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Our Members

There would be no orchestra if it wasn't for our members. Our members make NDCO the vibrant and exciting group that it is. We strive to create a supportive, inclusive environment for all our members, old and new, and make a deliberate effort to encourage members to get to know one another through tea breaks at every rehearsal and regular socials.

About NDCO Membership

The North Downs Community Orchestra is a fun, friendly, amateur orchestra open to all musicians who play an orchestral instrument. We are comprised of beginners and maestros alike, and many of us have returned to music after not having played for a period of time. Our shared love of music, fun, and playing in an orchestra and ensembles is what brings us together. 


As a community orchestra, new members are warmly welcomed. We will discuss your playing background, instrument, any special needs or support you may require, and generally see that you are well looked after at your free introductory rehearsal. We are an adult orchestra, and can only accept members who are aged 18+. The orchestra is managed by a committee made up of players, who are also Trustees of the charity. 

There is no annual membership fee to join. We charge £5 per rehearsal. We offer the flexibility of paying on a pay-as-you-play basis, or an upfront payment for the term's rehearsals.

If you would like to join us, please send us a message via our contact form. If you do not play an orchestral instrument, consider joining the North Downs Band. We look forward to welcoming you at our next rehearsal!


A Snapshot of Our Members

We currently have 50-70 regular players covering all sections of the orchestra. We're always welcoming new members, so please don't hesitate to get in touch

When we started in 2016:


of our members had never played in an orchestra before


of our members had been learning the instrument they play in the orchestra


of our members hadn't played their instrument for several years


of our members are great fun and really nice people

If you are looking to join a fun, welcoming group of musicians, get in touch. We would love to meet you at our next rehearsal!

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