As a Charity the Orchestra exists to serve the local community and to provide a forum for all musicians who enjoy playing in an ensemble. We have a policy of welcoming anyone without the requirement of an audition and we maintain no restrictions on section size within the orchestra. However at the discretion of the Musical Director, we may occasionally have to operate a waiting list for certain oversubscribed instruments.
The music we typically play will require someone of at least Grade 5 standard but exams are not expected. The age range of players encompasses year 9 school musicians to retired members. We offer the opportunity for school players to stretch their playing ability. Our music repertoire is wide and varied to suit all tastes and ranges from classical symphonies to show music incorporating big band and swing. Whatever your musical taste it should be well provided for.
The Orchestra is run by a chairman and committee and the involvement of members in organisation is encouraged and welcomed. We have social evenings from time to time and produce concerts 3 to 4 times a year. Members pay a termly fee to cover music cost etc. We pride ourselves on our friendly, hardworking approach to our music making.
We are led by Christine Meers and directed by both Chris Gardner and David Budd.
We welcome opportunities to perform locally in aid of community causes.
Our Committee is made up of players in the orchestra and are elected at our AGM each Autumn.
The Committee consists of the following Trustees:
Conductors: Chris Gardner & David Budd
Conductor Laureate: Graham Cross
Leader: Christine Meers
Secretary: Judith Stradling
Membership Secretary: Megan Russell
Treasurer: Rebecca Kiff
Publicity Secretary: Sophie Barton
Concert Secretary: Nora Dobson
Extras Liaison: Angi Warran
Librarian: Trish Privetti
General Member: Mike Glover
General Member: Ashley Canning