THE Lomond and Clyde Community Orchestra’s first concert of 2023 takes place in Helensburgh this weekend.

The orchestra will take to the stage at the Victoria Halls on Saturday, March 25 at 11am to play music including Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, Aaron Copeland’s Howdown and a selection from Handel’s Water Music.

The family-friendly concert will also feature guest appearances by the West of Scotland Military Wives Choir, the Helensburgh Junior Strings, and the new Stringbabies group.

Membership is open to players of all ages and all abilities. The orchestra meets once a week for rehearsals in St Michael's Church Hall, William Street, Helensburgh from 10am to 12 noon from autumn through to spring, and gives two major concerts each year, plus additional performances around Christmas time.

The orchestra also runs an active programme of encouraging and helping players and welcomes specialist tutors in strings, wind, brass and percussion to teach the sections of the orchestra during some Saturday morning sessions. 

Admission to Saturday's concert is completely free and there will be refreshments and a raffle for the audience to enjoy after the concert. All welcome.