The Djanogly Community Orchestra is a friendly amateur orchestra based in Nottingham. Our name derives from the Djanogly Learning Trust where we rehearse on Monday evenings, and we usually perform three concerts per year.
Our music is mostly for full orchestra from the classical period onward, and includes symphonies, shorter pieces for orchestra, and concertos – frequently using local young musicians (which provides inspiration to us all). We have also performed children’s concerts, and works in conjunction with local choirs.
To see our picture gallery and concert history, click Achievements.
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Danushka is a member of the NYO and is taught by Ben Davies. In 2019 Danuschka won the Gregynog Young String Player of the Year Award and Leicestershire Lord Lieutenant’s Award – Young Artist of the Year 2019 – for his musical achievements.
Dan Watson is our Conductor, and joined the orchestra in 2017. He shares some of the planning with the committee and works closely with Stephen, the leader, to come up with interesting and enjoyable concert repertoire for the orchestra to take on.
Interested in joining the orchestra?
As a large amateur orchestra we often need additional players – either because a current member leaves or is away for a specific concert, or where additional players or ‘unusual’ instruments (e.g. Bass Clarinet, Harp, extra percussion, etc) are needed for a piece. To join you need to be a competent player at least at grade 5 or equivalent. Additionally, the orchestra needs to have a role for your instrument. We do not have auditions. Instead we will invite a prospective member to come to rehearsals for up to 4 weeks and try playing with us. That allows the player to decide if they like the orchestra, and allows us to decide whether joining at that time is appropriate or should be deferred until the player has improved.
We currently have vacancies for :
- Double Basses
Even if we don’t currently have a vacancy for your instrument – if you are interested do contact us (by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can note your details for when an opportunity arises.
The orchestra was established in 1988 with support from Sir Harry Djanogly and rehearsal facilities at what is now the Djanogly Learning Trust site on Sherwood Rise, which we continue to enjoy. We would like to express our thanks to both.