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logoRight on time for Enfield's bid to become the first London Borough of Culture, a new orchestra will be holding its first rehearsal this week.

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We are an orchestra based in the London Borough of Enfield, open to all amateur musicians old and new. 

If you have ever played an orchestral instrument and wish you could pick it up again we are the group for you.

We do not have any minimum requirement we just ask that you enjoy yourself.

We’re a friendly bunch and always open to new players coming along, so get in touch.

  • We are not for profit, all unused money is filtered straight back into the orchestra
  • We are committee led, all members have a say in what happens
  • We are friendly and sociable and you may even find us chatting in the pub after rehearsals 

If you have ever played an orchestral instrument or still do and wish to play in an orchestral ensemble that is very relaxed, without the pressure and minimum standard often required by other amateur classical ensembles we are the place for you.

Unlike many other orchestras we do not ask for players to be a certain grade in order to become a member. Our members are from all different backgrounds. Our aim is to get people that used to play an instrument back into playing again. 

Whether you played at school,  college or university and haven't played for years or if you have taken up an instrument as a hobby and need a little help we are there for you. 

For a list of our vacancies please click here

Our rehearsals are based on a 10 week quarter so we have 40 rehearsals a year including at least two concerts. Usually just before summer and Christmas.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 8-10pm, the venue is Christ church URC, Chase Side, Enfield, EN2 6NJ

Links

Enfield Community Orchestra website

 

 

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Next week at the Bernie Grant Centre composer and musician Juwon Ogungbe presents Ignatius Inspires - two nights of music and dance celebrating the extraordinary life and work of Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780).

Born on a slave ship, Ignatius Sancho went on to become a prolific writer and composer. He is the first black Briton known to have voted in a Parliamentary election and was the first African writer to have his work published in Britain.

Ignatius Inspires features rare recitals of Sancho's works by Juwon Ogungbe, alongside new compositions and dance pieces by Haringey young people and poetry by Ghanaian poet Nana Asaase.

Performances are at 7pm on Thursday 16th November and Friday 17th November.

More details on the Bernie Grant Centre website.

 

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Want to get involved? Feel what it's like to sing with a large choir and orchestra? 🎻🎺Receive the applause? See behind the scenes? 🎶🎶🎶Then apply to Come & Sing with Adoramus at our 2018 sacred classics concert 'Heaven touching Earth'

Four Tuesday evening rehearsals in Cockfosters from 9 January 2018.

For more information and to register email .

Concert information

Heaven touching Earth - Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 7.30pm

Latymer School Edmonton

Adoramus’ Heaven Touching Earth concert of popular sacred choral music covers a wide range of Baroque, Classical and Romantic works. There will be the sublime setting of Panis Angelicus by Cesar Frank and the simple yet profound Ave Verum by Elgar when we will be delighted to be joined by the wonderful voices of the Beniaminek Polish Children’s Choir. These contrast with ever popular Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring by J.S.Bach, and the joyous Hallelujah Chorus for which we will be joined by friends from church choirs across North London. Alongside classic anthems and oratorio extracts the Adoramus Orchestra will perform Smetana’s beautiful river depiction, Vltava and Johann Strauss’ toe tapping Radetzky March.

Conducted by David Hooke

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Winchmore String Orchestra's concert on 18th November will be in aid of Water Aid.  Music has been chosen to reflect both the time of year and the time of day, but will range across the centuries and across Europe.

WSO concert november 2017With the festive season approaching and the nights getting longer we have chosen two timely themes for our end-of-year concert: Christmas; and music with nocturnal associations. But the result is a remarkably varied programme, ranging from the Baroque period to 20th-century America, and taking in Germany, Spain, Italy, Bohemia and France on the way.

No music shouts “Christmas” more loudly than HANDEL’s Messiah, even if its first performance, in Dublin in 1742, took place in the month of April. Our concert will open with its overture, rich in images of eager anticipation and pastoral piety. This will link directly to another seasonal piece, written nearly two centuries later – Holy Boy by the British composer John IRELAND.

