The MRCO was founded in the summer of 2012 to play at a street party in Mawson Road. Their performance was shown on local television which led to more invitations to play and its establishment as Cambridge’s Community Orchestra, welcoming anyone who can play an acoustic instrument and read music. There are no auditions and as the arrangements are made specifically for the orchestra, there is no limit placed on the number of people playing a particular instrument. Rehearsals take place between 6 and 8 on Sunday evenings at St Matthew’s School (address and map) during school terms and the MRCO gives up to five concerts every year. The atmosphere is friendly and informal and the members range in age from 7 to over 70. In addition to normal orchestral instuments our current lineup includes guitars, a ukelele, melodica and a large percussion section.