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

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!

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.

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.
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Facebook Social Icon

© 2020 by The North Downs Community Orchestra and Ensembles

Registered Charity No. 1183074


Sleigh Ride concert