Come & play in an orchestra

All Trafford students are welcome – whether you have lessons through Trafford Music Service or not, you’ll be very welcome to come and try out one of our orchestras

An orchestra is the most well-known medium for classical and film music, featuring string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments together in harmony.

We have three orchestras at the Trafford Music Service, each led by highly experienced music teachers and performers.  There’s also a tuck shop – we suggest no more than £1. 

Come and give it a go!  Plus we have regular concerts in very prestigious venues. You’ll find details on how to join, at the bottom of the page. 

Orchestra 1 – Saturday Morning Orchestra 

Are you not able to join one of orchestras during the week due to other commitments?  Then come along to our Saturday morning orchestra (SMC Orchestra).  This orchestra rehearses from 9.45am to 10.45am and is suitable for beginners as well as experienced pupils.  This is the ideal ‘starter’ orchestra – there is no audition – and we welcome Trafford children who can play a stringed, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.

Time: Saturdays, term time, 9.45am – 10.45am

Venue: Claremont Centre, Sale

Orchestra 2 – Sinfonia Orchestra

The Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra made up of string, wind, brass and percussion players rehearsing on a Friday evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. The Sinfonia perform and work on a wide repertoire of music designed to give young players preliminary experience in orchestral playing and provide a stimulating ensemble experience for all players in a friendly and social environment. There is an informal audition for the Sinfonia, but don’t let that put you off – our expert teachers will put you at ease and offer guidance and support.  

Time: Friday nights, term time, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Claremont Centre, Sale

Orchestra 3 – Philharmonic Orchestra 

The Philharmonic Orchestra is our most senior orchestra. The orchestra plays a variety of repertoire from classical symphonies to modern film scores and currently has 50+ members. Players are given the opportunity to participate in residential courses and the orchestra has, in the past, toured Lake Garda in Italy. Rehearsals take place on a Friday evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and membership is by informal audition with the Musical Director and a Music Service tutor.  Standard is approximately Grade 6. 

Time: Friday nights, term time, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Claremont Centre, Sale

How to join an orchestra

If you would like to arrange for an informal audition (for Sinfonia and Philharmonic Orchestras) drop us an email on

Or if you would like to go ahead and register for our Saturday Morning Orchestra you can register on

If you are new to Trafford Music Service, start by selecting ‘New Student’.