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CJO in November 2022

We are delighted that the Caithness Junior Orchestra is back to rehearsing normally now.  Thanks to the generous support of the Daniel McLean Memorial Fund and the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust, this year we're able to offer FREE places for 20 new members, so please do get in touch soon if you'd like your child to benefit from one of these free places. We'd particularly welcome some primary-aged new musicians who are beginners or early stage learners, to complement the more experienced team of young musicians we currently have in the orchestra.

Our orchestra offers an exciting, inclusive opportunity for young musicians aged 8 and over to meet and play together every week with conductor Susie Dingle, orchestral coach Katrina Gordon, and a team of dedicated, kind-hearted volunteer helpers.

The orchestra meets at Mount Pleasant Primary School, Thurso, from 4pm to 5pm on Mondays during term time. New members are welcome to join the orchestra at any time during the year.  There are no auditions, but we must receive a fully completed membership form before you attend your first r ehearsal. Please click the link to download, scan the completed and signed form, and email it to   before attending your first rehearsal.

The orchestra is open to participants from pre-grade 1 to grade 5+ from all schools in the area and we also welcome home-educated children.  There are no auditions and no minimum entry requirements. Everybody is welcome.

It's great news that our Caithness Junior Orchestra has been chosen as one of the Co-op's "local causes" this year - if you ever shop at the co-op, you can click here to make sure that the junior orchestra benefits every time you swipe your co-op membership card, and we'll get 1p for every £1 you spend! Thanks so much for supporting our young musicians in this way.


The Caithness Junior Orchestra on tour in Orkney, June 2016,

having just performed at the St Magnus International Music Festival.

In 2016 and 2017, the Caithess Junior Orchestra collaborated with an organisation called Hear My Music to bring inclusive music making to a wider audience in Caithness and Orkney. Here's a clip from the BBC Radio 3 show, Music Matters, which featured our project.

Our orchestra welcomes new members throughout the year and we would love to hear from you!

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