New Sheffield orchestra looking for more players

Rehearsals for the new Clifford All Saints Community Orchestra in Sheffield
Rehearsals for the new Clifford All Saints Community Orchestra in Sheffield

A new Sheffield community orchestra has just made its debut performance and is looking for players. 

The Clifford All Saints Community Orchestra performed for the first time yesterday, Wednesday, at All Saints Ecclesall Church with a programme called A Spring Celebration of Music.

The orchestra, which is based around Clifford All Saints primary school, is growing each week and now has over 40 members from age seven to 70-plus.

Clifford pupils and family members make up the core of the orchestra, joined by students from nearby primary and secondary schools.

The orchestra would also  welcome more adult musicians who would like to come and play.

Music teacher Rachel Atkinson said: “Many people have played in their youth and then have had no opportunity to be part of an orchestra.

“Now is the time to rediscover lost talent!”

Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays at 3.30pm at Clifford All Saints School on Ringinglow Road for an hour.

Rachel also said what else the orchestra needs.

“We need more instruments – I am sure there are many good instruments tucked away in attics just waiting to be used.

“We need a person who can repair clarinets – we have three already which we can’t afford to repair.

“We need a really good piano and we are raising funds for one.

“The whole orchestra is buzzing with enthusiasm,” she added.

If you would like to go along and play or have an instrument that you would like to donate or lend to the orchestra, email enquiries @cliffordallsaints.sheffield.sch.uk or call 0114 266 2977.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​