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The Beat Orchestra, back for summer.

© Rhydian Peters for the Beat Orchestra publicity.

The Beat Orchestra, back for summer.

Join the Beat Orchestra

There will be day workshops this summer on the 7th, 8th and 9th of August and more to follow. These are open to all young musicians, rappers, singers, beatboxers and producers to create new music and rehearse the tracks that have been created. 


Interested in making and performing your own music?

Join our Summer music courses | Perform at Peterborough Festival

Are you a musician? Instrumentalist? Vocalist? Beatboxer?

You are invited to rock up and find out about the Beat Orchestra.

Bring an instrument or a talent, get involved and take the limelight!

We are working during the summer holidays towards a performance

as part of Peterborough Festival on Saturday 7th September

Tel: 01733 873014 |



Wednesday 7 August     10.30am – 4.30pm

Thursday 8 August         10.30am – 5.30pm

Friday 9 August               10.30am – 5.30pm


East Community Centre,  Padholme Rd, Peterborough, PE1 5EN  map

Further dates that we will confirm ASAP 

Saturday 31 August         10.30am – 5.30pm

Sunday 1 September      10.30am – 5.30pm

Monday 2 September    10.30am – 5.30pm

Tuesday 3 September    10.30am – 5.30pm

Thursday 5 September Evening TBC  Dress rehearsal

Saturday 7 September   Performance     Cathedral Square


Ages: 12 – 19

Cost: Free

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Any instruments | Any musical style

Just people who are into making and playing music

Contact us NOW to put your name down… or for more information


What kind of music does the Beat Orchestra play?
The Beat Orchestra creates its own music which will be influenced by the music you like and listen to. Music can be influenced by any style, Hip-Hop, RnB, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Folk, Bangra, Soul, Reggae…

Can anyone join?
Anyone who lives or studies in Peterborough, is aged 12-19 and loves music.

How often does the Beat Orchestra meet?
The Beat Orchestra has changed to all day workshops over the summer holidays! We will have regular performance opportunities across the year – including a big one as part of Peterborough Festival on the 7th September.

Current Dates of rehearsals are:

February 23

March 2, 9, 16, 23

April 13, 20, 27

May 11, 18 (special all day event!)

August 7th, 8th, 9th & 31st

September 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Thursday 5 September Evening TBC  Dress rehearsal

Sept 7th Performance as part of Peterborough Festival.

(check back here for changes)

What level do I have to be? 

We want talented people, who enjoy playing together and working as a team. However, we are not looking for specific levels on your instruments – we believe that anyone at any level can join the Beat Orchestra and become a valuable member.

What happens in rehearsals?

We work both in big and small groups, in a structured jam/workshop session – led by our workshop leaders,  Beat This musicians and Britten Sinfonia musicians. Ideas are worked up to form full length tracks. Individuals are given chances to improvise and take solos as well as work together in sections.

Are there auditions?
There are no auditions for the Beat Orchestra. You are welcome to just turn up on a Saturday morning and give it a go. We will then give you a form for your parents / guardian to fill out. If you would like more information before coming down for a Saturday morning session, then please get in touch with us – call or email Lee on 01733 873014 or

How much does it cost to join? 
Nothing, the Beat Orchestra is totally free – we just need your enthusiasm and commitment!

I’m a pianist / keyboard player / drummer – I can’t carry my instrument – what should I do?
We will be bringing heavy instruments to the sessions, and will make sure there is something for you to play. Get in touch with us – call or email Lee on 01733 873014 or so that we can cater for you.

I don’t play an instrument. Can I still get involved?
Yes – we welcome singers so if your vocal chords are your instrument please get in touch. We’re also recruiting Beat Boxers, MCs and music tech places.

Where does the Beat Orchestra rehearse? 
The Beat Orchestra rehearses has changed venue. The East Community Centre is now our place to meet to practice and rehearse for the performance in September.


The centre is on Padholm road which is off Eastfield road.  Go past some of the shops on Eastfield road and turn left at the post office (if coming from town, right if coming from the Regional collage) you are now on Padholm road,  just a little way down after Charles Street is a sign for East Community Centre. There is parking and room to unload equipment if you are bringing anything heavy in a car.  

What times does the Beat Orchestra rehearse?
The Beat Orchestra now rehearses in the day times 10.30 – 5.30. If you’re a drummer or a keys, singer or beatboxer, please turn up early to help set up equipment (don’t worry if you don’t know how – we will have staff on hand to teach you). If you are interested in joining, but know you can’t make all the rehearsals, please get in touch with Lee. You might still be able to join.

Who are the music leaders?

The Beat Orchestra is run in partnership by Beat This, Britten Sinfonia and Vivacity. This means you have access to some top-class musicians, both from the popular and urban music scene, and some of the UKs top classical players. Whatever your passion, we will have tutors who can support and nurture you. Come down and meet us – we’re friendly and ready to make music!

Beat Orchestra is generously supported by Arts Council England, with additional support from Orchestras Live and Peterborough Music Partnership.