How to Get Involved
Luton Symphony Orchestra is a valuable part of the local community. For playing members, it's a way to make high-quality music with friends every week during the rehearsal period. For our audience, it's live orchestral music performed in easily-accessible local venues, by talented local musicians. We believe that keeping music alive in our community is vital. Indeed, in between Luton Symphony Orchestra concerts, many members also play in the Luton Concert Orchestra (see Links).
But, of course, it's not cheap to run a community orchestra like Luton Symphony Orchestra, and the days of generous annual grants from local authorities and Arts Council England are unfortunately long gone.
However, as we are here for the benefit of the community, we try to keep ticket costs and subscriptions reasonable and they can only cover a proportion of the cost of putting on a concert.
A typical concert involves the following:
How Can You Help?
There is no better advertising than word of mouth. If you enjoy what we do, please tell your friends! Why not treat them to a ticket to our next concert? Remember, if you give us your email address we can communicate directly with you and save on postage.
We are always grateful to receive additional sums as one-off donations and, as we are a registered charity, we can recover the tax element of those paid by UK taxpayers through the Gift Aid scheme. We are currently investigating the development of a Friends of Luton Symphony Orchestra scheme to take effect next season which will give members a series of benefits in return for a fixed annual donation.
Of course, donations don't have to be cash and could include giving an item for the raffle or helping to distribute our brochures and flyers.
For local businesses, becoming a sponsor is a great way of supporting the orchestra. Sponsors will be acknowledged on all our publicity material. There are many ways to do this:
Registering with www.easyfundraising.org.uk
For anyone who buys online, this is an amazingly simple and cost-free way of supporting Luton Symphony Orchestra.
All you have to do is to log onto www.easyfundraising.org.uk, click on "Choose a good cause" and enter "Luton Symphony Orchestra". Register your email address, create a password and you are ready to go.
Search for any one of over 2000 retailers, travel companies, hotels, insurance companies, utility providers etc, click on their name and you will be taken straight to their own website, Then you can order the same products and services as normal, at the same prices - but we receive a donation!
Becoming a Playing Member
If you play an instrument at Grade 6+ level and are interested in joining us, please contact us. We are particularly keen to hear from string players.
Rehearsals are on Friday from 7:30 to 9:30pm at Farley Hill Methodist Church, North Drift Way, Luton, LU1 5JE.