Junior Orchestra

About the group

This orchestra is unique in Cheshire, bringing together aspiring young musicians from right across the whole of Cheshire – members are drawn from Chester, Congleton, Malpas, Macclesfield, Tarporley, Frodsham and Knutsford.

Members need to have been learning for around a year so they are at around Grade 1 standard or higher and members are generally in year 3 to year 8 at school. If in doubt as to whether the orchestra would be suitable, children could ask their instrument teacher whether they should join. Instruments eligible are: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, cornet, horn, trombone, bassoon, and oboe.

The orchestra only meets 9 times a year on alternate Saturdays and Sundays once a month from 10am to 12:30 pm during term time so the time commitment isn’t too great. Many families share lifts to get children to and from rehearsals. Rehearsals are held at Millfields Primary School, Marsh Lane, Nantwich, CW5 5HP.

However, the results achieved are extraordinary. You can get a flavour of the orchestra by checking out some of our video clips on the video page here.

The orchestra has performed at venues as diverse as the Crewe Lyceum Theatre, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Chester’s Northgate Arena, Chester Town Hall and Oulton Park Racing Circuit (!). It has also given a live radio broadcast. The Orchestra has developed a reputation for involving young musicians in exciting, contemporary music making. One of its undoubted strengths is that all the music is written or arranged specifically for the players in the group by its Musical Director, Ashley Thompson.

What is the cost of membership?

This group is offered completely free to Music for Life students. Groups like this support the work done in instrumental lessons and are designed to engage young people and motivate them in their music making. Students who do not learn with Music for Life are also very welcome to join for a small subscription fee of £60 per year (£20 per term).

How do we join?

Just send us an email (below) or phone 01978 761162 to register an interest. We will then contact you.