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Frequently Asked Questions

At what level do I need to be to join The People’s Orchestra?

To join you’ll need to be able to play to a Grade 7 standard and have good sight-reading skills. No certificate needed. 

How do I join?

Just come along to one of our open rehearsals at Trefoil House, Birmingham City Centre, B1 1QL (click for map). It’s the Girl Guide building on Brownsea drive. If you enjoy playing with your section and the conductor is happy then we’ll welcome you into The People’s Orchestra. We also hold audition days - each audition takes around 15 mins and you can play a piece of your choosing and will be asked to play a short piece by sight.

What are the fees and what do you get for your money?

Fees are £25 per month or £12 for students. Bursaries are available for unwaged or low-income earners. You’ll have access to 200+ hours per year of professionally led music performance training, 4-8 shows, up to 12 community events and 2-6 recording days per year. 

When do you rehearse?

Twice weekly on Sundays from 4pm to 7pm at Trefoil House, Birmingham City Centre, B1 1QL (click for map)

Do I have to attend every rehearsal?

No, we don’t mind if you miss a few rehearsals. We understand you may need to fit rehearsals around family life and work commitments, that’s fine.

If I can’t make the next concert will I lose my place?

Nope, see you at the next one. 

Do you play classical music? 

Yes, there’s a lot of classical music in films.

Is The People’s Orchestra a charity?

Yes, it’s actually Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – a new type of charity. Fun fact: The Peoples Orchestra was the first orchestra to register as a CIO in the UK. * Charity number: 1151321

Other orchestras have unusual instrumentation, so what makes this one any different?

By playing with The Peoples Orchestra you will be helping the charity change the lives of unemployed people in one of the most deprived areas of England. Our back to work programmes are very successful and we are delightful to see people who have helped host orchestra concerts go on to have successful careers.