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Radcliffe Orchestra

The Radcliffe Orchestra is looking for new players.

Radcliffe Orchestra

The Radcliffe Orchestra has been putting on concerts for medically related charities for nearly 40 years.

The orchestra consists of healthcare workers (plus friends and family) from across the hospitals in Oxfordshire. It is supported by the Trust's charity ORH Charitable Funds.

We would be interested in hearing from instrumentalists who might like to join our flourishing orchestra, particularly violins, clarinet, and trombone players. The standard is Grade 8+, or having had significant orchestral playing experience.

We do three concerts a year with six or seven weekly rehearsals beforehand on Monday or Tuesday evenings, 8.00pm to 10.00pm in Tingewick Hall at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

We have a rotation of three or four conductors, and recent major works have included:

  • Holst's Planets
  • Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
  • Beethoven's Eroica and Pastoral symphonies
  • Carmina Burana
  • Mahler's 4th symphony
  • Brahms 2nd symphony
  • Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony
  • well known concertos, such as the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky, Nielsen and Sibelius and the piano concertos of Chopin and Mozart.

Holst's planets involved an orchestra of over 70 players.

There are no auditions and the orchestra has a reputation for coaxing 'lapsed' instrumentalists back to playing again. Above all we have fun.

If you are interested in joining please contact: or visit

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