If you have new questions, suggestions or comments
please email… bootsorchestra@gmail.com

There are three FAQs sections below. (They are followed by some handbills for a few past concerts.)

  1. For enquiries about joining us.
  2. How does the Past concerts page work?
  3. Some tips on getting the best results from your web browser. 
1. FAQs about joining us

I am looking to join an orchestra.   Do you have any vacancies?

Yes.   We currently have vacancies for: Violins, Violas, Trombone.

Will I need to audition?

No. Auditions are not usually required, but we do ask that prospective new members have previous orchestral experience and an ability to sight-read.

How much does it cost to be a playing member?

The current subscription is £10 per year.

Where is the orchestra based?

 At Boots’ main site in Beeston.

For further information on any of the above please email: bootsorchestra@gmail.com

2. FAQs about the PAST CONCERTS page

The Past concerts page shows buttons to link to some of the concerts given in previous years.

Scroll the page to choose a concert and click its button to see whatever details are available, such as its programme and its handbill.

Within the details shown, click a programme or handbill to make it larger.

After viewing it, use the ‘Go Backwards’ arrow to see the item normal size again.

Then – by using the arrows at the foot of each concert’s page – move backwards or forwards in time to see details of other concerts.

Or click any of the years listed in the ARCHIVES section which is on the right hand side of some pages.

3. FAQs about web browsers
or “How to get the best results from your web browser” …

Which web browser is the best to use for viewing this site?

Whilst they each work slightly differently, all current versions or releases of the various web-browser brands can show everything in our site’s pages.

Obsolete versions or releases of some web-browser brands may not display our pages correctly and/or may not show some of the photos. 

This site has been tested successfully with several currently available web browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera and Safari. (No particular recommendation is intended, they are just listed alphabetically.) 

The key thing to know when viewing any web site is to use the most effective page orientation – ‘portrait’ or ‘landscape’ – however sometimes it can be tricky to get it right, so it is hoped the following notes may be helpful.

On smart phones and tablets:

  • If all the side-menu entries and sub-menus are not displayed when viewing the site in ‘landscape’ mode, try turning the phone or tablet through 90 degrees, so as to view the site in ‘portrait’ mode.


  • On some web browsers the ‘Menu’ icon – usually a square icon near to the top of the screen, that looks like three horizontal bars – will only appear if ‘portrait’ mode is being used.


  • On some smaller smart phones and tablets, when selecting – i.e. clicking on – certain side-menu items, any sub-menus that are available alongside them may or may not appear directly. The reason is that some web browsers will only show a little ‘+’ sign alongside the side-menu item if it has one or more sub-menus. In such cases, simply by selecting – i.e. clicking on – the ‘+’ sign, any sub-menu(s) will then be displayed, from which items can then be selected

On laptops, netbooks and other personal computers:

The default ‘landscape’ orientation usually works well and it’s worth making the viewing window as large as possible, so as to use the whole of the available screen area.

However, if all of the side-menu items are still not being displayed when you are viewing a page at maximum window size, there are two things to try:

1) Change the displayed size of all the text and images being viewed within the window:
Many browsers allow the “view within the window” to be magnified or reduced very easily by using a ‘Control-key shortcut’:

  • to reduce the size of the contents of the window: hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key and press ‘-‘
    (Doing that a few times should eventually make all the side-menu items visible.)

  • to magnify the size of the contents of the window: whilst holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key, hold down the ‘Shift’ key and press ‘+’

  • to return the contents of the window to normal size: hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key and press ‘0’. (That’s the number zero, not the letter ‘o’.)

2) Find the ‘Alternative Menu’ icon that looks like three horizontal bars in the form of a square near to the top of the window:

  • By using your mouse’s left button, “click-and-hold-down” a corner of the window and use the mouse to “drag” that corner to reduce the overall size of the window (as displayed on the screen) until the ‘Alternative Menu’ icon appears, and then let go of the mouse’s left button. 
  • Once you have that Menu icon displayed, you can click on the Menu icon using your mouse’s left button so as to see all the items in the menu. Then you can select one of them by clicking on it with your mouse’s left button.

Below are some handbills.
Each one links to its concert’s programme and other details.