Become part of the orchestra

Whenever we have room, we welcome new players. If you'd like to play great music with a group of supportive and sociable musicians, we'd like to hear from you. The orchestra is made up of between 80 and 90 people but we can cope with 100, so do get in touch.

How do I join?

  • We ask for a minimum standard of Grade 7 for string players and Grade 8 for wind and brass.

  • We offer on a first come first serve basis. Where we have more people waiting than spaces, we offer places first to people who have already played with us.

  • If you've been on our waiting list a long time, we ask you to do an informal audition to make sure that you are at a standard where you will enjoy playing with us.

What's involved?

We usually rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.30pm at Bristol Grammar School for about eight weeks leading up to each concert, but occasionally at different times or places.

Our orchestra is made up of players from all walks of life, from secondary school age to people who've retired. We do try to be flexible around individual circumstances but we do expect you to commit to the vast majority of rehearsals to make sure everyone is ready for concert night.

We charge a subcription of £46 per concert (which includes two half-price tickets) or £20 for students (no half-price tickets). We ask you to pay this so that we can cover our overheads.

To find out more, please contact us via the contact form 

Looking for players for a special occasion?

We maintain one of the largest lists of amateur players of all instruments in Bristol. If you need a string quartet or a brass band for a wedding, party, or just a bass clarinet player for a concert, do get in touch.

Latest News

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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Contact Us

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.