Rehearsal Venue / Times
Dr Trevor Farren
Alderbrook School, Blossomfield Road, Solihull. Wednesday 8-10 pm
Originally a youth band, the Band today comprises musicians of all ages, ranging from enthusiastic amateurs to graduate standard players. New members are always welcome.
Alcester on a Monday Evening
Contact via website
Established in 1897, we are a really friendly 4th Section traditional brass band, with a new dynamic musical director and conductor. We play all around the county and beyond, with 3 or 4 concerts per year, a contest or two and some fun bandstand work. We welcome players of all standards - we'd love some new players!
Saturday mornings 9.30 to 11.30 at Quatt Village Hall, WV15 6QW
The community band for the whole of Shropshire. Open to all instruments, ages and abilities, Alveley Village Band is famous for being the largest family-oriented community band in the country, bringing together grans and grandads, mums and dads, great gran and grandads, neighbours, children, teenagers anyone else who wants to take part. Pure fun for the whole music community.
Sunday 10 – 12:15ish, Inkberrow Village Hall, Sands Lane Inkberrow, Worcestershire WR7 4DZ
Based at Inkberrow Village Hall, Sands Lane Inkberrow, Worcestershire WR7 4DZ, We are a friendly 3rd Section Brass Band first formed in 1977 and still going strong today. All ages and abilities catered for. We usually play a number of concerts and band stand jobs throughout the year and a couple of contests too. Please feel free to contact us or to just drop in on a Sunday morning when we're rehearsing
Wednesday, 7.45pm at Northfield Methodist Church, Birmingham B31 2PH
Martyn Harris 0121 427 6187
Founded in 1969, the orchestra originally rehearsed in the Birmingham General Hospital and latterly met in the University of Birmingham's Medical School. Since 2021 however our new home is in south west Birmingham. We enjoy a broad range of Classical, Romantic and 20th Century programmes, but we're particularly blessed to have the direction of conductor/arranger Lee Armstrong. A friendly group, giving up to three concerts a year and despite the orchestra's medical origin, welcome players from all walks of life!
Thursday evening 7.00pm - 8.30pm at Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ
A rock group open to players of all instruments and singers of all abilities that meet during term time to play diverse rock music from 1960 to present day.
Monday evening 7.30, The Nuneaton Coop Club, Dugdale Street, Nuneaton CV11 5QJ
David Ireland - Chairman 07968 406164
Small friendly symphony orchestra 3 concerts a year, we meet most weeks to play even if not rehearsing specific works.
Saturday Mornings at Bewdley Primary School Stourport Road Bewdley Worcestershire
We welcome all abilities. We currently have 40 plus members. We also run a Saturday morning music Academy for learners or returners of any age.
Friday 7-9:30 at Victoria Centre, Biddulph Methodist Church.
Adam Smith (Orchestra Member)
See bdyo.org.uk for more info.
Tuesday 7.15 to 8.45 in Sutton Coldfield
Angela Davies 0121 329 2984
The Birchfield String Orchestra consists of a small group of players who meet weekly in Sutton Coldfield to play together for pleasure without the pressure of concerts. The orchestra owns a library of over 150 works from the baroque to the present day, covering a wide range of composers, forms and styles. Anyone with a basic standard of Grade V on violin, viola, cello or double bass is welcome to join.
Wednesday at the Hazelwell Pub in Kings Heath Birmingham, starting at 8pm
Ed Franklin 07426 985 803
The Birmingham Basement Band is an 18 piece swing band that comprises of people from all walks of life linked by their love of big band music and playing music together. We aim to perform 3 gigs a year if possible. Our rehearsal night is Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch to see what seats are available. We very much look forward to hearing from you.
Monday evening 7.45pm - 10pm St Catherines Church, Hampton Lane, Catherine de Barnes, Solihull West Midlands
Concert Band established over 40 years ago and comprises semi pro and amateur musicians age range immaterial but minimum grade 5 standard, playing all types of music and performing to raise money for local charitable organisations. Vacancies exist in all departments but in particular, percussion, bass instruments, and middle range brass and wind. Also limited numbers of flutes and clarinets required.
Alternative Sundays at St David's Church, Shenley Green B29 4HH (venue subject to change), from 2-5pm
BGSO was formed in 2008 and has firmly established itself on the Birmingham LGBTQIA+ and music scenes. We welcome orchestral players from all backgrounds and our repertoire consists of anything from classical symphonies to hits from Abba and songs from the musicals. Players should be approx. Grade 6 (or equivalent) and above. We currently have vacancies in all sections, particularly the upper strings. We are a very welcoming and appreciative ensemble. You do not have to identify as LGBTQIA+ to play with us but all we as is that you are accommodating, respectful and friendly and that you are brimming over with enthusiasm for making music - and new friends!
Birmingham Conservatoire, Sunday 10.00 - 13.00
Chris Bertram 0121 689 2835
The Birmingham Philharmonic is one of the country's leading non-professional symphony orchestras, with strong links to the CBSO and members from across the Midlands.
Thursday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30pm, New Street, Bishop's Castle SY9 5DQ
Kate Pratt 01588 638828
John Phillips 07790007469
A friendly community orchestra offering a wide variety of music at local events throughout the year. Current vacancies: competent and committed strings, flute/oboe.
Thursdays 7:45pm – 9:45pm Park Methodist Church, Binfield Street, Tipton, DY4 8SS
We are a new, up and coming Big Band in Tipton who play Big Band music from all eras but particularly enjoy more modern Big Band Music. We are looking a couple of trumpets to complete our line up. We are also looking for a reliable jazz pianist and guitarist! As a rough guide we are looking for grade 7/8 standard players. If you play another instrument please feel free to get in touch, it is always useful to build up a list for when we need deps for rehearsals and gigs. We look forward to hearing from you!
Methodist church hall, Golden Cross Lane, Catshill, Bromsgrove Worcs, Thursday 7.30 - 9.30
We are a progressive and friendly band established in 1998 and based near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. We have seen a huge development over the last couple of years, and currently have about 55 players. We play a wide range of music and perform in various venues throughout the year such as bandstands, village fêtes, charity fund-raising events, and also more formal indoor concerts. We are always on the lookout for new players of any ability and instrument, particularly in the brass section.
