Elstree Concert Band seeks staff players

BBC Elstree Concert Band The band rehearses at Maida Vale Studios on Monday evenings

The BBC Elstree Concert Band is looking for more members of staff to join its ensemble.

Founded in 1987, it now seeks players of around Grade 8 standard to get involved with the group, which plays a mix of classical and contemporary music.

It will perform its next show on Saturday in central London. Called 'Into the Light', it will feature 'a dazzling array of musical lights' as well as the band's customary selection of stage and film tunes, including a James Bond tribute.

The band rehearses on Monday evenings from mid-September to July at the BBC Maida Vale Studios. Members often meet at the pub after rehearsals and enjoy regular organised socials. The group includes many long-serving BBC instrumentalists alongside some non-BBC players, where staff musicians are not available.

The band has given concerts everywhere from Dorchester Abbey to Piccadilly's St James's Church, as well as in France and Germany. Its performances have been broadcast on the World Service, while it has provided music for a BBC One documentary and, most recently, a Radio 3 programme on the music of Charles Ives.

Saturday's show, conducted by musical director Andrew Morley, will take place at St. Pancras Church in London's Euston Road. Tickets cost £10 or £8 concessions.

If you are interested in auditioning for the band, email info@bbcelstreeconcertband.co.uk with details of your previous experience.

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