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The Colne Valley Training Orchestra

The training orchestra is generally for our younger, less experienced players starting at about the age of 8. There is no upper age limit, but once players have reached a certain standard they are encouraged to move into the main orchestra.

Members are usually between Grade 1-2 standard but if you enjoy playing and haven't yet taken any exams you can still come along and try out. The Training Orchestra gives a Christmas Concert and also takes part in a joint concert in June with the Main Orchestra, a fantastic opportunity to mix and perform with the older more experienced members.

A real highlight of the year is the Holiday Orchestra which takes place during February Half Term Week. Come along to our Open Rehearsal on the third Sunday in September at Colchester Sixth Form College. You are welcome to just turn up and have a day of fun, while finding out if it is for you.


Two training orchestra players