events at at formal military dinner nights and represent the Royal Air Force on more formal parades. Recent high profile events include a joint concert with all 8 voluntary bands from the RAF, RAF Cosford Air Show and at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus
Ian Higginson
Peter Davis
Sunday afternoons 2:30pm-5pm. Ashcroft Church, Cirencester, GL7 1RA
 Sharyn Wilson (orchestra manager)
A friendly Orchestra centred around Cirencester in the beautiful Cotswolds. Players are good standard amateurs but we are lucky enough to have a few professionals among us. We learn from them and it helps to keep our performance standards high. Repertoire is mainly classical and increasingly ambitious. We perform two concerts a year, usually preceded by about 8 rehearsals. This makes us very popular with musicians who want to play with a full orchestra but don't want the commitment of a weekly rehearsal throughout the year. We welcome new members and particularly like to hear from string players. More information from the website or via Facebook.
Reuben Penny / Rob Jones
Monday lunchtime for one hour in Bournville, Birmingham
A friendly daytime music ensemble and orchestra based in South Birmingham that is open to players of all instruments, and all abilities. We welcome traditional orchestral instruments alongside recorders, accordions, saxophones, bass guitars and more! We play a variety of pop, classical, jazz and film score arrangements.
Tom Ayres
(changes each season)
Friday between September and May, term time, from 7 to 9.30 pm at the Ellen Terry building, Coventry University, 34 - 35 Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5RW.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra is a 40 strong orchestra led by conductor Tony Ayres and is made up of young people from the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull areas who play at Grade 5 level or above. It provides an invaluable opportunity for young players to enjoy rehearsing and performing together. The orchestra welcomes new players. Please email to come along for a free, no obligation trial.
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 Ansty Rd URC hall, 210 Ansty Rd, CV2 3EY, Coventry
 Jo Wong 07502 099512
 Louise Parry 07760 429445
Coventry Scratch is a very small friendly and relaxed group of amateur musicians. We would love to have more woodwind, strings and brass players join us and help us grow and develop. We play a range of fun and fairly easy music so if you're looking for experience in playing with others, or need to brush the cobwebs off your instruments, do come and join us! Our mission: Enjoy making music for ourselves and others! We play at care homes, for special need groups, and for charities.
Tobias Lazenbury
Monday's 7:45pm – 9:15pm, The Reddings and District Community Centre, North Road West, Cheltenham GL51 6RF
We are a new amateur orchestra based in Cheltenham, who's mission is to have fun performing a wide range of orchestral music, and collaborate with other amateur arts groups in Gloucestershire. We always welcome new musicians - visit the Members page on our website to find out more about how to join us!
David Wornham
2nd & 4th Mondays, 1500-1700, Platinum Hall, Church Road, Crowle, near Droitwich, WR7 4AX
 David Wornham
We welcome all retired and semi-retired wind instrument players able to read simple music.
Mike Thorne & Lewis Gaston
Tanya Barringer & Julia Wilson
Intensive sight-reading week each Easter
 Calum Kennedy
Specialises in big unusual rep not seen in weekly groups. This year includes 29 works including Shostakovich, Lutoslawski, Vasks, Strauss, d'Indy, Prokofiev, Shchedrin, Myaskovsky, Vaughan Williams and more.
Mark Steele
Most Mondays at 7.30 in the Coventry Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA
We are an eclectic group of people, playing an eclectic selection of music on an eclectic range of instruments! Our current members range from those early in their musical appreciation to those with music degrees; all are equally welcome. There are no auditions and parts vary enough to suit a variety of abilities, although sight reading to at least the equivalent of Grade 3 is desirable. We aim to give at least once concert per term, usually to raise money for charitable causes. Members (except students) give £10 per month in subs. Regular attendance is encouraged for the sake of progress towards performance standards.
James Topp
Wednesdays 7:45pm-9pm The Elgar School of Music, 16-20 Deansway, Worcester WR1 2ES. £5.50 per session
 Elgar School of Music
 James Topp
The Elgar School Concert Band welcomes all wind/brass/percussion players Grade 4 and above. The Elgar School of Music is located beside Huntingdon Hall in the centre of Worcester. We opened for lessons in 1983 and ever since have welcomed students of all ages and abilities for both individual and group tuition. We aim to provide the very best in musical education, whether as an academic pursuit or purely for relaxation and enjoyment.
Tony Coupe
Ed Wadon
Monday evening 7:15 – 9:00pm during term time at Ellesmere College Arts Centre.
 Tony Coupe
Ellesmere Sinfonia was formed in November 2017 by Anthony Coupe and Ed Wadon who shared a desire to create a community orchestra capable of providing students and instrumentalists across the region a full orchestral experience. Ellesmere Sinfonia is made up of players playing at a standard of Grade 5 or above. If you are interested in joining the choral society or the sinfonia please contact Tony Coupe
Bernard Moses
Mondays from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at Wylde Green United Reformed Church, Britwell Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5SW
 Bernard Moses 0121 241 9087 or 07773 396234
Enigma Brass Ensemble are a 10 piece brass ensemble based in the West Midlands and play in the format made popular by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and subsequently London Brass consisting of 4 Trumpets, 1 French horn, 4 Trombones and 1 Tuba. We are always keen to hear from players of at least grade 8 standard with good sight reading capabilities as vacancies arise from time to time for players to assist with rehearsals and concerts. We play a wide and varied repertoire tailored to suit whatever engagements we have planned.
David Curtis
Marie Roberts-Watkins
10am-4pm on the 4th Sunday of the month at The Elms School, Colwall, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6EF
 Jane Whittle
The UK's 1st amateur orchestra to perform only original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 8+ musicians, all ages welcome.
