Yes you can, and in fact if you are thinking of trying us out, this would be an ideal time to do so from the comfort of your living room and you can see how you get on.
You’ll need to fill in our contact form as a first step. We’d love to hear from you.
You’ll find our dates etc. in the Calendar. At time of writing (November 2020) we are meeting online, weekly rather than fortnightly, for one hour rather than two, every Thursday at 8.10. Meetings are on Zoom and we’ll send you a link once you have made contact.
Please disregard most of the other information below, which describes what we do in normal times.
Almost all our rehearsal sessions are at Histon Baptist Church, 2 Poplar Rd, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LN
Occasionally we have to go elsewhere, e.g. on polling days. The details will always be posted in our calendar.
We meet on Thursday evenings, from 8.00 – 10.00 pm, fortnightly during term time (all the dates are in the calendar). In addition we would obviously ask each player to put in a reasonable amount of individual practice time between rehearsals, to master the notes and rhythms so that when we meet, we are able to focus on playing together rather than learning our notes.
As each term’s activities lead towards a concert, it is important that members attend regularly so that everyone is up to speed by the time of the concert. If you get busy and have to miss more than one rehearsal in a term, we’d just ask you to check with the Musical Director that it is still OK for you to play in the concert.
Obviously it is better for the group if you are able to come every term – there is a certain amount of time and communal effort involved in learning to play together, and it helps if there is not too much coming and going.
But of course there are times when a player will need to take some time out for whatever reason. This is not a problem, and you can simply rejoin the following term.
Orchestra members pay a subscription of £50 each term. There is a small discount if you pay for the whole year in September.
Each term, we start work on a new concert programme, leading up to a performance at the end of the term. If you are a new player, why don’t you come along to our next concert and hear us play – and if you are inspired by what you hear, then you could come and join us at the beginning of the next term.
Of course. The first 3 sessions are free for a new player – after that, we’ll ask you to decide if you want to commit, and invoice you for the remainder of the term if you are going to join us.