Rehearsal Venue / Times
Saturdays 9:30am to 12:00pm at North Road Youth Centre, North Road, Lancing
Andy Burchfield 01444 235311
The Adur Concert Band is an adult group and welcomes new members of age 18 and over. We have players of all standards although those who have not reached grade 5 standard may find the music challenging. We play an exciting range of music, including show and film themes, popular standards and special concert band arrangements.
Monday evenings from 8pm - 10.15pm in Upper Norwood SE19
Lucy Bell (membership)
Peter Gadd (bookings)
A community concert band which welcomes all woodwind, brass and percussion players. Our members are of all ages and backgrounds – what we have in common is the enjoyment we get from making music. Come and join us!
Nork Hall, Nork Way, Nork, Banstead, Surrey SM7 1JB 11am – 1pm on Sundays.
This friendly concert band is keen to recruit more players especially, Oboe, Bassoon, Brass (including Tuba, French horns and Sax) and Percussion. We have a new conductor and a large repertoire of lovely pieces from film scores, to marches, to medleys of popular songs. All players are welcome but you might find it helpful if you were at least a grade 5 standard.
St Matthew's Church, Church Road, Ashford, Middx. Fortnightly on Monday evenings
Philip Buckmaster 01932 783343
Enthusiastic players wanted! Modern instruments accepted. We play music from c.1575-c.1775. Grade 8+ standard. Please visit our web site for more details and sound clips.
Tuesdays in term time, 7.30 to 9pm at St Matthew's Church, Church Road, Ashford, Middlesex
Janet Husband (Secretary) 01784 241027.
Players of all standards welcome, especially string players. Ideal for newcomers to orchestral playing.
Monday evening during term-time 7.15pm-9pm at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bentley Road, Willesborough, Kent
Doreen Titmuss – Secretary 01233 632138
We are a community based, enthusiastic and friendly orchestra of various abilities from Grade 3 upwards. We are looking for new players, particularly string players, french horn, bassoon, trumpet, tuba and percussion. We play classical and popular orchestral music under the baton of our very knowledgeable and helpful Conductor. Please enquire via email using the icons shown or call Doreen Titmuss, Secretary. New members are welcome to join us at 7.15pm ready for a 7.30pm start. Please bring a music stand as well as your instrument! No audition required, just come along and join in.
Judd School, Tonbridge, Wednesdays in term time 8pm
Bacchus is a concert wind band based in the West Kent Area. We concentrate on music specifically written or arranged for symphonic wind band. We rehearse approximately once a fortnight on Wednesday evenings.
Fridays from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm at the Bagshot Methodist Church Hall, Jenkins Hill, Bagshot, Surrey
Brenda Cooke 01932 344463
The Band was established in 1898, has about 35 members and welcomes new players of all ages and standards.
Friday evenings in Basingstoke
The BSO plays three concerts a year in The Anvil, Basingstoke's prestigious concert hall, generally in mid November, mid March and late June.
Battle Symphony Orchestra
Term-time weekday once a week (day and venue to be confirmed)
Actively recruiting players for a new orchestra based near Battle. Players need to be of a very high standard, strings grade 7 +, woodwind grade 8 + ; however there will be no auditions. Orchestra being created due to relocation from London to East Sussex! Rehearsals will be term-time weekday once a week (day and venue to be confirmed). Any potential conductors also welcome to e-mail!.
Tuesday 19:30 – 21:30, at Bird College, Alma Road, Sidcup, DA14 4ED
Bird College Office 020 8300 6004
A fun and sociable group for adults of any age. Ability is not a priority in the Bexley Band - participation is the key. Adult beginners can be catered for with adapted parts. This band really enjoys performing. Please contact Bird College Office for further details including relevant fees.
Thursday 20:00 – 21:30, at Bird College, Alma Road, Sidcup, DA14 4ED
Bird College Office 020 8300 6004
The Bird College Light Orchestra is a friendly, informal group of players who wish to enjoy orchestral playing. All orchestral instrumentalists are welcome to join, particularly if you are returning to playing after a long lay-off. All ages and standards are welcome and the aim of the group is to enjoy making music together. Please contact Bird College Office for further details including relevant fees.
Monday in term time 7:30 – 9:30 at Woodlands Enterprise Centre, Hastings Rd, Flimwell, Wadhurst, TN5 7PR
John Shuttleworth 07789 602706
Formed 35 years ago. Professional conductor and over 30 players. We play a wide range of music and perform locally several times each year. We warmly welcome new players of all ages into this social group which has a shared goal of improving our collective musical performance.
Tuesdays 7:30 pm - 9:30pm, Regis School of Music 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1ER
Since its formation it has grown in both size and reputation and today displays the combined musical talent of over thirty local musicians. Our musicians include amateurs, semi-professional players, teachers and students. We are a community band in every sense!
Tuesdays from 8pm-10pm at Darley Dene School, Garfield Road, Addlestone, Surrey
A friendly community band which rehearses every Tuesday and performs several concerts a year, including various events during the summer months. New players always welcome.
ad hoc in & around Broadstairs, for occasional concerts.
A new group (from 2019) performing a mixture of modern classical music, through songs from the shows, right back to the classics.
10 am to 12.30 pm on four Saturday mornings per term at The Villas, 21-23 Clarendon Villas, Hove BN3 3RE
Steve Pickard 01273 553257
We are a friendly community orchestra and welcome players of any standard. There is no audition, but you will be able to participate more fully if you play to a minimum of Grade 3 standard. Established in 2008, we now have over 80 members. We give occasional informal concerts.
7.45pm - 9.45pm Brighton Girls,Snr School, Montpelier Road , Brighton BN1 3AT
We are a very friendly light orchestra and give 4-5 concerts a year in local area venues. All players welcome and no auditions are necessary, but players may struggle if below Grade 5 equivalent standard.
The Albion Sports Centre Albion Road Car Park, Broadstairs, Kent. Mondays and Fridays 7:30 - 9:30
Richard Baker 01304 366009
A friendly, progressive and go-ahead local band who have just celebrated their 21st birthday - Always on the lookout for new players of all instruments. Age is no barrier - we have players aged 17 to 80+! Regular concerts performing very varied programmes.
Tim Burton /Jane Tyler
Monday 7.30-9.00pm at the Bromley Youth Music Centre, Southborough Lane, Bromley, BR2 8AA
BAMO is a sociable orchestra for non-professional musicians, and we love to welcome new members to our group. All abilities and orchestral instruments welcome. If you used to play an instrument at school and would like to start again in a safe and welcoming environment, this is the orchestra for you! We play music from a variety of genres, from classical to film and pop, and we normally perform two concerts a year – one at Christmas with drinks and nibbles, and one in the summer which is sometimes shared with other adult groups. We come from all walks and stages of life and have members of all ages and abilities. There is no audition needed – just a love for making music.
Friday evenings from 8pm to 10pm, Bishop Justus School Hall, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, BR2 8HZ
A large, friendly community wind band formed nearly 60 years ago. We have lots of fun whilst rehearse a wide repertoire of music to a high standard, and we perform at many concerts in some fantastic venues, throughout the year. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining.
