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Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra

It may come as a surprise that Abergavenny is home to one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the UK. It was founded around 1862 (the exact date is not known) as the Abergavenny Orchestral Society and now performs as the Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra. Like all amateur orchestras of its era, it was founded to play lighter music but has now progressed to tackling the staples of the Classical and Romantic repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Rachmaninoff and Mahler and performing them to a high standard. The orchestra also actively commissions new music and in the past few years it has given premieres of new works by Benjamin Vaughan (a student composer) and Raymond Warren.

We usually play three concerts a year, and have a wide-ranging repertoire which ensures that concerts and rehearsals are interesting for audience and players alike. You can get a taste of the range of pieces we have played recently from our past concerts page.

Rehearsals take place on Sunday evenings from 6.30 to 9.00 pm during school term time, at the Dance Centre, Pen y Pound, Abergavenny.

We are a community orchestra with members of all ages drawn from a 40 mile radius. New members are always welcome, so if you are interested in joining, or just coming along to have a go, please contact us