Orchestra

Beenleigh Orchestra is devoted to nurturing and sharing the musical talents of amateur musicians in the Beenleigh community and surrounds.

The orchestra performs at various community events, and enjoys the benefits of being part of a theatre community. The theatre itself is an excellent concert venue. The orchestra occasionally accompanies A-Chord, the energetic and enthusiastic in-house choir. Several of our experienced members apply their talents to accompany the theatre’s musical productions.

Membership

We welcome instrumentalists of many ages and skill levels who enjoy playing a variety of musical styles. Playing in an ensemble is enjoyable and satisfying, especially when both music and friendships flourish. Rehearsals currently occur Thursday evenings, setting up and tuning from 7pm for a 7:30pm downbeat. We normally rehearse until 9pm when we have a cuppa and pack up.

If you are a musician interested in joining, please contact David on 0412 145 298 or email conductor@beenleighorchestra.com.au before dropping by for a rehearsal. You can play along and meet other members before making a decision. To join Beenleigh Orchestra you will need to be a financial member of Beenleigh Theatre Group, which costs $25 per year; we also collect $2 each week to cover expenses for the orchestra itself.

History

The orchestra was originally formed at Eagleby Community Centre by Maureen Taylor, a local strings and piano teacher. Later the orchestra moved to Beenleigh PCYC for several years.

Maureen retired from conducting duties in 2009, and David Chivers took over as chief stick-waver.

In 2011 we joined Beenleigh Theatre Group as a member ensemble. At various times we have been known as “Beenleigh PCYC Community Orchestra” and “Beenleigh Symphonia”.