Lee Clarke-Butler
10am -12 noon on the 2nd Sunday of the month at The Elms School, Colwall, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6EF
 Jane Whittle
For under 19s up to around grade 5 standard.
Alan MacRae
Caroline Broekman
2-4:30pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month at Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Gloucestershire GL3 2JH
 Jane Whittle
For grade 5+ musicians, standard orchestration
Peter May
12;30 -3pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month at The Elms School, Colwall, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6EF
 Jane Whittle
For grade 4+ musicians, all ages. Parts for some non-orchestral instruments available - get in touch for details. Rusty players most welcome.
Jenny Steele
Saturday mornings during term time. 9.30 - 11.30 at Archway School in Stroud.
 Gloucestershire Music
 Jenny Steele
A well established intermediate wind band that plays a wide range of music including classical, swing, and film. We do at least 3 concerts a year, including charity performances. Recently we recorded for and were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. We offer a warm welcome to any new players, particularly brass. No audition necessary. Email or call for further details.
Kristyann Symonds
Once a month on Sunday afternoons 3.00 -5.00 pm
 Kristyann Symonds
Forest Little BIG Band is a Youth Big Band for musicians aged 11 - 22 from the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley area.
Antonio Socci
Monday evenings 7:30-9:30pm, Massey Ferguson Club, Coventry, CV5 7NL
 Alwyn Deacon, Band Manager
We are a friendly, volunteer military wind band based in Coventry and currently have vacancies across all wind instruments . We are proud to continue the traditions of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers across the West Midlands and perform at local events as well as formal military dinner nights. We are also proud to support charities at a local and national level. Come down for a play on Monday evenings. If you join, ceremonial and mess uniforms are supplied.
Simon Stephens
Thursday evening 7.30pm till 9pm at St. Georges Church Grange Road Tuffley
Welcome Woodwind and Brass players of any age and standard. Various gigs during the year mainly fêtes, and Christmas services with a couple of concerts mixed in. Playing a wide variety of music show tunes, classic arrangements and more contemporary items.
Glyn Oxley
Marie Roberts
Tuesdays from 7:30-9.30 pm at Elmbridge Road Junior School, Gloucester
 Chantal Butters 01452 614555
The Orchestra is always keen to welcome new members as players. There are no formal auditions but members are expected to be of a reasonable standard, ideally Grade 7 or equivalent. We are still after a string players especially lower strings and double basses!!.
Alex Walker
Tuesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Cheslyn Hay Community and Sports Club, 26 Station Street, Cheslyn Hay, WS6 7ED
Whether you play Woodwind, Brass or Percussion and are Grade 4 standard or above, we would be pleased to hear from you. Even if you haven't played for years, come along on a Tuesday and sit in with the Band.
Hagley Community Orchestra
Cynthia Downes
Anna Downes
Occasionally for festivals at St Saviour’s Church, Hagley
 Cynthia Downes 07545 773139
Orchestra gets together for Christmas, Mothering Sunday, Patronal Festival and Harvest Festival and rehearses in advance of these occasions. Currently looking for a new conductor.
Chris Hoggarth
Logan Gregory
Monday nights during term time, 7:45pm - 9:45pm at Salvation Army Hall, Meredith Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5EP
 Jenny Smith
 Kathryn Swindells
A thriving weekly-rehearsing orchestra in the West of Birmingham. Presenting three concerts a year and often working with professional soloists.
John Meadows
Every Friday, 7:30pm, term time at the Queen Alexandra College, Court Oak Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B17 9TG
Founded in 1940, the orchestras main objective has always been to provide a friendly atmosphere where players of all ages and abilities can enjoy making music. Rehearsals prepare for three concerts a year.
Chris Davies
Wednesdays 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm at Langley Secondary School, Solihull.
 Sybilla Rose
Harmonie is a Solihull wind band with a long and successful history of providing the opportunity for players to rehearse and perform concerts. We have no age restrictions or entry requirements - everyone is welcome. We take part in several concerts each year and often with local schools involvement. The band also commissions works and engages top professionals to conduct workshops to improve playing skills.
Mark Wooton
Jane Pudsey
Tuesdays at 7:30 in the Methodist Central Hall in Coventry
We play mainly light music. We welcome new string players in particular; players should be prepared to attend weekly rehearsals. We play three or four concerts in each year.
Michelle Holloway
2nd Sunday of every month 2pm till 5.30pm, at St James on the Grange, Lonscale Drive, Styvechale, Coventry, CV3 6QR
 or contact via website
The Heart of England Recorder Orchestra is a group of enthusiastic and experienced recorder players of all ages, from all over the country, meeting in Coventry. We play all kinds of music – renaissance, baroque, classical and modern, original recorder music and arrangements, on all sizes of recorder – sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, bass, great bass and contrabass.
John Griffiths
Wednesday 7.30-9.30
 Hereford Concert Band
We welcome players from Grade 5 up and perform to a high standard. You’ll be given a warm welcome, so come along and give us a try! Particularly looking for trombonists, but all instruments welcome!
Michael Bell MBE, Roland Melia, Joshua Ballance
Christine Lenton
Mondays during term Time, 6.45 – 8.45
 John Deutsch
 Lucy French
HSO was founded in 1958. It became established as an independent orchestra, and today it is the only regular adult orchestra in Herefordshire. Initially founded as a string group, it quickly developed a pattern of concerts including wind, brass, percussion players and choral groups. In 2020 the orchestra changed its name to Hereford Symphony Orchestra to reflect this and usually gives 3 concerts a year. The orchestra always welcomes new string players and there are no auditions. There will occasionally be vacancies for wind and brass players. Please use the contact form on the website if you are interested.
