Does orchestra strike a chord?

May 01 2018

WOULD you like to join a forward-thinking orchestra which raises thousands of pounds for local good causes?

Longwell Green Orchestra is a community orchestra that brings amateur players together to enjoy light classical, musical and film based music, as well as support the community through concerts for charities such as Above and Beyond and Cancer Research.  

Having appointed a new conductor, Paul Hemmings, the orchestra is looking to recruit new members at an open rehearsal on May 24 as it works towards its centenary in three years' time.

The orchestra was established in 1921, when Alfred Lovell, a cellist, and a few other musicians began to accompany hymns sung at a men's bible class. The group became known as the brotherhood orchestra, and began to rehearse every Thursday. It has grown into an orchestra of about 35 musicians, aged from 14-80.

Rehearsals are still every Thursday evening from 7.30-9.30pm at Longwell Green Community Centre.

The open rehearsal takes place from 7.30-9.30pm on Thursday May 24 at Longwell Green Community Centre.

The orchestra welcomes a wide range of abilities, from those who are still having lessons and working through their grades, to players who are music teachers themselves.

Secretary Deborah Pollinger encouraged musicians to pop along to the open rehearsal or contact the orchestra for more information via email: