Welcome to Ensemble Reza's Community Orchestra

Originally set-up in 2015 the Ensemble Reza Community Orchestra is aimed at players of all ages and abilities.  You just need to have a passion for performing and be able to read music! 

The orchestra is growing in popularity and currently has over 22 families and 80 musicians involved.  It is a great opportunity to dust off instruments, perform with friends and family and relax and have fun! 

This orchestra is a unique opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside virtuoso musicians Ensemble Reza and our project partners The Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsals include tutoring from Ensemble Reza players: Andrew Thurgood (violin), Anna Cooper (violin/viola), Sarah Carvalho (cello), Pavlos Carvalho (percussion), Martijn Van Galen (trumpet), Steve Dummer (wind).  The orchestra is conducted by professional conductor Steve Dummer.

Come and join us for our Autumn term of fantastic music! 

This programme of popular classics will include:

  • Mars and Jupiter from the Planets Suite by Gustav Holst
  • 'Mambo' from Symphonic Dances, 'West Side Story' by Leonard Bernstein
  • Highlights from Jurassic Park by John Williams and arranged by Custer
  • Petite suite d'orchestre: Jeux d'enfants by Georges Bizet
  • Five Foot Two for Orchestra and Ukulele arranged by Anna Cooper
  • Troika from Lieutenant Kije by Prokofiev
  • Selection of Christmas music including Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.  

Introducing Steve Dummer, conductor of the Ensemble Reza Community Orchestra

Steve Dummer is a conductor, clarinettist, educator and all-round enthusiast for participation in music making at every level. He is the founder and musical director of the highly acclaimed group Talkestra (“strongly recommended” -BBC), which tries to reach new audiences for concert music, musical director of the Kidenza children’s concerts, conductor of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra, a regular tutor and conductor at Dartington International Summer School and director of the Junior Course of the European Youth Summer Music. 

What instruments are included in the orchestra?

We welcome all orchestral instruments as well as guitars,  (ideally bass), saxophones, recorders and pianists.  If you are not sure then please contact: hannah.carter@ensemblereza.com

How good do I need to be? 

Our music is arranged for a mixed ability group including musicians from grade 1 standard to grade 6+.  Parts are available to download in advance. 

Player feedback

'It was a great opportunity to bring players of different ages and abilities together to experience playing together'
'It’s very hard for adult beginners to find groups / orchestras to play with.  Thank you! '
‘It's by far one of the best activities Ellie has done.  The benefit of coupling her music lessons with the orchestra experience has improved her competency immeasurably.’
‘Your organisation is second to none and the whole atmosphere is extremely supportive.’
‘I just wanted to say thanks – the Community Orchestra was great fun and the conductor and Ensemble Reza musicians were very inspiring!

Can I join if I don't play an orchestral instrument?

Yes, we have a really friendly and enthusiastic percussion section and all non-instrumental players are very welcome. 


Rehearsals take place at Warden Park Secondary Academy in Cuckfield on:  

  • Sunday 23rd September 2.30-5.30pm
  • Sunday 11th October 2.30-5.30pm
  • Sunday 18th November 2.30-5.30pm
  • Sunday 2nd December 11am-1.30pm
  • Christmas Concert from 3-5pm

 We appreciate that you may not be able to attend every rehearsal (although it'd be great if you could!).  


The programme each term includes a selection of popular classical pieces and film scores.  Most of the music can be downloaded online and is available for different levels of ability from beginner to the more experienced player.   

    Cost to take part

    This orchestra is a unique opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians. The orchestra includes tutoring from not only Ensemble Reza players, but also professional wind and brass players. 

    The cost to take part this Autumn is £50 for adults and £30 for children.  

    Monthly standing order payments and sibling and family discounts will be available. Please contact Hannah Carter for more information.

    This project is currently supported by Warden Park Secondary Academy, Oathall Community College and with funds from the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra and the Orchards Shopping Centre. 

    To take part, please email: Hannah Carter

    All Community Orchestra taken photos by Alison Willows