David Jones
Select Sundays 12-2:15pm (See website for exact dates), Coleshill, Birmingham
 David Jones 07731 847327
We are an amateur Jazz Orchestra/Big Band based in the Midlands. We currently boast 18 members but are always looking to welcome more.
Steve Tromans
Mervyn Jackson
Wednesdays 7.00 - 9.00pm,The Methodist Church, Stream Road, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9NP
 Sue Potter (secretary)
We are a community band, mainly wind instruments but all are welcome. Even if you have not played for a while, or are new to playing in a band, you will be made very welcome. No auditions, just turn up and join in. Please see our Facebook page for up to date information (Formerly known as the BJ Concert Band)
Richard Laing
Eleanor Robson
In the 2 weeks before a concert, The Kingsley School, Leamington Spa
 J Stafford
Founded in 1977 by Andrew Mogrelia the Leamington Chamber Orchestra is a high quality amateur orchestra performing in Leamington Spa. The orchestra has a varied repertoire and is particularly keen to promote and perform lesser known pieces, and 20th Century works including commissions.
Thomas Payne
Edward Boothroyd
Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm (in term time) at Spencer Yard, Leamington Spa.
 Via the website
Leamington Sinfonia is one of Warwickshire's most accomplished and socially active orchestras. We enjoy ambitious programmes, projects with local choral and ballet groups, workshops, and many fun events such as International tours, bike-rides and pub-crawls. We are currently looking for additional string players - especially violin, viola and double bass - and a new trombone player.
Mark Vause
Mondays, usually at the Guildhall from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
The Band performs up to 10 concerts a year, varying from outdoor concerts performed in bandstands, to more formal concerts, many arranged by the Band and performed at the Guildhall. Membership now exceeds 50 but there are still openings for additional players. Currently, we are especially looking for trombone and French horn players
Sara Birchall
Peter King
Tuesdays 7.45 - 9.45 in Lichfield
 Pam Easto - secretary
Lichfield Sinfonia is a small well established amateur orchestra. Players are a friendly bunch, of all ages, who share a love of making music. We play two main concerts, in May and December, with a lighter summer offering. Repertoire is mainly romantic, and concerts usually involve a professional soloist. There are always opportunities for string players in all sections, and for brass players.
Colin Reeves
Thursday evening, from 7pm til 8.30pm, at The Red Cross Centre, Smithfield Car Park, Ludlow.
 Amanda Reeves 01584 875608
We are a community wind band which performs at a wide range of outdoor and indoor concerts in and around Ludlow, Shropshire. Founded in 2009, plays wide range of concert band music to a high standard. Mixed ability of amateur musicians, new members welcome, there are no formal auditions.
Thomas Payne
Claire Tocknell
fortnightly on Sunday evenings in Wistanstow Village Hall (just off the A49,a couple of miles north of Craven Arms)
 Sarah Edwards
The Ludlow Orchestra has approximately 50 players. It was founded in 1970 has gradually grown in size and in the expectations of its ever-increasing audience.
Mark Purdy
Fortnightly in Newtown, Powys
 Mark Purdy 01686 624332
We are string players from Mid-Wales and Shropshire Borders meeting fortnightly to play music together. Concerts and social events. New members welcome.
William Cheung
Selly Oak Friends Meeting House, Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
The Midland Chamber Orchestra carries on the great tradition of classical orchestral playing for amateurs. Our members include teachers, young professionals & conservatoire alumni, as well as amateurs over the age of 16. We perform in 3-4 concerts throughout the year.
Joe Davis
Jane Ware
Alternate Sundays at Hallmark Hotel Stourport Manor, Stourport on Severn, from 7.00 – 9.15 pm
 Jan Stone 01905 381277
Midland Concert Orchestra is not your average light orchestra;  it’s actually a jazz band with a big string section and woodwinds.  Formed in 1982 by Les Pursey, a former professional musician and teacher, we specialise in playing songs from the golden era of song writing – (1930s – 70s) – so our repertoire includes standards, film themes, and songs from the shows.  We have close on 300 original arrangements in our book, providing jazz and swing in the style of the John Wilson orchestra.
Danielle Saxon Reeves
Danielle Saxon Reeves
Thursday fortnightly 7.30pm St Peter’s Parish Centre,Pedmore,Stourbridge. DY9 0SW
An inclusive ensemble for players of Fretted Instruments
David Davies
Jane Rogers
Fortnightly, 7 to 9 pm Fridays at Monmouth School for Boys. See website for details
 Pauline James
A 40-strong friendly and welcoming orchestral group which has grown in expertise and size. Continually looking for new players particularly violins, double bass and a second bassoon. We suggest a playing level of around Grade 5 but would recommend coming along and having a go. No auditions necessary.
Reuben Penny / Rob Jones
Tuesday evening 7.15pm - 8.45pm at The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8JP
A friendly music ensemble and orchestra based in South Birmingham that is open to players of all instruments, and all abilities. We welcome traditional orchestral instruments alongside recorders, accordions, saxophones, bass guitars and more! We play a variety of pop, classical, jazz and film score arrangements.
Rodrigo Orquera
Monday evening 7.15pm - 8.45pm at The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8JP
A rock group open to players of all instruments and singers of all abilities that meet during term time to play diverse rock music from 1960 to present day.
Ed Harrisson
Wednesday 7-9pm during term times at Streetly Methodist Church
 Ian Myatt
The New Streetly Youth Orchestra aims to further the musical education of young musicians of all ages and abilities, improving confidence through regular rehearsal and performance. The orchestra is privileged to receive regular guidance and support from a team of talented tutors, many of whom have studied music and renowned establishments including the Birmingham Conservatoire. All tutors give up their time and energy for free to help lead rehearsals. Although a youth orchestra players of any age who are willing to support the young players are welcome.
