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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The real spirit of Christmas, love, actually

Our hugely popular Christmas bash is back this year and even bigger and better than before.

For lots of us, Christmas is about tradition; putting up the same beloved but battered decorations on the tree, opening the final doors of your advent calendar on the 24 December, the first of many mince pies.

But the festive season also involves a lot of hard work, rushing around, buying presents, food, doing all the jobs to make everything go smoothly.

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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.