We’re a group of enthusiastic  musicians, who get together once a week to play music in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. We welcome players from Grade 1 up to Grade 5 (although if you play at a higher level, you will still be very welcome!)      

We’re open to players of all orchestral instruments (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion). We don’t ask you to audition. We welcome anyone aged eight and over (we have a Safeguarding Policy) and cater for young starters, late starters, and those returning to music-making after years, sometimes decades, away from playing.

We play a wide range of classical and light popular music, arranged for players up to Grade 4/5 standard. We will usually have 1st and 2nd parts for your instrument, so you can choose what’s most comfortable for you. There’ll always be someone you can ask if you’re not sure about anything and you will not be expected to understand it all immediately.

The music is lent to you by the orchestra and remains the property of the orchestra. You should use a soft pencil to make notes on the music to help you.

Please look after the music and return it when asked, which will usually be at the end of a concert. If you lose music, please let a member of the committee know as soon as you can. This gives us the best chance of being able to get a duplicate. You will be asked to pay for any music that you mislay or damage. Photocopying music is illegal and could result in the orchestra receiving a hefty fine, so please do not do it. 

UCO does not provide Instrument Insurance so please check your home insurance policy for insurance of your instrument when playing away from home. We do, however, have public liability insurance should anything happen whilst you are with us. 

Adults: £30.00 per term (three terms a year)
Students and under-16s: £15.00 per term