GALLERY: Fenland Music Centre Association’s orchestras offering chance for musicians of all abilities to enjoy their passion

March Youth Swing Band.Picture: Barry Giddings.

March Youth Swing Band.Picture: Barry Giddings. - Credit: Archant

Musicians of all ages and abilities are being asked to dust off their instruments and get involved with an orchestra.

The Fenland Music Centre Association, which has been supporting musicians in the area for more than 40 years, runs a youth swing band, training orchestra and community orchestra at March Community Centre in Station Road.

The training orchestra, which rehearses on Friday nights from 6.30-7.30pm, is for grade 1-3 musicians.

Chairman Lorna Pembery said: “It doesn’t matter if you are six or 96, there is always a need for more violinists, brassplayers and chelloists. We just want people of dust off their instruments and give it a go.”

The community orchestra, who meet from 7.30-9pm on Fridays, is suitable for musicians of grade 4 or above.

The Fenland Youth Swing Band, which was established last October, is made up of some of the best young woodwind

and brassplayers in Fenland. They rehearse on Saturday mornings from 10am-noon.

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The musical director is the well known big band musician, Alan Norris, and he is supported by local musicians, Sarah Garford and Kevin Steward. The group is for people aged up to 25 years old who are grade 6 or above.

If you are interested in playing with one of the bands, e-mail