QUOTE(legendmir @ Dec 22 2011, 01:28 PM)
I am a grade 2 cello player and live in the twickenham area. I am looking to join an amateur orchestra to give myself an aim to continue to improve my playing ability.
Can anyone recommend an orchestra in this viciinity for someone of my level.. or does this type of thing not really happen until higher grades?
I've read all the messages so far, and you can see that there are orchestras available at your present level. If you could find one really near home you would be one of a small lucky minority. If you find one that's just right you will make new friends who share your interest and it will become a lovely new part of your social life.
I've been running an adult learners' orchestra since 1995, with no minimum standard, and have usually had at least a handful of players travelling 20+ miles each way to play in it. Unfortunately the most elementary and most advanced orchestral players do tend to have to travel to find groups at just the right level. One of the cellists in my orchestra has also been travelling to ELLSO (East London Late Starters' String Orchestra) on Saturdays for years, at least 40 miles each way, getting more varied musical experience.
I realise the cello isn't the easiest instrument to transport, so if travelling to make music isn't an option for you I suggest you start small and see if you can find another cellist to play duets with. Could your teacher help? Maybe there are possible musical partners reading this Forum or Viva Strings?
I hope you find something that's just right for getting you into playing with other people.