The Nativity theme will be further developed with the much-loved Christmas Concerto by CORELLI, who was born a generation before Handel and who became known as the “father of the concerto grosso”, the musical form in which this work was written. A different take on Christmas comes with the Meditation on the “Wenceslas” chorale by the Czech composer and son-in-law of Dvořák, Josef SUK, based on an ancient hymn to his country’s patron saint, whom we know as “Good King Wenceslas”. And to round off this theme we go to the USA for a Suite of Carols by the 20 th century composer Leroy ANDERSON, described by the conductor John Williams as “one of the great American masters of light orchestral music”. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The night theme involves two nocturnes – one by the Russian Alexander BORODIN (later recycled in the 1950s musical Kismet), the other for piano by Frédéric CHOPIN – probably this composer’s most famous nocturne and his only work to have been permanently on the Classic FM Hall of Fame list since this started. The latter will be played by our soloist for the evening, Oliver Till, who will also play the first movement of BEETHOVEN’s Moonlight Sonata. Still on the nocturnal theme but quite different in character is an atmospheric piece by the Italian composer BOCCHERINI, who lived for many years in Spain, called Night music from the streets of Madrid.

One other work in the programme, albeit with neither Christmas nor nocturnal baggage, is a Concerto for Keyboard by C P E BACH (son of Johann Sebastian), in which Oliver will be the soloist. The regular interval raffle will be in support of the charity WaterAid, and the concert, which will be held as always at the WINCHMORE HILL METHODIST CHURCH, N13, will start at 7.30 pm on SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017

Tickets at the door are £9, with concessions at £7.50 (£8 and £6.50 if bought in advance); children under 12 free. For advance tickets ring 020 8882 0351, or email

The WSO is a community string orchestra and a registered charity (No 1070537). We give three concerts a year, which support local and national charities, and we welcome new players of a good standard. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at the church where we hold our concerts,

For further information please ring or email JoanBayliss as above, or visit our website: www.winchmorestrings.co.uk.

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Calling violin, viola, cello, bass and brass players!

Good amateur musicians needed for the North London Symphony Orchestra.

NLSO is a friendly hard-working amateur orchestra which performs a wide range of symphonic music to a high standard under a professional conductor and leader.

Recent concerts have included works by Berlioz, Brahms, Dvořák, Elgar, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Sibelius and Stravinsky. Upcoming season includes works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Weber, Rachmaninov, Patterson and Bloch.

We would love to hear from players of a good standard. New players attend for a trial period: there are no formal auditions. The orchestra also maintains deputy and waiting lists for woodwind and horn players.

We rehearse on Mondays during term time (19.30 - 22.00) in Crouch End, N8

nlso.org.uk     @NorthLondonSymphonyOrchestra

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Enfield Community Singers are performing a very special concert at the URC, Fox Lane Palmers Green, entitled Spring Awakening, on Saturday 25th March at 7,30 pm and will be to raise aware and funds for the London Air Ambulance Service, whilst Entry and Refreshments are free.

The concert with feature the youthful and dynamic singers from Eastfield School Enfield

Items from our repertoire will include selections from Les Miserables and Rodgers & Hammerstein, memories of The Beatles, Sixties, Dixie and Judy Garland years and much more.

Under their banner "Let The People Sing !" audiences are encouraged to join in at every opportunity

Now in their sixth year, The Enfield Community Singers have had sellout performances at The Dugdale Centre and Forty Hall.

On 1st February they will be performing with The Opera Boys at The Millfield Theatre, Edmonton.. For more information contact Simon at   or call on 020 8360 7386

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that bigger blue patch at broomfield blues 2016That (Bigger) Blue Patch (Photo: Colin Younger)After two successive blazing hot Sundays in the park, things weren't looking too good for the third week of Broomfield Blues.  Heavy rain on Saturday and a very dull start to Sunday.  But the weather gods must have been sufficiently mollified by the sacrifices people made last week (the money collected in Ralph Hutching's bright red top hat) and eventually laid on a warm afternoon with long enough sunny spells to bring out the audience and create queues for the delicious hand-made ice cream.

audience at third broomfield blues 2016Palmers Greenies lapping up the music (Photo: Colin Younger)This week's two bands treated us to a somewhat gentler interpretation of the Blues in its widest sense - but don't take that to mean an absence of spark, intensity or virtuosity.