Fortnightly, at Weoley Hill United Reformed Church (URC) Green Meadow Rd, Birmingham B29 4DE
The Bournville Clarinet Choir is a community music ensemble meeting on a fortnightly basis at a local venue. Players from further afield are also welcome to attend. The project is intended to create a friendly environment while bringing clarinetists together who aspire to a high level of performance, technical knowledge and ensemble playing. The music will cover a wide range of styles and genres as well as new arrangements and compositions customised to suit the abilities of the ensemble. Players should be of a grade 8 or equivalent standard and above.
Sunday afternoons in St John’s Parish Hall
Bridgnorth Sinfonia is a small orchestra with a growing reputation in the area which meets roughly once a month, on Sunday afternoons in St John's Parish Hall. We aim to add to the cultural life of our town and enjoy an enthusiastic following for our varied program of concerts and events. Please contact us if you would like to join. Currently we are looking for double bass players but all enquiries are welcome.
Mondays all year (except Bank Holidays) 7.00 - 9.00 pm at Bridgtown Social Club, 170 Walsall Road, Cannock
Becky Cartwright (member representative) 07973 134 830
Shaun Middleton 07973 408 036
We are a friendly band made up of a variety of ages and abilities. Our repertoire consists of show tunes, popular songs, old Dixieland Jazz numbers and many more. We play concerts and gigs around the region at fêtes, local bandstands and at the social club. There are no auditions we just need committed players with plenty of enthusiasm and at least grade 3 standard. Any wind or brass instruments are welcome however we are especially keen to hear from middle and bass instruments. You are very welcome to come along for an informal visit on any Monday rehearsal.
Georgia Vale, Marco De Boni
Saturdays 10.00-11.30 at Catshill Methodist Church B61 0LG
Marco De Boni 07717654449
Bromsgrove Amateur Strings is a very friendly training orchestra, formed to give adults and children the opportunity to explore the string orchestra repertoire and enjoy playing together. The standard ranges from approx Grade 3-8, and no audition is necessary. We perform from time to time, and past and present repertoire includes Handel Concerto Grossi, Corelli Christmas Concerto, Warlock Capriol Suite, Dag Wiren Serenade, Pleyel, Duo (arrangement) as well as various Scottish Reels and other folk music.
Falcon Hotel, Bromyard, 7.30pm Fridays
Contact via website
Bromyard Wind Band is made up from players from a very wide area around the town of Bromyard in Herefordshire, England. Although 'Wind Band' is in our title, we are a full Symphonic Concert Band / Ensemble. The main ethos is to encourage players of varying abilities to meet in regular rehearsal, for public performances, and in so doing help raise money for charity.
Tuesdays 19:30 - 21:30 at Trinity Methodist Church, Burton on Trent.
Contact via website
A friendly wind band, we perform in a wide variety of settings. We have recently played at The Royal Show, local beer festivals, and local churches. We be celebrated 15 years in September 2008, and looking forward to planning a return visit to Italy in 2009.
The Bus Band
Chris Wilson /Ulrike Wilson
Mondays 19:30 - 21:30 at National Express West Midlands bus depot, Carl Street, Walsall.
Chris Wilson 07933281890
Ulrike Wilson 07983850095
Recently formed band, all wind band instruments required especially top woodwind, horns and trombones. No fees charged, very friendly and we play a good variety of music.
Thursday 7.15 – 9.15 at Chase Grammar School
Membership Free. New players welcome with reasonable ability, no auditions. Established 2013. We tend to play modern and classical popular music. Regular concerts. Rehearsals are fun but with purpose.
Weekend rehearsals take place at Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and Ellesmere College Shropshire
We run Symphonic Wind Band Weekends for adult musicians with grade 6/7 standard (or equivalent) and above, currently with locations at Culford School in Suffolk and Ellesmere College in Shropshire. The rehearsals take place over two days, culminating in an informal concert and are designed to bring together like-minded musicians to explore some challenging music from the Wind Band Repertoire.
Thursday evenings during term time 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Hundred Acre Scout Centre, Aldridge Road, B74 2DX
We are a community band and we are always welcoming new members. If you play trombone, euphonium or French horn we are particularly keen to hear from you. Players are usually over 18 and whilst we don't have any audition requirements, Grade 4 or above is usually a guide to the minimum standard required. However we are happy for anyone to attend and we are sure you will enjoy it! We do many concerts throughout the community each year and hope that members are committed to both these performances and our regular rehearsals. Members pay a small subscription which goes towards rehearsal venue hire, new music and teas/coffees. We welcome prospective members to attend a rehearsal just to see what it is like.
2 weekends prior to each concert in Malvern - see website
Playing the big symphonic repertoire mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, Chandos gives three concerts per year in Malvern, under professional conductor Michael Lloyd and professional leader Kathryn Rutland. The orchestra also runs two workshops per year open to all comers. Numbering around 90 players from all over the West Midlands region and around the UK, the orchestra holds an annual young musician competition in January whose winner may be invited to play a concerto.
Wednesday evenings in central Cheltenham
The Cheltenham “Phil” is an amateur orchestra established in 1895. It performs 4 concerts a year at the Pittville Pump Room and Town Hall in Cheltenham. We are a friendly, welcoming orchestra and enquiries from new players are always welcome. Details of concerts, rehearsals and player vacancies are found on the website.
Prestbury Junior School, Cheltenham. 730pm Thursdays in term time
The orchestra gives 7-8 concerts a year in Cheltenham and surrounding towns. There are potentially places for good string players.
Cirencester Community Orchestra
Tuesday 7:00 to 8:30pm, Deer Park School Main Hall
We welcome all players especially younger members who we try to pair up with more experienced players. Our repertoire is varied from film to symphony, from concerto to choral suite. We have worked with several other local groups to put on joint concerts.
Wednesdays 8 00 pm, Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester
We are a string orchestra suitable for adults of all levels, from intermediate level e.g. who used to play at school and who want to start playing again, to advanced standard. We play a few concerts a year around the Cotswolds, and our repertoire includes bits of folk and jazz as well as traditional composers from Baroque and Classical eras. We also enjoy arrangements of show tunes and film themes.
Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester. Monday evenings at 7pm in term time.
The band gives 4-5 concerts a year, mainly in and around Cheltenham. There are potentially places for woodwind or brass players of above Grade 5 standard, especially horns and lower brass.
Monthly, 2 - 5pm on Saturdays or Sundays, at the Walsall campus of Wolverhampton University.
We are a small, friendly ensemble, the local part of a national organisation which is dedicated to workshopping and performing newly-composed music. CoMA was founded in 1993 with the aim of enabling musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music.
Cosford every Monday between 7.30pm and 9.45pm.
