The Windsor Community Orchestra is a local orchestra for all musical abilities. It includes children above 9 years old, young people and adults, who meet to learn a wide range of music and perform together in the community.
The orchestra started up in 2004. It has been doing 3 concerts a year since then.
Anyone who plays a musical instrument is welcome to come and perform with us, whatever the standard. Currently, the orchestra contains keyboards and saxophones as well as the more traditional orchestral instruments of violins, brass, woodwind and percussion. We welcome players of any grade or ability, but the orchestra is designed for those under grade 5.
All you need to be eligible to join is:
We meet for 10 weeks each academic term in two stints of 5 weeks either side of half term. Each meeting is for 2 hours, with a break for refreshments and conversation in the middle.
The first 9 meetings are rehearsals preparing us for the last week of the 10, which is always a concert.
We meet on Thursdays at 7.00 p.m. at the Dedworth Green Baptist Church
Full details, including all the term's dates, can be found on the Meetings page.
The Windsor Community Orchestra performs 3 concerts a year. Each concert includes 5 or 6 orchestral pieces, and also features solos and smaller groups made up of members of the orchestra. These have been as diverse as a brass duet, an accordion solo and a jazz trio.
We never charge for our concerts but do take voluntary donations at the door which we then give to charity. Each term, the orchestra chooses a charity that a member has a connection with or has benefitted from.
We play all sorts of music, from the classical repertoire you might expect of an orchestra to more modern music. Occasionally, music is composed especially for the orchestra either by our musical director or some of our members.
The orchestra is conducted and managed by Elaine Foakes. Elaine brings her vision, skills and many years of experience as a full time music educator to enable people of all ages and abilities to play well together.
Elaine organises and arranges the music, and tailors the music to the standard of each individual player, so no one is left out and everybody adds to the music the orchestra creates. It's a great way to improve their musical skills and each term concludes with a final performance all can be proud of.