Finchley Symphony Orchestra – a successful and friendly amateur orchestra in north London, rehearsing weekly and giving five or six high standard concerts each year. We are constantly looking for new challenges and opportunities and we welcome new players.
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.
Everything from baroque to large scale romantic works, 20th century music and new commissions. Symphonies, concertos and – at Christmas – carols!
We've played with...
Nigel Kennedy, Tasmin Little, Valeriy Sokolov and many others. Browse our Artists page to see more.
A new era
We are delighted to welcome Tom Hammond as our new Music Director, taking over from David Lardi who has stood down after 42 tremendous years at the helm. Tom has an excellent reputation for his work with top professionals, youth orchestras and non-professional groups. We hugely enjoyed his 'trial' term with us leading to a great concert of Brahms and Beethoven in May and we are excited now to be working with him on a more permanent basis.
Our 2019-2020 season again includes five very different concerts with many musical masterpieces and some real rarities. We begin in November with Dvorak and symphonies by Schumann and Franz Berwald, a Swedish composer who was writing in the mid-19th century. The traditional Christmas concert with Finchley Chamber Choir will be followed by Mahler's fourth symphony and Beethoven's fourth piano concerto in March when we welcome back Robert Hodge as guest conductor. Then a more 'classical/early Romantic' concert in May (we're still fine tuning the programme for this one, which may include a surprise) before we rejoin the Chamber Choir in July for Beethoven's fifth symphony and Brahms' German Requiem.
We care about...
Enjoying playing great music together, working hard for a high-quality performance, and celebrating it afterwards!
- Finchley Chamber Choir – our sister choir with whom we perform regularly.
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Our normal concert and rehearsal venue is:
Trinity Church, North Finchley