Orchestra

Enjoy Sharing Music

Our mission statement is about making every rehearsal and performance an enjoyable experience for our musicians first, so that we share that enjoyment of music and friendship with our audiences. We rehearse every Thursday evening, and perform for community events in and around Beenleigh throughout the year.

Our orchestra enjoys being part of a thriving theatre community. Beenleigh Theatre 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. Children as young as ten can enjoy being part of our group; younger kids tend to get too tired during rehearsals.

Playing in an ensemble is enjoyable and satisfying, especially when both music and friendships flourish. Each Thursday evening we set up and tune from 7pm for a 7:30pm downbeat. We normally rehearse until 9pm unless we get carried away.

If you are a musician interested in joining, please contact David on 0412 145 298 or email orchestra@beenleightheatregroup.com before dropping by for a rehearsal. You can watch or play along and meet other members before making a decision. To officially join Beenleigh Orchestra you need to be a financial member of Beenleigh Theatre Group, which costs $25 per year (and gives you discounts to shows); 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”.

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