"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!
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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.