Djanogly Community Orchestra

logo_smallWelcome to the new-format Djanogly Community Orchestra website – we hope you like it and find it easier to use – especially on tablets and smartphones.

The Djanogly Community Orchestra is a friendly amateur orchestra based in Nottingham. We rehearse on Monday evenings, and usually perform three concerts per year.

Our music is varied – including symphonies, shorter pieces for orchestra, children’s concerts, works in conjunction with a local choir, and concertos (frequently using local young musicians – which we particularly enjoy and  provides inspiration to us all). To see our picture gallery and history, click Achievements.

We also have a Facebook page here

Our Next (30th Anniversary) Concert

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Getting to St Pauls:

Coming out of Nottingham, St Paul’s Church (NG4 1BJ) is about 4 km (2.5 miles) up the Carlton Road, (which becomes Carlton Hill), on the right (turn into Church St).  See the church website ( or click here for location map.   There is limited parking on Church St, and within the church grounds, including two disabled spaces.  Further parking (£1 in daytime) is available at Carlton Square (139 places), for which continue on Carlton Hill past Church St, through the traffic lights, where it becomes Burton Road, and take the first right.  It’s about a 500 m walk back to the church.
Buses 24, 25 and 27  take you from the city out to Carlton Tesco (opposite Church St).  They start at stop K3 on King St and go approx. every ten minutes during the day.  After about 17.30 the frequency is less and you should check the exact times.  Buses continue to return to the city at intervals of approx. 15 minutes until late evening.


Our Conductor


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.

Aside from his position in this orchestra, Dan works with other orchestras across the Midlands and plays the saxophone too.
Away from music he can often be found in his shed making model steam engines, or spending time with his wife (Sally), and daughter (Bethan), who was born in December 2017.

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 are currently seeking an oboe player. If you think you could fill this role or know someone who could help – please get in touch to discuss it.

We also currently have vacancies for :

  • Violins
  • Violas
  • Double Basses

Even if we don’t currently have a vacancy for your instrument – if you are interested do contact us (by emailing  so we can note your details for when an opportunity arises.

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.