..providing links to some websites for local amateur music groups in the North Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire area.

This site is very much "under development", and improvements and additions will be made as time permits. Meanwhile, please excuse its lack of sophistication!

The Bedford Waits

A small group of amateur musicians playing shawms, curtals, recorders, crumhorns, gemshorns, viols, rebec, Tudor fiddle and many other instruments to a high standard. Their speciality is in accompanying (and realisation of music for) early dance, but concerts and demonstrations are also undertaken. Availability generally evenings & weekends. A website will be constructed soon giving further details, but meanwhile contact via or


Hitchin Symphony Orchestra (formerly Hitchin Concert Orchestra).

A good amateur orchestra, founded in 1929. Always looking for new players, especially brass, percussion and lower strings. 2-3 public concerts per year.

The Society of Recorder Players, Beds. & North Herts. Branch.

Provides conducted playing sessions for recorder players of "intermediate" standard upwards. New members always welcome.

The Peregrine Recorder Orchestra.

A small recorder orchestra meeting in rural mid-Bedfordshire. Always on the lookout for good, reliable players. Charity concerts regularly undertaken.