Sgt James Buckley
RAF Cosford Voluntary Band is a warm, friendly wind band for all wind instruments at any standard. We also run a Corps of Drums for budding percussionist. We are open to any serving members of the Armed Forces and local civilians. Full training and uniforms will be given should you consider joining. We perform at local events at at formal military dinner nights and represent the Royal Air Force on more formal parades. Recent high profile events include a joint concert with all 8 voluntary bands from the RAF, RAF Cosford Air Show and at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus
Sunday afternoons 2:30pm-5pm. Ashcroft Church, Cirencester, GL7 1RA
Sharyn Wilson (orchestra manager)
A friendly Orchestra centred around Cirencester in the beautiful Cotswolds. Players are good standard amateurs but we are lucky enough to have a few professionals among us. We learn from them and it helps to keep our performance standards high. Repertoire is mainly classical and increasingly ambitious. We perform two concerts a year, usually preceded by about 8 rehearsals. This makes us very popular with musicians who want to play with a full orchestra but don't want the commitment of a weekly rehearsal throughout the year. We welcome new members and particularly like to hear from string players. More information from the website or via Facebook.
Reuben Penny / Rob Jones
Monday lunchtime for one hour in Bournville, Birmingham
A friendly daytime music ensemble and orchestra based in South Birmingham that is open to players of all instruments, and all abilities. We welcome traditional orchestral instruments alongside recorders, accordions, saxophones, bass guitars and more! We play a variety of pop, classical, jazz and film score arrangements.
(changes each season)
Friday between September and May, term time, from 7 to 9.30 pm at the Ellen Terry building, Coventry University, 34 - 35 Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5RW.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra is a 40 strong orchestra led by conductor Tony Ayres and is made up of young people from the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull areas who play at Grade 5 level or above. It provides an invaluable opportunity for young players to enjoy rehearsing and performing together. The orchestra welcomes new players. Please email to come along for a free, no obligation trial.
Monday's 7:45pm – 9:15pm, The Reddings and District Community Centre, North Road West, Cheltenham GL51 6RF
We are a new amateur orchestra based in Cheltenham, who's mission is to have fun performing a wide range of orchestral music, and collaborate with other amateur arts groups in Gloucestershire. We always welcome new musicians - visit the Members page on our website to find out more about how to join us!
Usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays in each month at 2.00pm at Salwarpe Village Hall committee room, near Droitwich.
We welcome all retired and semi-retired wind instrument players able to read simple music.
Tom Hammond & Mike Thorne
An orchestral course held every Easter
A long-established adult annual residential orchestral course held over the course of a week at Easter in Ellesmere School in Shropshire. The aim of the course is not only to tackle large-scale repertoire that most amateurs do not often get the opportunity to play, but just as importantly to have fun socialising and playing. A great deal of repertoire is sight-read over the course of the week, along with closer study on main works, which in 2018 include Strauss: Don Juan, Rachmaninov: Isle of the Dead and Nielsen: Symphony No. 4. We are pleased to be able to offer some free and some partially-subsidised string and harp scholarships in 2018 for students and young people. Please check our facebook page and website for vacancies for this year's course
Most Mondays at 7.30 in the Coventry Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Coventry, CV1 2HA
We are an eclectic group of people, playing an eclectic selection of music on an eclectic range of instruments! Our current members range from those early in their musical appreciation to those with music degrees; all are equally welcome. There are no auditions and parts vary enough to suit a variety of abilities, although sight reading to at least the equivalent of Grade 3 is desirable. We aim to give at least once concert per term, usually to raise money for charitable causes. Members (except students) give £10 per month in subs. Regular attendance is encouraged for the sake of progress towards performance standards.
Wednesdays 7:45pm-9pm The Elgar School of Music, 16-20 Deansway, Worcester WR1 2ES. £5.50 per session
Elgar School of Music
The Elgar School Concert Band welcomes all wind/brass/percussion players Grade 4 and above. The Elgar School of Music is located beside Huntingdon Hall in the centre of Worcester. We opened for lessons in 1983 and ever since have welcomed students of all ages and abilities for both individual and group tuition. We aim to provide the very best in musical education, whether as an academic pursuit or purely for relaxation and enjoyment.
Monday evening 7:15 – 9:00pm during term time at Ellesmere College Arts Centre.
Ellesmere Sinfonia was formed in November 2017 by Anthony Coupe and Ed Wadon who shared a desire to create a community orchestra capable of providing students and instrumentalists across the region a full orchestral experience. Ellesmere Sinfonia is made up of players playing at a standard of Grade 5 or above. If you are interested in joining the choral society or the sinfonia please contact Tony Coupe
Mondays from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at Wylde Green United Reformed Church, Britwell Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5SW
Bernard Moses 0121 241 9087 or 07773 396234
Enigma Brass Ensemble are a 10 piece brass ensemble based in the West Midlands and play in the format made popular by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and subsequently London Brass consisting of 4 Trumpets, 1 French horn, 4 Trombones and 1 Tuba. We are always keen to hear from players of at least grade 8 standard with good sight reading capabilities as vacancies arise from time to time for players to assist with rehearsals and concerts. We play a wide and varied repertoire tailored to suit whatever engagements we have planned.
10am-4pm on the 4th Sunday of the month at The Elms School, Colwall, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6EF
The UK's 1st amateur orchestra to perform only original music for film, TV, video games; for grade 8+ musicians, all ages welcome.
10am -12 noon on the 2nd Sunday of the month at The Elms School, Colwall, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6EF
For under 19s up to around grade 5 standard.
2-4:30pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month at Churchdown Community Centre, Parton Road, Gloucestershire GL3 2JH
For grade 5+ musicians, standard orchestration
12;30 -3pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month at The Elms School, Colwall, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6EF
For grade 4+ musicians, all ages. Parts for some non-orchestral instruments available - get in touch for details. Rusty players most welcome.
Five Valleys Adult Wind Band
Saturday mornings during term time. 9.30 - 11.30 at Archway School in Stroud.
A well established intermediate wind band that plays a wide range of music including classical, swing, and film. We do at least 3 concerts a year, including charity performances. Recently we recorded for and were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. We offer a warm welcome to any new players, particularly brass. No audition necessary. Email or call for further details.
Once a month on Sunday afternoons 3.00 -5.00 pm
Forest Little BIG Band is a Youth Big Band for musicians aged 11 - 22 from the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley area.
