The orchestra

Great music, big sound, friendly faces

Did you know we started out over ten years ago with just 34 players? Hard to believe it's the same orchestra who now create the big and beautiful sound our audiences love.

If you want to lose yourself in wonderful classical works, many romantic, many famous, some you’ll have never heard before, you should pay a visit to our concerts this year. Whether you’ve taken a shine to Shostakovich or delight in Debussy, we’re here to offer you the best in Bristol’s amateur orchestral performances. 

Our programmes are always made up of:

  • One work picked from the Classic FM top 100
  • One work chosen by our expert conductor
  • One work chosen by our players

Conducted with passion and precision by Mark Gateshill and led by the dynamic Tina Mehta, we throw ourselves into our music with a real delight in order to bring to you some of the best of the west’s amateur classical music. Come and share our enjoyment, it’s infectious! We’d love to see you.

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Showcasing new talent

We’re proud of the fact that we have worked with some of the country’s most exciting up and coming soloists, offering them the opportunity to play with a large orchestra in stunning Bristol venues. You might have been with us when Cyrus Cheng received a standing ovation for his incredible performance of Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto. Or maybe you felt shivers down your spine when Lucas Hank played Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto. 

Don’t miss out on a unique opportunity to experience fine young talent first hand. Put our concert dates in your diaries.

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From Russia with love

On Saturday 11 November, we’ll be performing a sweeping all Russian programme featuring some of the country’s greatest composers, Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Shostakovich.

We kick off with Borodin’s exquisite ‘Polotvsian Dances’, written in 1869 by the composer, a chemist and teacher by profession and who amazingly composed in his free time, much to his musical friends’ dismay. This popular work features many well-known themes with its most famous adapted to form the song ‘Stranger in Paradise’. 

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Whether you are interested in joining the orchestra, or are looking for more information about upcoming concerts, we have a number of ways to get in contact with us. Please use the links below to access our contact form and our social media accounts.