Mondays from 19:30 to 22:00 at Bishop Justus CE School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley BR2 8HZ
Bromley Symphony Orchestra is a large and successful amateur orchestra based in south-east London with a reputation for interesting concerts of almost professional standard. We give four concerts a year at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts and occasionally a summer workshop.
Monday mornings (term times) 10am to 12:15pm St Mary's Church Hall, Church Road, Byfleet Surrey, KT14 7NF
Greg Wheeler (via website)
A new amateur orchestra, formed in September 2017, and now expanding to welcome a wider range of adult players of all ages who want to improve their musical skills, explore the orchestral repertoire, and play for pleasure. The Brooklands Sinfonia is a 'players orchestra' - cooperative and friendly. Standard - Grade 6+. No auditions
Michael Stefan Wood
Wednesday evenings, 8.15-10.15 p.m. during term time
The BHSO performs public two concerts a year, normally in May and November, plus a Patrons' Evening in the spring. New players welcome where vacancies exist: please get in touch if interested.
Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 in Church Road, Buxted in St Marys` Church Village Hall
Frances Peri 01435 862744
We rehearse in term times and give 4 concerts a a year. Vacancies for trumpets, trombones and 2nd violins. Grade 6 recommended.
United Reformed Church, Watling Street, Canterbury; Monday evenings
Virginia da Costa 07811 045352
Beginners and more advanced players equally welcome.
Wednesday evenings, at St Stephens School, Hales Road, CT2 7AD
Orchestral Manager 01304 812755
A thriving group of enthusiastic amateur players who regularly tackle major works from the symphonic repertoire. The orchestra routinely gives three concerts a year, in March, June and November, usually at St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury.
David Cole MVO CBE
Wednesday, Crystal Palace
Phil Willans (band secretary)
Always welcoming new players of a high standard, especially trumpet/cornet players. Need not be ex forces. Many engagements throughout the year including Fairfield Hall, Croydon, Sittingbourne, Gravesend, Eastbourne Bandstand for a week, Picnic Concert at Fort Nelson and Festival of Remembrance at St Paul's Cathedral each year.
Tuesday Nights 6:30-8pm
Fine Tuning Music Tuition
Brand new orchestra launched in January 2017 for all ages & abilities. Everyone welcome!
Tuesday evenings 7.30 - 9pm at the University of Chichester.
We are all adult members and are grades 5 and above. We are a very friendly bunch and welcome new players.
Tuesday evening during term time at Christchurch, Old Market Avenue, Chichester, from 7.30pm-9.30pm
We are a friendly group who give 3 or 4 concerts per year, including taking part in the Chichester Festivities and the Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Series.
Ruth Williams and Lucy Hatcher
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, in the Church Room behind St Mary's Church Chiddingfold.
Lucy Hatcher (01428) 684657
We have been running since 2012, and perform at garden parties and fêtes throughout the summer months. All standards welcome, we have altos and a bass flute in addition to C flutes, and play a wide variety of musical styles. We currently have about 18 members. £5 per rehearsal.
Monday evenings, 7.45-9.15, in term time at Shalford Village Hall
Jackie Ravenscroft 07967 135377
This Chamber Orchestra is a ""rehearsal"" orchestra. We do not give concerts but meet to enjoy playing music together. We play works by everyone from Bach and Boyce through Mozart and Mendelssohn to Prokofiev and Sibelius. We would love to welcome more players, especially strings. Do come along to a rehearsal and try us out.
Once a month, except in August, on a Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:00 in the Recital Room in Falmer House at the University of Sussex
Lluís Heppell (Secretaries)
CoMA Sussex is the regional branch of CoMA (Contemporary Music for All). We welcome players of any instruments and of any ability. Full details of our activities, including concerts, and how to join are on our website.
Contra Swing Band
Twice monthly on Wednesdays 7:45 to 9:45 pm, Bexhill-on-Sea
Contra is a newly formed swing band and we are looking for new members, including trumpet, trombones, alto, tenor and Baritone sax players, bass, or bass guitar and guitar.
Monday 7.30-9.30pm term time only, The High Weald Academy, Cranbrook, Kent
We are a very friendly orchestra who perform twice a year in churches and schools. Our members age range from 17 to 82, so there is always interesting discussions at break time!!! We always have vacancies for violin and viola and of course brass, if you play to grade 7+ standard we would welcome you to join us. Look at our website for more information.
Monday evening, 8-10pm, at Ifield West Community Centre, Dobbins Place, Hyde Drive, Crawley RH11 0PL
We are a lively and well-respected concert band, regularly performing all over the South East in concert halls, bandstands and even in the middle of fields! The band was formed in June 1999 as part of Crawley's Millennium celebrations. Since then the band has been thriving, with regular concerts every year at the Crawley Festival and charity events, plus concerts further afield in surrounding villages, Horsham and the ever-popular and prestigious Eastbourne Bandstand. We always welcome new members to the band, however we are particularly looking for bassoon players, brass players and percussionists.
Monday evenings during term-time, from 7.45pm to 10pm at Oaklands Junior School, Butler Road, Crowthorne RG45 6QZ
We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who make music for enjoyment's sake, but who take rehearsals, practice and concerts seriously. Players are of all ages and come from all walks of life. We give 3 concerts a year performing varied and challenging programmes including popular classics as well as less well-known pieces. Players of the following instruments are welcome: - Upper strings - Trumpet - Trombone.
Padworth Village Hall (between Reading and Newbury) on Thursdays from 19.30-21.30 in term time
No minimum standard is set, and the orchestra offers a friendly and supportive introduction to playing in a conducted group. For beginners (who are welcome as soon as they are brave enough to give it a go), returners and
Wednesday 8:00 - 10:00 pm The Glentworth Club, Lowfield Street, Dartford
Secretary - Dawn Hollis – 07522591381
Friendly wind band playing wide variety of music spanning the classical, pop, musicals, film and jazz genres. We rehearse on a Wednesday evening and give approx 4 or 5 performances a year, in N.W Kent plus a few outdoor summer gigs. Players are approx grade 5 or equivalent standard and we are keen to recruit clarinets, trumpets and percussion at the moment, see web site for more information.
Roster of guest conductors
Wednesday evenings at 7:45 at the Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford DA1 2JZ
The DSO was founded 75 years ago in 1946 as a music appreciation society, and that spirit of a shared experience - listening to and playing popular orchestral works - is still at the core of the Orchestra today. We are mostly amateur players, some teaching professionals, and a few members who make a living from playing, in a variety of contexts. By and large, we create our concert programmes with the musical resources we have 'in-house' but we believe we have a standard to uphold for our loyal audiences and as representatives of the best of Dartford. That means we continue to employ and pay a professional conductor - this coming season you will have seen we are pleased to have a rota of guests in that roles. There’s a members subscription, that helps to cover the costs to hire the Mick Jagger Centre for rehearsals and concerts as well as many other costs including sheet music hire.
Second and Fourth Mondays of the months during term time, Whiteway Centre, Rottingdean
We are a small friendly orchestra who enjoy playing a wide range of classical and light music. New members who have reached a level of Grade 5 or above are very welcome to join us or to come for a taster session.
Four or five Tuesdays immediately prior to concerts, usually at Friends Provident in Dorking
The DCO was founded in 1988 and specialises in 18th and 20th century works. It gives its regular players opportunities to perform chamber concertos. The orchestra welcomes new members, especially string and brass players.
