Welcome to the Reza Community Orchestra

Thank you to everyone who supported our Crowd Funding campaign! We have now secured funding for the orchestra until September 2020.

Originally set-up in 2015 the Reza Community Orchestra is aimed at players of all ages and abilities.  You just need to have a passion for performing and be able to read music! 

The orchestra is growing in popularity and currently has over 22 families and 80 musicians involved.  It is a great opportunity to dust off instruments, perform with friends and family and relax and have fun! 

This orchestra is a unique opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside virtuoso musicians Ensemble Reza and our project partners The Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsals include tutoring from Ensemble Reza players: Andrew Thurgood (violin), Anna Cooper (violin/viola), Sarah Carvalho (cello), Pavlos Carvalho (percussion), Martijn Van Galen (trumpet), Steve Dummer (wind).  The orchestra is conducted by professional conductor Steve Dummer.

Come and join us for our Autumn term of fantastic music! 

To join the Reza Community Orchestra (both new and previous members), please complete our application form.

This programme of popular classics will include:

 Select the work and then you will be taken to a page where you can hear the piece and learn more about the work.  If you scroll down to arrangements you can then also select your part at the level you feel you can play.

 

Introducing Steve Dummer, conductor of the Reza Community Orchestra

Steve Dummer is a conductor, clarinettist, educator and all-round enthusiast for participation in music making at every level. He is the founder and musical director of the highly acclaimed group Talkestra (“strongly recommended” -BBC), which tries to reach new audiences for concert music, musical director of the Kidenza children’s concerts, conductor of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra, a regular tutor and conductor at Dartington International Summer School and director of the Junior Course of the European Youth Summer Music. 

What instruments are included in the orchestra?

We welcome all orchestral instruments as well as guitars,  (ideally bass), saxophones, recorders and pianists.  If you are not sure then please contact: hannah.carter@ensemblereza.com

How good do I need to be? 

Our music is arranged for a mixed ability group including musicians from grade 1 standard to grade 6+.  Parts are available to download in advance. 

Player feedback

'It was a great opportunity to bring players of different ages and abilities together to experience playing together'

'It’s very hard for adult beginners to find groups / orchestras to play with. Thank you! '

‘It's by far one of the best activities Ellie has done. The benefit of coupling her music lessons with the orchestra experience has improved her competency immeasurably.’‘Your organisation is second to none and the whole atmosphere is extremely supportive.’‘I just wanted to say thanks – the Community Orchestra was great fun and the conductor and Ensemble Reza musicians were very inspiring!’

Can I join if I don't play an orchestral instrument?

Yes, we have a really friendly and enthusiastic percussion section and all non-instrumental players are very welcome. 

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place at Warden Park Secondary Academy in Cuckfield. Our Autumn Term dates are: 

  • Sunday 15th September: 2.30 - 5.30pm

  • Sunday 13th October: 2.30 - 6pm (to include informal concert at the end of the rehearsal for those keen to try out exam repertoire or favourite piece!) 

  • Sunday 17th November: 2.30 - 5.30pm

  • Sunday 8th December: 11-1pm and concert from 3-5pm 

We appreciate that you may not be able to attend every rehearsal (although it'd be great if you could!).  

Programme

The programme each term includes a selection of popular classical pieces and film scores.  Most of the music can be downloaded online and is available for different levels of ability from beginner to the more experienced player.   

Cost to take part

This orchestra is a unique opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians. The orchestra includes tutoring from not only Ensemble Reza players, but also professional wind and brass players. 

The cost to take part this Autumn is £50 for adults and £30 for children.  

Monthly standing order payments and sibling and family discounts will be available. Please contact Hannah Carter for more information.

This project is currently supported by Warden Park Secondary Academy, Oathall Community College and with funds from the Orchards Shopping Centre, Friends of Ensemble Reza and the Reza Community Orchestra and West Sussex County Council.

All Community Orchestra taken photos by Alison Willows