MUSICIANS are being invited to come and see what Dorset Sinfonia has to offer – and maybe join the ensemble.

The orchestra is inviting anyone to open rehearsals on March 21 and 28.

On March 21 the band will be working on Olympian Glories, a piece written by local composer Rick Birley, who will be attending the rehearsal and giving his perspective on the work.

Strauss’s 2nd Horn Concerto will also be performed, with Fiona Brockhurst as soloist.

March 28 will feature local soloists Peter Ross playing Chopin piano music and orchestra member Caroline Thomas singing an aria from The Magic Flute.

Both evenings will be free entry.

Sinfonia spokeswoman Rachel Greenwood said: “We thought that these open evenings might be a nice way to entice anyone thinking of rejoining an orchestra after years of abstinence.”

The Dorset Sinfonia started life as The Weymouth and District Arts Centre Music Group back in 1958. Likely musicians were invited and there was a good response.

In 1962 the name was changed to the Weymouth Arts Centre Orchestra, until 2010 when David Ansell took over as leader. The name change was due to the geographical variety of the members.

The evenings take place in Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth at 7.30pm.