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Phoenix Strings

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We are a friendly orchestra of adult string players meeting weekly in Thornton Cleveleys.  We welcome anyone who has taken up a string instrument or perhaps returned to playing after some time, and wants an opportunity to play with others and work towards performances. 

We were founded in 2007 by John Foster, a well known professional violinist, teacher and conductor, who recognised the gap in provision for opportunities for adult string players, more specifically returners or late starters. Under John’s guidance the orchestra  developed and flourished, undertaking many musical challenges. However since November 2016  when John Foster stepped down from the post of Musical Director, the post has been held by Gill Hume who herself has just retired.  We are truly grateful to Gill for her tireless support and encouragement over this period and wish her a long and happy retirement.

The orchestra's  good fortune is that John Foster has agreed to take up the baton once again . 
Our existing members are from many backgrounds and a range of standards up to diploma.  We don't audition, but if you are thinking about joining us have a chat with our Musical Director in the first instance.

The Music we play is selected by our Musical Director, and has included works by  Handel, Boyce, Walton, Mussorgsky, selections from musicals, and pieces specifically written for string orchestra.

Public performance is a key focus of the orchestra and we have collaborated with brass bands, choirs, opera groups, and soloists.

Rehearsals are every Wednesday 7-9pm at All Saints Church, Anchorsholme, Cleveleys, FY5 3HT.  We run throughout the year with a short break in the summer.   

If you are interested in joining the orchestra then please email our Musical Director at