We began with a typically eclectic set from That Blue Patch - normally a duo made up of husband and wife Dave Buckwell and Ruth Mignano, but on this occasion augmented by Tig Trafford to form That (Bigger) Blue Patch.

While That Blue Patch roamed far and wide for their musical styles and sources, the afternoon's main act anchored themselves firmly in a period (the thirties and forties) and a location (Paris).  The Hot Club de Broomfield (correct pronunciation "'Ot Clerb") pay homage to the classic Quintet of the Hot Club de Paris, whose most famous members were gypsy guitarist extraordinaire Django Reinhardt and voilinist Stéphane Grapelli.  This afternoon the classic three-guitar + string bass lineup was augmented by that most French of instruments, an accordion.  A relaxing lilt throughout, but at the same time distinctly danceable music.

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Le Hot Club de Broomfield avec un line-up classique:  guitarres, contrebasse et accordéon

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Even more people soaking up the sun and music than last week, with an overflow on the surrounding lawns. The sun led to a display of hats and near hats…

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broomfield blues audience 14 august 2016

Photographs:  Colin Younger

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The Friends of Broomfield Park with The Vintage Blues Music Association present

Broomfield Blues

Sunday 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th August 2015 1.30pm - 5pm
The Bandstand, Broomfield Park, Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 4RB

FREE EVENTS

The best Blues Music brought to you every Sunday afternoon in August on the Bandstand. The Friends of Broomfield Park have teamed up with The Vintage Blues Music Association, who run the highly acclaimed St Harmonica's Blues Club in Southgate, give you some of the finest bands and professional artists in the UK in a terrific parkland setting complete with hot food, ices, refreshments and a licensed bar. Thanks to sponsorship from Winkworths, admission is free and if you like the music, voluntary contributions into the hat are very welcome. Open mic from 1.30pm for an hour.

Week 1 - Sunday 7th August 2016

Two of the most accomplished slide guitar players in the UK will kick-off the 2016 Blues season on the Broomfield Bandstand following the introductory open-mic sessions.

1:30 - 2:30 OPEN MIC SESSIONS

2:30 – 3:30 BJ COLE & JOE PAPA

bj coleB.J. Cole is is regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent pedal steel guitarists and as a live and session musician has played with just about everyone there is

Today he joins forces with his collaborator of many years, Joe Papa, to bring you Country Blues and Rock ‘n Roll as it should be played

3:45- 5:30 THE CUSTOMTONES

photoMartin Fieber, the ‘Sultan of Slide’ is perhaps the UK’s best kept slide secret. He brings his hugely talented band ‘The Customtones’, one of the finest, and tightest, units around to Broomfield. Martin is not known as the Sultan of Slide for nothing, he makes all his own guitars under his ‘Customtone’ label and the tone and the sound he achieves is staggering; some of his original material is equally wonderful. The rest of the band are all masters of their instruments with Mick Parker on drums, Terry Duggan on bass and Steve Taylor on keyboards.

(All timings approximate)

Coming up later in the month

14th August: Capital Rocking Blues

21st August: Them Jazzy Blues

28th August: Bringing it all Back Home

 

 

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A large audience (> 400?) soak up the sun and music at the first of this year's Broomfield Blues sessions.

The second photo shows guitarist Joe Papa.





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London People's Orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings during academic term time between 8.00pm and 10.00pm at Oakwood Baptist Church, Merrivale, Southgate, London N14 4TE.
 
All music is provided, as are interval refreshments, all you need bring is yourself, your instrument and a music stand.
 
Our regular members support the running costs of the orchestra by paying subs, currently set at £70 per Calendar Quarter.
 
For more infomation please complete the form on our Contact Us Page and we will be in contact shortly.
 
We currently have vacancies for:-
 
Trombone
Bassoon
Violin
Viola
French Horn
 
There is no requirement to audition for London People's Orchestra. Simply contact our Director, Martyn Stogden, and arrange a time to come along and visit and/or to play if you wish.
 
