About Us

We are a true community orchestra, so we aim never to turn anyone away, or to have limits on the number of instruments in any section. ┬áString players are always welcome and we are particularly keen at the moment to recruit players of ‘cello and double bass; we can even supply an instrument for the latter.

We do not require any particular grades, just a reasonable knowledge of the instrument and a willingness to join in and make music with others.

All the usual orchestral instruments are represented, as well as brass band instruments and saxophones.  (Suitably transposed parts are  provided.)  

We currently have over 70 members, with typically 40 or so playing each week. 

Giving concerts is not our primary purpose, though we do aim to give our members concert experience when possible, and are always ready to support a local charity when we can, and have in the past put together small groups for special events.  We make no charge for these activities, but do invite a donation to the charity for which we are currently collecting. (This term it is the Allison Campbell Trust, which focuses its help primarily on end-of life care for people in the Purbeck area of Dorset, who have received a palliative diagnosis.)

On the last day of each term we normally play a selection of the music we have been working on. This concert takes place in our usual rehearsal venue (St Nicholas Church, 7.30 pm) and everyone is welcome to come and listen. There are no tickets (admission is free), but there is a retiring collection in aid of our adopted charity. Refreshments are often served at the end, when there is an opportunity to meet and talk to members of the orchestra.