An “aspirational” orchestra has been created to showcase the musical talents of east Londoners.

Those who join Newham Philharmonic will have the chance to play at famous venues across the capital as well as meeting points in the community.

Newham Music’s CEO Tom Kerstens said he was “so inspired” by the talent east of the capital, he set up the group as a direct response.

He said: “We are delighted to launch Newham Philharmonic, the new orchestra for young Londoners.

“As the city moves eastwards, we want to draw on the capital’s talented young musicians to come and create a brand new orchestra from scratch with us that is based in our beloved east London.”

Talented British conductor Matthew Rogers will lead the performers.

Ahead of their April 2016 debut at the Barbican Centre and Lister School, where the sounds of Johannes Brahms Symphony No 1 in C Minor will play out, the group is recruiting for musicians.

It is appealing for members aged between 16 and 25 who play orchestral instruments including the violin, cello, double bass and oboe.

All should be trained to a Grade 8 standard.

Deadline for applications is December 18 and anyone interested should email

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