The Academy of Great St. Mary’s Orchestra

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The Academy of Great St. Mary's orchestra draws players from across Cambridgeshire and beyond to make music together. It comprises around 40 players and performs a range of music from symphonies to concertos to chamber works.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • Playing beautiful music can lift your spirits;
  • You can make new friendships and become part of a supportive community;
  • The orchestra performs concerts of classical music which give pleasure and inspiration to audiences drawn from across Cambridgeshire and beyond.

“I so enjoy playing with this very friendly group.”

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What to expect

Joining the orchestra requires Grade 8 standard playing of an instrument. The orchestra welcomes enquiries from players who are interested in joining. You will be invited to come along to play with the orchestra for a few rehearsals to get a feel for it. After a few weeks you will be invited to an audition with the conductor of the orchestra. If successful you will become a full member.

More information

The orchestra rehearses every Tuesday evening at Great St Mary’s Church in central Cambridge. Parking is available at the nearby Grand Arcade car park (free in the evenings). The church is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible toilet.

The concert gives four concerts a year, to which everyone is welcome.

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Potential members can attend the initial few rehearsals for free, before deciding whether they would like to audition to become a member.

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Members of the orchestra are asked to pay an annual membership fee, to cover the cost of running the orchestra and the hire of music. If the cost is a barrier special arrangements can be made so that no one is excluded.

How to contact

Where to go

Great St.Mary's Church
Senate House Hill
Cambridge CB2 3PQ

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