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     Welcome to the Harborne Orchestra Website

Page updated 28th Aug 2015

If you would like to join us please don't hesitate to get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

We are keen to bolster the string sections, so if you want to play and be part of a local orchestra you would be most welcome to come along and try a couple of rehearsals in order to decided if it is for you. Rehearsals take place at the Queen Alexandra College for the Blind on Court Oak Road, Harborne; more information, links to maps and transport information is available here.

Can't make the first couple of weeks of term? Don't worry, get in touch and come along as early in the term as you can!

Every concert is different for us, and our primary aim is to enjoy playing a range of music - together.

Recently Mike Webb gave a wonderful performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A. Our concert prior to that had a mix of repotoire: Little Suite for Orchestra, Arnold; The Three Bears Fantasy, Coates - complete with a projected animation to tell the story - & Hansel and Gretel Prelude, Humperdinck. Our Christmas concerts often follow this mixed and slightly lighter theme for added variety!

Illustrating further the variety we offer, in December 2011 we teamed up with Clare Edwards' choir Notorious to perform Mozart's Requiem at Ladywood ARC. We worked with Clare at The City Sings in 2010 too and it was great to join her again, this time wtih Notorious. Check out the teaser video on YouTube and the online feedback we had too.

   Who are we?

Harborne Orchestra is an independent community orchestra. The players are of all ages and a range of ability. Rehearsals take place weekly during term time and we usually perform three concerts a year.

   A Brief History

The Harborne Orchestra was founded around 1940 as a Community Orchestra. Over the following years we practised and played concerts in and around Harborne. For many years the Orchestra was part of the Local Adult Education courses offered by Birmingham City Council but since 2002 it has been an independent Orchestra.

The Orchestra's aims are for members to enjoy playing music together as well as performing concerts. Members are of all ages and abilities and the music played reflects that, offering a spectrum of challenge and stimulation. If you would like to join us please get in touch.