The Monmouth Concert Orchestra

The MCO is a young orchestra started Spring 2007 and yet already has a membership of 50 plus players. It meets every two weeks on Friday night from 7.00 to 9.15 pm and has a regular attendance of some 35 plus musicians. The orchestra and its musical director bring orchestral and ensemble playing to a wide cross section of musicians providing musical instruction and encouragement at a pace suited to the level of players within the group.

Monmouth Concert Orchestra

As well as the main spring concert the orchestra regularly performs for charity and at the summer Raglan Music Festival.

In Spring of 2007 the Friends of the North Monmouthshire Music Centre and Gwent Music Support Service joined forces to launched an enterprise to see if the Monmouthshire Community could support an adult orchestra.

After an enthusiastic response the Monmouth Concert Orchestra was launched in the Summer of 2007 with Gwent Music Services providing the musical director; initially Mr Alun Williams who then handed over to the very capable Mr David Davies. Gwent Music Support Services also provided the percussion and basic musical equipment with Monmouth Leisure Centre providing the rehearsal facilities.

Monmouth Concert Orchestra

The orchestra is intended to provide a musical venue to all those practicing and lapsed adult musicians who have no other opportunity to play in a group. The orchestra is open to everyone but there are two main groups that seem to have been attracted to the group: a small number of players who form the principles who play at grade 7 to 8+, the bulk of the orchestra who have or are playing at around grade 5 to 6 but may never have played in an orchestra.

The orchestra usually meets once every two weeks on a Friday night at 7pm in Monmouth for a two hour rehearsal which is broken up by a 15 minute tea break.

There is no catchment area or Music Centre affiliation restriction all musicians are welcome. Therefore if you are interested contact any of the Committee Members or e-mail your details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Music In Monmouth

Monmouth has a long history of music with many musicians in the area and many venues providing quality music throughout the year.

Music can be found in any number of pubs scattered around town as well as more dedicated venues like The Savoy and Blake theatres.

The Monmouth Festival

Monmouth Festival

The Monmouth Festival is one of the biggest free festivals in the UK.

The Festival covers musical events and other entertainments which take place in the Wye valley, and is organized by the people of Monmouth, for the people of Monmouth.

From rock to classical, or the Kymin Dash and town carnival there is something for everyone to get involved in and have a great time! As always there is a fun day on the last Sunday.

For more information check out the Monmouth Festival website.

The Merlin Music Society

Since 1963 the Merlin Music Society, a registered Charity based in Monmouth, has provided live classical music of a standard usually available only in cities. We are recognised as one of the foremost music societies of the UK.

Past performers include John Lill, Richard Rodney Bennett, Ian Bostridge, Pascal Rogé, Freddy Kempf, Ailish Tynan, Llyr Williams, BBC NOW, European Union Chamber Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, the Wallace Collection, I Fagiolini, Boyan Ensemble of Kiev, Endellion String Quartet, Kit and the Widow.

Check out the Merlin Music Society website.

The Monmouth Concert Orchestra

The MCO is a young orchestra started Spring 2007 and yet already has a membership of 50 plus players. It meets every two weeks on Friday night from 7.00 to 9.15 pm and has a regular attendance of some 35 plus musicians. The orchestra and its musical director bring orchestral and ensemble playing to a wide cross section of musicians providing musical instruction and encouragement at a pace suited to the level of players within the group.

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