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:45, St. Martin's Church Christian Centre RH4 1DW
Susan Looseley – Chairperson
We are friendly and welcoming orchestra who enjoy the community spirit of group music making. We currently have vacancies for all string players, particularly cello and double bass and brass players.
Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Pulborough RH20 2BF, Saturdays 09:30-11:30 Fortnightly
We are a friendly community orchestra welcoming players of any standard, without audition, though you will be able to participate more fully if you play to a standard equivalent to Grade 3 or above. We play a mix of classical and popular music, giving occasional informal concerts for family and friends. Currently, violinists and brass players would be particularly welcome.
Stuart Fifield M.Mus. LRSM. LTCL
Wednesdays 8pm-10pm, The East Grinstead Ex-Servicemens' Club, 4 Station Rd, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1DJ
Rachael Albrighton, Personnel Officer
The East Grinstead Concert Band (founded in 1974) is a friendly and active community based concert wind band which attracts a diverse membership throughout the East Grinstead area and beyond, of all ages and experience. Under the banner of the Bluebell Railway Band we also perform at various events for the famous heritage railway. Currently have vacancies for flute, french horn, trombone and euphonium.
Chailey Parish Hall, Wednesdays 8 - 10
We are a well established friendly concert band rehearsing on Wednesday evenings in Chailey Parish Hall at 8.00pm. Play a wide variety of music including classical, big band and show time. The library is extensive and our concert programmes are chosen to suit each venue. New members are always welcome, particularly brass players.
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 during term time at All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne
Karen McCarthy (after 6pm) 07952 667377
The Eastbourne Concert Orchestra is the playing arm of the Eastbourne Orchestral Society. The orchestra has been going for over 60 years, usually performing 3 concerts a year. We are a community orchestra and we meet on a Tuesday evening during term time. The Orchestral society is always looking for new members; musicians, concert helpers and patrons. In terms of vacancies within the orchestra we are particularly looking for strings and brass players.
Monday evenings, Cobham, Surrey
The Ember Big Band first embarked on their musical voyage of discovery together as a cohesive Big Band in 2010. Under the guidance of the legendary trombonist and arranger, Bill Geldard, they have developed their sound and command of an extensive repertoire. With a full line up of community minded musicians and vocalists, they have performed across the borough of Elmbridge, and wider afield, raising money for some amazing charity projects. For more information or want to get involved, please get in touch.
Dr Laura Ritchie
Dr Laura Ritchie
Every Wednesday during term time Wednesday 7-8.30pm
This is an orchestra for adults returning to playing after some time away, or have just taken up an instrument. Only stipulation is to be grade 3 level or above. We are looking for new players, particularly violin and viola players. It is held in a room at Chichester university. £5 per session.
Wednesdays, 6pm to 7:15pm Manor House Lane, Little Bookham, Surrey KT23 4EN
An independent, non-profit-making, youth orchestra, dedicated to developing a love of music in young people and nurturing a wide range of musical abilities and talent. Members are encouraged to join in, have a go, and enjoy themselves. The orchestra was founded in 1983 and our members are aged between 7 and 18 years old.
St. Martin's Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom. Thursdays 7.30pm - 10pm
A very friendly orchestra currently enjoying it's 54th year. 5 concerts performed at Epsom Playhouse, 1 children's concert at Fairfield Hall and an outdoor lakeside picnic concert. Vacancies particularly for violas, trumpets and trombones.
Monday evening 7.30pm – 9.45pm during term time at Farnborough Methodist Church
We are a wind chamber group that plays to a high standard performing concerts for local and national charities. We are very proud of our large, diverse library of music which encompasses a wide range of musical genre. If you would like us to support your charity please contact us to discuss opportunities for a concert of musical entertainment.
Tuesday 7:45pm - 10pm, Anthony Roper Primary School, Eynsford, Kent
Current vacancies for Percussion, Euphonium & French Horn. Our required standard is Grade 8.
Manor Park, Aldershot. Tuesday evenings 8 - 10pm
David Smart 0203 602 4368
A friendly sociable band with many high profile engagements through the year in London and the South East of England, including overseas travel.
Tuesday Evenings 8-10pm Samuel Cody Sports College, Cove, GU14 8SS
The Farnborough Concert Orchestra gives four concerts a year in the Hampshire/Surrey area, plus a Play Day in summer to which all players of suitable standard are invited. The orchestra's wide-ranging repertoire includes well-known classical works as well as selections from stage and screen. Concerts are popular and well-attended. New members are always welcomed by this remarkably friendly orchestra. We currently have vacancies for violins, violas, trumpet, bass trombone and tuba.
Vacant (applications via website)
Memorial Hall, North Camp Methodist Church, Lynchford Road, Farnborough. Thursday mights
David Nash (Secretary)
Peter Birkett (Chairman)
Four concerts given per season. Actively recruiting all strings, including Leader.
SS Philip and James Church, Kings Road, Fleet, Every Wednesday during term-time from 7.30-9.30pm
An enthusiastic and friendly ensemble that is currently expanding under our new conductor. We warmly invite anyone who can play an orchestral instrument. What's most important to us is that there is a wish to improve individual playing standards and, for the more experienced, to share technique and musicianship.
Folkestone School for Girls in Coolinge Lane on Mondays during school terms, from 7.30 to 9.30
The orchestra is a friendly group of people who meet up once a week and give three public concerts a year to very appreciative audiences.
Saturdays 9.00-10.30am during term time at Forest Row Primary School, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ
Friendly and informal community chamber orchestra, always looking for new players (especially strings!) of grade 5 standard and above.
Thursdays from 7.30pm-9pm at the Godalming United Church and occasional Sunday workshops 1-4.30pm
Welcoming all musicians Grade 6+
Andrew Raybould / Beverley Prankard
Thursdays, St Georges Church Hall, St George’s Church, Gravesend: Training Band 18:30-19:30, Concert Band 19:30 – 21:30
Always happy to meet other musicians. Please visit our web site for more information.
St Philip's Church, Birken Road, Tunbridge Wells, alternate Saturdays, 7.30 - 9.45 pm.
Michael Hitchcock 01732 364538 or 07725 268614
We are a friendly orchestra, playing a mixture of classical, romantic and 20th-century works. New string and brass players will be very welcome. Concerts are given in aid of local charities.
Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at Queen Eleanor's School in Onslow Village, Guildford.
Ahmed Hussain 07930 743583
The GSO was founded in 1919 and is the town's premier community orchestra regularly offering a full-scale programme of 19th and 20th century symphonic music under director of music Darrell Davison. We also hold three 'play for pleasure' rehearsals at the start and end of each season.
Monthly on Saturdays at Hy-Arts Centre, Hadlow, Kent
Anne Waddingham (Secretary)
Paula Carey (Chair/Treasurer)
The Hadlow Orchestra is a friendly, informal group of players who enjoy orchestral playing. We give one concert per year. We range from beginners, through improvers, to experts of all ages. All orchestral instrumentalists of any standard are welcome to join, and no audition is necessary. Our aim is to have fun making music together.
Horam, East Sussex on Thursdays between 6.30 and 8.00pm.
