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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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

Our summer concert, again warmly received by St Philips Church, Norbury, included some old favourites from the orchestra's repertoire, beginning with Mozart's Impresario overture – we look forward to performing the whole work in Spring 2018. Andrene De Silva, a long-time member of both the orchestra and St Philip's Church, produced yet another short and sprightly piece specifically for the occasion – Woodlands Rhapsody, which featured a solo leader part, played by Mario Basilisco. Wagner's Siegfried Idyll concluded the first half. Ravel's Pavanne followed the interval, featuring the beautifully haunting sound of the hand-stopped, valveless horn. The lively Haydn 'Surprise' Symphony was enjoyed by audience and orchestra alike. We were sad to say 'goodbye' to Clare Hill, our faithful flautist and treasurer, who moves south this summer – we'll miss you, Clare, but wish you well!

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