Finchley Symphony Orchestra in concert at Trinity Church North London

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An exciting season shaping up

Plans for our 2022-23 season of concerts are well advanced and it is going to be another exciting one including a mix of familiar works, well-known ones rarely tackled by local orchestras and a rarity.

In November we will be paying tribute to the letter S with Schumann's Manfred overture and two symphonies, Schumann's Rhenish and Sibelius' seventh conducted by Music Director Christopher Stark. We will then join again with the Finchley Chamber Choir for a Christmas concert of carols and popular favourites.

In March we will perform Beethoven's violin concerto and his fourth symphony together with the Suite en Forme de Valses by Mel Bonis. It will be a British programme in May with Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Hamish MacCunn's Land of the Mountain and the Flood and Vaughan William's fifth symphony. To round off the season we will be back with the Chamber Choir for a major concert, for which details will be finalised very soon.

Come and play with us

With a varied programme this year we have room for new string players, particularly viola and double bass, and in some other sections. There is no membership fee in your first term so if you would like to try us out do get in touch. See the 'Members' page for more details.

We are...

Finchley Symphony Orchestra – a successful and friendly amateur orchestra in north London, rehearsing weekly and normally giving five or six high standard concerts each year. We are constantly looking for new challenges and opportunities..

Richard Garry, 2018

The FSO consistently produces music of a very high standard and together with highly talented soloists provide wonderful evenings full of happiness and light.

Jill and Peter Holland, 2018

Over several years we have been to many concerts given by The Finchley Symphony Orchestra (and occasionally with the Finchley Chamber Choir). Our policy is that - if we are free, Trinity Church, Finchley, is the best place to be - sometimes challenging, but always offering an evening of fine music, beautifully played.

Julian Ansell, 2018

[Finchley Symphony Orchestra is] a top drawer symphony orchestra with first class soloists without having to go to the Festival or Albert Halls.

We play everything...

...from baroque to large scale romantic works, 20th century music, new commissions, symphonies, concertos and – at Christmas – carols!

We've played with...

Tasmin Little, Valeriy Sokolov and many others - see our Artists page.

We care about...

Playing great music together, working hard for a high-quality performance while having fun, and celebrating it afterwards!

The voice of Tom Hammond

During the first lockdown Tom Hammond, our previous Music Director who died suddenly last winter, recorded two fascinating podcasts. He is sadly missed. To hear his thoughts on conducting and how he became a conductor click on these links:

part 1a :::: part 1b :::: part 2 :::: part 3

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Find us

Our normal concert and rehearsal venue is:
Trinity Church, North Finchley
N12 7NN

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Upcoming concerts

FCC 12 Nov. 2022
FSO 19 Nov. 2022