Area ensembles

Our area ensembles offer a wide range of opportunities from beginner level upwards

Our events calendar gives a full listing of forthcoming events for all ensembles and more. Why not have a look to see if there's a performance near you?

Membership and how to apply

Our area ensembles offer a wide range of opportunities from beginner level upwards. You can become a member at any time during the school year. Membership is open to young people up to the age of 19, who are in full-time education at school/college/home.

From September 2021 area ensemble membership will cost £35 per term.

To help you decide if you want to join, contact us to arrange to visit a rehearsal. Join in or watch to get a flavour of the group. You can attend two rehearsals free of charge to help you decide if you want to join.

Rehearsals take place in term time only.

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Basingstoke area

Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra (BAYO)

 

Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestra and Choirs

BAYO website

Director: John Fuller
Assistant: Diane Fuller
Venue: Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
When: Mondays, every two weeks 5.15pm to 7.15pm
Requirements: grade/stage 5+ and by audition

Basingstoke Area Youth String Orchestra

Conductor: Paul Timms
Assistant: Victoria Eglin
Venue: Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
When: Fridays, weekly 4.45pm to 6pm
Requirements: grades/stage 3 to 5+

Basingstoke Area Youth String Training Orchestra

Conductor: Phil White
Assistant: Brenda de Souza
Venue: Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
When: Thursdays, weekly 4.45pm to 5.45pm
Requirements: stage/grade 1 - stage/grade 3

Basingstoke Early Access String Ensemble

Conductors: Brenda de Souza
Venue: Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke
When: Tuesdays, weekly, 4.45pm - 5.45pm
Requirements: strings players learning for two terms - stage/grade 1

Basingstoke Area Youth Wind Orchestra

Conductor: Diane Fuller
Assistant: John Fuller
Venue: Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
When: Tuesdays, weekly 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Requirements: grade/stage 4+

Basingstoke Area Youth Wind Training Orchestra

Conductor: Serena Ludford
Assistant: Tony Ludford
Venue: Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
When: Tuesdays, weekly 5pm to 6pm
Requirements: grade/stage 1 to 4

Basingstoke Area Youth Percussion Ensemble

Conductor: Chris Pott
Venue: Queens Mary's College, Basingstoke
When: Fridays, weekly 5pm to 6.30pm
Requirements: beginner to advanced

Basingstoke Area Youth Choir

Conductor: Tori Eglin
Venue: Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
When: Thursdays, weekly 5.45pm to 6.45pm 

Basingstoke Area Guitar Ensemble

Conductor: Ryan O'Donoghue
Venue: Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke
When: Fridays, weekly 5pm to 6pm

Eastleigh area

Eastleigh Area Schools Orchestras (EASO)

Eastleigh Area Schools Orchestras

EASO website

Eastleigh Area Wind Orchestra

Director: Gabrielle Horne
Assistant: Alice Hudson
Venue: Thornden Hall, Thornden Academy, Chandler's Ford
When: Mondays, weekly 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Requirements: grade/stage 3

Eastleigh Area Wind Orchestra Trainers

This ensemble is for players who would like some ensemble experience before joining the main Wind Orchestra

Conductor: Alice Hudson
Venue: Thornden Hall, Thornden Academy, Chandler's Ford
When: Mondays, weekly 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Requirements: introductory to grade/stage 2+ level

Eastleigh Area String Orchestra

Conductor: Kiri Macdonald-Jones
Venue: Thornden Hall, Thornden Academy, Chandler's Ford
When: Mondays, weekly, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Requirements: grade/stage 1 to 4

Eastleigh Area Guitar Ensemble

Conductor: Stuart Goodeve
Assistant: Simon King
Venue: Thornden Hall, Thornden Academy, Chandler's Ford
When: Mondays, weekly 5.30pm to 6:30pm

Gosport, Fareham and Portchester area

Gosport and Fareham Youth Orchestras (GFYO)

Gosport and Fareham Youth Orchestras

Gosport and Fareham Youth Concert Band

Director: Matt Watling
Venue: Henry Cort Community College, Fareham
When: Thursday, weekly 6pm to 7.15pm
Requirements: wind/brass/percussion grade/stage 4+

Gosport and Fareham Wind Training Band

Conductor: Lu Willits
Assistant: Alison McIntyre
Venue: Henry Cort Community College, Fareham
When: Thursdays, weekly 6pm to 7pm
Requirements: wind/brass/percussion introductory to grade/stage 3

Gosport and Fareham Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Jim Potter
Assistant: Heather Graham
Venue: Henry Cort Community College, Fareham
When: Thursdays, weekly 7.30pm to 9pm
Requirements: wind/brass/percussion grade/stage 5+,
strings grade/stage 3+

Gosport and Fareham Young Strings

Conductor: Anna Pring
Assistant: Heather Graham
Venue: Henry Cort Community College, Fareham
When: Thursday, weekly 6pm to 7pm
Requirements: beginner to grade/stage 3

Gosport and Fareham Ukulele and Guitar Ensemble

Conductor: Martin McBeath
Venue: Henry Cort Community College, Fareham
When: Thursday, weekly 5pm to 5.45pm
Requirements: Open to junior school age and above

Portchester, Fareham and Gosport Youth Bands

Portchester, Fareham and Gosport Youth Brass Band

Director: Matt Watling
Venue: Crofton School, Stubbington
When: Fridays, weekly 6pm to 7.15pm
Requirements: grade/stage 5+

Portchester, Fareham and Gosport Training Band

Conductor: Matt Watling
Venue: Crofton School, Stubbington
When: Fridays, weekly 5pm to 6pm
Requirements: grade/stage 3 +

