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Other local orchestras

Descriptions are from the orchestras’ own websites.

Kingston Chamber Orchestra

The Kingston Chamber Orchestra is an amateur orchestra of high standard, based in Kingston, Surrey, UK. Our members are a mixture of professionals, teachers, semi-professionals and keen amateurs.

Kingston Philharmonia

We are now an established part of the musical landscape in Kingston-on-Thames, giving four concerts a year, normally in St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton, or All Saints Church, Kingston.

Ealing Symphony Orchestra

The Ealing Symphony Orchestra is an independent orchestra based in West London. Established nearly a century ago, the orchestra has come to be seen as a leading voluntary orchestra on the London music scene.

Hounslow Symphony Orchestra

Hounslow Symphony Orchestra is an amateur orchestra of around 55 players. We play three concerts each season, usually at St Mary’s Church, Osterley Road, Isleworth TW7 4PW and St Paul’s Church, 56 Grove Park Road, Chiswick, W4 3SB. We concentrate on the standard classical and romantic repertoire and from time to time perform contemporary works.

Kew Sinfonia

Kew Sinfonia brings together professional and talented amateur musicians to perform orchestral chamber music in the local community.

Kew Wind Orchestra

The multi award-winning Kew Wind Orchestra is one of Britain’s top non-professional wind orchestras.

Leatherhead Orchestra

We are a friendly amateur orchestra which rehearses at the Leatherhead Institute from 8 pm until 10 pm every Wednesday evening during term. We cater mostly for adult players but welcome younger ones, including those with little or no orchestral experience. The music we play is from the standard classical repertoire.

Richmond Orchestra

The Richmond Orchestra performs four concerts a year with a wide ranging repertoire plus several other musical events in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Richmond Light Orchestra

A new amateur orchestra in the early stages of formation. Core repertoire will be based around music from the stage and screen, from show tunes and iconic film music to TV themes and pop music, with the occasional dip into light classical music. Looking for keen players with an enthusiasm for the genre. Currently we have vacancies for all sections of the orchestra, including strings, woodwind (inc sax players), brass and percussion. Rehearsals due to commence Tuesday 11 January 2022.

Sutton Symphony Orchestra

Sutton Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is an amateur orchestra which aims to provide the opportunity for players of a reasonable standard to experience rehearsing and performing works from the orchestral repertoire.

West London Sinfonia

We are an amateur orchestra with ambition and passion. Our players come from all over London, many of whom work in music or music education.

West London Strings

Formed in 2009, we are a very friendly amateur string orchestra which enjoys playing string music on Monday evenings. There are no auditions and all are welcome. Music is chosen to suit the membership and we  work on a range of pieces in a non-pressurised and supportive environment. 

Wimbledon Community Orchestra

We are an orchestra of adult amateur musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. As a community orchestra we aim to provide the opportunity for all our players to make music in a friendly fun environment. We are growing all of the time and currently have over 50 regular members. We do not have a standard classical set up of instrumentalists as we aim as much as possible to be inclusive and our repertoire reflects our diversity!

Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra

Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading amateur orchestras in London. Based in Wimbledon, we perform at least four concerts under the direction of our professional music director and leader.

Members’ other groups

Other music groups in which K3AO players regularly or occasionally perform.

The Portobello Orchestra

The Portobello Orchestra is made up from a lively, friendly, innovative group of amateur musicians. It gives three or four public concerts a year.

Bloomsbury Wind Ensemble

Our members are adult amateur woodwind players. Our two ensembles provide opportunities for us to develop our musical ability and ensemble skills in relaxed and informal settings. We are building a varied repertoire of woodwind ensemble music and we regularly perform in public.

Broken Consort Ealing

We are a friendly group of amateur classical musicians based in Ealing, West London, who meet weekly with a tutor. We comprise of a mixture of string, wind and piano players, and work towards an informal concert at the end of each term, where we perform a mixture of orchestral arrangements, and small chamber works.

Barnes Concert Band

Barnes Concert Band is a community band started over 40 years ago.  We have around forty members, amateur players from South-West London who enjoy practising and performing a wide range of wind band music from contemporary to classical, films and shows. Rehearsals are held in St Richard Reynolds School, Twickenham on Tuesday evenings. We are actively recruiting French Horn players 

Kingston &District Chamber Music Society

The Kingston and District Chamber Music Society (KDCMS) was founded in 1954 to enable amateurs in South-West London to play chamber music. We have approaching 300 members and membership of KDCMS will provide you with opportunities to meet and play with others, whether at home, or at one of our popular monthly concerts. 

Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra

We perform three to four concerts a year in Putney and Earlsfield in the South West of London. We largely perform post-classical era works that give interest to every section of the orchestra.

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