PUBLIC EVENT 4th DECEMBER

We have a number of private bookings coming up, but we shall be playing at an open event on Saturday, 4th December. We will return to the annual Bazaar held at Benfleet Methodist Church, 67 High Road, South Benfleet SS7 5LH between 10am and 1pm. They always put on a …

AUTUMN 2021

21st October. We’ve been back in business for three months, with regular rehearsals and two major performances behind us – Southend Bandstand on 18th September and Tenterden Folk Festival on 3rd October. We continued our long association with Paul Carpenter Films when Paul himself came to Tenterden and took almost …

BANDSTAND CONCERT THIS WEEK!

I’m pleased to say that this Saturday, 18th September, we shall be presenting our first live concert in eighteen months. Just over thirty of us will perform at the Southend Bandstand in Priory Park, commencing at 3.30pm ’til just after 4.30pm. We’ve worked hard to get up to standard again …

NEWS 27TH APRIL 2021

As we move through the spring season, things are starting to look at least a little bit brighter than the symbolic picture above would suggest! There is no certainty yet when we shall be able to recommence live activities, but it will be not before 17th May when the Government …

LOCKDOWN NEWS

2nd November 2020 Unfortunately, we’re still unable to start back with our live activities due to the Covid Virus situation. It’s just over seven lockdown months now and, following the latest news this week, it seems there’s no immediate end in sight. We’ve accepted that we’ll inevitably be closed until …

LOCKDOWN UPDATE JUNE 2020

Unfortunately we wont be making our annual trip to Tenterden Folk Festival in October this year because the event has been cancelled. On the positive side, we have been invited back there for October 2021. At this stage our return to “normal” remains unclear. The logistics of operating an orchestra …

CORONAVIRUS

SUNDAY 15 MARCH 2020 10am We are constantly following the situation regarding the coronavirus. Unfortunately the advice on the matter is rather tenuous and everchanging by the hour. This may be inevitable but it doesn’t inspire confidence or allow us to make firm decisions. As this post ‘goes to air’ …

NEW PLAYERS

Do you play an instrument? Are you wanting to play with other people and have some fun with it? As bookings continue to roll in, we’re looking for additional players to spread the workload … and it’s very likely we are looking for YOU! Most instruments are suitable and we …

Southend-on-Sea Arts Council Expo

We were at the Royals Shopping Centre in Southend all day yesterday with a display stand. The expo was organised by the Southend on Sea Arts Council and we thank them for the opportunity. We were very pleased to meet with the Mayor of Southend, Cllr John Lamb and his …

TENTERDEN FOLK FESTIVAL

On Sunday 6th October we played for the 6th consecutive year at the Tenterden Folk Festival in Kent. As in previous years, we were billed as The United Folk Orchestra because we also include musicians from East and West Sussex in these concerts. This year we had 30 members from …