Danielle Budden (Musical Director) 07745 732950
The Harmonie Concert Band, established in 2007, is a blend of woodwind, brass and percussion. A group of musicians with a mission to play good music and have fun. Our players are of all ages and abilities.
Dr James Ross
Monday evening at 7.30 in the Haslemere Hall, between September and May
Lucy Hatcher (Orchestra Secretary)
Sue Ecclestone (Secretary)
We are a society with both Choir and Orchestra who perform together at regular concerts in the Haslemere area. We are always pleased to welcome new members - both singers and instrumentalists. All we ask of our members is that they should be enthusiastic and committed - there are no auditions for the chorus or string players. We are currently seeking basses for the chorus and Violin and Brass players and Principal Oboe.
Wednesday evenings 7.45pm to 9.45pm, United Reformed Church Hall, Beacon Hill GU26 6NL
Sandra Margetts 07708 334179
We are a friendly brass band and welcome players of all standards. We have some instruments to borrow.
St John The Evangelist, Brittany Road, St Leonards-On-Sea, every other Wednesday, from 7.30-9.30
Sandra Goodsell 07841 448879 (Chair)
We are a group of enthusiastic amateur and local professional musicians and pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming orchestra. We perform music that is popular and easy to listen to, we include old classics, popular works, film music, opera highlights and new melodic works by living composers. New members very welcome.
Wednesdays, Term Time, 8-10pm, at St John’s Church, 251 Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham, BR3 3JN
Friendly community orchestra rehearsing in West Wickham in Kent. No audition required, just enthusiasm for making music. We’re looking for violins and brass players so come down and give us a try.
Haywards Heath Sinfonietta
Thursday 7.45 St Richard's Church Hall (very near Haywards Heath station)
We are a small friendly orchestra, always looking for more players, particularly strings. Although we have given the occasional concert, we play mainly for pleasure and give regular soirées for friends and relatives.
Benenden School Wednesdays 5.30 -7.10pm September to late April
Free membership open to all school age Kent musicians. Admission is by audition and instrumentalists should have achieved at least grade 6.
Fortnightly on Sundays in West Surrey
Stephanie Hinson 07818 568050
Herd of Sax are a saxophone ensemble group based in West Surrey, UK. We perform a wide range of 'light' saxophone music for local events, approximately 1 gig per month between May and October and then another 1 or 2 in December.
Thursdays, The Howard Venue, Egerton Avenue, Hextable, Kent BR8 7LG
All brass and wind instruments are welcome. We play classical to musical theatre, film and pop.
Tuesdays at Hindhead Music Centre
Part of Hindhead Music Centre. We welcome instrumentalists who are keen amateurs, returning to playing after a break or late learners. We explore exciting classical repertoire and although no audition is required, an approximate standard of Grade 5 and above is recommended.
Tuesdays at Hindhead Music Centre
Part of Hindhead Music Centre. We welcome instrumentalists who are keen amateurs, returning to playing after a break or late learners. We explore exciting classical repertoire and although no audition is required, an approximate standard of Grade 5 and above is recommended.
Rachel Ellis/Barry Sutton
Millais School, Depot Road, Horsham; Wednesdays 7.45 to 9.45 pm
Chris Maslin, Chairman
Three concerts a year in The Capitol, Horsham, often with professional soloists. Look at our list of past concerts at our website.
Tuesday evenings 19:15 - 21:30, Saltwood Primary School, Grange Road, Saltwood, CT21 4QS
Secretary Samantha Smith 07545 759054
The Town Band was established at some time before 1880. The band plays a series of Concerts, Bandstands and Civic functions. All players of Grade 5 Standard are welcome. Players from Grade 1 will be welcomed at training Band.
Tuesday evenings – Herne Bay Hight School - CT6 7TL 19:30 - 21:30
Chris 07552 216920.
If you are interested in playing with Invicta Concert Band, why not come along to one of our weekly Tuesday night rehearsals? We play a vast variety of music, including: Musicals, Overtures, Waltzes and Big Band numbers. We are particularly seeking: trumpets/cornets, tubas, trombones, and french horns. However, all concert band instruments are welcome with players of a minimum grade 5 standard.
Tuesday evenings - Greenhill High School - Herne Bay - CT6 7NS 19:30 - 21:30
Community Concert Band Based in North Kent, has regular engagements at Kent Bandstands during the Summer Season plays private social events and themed concerts through the year throughout Kent and London. Band has been established for over 30 years and welcomes new players of Grade 5 or above. Current Vacancies - Bassoon, Trombone, Tuba
7:45 – 9:15 Thursday Maidstone area
Contact via the website
The Invicta Jazz Orchestra is probably the biggest big band you will ever see. Based in Kent, they perform both locally and further afield, recently touring to France and The Netherlands, in addition to raising money for their chosen annual charity. Their style and their music are infectious, and audiences have often been seen dancing in the streets, with their variety of swing, jazz, funk and rock. A talented group of musicians who love what they play and love to perform.
Ian Harby / Adele Gordon
We meet for a Saturday of rehearsals followed by a formal evening concert 5 times per annum in Kent
We aim to offer players of roughly grade 8 standard plus the chance to play challenging, approachable and interesting original repertoire for symphonic winds. We normally field a band of 50 players but are always interested to find new people to join our pool of performers. There is no charge and commitment is date by date.
Brian Rogers (Conducts from the violin)
Wednesdays during term time from 2pm – 4pm, Offington Park Methodist Church Hall, South Farm Road, Broadwater, Worthing, BN14 7TN
Brian Rogers 01903 775880
We are mainly strings with some woodwind, We play light music, Overtures and Symphonies. Any player of grade 5 and better is very welcome. Anyone interested can contact via email or can telephone.
David A Cunningham
1st and 3rd Sunday afternoon 2-5, Fleet
J4BB is a member band that plays Jazz and Swing and more modern music
St Peters Church Hall, Greenhill, Herne Bay on Mon Eve 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Formed in 1992. Currently over 40 members. Always welcome new members.
Fridays 6pm-7.15pm Invicta Grammar School auditorium, term-time only
We are a new, friendly orchestra for adults of grade 3+ standard. We’re a blend of people who haven’t played their instruments since their school-days mixed with advanced players who regularly perform. Everyone is welcome. Our aim is to explore a wide range of music with whilst having fun.
Wednesdays 7.15 - 9.30 pm at Police Headquarters in Maidstone.
Membership open to all. Very friendly band with prestigious engagements such as Ship Launchings in Germany, 10 Downing Street etc.
Kingswood Big Band
Tuesdays in Kingswood, Surrey
We are a semi-professional Big Band playing Glenn Miller charts amongst other things and are led by Bill Geldard who used to play with the Ted Heath Band. We play at 3-4 gigs a year and are currently looking for a trumpet player. (Grade 7-8 standard). We welcome enquiries from people who may be interested in depping and we are currently looking for a singer.
Rochester Grammar School, Monday evenings 8pm - 9.45 pm.
The orchestra plays standard repertoire and more besides. Players are very friendly and the atmosphere great. We work hard and are supported by our conductor.
Rochester Grammar School, Monday evenings 7.15pm - 8.00 pm.
The players work hard on standard repertoire pieces and other music. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. We welcome newcomers.
