We are always pleased to welcome new players into the orchestra. We can usually take on new string players at anytime while, in the wind and brass, it may be that we add you to our extras list until a vacancy comes free. There is no formal audition process. People interested in playing with us should drop us a line to the email address below. We will then invite you to a rehearsal, allowing us the opportunity to see how you fare and you the opportunity to see if you like the way we work. We usually expect potential players to be of Grade 8+ standard or equivalent.
Most years we put on 3-4 concerts with a run of between 3 and 5 all-day or afternoon rehearsals in advance. These take place at a variety of central London venues on Saturdays or Sundays although we occasionally do a Friday night rehearsal before a Saturday concert. While most of our concerts take place on Saturday nights, in recent years we have presented some concerts on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, so that families can attend. We ask players for a subscription to help us cover the mounting costs of putting on concerts. This is usually set at around £30 but can be more if we are taking on a particularly adventurous programme.
In the 2016 season we are intending to undertake works by Copland, Britten, Constant Lambert, Gershwin, Richard Strauss, Ives, Turner, Schubert, Grainger, Elgar and Messaien among others.
Come and give us a go - we'd love to welcome you. President@BloomsburyChamberOrchestra.org.uk