LCoM Community Orchestra

Course Details

Date Tuesday 02 May 2017
Time 7:00 PM
Venue Leeds College of Music
Duration 25 April 2017 - 9 June 2017; 7 - 9.30pm
Tutor Conductor: Ben Crick
Fee £85.00
Age 18+

The Course

New members are welcome to join the orchestra from Tuesday 25 April for the remainder of the year until Friday 9 June. The discounted fee to enrol from April is £85.

A lively and friendly ensemble for classical musicians who are a minimum of grade 6 (strings/brass) and grade 8 (woodwind) standard.  The Orchestra brings together people from all over the Yorkshire region who share a love of playing orchestral music, performing three concerts per academic year as part of the Leeds College of Music Concert Season.  Running from September - June, the Community Orchestra meets for weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals under the leadership of conductor Ben Crick.

For the late spring/summer term, the orchestra will be working on the following repertoire which they will perform in their concert on Friday 9 June at St Edmund's Church in Roundhay:

Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
Dvořák, Cello Concerto
Schubert, Symphony No.8 "Unfinished"

New members are very welcome, and we recruit throughout the year where we have spaces available. We are particularly keen to hear from string, percussion and brass players.  The required standard is grade 6 or above (strings/brass) or grade 8 (woodwind). 

An audition will be required if there is demand for places. If you are a woodwind or brass player interested in joining the Community Orchestra, please contact us at before you enrol.  We will advise you as to whether you will need to audition.  String players will not need a formal audition.

If you are interested in attending a taster session before committing to the full year, you are welcome to attend the first rehearsal free of charge to see if the orchestra is suitable for you.  Please email if you would like to attend, and we will let the conductor know to expect you.  If you decide to join as a member, the first term will be used to discreetly and informally assess your suitability for the level of the orchestra.  

Orchestral membership:

To enrol for the Community Orchestra, please click the 'Book Now' button below to complete the enrolment form and payment. 

Orchestra members will have access to our extensive library facilities for the duration of the academic year.


Ben Crick has established a reputation as an innovative and original conductor who is comfortable working with a diverse and challenging repertoire; he is currently a 2013 BBC Music Fellow. He completed his studies at the University of Leeds before continuing his conducting studies with Mark Heron at the Royal Northern College of Music. As the artistic director of Skipton Camerata he has conducted over 100 professional concerts covering works as diverse as Bach's Wachet auf and Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks as well as operas by Mozart, Purcell and Puccini. He has been a visiting conductor with numerous other ensembles including the English National Philharmonic, Lakeland Opera and Ecclesia and has performed in venues such as Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Harewood House and the Royal Festival Hall.

With his commitment to music education he has lectured at Lancaster University and the University of Leeds and worked on outreach programmes with the BBC Philharmonic, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players. He has also worked with the acclaimed Leeds University Choir, The Clothworkers Consort.




Tuesday 25 April - Friday 9 June 2017
Concert at St Edmund's Church in Roundhay on Friday 9 June 2017
(Please note that there will be no rehearsal on Tuesday 30 May 2017)

The Community Orchestra is listed on the DS Music Directory of Amateur Orchestras in Yorkshire & Humber.

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