Here’s what Chertsey Orchestra members have to say about their experiences:

“Joining Chertsey Orchestra has given me the opportunity to learn lots of new and varied music styles and benefit from a skilled conductor who has endless patience and who continually encourages us to do our best. Everyone is very warm and friendly and I heartily recommend the orchestra to anyone who has an instrument that is gathering dust in a cupboard, to get it out and join in.”
– Sally (Clarinet)

“I really enjoy being part of the friendly Chertsey Orchestra. We play a wide range of music and Claire always makes it fun whilst helping us learn and improve.”
– Mary (Violin)

“Being part of the Chertsey Orchestra is honestly one of the most uplifting things I have ever done. Our Maestro is kind and patient but challenges us to achieve more than we ever thought we could. We are a very happy bunch and I often have to scold the clarinet ladies next to me for giggling! Tuesdays are the highlight of my week.”
– Denise (Trumpet)

“I hadn’t played the oboe for nearly thirty years when Claire set up Chertsey Orchestra. It has been a fantastic way to get back into playing again and I have really enjoyed it. It’s great fun to get together and make some noise every week with this lovely group of people”
– Kate (Oboe)

“The conductor writes parts that suit each orchestra member’s abilities, so everyone gets to play at their level, while being suitably challenged and encouraged to grow as a musician.”
– Rob (Clarinet)

“Challenging, inclusive and fun! If you enjoy playing different styles of music Chertsey Orchestra will provide you with a good place to explore, grow and socialise as a musician. I love Chertsey Orchestra and really enjoy playing with this group of amazing musicians.”
– Clare (Violin)

“I joined Chertsey Orchestra as a young adult who had only started playing an instrument a few years ago and was slightly nervous about joining a real orchestra. I found everyone extremely welcoming and friendly and all the music was very accessible. I really enjoy playing with all the members and the conductor is always very encouraging and enthusiastic.”
– Alex (Cello)

“I joined Chertsey Orchestra in 2019 after over 30 years of hardly playing the oboe. It’s one of the highlights of my week. It’s great fun and everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend giving it a go!”
– Tracy (Oboe)

“I really look forward to practice on a Tuesday evening. Everyone is so helpful and friendly, and I am slowly improving after a long break from playing my clarinet.”
– Edna (Clarinet)

“I thoroughly enjoy playing the flute in this orchestra. The conductor Claire’s passion and energy is so contagious. I can see all musicians enjoy Claire’s leadership with warmth and respects.”
– Margaret (Flute)