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Great family concert for us!

On the 17th March, the whole orchestra performed their hearts out in an ambitious, popular programme of Children’s Favourites. We had Peter and the Wolf, narrated by John Telfer from the Archers, as well as Carnival of the Animals and Harry Potter, amongst others! The soloists all excelled themselves.

The Open Rehearsal for young children attracted about 80 people at various times, and the evening concert was sold out with massive 190 or so there! What a marvellous result for all our efforts!!

Next fun-filled concert: Film Music on 14 July, again at the Nailsea Methodist Church- hope to see you there!

Orchestra working (and playing) hard.

We have been busy practicing the challenging music at home and during rehearsals for our March concert. Both wind and strings enjoyed their first sectionals this term, under the tutelage of Steve and Ali respectively!

Tickets and posters are now available at rehearsals (see Greg for further info.) Nailsea Music Shop also has a supply of tickets. The Saint-Saens, Mussorgsky and especially ‘Peter and The Wolf’ are popular crowd-drawing pieces, so I for one plan to get my 4 tickets before the actual night of performance.

If any of the orchestra members have thoughts on a Summer Social, please have a word with one of the Committee. Some of us are supporting Ben in his G&S endeavours in Bristol in April; again if you are interested see Steve at a rehearsal. See you after the Half Term break!

Triumphant Debut for new conductor

Well done to all orchestra members, guests and helpers, for a brilliant concert at the Catholic Church this weekend, November 25th. Some exceptional playing, and the brilliant marketing put in by Liz resulted in a bumper audience of around 200 at St.Francis.

A fitting debut for Ben’s tenure; I am sure exciting times lay ahead for the Orchestra. Look out for the results on social media, and don’t forget the Christmas meal for the orchestra on 8th December. Roll on for the next concert: Mar 17th 2018!!

New Conductor Appointed

Great News! As from 1 September 2017, Ben England has been appointed to be conductor of Nailsea Concert Orchestra.

Many thanks to all those who applied and auditioned for us over a very exciting summer 2017!!

Ben has a wealth of conducting experience from Bristol and London, and we are looking forward to expanding our repertoire and working with him. Keep logging in for future concert and orchestra news!

Bassoonist cover needed.

As from April 2017, we would be very pleased to hear from you if you a bassoonist looking for some orchestral playing.

Although we have 2 bassoonists, there are frequently gaps when we would be really grateful for someone to cover by playing either the 2nd or 1st bassoon parts. We play a wide variety of classical and light music, from Gershwin to Handel. There are no auditions involved, but you should have some experience of ensemble playing and be at least Grade 6 standard. If interested, please contact us either via our Facebook page or this website.

Nailsea Community Day

Great news! Our orchestra is to have a stand at the Community Day ; to be held at the Nailsea Masonic Centre on Saturday June 24 between 11am and 4 pm (postcode is BS48 2BA).

This is your chance to publicize the orchestra more, thereby attracting new members, and also have a bit of fun by finding out about other (non-commercial) organisations in Nailsea. Orchestra members: please be positive and invite people along to attend (free admission) and also volunteer to be on our stand if you can. We need ideas about how to publicize the orchestra so we get new members to join us.

Any questions or ideas, please see Meryl, Liz or Steve at the next orchestra rehearsal.

Bassoon Vacancy Sept 2016

There will be a 2nd bassoon vacancy for our Autumn concert this year (2016). Rehearsals start in early September for a concert in November (26th November in Nailsea).

Please contact the website or leave a comment and contact details should you be interested. You should be a good player of at least Grade 6 standard or equivalent and ideally live in North Somerset within easy reach of Nailsea.

Thanks in Advance!