String players - have you ever wanted to experience playing with a full wind and brass section behind you? Well here is your chance!
The ELLSO PE is a friendly enthusiastic amateur orchestra meeting on Thursday evenings (7.15pm to 9.30pm) in East London.
We rehearse in the beautiful and historic Hawksmoor church of St Anne's in Limehouse
The music is challenging, so, as a guide, this group is for Grade 6+ (or ELLSO Stage 5) players upwards. If you are around that level and want to come and give it a try you will be made very welcome!
We do not hold auditions, but players need to be reliable.
We often have places available for string players, and at present there are vacancies for French Horn and some other woodwinds.
Our philosophy is to be supportive of each other and organise ourselves without hierarchy. We spend much longer learning pieces than other orchestras because we have a range of skills and we analyse the music in a good deal of detail.
The end product is always to a high standard and our concerts are usually well attended and enjoyable occasions.
Our conductor is Khac-Uyen Nguyen. Uyen has conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Hebrides Ensemble,the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn in Germany.
He is also a guest conductor of the Southwark Sinfonia, Southend Symphony Orchestra, the London City Side Sinfonia, and associate conductor of I Maestri Orchestra. Most recently, Khac-Uyen has conducted concerts with the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi Grand Theatre.
The PE performs selected pieces from our repertoire during theELLSO end of term concert/party for friends and family.
We also present our own public PE concerts each year in December and July.
To play in this group you need to become an ELLSO member (annual subscription £15)
The PE fees are then £65 per 10 week term (some concessions are available)
You can see the term dates here