New Titley Phil
David Hatcher
2.15 on a Monday afternoon in Titley Village Hall (near Kington, Herefords.)
 Annie Nethercott 01547 560369
Our conductor is period instrumentalist and renowned Viola da Gamba player, David Hatcher. We play mostly 17th and 18th music - increasingly with baroque bows on gut strings.
Julia Harding
David Weston
Friday evenings in Newcastle-under-Lyme
 Chris Mason
Founded in the 1930s; repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary.
Thomas James Barlow-Coxon
1930-2130 Wednesday evenings, Clayton Hall Academy, Cayton Ln, Clayton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 3DN
 Tel 07907785562
Fun and Friendly Community Orchestra that welcomes musicians of any age and ability to come together and make music. There are no auditions required and every new member gets 4 consecutives weeks Free with no obligation to join after. We put on 2 main concerts each year along with multiple smaller performing opportunities.
George Taylor
Bill Anderton
Saturdays, 10.00 a.m.- 12.00 midday. Newent Youth & Community Centre, Ross Road, Newent, GL18 1BD
 Heather Kerr 07557 108 443
We are a friendly community orchestra made up of amateur players from around the county. Concerts are arranged at local venues and the orchestra rehearses between September and May. Rehearsals take place weekly on Saturdays, from 10.00 to 12.00 midday. There are no formal auditions, but there is an informal assessment period of up to four weeks for you and us to decide if membership is appropriate.
Juan Ortuño
Sheila Dexter
Monday evening (during school term times) from 7.15pm to 9.30pm, in Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Vessey Terrace, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1LS.
 Chairman Paul Sellers
 Orchestra Manager Pam Booth
The NSSO is one of the oldest orchestras in the world, founded in 1904 by the 25 year old John Cope and his mentor Madame Marie Reymond. The orchestra's first concert was held in the Old Town Hall in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. The orchestra still thrives today playing four major symphony concerts each year, performing in venues in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, with renowned conductors and guest soloists and supported by The Friends of the NSSO. Check website for rehearsal schedules. We are always on the look out for new members. If you would like to come and join us (subject to you meeting certain levels of performance) do get in touch.
The Olchon Community Orchestra
Elizabeth May
Wednesdays from 7 – 8.30pm at Longtown School during term time
 Elizabeth May
We are a small newly formed orchestra meeting at Longtown School during term time. Longtown is at the northern edge of the Breton Beacons, equi-distant between Hay on Wye, Hereford, and Abergavenny. We accept players at any stage of their musical journey, and aim to 'scaffold’ less experienced players with those more experienced. Currently with small numbers we play baroque and arrangements, but plan to be playing classical orchestral repertoire.
Richard Jenkinson
An all day workshop and two rehearsals in the week before a concert
 Alastair and Cathy Moseley 01527 760048
This is a high quality chamber orchestra based at the Church of St John the Baptist in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Players are selected by 'invitation only' with an emphasis on local players from Bromsgrove and Worcestershire. Encouragement for young players will be one of the main aims together with a choral event involving local singers. There are three concerts a year with a MusicFest based at the church in July and a chamber concert series throughout the year under the umbrella of 'The Orchestra of St John presents...'
Saphran Ali
Sundays, 16:00 – 19:00 Trefoil House, Birmingham
 Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
A community orchestra founded in 2012 for musicians playing to a Grade 7+ standard, all ages welcome. Repertoire of film, show, games and light popular music played in residences across the Midlands. All instruments welcome. Instrument bank, tuition and bursaries available on request. Rehearsing weekly in Birmingham and The Black Country the orchestra performs a minimum of 6-8 concerts per year, musicians have the opportunity to compose music to film and perform in a variety of unusual events across the region, including flash mobs.
Saphran Ali
Bi-weekly Sundays, 19:30 – 21:30 Trefoil House, Birmingham
 Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
A community dance band with repertoire of swing, blues, lindy through to indie and rock. All instruments and ages welcome. The band play at events and dances across the Midlands. Musicians should be able to play to a Grade 7 standard or above. The People's Orchestra Dance Band rehearses weekly in Birmingham and The Black Country
Joanne Jefferis
Tuesday from 1.30pm - 3pm at Little Witley
 Joanne Jefferis 07852167447
This group is a fun and friendly bunch of woodwind and string players who meet weekly during term time. We enjoy rehearsing music from renaissance to jazz and everything in between. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but always aim to improve and enjoy our music making.
Poolbrook Community String Ensemble
Dan Neville
Thursdays 10:15 – 11:45, Poolbrook Village Hall, Malvern, WR14 3JW
 Dan Neville 07454 350704
“The orchestra has a good balance of regular members now and it's really nice to have a local 'band' to play with.” New members of any standard are always welcome. Come and give us a try.
Tori Rushton
Emma Gosling
Stratford Upon Avon School, Music Dept Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm (with cake!)
 Tori Rushton
The Real String Orchestra is a new and friendly String Orchestra based in Stratford Upon Avon. The players are music teachers, performers, high standard adults and students from 16 and above. When we rehearse we like to have a break for cake! The aim is to give the audiences powerful performances of string classics under the baton of our professional musician Tori Rushton. Always welcoming new players to join The Real String Orchestra.
Termly guest conductors
Kingsley College, Redditch, Worcestershire. - 7.30 till 9.30pm every Thursday during school term time
 Dorothy Longfils, Chairperson 0121 445 3365
The Redditch Orchestra, started in 1947, has a full symphony orchestra make up of mainly local musicians. We play three concerts a year and invite guest conductors and professional soloists from time to time. Presently we could do with more cellists and brass players.
