i would like to use this section of the website for orchestra members to 'post' information about other musical events ETC. that they are involved in, which they might want to share & publicise!


Dear all,
I was so sad to see that your next concert has had to be cancelled, and know how, with all your hard work, this must be so disappointing for you and your new conductor. I do hope that your June/July events might go ahead although things are not looking too positive atm - it is such a bad time, and also very frustrating for you all, and Arturo especially, looking forward to your first concert together. My thoughts and best wishes are with you all. BW Brian

FROM THE EASTER ORCHESTRA in case anyone is interested

A few places remaining for Easter Orchestra 3-9 April 2020 at Ellesmere College.

Places still available for Violin, Viola and 1 x Trumpet

3rd to 9th April 2020. Apply via our website.

Amongst the 27 orchestral works in 2020 are
    • Martinu: Symphony No.1
    • Holst: Planets Suite
    • Panufnik: 'Procession for Peace'
    • Franz Schmidt: Symphony No 2
    • William Grant Still: Symphony No.1 Afro-American
    • Britten: Suite from Prince of the Pagodas
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No.6
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4
  • Debussy: Iberia
  • Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9
  • Other pieces by Mahler, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Hovhanness, Kabalevsky, Strauss, Nyman, Foulds, Dvorak and more.
The course is an exciting opportunity for amateur musicians to get together in the Shropshire countryside and play pieces not usually seen in amateur orchestras. The orchestra is set to number 80 or more, but we would love to add a few more Violin & Violas to really add to the sound. As of 24 January, due to late withdrawal by a regular player, we also now have 1 trumpet place remaining.

Suitable for experienced musicians with excellent sight reading. The week is conducted by Michael Thorne and @Tom Hammond.
Check out the video at
Please see the website for more information and apply now!

From - Steve Herbert.

Dear Members of the Orchestra.

I have left John Packers after 15 years as brass manager. I am now working full time on my website - www.oncelovedmusicalitems.co.uk - and I would be happy to assist any member of the orchestra in the purchase or sale of instruments or accessories.Although at the present time it consists of mainly brass I would be more than happy to assist with woodwind and strings. If you have a few moments spare please have a look at my website. Thank you - Steve Herbert - French Horn.


If you have anything suitable to post, please do get in touch with me. Thanks - Phil