About the Orchestra

Introduction

We are a growing ensemble, who enjoy playing our instruments and working together to make music. Every Wednesday evening we meet in Fleet, Hampshire, to improve our playing skills and to experience new music under the guidance of our musical director, Vincent Godfrey.  Vincent is very enthusiastic and committed and brings out the best in us, as well as making rehearsals very enjoyable.

Fleet Orchestra was founded in the 1980s with the intention to assemble a group of local musicians to make music and have some fun at the same time without the full time commitment required of some of the more professional orchestras! The ethos was to enjoy making music whilst striving for improvement.

The Music We Play

Our repertoire ranges from arrangements of the classics to light music, and includes some pieces specially written or arranged for us.

We do try to ensure that the music is appropriate for the resources and standard of players in our group.  But to keep us on our toes, some slightly challenging works are tackled alongside more straightforward arrangements at any one time.

A selection of music recently played:
Karelia Suite (Sibelius)
Symphony 5 (Beethoven)
Great Gate Of Kiev (Mussorgsky)
The Sound of Music (Rodgers)
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op 56 (Brahms)
Knightsbridge March (Coates)

Our Meetings

We meet at Ss Philip & James Church, 97 Kings Road, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 3AR (between Wood Lane and Westover Road on the map) on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm. We usually play for about 2 hours, including a short break.

We play during term time and also during school holidays if possible, see our rehearsal schedule for all the dates and times.