Ensemble open rehearsals

Surrey Arts offer over 40 ensembles each week for students to take part in. The ensembles include orchestras, bands and choirs and are fun, a great way to develop playing skills, play with other musicians and perform in concerts.

At the start of each term there is the opportunity to come and try one of Surrey Arts ensembles at an open rehearsal. These are a great opportunity to come and see the ensembles, the music they play and join in and experience what it is like to be part of an ensemble.


North Surrey ensembles

  • Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Juniors: Beginner to Grade 2. Saturday 13 January 9.30am until 12pm, Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley.
  • Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Intermediates: Grade 2 to 5. Saturday 13 January 9.30am until 12pm, Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley.
  • Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Seniors: Grade 5+. Saturday 13 January 9.30am until 12pm, Cordwalles Junior School, Camberley.
  • Senior Guitar Ensemble: Grade 3+. Friday 19 January 6pm until 7.30pm, Strode's College, High Street, Egham.
  • Junior Guitar Ensemble: Beginner to Grade 3. Saturday 13 January 9.20am until 10.50am, Strode's College, High Street, Egham.
  • Senior String Orchestra: Grade 4+. Saturday 13 January 10am until 11.30am, Strode's College, High Street, Egham.
  • Junior String Orchestra: Grade 1 to 4. Saturday 13 January 9am until 10.30am, Strode's College, High Street, Egham.
  • North Surrey Percussion and Rhythm Crew (SPARC): Less experienced players. Saturday 13 January 9am until 10.30am, Strodes College, Egham .
  • Just So Singers: SEND choir for ages 9 to 19. Wednesday 10 January 3.45pm until 4.45pm, Philip Southcote School, Addlestone.

To come along to any of the open rehearsals in the north email surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk


East Surrey ensembles

  • Reigate String Orchestra Preludes: Beginner to Grade 1. Thursday 18 January 4.10pm until 5pm, St Bede's School, Redhill.
  • Reigate String Orchestra Juniors: Grade 1 to 3. Thursday 18 January5pm until 6pm, St Bede's School, Redhill.
  • Reigate String Orchestra Intermediates: Grade 3 to 5. Thursday 18 January 6pm until 7.15pm, St Bede's School, Redhill.
  • Reigate String Orchestra Seniors: Grade 6 to 8. Thursday 18 January 6pm until 7.15pm, St Bede's School, Redhill.
  • Blast Off: Beginner Wind, Brass and Percussion. Thursday 18 January 4.45pm until 6pm, St Bede's School, Redhill.
  • South East Surrey Area Winds (SESAW): Grade 4+ Wind, Brass and Percussion. Thursday 18 January 6pm until 8pm, St Bede's School, Redhill.
  • Surrey Arts Young Singers (East): Singers aged 9 to 13. Saturday 13 January 9am until 10.30am, Hazelwood School, Limpsfield, Oxted.

To come along to any of the open rehearsals in the east email surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk


South Surrey ensembles

  • Mid Surrey Wind Band: All abilities, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion. Tuesday 9 January 4pm until 5.30pm, The Ashcombe School, Dorking.
  • Mid Surrey Training Band: Beginner to Grade 2 Thursday 11 January 4.15pm until 5.15pm, The Ashcombe School, Dorking.
  • Prima Strings: Beginner to Grade 2. Wednesday 17 January 5.15pm until 6.30pm, Tillingbourne School, Chilworth.
  • Opus Strings: Grade 2 to 4. Wednesday 17 January 5.15pm until 6.30pm, Tillingbourne School, Chilworth.
  • South West Winds: Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, Beginner to Grade 4. Wednesday 17 January 5.15pm until 6.30pm, Tillingbourne School, Chilworth.
  • South West Surrey Youth Orchestra: Grade 4+. Wednesday 17 January 6.45pm until 8.45pm, Tillingbourne School, Chilworth.

To come along to any of the open rehearsals in the south email surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk


West Surrey ensembles

  • Brass Routes: Beginner to Grade 2. Tuesday 9 January 6pm until 7pm, Westfield Primary School, Woking.
  • West Surrey Training Wind Band: Grade 2 to 5. Thursday 11 January 5pm until 7pm, Westfield Primary School, Woking.
  • West Surrey Wind Band: Grade 5+. Thursday 11 January 5.30pm until 7.30pm, Westfield School, Woking.
  • Surrey Arts Young Singers (West): Singers aged 9 to 13. Wednesday 10 January 6.45pm until 8.15pm, Westfield School, Woking.
  • West Surrey Percussion and Rhythm Crew (SPARC): Less experienced players. Saturday 6 January 11.30am until 1pm, Westfield School, Woking
  • South West Surrey Concert Band Juniors: Grade 1 to 4. Saturday 13 January 9am until 10.15am, Queen Eleanor's School, Guildford.
  • South West Surrey Concert Band Seniors: Grade 5 to 8. Saturday 13 January 10.30am until 12.15pm, Queen Eleanor's School, Guildford.

To come along to any of the open rehearsals in the west email surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk


County ensembles

For students who play at grade 6 level or above there is the opportunity to play with some of Surrey's most talented young musicians who play and represent the county in one of our advanced ensembles.

Surrey County Youth Orchestra

A full symphony orchestra attracting students throughout Surrey

  • Level: Grade 7 or above. Membership via audition following open rehearsal
  • Open rehearsal: Friday 12 January 6.45pm until 9pm
  • Venue: Westfield School, Woking GU22 9PR

Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra

Woodwind, Brass and Percussion orchestra

  • Level: Grade 5 to 6 or above
  • Open rehearsals: Friday 19 and 26 January 6.45pm until 9pm
  • Venue: George Abbot School's Raynham Hall, Guildford GU1 1XX

Surrey Advanced Brass Ensemble

A symphonic brass ensemble comprising musicians from all over the Surrey area, providing the opportunity to explore music written for different types of brass groups, as well as utilising a variety of the related brass instruments not required in traditional orchestras, wind orchestras or jazz bands, such as cornets, flugel horns and even the sousaphone.

  • Level: Grade 6 or above
  • Open rehearsal: Sunday 7 January 2pm until 5pm. The ensemble rehearses every other Sunday
  • Venue: Westfield School, Woking GU22 9PR

Surrey County Percussion Ensemble

Varied repertoire ranging from jazz to samba, to TV and film themes, performing on a wide range of instruments from congas to marimbas, djembes to xylophones.

  • Level: grade 5 and above
  • Open rehearsal: Saturday 6 January, 9am until 1am
  • Venue: Westfield School, Woking GU22 9PR

Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra

Currently only auditioning for Trumpet, Trombone and electric guitar

  • Level: Grade 6 or above aged between 13 and 18. Membership via audition following open rehearsal
  • Open rehearsal: Wednesday 10 January, 7pm until 9.15pm
  • Venue: Westfield School, Woking GU22 9PR

Surrey Youth Choir

One of the leading youth choirs in the country. A full SATB (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) choir, performing an eclectic repertoire, comprising of singers from all parts of Surrey.

  • Level: Aged 12 plus
  • Open rehearsal: Wednesday 17 January 6.45pm until 9pm
  • Venue: Westfield School, Woking GU22 9PR

UP! Orchestra

UP! Orchestra is an award winning ensemble accessible for young people aged 13 and above of all backgrounds and abilities including those with special educational needs.

  • Open rehearsal: Saturday 3 February from 10.30am until 12.30pm
  • Venue: to be confirmed.

To come along to any of the county ensembles open rehearsals email lianne.fagon@surreycc.gov.uk

If you want to see some of the ensembles in action have a look at some of our ensemble performances on the Surrey Arts YouTube channel

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