UWE Orchestra

If you play an orchestral instrument at Grade 6 or above, we'd love to welcome you to the UWE Orchestra.

About UWE Bristol Orchestra

The UWE Bristol Orchestra is conducted by Senior Lecturer in Classical and Jazz Music Enrichment, Steve Legge.

We welcome players of all orchestral instruments at Grade 6 standard and above, including UWE Bristol staff and students, alumni and community members aged 16+ with a strong commitment to the rehearsal and concert diary.

Recently the Orchestra benefitted from masterclasses with Julian Bliss (Clarinet), Felix Kleiser (French Horn) and Braimah Kenneh-Mason (Violin) and Martyn Brabbins (Conductor).


  • Masterclasses from our partners at the Bristol Ensemble and visiting professional musicians.
  • Transforming Futures - our commission especially composed for the UWE Bristol Orchestra and Singers will be recorded at the impressive Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in May 2024.
  • Regular performances at St. Georges and other established venues around Bristol including our annual Festival of Sound.
  • Carmina Burana workshop day with soloists from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, all set in the grandeur of St. Georges Bristol.

To find out more about the orchestra and how you can join, please e-mail Centre for Music at cfm@uwe.ac.uk.

String player in an Orchestra

Reasons to join UWE Orchestra

Hear why our members enjoy being part of UWE's Orchestra.


Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays, 19:00 to 21:00 in 2E027, Frenchay Campus.

Frenchay Campus map

"...a great way of meeting other students and making friends. The pieces are challenging and the people are friendly so I would definitely encourage students at UWE to come along."

Charlotte, UWE Bristol student 

Charlotte UWE Bristol student 

Already a member?

Why not come and meet us? To join us for a rehearsal, please contact Steve Legge at steven.legge@uwe.ac.uk or 0117 32 84652.

No formal audition required but we do recommend a minimum of Grade 6 playing ability.