Lamorbey String Orchestra (Sidcup)
Last Tuesday in every month at 10.15AM at Hurst Community Centre, Sidcup
This orchestra is an amateur group which meets monthly at Hurst Community Centre in Hurst Road, Sidcup. Meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month at 10.15 in the morning. We play a wide variety of music from the string orchestra repertoire. The playing is mainly for our own pleasure with an occasional public performance. The atmosphere at our rehearsals is friendly and informal.
Friday evenings, 19:00
A small friendly orchestra which plays 3 concerts a year. Concerts in St Michael and All Angels Church, South Street, Lancing.. We welcome enquiries from musicians wishing to join.
Leatherhead Institute, High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey Wednesdays 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm during term.
Tina Bland, Membership Secretary
We are a friendly amateur orchestra catering mostly for adult players but welcoming younger ones, including those with little or no orchestral experience. The music we play is from the standard classical repertoire. If you would like to join us please call the contact number below or just come along. At the moment we need string, horn and brass players.
Four Sundays before the concerts, from 2.30 to 5.30pm at St Marys Hall, Lewes.
Formed in March 1993 by Russell Morgan at the request of The Lewes Town Council to perform concerts of popular classical music for the people of Lewes. Since then the orchestra has performed three concerts every year at The Town Hall, Lewes. Currently has string vacancies (see website for details).
Thursday evenings at 8pm All Saints Arts Centre,Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex
Jane Stewart 07980407831
Simon Emberley 07768438433
LGB Brass is an active Brass Band undertaking a sensible mix of concerts and contest engagements, the band are nationally graded as second section from 2014. Returning Brass players are always welcome together with existing learners. The band operates a training band and a main band for more experienced players.
7.45pm on Thursdays
We are a local non contesting brass band. We perform on Bandstand’s in the area, and also at local fetes and concerts. We are always pleased to welcome new players.
Thursday evening The Trading Post (on the Body Shop site), Watersmead Business Park, Littlehampton, BN17 6LS.
We are a community band playing a host of different concerts throughout the year. We pride ourselves on interesting music, a fun atmosphere and we welcome anyone who would like to come along and have a play with us.
Rehearsals take place (in Sevenoaks or Tonbridge) during evenings and weekends in the period 10 days before each concert.
Bryn Clarke - Musical Director
The Orchestra exists to provide playing opportunities or young musicians of approaching Grade 8, aged 14-25, and performs three concerts a year in school holidays, each preceded by a period of rehearsals in the week or so before.
Various (school tutors)
Two weekend courses are run each year in Sevenoaks or Tonbridge during the autumn and spring terms.
Founded by June Clements in 1989, the orchestra is open to players aged 8 - 15 of around grade 3-6 standard and is designed to develop general musicianship and enhance ensemble performance skills. Courses are tailored to the particular group of musicians and could include a mixture of string orchestra, wind band and full orchestra as well as workshops in 'Stomp' percussion, Samba and singing.
Thursday evenings, Newhaven
We are a long standing friendly Sussex dance/swing/sing era band. We started with a traditional 5/4/4/4 format and now have extra parts and clarinets. We rehearse in Newhaven most thursday evenings. We almost always have openings for bass clef reading instruments and sometimes other instruments as well. Please make contact if you are interested in playing with us, or for us to play for you.
Thursdays, 7.30pm, Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone.
Community orchestra gives 5 concerts a year with pro soloists in Mote Hall, Maidstone. Always on the look out for good string players, violins and violas. Approaching their centenary! (2011)
Tuesday evenings (school term time) 7.30-9:30pm. The Maplesden Noakes School, Buckland Road, Maidstone, ME16 0TJ
Advanced wind orchestra with an adventurous repertoire, including new works for wind orchestra, and performing and recording with renowned soloists. National Concert Band Symposium winners 2015. Keen to welcome new players, particularly brass and percussion.
The Marlowe Ensemble
Tuesday mornings at 10.15AM at Hurst Community Centre, Sidcup
This orchestra is an amateur group which meets weekly at Hurst Community Centre in Hurst Road, Sidcup. We play a wide variety of light orchestral music. The playing is mainly for our own pleasure with an occasional public performance. The atmosphere at our rehearsals is friendly and informal.
Fridays, 8-10pm, The Bandroom, Court Meadow, Mayfield
Friendly village Brass Band in the heart of East Sussex, with a variety of engagements including 3/4 formal concerts a year, and numerous less formal engagements. Following retirements and student departures, we urgently require solo cornet players. We also have a training band and welcome players of all ages and abilities, including beginners. See our facebook page for recent information, pictures and video.
Rehearsals at Ardingly College on four Sundays before each concert
Diana Davy (chairman)
The orchestra welcomes enquiries from players. There is no audition, but standards are high. You are welcome to play on a trial basis. Four concerts per year, usually at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath
Ashcombe School, Dorking, RH4 1LY 7:30pm Mondays
Sarah Kent (secy) 01372 456176
The Training band welcomes all ages of players who want to learn to play in a band or brush up existing skills. Same venue, also Mondays in term time, 5:45pm
Monday Afternoon Strings
2pm - 4pm, every Monday in term time, Christchurch, Tudor Way, Petts Wood, BR5 1LH.
Michael Newman 01622 743834
Heather Hall 020 8650 3349
For anyone lacking experience or confidence we provide an excellent introduction to playing in a string orchestra, and, for those more familiar with playing 'under the baton', there is the pleasure of exploring the repertoire in a friendly, informal atmosphere, with expert professional guidance. Music is selected according to the average ability level and we suggest a minimum of grade IV to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment. String players of any age can be assured of a warm welcome - we need you all!
Approximately twice a term on a Sunday at Beare Green Community Hall, Beare Green, Dorking,Surrey RH5 4RD
Luisa-Maria Cordell, Director +44 (0) 1306 713337
Jamie Cordell, Chairman
Founded in 2014, the National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain numbers up to 30 harpists of all ages, although predominantly harp players aged 8 to 18, based in the South East of England. To make it more accessible to players from all over the UK rehearsals are predominately held on a Sunday approximately twice a term; there are also occasional Friday rehearsals three or four times a year before important events or concerts. Rehearsal and concert dates are published on our website. There are Junior and Senior sections. A downloadable application form and a background document are available on the website.
Every Tuesday Evening - 7-9pm. Venue: St Luke's, Prestonville, 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton BN1 5PR
We Jam, We compose, We perform. We are the music group who help people play their way through recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Anyone can join regardless of ability. Be part of genre-breaking musical movement, making an impact on individuals recovering from addiction through the creation and performance of new music.
Tuesday evenings 8.00 -10.00 at Aitken Hall, St Andrew's Church, Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HF
The New Venture Concert Band is a new band created in the summer of 2018. If you play a wind or brass instrument or percussion and have good sight reading skills we would love to see you.
Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. at locations around Oxted
North Downs Community Orchestra is open to all over 18 and especially encourage those who haven't played in a long while and those who are learning and would like the experience to play in a group. It is all for fun, no auditions, no grade requirements. Contact us for more details and to arrange a trial visit.
