A Norfolk community orchestra, which was formed 30 years ago, will be hosting a workshop next month.

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The Pulham Orchestra, is staging its 13th workshop in Pulham Market on the weekend of November 2 and 4 and will be combining the humour of a dozen professional tutors with the hard work and enthusiasm of around 80 players, including participants from all over East Anglia and as far as Yorkshire and Wales.

The orchestral workshop begins at 10am on the Friday and concludes on the Sunday evening with a performance of the works studied from 7.30pm on November 4 at Pulham Market Parish Church.

The main work will be Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C Minor. Individual works for string orchestra, wind, brass and percussion ensembles also feature.

From its beginnings in 1981, when local GP Patrick Rawlence gathered some 14 players together in a village studio, the Pulham Orchestra has grown to a membership of nearly 40 drawn from a wide geographical area along the length of the river Waveney and beyond.

The course is open to all, but recommended for students and pupils that are of Grade 6 and above standard.

Fees are £55 (£45 for members) and £36 for students of 18 or under. Audience admission to the final performance is free.

For more information, call John Herschel-Shorland on 01379 852836 or Margery Baker on 01603 610934 or visit the website at www.pvo.org.uk

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