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What we can offer each other
Hopefully you can see from the rest of the site that the orchestra will be great fun to play for! But don't just take our word for it - here are some comments from within the orchestra:
  • "A fantastic experience - everyone very friendly and welcoming."
  • "I was overjoyed to find 'PB' as the 'vibe', standard of performance and leadership were all excellent. Please ask me to play again!"
  • "I have had a wonderful time."
  • "I really appreciated the musical level at which the rehearsals were pitched, and enjoyed the high expectations that were demanded (rare for this kind of gig)."
  • "The feedback in the pub afterwards was universally more than favourable!"
We will provide you with:
  • A setting where good musical results are possible (for example, we have a highly experienced professional leader, and other professionals also play with us.)
  • Notes/thoughts from the conductor on the music and its performance (e.g. considering historical performance practice). These will be available in advance on the website.
  • Concerts with a difference - see Arts Partnership.
  • An up-to-date feel (we don't wear tailcoats!)
In return we would ask that you:
  • Contribute to the financial equilibrium of the orchestra by paying set subs for each concert.
  • Are of at least grade 8 standard
  • Have good sight-reading ability (each concert has a small number of rehearsals)
  • Have had a reasonable amount of orchestral playing experience
  • Bring lots of friends and family to the concert!!
Concerned that you may not be able to manage the music on the small number of rehearsals ... ?
  • Music (marked up where possible) will be available by email attachment (PDF files) for practice approximately two weeks before each concert - so you can get ahead of the game!
  • Of course not all music is equally 'difficult', so you may find that some of our concerts suit you but others don't.
Not sure ... ?
  • Please don't let these 'requirements' put you off!
  • Contact us if you're not sure what to do. We could call you for a chat, which would hopefully clarify things.
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