MUSICIANS are being sought to join Peebles’ Youth and Community Orchestra group.

Following the appointment of new conductor Sarah Chapman, who is returning to Peebles after working in Aberdeen, the search is on for new members.

Sarah takes over from Kenneth McAllister, who stepped down due to work commitments.

Sarah, who played clarinet in the Orchestra when she previously lived in the town, is preparing a programme for rehearsals, which start at the end of this month. 

She said: “I hope to build up the group, and would especially like to have more young string players join this term. But players on any instrument are welcome to join. For adults who have a neglected their instrument in the loft, it is time to get it out, dust it down and get playing.”

Peebles Youth Orchestra was founded in 1978 to give children the opportunity to play in an orchestra and get to know popular works from the classical repertoire.

Hundreds of children have played in the group, with some going on to careers in music.

In recent years adult beginners or re-learners have enjoyed playing alongside the children and, three years ago, the group’s name changed to highlight the involvement of musicians of all ages from the community.

Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays from 6.15 to 7.15pm in St Joseph’s Neighbourhood Centre, Rosetta Road starting on August 30.

To join, go along to a Wednesday rehearsal or to find out more contact Sarah Chapman on 01721 722474 or