CREMS Orchestra and Ensemble

CREMS Orchestra and Ensemble

The CREMS Orchestra and Performance Ensemble meet monthly and are led by our musical director, Barbara Jerjen. We play a wide variety of music, both ancient and modern, for recorder orchestra and large ensemble. At least once per year we perform in a public concert. In 2013 we performed twice at the High Court of Australia for the Canberra Centenary Musical Offering. In 2014 we performed again at the High Court as part of the Sunday Concert Series and we have been invited back every year since.

The CREMS orchestra is a tutored community orchestra made up of CREMS members of mixed abilities, however orchestra members must have attained a certain level to take part:

CREMS Orchestra

Minimum Playing Standards:

  • Be able to play at least one and a half octaves. Ideally players should be able to play at least two sizes of recorder, preferably both a C and an F instrument. Please see below for exceptions.
  • players who only play a single instrument due to physical limitations may apply to the musical director for special consideration but in order to balance the sound of the orchestra it is not possible to be part of the orchestra if you only play a descant recorder.
  • Players of a single instrument who are willing to learn another instrument may discuss this with the musical director. There may be some instruments available for short-term loan while the member is learning.
  • Be able to sight-read music easily and be comfortable with relatively uncomplicated rhythms and musical ideas (AMEB Grades 4-5)

Other requirements:

  • Players must be a current financial member of CREMS.
  • Players wishing to perform in any of our concerts must be willing to commit to attending extra rehearsals as required. (Dates and times will be announced at the beginning of each semester.)


A monthly fee of $15 payable on arrival is charged to cover the cost of venue hire, tuition, music and refreshments.


Room 1, Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon


Last Sunday of the month from February to November.

Extra concert rehearsals are usually held weekly during the month prior to the performance

Schedule: Rehearsal: 2:00 - 3:30 pm,

Afternoon Tea: 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time in order to help with setting up.

What to bring:

A music stand, pencil, all the music you have been given in a folder and something to share for afternoon tea

How to Join:

We welcome new members who fulfill the above criteria. If you wish to come along to one of our monthly meetings to try out please let our musical director know at least two weeks in advance by completing the CREMS Orchestra Application Form. There is no fee for the first attendance.

CREMS Performance Ensembles

The Performance Ensembles are invitation only groups who meet either before or after the main orchestra rehearsal and which commit to performing in two public concerts per year. If you would like more information or if you would like to be considered for one of the performance ensembles please complete the Orchestra Application Form and our musical director will contact you for further discussion.

Further questions:

If you have questions which are not answered above please use the CREMS Orchestra Query Form

CREMS Inc. PO Box 6052 O'Connor ACT 2602

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