Photos from our end of term concert in May 2017:



Text from members on how they got involved in the orchestra. This appeared in an exhibition in Caversham library a few years ago:

 Sue – Flute    

It's hard to believe, but I've been playing with the Chiltern Edge Orchestra now for almost fifteen years! I started playing the flute when I was ten years old, and loved the opportunities it gave me to play in youth orchestra and bands. I was never a fan of practicing at home by myself , and eventually scraped up to Grade 8ish standard. I was never good or dedicated enough to be selected for University orchestras and the like, but dusted my flute off at regular intervals for college orchestras and ensemble groups.          

When I moved to the Reading area for my work as a Research Chemist, I was introduced to the orchestra by a colleague. It was exactly what I needed; a group of friendly people playing a varied range of music somewhere locally. With a hectic work-life, it's important that I don't feel pressurised to put in hours of practice. Instead, the orchestra offers the chance for some quality 'me' time. Getting lost in the complexities and twitterings of the first flute part is a perfect way to clear my mind of lifes' hassles, and get some inside knowledge of some beautiful pieces of music.


 Simon - Double Bass 

I am a 49 year old director of an oil exploration consultancy company.  I started playing the double bass six years ago after a dream about playing bass in a blues band. I found myself a double bass via the internet and was pointed to a children’s bass teacher.  Despite having no previous musical experience, after six months of lessons I saw an advertisement in the Sonning Common village magazine for the Chiltern Edge Orchestra and, with an attitude of “how hard can it be?”, went to the first rehearsal.  Even though I discovered that Rank Beginner would have been an overstatement of my ability, I received a warm welcome and was introduced to my double bass partner who still puts up with me today.                 

I realized then that I had taken up something that would take me years to master but that would give me huge enjoyment. With no audition required to join, the members of the orchestra are very non-judgemental. It is a group of similarly minded people playing some great music and making a great noise.   ---- I still haven’t played in a blues band. 

 Cath – Violin


I started having violin lessons when I was 9, and carried on until leaving for university to study German. After working as an IT project Manager for Sainsburys for 10 years and then taking some time off to be with the children, it was only when taking my eldest daughter (now 15) to her Saturday morning orchestra and hearing them tune up, that I had the urge to get my violin out again. I decided that lessons would help, and after a year, my teacher suggested joining an orchestra. Chiltern Edge was the obvious choice as it was local, and with the support of my parents as frequent babysitters, I have now been going to Chiltern Edge for just over two years. I enjoy the camaraderie amongst the violins, especially when faced with tricky passages, and the supportive atmosphere. My sightreading and confidence have improved, (though unfortunately not my counting as yet), and I have assembled a string quartet with some friends from the orchestra and elsewhere. The violin and orchestra help me feel that I have an identity that isn't just mother and wife, but fit well around the demands of work and home.

Some photos from a concert a couple of years ago:

Fa Fa conducting

Waiting to begin....


Mostly violas