Alison McMillan
Methodist Central Hall Longton. Wednesdays 7 pm – 8.15 pm
 John Hammersley
Looking for brass and sax players
Fiona Crawley
Thursday during term time at the Newnham St Peter's Church of England Primary School hall, Station Road, Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire GL14 1AT, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
 Liz Pritchard
Launched in January 1993, the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is a lively and friendly ensemble comprising amateur musicians from all parts of the county, as well as the Forest of Dean and South Wales. The orchestra is continuing to expand and would like to hear from interested musicians.
Guest conductors
Thursdays, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The Royal Sutton Coldfield Orchestra is an enthusiastic orchestra, playing concerts in and around Sutton Coldfield five times a year, including a Young Soloist Concert, a children's concert and a family Christmas Concert. Visit our website for more information.
Monday evenings in term time only, Rugby, Warwickshire
 Tamsin Scammell
We have been in existence since the 1950's, meeting on Monday evenings in term time only and giving about 3 concerts locally each year. We are always keen to recruit new members, especially string players,
Monday evenings at Kenilworth School, 6:45-7:45, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth CV8 2DA
 CMS Office: 01926 742630
This is an adult learner string group, new members on all stringed instruments of a Grade 3 standard plus are welcome. The group plays a variety of styles from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic to jazz and folk. The group performs at yearly events such as Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations, CMS (Warwickshire County Music Service) concerts, and collaborates with the CMS adult winds and other groups.
Bradley Wilson
Mondays 19:00-21:00, Bowling Alley @ Selly Park Tavern, Birmingham
 Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
Rusty Players is a friendly, relaxed orchestra for those who want to dust off their instrument and get back into the swing of things - or even those who have taken up a new instrument and are looking to join an ensemble. We recommend that players are confident in reading music but there are no auditions, and everyone is welcome to come to a free taster session to see if it is the right fit for them before signing up as a member. All instruments welcome!
Bradley Wilson
Tuesdays, 19:00-21:00 Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton
Rusty Players is a friendly, relaxed orchestra for those who want to dust off their instrument and get back into the swing of things - or even those who have taken up a new instrument and are looking to join an ensemble. We recommend that players are confident in reading music but there are no auditions, and everyone is welcome to come to a free taster session to see if it is the right fit for them before signing up as a member. All instruments welcome!
St Peter's Church, Kinver, Stourbridge, DY7 6HX, on the second Sunday of each month, 3-5pm
 01384 877085
St Peter's Concert Orchestra is a new initiative, we are aiming for an orchestra of a very high standard. Good sight reading is a must and ideally performers of grades 7 - 8+. The orchestra will provide music for some services throughout the year and concerts/ recitals at St Peter's Church and other venues. We are very lucky to have 2 members of the CBSO in the SPCO, a french horn and our leader/principal violin, the vast majority of the orchestra are current or former students of the Birmingham Conservatoire. Our conductor is a professional musician and composer. Currently we have vacancies for Strings, Trumpets, Trombones, Tuba and Percussion. If you are interested in being part of the SPCO please contact us with your name, instrument(s), grade/standard, relevant experience and contact details. Please look at our website for further information.
Phil Davies
Tuesday Evening from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall, Bromyard Road, St. Johns, Worcester WR2 5DL
 Phil Davies 01905 729635
 Geoff Simmons 01905 353 013
We are an informal group of instrumentalists who simply enjoy group playing and who like helping and encouraging new players. We are mixed ability and several of our more experienced players also play with other orchestras in Worcestershire. Our Conductor is very experienced in encouraging and developing the skills of amateur musicians.
Jon Eno
Sundays 3-5 pm
 Jon Eno
 Stuart McCrone
Exclusively for adult saxophonists
Elio Andrade
10 - 12 on Saturday mornings, roughly but not exactly corresponding to term times, in the band room of Bilton Silver Band in Rugby
 Pat Cole 01788 817780
We're a woodwind ensemble only, currently consisting of flutes, various clarinets and saxes. We don't hold auditions but expect players to be of a reasonable standard of, say, grade 5 or so, although no formal qualifications are required or expected. Just come along and have a blow! We could particularly do with a couple more sax players (any sax) but wouldn't turn away anyone who fits in. We normally do three or four concerts a year.
Joanne Jefferis
Friday morning from 9.30 - 11am or on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm - 8pm at Little Witley village hall
 Joanne Jefferis 07852167447
This is a unique ensemble aimed specifically at enthusiasts of cello playing! Ability ranges from grade 3 to advanced and we love playing all sorts of music from baroque to Lady Gaga (yes, really!). We tackle some tricky music at times but always make sure we are enjoying ourselves and learning new things along the way. Directed by professional Cellist Joanne Jefferis
David Hirst
Wednesdays and Fridays, at Light Hall School in Shirley.
 Brian Johnson
The Shirley Band is a traditional British brass band based in the town of Shirley in the Borough of Solihull. Each year we have a full programme of local concerts, and often play further afield at venues such as Cheltenham, Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon
Ken Lumley
Meole Brace Primary School, Church Road Shrewsbury SY3 9HG, every Thursday evening 7.30pm - 10.00pm during term time
 Susie Gregory 07980867162
Regular concerts including band stands, charity events. Enthusiasm, commitment, approx grade 5+ required. Current vacancies
Peter Road-Night
Sheila Thompson
Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Fridays (during term time) 7.30 – 9.30pm
 Secretary - Pat Evans 01743 362684
Founded in 1968, the orchestra plays a variety of music is played including light classical, show music, film and TV themes, traditional and modern popular numbers. Over the years the Orchestra has given both formal and informal concerts of light music in and around Shrewsbury.
