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Forthcoming Events

Saturday 17 November 2018

at St John’s Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich

in support of SSAFA

(Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association)

Soloist Brendan Bennett

Saturday 30 March

at St John’s Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich

in support of Guide Dogs

Featuring Stacks of Sax

Saturday 18 May 2019

at St John’s Church, Felixstowe

In aid of church funds

Would you like to book us for your charity?

Please go to our bookings page.

Musical Director Roger Jones

CLO is an orchestra of around 70 amateur and semi-professional musicians who meet in Henley Community Centre, near Ipswich, every Tuesday morning during school term times. We perform concerts of ‘light classical’ and popular music in aid of charities.

Director/Leader - our Musical Director is Roger Jones and Cecilia Metherell leads the orchestra.

Rehearsals - Tuesday mornings 1000-1200 term time

at Henley Community Centre, IP6 0RP.

Other groups - The String Orchestra meets fortnightly after the main rehearsal 1230-1400.

Membership - We expect members to attend rehearsals and to participate in our Saturday evening concerts (normally three per year).  Subs are currently £20 per term plus group subs.  We currently have a waiting list in some sections - please get in touch with our membership secretary.

Current Vacancies

We have vacancies for violinists, a double-bass player and a tubist.

Brendan Bennett

Brendan was born in Kazakhstan and moved to the UK when he was five.

He began violin lessons aged eight and piano lessons a year later. He is currently working towards a diploma in violin performance with his teacher Kelly Jones.

Brendan is a pupil at Woodbridge School studying A level Music, Maths and Computer Sciences, is heavily involved in music at the school, playing in the two school orchestras and as part of a string quartet.

Brendan is also a member of Suffolk Youth Orchestra which performs regularly at Snape and in Europe. He takes advantage of all opportunities to perform in recitals and competitions in and out of school.

Stacks of Sax is a Suffolk based group performing gigs around the region for the past twenty years or so. Their standard line up is now eight saxes which can feature, alongside the usual suspects, the tiny Sopranino Sax and the enormous Bass Sax. 

For their very first gig they each received a giant watermelon - very welcome on a warm summer evening.

While Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man features in their repertoire they no longer play for fruit (no matter what the temperature!). Their playlist now includes jazz, swing, light classical and show tunes alongside original pieces written by members of the octet and the wider repertoire of new music for saxophones.

Peter Crompton (performing at our May concert) received the honorary title of Organist Emeritus on his retirement as Director of Music at the Royal Hospital School, where he presided over the magnificent four manual organ of the chapel for nearly forty years! Peter has appeared at many major venues including St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall, where he has played the mighty Willis organ for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, televised by the BBC, for twenty one years! Forthcoming recitals include Leeds Minster and Bath Abbey. He has also broadcast on Radio 2 and 3 and has made several highly acclaimed recordings on the organ of the Royal Hospital School.