New Music Director - Christopher Stark
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Christopher Stark as our new Music Director, succeeding Tom Hammond who died so sadly and suddenly in December.
Initially joining us as guest conductor for our February concert it quickly became apparent that Christopher could bring a huge amount to the orchestra. He is also Principal Conductor of the Multi-Story Orchestra, Ernest Read and Blackheath Halls Symphony Orchestras and works widely in opera including with Oper Köln, Glyndebourne and Garsington. We count ourselves fortunate indeed to have found a worthy successor to Tom so quickly.
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!
Copland, Dvorak, Beethoven and Brahms
Concerts so far this season have included Malcolm Arnold's Flute concerto No.1, En Saga and the Symphony No.5 by Sibelius, Nielsen's Symphony No.2, Mendelssohn's violin concerto and Beethoven's overture Leonora (No.3). Our next concert in May has an American theme with music by Copland ('Appalachian Spring' and 'Quiet City') and Dvorak (New World symphony) and in July we join the Finchley Chamber Choir for Beethoven's Symphony No.5 and Brahms' German Requiem.
Come and play with us
With a big programme this year we have room for new string players and in some other sections. No membership fee in your first term - so if you would like to try us out see the 'Members' page for more details.
During the first lockdown Tom, our late Music Director, recorded two fascinating podcasts. To hear his thoughts on conducting and how he became a conductor click on these links:
- Finchley Chamber Choir – our sister choir with whom we perform regularly.
- Book for our next concert
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Our normal concert and rehearsal venue is:
Trinity Church, North Finchley