We don't believe many villages have their own symphony orchestra of committed and talented players, under a professional conductor. Abbots Langley does!
What was started by school friends who wanted to share their enjoyment of music making has just held its 50th anniversary. While we work together with our professional conductor to improve and to extend our repertoire, the orchestra is notable for its friendliness and openness to all who are enthusiastic about playing music.
We rehearse on Sunday evenings in the Community Centre in Abbots Langley and our next concerts will take place there.
If you're a string player and think you might like to join us do get in touch with our Secretary, Penny Abbott, and we will be very happy to hear from you.
We are financed through member's subscriptions, ticket sales and some fundraising. We have benefitted from grants for specific projects from the Parish Council and local businesses as well as from individuals. This season we were fortunate enough to receive a grant which enabled us to buy a side drum and some percussion instruments.
The orchestra is run entirely by volunteers and it only works if everyone helps out. We ask Members, in particular:
• to attend rehearsals regularly, be punctual and come prepared, having practised the pieces to be rehearsed.
• to assist with setting up prior to rehearsals and tidying up afterwards;
• to help generate a good audience for our concerts by promoting and selling tickets;
• to assist with the arrangements for concert days, including transporting equipment between venues (both before and after the concert), setting up the venue, providing refreshments and post-concert tidying up.