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POSTPONED concert: 4th Birthday Concert, 6pm, 29th March 2020 at Reigate Park Church. Click here to see our poster and details on our events page.
Photographs taken at our Sleigh Ride Concert at St John's, November 2019.
Grateful thanks to Elaine Sandford and Jack Nicol for their super photos!
UNFORTUNATELY OUR ORCHESTRA'S ACTIVITIES ARE CURRENTLY CANCELLED AND POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS IN UK.
North Downs Orchestra to play in Reigate. (POSTPONED)
To celebrate their fourth birthday, the North Downs Community Orchestra will be performing at Reigate Park URC at 6 o’clock on Sunday 29 March.
With a programme including Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Sousa’s Liberty Bell (remember the Monty Python theme tune?), and an audience participation Abba sing-a-long, the NDCO’s wide repertoire aims to provide fun for players and audience alike. A new composition for wind instruments by Principal Guest Conductor, Richard Cross will join more music from Beethoven, Mozart, Berlioz and Deep Purple. Musical Director Sara Young says, ‘The players really enjoy playing this fun repertoire, and we’re sure that you will enjoy it too’.
Formed four years ago by Clarinettist Dave Ellis – ‘because I had nowhere to play’ – the community orchestra approach of no auditions, all welcome, ‘learners and returners’, has hit it off with orchestral instrument players from all over the North Downs area – over 60 played at their pre-Christmas concert in Hurst Green.
‘Our players come from Redhill and Reigate, Purley and Coulsdon, Caterham, Oxted and beyond,’ explained double bassist and NDCO Chairman Pam Deverill. We like to play where our players come from and so we have given full concerts in Godstone, Caterham, Oxted and Hurst Green, but never before in Reigate. We look forward to seeing lots of new people and playing for them.’
Tickers to the Concert, at 6pm on Sunday 29 March at Reigate Park URC in Park Road East, are £5 on the door, free for under 18s. Parking and refreshments will be available.
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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. But we'd prefer you to visit a rehearsal sooner!
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.