Due to COVID restrictions, our planned November concert will not be taking place. Hopefully our next concert will be on 14th February, but may very well be postponed to late March/April
The website will be updated when we have a decision how we are proceeding
Thank you for your understanding
The orchestra plays to a high standard and is a mixture of conservatoire students and excellent amateurs. We perform 4 concerts per season in St John’s Smith Square or St.James, Piccadilly. 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. At the moment we do not have a principal conductor, but are inviting top guest conductors to work with us.
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!!
To apply to join our friendly and sociable orchestra, please click on ‘Join us’ above.
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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.
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that our President, Mark Tennant, died on 18th February.
Mark had been a member of the orchestra for about 40 years. When Arthur Davison died, he single handedly took over the running of the orchestra, and laid the foundation for what it is today. He played flute until ill-health forced him to give up. His daughter Sophia – a highly talented professional violinist - led the orchestra on several occasions and his son Lysander played the oboe with us.
Right to the end Mark was devoted to the orchestra. I spoke to him in hospital a few weeks ago and he wanted to know all the plans for the future.
We send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Harriot and all his family
His nephew Christopher spoke very eloquently about him at the memorial service. You can read his address by clicking on the 'president' heading above
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.
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BACH in the SUBWAYS
This took place on Sunday 20 March 2016
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Waterloo Station, Waterloo Road
Concerto for 2 Violins