‘Rusty’ orchestra is looking for new members

A community orchestra based at Moseley Community Hub in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, is recruiting new members.

The Rusty Players Orchestra is open to anyone who wants to play music but hasn’t played for some time or is new to playing an instrument. Weekly rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from7pm to 9pm and rehearsals will restart after the summer break on Monday 6 September 2021.

The orchestra is for players of all instruments, ages and ability. No auditions are required, and everyone is welcome. It’s a fun, friendly, supportive atmosphere and musicians have the opportunity to rehearse, perform, socialise and enjoy music together.

The orchestra includes a saxophone section and a wide variety of instruments. Music is arranged to take account of the standard of each player and the orchestra plays music that features in everyday lives including film, game, popular classical music, TV and show music. No grade certification is required but it is recommended that players are confident in reading music. If required, help will be provided too.

Newcomers are always welcome and the first month is free.

For more information, visit www.thepeoplesorchestra.com

Or email: hello@thepeoplesorchestra.com

The orchestra is led by conductor and talented trumpet player, Bradley Wilson, who is a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

“If your musical instrument has been in its case for too long or you’re new to playing an instrument and want to improve and play with others, then this is the perfect orchestra for you,” said Bradley. “We’re always looking for new members so if you love playing music but feel a bit rusty, join us. There’s no pressure to be perfect, just come along and have a go! It’s a great way to improve your playing and build up your confidence.”

The Rusty Players Orchestra is run by The People’s Orchestra, a Midlands-based arts charity with an overriding vision to share the fun of music making and keep people playing and singing music. As well as The Rusty Players Orchestra, the charity runs one of the leading amateur orchestras in the country and a network of show choirs. Known for its musical excellence, in 2016 the main orchestra was chosen as one of the five best and most inspiring amateur orchestras in the country and took part in the BBC’s All Together Now: Great Orchestra Challenge.

The charity was awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in June 2021 and has a history of offering work placements and volunteer experiences. Since 2013, it has helped over 1,000 unemployed people back into work through its award-winning programme of work experience placements, education programmes and community outreach work.

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