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 students 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.

Amateur orchestra in South London welcomes new members

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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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Amateur orchestra in South London welcomes new members

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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

The Streatham St Bart's Winter concert opened with a glowing tribute speech to Dr Bernard Jupp - our founder, former conductor and chairman of 43 years, given by the new chairman of the orchestra, Eric Milner (1st trumpet). We were then transported back to warmer climes in the fairytale world of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's dream (overture), under the baton of our new conductor, Michael Rakotoarivony. This was followed by the lilting Lullaby of Elgar's Bavarian Dances (in Hammersbach). The first half concluded with a beautiful rendition of Beethoven's Romance no.2 in F for violin and orchestra, our own leader Mario Basilisco taking centre stage. After the interval, with refreshments provided by Virgo Fidelis Church, the audience were treated to a performance of Schubert's less well-known 6th Symphony. The rousing Allegro of the first movement gave way to the charming opening of the second, with unexpected bursts of energy to keep orchestra and audience on our toes. The perhaps more familiar third movement, a playful scherzo, was followed by the more unusual Allegro moderato of the final, where Michael enjoyed guiding the orchestra through the many changes of character and style. We were delighted to learn that the concert raised £300 in aid of refugees.

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Our Next Concert
St Bartholomew's Orchestra plays a varied repetoire

Details of our next concert will be announced shortly.




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