If you would like to come along to a rehearsal to listen first, that's fine too.

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logoThe Enfield Choral Society is holding a one-day workshop on the Rachmaninov 'Vespers' on Saturday 10th September 2016, 10am-4pm at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Windmill Hill, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 7AJ.  

The workshop will be led by our Musical Director Mark Sproson.

We are inviting local singers who are interested to join us.

The workshop will cost £12 to non members, and will include the music score for the day and a 'bring and share' lunch provided by our members. 

To book your place in advance, please email Lesley Jordan at , stating your voice part. You can pay by cash, cheque or online.  Details will be provided on request.  

Places will also be available on the day.

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Palmers Green plays host to one of North London’s top Blues clubs – St Harmonica’s hosted at the St Monica’s Parish Centre.

Together with The Vintage Blues Music Association, our sponsor Winkworth, and a host of supporting friends, The Friends of Broomfield Park are delighted to bring you another August full of the best in Blues. Broomfield Blues is our annual celebration and showcase of what can be found every Friday evening at St Harmonica’s. Each Sunday afternoon during August come along, eat, drink and listen to three hours of some of the best Blues music London has to offer.

If you like what you hear all we ask is that you acknowledge that by contributing to the collection “hat”, either when it does the rounds, or via the Control site. We’ve picked some excellent local cuisine for your added enjoyment and a very fine ice cream stall and bar.

Unless a hurricane appears we will certainly be there each Sunday; and if it does we will endeavour to relocate the music to St Harmonicas itself, just five minutes walk away on Cannon Hill.

Each afternoon is preceded by a one hour “open mic” session at 1:30 offering a stage to up and coming as well as experienced performers. Do support them.

Open mic registration requests via www.thevintage.org.uk

Week 1 - Sunday 7th August 2016

Two of the most accomplished slide guitar players in the UK will kick-off the 2016 Blues season on the Broomfield Bandstand following the introductory open-mic sessions.

1:30 - 2:30 OPEN MIC SESSIONS

2:30 – 3:30 BJ COLE & JOE PAPA

bj coleB.J. Cole is is regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent pedal steel guitarists and as a live and session musician has played with just about everyone there is

Today he joins forces with his collaborator of many years, Joe Papa, to bring you Country Blues and Rock ‘n Roll as it should be played

3:45- 5:30 THE CUSTOMTONES

photoMartin Fieber, the ‘Sultan of Slide’ is perhaps the UK’s best kept slide secret. He brings his hugely talented band ‘The Customtones’, one of the finest, and tightest, units around to Broomfield. Martin is not known as the Sultan of Slide for nothing, he makes all his own guitars under his ‘Customtone’ label and the tone and the sound he achieves is staggering; some of his original material is equally wonderful. The rest of the band are all masters of their instruments with Mick Parker on drums, Terry Duggan on bass and Steve Taylor on keyboards.

(All timings approximate)

Week 2 - Sunday 14th August 2016

Two of London’s finest guitar driven bands bring you an afternoon of Funky Blues and Southern Blues Rock.

1:30 - 2:30 OPEN MIC SESSIONS

2:30 - 3:30 THE SAM KELLY BAND

photoSam Kelly leads his bands from the drum throne and has earned an enviable reputation in British Blues. One of the best drummers you’ll ever see and one of Blues in Britain’s ‘Gallery of Greats’.

Expect a set of funky blues from this highly accomplished band.

3:45 - 5:30 THE BLUES CHAPTER

photoThe Blues Chapter are probably the finest young Blues band (under 40) in the capital. Sky Wood on Vocals and with Jesse Thomas on guitar and Professor Redhair on keys and piano you’ll see shades of Gary Moore, SRV and Joe Bonamassa in their repertoire; a great festival band. Those who are about to rock…salute you!

(All timings approximate)

Week 3 - Sunday 21st August 2016

A Chilled and eclectic view of the Blues from two very contrasting performers.

1:30 - 2:30 OPEN MIC SESSIONS

2:30 - 3:30 THAT BLUE PATCH

that blue patchThat Blue Patch, multi-instrumentalists Ruth and Dave Buckwell with their unique, eclectic take on Blues and other classics. Entertainment with music, banter and humour from these very popular local musicians. Expect them to be joined on stage with collaborator Tig Trafford

The perfect music for a relaxed, chilled summer’s afternoon in the park.

3:45 - 5:30 HOT CLUB DE BROOMFIELD

macafferi guitarsGypsy Jazz played on Macaferri guitars in the style of Django Rheinhart. That’s what ‘The Hot Club’ bring to the park on a summer afternoon to accompany your wine, baguette and Brie; perhaps a game of Boules on the lawn?

Hugely popular last year, this band really know how to capture the authentic Gypsy Jazz sound. Expect accordians and violins as well as great vocals accompanied by those infectious guitar rhythms.

(All timings approximate.)

Week 4 - Sunday 28th August 2016

1:30 - 2:30 OPEN MIC SESSIONS

2:30 - 5:30 THE LOW DOWN DOGS & FRIENDS

photoThe Low Down Dogs provide acoustic and electric blues that meanders from the Mississippi Delta via Memphis and Chicago to the New River Delta! Mad Dog Dave Barnes possesses the best Blues voice in the business and he is also a master of slide guitar and harmonica. With a band to match, comprising Vintage players John Crowther on lead guitar & mandolin and sharing vocal duties, Dave Thomas on bass and vocals, and Pete Abernethy on drums. The Low Down Dogs are fully Blues Police approved and you can expect a hugely entertaining set of familiar, lesser known and some original material from these discerning musicians.

They bring the 2016 Broomfield Blues series to a close with a little help from some of their rather talented friends from St Harmonica’s Blues Club and beyond.

(All timings approximate)

The Broomfield Blues musical spectacular is now a regular part of Enfield’s Festival calendar. Winkworth have been delighted to support the efforts of the local community to develop this event and to ensure free entry is available to all. Winkworth look forward to supporting many more years of Blues music in Bromfield Park, which adds to our long running sponsorship of the Palmers Green Festival.

Nick Charalambous
Director, Winkworth Palmers Green

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The Broomfield Blues musical spectacular is now a regular
part of Enfield’s Festival calendar. Winkworth have been
delighted to support the efforts of the local community to
develop this event and to ensure free entry is available to all.
Winkworth look forward to supporting many more years of
Blues music in Bromfield Park, which adds to our long
running sponsorship of the Palmers Green Festival.
Nick Charalambous
Director, Winkworth Palmers Green
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da capo concert band smallDa Capo Concert Band was established in 1997 with the principal objective of providing amateur adult woodwind, brass, and percussion players with a friendly, dynamic and challenging environment in which to play.

We rehearse every Wednesday at St John the Baptist, Barnet Church, Junction of High Street and Wood Street, Chipping Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4BW and normally perform 3 major concerts at the church each year.  Our contact details are   and we can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well as our website www.dacapoconcertband.co.uk 

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On 1st October London People's Orchestra are holding an open evening to recruit new string players.

All coaching received from London People's Orchestra will be from professional string players, you will also receive technique classes and a chance to play with a full orchestra.

As you will see from our Vacancies Page, we have quite a few spare seats that need filling, especially violins and violas. As mentioned we are a friendly group that welcome all levels of players.

If you have played an instrument before and have put it down for a while, why not come along?

If you wish to attend the open evening send your details to us via the Contact Us Page. Please Include with which instrument you play and whether you have any previous playing experience.

The evening will be from 7pm with the main Orchestra rehearsal starting at 8pm, which everyone attending is more than welcome to stay and watch or even join in if you feel comfortable enough.

We meet at :-

Oakwood Baptist Church
Merrivale
London
N14

www.londonpeoplesorchestra.co.uk

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logoEnfield Chamber Orchestra starts rehearsals for its November concert on 28th September.  The concert, in Enfield Baptist Church, will include the Brahms Double Concerto and Saint-Saens Symphony No 2.

The Orchestra is always on the lookout for more violins and violas.  If you're interested in joining, you can email or visit enfieldchamberorch.org.uk.

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