Bath All-Comers' Orchestra was started in September 2002 by Sheila Bunt,
because, having learned to play the clarinet, she found Bath had no
amateurs' orchestra where she could play. She wrote to the Bath Chronicle,
and sent appeals to the Bath Senior Schools, and Bernard Newman, Head of
Music at Monkton Combe Senior School offered himself as Musical Director,
and the school as a venue. Thirty two people attended an inaugural meeting,
and the first rehearsal was held on September 10th 2002.
Initially we met fortnightly, but since 2009 we have been meeting weekly under our present Conductor, David Sibley, at Monkton Combe Prep. School on Combe Down, where he is Head of Music.
The numbers have steadily increased, and we now have around 70 players, averaging about 45-50 at rehearsals, which are on Tuesdays in term time.
To read more about the history of the orchestra read the Bath Chronicle article.
We play three concerts a year, on the third Saturdays in March, June and November, with a party afterwards. As the name suggests, we welcome all comers, and our aim is to have fun, and enjoy ourselves!
There is no scary audition!
Come and Have a Go, it's fun!
Next term's rehearsal dates
- Tuesday 16 April 2013
- Tuesday 23 April 2013
- Tuesday 30 April 2013
- Tuesday 7 May 2013(7.25 start)
- Tuesday 14 May 2013
- Saturday 21 May 2013
- Tuesday 4 June 2013
- Tuesday 11 June 2013
- Tuesday 18 June 2013
- Tuesday 25 June 2013
- Tuesday 2 July 2013
- First rehearsal in September
- Tuesday 3 September 2013
- Rehearsal Schedule here
"If music be the food of love, play on." - William Shakespeare