About the Open Orchestra

The Open Orchestra is an established group of amateur musicians of all ages and abilities. We meet throughout the year for rehearsals and performances, aiming to increase our knowledge and enjoyment of orchestral music in a friendly atmosphere.

We aim for high standards, but, as our name suggests, we are open to all, subject to vacancies, with no auditions.


We meet on Wednesday evenings (7.45pm – 9.45pm) September to June at Morningside Parish Church Hall, 5 Braid Road, Edinburgh EH10 6AE (hall to the right of the church entrance).


Andrew Lees is a former member of both the Halle and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras playing viola. Since returning to Edinburgh he has taken up violin and concentrated on solo playing, arranging, teaching and conducting. As well as the Open Orchestra he has conducted many other Edinburgh based groups including Edinburgh Grand Opera, Edinburgh Musical Theatre and Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group. He also directs the Leader Ensemble however perhaps his most significant achievement to date is an arrangement of William Tell for 40 violas and triangle.

If you are interested in joining please see the membership page for current vacancies and contact information.