1st Sunday of the month, Tatsfield
NDS is a thriving Symphony Orchestra based in the village of Tatsfield on the Kent/Surrey border, noted for its high musical standards and friendliness. We play 2 concerts a year to large and enthusiastic audiences under different conductors each season. We welcome new players, especially strings, grade 7/8+, please mail us or refer to our website for more details. Hope to see you soon!
Northiam Chamber Orchestra
Once a month @ 7.30, Northiam village hall, East Sussex.
We are a small friendly orchestra actively seeking new members. Players of all ages and standards are very welcome, although a minimum of approximately grade four to five is recommended. We rehearse each Thursday evening during term time in Northiam village hall.
Twice a month on Sunday afternoons in Addington Village, near Croydon.
We are a friendly concert band who enjoy producing good music to the best of our ability. If you share our ambition and play a wind, brass or percussion instrument to grade 5 standard or above we would love to hear from you.
Rehearsals are held in the United Reformed Church, Faversham
Jonathan Chapter (Chairman)
At least 3 concerts each year, usually in The Alexander Centre, Faversham. Membership is by invitation.
Friday evenings in St Martin's Church, Maidstone, starting at 7.45pm
The Old Barn Orchestra (the orchestra for Medway and Maidstone) was founded in 1927 and incorporated with a full constitution the following year. Its name derives from its first meeting place, which was the music room - a converted barn - of Dr Ponder and his family at Abbey Court in Sandling (north of Maidstone).
The Highway Primary School, The Highway, Orpington, BR6 9DJ on Monday evenings: Beginners and Improvers: 18:30 – 20:00, Main Band: 20:00 – 22:00
Roy Garman 01689 854657
Sylvia Blunt 01959 532830
The Orpington Band was founded in 1925 and provides a unique combination of nurturing beginners and providing a platform for more experienced players to perform together. Originally established as the Orpington Silver Band playing marching and other brass band repertoires, it now plays a wide selection of music from old classics to modern pop and film music.
Thursdays 19.30-21.30 during term time. Petts Wood, Orpington
We are a friendly orchestra in our 72nd season, containing semi-professionals, teachers and keen amateurs. We perform three concerts a year of popular and lesser known classical works. Currently we are actively recruiting violin, viola, bass and brass players of grade 6+ standard. Please contact us with your enquiries and see our website.
Tuesdays at 8pm at Mill Lane, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9DG
Oxted Band is a friendly brass band, established in 1901, and playing at various events both around Oxted and further afield around the South East, both indoor concerts and various outdoor events. We also have an enthusiastic training band for those not yet ready to play in the band. Enquiries from brass/percussion players or those looking to start always welcome!
Peninsula Big Band (PBB) have been running for over 15 years, playing modern and traditional big band music. Regular gigs have included Chatham food and drink festival, Hoo church and Dobbies.
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Carlton Road, Redhill. Monday evenings in term time from 7.30pm to 9.45pm.
The Redhill Sinfonia is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the country. Established in 1891 under the name of “Redhill Society of Instrumentalists”, during its long history it has been associated with many famous names, including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob who were both Presidents of the orchestra. The orchestra performs three well-attended concerts of varied repertoire each year, in Reigate and Redhill. Key to the orchestra’s continued success, popularity and high standard are the skill and enthusiasm of its professional conductor John Beswick and leader David Burton. We always welcome applications from new members of at least grade 8 standard or equivalent, especially strings and brass. We also offer free Scholarship places to school-age string players who are at or working towards grade 8. We rehearse on Monday evenings during term time, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Wray Common Schoo,l Kendal Close, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0LR. Saturday mornings 10am-12noon
Rachel Carress 07767846544
We are an amateur community big band who play music for fun and perform some concerts throughout the year
Ripley String Orchestra
Thursday afternoon from 1.45 - 3.45. Temporarily based at St. Mary's Church Hall, 124 Church Road, Byfleet, KT14 7NG
We are a small, friendly group who meet every Thursday afternoons We are temporarily based at St. Mary's Church Hall, as the Ripley Village Hall has been demolished. We would welcome more string players, particularly violins and violas. Good sight-reading practice, no concerts, no pressure.
Robin Morrish / Sophie Carville
Two Sunday concerts a year - 8:30am - 5:30pm
A very large orchestra who meet together twice a year to play all day for enjoyment. Wishing to keep a balanced orchestra, all enquiries for all instruments will be considered.
Monday evenings during school term time, The Pilkington Building, Universities at Medway, North Road, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4JB from 19.45 to 21.45
We are the leading Medway orchestra, with four concerts a year, at the Central Theatre, Chatham. New Members are always welcome, subject to trial.
Roy Valenti Big Band NEW
Monday evenings at Kingswood Village Club (KT20) from 8pm to 10 pm.
We are a friendly big band rehearsing on Monday evenings at Kingswood Village Club (KT20) from 8pm to 10 pm. There is plenty of free parking. We have a 15 minute break during the rehearsal where we grab a drink in the club’s bar. We are outside ULEZ! We are currently seeking trombone players. All welcome but would be ideal for grade 6+. Please email if you are interested.
Monday Evenings 8pm at Little Common RBL Club.
From Territorial Army Band origins in the 1960s the band has developed to be an active community band which still maintains some ex military connections. We perform regular concerts at the club and outside including Eastbourne Bandstand. The band has an extensive music library which is constantly being enlarged. We welcome enquiries from new players in particular of the Bassoon,French Horn, Tuba, Euphonium, Trombones, Bass trombone, Drum Kit, Timpani and Eb Clarinet .
Roderick Dunk (Music Director), Mark Shanahan and Barry Wordsworth
Friday Evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, September to April
Anne Parker, Orchestral Manager 01825 761915
Founded in 1922, the RTWSO presents a season of six concerts each year at the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, during the period from October to April. It is made up from a core group of gifted local musicians whose ranks are augment by a number of professionals. Together they play to a high standard.
Addlestone Community Centre, Garfield Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2NJ, on alternate Mondays from 7.30 to 10pm
Martin Ingram, 01932 343121
This is a small, friendly orchestra, good for those who want to improve sight reading. No concerts, no pressure. Meets fortnightly, no auditions.
Benedict Preece (main) Kate Robinson (training)
Training Band 6.00-7.00, Concert Band 7.00-9.00 every Wednesday, Phoenix Centre, Jubilee Road, Sandwich, Kent. CT13 0QP
A friendly community Concert Band welcoming players of all wind, brass and percussion. The Training Band caters for young and old from about grade 1 upwards, the Concert Band from Grade 5 upwards. Please see the website to find out more, new players are always welcome.
Sandwich United Reformed Church, Cattle Market, Sandwich, Thursdays in term-time, 7:15 - 9:00 pm
Chris Farra, 01304 613980
Sandwich Music Group, formed in 1976, is a registered charity aiming to provide the opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages and abilities to play as part of an ensemble. Sandwich Music Group regularly supports charitable money-raising events in East Kent
Once a month on a Sunday at The Mytchett Centre, GU16 6AA - 3-5.30pm
Sax Bandits is an all-saxophone community band for adults of all ages and abilities (even beginners), playing your favourite rock and pop songs in a friendly and relaxed environment. This band is unlike anything you've experienced before and the perfect outlet for bedroom-dwelling saxophonists who want to play for fun! Your first session is completely FREE!
