Joining the orchestra

We’re always delighted to hear from prospective members. If you’d like to join us, please get in touch using the contact form below.

Although the Southside Community Orchestra attracts a large proportion of its members from the senior population there is no age barrier and there are a number of younger adults who come along to the Monday afternoon rehearsals. There are no auditions and we don’t ask to see your certificates, but for musicians who are thinking of joining us it may be helpful for them to know that most players are Grade 4 standard or above and can sight read reasonably well.

Southside Community Orchestra rehearsal, Southside Community Centre, Edinburgh, November 11, 2019.

Orchestra rehearsals are friendly and full of good humour. Vaughan Townhill our conductor has very realistic expectations of our abilities and recognises that we may not play every technically difficult passage perfectly.

We’re particularly keen to recruit more string players. If you’ve taken your instrument up again after a long break, and would like to get back to orchestral playing, why not give us a try? Vacancies are more limited in the woodwind section, but whatever your instrument, if you’re interested in playing with us, do get in touch to find out more.

Please note that we meet to rehearse on Monday afternoons (from 1.45pm to 3.45pm). If you’re looking for an evening orchestra, sadly we’re not for you!