The Beecroft Orchestra

 The Beecroft Orchestra is an amateur community orchestra with about 40 members who rehearse weekly at Carlingford High School and perform at 

Cheltenham Girl’s High School, Cheltenham in their new performance hall, . As a volunteer organization, we rely solely on our box office and fundraising efforts to fund our four concerts a year.

Tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted and can be targeted for specific outcomes such as the premiere of a new piece or a solo performance opportunity for a young artist. We aim to provide the opportunity for local amateur musicians of all ages and backgrounds to come together to play classical orchestral music and deliver well-priced concerts to the local community.

The Orchestra’s programming is varied and challenging and we strive to include music by past and present Australian composers in our concerts.. We occasionally perform choral works with local choir singers and soloists.
There are no auditions, but we welcome new players of a standard generally of about AMEB grade 5 and above. We believe passionately in the benefits that come from Uniting people through music and also try to give young solo performers, composers and conductors opportunities to showcase their work with the orchestra.

This year, the orchestra initiated our Young Conductors’ Program. The response to this has been astonishing and 4 young conductors were selected to assist and learn from our Conductor, Dr Joanna Drimatis-one in each musical term. They will also be featured in our Visiting Soloists section of our website.

Funds for this program come from tax deductible donations to our Gift Fund. If you can assist us please click the Donations button below and we are very grateful for any contribution to assist with developing this program.

Hear a Video compilation of Concert 4 December 2022 here. Many thanks to Mr Zhao for producing this for us


Concert 1 2024

Memories of Spain

Sunday 7th April, 2024,2.30pm

Cheltenham Girls High School new Performance Hall

The Promenade, Cheltenham 2119

Conductor-Joanna Drimatis

Soloists-  Andrew Blanch Guitar  

Assistant Conductor-

Rodrigo-Concierto de Aranjuez

Bizet-The Toreadors from Carmen Suite No 1

Rimsky Korsakov-Capriccio Espagnol Op34


Miriam Hyde-Happy Occasion Overture

Uniting People through Music


    Beecroft Orchestra is back with concerts of 1 1/2 hrs and 1/2 hr for our famous afternoon tea.

Links to music recordings

Rodrigo-Conciero de Aranjuez

Bizet-The Toreadors from Carmen Suite No 1-

Rimsky Korsakov-Capriccio Espagnol Op 34-


Miriam Hyde- Happy Occasion Overture-

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