The Gifford Ensemble – a new classical music group for the Stokes

A new classical music group is looking for players to join them.

Do you like playing classical music and live in the Filton and Bradley Stoke area? If so then The Gifford Ensemble might be for you!

We started up in September 2018, when local residents, realising there was no local orchestra for the Stokes area, decided they’d better start one. We gave our first informal concert in March 2019 to an appreciative audience of friends and family.

A second concert in October established the group, now newly branded as the ‘Gifford Ensemble’, as a welcome provider of accessible classical music (and cake!) to the local community.

The Ensemble is currently small, but our ambition is to grow into a full orchestra. We are looking for players of grade 7 or equivalent standard, particularly strings. If you’re interested, please get in touch and come for a trial rehearsal – it’s a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis on enjoying the music.

Rehearsals are at 7.15pm on Sunday nights in the Trust Hall, North Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PE. Members pay £4 per rehearsal to cover venue hire costs – but we hope to reduce that as our membership grows.

You can find out more – and hear some live recording of our playing – on our Facebook page. If you’d like to get in touch then please call or text Cathy on 07528 172228, or email Emma on [email protected].

We look forward to meeting you!

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