Monday evenings 7:30-9:30pm, Massey Ferguson Club, Coventry, CV5 7NL
Alwyn Deacon, Band Manager
We are a friendly, volunteer military wind band based in Coventry and currently have vacancies across all wind instruments . We are proud to continue the traditions of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment and The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers across the West Midlands and perform at local events as well as formal military dinner nights. We are also proud to support charities at a local and national level. Come down for a play on Monday evenings. If you join, ceremonial and mess uniforms are supplied.
Thursday evening 7.30pm till 9pm at St. Georges Church Grange Road Tuffley
Welcome Woodwind and Brass players of any age and standard. Various gigs during the year mainly fêtes, and Christmas services with a couple of concerts mixed in. Playing a wide variety of music show tunes, classic arrangements and more contemporary items.
Tuesdays from 7:30-9.30 pm at Elmbridge Road Junior School, Gloucester
Chantal Butters 01452 614555
The Orchestra is always keen to welcome new members as players. There are no formal auditions but members are expected to be of a reasonable standard, ideally Grade 7 or equivalent. We are still after a string players especially lower strings and double basses!!.
Great Wyrley High School, Hall Lane, Great Wyrley, Staffs. WS6 6LQ, Tuesday 7.15 - 9.30pm.
Musical Director 07952 600499
Whether you play Woodwind, Brass or Percussion and are Grade 4 standard or above, we would be pleased to hear from you. Even if you haven't played for years, come along on a Tuesday and sit in with the Band.
Hagley Community Orchestra
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9pm at the Drama Studio, Haybridge High School, Hagley, Worcestershire, DY8 2XS
Established in 2004, our very friendly Community Orchestra takes on challenging repertoire from all eras and we perform to a very high standard. Instrumentalists (Grade 5+) are all welcome. We have great fun in rehearsals and our ages range from early teens to 85 at the moment.
Monday nights during term time, 7:45pm - 9:45pm at Salvation Army Hall, Meredith Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5EP
A thriving weekly-rehearsing orchestra in the West of Birmingham. Presenting three concerts a year and often working with professional soloists.
Every Friday, 7:30pm, term time at the Queen Alexandra College, Court Oak Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B17 9TG
Founded in 1940, the orchestras main objective has always been to provide a friendly atmosphere where players of all ages and abilities can enjoy making music. Rehearsals prepare for three concerts a year.
Wednesdays 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm at Langley Secondary School, Solihull.
Harmonie is a Solihull wind band with a long and successful history of providing the opportunity for players to rehearse and perform concerts. We have no age restrictions or entry requirements - everyone is welcome. We take part in several concerts each year and often with local schools involvement. The band also commissions works and engages top professionals to conduct workshops to improve playing skills.
Tuesdays at 7:30 in the Methodist Central Hall in Coventry
We play mainly light music. We welcome new string players in particular; players should be prepared to attend weekly rehearsals. We play three or four concerts in each year.
2nd Sunday of every month 2pm till 5.30pm, at Styvechale Grange Church Centre, Lonscale Drive, Styvechale, Coventry, CV3 6QR
Beryl Craven 01455 553703
The Heart of England Recorder Orchestra is a group of enthusiastic and experienced recorder players of all ages, from all over the country, meeting in Coventry. We play all kinds of music – renaissance, baroque, classical and modern, original recorder music and arrangements, on all sizes of recorder – sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, bass, great bass and contrabass.
Thomas Payne & Roland Melia
Every Monday in term time, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Usually in The Griffin Centre at Hereford Sixth Form College.
Chairman - Derek Harries 01981 240936
The HSO was founded in 1958. It became established as an independent orchestra, and today it is the only regular adult orchestra in Herefordshire. Initially founded as a string group, it quickly developed a pattern of concerts including wind, brass, percussion players and choral groups. In the past the HSO joined with the Hereford Orchestral Society to give large symphony concerts. But when the Society ceased to function, the HSO took over such concerts.
St Mary’s church Warwick Road, Acocks Green, B27 6QS, once a month on a Sunday afternoon from 2-5
Friendly players. All welcome. Please contact us for rehearsal schedule as it can change from time to time. Recruiting in all sections especially strings .
Wednesdays 7.00 - 9.00pm,The Methodist Church, Stream Road, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9NP
We are a community band, mainly wind instruments but all are welcome. Even if you have not played for a while, or are new to playing in a band, you will be made very welcome. No auditions, just turn up and join in. Please see our Facebook page for up to date information (Formerly known as the BJ Concert Band)
In the 2 weeks before a concert, The Kingsley School, Leamington Spa
Founded in 1977 by Andrew Mogrelia the Leamington Chamber Orchestra is a high quality amateur orchestra performing in Leamington Spa. The orchestra has a varied repertoire and is particularly keen to promote and perform lesser known pieces, and 20th Century works including commissions.
Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm (in term time) at Spencer Yard, Leamington Spa.
Via the website
Leamington Sinfonia is one of Warwickshire's most accomplished and socially active orchestras. We enjoy ambitious programmes, projects with local choral and ballet groups, workshops, and many fun events such as International tours, bike-rides and pub-crawls. We are currently looking for additional string players - especially violin, viola and double bass - and a new trombone player.
Mondays, usually at the Guildhall from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
The Band performs up to 10 concerts a year, varying from outdoor concerts performed in bandstands, to more formal concerts, many arranged by the Band and performed at the Guildhall. Membership now exceeds 50 but there are still openings for additional players. Currently, we are especially looking for trombone and French horn players
Tuesdays 7.45 - 9.45 in Lichfield
Lichfield Sinfonia is a small well established amateur orchestra. Players are a friendly bunch, of all ages, who share a love of making music. We play two main concerts, in May and December, with a lighter summer offering. Repertoire is mainly romantic, and concerts usually involve a professional soloist. There are always opportunities for string players in all sections, and for brass players.
Thursday evening, from 7pm til 8.30pm, at The Red Cross Centre, Smithfield Car Park, Ludlow.
Amanda Reeves 01584 875608
We are a community wind band which performs at a wide range of outdoor and indoor concerts in and around Ludlow, Shropshire. Founded in 2009, plays wide range of concert band music to a high standard. Mixed ability of amateur musicians, new members welcome, there are no formal auditions.
fortnightly on Sunday evenings in Wistanstow Village Hall (just off the A49,a couple of miles north of Craven Arms)
The Ludlow Orchestra has approximately 50 players. It was founded in 1970 has gradually grown in size and in the expectations of its ever-increasing audience.
Fortnightly in Newtown, Powys
We are string players from Mid-Wales and Shropshire Borders meeting fortnightly to play music together. Concerts and social events. New members welcome.