John Moore
Paul Bramwell
Every Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm The Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School
We are always pleased to welcome keen, competent players of a suitable standard to the Orchestra as and when vacancies arise. Currently players of string instruments, particularly viola and double bass, would be especially welcome to the Orchestra. Vacancies for woodwind and brass occur rather less frequently, but we do need extra instruments for some works, or players to deputise for our regular members on occasions, so it is well worth getting in touch.
Michael Seal
Cambridge Road Methodist Church, Kings Heath. Typically Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 - 10pm
 Mark Desmond 0121-241-3398
The Sinfonia of Birmingham is a high standard chamber orchestra giving up to 5 concerts a year in the Midlands along with an international tour every 2 years. The orchestra has a close association with members of the CBSO either as conductor or concerto soloists.
Jon Malaxetxebarria
Cristinel Bacanu
Tuesday evenings, Shirley Methodist Church, B90 3AL
 Enquiries 07552 686808
Enquiries always welcome from string players. Wind and brass players, we have occasional vacancies for deps and for help with large works, so please register your interest.
Sabrina Ko
James Hamilton
Monday evenings at the Bournville Friends Meeting House
 Ellie Dawson (Secretary)
A thriving friendly orchestra with over 65 members performing a broad range of music from major symphonic works and concertos with professional soloists to shorter classical pieces. Currently trialling 3 concerts a year and we are always on the look out for upper strings players. You can get more information at our website and we look forward to hearing from you.
Jack Lovell-Huckle
Alistair Kennedy
5 to 6 Thursday evening rehearsals leading up to the concert
 Jack Lovell-Huckle
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra is a mixed professional and advanced amateur orchestra for the Midlands, with players from Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Solihull, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire. The orchestra regularly accompanies Spires Philharmonic Chorus as well as performing in its own. Vacancies currently exist in all string sections, trumpets and trombones but we welcome applications from anyone who wishes to play with us and to join our deputy/waiting list.
Adam Whittaker
Peter Norris
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30 during term time at the Church of St Thomas and St Andrew Doxey
 Rod Grealish
The Stafford Orchestra began as the English Electric Orchestra over 45 years ago. The orchestra plays a wide variety of music, and performs about 4 concerts a year in local venues. We are a friendly orchestra offering a warm welcome to new players, particularly strings. Contact details, maps and other information can be found on the website.
Jack Lovell-Huckle
Tillington Manor Primary School, Young Ave, Stafford ST16 1PW. Monday evenings 19:30-21:45
 Seb Lovell-Huckle
The Stafford Sinfonia is a well-established chamber orchestra performing around three concerts each year with a focus on baroque, classical and early romantic repertoire, as well as light and popular classical music. We currently have vacancies for violins, violas and double basses but welcome interest from anyone who wishes to perform with us or to join our deputy/waiting list.
Staunton Concert Band
Monday night at St. Hardulph's School at Breedon on the Hill
A group of amateur musicians of all ages presently consisting of 50 members. We play music of all kinds, classical, film, other and give a number of concerts each year.
Martin Sleaford (orchestra)
Martin Sleaford (Choir)
Mondays 7:30 (orchestra) and Tuesdays 7:30 (Choir) in The Unicorn Centre, Brettell Lane, Stourbridge DY8 4ES
 Jim Pearman 01562 632172
It was founded in 1884, and is one of the oldest choral and orchestral societies in England. The choir and orchestra meet from September to July and perform in three concerts per year. The choir and/or a small group of players is available for weddings etc.
Jonathan Earle
Thursday Evenings, Stratford upon Avon
Stratford Concert Band is an established concert band whose activities centre on the town of Stratford upon Avon, with a range of formal concerts and outdoor appearances. The band's repertoire consists of marches, light classical arrangements, familiar show and film arrangements, and original works for concert band.
Simon Kemp
Simon Kemp
Tuesday evenings
 Simon Kemp
We are the newest orchestra in the area and have done 4 concerts on 2016 with lots of plans for 2017. We are a light might even call us a pops orchestra as the music is focused on making it fun for the audience and ourselves. We will be recording at Abbey Road Studios in 2017 - and with our choir we will number 70 people in the studio!. Come and join us and have some fun - all ages are welcome and we particularly are looking for lapsed adults!! We play a few light classical pieces but mostly play some uplifting tunes. Think Coldplay, James Bond, Snow Patrol and wonderful swooping romantic ballads. Check out Facebook or Youtube to hear us.
Dan Watson
Tim Bugg
Friday (19:45-22:00) in school terms, at Shottery Village Memorial Hall, Stratford (western outskirts)
 David Alabaster
We are a large and very friendly orchestra which performs works largely from the classical repertoire from the 17th to the 20th century. Concerts are given three times per year in the Stratford Play House with guest soloists and occasional additional performances at local festivals. We also run an annual open Playday event. The orchestra is always on the lookout for new players, particularly strings and brass.
David Smith
Cashes Green Primary School, Stroud from June 2016
 David Smith - 07805 942995
We welcome players of all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. If you are interested in playing with the band, booking us for an event, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or via the website.
Jonathan Trim
Angie Spencer
Wednesday eves 7.45-9.45pm at The Downfield Centre, Marling School, Downfield Road, Stroud
 Alison Wood 01453 889534
We are a large, established and very friendly orchestra. We perform three concerts a year (Nov, March and June/July) usually at Holy Trinity Church, Field Road, Stroud. Our members (and audience!) enjoy a rich variety of concert programmes including guest soloists and premiers of new works. Warm welcome guaranteed.