Combine parts recorded separately at home
We are a sister organisation to www.theselfisolationchoir.com and we offer amateur instrumentalists the chance to learn wonderful pieces online from home. After each course, we ask people to record themselves, send in the recording and we combine them all in the studio and play it back in a Concert. We started with NIMROD to see how it might work, and it was wonderful.
8pm - 10.15pm Wednesdays, Sevenoaks County Primary School, Bradbourne Park Road, TN13 3LB
Friendly orchestra. 4 or 5 concerts per year, mainstream symphonic repertoire. We could always do with more violins and violas, and occasionally have vacancies in other sections - please see our website.
7:45-9:45pm on Fridays during term time at Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LE
The Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band is a symphonic wind band based in Sevenoaks, Kent, but with its players drawn from a wide area. With a busy schedule of performances at different venues across the region, our repertoire ranges from original works for wind ensemble to arrangements of orchestral pieces, military band items and light music of various styles.
6:00-7:30pm on Fridays during term time at Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LE
The Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Training Band welcomes members of any age who are learning to play wind or percussion instruments, or are returning to music after a break. Music ranges from classical and show medleys through to jazz, swing and pop genres. The band gives at least one public indoor concert each year and performs at local outdoor events at a variety of venues in the summer.
Dr James Ross
Bird College, Alma Road, Sidcup, DA14 4ED. Every Thursday 7.30-10 from September - early July.
Dave or Hazel Burnie 020 8850 1170
Sidcup Symphony Orchestra performs five full concert programmes per season, with professional music director and leader, and other events in partnership with Bird College and Bexley Music Service. Current season highlights include Tchaikovsky 6, Shostakovich 5, Scuhbert 9, Prokofiev 1st Violin Concerto, Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and works by Bizet, Chausson, Debussy and Vaughan Williams. Membership and dep inquiries from advanced orchestral musicians are very welcome: current full member vacancies including one horn, one trumpet, one trombone, timpani and strings.
Weekly Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30 Slinfold Village Hall, Slinfold, Nr Horsham,West Sussex
Graham Timms 01403 710015
This popular and busy Band,founded in 1979, undertakes a variety of engagements throughout the South East of England, ranging from local bandstand performances to indoor concerts, and from weddings to company functions. New players are always welcome. If you play brass, wind or percussion instruments, then why not come along and join the fun? Details from the website.
Wednesday evening between 19:15 - 21:15 at the Aylesham Baptist Free Church on Dorman Avenue South in Aylesham, Kent. CT3 3AA
Georgia Farbrace (secretary)
We are the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band, a traditional colliery brass band founded in 1928 and based in the heart of the Kent coal fields. We are a friendly and sociable band with 30ish players of mixed ages and abilities. We play a wide variety of genres of music from traditional brass band marches, overtures, descriptive pieces through to popular TV and Film themes. We perform throughout the year on Kentish towns bandstands, in churches, village fetes and fayres and have even played on London's prestigious Hyde Park Bandstand. We are always looking for more players to join us.
Thursdays at 7.30pm in Beckenham. We meet for c.5 rehearsals in a block leading up to concerts, with the occasional weekend rehearsal
Charlotte Wooley (membership)
Formed in April 2012, this new orchestra is ideal for musicians who live in and around the areas of Beckenham, Bromley, Catford, Croydon, Crystal Palace, Elmers End, Forest Hill, Norwood, Penge and Sydenham. Growing fast and welcoming enquiries from all orchestral players.
Chatsworth Baptist Church, Chatsworth Way, SE27 9HN (Entrance door on Idmiston Road). Friday Mornings, 10.30 to 12.30
We are a friendly group and would be very pleased to see new members. No auditions are held, and if you play the violin,viola, cello or double bass, you will be very welcome. We play Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century music and give a concert before Xmas and one in the summer.
Saturday Morning, Queen Eleanor's School, Guildford, Surrey.
Steve Pannifer (Chairman)
SWSCB is a Surrey Arts Youth Ensemble. It is formed of woodwind, brass and percussion players aged 8 to 18. We rehearse on Saturday mornings during term-time and enjoy making some great music.
Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm at Arundel Church of England Primary School, Jarvis Road, Arundel
Martin Jeffery 07808 124572
The Southdowns Concert Band is a group of about 30 musicians who play regular concerts all over Sussex. We pride ourselves on high performance standards and achieve this by having a grade 6 minimum standard for players.
Saturday mornings 10.00am to 11.00am in term time, Staplehurst Music Centre, c/o Staplehurst School, Staplehurst TN12 0LZ
Staplehurst Music Centre Chamber Group welcomes players of all ages - adults and children over 8 years - and all abilities, particularly if you are a Late-Starter, a re-Starter or a Recent Beginner (one year's experience of playing). All instruments welcome - but we especially need string players.
St Paul's Community Centre, Inner Park Road, Wimbledon SW19 6ED on Sunday afternoons during school terms
Julian Hardwick 07887 442489
Now in its 70th season, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra caters for talented young musicians aged 8 to 18 in South-West London and Surrey. We have a Training Orchestra for grades 4-6 and a Main Orchestra for grades 6-8 and perform 3 concerts a year at leading London venues as well as undertaking an annual Tour in July. Auditions in September, January and April.
Strings & Things
Broadstairs, Wednesday afternoons
For beginners (inc. children).
Thursdays (term time) 7.30-930, Westfield School, Bonsey Lane, Woking, Surrey GU22 9PR
Alison Harding, 07968 832413
Amateur orchestra run by Surrey Arts for adult learners. Friendly and informal, no min standard but players mainly grade 4-8. All welcome - especially strings. Just come along and try us out.
Wednesday 7:30 Music School, Reeds School, Sandy Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2ES
Surrey Brass, the innovative and entertaining brass ensemble, was formed in 2011 and since then performed a wide range of concerts including music commissioned to accompany silent films, music commissioned to celebrate concorde, film music, an all-Russian programme, an all-Gothic programme, and more. Our 'Brass Massive' education programme in association with local schools attracts young players to experience musical performance.
A chamber orchestra based in the Guildford area of Surrey. Our players are made up of music teachers and experienced amateurs, and we perform a wide range of repertoire. We put on 5 concerts a year, and would be pleased to hear from any violinists and viola players who are interested in joining our friendly orchestra.
Tuesday evenings from 7:45 pm until 9:45 pm at St John's School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead
Neil Gilchrist 01372 276949
We are a friendly orchestra and are currently looking for new members to join who are Grade VIII standard or above, and in particular, strings, and trumpets.
Thursday evenings 8-10PM, Mount Browne, Guildford. GU3 1HG
We are a friendly and welcoming band with a varied musical repertoire including military marches, selections from films and musicals, classical transcriptions and original works for concert band. The band is open to anyone interested - if you play brass, woodwind or percussion we would be delighted to hear from you.
Monday evenings, 8pm-10pm at St John the Evangelist Church, Redhill RH1 6QA
David Skinner (Chairman) 01737 289187
The Band of the Surrey Yeomanry is an amateur concert band. We play a wide range of music from Holst and Vaughan Williams to show tunes and swing and perform in about 15 concerts per year (see our full 2017 diary at our website). We’re currently actively recruiting for drummers/percussionists and trumpet players, but welcome inquiries about all instruments.
