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We're a for-fun organisation of Edinburgh-area amateur musicians who like to get together Thursday nights for a bit of playing. We've been around since 1995. We work up two concerts every year - but we meet mostly just to play.


We welcome all abilities, all ages, and all backgrounds - anyone who can handle grade 3 or 4 on up - and we hold no auditions, ever.

Our musical focus varies from orchestral favourites like Sibelius's Finlandia and the March to the Scaffold from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique to smaller works for soloists, such as Mozart's 4th horn concerto, immortalised in Flanders & Swann's affectionate pastiche Ill Wind.

We have recently performed Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Schumann's 1st symphony and Vaughan Williams's 2nd, as well as concertos featuring some of our own players as soloists.


We currently have spaces for all strings and all brass (particularly trombones), but winds are a bit full -- maybe a bassoon or an oboe might squeeze in. Please email us if you're interested in joining and someone will get in touch.
Rehearsals are at the Stockbridge Parish Church, on Saxe Coburg Street in Edinburgh, every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. We play two terms, one from September through December, and one from January through May, as well as a more informal short session in the summer.

Our next concert will be
Sunday 18 May 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Stockbridge Parish Church
Saxe Coburg Street
Tickets at the door

The concert will include Brahms's Academic Festival Overture as well as music by Butterworth and Dvorak, along with the world premiere of a piece by Alistair Justice.

You can browse our programmes from the last few years.

There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between. (Sir Thomas Beecham)

Stockbridge and New Town Community Orchestra is a Scottish Registered Charity, number SC032890