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Amateur Swansea orchestra for adults and teens

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Orchestra in Swansea

Do you have a violin yearning to be set free from its case and reunited with a bow?

 

Or a trumpet waiting to sing again?​

A friendly, welcoming orchestra for teen and adult learners in the Swansea area, suitable for any instrumentalist and players at grade 3 and above. 

 

We would love to hear from you however rusty you are!

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String, woodwind and brass orchestra with adults and teens playing music
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Our orchestra in Gorseinon, Swansea, is perfect for: 

Any orchestral instrumentalist

We have violins, violas, flute, clarinet, pianos and much more!

We are particularly keen to hear from wind and brass players.

Instruments and music can be borrowed if necessary. 

Adult learners and returners

We are a friendly mix of beginner and intermediate learners (grade 3+), and adults who haven't played in a while. Some of us hadn't played for over 40 years before joining!

At the moment, we have about 30 members, but are growing each week!

Teens and adults of all ages

We are a friendly and diverse group of people from all across South Wales who are looking forward to meeting new members. 

If you are 14+, can read music and ready to have fun, contact us now!

Why join an orchestra?

If you are an adult or teenager currently learning a musical instrument, joining an orchestra is a great way to develop your skills. 

 

You get to meet new people who share your hobby, and develop friendships. You can share the joys of mastering a new piece and the challenges of tricky key changes and instrumentals.

You develop musical skills that would take you longer in 1 -1 lessons, such as harmonising, keeping in time and sightreading. You can also take tips from more experienced players. With upcoming rehearsals and concerts, playing in an orchestra means constant motivation to practice and improve.

Jacob Smith conducting an orchestra in Gorseinon, Swansea
Concerts and events
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Concerts and events in Swansea

In March 2022, we celebrated our inaugural concert, which was a huge success. It was great to see musicians who hadn’t played for forty years, alongside those who have only just passed their grade 3, come together over 12 weeks to perform in a packed church, with resounding success!

We held the event to mark the second anniversary of the lockdown of March 2020, and so help people work through the emotions created by the pandemic and lockdowns. We commissioned a new musical work called Reflections by from Llanelli-based composer Jacob Smith. 

The Llanelli Wind Band, ChromaMusic Cello Club, our own Melody Angelicus, and James McBeth also performed. You can watch the recording of the whole concert below and read more about it here.

Our second concert was on Sunday 23rd October, where we played a number of classical and film pieces, alongside Llanelli Wind Band and James McBeth. 

Our Christmas concert, 'Joy to the World', was on 10th December. We played another specially commissioned piece by Jacob Smith, and a mix of festive favourites. It was a great evening celebrating the local community, with performances from lots of different groups.

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ChromaMusic Community Christmas Concert 2023
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ChromaMusic Community Christmas Concert 2023

ChromaMusic Community Christmas Concert 2023 For more details please go to www.chromamusic.org or www.facebook.com/chromamusiclessons we are always open to new enquiries for orchestra and choir! Programme - CHOIR, ORCHESTRA AND AUDIENCE - Once in Royal David’s City CHROMAMUSIC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA - -Winter from The Four Seasons-Vivaldi -Deck the Halls-Flutes Ding, Dong, Merrily on High -Flutes In the Bleak Midwinter -Flutes -Dances from The Nutcracker-Tchaikovsky -Dance of the Mirlitons -Flutes -Russian Dance -Waltz of the Flowers -Harp Solo-Anwen Jones CHROMAMUSIC COMMUNITY CHOIR - -Jesus Christ was born at Christmastime - words by Joan Jones -When a Child is Born- Jay & Zacar -Ar Hyd Y Nos - Traditional -Let there be Peace on Earth -Miller & Jackson -Winter Wonderland -Bernard & Smith DANIELLE LAKE - I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables -Schönberg JAMES MCBETH - O Holy Night - Adam GORSEINON AND DISTRICT BRASS BAND - A selection of popular tunes CHROMAMUSIC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA - - Let it Snow - Carne & Stein -Christmas Medley -"Joy to the World " -Movement 3 by Jacob Smith CHOIR, ORCHESTRA AND AUDIENCE - O Come All Ye Faithful For more details go to www.chromamusic.org or www.facebook.com/chromamusiclessons we are always open to new enquiries for orchestra and choir! CHROMAMUSIC COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA A friendly mix of beginner and intermediate learners (grade 3+), and returners who haven't played in a while. Orchestra members Violins – Katie Perkins, Hazel Bateman, Laura Reynolds, Nicola Field, Christina Smith, Megan Nicholls, Francesca Newman, Elizabeth Jones, Kara Maylor Viola – Karen Field, Joan Jones Cello – Kathy Williams, Donna, Jody Pasztor Flute – Cerys Thomas, Helen Jones, Catherine Humphreys Clarinet - Natalie Rand, Jennifer Thomas Oboe - Caroline Isaacs Trumpets - Julie Gething, Mark Sinclair Tenor Horn - Emily Evans Tuba - Viv Crahart Piano – Penny Bassett, Sue Rawson, Luis Casquel, Terry Mann, Sarah Timkovsky-Mott Percussion - George Field Harp -Anwen Jones CHROMAMUSIC COMMUNITY CHOIR A friendly and relaxed choir, with the community at its heart. Come and sing a range of songs under the guidance of experienced music teachers. Open to everyone over 18! All abilities welcome! Choir members Jane Andrew, Clive Lewis, Lynne Pewsey, Julie Dobbins, Penny Bassett, Margaret Williams, Joan Jones, Maddy Shadrach, Danielle Lake
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  • When and Where do Orchestra meet?
    Orchestra meets on most Monday evenings (term times) at St Catherine's Church Hall, Gorseinon SA4 4US. Please get in touch beforehand to make sure we are meeting. Find us here on Google maps.
  • Where and when do the Choir meet?
    We meet most Tuesdays at 7pm at Llys Y Werin, Brynawel Road, Gorseinon, SA4 4AU Please contact us before your first rehearsal to confirm we're meeting that Tuesday.
  • What kind of music do you sing?
    We are all about enjoying what we sing. We cover a wide variety of songs, from pop classics, to folk tunes and musicals.
  • How much are the rehearsals?
    Rehearsals are £5 each which is paid monthly in advance. If you are on benefits or you will struggle please let us know and we can do a reduced rate.
  • Are there any concerts coming up?
    We have a full concert with both the choir and orchestra on May 11th, called "Around the World in 80 minutes".
  • What kind of music do the orchestra play?
    We have been playing easy arrangements of popular classics, film music and specially commissioned new works. We have been enjoying the BBC 40 pieces arrangements which have different levels of difficulty for the musicians, from beginner to Grade 4/5. Have a listen to the clips on our website.
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