WANTED: Violins, Violas, Double Bass, French Horns, Trombones, Clarinets - and a second percussionist

Welcome to the Leatherhead Orchestra


The members of the Leatherhead Orchestra can’t wait for lockdown to be over so that we can return to our rehearsal room on Wednesday evenings at the Leatherhead Institute.

We haven’t not been idle during the lockdown, however. We’ve made an online group recording of the slow movement of Mendelsohn’s 4th Symphony and are now planning another group performance, so stay tuned (we've kept it for private viewing but if you want to see it please send an email to our webmaster,

If you’re thinking perhaps you’d like to try out playing in an amateur orchestra, please come and give us a try. Maybe you’ve taken out an instrument during lockdown that you used to play and are discovering your music memory and the pleasure playing can give you.

As soon as we are back in business, we’re planning an open day and you are invited to join in with us. We welcome players of all standards and our goal is to play for pleasure, while improving as we do. We really, really need string players, but any instrument is welcome.

Click one of the links now to let us know who you are. You’ll be glad you did – we’re a nice orchestra to be a part of and we look forward to meeting you.

About the Orchestra

We are a friendly amateur orchestra which rehearses at the Leatherhead Institute from 8 pm until 10 pm every Wednesday evening during term. We cater mostly for adult players but welcome younger ones, including those with little or no orchestral experience. The music we play is from the standard classical repertoire.

Photo: Dominic Vissers

Leatherhead Orchestra - celebrating our 60th Anniversary, December 2014.

There are no specific entry standards or auditions, however you will probably need to have played for a couple of years, be playing reasonably in tune and be able to practise at home.

At the end of each term we play through the rehearsed programme in front of families and guests. This is followed by a supper to round off the evening. We make no charge for attending the concert.

If you would like to join us contact the membership secretary (email address below) or just come along. Our term subscription is £53.00*, which of course includes light refreshments. At the moment we need string players, both violin and viola.

Christmas 2019

Two singers from Surrey will perform with the Orchestra in our Christmas concert this year (which will take place on 4 December at the Leatherhead Institute starting at 8pm).

Maitheya Riva and Jenny Jonas will perform arias by Puccini and Mozart, along with the carol ‘Oh Holy Night’.  Jenny, a voice and piano teacher, also plays oboe in the Orchestra. Maitheya, an engineer who comes from  Italy, is currently studying voice and will make her performing debut at the concert.



*Students in full-time education: 50% discount xxx