A vibrant amateur community orchestra
based in Pulham Market, Norfolk
Please tell instrumentalists you know, younger and older, and book NOW, to enjoy a feast of music.
FREE performance, open to the public, of the works studied
6pm on Sunday 30 October at
Archbishop Sancroft High School, Wilderness Lane, Harleston, IP20 9DD
Sale of 2nd-hand music on Saturday 29 October, 12.30-3pm
The main work, Vaughan Williams 8th Symphony, is such fun - at its first performance the audience laughed out loud as they enjoyed the wit and humour of the 2nd movement (for wind only).That and the next movement (melancholy and lyrical, for strings only) offer short solo passages for anyone so inclined.
In the final movement Vaughan Williams has really let himself go. Festive and boisterous, it employs an incredible number of percussion instruments. PIANISTS! You who cannot usually enjoy the orchestral experience at first hand, can try all sorts of tuned percussion.
In this and other more traditional works of the 19th century, workshop participants will be guided by understanding experts. Please pass details on to your friends, and book your place as soon as possible.
CELLISTS! We need you - if you are free to rehearse on alternate Tuesday afternoons, please apply to join the Orchestra.
The Pulham Orchestra is a lively amateur orchestra which rehearses at The Memorial Hall in the village of Pulham Market (click here for map), on the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk.
The orchestra is conducted by its co-founder Margery Baker, and is open to all local players. No audition is required to join, although you do need some sight-reading ability. Occasionally, we may ask players to join a waiting list as some orchestral sections are full. Regrettably, as with many orchestral societies, it is necessary to charge an annual subscription of £60 to pay for orchestral expenses.
Pulham Market is between Norwich and Diss, just south of Long Stratton and just off the A140.
Rehearsals, under the very experienced baton of Margery Baker, are informal, unintimidating and fun.
The orchestra works through a range of pieces for performance, and its repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Schumann, Dvorak and numerous other composers.
Concerts, Come and Play Days and Workshops
The orchestra gives three or four concerts a year, and programmes cover a wide range of classical music.
We also run very successful "Come and Play Days" once or twice a year.
The Pulham Orchestra also supports a biennial weekend of study and rehearsal with guest conductors and tutors, held by the Waveney Valley Orchestral Workshop.
Pulham Orchestra Newsletters
We produce an Annual Newsletter with reports and reviews of all our events and performances.
Hire The Pulham Orchestra
Would you like to host an orchestral performance, to raise money for your local charity? The Pulham Orchestra is available for hire, to play at charity events.
Within the Orchestra there is a number of chamber ensembles, also available for hire. To make an enquiry about hiring the full orchestra or a smaller ensemble, please use the Contact Form.
We have a selection of instruments for hire.
We are grateful for the support of our Patrons. Find out more about becoming a Friend, Patron or Sponsor of The Pulham Orchestra.Individual Patrons
Fran Hardy, John Herschel-Shorland, Joy Wolton
Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market OBE, Barry Carben
© Text and Photographs The Pulham Orchestra (where not otherwise attributed)
The Pulham Orchestra is a Registered Charity. Charity No: 1117434 Pulham Market, Norfolk, UK
Click above to download the Newsletter as a PDF (be patient - it takes a while!). Contains reports of events in 2015, articles by Orchestra members and full details of events to come in 2016.
We would love to hear from players of these instruments who are interested in joining us:
Any strings (especially lower)
Please also contact us if you'd like to be notified of future workshops/play days, or informed of slots for other instruments as and when these become available.
These 3-day non-residential workshops have been run biennially since 1988.
Our 15th Workshop will take place between
28-30 October 2016
Read a Review of the
Come and Play Day held in April 2015
Can You Help?
We need people (non-players) who can help us to set up for concerts and clear away afterwards.
If you, or your partner, offspring or friend could lend a hand, please contact us.
An article on Pulham Orchestra was featured in issue 34 of the magazine "Your Local".
For any queries regarding our Orchestra or committee matters, please contact Paul Chambers at email@example.com or on 01379 642909