It's a remarkable achievement for a village to have its 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. We work together with our professional conductor to improve and to extend our repertoire. Under the baton of Gonzalo, our playing goes from strength to strength and we are enjoying the more complex works we are able to perform in our concerts. 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, from 7.15 to 9.30.
Abbots Langley Community Centre, (behind the Police Station)
Abbots Langley, WD5 0AP
If you think you'd like to join us do get in touch and we will be very happy to hear from you.
We are financed through members' 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 who are members of the orchestra and their friends and family.
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.