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Get Involved

Thank you for enquiring about playing with the BathTub Orchestra. You can get involved via the contact form at the bottom of this page, or by emailing bathtuborchestra at gmail dot com.

Who are we?

“Founded in October 2018, the BathTub Orchestra is a mixed ability community orchestra that plays all kinds of music from pop, jazz, blues, film soundtracks to classical favourites.

Since 2018 the orchestra has grown into a vibrant, friendly community of musicians who come together each week to learn new music and be part of creating a much bigger sound.

We provide a great opportunity for you to continue your musical learning, gain confidence in playing your instrument with other musicians, and play live gigs.”

- Edward Bettella, Conductor and Musical Director

Where do we rehearse?

We weekly in Bath on a Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm for practice, and these sessions are based around the school term. Term dates can be found here. We rehearse in a large hall, and there are currently about 25+ regulars, and there is on site parking available.

We have plans to play at least six concerts this year in the Bath area, with some other optional dates added as we move through the year.

What do we play?

Our portfolio is a mix of pop/film/jazz/reggae etc. Here's a set list.

Our Musical Director carries out all the arrangements and we provide manuscripts for most instruments.

What do I need to do/bring?

Members are required to bring their own instruments, music stand and be able to read the music notation for their instrument, and attend practices as regularly as you can.

What do I do next?

If the above sounds interesting, we would like to hear back from you. You can do so via the contact form at the bottom of this page, or by emailing bathtuborchestra at gmail dot com.

Then you will receive a New Joiners Welcome Pack, that includes details on music manuscripts, term dates, concert dates, and subscription fees for the current term, and coming along to practices and gigs.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Orchestra!

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The 2023 Creative Bath Awards

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