Community Light Orchestra
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CLO is an orchestra of around 70 amateur and semi-professional musicians who meet in Henley Community Centre, near Ipswich, every Tuesday morning during school term times. We perform concerts of ‘light classical’ and popular music in aid of charities.

Director/Leader - our Musical Director is Roger Jones and Cecilia Metherell

leads the orchestra.

Rehearsals - Tuesday mornings 1000-1200 term time

at Henley Community Centre, IP6 0RP.

Other groups - The String Orchestra meets fortnightly after the main rehearsal 1230-1400.

Membership - We expect members to attend rehearsals and to participate in our Saturday evening concerts (normally three per year).  Subs are currently £20 per term plus group subs.  We currently have a waiting list in some sections - please get in touch with our membership secretary.

Current Vacancies

We have vacancies for violists, double bassists and cellists.

Future Guest Performers

Musicology Vocal Group

Musicology was founded in April 1994, originally formed as a “one-off” group to provide entertainment for a village concert. However, so successful was the event that the Group remained together, and over 25 years later they still very much enjoy what they do. Their repertoire ranges from light classics to popular songs – basically anything with a “good tune”.

Comments from past performances include: ‘What a lovely evening we had… was perfect for the occasion’; ‘You really did make the evening go with a zing’; ‘You are a very talented group and your performance was much appreciated’.

If you like what you hear and would be interested in them performing for you, visit or phone 01473 717712.

CLO in Concert at Home
Playing the Washington 
Post March, by JP Sousa

Musical Director Roger Jones

Our concert in January was in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

We were able to raise over £600 for this charity

Forthcoming Events

Sunday 22nd May, 2022 at 4.00pm (note changed date) at Hadleigh Church. See poster below.

Would you like to book us for your charity?

Please go to our bookings page.

Acer Smith

Aged 15, Acer is delighted to have been asked to play as guest soloist for the Community Light Orchestra’s charity concert at Hadleigh Parish Church in May. A pupil at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, Acer is deputy leader of the first Orchestra directed by Head of Music Richard Hanley and the String Group under Cal Fell. He also leads the Mills Quartet who reached the semi-finals of the Pro-Corda National Chamber Music Competition.

Acer started violin lessons at the age of 5 years with Cal Fell who also taught him piano from the age of 6 years. He moved rapidly through the ABRSM grades, taking grade 8 in piano and violin on reaching High School. He is studying violin at diploma level and now studies piano with Christine Stevenson RCM and plans to take his ARSM piano diploma this Summer.

Acer has been a member of the County Music Service during which time he led the Suffolk Young Strings performance at Snape Maltings. From 2016, he has attended the Pro Corda Music School at Leiston Abbey studying piano and violin under Andrew Quartermain. He has also taken part in numerous musical competitions.

In 2018 Acer was awarded an Organ training bursary with the East Anglian Academy for Early Music and is taught by Julian Larkin. He has also received a grant from the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation for the past two years for which he is very grateful.