Tuesday evenings 8pm to 10pm, Horsham
The Sussex Band of The Royal British Legion ( Horsham) is a Concert Band consisting of woodwind, brass and percussion. We also take part in parades and carnivals but please note we do not do marching displays. The band also has a Dance band made up from members of the main concert band.
2 rehearsals before each concert
We are a symphony orchestra made up of local professional musicians and teachers, plus talented amateur musicians. We also try to include local young people who have reached a high standard in their playing. We do 2 or 3 concerts per year in the Hastings/Bexhill area and are always keen to welcome enthusiastic and committed new players.
Wednesday evenings, three weeks before a concert at Trinity Church, Willingdon
A new String Orchestra based in Eastbourne. We do two concerts a year, always for charity, and start rehearsing three weeks before a concert. We look forward to hearing from string players of a grade 7 standard. We play music from Telemann to brand new compositions. Come for the music, stay for the cake!
Mark Andrew James
Hove Park School, Brighton. Specific dates throughout the year.
The Sussex Symphony Orchestra has been bringing live music to Sussex audiences for over 20 years. The SSO is a friendly, sociable mixture of professional and amateur musicians who live and work in Sussex. We perform a minimum of five concerts per year in Brighton and across Sussex. We are always keen to welcome new violin, viola, cello, woodwind and French horns. We rehearse on specific dates throughout the year - usually one full Sunday, a Thursday evening and then Saturday concert day rehearsal. We ask that any new players are at least grade 8 standard with orchestral experience.
Tuesday evenings during term time in central Sutton, 7.45 to 9.45 pm
Nigel Stephens 020 8660 2473
Sue White 0208 644 4055
Sutton Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is an amateur orchestra which aims to provide the opportunity for players of a reasonable standard to experience rehearsing and performing works from the orchestral repertoire. SSO believes making music should be fun but challenging. The Orchestra performs three major public concerts per year within the London Borough of Sutton.
Wednesday (Term time only) at Emanuel Baptist Church, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 5BB. Ensemble 18:45 – 19:45, Singers 20:00 – 21:00
Nick Downs 07767 480723
Members of all ages and abilities welcome. Our current members are aged 8 – 80+.
Wednesdays 8-10 p.m. at Wellesley House School, Broadstairs
Small orchestra with a friendly mix of amateurs and pros, founded in 1946. New members always welcome, but those below Grade 5 would struggle. Four to five charity concerts per year, ranging from Haydn to 20C London shows.
ad hoc in & around Broadstairs, for occasional concerts.
A new group (from 2019) performing primarily baroque repertoire.
Susan Skone James
Monday evening from 7.45-9.45 at Weald of Kent school, Tonbridge
With over 40 instrumentalists and 100 singers, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society is an established and well-respected part of musical life in Kent under the Musical Directorship of Naomi Butcher. We have been performing high-quality music in Tonbridge since the society was formed in 1946. The orchestra was formed in 1958 and we remain to this day one of the few societies comprising both chorus and orchestra.
Forresters Hall, Harcourt Road, Uckfield , East Sussex TN22 5DT, Wednesday evenings 6.15 to 8pm (during term-time)
Linda Hallett 01825 761124
We are a small community orchestra aimed at late starters and recent beginners. We welcome children over 9 and adults of any age. We play a range of classical and popular music and welcome players of any instrument from Grade 2 to around grade 5/6. This is a wonderful way to get playing with other musicians. Please contact us before coming, so we can arrange music and let you know of any COVID requirements.
Tuesday from 8-10 pm, The Alma, Framfield Road, Uckfield
Uckfield Concert Brass have a high profile in our community performing with local groups and soloists undertaking many prestigious concerts throughout the year in Uckfield and beyond. Our focus is putting on high calibre and innovative concerts, for example ‘Proms on the Pitch’ even contemporary dance. The band have undertaken several tours abroad most recently to Arques-la-Bataille and Chef Boutonne in France and the Menem Gate in Belgium. We welcome new players of all abilities to come along.
Wednesday Evenings, Church Street, West Chiltington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 2JW
We always welcome new players for all brass, age isn't a problem - our youngest full band member is 13, while our oldest is - well pretty old. We have no auditions and no minimum grades - the aim is to enjoy playing together, generally have fun and to maintain the brass band tradition in our beautiful West Sussex corner of rural England.
Underriver Village Hall, near Sevenoaks, Friday evening 6.45-8.45pm
We are a friendly concert band of wind and brass musicians from Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas of Kent and Sussex. We play a wide variety of music to suit all tastes and perform in concert venues and in the open air throughout the south east of England. We are looking for Brass, Wind and Percussion players of reasonable standard to join us.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, Coldharbour Road, Pyrford, Woking, Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.45
Three main concerts plus one Family concert per year. Vacancies in all string departments, Grade 8+ standard.
Mondays during term time , 20:00 - 22:00. Westfield Primary School, Bonsey Lane, Westfield, Woking, Surrey. GU22 9PR
General Enquiries via website
We are a Surrey Arts supported community wind band made up of ex-servicemen and enthusiastic amateurs. Please visit our website for more details.
Tuesdays, Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4PT
We play a wide range of jazz music - swing, bebop, latin, funk, township and more. If you play an instrument, and can read simple parts, and fancy developing your jazz skills you'd be very welcome to join us. The band usually plays a couple of gigs a year, and is open to all ages.
Preston Yeo, Simon Hewitt Jones
Mondays 7.00pm - 9.30pm Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing
We play five concerts a year in the fantastic acoustics of the Worthing Assembly Hall We perform a varied and appealing variety of orchestral works and often joining with choirs in the area to perform large scale choral works. We are always pleased to hear from players, particularly string players, who might be interested in joining.
Usually Wednesday 7:30 - 9:30 at Queen Street Church Centre, Worthing
Everyone at WSB is proud of our reputation as being an extremely friendly and sociable band. The players consist of mixed ages and abilities and everyone is welcome. We play a wide variety of music from a selection of genres and the enjoy playing at concerts throughout the year. We are looking for more players to join us especially cornets and basses!
Tuesday evenings in term-time from 6.00-7.15pm at Guildford United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4BS
We are essentially a teaching group for junior string players (both children and adults) of approximate standard Grades 2-5, with some very welcome help from a number of more experienced players. We present a Carol Evening at Christmas, play in local music festivals and give Summer Concerts. New members are always welcome.
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First Mon in the month at Grace Baptist Church, Chertsey St, Guildford, 7.15 for a 7.30 start, finish at 9.30
Our repertoire is very varied, but includes baroque concertos - we have a harpsichord continuo - as well as classical symphonies, and any later works for strings - Tchaikowsky/Dvorak/Elgar Serenades, pieces by Ireland, Warlock, Elgar, Bartok, Britten, Poulenc and a host of other composers, often arranged specially by Howard for strings. We are all keen to encourage young players to join us to explore the fantastic string repertoire, and have seen many youngsters go on to train and play professionally, whilst others simply enjoy making music together as amateurs. Once a year we have a free Family Concert, which includes an opportunity for a younger player to play solo. We don't have auditions so folk can join us at any time but they would need to be grade 5 upwards and be happy to do a lot of sight-reading.