It's a remarkable achievement for a village to have it's own orchestra - and one under a professional conductor, Gonzalo Acosta. It's a tribute to the support shown by the community.
The orchestra began in 1968 by a group of school friends who wanted to carry on playing together. 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 most
concerts take place there.
Abbots Langley Community Centre, (behind the Police Station)
Abbots Langley, WD5 0AP
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.
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, setting up the venue, providing refreshments and post-concert tidying up.