Sunday 3rd December 2023,

St John's Smith Square

Conducted by Rebecca Miller
Soprano Hilary Cronin

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Barber Knoxille: Summer of 1915
Gershwin American in Paris
Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Barber Essay no.1
Copland Rodeo Four Dance Episodes

ROS | 2023/24 SEASON

Welcome to the current season with Rebecca Miller as our new principal conductor.  As an amateur orchestra, we are very aware of the need to balance our performances with well known international soloists and new emerging talent. Aki Blendis and Zaren Ziegler were both award winners in last year's BBC Young Musician of the Year, and Ben Goldscheider was the brass winner in 2016.  We are also showcasing 2 rare works by Lili Boulanger, and 2 Ukrainian composers.  We are very excited by the programme this season..  The list of the concerts is HERE.  Please support us by coming to the concerts.

Following our highly successful concert in June 2022, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Miller starting in the 2023-4 season.

The orchestra plays to a high standard and is a mixture of conservatoire students and excellent amateurs. We normally perform 3 concerts per season in St John’s Smith Square.  We have also performed twice in the Cadogan Hall.  We meet for 4-5 rehearsals in central London during the three weeks leading up to each concert.

We have worked with top soloists including Boris Giltburg, Alina Ibragimova, Thomas Gould, Lawrence Power, Tim Hugh, Piers Lane, Janice Watson and Benjamin Grosvenor.

There is a waiting list for most of the sections, but we welcome guests and new players even if you may not be able to play in all the concerts. Double basses and Violas are particularly welcome!!

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The Royal Orchestral society has a rich and eventful history, including concerts with Henry Wood, Edward Elgar, Arthur Sullivan, Fritz Kreisler and Pablo Casals. Read more.



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Our performance of the Britten War Requiem with the London Chorus on 30 November 2014 at Cadogan Hall has been described as triumph.  The soloists were Geraldine McGreevy, James Gilchrist and Ashley Riches, and the children's choir were from the Church of St John the Divine, Kennington.


This took place on Sunday 20 March 2016
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Waterloo Station, Waterloo Road
Concerto for 2 Violins