Caroline Price
Tuesday evening 7:30 until 9:15, Four Oaks Methodist Church
 Caroline Price
Grade 4 standard or strong sight-reader playing for fun aiming to do 2 concerts a year and play days. Venue to be confirmed please contact for more details
Roger Tempest
2nd Thursday every month 8.00-11.00
 Roger Tempest
Big band jazz from the golden age!
Tom Sears
Tuesday evenings during school term time 7.15pm to 8.45pm atScout District Activity Centre, Deltic, Tamworth B77 2DU
 Lynette Clawley (chair)
We are a new wind band recruiting brass, woodwind and percussion musicians of grade 4 standard and above.
Andi Straw
Thursdays 18:30-19:30 Ketley Community Centre, Holyhead Road, Ketley, Telford TF1 5AN
 Andi Straw 07985 903731
Do you play an orchestral instrument to approximately Grade 4 standard or above? Would you love the opportunity to play with others? TCO would welcome you, whatever your age.
Ivor Evans
Ivor Evans
Monday 7.30-9.30pm Dawley Baptist Church, Park Road, Dawley Bank, TF4 2BE
 San Evans
 Jennie Glaze
We aim to provide a warm welcome to local wind musicians looking for a place to make music with like minded people, whilst also giving back to the community by helping other organisations raise money. We welcome players around grade 5 standard.
Bob Vivian
Julia Johnson
Mondays from 7.30pm - 9.30 pm at Chilcott Gardens, Bridgnorth Rd., Madeley, Telford
 Phil Yates 01746 761 424
Founded in 1862 and playing music from the 18th to the 21st century. We are currently recruiting brass and strings players who should be Grade 5 or above. We perform three or four concerts per year.
Mary Smith
Saturday evenings at Tenbury Primary Academy WR15 8BS
 Mary Smith
Tenbury Teme Valley Band is a community concert band. We also have an Academy for adults and young people who are preparing to join the main band. The band has a varied programme of engagements throughout the year including Bands in the Park Concerts, concerts in local theatre, Remembrance events supporting the RBL and numerous charity events. We welcome players of all ages and abilities.
Melanie Parker
Sunday 16:30 19:00
 Steven Parker
Tenbury Town band is a community concert band. We have players of all ages and abilities. We have an apprentices band for adults and young people who do not feel ready to join the main band. There are no subscriptions. The band has a variety of engagements throughout the year; National Arboretum, concerts in local theatre, summer events throughout Hereford and Worcestershire. The band also marches and plays for Remembrance Day in two towns, but also civic and memorial days across the county. We welcome all players
Bradley Wilson
Wednesdays, 19:00-21:15 Trefoil House, Birmingham
The Midlands first orchestra for the global ethnic majority and their allies! We perform and celebrate the popular music from cultures around the world, while also being a safe space for you to socialise and perform. Not only will you be able to rehearse and perform in different venues, but you will also receive regular mentoring from musicians in the Underscore collective (an ensemble made up of local music teachers and professionals). Get ready to perform anything from Bob Marley and Earth Wind and Fire to the music from Black Panther and Bollywood Film.
Chris Satur
Thursday from 7 PM to 9 PM, at the Newcastle Baptist Church, Stafford Avenue, Clayton
 Chris Satur
We have been formed for over 8 years, we have approximately 35 members and play a very wide range of music from film to classical. We are a mix of styles from concert band to orchestra.
Ian Higginson
Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30pm, Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham
 Ian Higginson 01242 230455 07788153776
Players are recruited from the University and the community. The orchestra gives performances at venues off campus, very often in churches in Gloucestershire and it occasionally joins with the University choir. It is a very friendly group and anyone interested in joining the University orchestra is warmly invited to contact Ian. We do expect players to be Grade 6 standard or above.
Paul McGrath and Lucy Griffiths
Tuesday 7pm- 9:40pm
 Music Centre +44 (0) 24 7652 3799
'University student orchestra which welcomes University Staff and members of the local area
Joanne Jefferis
Once a month usually on a Friday morning between 10am and 12pm, Little Witley
 Joanne Jefferis 07852167447
This is a wonderful group of friendly and enthusiastic players of string and woodwind who meet to rehearse once a month and enjoy a coffee and biscuit or two! We are currently working on Haydn Symphony 82 as well as some shorter, easier repertoire.
Robert Harper
Tim Bickley
Tuesday evenings 8pm start
 Roger Bates 01902 633279. Mobile:07954 158858
 Jean Bates
Walsall Brass Band are a newly formed band in Walsall which is a Staffordshire/West Midlands border town, who are looking for more players to join them. Current players or players who have lapsed and wish to get back to playing again are welcome. Also we are interested to hear from anyone wishing to learn to play a brass instrument as we are thinking of starting a training band. For more details contact Roger or Jean Bates.
Walsall Senior Citizens’ Orchestra
Brian Hirst
Carol Edwards
Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 12:15 at Walsall Arena and Arts Centre, Hawbush Rd, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 1AG
 Ros Gentry
Concerts are performed at the centre on a regular basis, usually the first Thursday of every other month, from 2 to 4pm. The cost is £2 per person. We are currently seeking violin players and a bassoon player.
Clive Allsopp
Carol Edwards
Forest Community Association, Hawbush Lane, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 1AG. 7:45-9:30pm Mondays during term time.
 Joy Askew
 Ian Sumner
We are urgently in need of second violin players, grade 5 or above. Please come along to a rehearsal.
Alex Parker
Ron Everett
Saturday mornings, once a month
 Ron Everett
Warwick Community Band provide a platform for members of the public to work and come together in one intergenerational activity. The members can be of any musical standard, no auditions will take place. The ethos of the band is for its membership to meet together play and enjoy music, and to be able to give public performances. The band are non competitive, (competition involves hours of practice, and often excludes the weaker players.) The band play popular instantly recognised music that will be entertaining to the majority audience.
