Longwell Green Orchestra tunes up for its 95th anniversary celebrations

September 07 2016

LONGWELL Green Orchestra is celebrating its 95th anniversary by holding a Night of the Proms event in November in aid of two charities.

LONGWELL-GREEN-ORCHESTRA

LONGWELL Green Orchestra is celebrating its 95th anniversary by holding a Night of the Proms event in November in aid of two charities.
The group, which meets every Thursday at 7.30pm at Longwell Green Community Centre, has been welcoming amateur musicians of all ages since 1921.
With a membership of 45, the group holds concerts in aid of various local and national charities and last year raised a record sum of almost £4000.
This year, to celebrate the orchestra’s anniversary, it is putting on the Night of the Proms at the Hexagon Theatre at King’s Oak Academy in Kingswood to help raise money the Julian Trust shelter in Bristol and in aid of Kidney Research.
Violinist and group treasurer, Mike Openshaw, who has been with the group for two years, said: “I have always had a love for classical music and after much deliberation I finally went along to a rehearsal with the Longwell Green Orchestra, which is my first with any amateur group for some forty years.
“Within a matter of minutes I was introduced to the other members, all of whom were friendly and interested in hearing about my playing experiences.
“As with any amateur group there was a wide range of abilities but the members were also there because they were enjoying the experience of making music with others in a friendly and congenial atmosphere.
“The great thing about this group is that the repertoire is so wide-ranging that every musical taste is catered for.  I had never before played in a programme comprising a Beethoven overture and a suite from Pirates of the Caribbean. My advice to anyone contemplating joining is do it now.”
The orchestra is always on the lookout for new players, especially strings, percussionists and bassoonists.
 There will be an “open” rehearsal at the community centre on Thursday September 8 at 7.30 pm. Anyone who plays a musical instrument, irrespective of ability, is invited to go along to the community centre.
The orchestra does not hold auditions.