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REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Regular rehearsals are Saturday Morning at St James' Church. Doors open 10am for set-up, tuning and warm-up. Rehearsals start 10:30am.

Spring Term 2024

  • 6 Jan to 16 March
  • Half-term 17 Feb
  • Concert on Sunday 17 Mar 2024
    • Orchestra arrives for set-up 5pm, pre-concert rehearsal starts at 5:30pm, concert starts 7pm

Summer Term 2024

  • 20 April to 6 July
  • Half-term 25 May
  • Concert on Saturday 6 July 2024

Autumn Term 2024

  • 7 Sept to 7 Dec
  • Half-term 26 Oct
  • Concert on Sunday 8 Dec 2024
    • Orchestra arrives for set-up 5pm, pre-concert rehearsal starts at 5:30pm, concert starts 7pm

 

SPRING CONCERT 2024

Sunday 17th March, 7pm

Saint James Church Hall, SW20 9LB. See below for map

Free entry, donations welcome on exit. No advance booking needed.

Theme for the Spring concert will be a celebration of music from the British mainland

Repertoire will include:

JOINING THE ORCHESTRA

New members are always welcome. The orchestra rehearses on Saturdays 10.30-12.30pm in term time.  Approx standard anything from grade 4 upwards.
We don't hold auditions so just contact us to let us know you would like to come along!
As of January 2024, we are particularly looking for:
  • Violas
  • Percussion
  • Double Bass
  • Violins (1st and 2nd)
  • French Horns
  • Trumpets
There may be a waiting list the following instruments, but please reach out anyway to check:
  • Flutes
  • Cellos

Our Conductor - Peter Longworth

Peter Longworth grew up in Scotland before studying composition at London’s Royal College of Music with Mark-Anthony Turnage, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Matthew King. Described as “dazzlingly atmospheric” (Glasgow Herald) and “uniquely colorful” (ITG Journal), Peter’s music has been performed throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States, Canada, and Japan.  Ensembles who have commissioned his work include the London Mozart Players, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Hebrides Ensemble, the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and the Orchestra of Opera North.  An alumnus of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers Programme and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Composers Hub,  his music has also been workshopped publicly by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, whilst his orchestral piece, In the Golden Shadows of Dawn, was recorded by the Brno Philharmonic for Ablaze Records in 2018.  Upcoming performances include the American premiere of Manhattan Matins - written for, and premiered by, the Wimbledon Community Orchestra - which will be performed by the New Conductors Orchestra in New York City in 2023.

His highlights as a conductor have included giving the premiere performances of Matthew King’s ballet, A Glass Slipper, in Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre; conducting the London Mozart Players as part of their 2016 Christmas concert; and appearing as a guest conductor with Belgium’s ORFEO Kamer Orkest. Since 2018 he has taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is principal conductor of the Guildhall Session Orchestra.

Following several years as a member of the Wimbledon Community Orchestra’s trumpet selection, Peter is immensely proud to be the orchestra’s new musical director.

Find Us

We rehearse in the church hall of the Parish Church of St James:

St James' Church and Hall
Martin Way
Morden
SM4 4AR

Saint James Church Hall, 1 Beaford Grove, London SW20 9LB

From Morden Underground:
17 minute walk, or Bus 164 or 413

From Wimbledon Station:
Bus - 164

South Merton Station:

7 minute walk, or Bus 164 or 413

Parking
Street parking nearby is free. Disabled parking only in the church car park.

St James' Church