Selly Oak Friends Meeting House, Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
The Midland Chamber Orchestra carries on the great tradition of classical orchestral playing for amateurs. Our members include teachers, young professionals & conservatoire alumni, as well as amateurs over the age of 16. We perform in 3-4 concerts throughout the year.
Danielle Saxon Reeves
Danielle Saxon Reeves
Thursday fortnightly 7.30pm St Peter’s Parish Centre,Pedmore,Stourbridge. DY9 0SW
An inclusive ensemble for players of Fretted Instruments
Fortnightly, 7 to 9 pm Fridays at Monmouth Comprehensive School. See website for details
Gareth Tucker 07767 293255
A 40-strong self-funding community group formed with considerable support from our local Music Support Services. Continually looking for new players particularly viola, cello, double bass, a third trumpet and horn players, we suggest a playing level of around Grade 5 but would recommend coming along and having ago. No auditions necessary.
Reuben Penny / Rob Jones
Tuesday evening 7.15pm - 8.45pm at The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8JP
A friendly music ensemble and orchestra based in South Birmingham that is open to players of all instruments, and all abilities. We welcome traditional orchestral instruments alongside recorders, accordions, saxophones, bass guitars and more! We play a variety of pop, classical, jazz and film score arrangements.
Monday evening 7.15pm - 8.45pm at The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8JP
A rock group open to players of all instruments and singers of all abilities that meet during term time to play diverse rock music from 1960 to present day.
Manor Primary School, Wednesday evenings 7-9pm during term time
The New Streetly Youth Orchestra aims to further the musical education of young musicians of all ages and abilities, improving confidence through regular rehearsal and performance. The orchestra is privileged to receive regular guidance and support from a team of talented tutors, many of whom have studied music and renowned establishments including the Birmingham Conservatoire. All tutors give up their time and energy for free to help lead rehearsals.
New Titley Phil
2.15 on a Monday afternoon in Titley Village Hall (near Kington, Herefords.)
Annie Nethercott 01547 560369
Our conductor is period instrumentalist and renowned Viola da Gamba player, David Hatcher. We play mostly 17th and 18th music - increasingly with baroque bows on gut strings.
Friday evenings in Newcastle-under-Lyme
Founded in the 1930s; repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary.
Thomas James Barlow-Coxon
1930-2130 Wednesday evenings, Clayton Hall Academy, Cayton Ln, Clayton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 3DN
Fun and Friendly Community Orchestra that welcomes musicians of any age and ability to come together and make music. There are no auditions required and every new member gets 4 consecutives weeks Free with no obligation to join after. We put on 2 main concerts each year along with multiple smaller performing opportunities.
Saturdays, 10.00 a.m.- 12.00 midday. Newent Youth & Community Centre, Ross Road, Newent, GL18 1BD
Heather Kerr 07557 108 443
We are a friendly community orchestra made up of amateur players from around the county. Concerts are arranged at local venues and the orchestra rehearses between September and May. Rehearsals take place weekly on Saturdays, from 10.00 to 12.00 midday. There are no formal auditions, but there is an informal assessment period of up to four weeks for you and us to decide if membership is appropriate.
Monday evening (during school term times) from 7.15pm to 9.30pm, in Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Vessey Terrace, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1LS.
Chairman Paul Sellers
Orchestra Manager Pam Booth
The NSSO is one of the oldest orchestras in the world, founded in 1904 by the 25 year old John Cope and his mentor Madame Marie Reymond. The orchestra's first concert was held in the Old Town Hall in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. The orchestra still thrives today playing four major symphony concerts each year, performing in venues in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, with renowned conductors and guest soloists and supported by The Friends of the NSSO. Check website for rehearsal schedules. We are always on the look out for new members. If you would like to come and join us (subject to you meeting certain levels of performance) do get in touch.
The Olchon Community Orchestra
Wednesdays from 7 – 8.30pm at Longtown School during term time
We are a small newly formed orchestra meeting at Longtown School during term time. Longtown is at the northern edge of the Breton Beacons, equi-distant between Hay on Wye, Hereford, and Abergavenny. We accept players at any stage of their musical journey, and aim to 'scaffold’ less experienced players with those more experienced. Currently with small numbers we play baroque and arrangements, but plan to be playing classical orchestral repertoire.
An all day workshop and two rehearsals in the week before a concert
Alastair and Cathy Moseley 01527 760048
This is a high quality chamber orchestra based at the Church of St John the Baptist in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Players are selected by 'invitation only' with an emphasis on local players from Bromsgrove and Worcestershire. Encouragement for young players will be one of the main aims together with a choral event involving local singers. There are three concerts a year with a MusicFest based at the church in July and a chamber concert series throughout the year under the umbrella of 'The Orchestra of St John presents...'
Sundays, 16:00 – 19:00 Trefoil House, Birmingham
Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
A community orchestra founded in 2012 for musicians playing to a Grade 7+ standard, all ages welcome. Repertoire of film, show, games and light popular music played in residences across the Midlands. All instruments welcome. Instrument bank, tuition and bursaries available on request. Rehearsing weekly in Birmingham and The Black Country the orchestra performs a minimum of 6-8 concerts per year, musicians have the opportunity to compose music to film and perform in a variety of unusual events across the region, including flash mobs.
Bi-weekly Sundays, 19:30 – 21:30 Trefoil House, Birmingham
Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
A community dance band with repertoire of swing, blues, lindy through to indie and rock. All instruments and ages welcome. The band play at events and dances across the Midlands. Musicians should be able to play to a Grade 7 standard or above. The People's Orchestra Dance Band rehearses weekly in Birmingham and The Black Country
Poolbrook Community String Ensemble
Thursdays 10:15 – 11:45, Poolbrook Village Hall, Malvern, WR14 3JW
“The orchestra has a good balance of regular members now and it's really nice to have a local 'band' to play with.” New members of any standard are always welcome. Come and give us a try.
Stratford Upon Avon School, Music Dept Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm (with cake!)
The Real String Orchestra is a new and friendly String Orchestra based in Stratford Upon Avon. The players are music teachers, performers, high standard adults and students from 16 and above. When we rehearse we like to have a break for cake! The aim is to give the audiences powerful performances of string classics under the baton of our professional musician Tori Rushton. Always welcoming new players to join The Real String Orchestra.
Termly guest conductors
Kingsley College, Redditch, Worcestershire. - 7.30 till 9.30pm every Thursday during school term time
Dorothy Longfils, Chairperson 0121 445 3365
The Redditch Orchestra, started in 1947, has a full symphony orchestra make up of mainly local musicians. We play three concerts a year and invite guest conductors and professional soloists from time to time. Presently we could do with more cellists and brass players.