Dan Jones
King Henry VIII School, Coventry Alternate Sundays 10:30-13:00
Warwick Orchestral Winds was formed in 1992. The band draws its members from all over the Midlands, giving concerts in the Warwick and Leamington Spa area. The ensemble has a deserved reputation for programming less well known works together with more traditional and well known classics from the Symphonic Wind repertoire.
Barney Barnes
Monday evenings 19:30 - 21:30, Central Coventry
A very social and active wind band with many performance opportunities and a large range of repertoire. To get more information please take a look at the website. New players are always welcome, get in touch!
Eddie Jones
Woolston Village Hall, nr Coventry. Some Fridays 7.30 - 10pm, as arranged
 Clive Letchford
We play mainly 18th century music in historically informed style. Most string players have baroque bows, and many use gut strings. Wind and brass have copies of historic instruments. We generally put on three concerts a year around Warwickshire.
Roger Coull
George Ewart
Usually Wednesday evenings at Myton School, Myton Road, Warwick
 Chris Voss
A full Symphony Orchestra that performs the large romantic and 20th century repertoire.
Kevin Steward
Richard Waterhouse (Chair person)
Monday evenings between 7:30pm and 9.30pm at West Mercia Police Headquarters, Hindlip
 The Chairman, 07534 904123
Formed in 1988, the Band of West Mercia Police has established an impeccable reputation both for musical performance and work within the community. The band takes part in contests and also has a good concert schedule each year and has its 25th anniversary concert planned for 2013. It is currently looking to add to its ranks, especially trombones, basses and cornets. Please contact the band chairman for further information
James Wykes
St. Barts church hall, Penn, on Thursdays at 1930 till 2130.
 via website
We are a group of about 50 musicians who have a common interest in playing and performing music. We perform at many venues such as fêtes, concert halls, church, band stands etc.
Pat Ryan
Stephanie Hyde (Chair person)
Wednesday evenings between 7:30pm and 10:00pm at Safeside, Fire Service Headquarters, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW
 The Band Manager, 07814 682724
We are always looking out for new talented musicians. We are a very busy organisation with over 30 engagements each year and aim to have sufficient additional players to ensure that each section is represented on all occasions. If you are a proficient instrumentalist and are interested in joining us, we suggest that you sit in on a rehearsal to try us out. We are a very friendly group and everyone is made welcome from the start. Membership of the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service is absolutely free to instrumentalists who share a passion for performance and music making. If you want to join us, please contact our Band Manager first, so that we can welcome you and arrange access into the Headquarters.
Steve Gittens
 Rob Lewis
 Adrian Jackson
we are a non-contesting Brass band based on the north shropshire/south cheshire/north wales borders. We are more than happy to see visitors, so do feel free to pop along for a blow if you are in the area.
David Gray
Sarah Mason, Cameron Chin-see
Monday’s 7.15-8.45 at St Michaels Church Hall, Coalway Rd, Penn, Wolverhampton WV3 7ND
 David Gray
We are a non-contesting band based at St Michaels Church Hall, Wolverhampton. Our standard is equivalent to a section 3 Brass Band. We rehearse during school term times and perform concerts locally including the Ironbridge Brass Band Festival. We are very well sponsored. The standard of players ranges from grade 5 to members who play in other top bands throughout the Midlands. Many of our players have studied music at University and music colleges, so the standard is quite high. Please visit our detailed and up to date website at for further information. We would welcome players particularly lower end cornets and Tubas.
Peter Morris
Ros Rayner
7.45pm Thursday, Cranmer Methodist Church, Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton.
 Rory Freckleton 07729406327
Formed in 1973 by a group of keen amateur players to satisfy a need for local players to prepare to as high a standard as possible interesting works for public performance.
Joe Davis
Graham Longfils
Wednesday 7.30 - 9.30 in St George’s Church, St George’s Square, Worcester WR1 1HX
 Secretary: Heather Barnes
 Chair: Susan Kilgour
A friendly group rehearsing from September to June each year and giving four varied concerts per year in Pershore Abbey. See our website for up to date details.
David Pettenden
3pm, 2nd Sunday of each month. Avoncroft Arts Centre, Bromsgrove
 David Pattenden
We are a group of amateur musicians who meet in Bromsgrove (map) to play traditional English, American, Irish and Scottish dance music. The main purpose of the group is simply to enjoy the music (and each other's company); occasionally we get invited by other organisations to entertain them with background music, or to run a barn dance or ceilidh for them.
Keith Slade
Victoria Lee
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:45 St Martin's church, London Road, Worcester
Formed in 1905, WSO is a large Symphony Orchestra, which draws keen amateur players from across Worcestershire to perform 4 concerts a year. Under its conductor, Keith Slade, WSO is developing a new challenging repertoire with internationally acclaimed soloists. A warm welcome awaits new players - particularly lower string players (cellos and basses) of at least grade 8 standard.
James Lloyd Thomas
Gillian Penduas
Every Wednesday (in School term) at 7.30 pm. Trinity Methodist Church Kidderminster
 Nick Batson 01562 863503
New players are always welcome. There are currently some vacancies in the strings. Players should be a good grade 7 and be prepared to attend weekly rehearsals. Concerts 3 times per year, March, July and December in Kidderminster Town Hall.
Michael Maddox
Ann Hutton
United Reformed Church, Hillmorton Road Rugby, Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30pm
 Ann 07790 678737
All ages from school age to OAPs! Need to be able to read music. Regular members make a contribution towards the overheads of the band. New members welcome to come for a trial period free of charge. A friendly and sociable band, we love playing a wide range of music.

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