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

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. 

Rehearsal dates for 2017

Programme and venue to be confirmed.

  • January 22nd: 2.30-5.30
  • February 12th: 2.30-5.30 
  • March 19th: 2.30-5.30
  • April 30th: 2.30-5.30
  • May 7th: 11-1.30pm and concert 3-5pm
  • June 11th: 1-4pm at the Orchard’s Shopping Centre in Haywards Heath

We appreciate that you may not be able to attend every rehearsal (although it'd be great if you could!)

Cost to take part

This orchestra is a unique opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians. The 2017 project will include tutoring from not only Ensemble Reza players, but also professional wind and brass players. 

The 2017 Community Orchestra to include 4 rehearsals and 2 concerts and additional tutoring: £50 for adults and £20 for children. 

Monthly standing order payments and sibling and family discounts for the 2017 project will be available. Please contact Hannah Carter for more information.

This project is being supported by Great Walstead School 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