Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join the orchestra?

Auditions are not necessary but a glance at our repertoire will indicate the level at which we play. Players are expected to familiarise themselves with the notes beforehand, so as to make rehearsals more effective.

Chandos has a professional leader and conductor, and we rehearse intensively over two weekends, with a concert on the second Sunday. There are usually some vacancies in the strings, although less often in other sections, but it’s worth asking! However, we will be pleased to keep your name on file for future occasions. Young players are particularly encouraged to contact us, especially if they are approaching grade 8. It’s always possible to try out the orchestra in a workshop before you commit yourself. Come and experience for yourself the thrill of playing in a 90 piece symphony orchestra and give your playing some wings.

If you decide to join, your subscription will support the orchestra in maintaining its high standards and exciting repertoire.

How do I book tickets?

When we perform at the Malvern Theatres contact them either online at, or call in person at The Forum Theatre, or call Box Office on 01684 892277.

All other venues are booked via a link on our Concerts page.

Where do we rehearse and perform?

Ledbury Primary School

Most of our rehearsals currently take place in Ledbury at Ledbury Primary School [map] (Ledbury Primary School, Long Acres, Ledbury, HR8 2BE). There is free parking and disabled access to the school. We provide refreshments during the rehearsal (for a very modest fee) and restaurants and cafés are within walking distance in Ledbury for the longer breaks.

Malvern Theatres

The final rehearsal and concerts are held at The Forum Theatre (Malvern, Grange Road, Malvern WR14 3HB) [map]. There is some free parking on the neighbouring roads as well as some pay and display car parks. Please allow plenty of time to find available parking.

Concert arrangements

Between the final rehearsal and concert there are some town restaurants open Sunday evening. Bar & restaurant on site, although you will need to check that the latter is open.

Concert dress: men DJs; women long black. (please no mid- or short-length skirts).

Music stands required at all rehearsals and concerts.

Enquiries: email  Orchestra Manager

Child Protection Policy

Please see our current policy here.