St John’s Locks Heath has had a family and community orchestra, ranging from 8-year-olds to 80-year-olds, since the 1990s. As with most things, it started small, but has grown steadily during the last decade or two. Pupils at local schools who are learning instruments are invited to join in, and some parents dig out their musical instruments from the loft and come along as well.
At present, there is a list of over 100 players of which about 70 play at any one time, and the instruments include flute, recorder, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, tenor horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, percussion, guitar, violin, viola, cello, double-bass, piano and organ. The orchestra normally plays for a service at Eastertide, at Harvest and at Christmas, with one rehearsal the day beforehand. The players are given their music five weeks in advance. It combines with our choir of primary school age called the “Notelets”, and any other young singers of similar age who wish to join in.
If you wish to be part of this “Music Together”, please contact John Curtis via the Church Office.