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.

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 2018.

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, cello 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 Bassoon and Saxophones (preferably Alto or Tenor).

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

Christmas Concert 2021 - Sunday 12th December at 4pm St Mary's Church, Hadleigh

Concerts

Upcoming Concert

Christmas Concert 2021 - Sunday 12th December at 4pm
St Mary's Church, Hadleigh
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Conductor: Kay Bartlett

As usual, entrance is free, but donations are most welcome. The seating will be spaced out and audience members are encouraged to wear face coverings. Hand sanitizer will be available at the door.

Provisional Programme
  • TBD

Previous Concerts

Christmas Concert 2019 - Sunday 8th December at 6.30pm
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
  • Romeo and Juliet Overture - Tchaikovsky
  • Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
  • Joyful March - Chabrier
  • Yesterday - John Lennon
  • Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer
Summer Concert 2019 - Sunday 9th June at 6.30pm
St Mary's Church, Hadleigh
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Conductor: Kay Bartlett

As usual, entrance is free, but donations are most welcome.

Programme
  • Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf
  • Haydn - Divertimento
  • Faure - Sicilienne
  • Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture
  • Delius - La Calinda
  • Binge - Sailing By
  • Handel - Hornpipe from the Water Music, Suite 1
  • Sullivan - Overture to The Mikado
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
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)
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

Rehearsals are easy to travel to by car from Colchester, Ipswich, Sudbury & Stowmarket.

They are on Monday evenings 7:30pm to 9:15pm term time only unless otherwise stated at Beaumont CP School, Durrant Road, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 6GD.

There's a small membership charge of approx. £20 - £25 per academic term.

For rehearsal enquiries, use our contact form

Notices for Orchestra Members

For the 12th December Christmas concert can orchestra members please turn up for 2pm rehearsal.

There will be a very short tea break before the concert starts at 4pm.

We now have a WhatsApp group. If you wish to join, please speak to Rachel (in 2nd Violins) or Fran.

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