Welcome to Ensemble Reza's Community Orchestra

Originally set-up in 2015 the Ensemble Reza Community Orchestra is aimed at players of all ages and abilities. You just need to have a passion for performing together and be able to read music!

With over 80 members many have found the orchestra a great opportunity to dust off instruments, perform with friends and family and relax and have fun! 

Come and join us for our early Summer concert at Warden Park Secondary Academy, Sunday 6th May from 3-5pm 

This programme of popular classics will include:

  • In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg  
  • Hoe Down from Rodeo by Copland
  • Nimrod and other movements from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and much more.  
  • Ensemble Reza will also perform alongside trumpeter Martijn Van Galen and clarinettist Steve Dummer

Tickets cost £8 adults and £3 for under 18's and can be bought online from our website.  These will also be available from Pepperbox and Carousel Music from April 9th. 

Introducing Steve Dummer, conductor of the Ensemble Reza Community Orchestra

Steve Dummer is a conductor, clarinettist, educator and all-round enthusiast for participation in music making at every level. He is the founder and musical director of the highly acclaimed group Talkestra (“strongly recommended” -BBC), which tries to reach new audiences for concert music, musical director of the Kidenza children’s concerts, conductor of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra, a regular tutor and conductor at Dartington International Summer School and director of the Junior Course of the European Youth Summer Music. 

What instruments are included in the orchestra?

We welcome all orchestral instruments as well as guitars,  (ideally bass), saxophones, recorders and pianists.  If you are not sure then please contact: hannah.carter@ensemblereza.com

How good do I need to be? 

Our music is arranged for a mixed ability group including musicians from grade 1 standard to grade 6+.  Parts are available to download in advance. 

Player feedback

'It was a great opportunity to bring players of different ages and abilities together to experience playing together'
'It’s very hard for adult beginners to find groups / orchestras to play with.  Thank you! '
‘It's by far one of the best activities Ellie has done.  The benefit of coupling her music lessons with the orchestra experience has improved her competency immeasurably.’
‘Your organisation is second to none and the whole atmosphere is extremely supportive.’
‘I just wanted to say thanks – the Community Orchestra was great fun and the conductor and Ensemble Reza musicians were very inspiring!

Can I join if I don't play an orchestral instrument?

Yes, we have a really friendly and enthusiastic percussion section and all non-instrumental players are very welcome. 

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place at Warden Park Secondary Academy one Sunday a month from 2-5pm.  We appreciate that you may not be able to attend every rehearsal (although it'd be great if you could!).  We are currently rehearsing for our programme of summer concerts and will be publishing dates for our Autumn rehearsals shortly. 

Programme

We are currently finalising the programme for the Autumn term, however it will include works from the new BBC Ten Pieces programme, a popular TV or film score and some carols for our audience to sing-along to at our Christmas concerts in November and December. 

    Cost to take part

    This orchestra is a unique opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians. The orchestra includes tutoring from not only Ensemble Reza players, but also professional wind and brass players. 

    The cost to take part in the Autumn programme will be confirmed shortly. 

    Monthly standing order payments and sibling and family discounts will be available. Please contact Hannah Carter for more information.

    This project is currently supported by Warden Park Secondary Academy, Oathall Community College and with funds from the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra and the Orchards Shopping Centre. 

    To take part, please email: Hannah Carter

    All Community Orchestra taken photos by Alison Willows