Hadleigh Orchestra

A local community orchestra based in Hadleigh, Suffolk, UK.

We're a long established orchestra with a good regular membership and we rehearse weekly in academic term times. This is a mixed ability orchestra with players ranging from grade 4 students to professionals, teachers and second career musicians. We welcome new members in all sections of the orchestra, and to join you need to be a minimum of grade 4.

Our orchestra is conducted by Kay Bartlett who gets us ready to play in our Summer and Christmas concerts.

Rehearsals are easy to travel to by car from Colchester, Ipswich, Sudbury & Stowmarket and are on Monday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Beaumont CP School, Durrant Road, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 6GD. There's a small membership charge of approx. £25.00 per academic term.

Ute Cooper was the long term conductor of the orchestra, who has now retired and was presented the role of Hadleigh Orchestra President in December 2019.

Vacancy: Strings

We currently have vacancies for 1st violinists. Players in this section ideally need to be grade 6+

We also have vacancies for 2nd violins, violas, cellos and double bass.

If you are interested in any of these vacancies, please use our contact form

Vacancy: Brass

We currently have vacancies for Trombones and Trumpets.

If you are interested in any of these vacancies, please use our contact form

Vacancy: Woodwind

We currently have vacancies for clarinet and bassoon.

If you are interested in any of these vacancies, please use our contact form

Vacancy: Percussion

We currently have a vacancy for a percussionist.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please use our contact form

Summer Concert 2019 - Sunday 9th June at 6.30pm St Mary's Church, Hadleigh

Concerts

Upcoming Concert

Summer Concert 2019 - Sunday 9th June at 6.30pm

Details to be confirmed.

Previous Concerts

Christmas Concert 2018 - Sunday 9th December at 6.30 pm
St Joseph's Church, Hadleigh
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Conductor: Kay Bartlett

As usual, entrance is free, collection in aid of Talitha Koum Charity. All are welcome.

Provisional Programme
  • Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite
  • Brahms 4 Waltzes From Op 39
  • Bach Sinfonia
  • Vivaldi Themes From Autumn & Winter
  • Popular Christmas Carols
Summer Concert 2018 - Sunday 10th June at 6.30 pm
Stoke by Nayland : St Mary's Church
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Conductor: Ute Cooper

As usual, entrance is free, but we shall invite donations as you leave. All are welcome.

Provisional Programme
  • Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No.1
  • John Cooper: Irish Melodies
  • Kookabura Round
  • Mendelssohn: Athalia Overture
  • Herb Brown: Singing in the Rain
  • Gershwin: Summer Time
  • Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Waltz
  • Dvorak: Movements 3 & 4 from Symphony No. 8
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Hadleigh Arts Festival (Taster) 2018 - Saturday 21st April at 5 pm
St Mary's Church, Hadleigh
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Conductor: Ute Cooper

Entrance Fee £1.50 towards the Hadleigh Arts Festival

Provisional Programme
  • Three Tunes from Shakespeare's England : arr. Hare
    • Go From My Window
    • Greensleeves
    • Nobodyes Gigge
  • A Suite of English Folk Songs : Boyle
    • The Wraggle Taggle Gipsies
    • O Waly, Waly
    • Blow Away The Morning Dew
  • Curtain Raisers
    • Sunrise-Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof) : Bock/Harnick
    • German Dance (No.9) : Beethoven
Complement : Strings Only
  • Violin 1st : 4
  • Violin 2nd : 4 (Inc. 2 Guests)
  • Viola 3
  • Cello 4
  • Double Bass 1 : (Inc. 1 Guest)
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Christmas Concert 2017 - Sunday 3rd December at 6.30 pm
St Joseph's Church, Hadleigh
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Conductor: Ute Cooper
Leader: Lisa Patchett

As usual, entrance is free, but we shall invite donations as you leave. All are welcome.

Provisional Programme
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) : Sleepers, Wake!
  • Noel: French Round
  • Carol 1: Once in Royal David's City
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) : Rondo
  • Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909) : Tango
  • Carol 2: O come, O come, Emmanuel
  • Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904) : Movements 2 & 3 - 8th Symphony
  • Alexander Borodin (1833 - 1887) : Nocturne
  • Carol 3: It Came upon the Midnight Clear
  • Howard Blake (1938 - ) : Walking in the Air
Complement
  • Violin 1st : 6
  • Violin 2nd : 7
  • Viola 4
  • Cello 5
  • Double Bass 1
  • Flute 3
  • Piccolo 1
  • Oboe 2
  • Clarinet 2
  • Bassoon 2
  • Horn 4
  • Trumpet 2
  • Trombone 1
  • Percussion 2
  • Keyboard 2

Rehearsal Details

Subject to: Weather Constraints

Normally on Monday evenings 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Beaumont CP School, Durrant Road, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 6GD

For rehearsal enquiries, use our contact form or phone John Druce: 01473 827242

Spring Term
4th March — 1st April at Beaumont C P School.
End of School Term : Easter Holidays : no rehearsals until the Summer Term
8th & 15th April rehearsals at St. Mary's Church, Hadleigh. (Can be cold, so please come prepared!)
22nd April : no rehearsal
 
Summer Term
29th April — 20th May (including 6th May) - at Beaumont C P School.
27th May : no rehearsal
3rd June at Beaumont C P School.
 
Summer Concert
9th June at 6:30pm at St. Mary's Church, Hadleigh.
Band call at 3pm. Tea at 5pm.
Concert at 6.30pm. (Peter and the Wolf interval about 7pm - 7.20pm)
Finishes about 8.15pm

Notices for Orchestra Members

We now have a WhatsApp group. If you wish to join, please speak to Rachel (1st Violins) or Fran.

Have an enquiry? Or thinking about joining us?

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If you do not want to use the contact form above, then you can also phone John Druce: 01473 827242