Are you interested in playing in a friendly orchestra that meets once a month to work on the orchestral repertoire, and with NO ticket selling?


We could be the orchestra for you!  Please read on.......

How we began


Bristol Orchestral Players was formed in 1963 by a small group of musical friends at Southmead Hospital. Since then it has expanded into a fun and friendly group of musicians of differing ages and experience drawn from Bristol and beyond.


For more information about the music we enjoy playing, please click on the About Us page.



We play for the pleasure of working on and getting to know the orchestral repertoire. 


From September to March, we meet monthly, usually on the third Sunday, to focus on a couple of works (usually one symphony and one overture) for two successive sessions before moving on to explore new works for the next two rehearsals and so on.  

Between April and June, we meet more regularly (up to five times)  preparing for our annual concert – which is given free to family and friends, followed by a Americian supper style buffet.


We don't take ourselves too seriously but we do work hard at playing the music to as high a standard as possible. 


With only one concert (free!) a year, there is NO TICKET SELLING....  . Friends and family are warmly invited.



Season 2020/21

  A list of dates 

and this year's music

can be found

by clicking on the

2020/21 Calendar page





from 6.30pm to 9.00pm



St Peter'sChurch Hall, The Drive,  Henleaze Bristol BS9 4LD.


Annual subscription:  £30.00


Good parking available

Covid 19: Following HM Gov Guidelines, scheduled rehearsals have been cancelled for the time being.  However, the Orchestra continues to exist and we would be pleased to add any potential new members to our mailing list (please see Contact page).

As soon as HM Gov Guidelines change to permit amateur music-making the Committee will look into how the Orchestra can resume whilst ensuring the safety of all members.  Updates are given by way of the mailing list.

Get in touch


The orchestra is affiliated to "Making Music" and managed democratically.

A list of contacts can be found by clicking on the Contact page.


We currently have vacancies for all strings. 

For Brass and Woodwind, please enquire.


Notes from our Conductor about some of the pieces in our 2020/21 Season:

Covid 19 - Julian will provide his usual interesting notes on the pieces that we are playing once restrictions and associated practicalities permit the orchestra to resume rehearsals.


Concert programme:

Covid 19 - The concert is not currently permitted under Covid 19 Guidelines.  Further information should be available once rehearsals recommence.


Schubert  Symphony no. 3 in D major, D. 200 (1815)

Written very quickly, when the composer was 18 and already a considerable musical craftsman, this is not a mature masterpiece, but is full of rhythmic exuberance and melody.


Rachmaninov (arranged by Julian Dale)  

Vespers & Matins: (movements from the All-Night Vigil (1915)).

This is included as a highly-contrasted short interlude. Arranged from austerely beautiful music for unaccompanied voices, this is very unlike Rachmaninov's orchestral works.


Beethoven  Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (1806)

We are very pleased to welcome back Peter Evans, this time to play one of the greatest violin concertos in the repertoire. Like so many works we now value, the piece was not much appreciated in the composer's lifetime. It is a lyrical work: less dramatic than the piano concertos, though longer than any of them - which is why we have chosen a fairly short symphony this year.  


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