St Bartholomews Orchestra, amateur orchestra in South London St Bartholomews Orchestra, amateur orchestra in South London

Welcome to St Bart's...

... your friendly local orchestra

We are a friendly amateur orchestra and registered charity based in Streatham, South London. We are conducted by prize-winning conductors from the Royal Academy of Music, where many of our soloists come from too.

We enjoy playing from a wide repertoire, and perform 3 or 4 concerts a year, mainly in local concert venues, although past locations include Southwark and St George's Cathedrals, Arundel Castle, Croydon Clocktower and Fairfield Hall. We also take part in concerts with St Bartholomew's Polyphony Choir. We raise money for charity through our concerts, and have raised tens of thousands of pounds during the 40 years we've been established. During the last year we have played for charities in aid of those caught up in the Syrian conflict, the homeless at Christmas, the St John's Church Restoration Fund, and an education programme for the disadvantaged in Pakistan.

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If you are looking for a lively, welcoming orchestra that enjoys making music to a high standard and at the same time helps others, this is the orchestra for you. We have low subscriptions, and full-time students are completely exempt. We also enjoy ideal rehearsal facilities with easy access.

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If you wish to find out more about our orchestra or are interested in joining, please do get in touch.

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Latest News

In the 30 degree heat of Sunday 8th July, we sweated through our first concert with our new conductor, Nicholas Nevsky Kohn, in St Philip's Church, Norbury, where the welcome was as warm as the weather! The audience enjoyed a lively performance of the Sullivan's Overture to Iolanthe, followed by Bellini's Oboe Concerto in Eb, superbly played by our own Nicholas Mitchell. The first half closed with a playful second performance of a Children's Suite, composed by one of our second violinists, Andrene De Silva, with readings performed by young Zeron Francis of St Philip's Church.

After the interval, Bizet's Symphony in C went down very well with the audience, who applauded after the excitement of the first movement. Another beautiful oboe solo from Nicky ushered in the complete change of character in the Adagio/Andante, before the boisterous scherzo, and the youthful exuberance of the finale. We rounded off the summer concert with a serene encore of MacDowell's 'To a Wild Rose'. The concert raised £300 in aid of the Michael Rakotoarivony Association (founded by our previous conductor), which increases opportunities and training for young musicians in Madagascar.

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