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Do you play an orchestral instrument and are looking for a group to join in North Bristol? If so then The Gifford Ensemble might be for you!

We started up in 2019, when local residents, realising there was no local orchestra for the Stokes area, decided they’d better start one.

As a small group, we currently play in the round, and don't use a conductor, and we find we can improve through rehearsal and discussion.

Over the past couple of years we have worked on and performed music from a variety of styles and periods, including early Classical symphonic works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, light classics such as Faure's Pavane, Elgar's Chanson de Matin, Schostakovitch's Second Waltz and Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, and other popular pieces such as Gershwin's Summertime and movements from Bizet's L'Arlesienne suite.

We have great fun with TV and film themes (The Pink Panther, Bright Eyes, Steptoe and Son) and classic pop songs (Yesterday, A Whiter Shade of Pale), and really enjoy the Christmas music we have, both traditional and popular.

We even have home-grown music in the form of pieces composed by our members, and we look forward to expanding our repertoire as we grow.


We gave our first informal concert in 2019 to an appreciative audience of friends and family and have established ourselves as  a welcome provider of accessible classical music (and cake!) to the local community.

The Ensemble is currently small, but our ambition is to grow into a full orchestra.


Sunday Evenings


Rehearsal Venue

The Trust Hall​

North Road

Stoke Gifford

BS34 8PE


£4 per week

payable monthly


We are currently looking for new string players of grade 6 (or equivalent) standard or above. We also offer a waiting list for those instruments that are oversubscribed. If you’re interested, why not join us for a trial rehearsal?

Rehearsals are at 7.15pm on Sunday nights in the Trust Hall, North Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PE.

This is located just a short walk from Bristol Parkway.

Trial rehearsal free! Members pay £4 per rehearsal to cover venue hire costs.


To get in touch please email 

or contact us via our Facebook page Gifford Ensemble


We would love to hear from you if you are a string player of grade 6 standard or above

If you don't play a string instrument but do play an orchestral instrument  please do get in touch as we may have a vacancy.

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