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© 2019 by The North Downs Community Orchestra and Ensembles

Registered Charity No. 1183074

"You don't need grades and we don't hold auditions."

Our next concert: Sleigh Ride at St John's Church, Hurst Green, RH8 9EA  It's on Saturday, 30th November at 7:00pm.
Click  here to see our poster and details on our events page.

Percussion 'Master Class'!

Our Sleigh Ride at St John's Concert has some rather challenging pieces for our  recently formed percussion section!

We were very lucky to obtain the services of Richard Scarff to spend an afternoon advancing technique and finding solutions to the big question marks for this programme - things like making horses hooves sounds without the use of coconuts!

For further details please read the latest entry in our Percussion Project page.

We are very pleased to introduce our Musical Director, Sara Young.


During the summer break, Sara was working  with our Rep Group to bring together  another exciting new programme of music  to prepare  for our concert on Saturday, 30th November.   Join us for a splendid Sleigh Ride!

Something for everyone - the usual eclectic mix, this time including some Christmas music and Singalong Carols as well as classical, pop and films.

Our orchestra is now quite big but there are gaps!

As a Community Orchestra, we always to do our best to accommodate new members.  Do get in touch if you would like to give playing in our orchestra a try.  We have parts for all orchestral instruments and we don't limit the numbers of popular instruments.  

Plenty of room for more, we have a big rehearsal venue!  You could also check us out at our next concert.

We're a fun, friendly, amateur Orchestra open to all musicians who play an orchestral instrument. Our members live in the stunning North Downs region of Surrey, Kent, East & West Sussex & Southern London.

In our ranks we're beginners, maestros and the rather rusty who haven't played for a while. Our shared love of music, fun and giving a chance to  those who want the opportunity to play in an Orchestra is what brings us together. It is not complicated but it is great fun.Join us on this fantastic journey.

Percussion 'Master Class'!

30 Oct 2019

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Some quick facts about the North Downs Community Orchestra
When we began in 2016
20% of our members had never played in an orchestra before
33% of our members have been learning the instrument they play in the orchestra
40% of our members hadn't played their instrument for several years
100% of our members are great fun, really nice people
In June 2019
37% of our members joined in 2016 and, by some quirk of statistics
21%  joined in 2017
21% joined in 2018
21% joined in 2019
So, you can see recruitment is VERY steady and a significant number of our 'original' members are still with us.  We have well over 40 regular players and all sections of the orchestra covered. Come and join them - we can break this 21% trend and aim for more than 21% for 2019!  All orchestral instruments are welcome, of course, but in particular, we'll do anything we can to help more brass players and string players into our orchestra and even have a couple of basic violins we can lend out to violinists who are currently without.