Portchester, Fareham and Gosport Junior Band

Conductor: Cathi McKenzie
Venue: Crofton School, Stubbington
When: Fridays, weekly 5pm to 6pm
Requirements: introductory stage and above

Hamble area

Hamble Area Youth Band

Hamble Area Youth Band

Director: Julie Farnell
Assistant: Jamie Langridge
Venue: Wildern School
When: Tuesdays, weekly 5.45pm to 7.15pm
Requirements: grade/stage 4+

Hamble Area Youth Training Band

Conductor: Graham Kidd
Venue: Wildern School
When: Tuesdays, weekly 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 1+

Havant area

Havant Clarinet and Saxophone Choir

Director: Gemma Billington
Assistant: Dan Storton
Venue: Cowplain School, Waterlooville
When: Tuesdays, weekly 5.45pm to 7.15pm
Requirement: clarinet grade/stage 4+, saxophone grade/stage 5+, percussion/guitar/piano grade/stage 6+

Havant Wind Ensemble

Conductor: Gemma Billington
Assistant: Sue Riggs
Venue: Cowplain Community School, Waterlooville
When: Tuesdays, weekly 4.45pm to 5.45pm
Requirements: woodwind, brass, keyboard, guitar and percussion players grade/stage 1-2+

Havant Ukulele Group

Conductor: Nic Hoskins
Venue: Cowplain Community School, Waterlooville
When: Tuesdays, weekly 4pm to 4.45pm
Requirements: Yr3 upwards, bring your own ukulele

North East Hants area

North East Hants Area Schools Orchestras (NEHASO)

North East Hampshire Area Schools Orchestras

North East Hants Area Senior Strings

Director: Juliet Balch
Venue: The Wavell School, Farnborough
When: Wednesdays, weekly 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 3+

North East Hants String Training Orchestra

Conductor: Vanessa Kershaw
Venue: The Wavell School, Farnborough
When: Wednesdays, weekly 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Requirements: introductory to grade/stage 3

Hampshire Taiko (Japanese drumming)

Conductor: Luke Jones
Venue: Alderwood Senior School, Aldershot
When: Thursdays, weekly
Training ensemble 4.30pm to 5.45pm
Senior ensemble 5.45pm to 7pm
Requirements: age 11 to 18, beginners welcome

North East Hants Area Schools Wind Band

Conductor: Lucy Powe
Venue: The Wavell School, Farnborough
When: Wednesdays, weekly, 5.15pm to 6.15pm
Requirements: grade/stage 1-8

North East Hants Area Schools Youth Choir

Conductor: Jo Bolam
Venue: The Wavell School, Farnborough
When: Wednesdays, weekly 5.15pm to 6.15pm
Requirements: Yr3 to Yr13

North East Hants Area Schools Bands (NEHASB)

Nort East Hants Area Schools Bands

NEHASB website

North East Hants Area Schools Brass Band

Director: Adam Denman
Assistant: Alice Vaughan
Venue: All Saints Church of England Junior School, Fleet
When: Thursdays, weekly 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Requirements: grade/stage 5+

North East Hants Area Schools Training Band

Conductor: Adam Denman
Assistant: Jacquie Wicks
Venue: All Saints Church of England Junior School, Fleet
When: Thursdays, weekly 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 3+

Petersfield and Alton area

Petersfield Area Schools String Orchestra (PASSO)

Director: Catherine Lawlor
Assistant: Bridget Hughes
Venue: The Petersfield School
When: Wednesdays, weekly 5pm to 6pm 
Requirements: grade/stage 1+

Romsey area

 Romsey Area Schools Orchestras (RASO)

RASO logo

RASO website

Romsey Youth Concert Band

Conductor: Adam Broughton
Venue: The Mountbatten School, Romsey
When: Thursdays, weekly 6.15pm to 7.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 5+

Romsey Area Youth Wind Band

Conductor : Helen Trounson
Assistant: Fiona Barnett
Venue: The Mountbatten School, Romsey
When: Thursdays, weekly 5pm to 6pm
Requirements: grade/stage 2+

Romsey Area Youth Jazz Orchestra

Director: Alex Needham
Assistant: Helen Trounson
Venue: The Mountbatten School, Romsey
When: Thursdays, 7.45pm to 9pm
Requirements: grade/stage 6+ and to pass audition

Romsey First Access Ensemble

Conductor: Helen Trounson
Venue: The Mountbatten School, Romsey
When: Thursdays, weekly 4pm-4.45pm
Requirements: instrumentalists who have completed one term or more of lessons.

Winchester area

 Winchester Area Schools Orchestras (WASO)

Winchester Area Schools Orchestras

WASO website

Winchester Youth Concert Band

Director: Jamie Langridge
Assistant: Jemima Kingsland
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Wednesdays, weekly 5pm to 6.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 4+ and by audition

Winchester Area Schools Wind Band

Conductor: Tom Barton
Assistant: Ann Clausen
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Wednesdays, weekly 4.45pm to 6.00pm
Requirements: grade/stage 1+

Winchester Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Adam Broughton
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Wednesdays, weekly 6.45pm to 8pm
Requirements: grade/stage 5/6+ depending on instrument. Entry by audition

Winchester Area String Training Orchestra

Conductor: Gideon Baker
Assistant: Amanda Wilson
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Wednesdays, weekly, 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Requirements: grade/stage 3+

Winchester Area Young String Ensemble

Conductor: Nicola Heinrich
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Wednesdays, weekly, 5.15pm to 6.30pm
Requirements: grade/stage 1

Winchester Area Schools Introductory Band

Conductor: Jamie Langridge, Jemima Kingsland, Tom Barton
Venue: Henry Beaufort School, Winchester
When: Wednesdays, weekly, 4.30pm to 5.15pm
Requirements: grade/stage introductory