Methodist Central Hall Longton. Wednesdays 7 pm – 8.15 pm
Looking for brass and sax players
Thursday during term time at the Newnham St Peter's Church of England Primary School hall, Station Road, Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire GL14 1AT, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Launched in January 1993, the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra is a lively and friendly ensemble comprising amateur musicians from all parts of the county, as well as the Forest of Dean and South Wales. The orchestra is continuing to expand and would like to hear from interested musicians.
Thursdays, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The Royal Sutton Coldfield Orchestra is an enthusiastic orchestra, playing concerts in and around Sutton Coldfield five times a year, including a Young Soloist Concert, a children's concert and a family Christmas Concert. Visit our website for more information.
Monday evenings in term time only, Rugby, Warwickshire
We have been in existence since the 1950's, meeting on Monday evenings in term time only and giving about 3 concerts locally each year. We are always keen to recruit new members, especially string players,
Monday evenings at Kenilworth School, 6:45-7:45, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth CV8 2DA
CMS Office: 01926 742630
This is an adult learner string group, new members on all stringed instruments of a Grade 3 standard plus are welcome. The group plays a variety of styles from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic to jazz and folk. The group performs at yearly events such as Shakespeare's Birthday celebrations, CMS (Warwickshire County Music Service) concerts, and collaborates with the CMS adult winds and other groups.
Mondays 19:00-21:00, Bowling Alley @ Selly Park Tavern, Birmingham
Sarah Marshall 0121 569 2616
Rusty Players is a friendly, relaxed orchestra for those who want to dust off their instrument and get back into the swing of things - or even those who have taken up a new instrument and are looking to join an ensemble. We recommend that players are confident in reading music but there are no auditions, and everyone is welcome to come to a free taster session to see if it is the right fit for them before signing up as a member. All instruments welcome!
St Peter's Church, Kinver, Stourbridge, DY7 6HX, on the second Sunday of each month, 3-5pm
St Peter's Concert Orchestra is a new initiative, we are aiming for an orchestra of a very high standard. Good sight reading is a must and ideally performers of grades 7 - 8+. The orchestra will provide music for some services throughout the year and concerts/ recitals at St Peter's Church and other venues. We are very lucky to have 2 members of the CBSO in the SPCO, a french horn and our leader/principal violin, the vast majority of the orchestra are current or former students of the Birmingham Conservatoire. Our conductor is a professional musician and composer. Currently we have vacancies for Strings, Trumpets, Trombones, Tuba and Percussion. If you are interested in being part of the SPCO please contact us with your name, instrument(s), grade/standard, relevant experience and contact details. Please look at our website for further information.
Tuesday Evening from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, at the Methodist Church Hall, Bromyard Road, St. Johns, Worcester WR2 5DL
Phil Davies 01905 729635
Geoff Simmons 01905 353 013
We are an informal group of instrumentalists who simply enjoy group playing and who like helping and encouraging new players. We are mixed ability and several of our more experienced players also play with other orchestras in Worcestershire. Our Conductor is very experienced in encouraging and developing the skills of amateur musicians.
Sundays 3-5 pm
Exclusively for adult saxophonists
10 - 12 on Saturday mornings, roughly but not exactly corresponding to term times, in the band room of Bilton Silver Band in Rugby
We're a woodwind ensemble only, currently consisting of flutes, various clarinets and saxes. We don't hold auditions but expect players to be of a reasonable standard of, say, grade 5 or so, although no formal qualifications are required or expected. Just come along and have a blow! We could particularly do with a couple more sax players (any sax) but wouldn't turn away anyone who fits in. We normally do three or four concerts a year.
Combine parts recorded separately at home
We are a sister organisation to www.theselfisolationchoir.com and we offer amateur instrumentalists the chance to learn wonderful pieces online from home. After each course, we ask people to record themselves, send in the recording and we combine them all in the studio and play it back in a Concert. We started with NIMROD to see how it might work, and it was wonderful.
Wednesdays and Fridays, at Light Hall School in Shirley.
The Shirley Band is a traditional British brass band based in the town of Shirley in the Borough of Solihull. Each year we have a full programme of local concerts, and often play further afield at venues such as Cheltenham, Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon
Meole Brace secondary school, Longdon Road Shrewsbury, every Thursday evening 7.30pm - 10.00pm during term time
Liz Carr 01743 874096
Regular concerts including band stands, charity events. Enthusiasm, commitment, approx grade 5+ required. Current vacancies
The Priory School, Longden Road, Shrewsbury. Fridays (during term time) 7.30 - 10.00pm
Secretary - Pat Evans 01743 362684
Founded in 1968, the orchestra plays a variety of music is played including light classical, show music, film and TV themes, traditional and modern popular numbers. Over the years the Orchestra has given both formal and informal concerts of light music in and around Shrewsbury.
Every Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm The Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School
We are always pleased to welcome keen, competent players of a suitable standard to the Orchestra as and when vacancies arise. Currently players of string instruments, particularly viola and double bass, would be especially welcome to the Orchestra. Vacancies for woodwind and brass occur rather less frequently, but we do need extra instruments for some works, or players to deputise for our regular members on occasions, so it is well worth getting in touch.
Cambridge Road Methodist Church, Kings Heath. Typically Tuesdays and Fridays, 7 - 10pm
Mark Desmond 0121-241-3398
The Sinfonia of Birmingham is a high standard chamber orchestra giving up to 5 concerts a year in the Midlands along with an international tour every 2 years. The orchestra has a close association with members of the CBSO either as conductor or concerto soloists.
Tuesday evenings, Shirley Methodist Church, B90 3AL
Enquiries always welcome from string players. Wind and brass players, we have occasional vacancies for deps and for help with large works, so please register your interest.
Monday evenings at the Bournville Friends Meeting House
A thriving friendly orchestra with over 65 members performing a broad range of music from major symphonic works and concertos with professional soloists to shorter classical pieces. Currently trialling 3 concerts a year and we are always on the look out for upper strings players. You can get more information at our website and we look forward to hearing from you.
Colin Touchin /Jack Lovell-Huckle
5 to 6 Thursday evening rehearsals leading up to the concert
Spires Philharmonic Orchestra is a mixed professional and advanced amateur orchestra for the Midlands, with players from Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Solihull, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire. The orchestra regularly accompanies Spires Philharmonic Chorus as well as performing in its own. Vacancies currently exist in all string sections, trumpets and trombones but we welcome applications from anyone who wishes to play with us and to join our deputy/waiting list.
Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Holmcroft Youth & Community Centre, Newlands Avenue, Stafford
Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30 during term time at the Church of St Thomas and St Andrew Doxey
The Stafford Orchestra began as the English Electric Orchestra over 45 years ago. The orchestra plays a wide variety of music, and performs about 4 concerts a year in local venues. We are a friendly orchestra offering a warm welcome to new players, particularly strings. Contact details, maps and other information can be found on the website.
Tillington Manor Primary School, Young Ave, Stafford ST16 1PW. Monday evenings 19:30-21:45
The Stafford Sinfonia is a well-established chamber orchestra performing around three concerts each year with a focus on baroque, classical and early romantic repertoire, as well as light and popular classical music. We are currently have vacancies for violins, violas and double basses but welcome interest from anyone who wishes to perform with us or to join are deputy/waiting list.
Staunton Concert Band
Monday night at St. Hardulph's School at Breedon on the Hill
A group of amateur musicians of all ages presently consisting of 50 members. We play music of all kinds, classical, film, other and give a number of concerts each year.
Martin Sleaford (orchestra)
Martin Sleaford (Choir)
Mondays 7:30 (orchestra) and Tuesdays 7:30 (Choir) in The Unicorn Centre, Brettell Lane, Stourbridge DY8 4ES
It was founded in 1884, and is one of the oldest choral and orchestral societies in England. The choir and orchestra meet from September to July and perform in three concerts per year. The choir and/or a small group of players is available for weddings etc.
Thursday Evenings, Stratford upon Avon
Stratford Concert Band is an established concert band whose activities centre on the town of Stratford upon Avon, with a range of formal concerts and outdoor appearances. The band's repertoire consists of marches, light classical arrangements, familiar show and film arrangements, and original works for concert band.
We are the newest orchestra in the area and have done 4 concerts on 2016 with lots of plans for 2017. We are a light orchestra...you might even call us a pops orchestra as the music is focused on making it fun for the audience and ourselves. We will be recording at Abbey Road Studios in 2017 - and with our choir we will number 70 people in the studio!. Come and join us and have some fun - all ages are welcome and we particularly are looking for lapsed adults!! We play a few light classical pieces but mostly play some uplifting tunes. Think Coldplay, James Bond, Snow Patrol and wonderful swooping romantic ballads. Check out Facebook or Youtube to hear us.
Friday (19:45-22:00) in school terms, at Shottery Village Memorial Hall, Stratford (western outskirts)
We are a large and very friendly orchestra which performs works largely from the classical repertoire from the 17th to the 20th century. Concerts are given three times per year in the Stratford Play House with guest soloists and occasional additional performances at local festivals. We also run an annual open Playday event. The orchestra is always on the lookout for new players, particularly strings and brass.
Cashes Green Primary School, Stroud from June 2016
David Smith - 07805 942995
We welcome players of all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. If you are interested in playing with the band, booking us for an event, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or via the website.
Wednesday eves 7.45-9.45pm at The Downfield Centre, Marling School, Downfield Road, Stroud
We are a large, established and very friendly orchestra. We perform three concerts a year (Nov, March and June/July) usually at Holy Trinity Church, Field Road, Stroud. Our members (and audience!) enjoy a rich variety of concert programmes including guest soloists and premiers of new works. Warm welcome guaranteed.
Tuesday evening 7:30 until 9:15, Four Oaks Methodist Church
Grade 4 standard or strong sight-reader playing for fun aiming to do 2 concerts a year and play days. Venue to be confirmed please contact for more details
2nd Thursday every month 8.00-11.00
Big band jazz from the golden age!
Tuesday evenings during school term time 7.15pm to 8.45pm atScout District Activity Centre, Deltic, Tamworth B77 2DU
We are a new wind band recruiting brass, woodwind and percussion musicians of grade 4 standard and above.
Thursdays 18:30-19:30 Ketley Community Centre, Holyhead Road, Ketley, Telford TF1 5AN
Do you play an orchestral instrument to approximately Grade 4 standard or above? Would you love the opportunity to play with others? TCO would welcome you, whatever your age.
Mondays from 7.30pm - 9.30 pm at Chilcott Gardens, Bridgnorth Rd., Madeley, Telford
Founded in 1862 and playing music from the 18th to the 21st century. We are currently recruiting brass and strings players who should be Grade 5 or above. We perform three or four concerts per year.
Saturday evenings at Tenbury Primary Academy WR15 8BS
Tenbury Teme Valley Band is a community concert band. We also have an Academy for adults and young people who are preparing to join the main band. The band has a varied programme of engagements throughout the year including Bands in the Park Concerts, concerts in local theatre, Remembrance events supporting the RBL and numerous charity events. We welcome players of all ages and abilities.
Sunday 16:30 19:00
Tenbury Town band is a community concert band. We have players of all ages and abilities. We have an apprentices band for adults and young people who do not feel ready to join the main band. There are no subscriptions. The band has a variety of engagements throughout the year; National Arboretum, concerts in local theatre, summer events throughout Hereford and Worcestershire. The band also marches and plays for Remembrance Day in two towns, but also civic and memorial days across the county. We welcome all players
Thursday from 7 PM to 9 PM, at the Newcastle Baptist Church, Stafford Avenue, Clayton
We have been formed for over 8 years, we have approximately 35 members and play a very wide range of music from film to classical. We are a mix of styles from concert band to orchestra.
Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30pm, Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham
Ian Higginson 01242 230455 07788153776
Players are recruited from the University and the community. The orchestra gives performances at venues off campus, very often in churches in Gloucestershire and it occasionally joins with the University choir. It is a very friendly group and anyone interested in joining the University orchestra is warmly invited to contact Ian. We do expect players to be Grade 6 standard or above.
Paul McGrath and Lucy Griffiths
Tuesday 7pm- 9:40pm
Music Centre +44 (0) 24 7652 3799
'University student orchestra which welcomes University Staff and members of the local area
Tuesday evenings 8pm start
Roger Bates 01902 633279. Mobile:07954 158858
Walsall Brass Band are a newly formed band in Walsall which is a Staffordshire/West Midlands border town, who are looking for more players to join them. Current players or players who have lapsed and wish to get back to playing again are welcome. Also we are interested to hear from anyone wishing to learn to play a brass instrument as we are thinking of starting a training band. For more details contact Roger or Jean Bates.
