We are always interested in hearing from players of a high standard. We occasionally have vacancies and we often invite guests for concerts requiring a large number of players.
There are no formal auditions but we tackle ambitious repertoire and perform with the top echelon of soloists in London's main concert halls, and we expect commitment and preparation from everyone. In return you will be coached by inspiring teachers and enjoy giving fantastic concerts. We also enjoy socialising in the pub after rehearsals and concerts.
The orchestra meets for around 5 rehearsals in central London during the two weeks leading up to each concert, often Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We usually start with a string and wind sectional, sometimes on a Sunday to give more time. The sectionals are coached by top players, for instance Lorenzo Iosco, Principal Bass Clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Simon Blendis, regular guest leader of the BBCSO, LPO and RPO.
There is a subscription of £30 per player per major concert, £20 for the smaller-scale concerts, or £90 per season. There is a strict attendance policy for all rehearsals, and players are expected to be in good playing shape and to have learnt their part before the first rehearsal.
The orchestra also organises ‘away weekends’ to work on major repertoire, for instance Mahler 1st Symphony in Cambridge in September 2014 and Mahler 6th Symphony in September 2016