If you would like to join the Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra (SWSO), please don’t hesitate to contact the fixer for the appropriate section:
If you are not sure about joining the Symphony Orchestra for any reason, feel free to email us with any questions, or simply come along to one of our rehearsals or concerts to decide if you’d like to take part. We are a friendly orchestra with members from all walks of life, who simply enjoy making music together.
We generally perform 4-5 concerts each year, in and around Saffron Walden - for example in the acoustically superb Saffron Hall, in the wonderful atmosphere of St. Mary’s church or, for a more centrally located community event, in Saffron Walden Town Hall. Our autumn schedule usually includes a popular children’s concert as part of the Saffron Walden Literary festival.
We do not audition members, but do ask for a minimum standard (generally at least grade six depending on the instrument). We are always pleased to hear from string and brass players in particular.
While many of our players travel some distance to play with us, we are of course particularly interested to hear from orchestral musicians who live near Saffron Walden or in the district of Uttlesforde.
Our rehearsal schedule usually comprises the 4-5 Sunday evenings preceding each concert, under the guidance of our Music Director and Conductor, Richard Hull. Rehearsals mostly take place at Newport village hall, which is conveniently located very close to Newport train station:
- Newport Village Hall, Station Road, Newport CB11 3PL
We understand that everyone has work and family commitments and therefore understand the need for flexibility – if you can’t play in every concert this is fine (though please do attend most rehearsals for any concert you would like to play in).