There is a large number of amateur music groups in Leeds, suitable for all levels and all ages. Some may consist mainly of adults, others are aimed at children or teenagers, and many are mixed. Most will perform occasional concerts, either for private audiences or for the public.
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Orchestras, Bands, Choirs and Ensembles
If you are new to playing in music groups, see Beginners' Guide to Music Groups for info.
BRASS : euphonium, trombone, trumpet
WIND : oboe
PERCUSSION : tuned percussion
Standard: Grade 6 minimum
The Phoenix Concert Band in Leeds plays a wide variety of music from film scores and musical theatre to dance band music and contemporary classical.
The Phoenix Concert Band gives around a dozen performances a year, ranging from concerts, busking, Leeds City Council's Bands in the Park sessions and special events.
The Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble, led by clarinet teacher Deborah Pennington, is a friendly group who play a varied repertoire of original compositions and specially selected arrangements. The Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble meets alternate Wednesday evenings at the Headingley Enterprise & Arts Centre in Leeds.
email Deborah or call 07190 414586
Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings throughout the year, between 7.30pm - 9.30pm. They take place at The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 8GS.
Contact the Phoenix Concert Band via their web site
Phoenix Concert Band
Phoenix Concert Band, performing at Roundhay, Leeds
If you're a classical music enthusiast, see Classical Concerts in Leeds for events and concerts by Leeds orchestras, bands, ensembles and choirs
Bass and alto clarinet (Grade 6+).
The Yorkshire Clarinet Ensemble has performed at Victoria Park, Calverley, as part of Leeds City Council's Bands in the Park concerts, and in 2015 performed at Kirkstall Festival, Leeds.
Collingham Band is a 36-strong community band of wind and brass players, with a minimum playing standard of Grade 4. Members range from primary school children to retired adults.
The band rehearses at Collingham School on Fridays in term time between 5.50-7pm.
Contact Collingham Band via their web site, www.collinghamband.co.uk
Collingham Band performing on the bandstand at the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate
Designed to fill the gap during the summer months when many bands and orchestras take a break, the Leeds Summer Orchestra meets weekly throughout the summer from July until September, finishing with a concert for family and friends.
The orchestra meets on Tuesdays between 7-9.30pm, the venue being Moortown Methodist Church (behind Sainsbury's Moor Allerton store). There will be a fee of £3 per session. The Leeds Summer Orchestra is open to all levels of player - participants just need their instrument, a music stand and a smile!
Dates for the 2015 Leeds Summer Orchestra meetings will be posted on their web site: www.lso.polkadotwebsites.co.uk
Collingham Training Band launched in September 2015 with around 20 members, both children and adults. The band meets at Collingham Memorial Hall on Fridays during the school term from 5.00 - 5.45pm.
Collingham Training Band is open to players of wind and brass instruments who are Grade 1+ to Grade 3 standard. All ages are welcome - there is no minimum or maximum age.
only £22.50 per term
Find a local amateur music group from these web sites:
Leeds Folk Fiddle Group plays a wide variety of foot-tapping music, including Klezmer, Gypsy, jazz and swing as well as traditional folk music. The group is led by Iveta Hlavenkova, violin teacher and Principal of the Leeds Violin School. Experience at playing folk music is not necessary coaching is given. Rehearsals are held each Thursday at the Yorkshire College of Music & Drama, Leeds. Full details on the Leeds Folk Fiddle Group web site.