Fleet Orchestra - We are a small 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, Vince Godfrey.
History - 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.
Our Musical Director - Vince Godfrey graduated from the University of Surrey in 2014 and is currently studying Masters in Conducting at Surrey. Vince is enthusiastic about conducting, and his natural ability brings out the best in us making rehearsals very enjoyable.
Our repertoire ranges from arrangements of the classics through to light music, and includes some pieces specially written or arranged for us. However we do endeavour to ensure that the music is appropriate for the resources and standard of players in our group. But to keep us on our toes, generally a combination of slightly challenging works and more straight forward arrangements are looked at side by side.
We welcome players both the enthusiast and those who may not have played for a long time. However the music we play requires a standard of, as a general guide, equivalent to around Grade 4 and above. There is no age barrier and we welcome older school children and college students. The entry qualification is keenness to play and learn!
We meet at St. Philip & St. 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 1 hour 45 minutes. We play during term time and also during school holidays if possible, our rehearsal schedule can be found here.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you!
A selection of the current music being played: