Who We Are
We are a friendly group of amateur musicians
who aim to improve our musicianship, both individually and as a group, by playing a wide range of music in a relaxed atmosphere.
Instead of rehearsing set items for concert performances, we play for our own enjoyment, selecting different pieces each week with light music in the first half and a symphony to finish the evening. This is a format which provides excellent opportunities to improve sight reading.
Rehearsals and Repertoire
We meet throughout the year on Thursday evenings between 7.45pm and 9.45pm at Baildon Community Link (see the find page for a map).
Instead of an annual subscription, members pay a weekly fee, currently just £2.00, when they attend and this includes refreshments in the break.
Our large, wide-ranging music library contains several hundred scores which include overtures, symphonies and ballet suites as well as lighter music such as selections from shows, marches and waltzes. As we don't rehearse to perform, the music is different each rehearsal.
As a community orchestra, we are proud that our membership reflects a wide range of age groups and backgrounds. We have members who have played for most of their lives and some who have returned to music after many years' break, while others have switched to a different instrument or started to learn later in life. Many of our members play in other groups, but enjoy the Baildon Orchestra for the opportunity it provides to improve sight reading and in particular the relaxed atmosphere of the rehearsals.
The affairs of the Orchestra are managed by a small, but hard working team: