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© 2020 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: 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!

Happy New Music Making Year!

Most of our Rep this year begins with M by coincidence (see the full list on our Rep page).

We welcome all adults who play an orchestral instrument (Get in touch to arrange a  visit).

Violins and Violas are always especially welcome!   We have music for advanced and intermediate violinists  and also violin 3 parts for those who are just learning or nervous about dusting off the rust.  There are also 2 basic violins available to borrow to get you playing again.

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


Since joining us, Sara has been  working  with our Rep Group to bring together  another exciting new programme of music  to prepare  for our concert on Sunday, 29th March 2020.   Join us for a splendid 4th Birthday celebration!

Something for everyone - the usual eclectic mix of classical, pop, tv and films.  

Our orchestra is now quite big but there are gaps!

New Commission for our Wind Section!

One of the ways we cater for looking more closely at our repertoire with a very mixed ability and now quite large Community Orchestra is to run separate sectional rehearsals as well as full orchestra rehearsals. 

These sectional rehearsals for 'strings' and 'wind' have been running since early in our history and Richard Cross, our Principal Deputy Conductor, has been taking the 'wind' (woodwind and brass) sectionals since 2017 when Hazelwood School Community Fund kindly made a grant to get them started.

Richard, who as well as being a professional trombonist, is a conductor, composer and arranger, has created a new master-piece for our Wind section to prepare.  The title in itself, is intriguing - 'Beneath The Surface Of Things'.

Watch this space for more details of how this unique piece is going!

Recent blog posts.

For older posts, please click here to Blog page

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.

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 not to mention 2020!  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.

Sleigh Ride concert