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Open University Orchestra

The OU Orchestra is an amateur orchestra, based at the Open University, Milton Keynes,MK76AA conducted by Catherine Rose and Dennis Pim. It is a symphony orchestra with about 60 regularly rehearsing players. Rehearsals are mainly on Friday lunchtimes. The orchestra gives two concerts and two schools concerts a year (all on Friday lunchtimes) and participates in the OU Carol concert. See the Orchestra vacancies tab for current vacancies.  The rehearsal times tab gives the rehearsal schedule.

Staff, students and people living or working nearby who can attend rehearsals are welcome to join us (see vacancies). We play a broad range of symphonic and other music.


Photo: Michael Street

Next Orchestra Concert


with Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion soloist) conductor Catherine Rose.

Friday 26 April 2019 7:00 pm (time tbc) at The Venue, Walton High, Fyfield Barrow, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes MK7 7WH.

The programme for this special Gala Anniversary event will include the OU fanfare by Leonard Salzedo, the Percussion Concerto by Jennifer Higdon, the English Suite No. 2 by Malcolm Arnold and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky orchestrated by Ravel.

Tickets will be available to purchase via The Venue - prices and ordering information will be available at end January.There is good car parking at The Venue.

Future Concert dates

Friday 26 October 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 Hub Theatre, OU Campus - admission free and all are welcome. Programme to be announced

Next Schools Concert

Friday 26 April 2019.14:00 -15:00. Featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie at The Venue, Walton High. Contact Sue Peace S.Pearce @open.ac.uk] to book places. Pre-booking is essential for this event.

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The OU Orchestra is one part of the OU Orchestra & Chamber Music Club. For more information about Chamber Music at the OU, see OUOCMC Home.