Music, Maestro, Please!

BBC Ariel Orchestra meets every three weeks as a “scratch” at BBC Maida Vale on Sunday afternoons. Some of our regulars are professional standard, some are adult learners, and some haven’t dusted off their instrument for years. We welcome you all, whether you come every session or just occasionally. Recent repertoire has included Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Mozart/Beethoven Piano Concertos with a guest soloist. The orchestra aims for keen amateur standard, but plays for pleasure and we don’t mind in the slightest when we get it wrong! We’re a small, very friendly, encouraging group and sessions are often followed by a well-earned trip to the pub.

Cost to join

£10 p.a. with no further cost to take part in any of the groups where there are vacancies.

BBC Elstree Concert Band was founded more than thirty years ago, and has since shifted base – it also rehearses at BBC Maida Vale, on Monday evenings. The band now has over 40 regular players and an eclectic repertoire from Gershwin to Beethoven, from John Barry to Elgar. Concerts are held in London and beyond, performing regularly at Music Festivals and in aid  of charitable organisations. The Band needs full brass/woodwind plus percussion and string bass, at around Grade 8 standard. The Musical Director is Andrew Morley (Trinity College of Music, London) and the Principal Guest conductor is Mike Crisp. Regular commitment is required. There are social events, and trips to the pub after rehearsals!


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BBC Ariel Orchestra

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