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Useful information for starter groups
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These Information Sheets have been devised and written by BMG people who have been through the difficult process of starting up and leading fretted instrument orchestras and ensembles, as well as launching other initiatives, some running for many years. Their wealth of knowledge is compiled and put forward here to help you get started in an organised, focused way, with as little hassle and ‘fumbling in the dark’ as possible.


Organising, leading and being part of a music group such as a fretted instrument orchestra is a wonderful, interesting journey – enjoy the ride! The BMG is here to support you in what­ever way it can – please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. Your feed­back and experience will further add to our collective understanding of our musical culture in the 21st century.

The following Information Sheets have been prepared as pdf files to view them you will require Adobe Acrobat reader which may be obtained from here :


Sheet Number


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1 Introduction
2 Players
3 Instruments and Music
4 Keeping it Going
5 Performance and Publicity
6 Case Study
7 Getting Formal