Wednesday mornings from 10.15 to 12.15 Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Leamore, Walsall WS3 1AG
Concerts are performed at the centre on a monthly basis, usually the first Tuesday in the month from 2 to 4 pm. The cost is £1 per person. We are currently seeking string players and a bassoon and oboe.
Forest Community Association, Hawbush Lane, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 1AG. 7:45-9:30pm Mondays during term time.
We are urgently in need of second violin players, grade 5 or above. Please come along to a rehearsal.
Saturday mornings, once a month
Warwick Community Band provide a platform for members of the public to work and come together in one intergenerational activity. The members can be of any musical standard, no auditions will take place. The ethos of the band is for its membership to meet together play and enjoy music, and to be able to give public performances. The band are non competitive, (competition involves hours of practice, and often excludes the weaker players.) The band play popular instantly recognised music that will be entertaining to the majority audience.
King Henry VIII School, Coventry Alternate Sundays 10:30-13:00
Warwick Orchestral Winds was formed in 1992. The band draws its members from all over the Midlands, giving concerts in the Warwick and Leamington Spa area. The ensemble has a deserved reputation for programming less well known works together with more traditional and well known classics from the Symphonic Wind repertoire.
Monday evenings 19:30 - 21:30, Central Coventry
A very social and active wind band with many performance opportunities and a large range of repertoire. To get more information please take a look at the website. New players are always welcome, get in touch!
Woolston Village Hall, nr Coventry. Some Fridays 7.30 - 10pm, as arranged
We play mainly 18th century music in historically informed style. Most string players have baroque bows, and many use gut strings. Wind and brass have copies of historic instruments. We generally put on three concerts a year around Warwickshire.
Usually Wednesday evenings at Myton School, Myton Road, Warwick
A full Symphony Orchestra that performs the large romantic and 20th century repertoire.
Richard Waterhouse (Chair person)
Monday evenings between 7:30pm and 9.30pm at West Mercia Police Headquarters, Hindlip
The Chairman, 07534 904123
Formed in 1988, the Band of West Mercia Police has established an impeccable reputation both for musical performance and work within the community. The band takes part in contests and also has a good concert schedule each year and has its 25th anniversary concert planned for 2013. It is currently looking to add to its ranks, especially trombones, basses and cornets. Please contact the band chairman for further information
Alternate Sundays at Hallmark Hotel Stourport Manor, Stourport on Severn, from 7.00 – 9.15 pm
WMLO is not your average light orchestra; it’s actually a jazz band with a big string section and woodwinds. Formed in 1982 by Les Pursey, a former professional musician and teacher, we specialise in playing songs from the golden era of song writing – (1930s – 70s) – so our repertoire includes standards, film themes, and songs from the shows. We have close on 300 original arrangements in our book, providing jazz and swing in the style of the John Wilson orchestra.
St. Barts church hall, Penn, on Thursdays at 1930 till 2130.
We are a group of about 50 musicians who have a common interest in playing and performing music. We perform at many venues such as fêtes, concert halls, church, band stands etc.
Stephanie Hyde (Chair person)
Wednesday evenings between 7:30pm and 10:00pm at Safeside, Fire Service Headquarters, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW
The Band Manager, 07814 682724
We are always looking out for new talented musicians. We are a very busy organisation with over 30 engagements each year and aim to have sufficient additional players to ensure that each section is represented on all occasions. If you are a proficient instrumentalist and are interested in joining us, we suggest that you sit in on a rehearsal to try us out. We are a very friendly group and everyone is made welcome from the start. Membership of the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service is absolutely free to instrumentalists who share a passion for performance and music making. If you want to join us, please contact our Band Manager first, so that we can welcome you and arrange access into the Headquarters.
Fortnightly Sundays 3pm - 5pm Norton & Lenchwick village hall 2 miles north of Evesham
All wind, brass and percussion players welcome. Minimum requirements to be able to play an octave. No age restrictions. The band holds an annual workshop in March with tutors from Stratford upon Avon based Orchestra Of The Swan.
Sarah Mason, Cameron Chin-see
Monday’s 7.15-8.45 at St Michaels Church Hall, Coalway Rd, Penn, Wolverhampton WV3 7ND
We are a non-contesting band based at St Michaels Church Hall, Wolverhampton. Our standard is equivalent to a section 3 Brass Band. We rehearse during school term times and perform concerts locally including the Ironbridge Brass Band Festival. We are very well sponsored. The standard of players ranges from grade 5 to members who play in other top bands throughout the Midlands. Many of our players have studied music at University and music colleges, so the standard is quite high. Please visit our detailed and up to date website at for further information. We would welcome players particularly lower end cornets and Tubas.
7.45pm Thursday, Cranmer Methodist Church, Newhampton Road West, Wolverhampton.
Rory Freckleton 07729406327
Formed in 1973 by a group of keen amateur players to satisfy a need for local players to prepare to as high a standard as possible interesting works for public performance.
Wednesday 7.30 - 9.30 in St George’s Church, St George’s Square, Worcester WR1 1HX
A friendly group rehearsing from September to June each year and giving four varied concerts per year in Pershore Abbey. See our website for up to date details.
3pm, 2nd Sunday of each month. Avoncroft Arts Centre, Bromsgrove
We are a group of amateur musicians who meet in Bromsgrove (map) to play traditional English, American, Irish and Scottish dance music. The main purpose of the group is simply to enjoy the music (and each other's company); occasionally we get invited by other organisations to entertain them with background music, or to run a barn dance or ceilidh for them.
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:45 St Martin's church, London Road, Worcester
Formed in 1905, WSO is a large Symphony Orchestra, which draws keen amateur players from across Worcestershire to perform 4 concerts a year. Under its conductor, Keith Slade, WSO is developing a new challenging repertoire with internationally acclaimed soloists. A warm welcome awaits new players - particularly lower string players (cellos and basses) of at least grade 8 standard.
James Lloyd Thomas
Every Wednesday (in School term) at 7.30 pm. Trinity Methodist Church Kidderminster
New players are always welcome. There are currently some vacancies in the strings. Players should be a good grade 7 and be prepared to attend weekly rehearsals. Concerts 3 times per year, March, July and December in Kidderminster Town Hall.
United Reformed Church, Hillmorton Road Rugby, Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30pm
All ages from school age to OAPs! Need to be able to read music. Regular members make a contribution towards the overheads of the band. New members welcome to come for a trial period free of charge. A friendly and sociable band, we love playing a wide range of music.