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

Welcome to the Leatherhead Orchestra

In September 2021 the orchestra officially returned to the Leatherhead Institute after the pandemic. What a delight it was to see our colleagues again and start rehearsals for our concert, which took place on the 8th of December, and featured lyric soprano Maitheva Riva singing arias by Dvořák and Puccini, along with Haydn's 'London' Symphony No 104.

You can view the programme for the concert on the 'past programmes' page on the navigation menu above, along with all our programmes since Autumn 1994. You will also find a complete list of works we have performed in that time.


Due to some people moving, facing personal issues or other reasons during lockdown, our numbers have gone down, and we are looking to welcome new members to the orchestra.

We are currently short of strings and brass but have room for all other instruments as well. We welcome players of all standards, and our goal is to play for pleasure, while improving as we do.

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 able to practise at home.

So, 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.

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

About the Orchestra

We rehearse 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. We also invite singers or soloists to perform with us in our concerts.

Photo: Dominic Vissers

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

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

If you would like to join us, please contact the membership secretary (email address below) or just come along.



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