During the coronavirus restrictions our rehearsals and concerts have been suspended. You can still contact us through this website, and listen to our music director's lockdown podcasts. We look forward to restarting our activities as soon as possible
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 last season and we are excited now to be working with him on a more permanent basis.
Our 2019-2020 season should have included five very different concerts with musical masterpieces and some real rarities. We began in November with Dvorak and symphonies by Schumann and Franz Berwald, followed by the traditional Christmas concert with Finchley Chamber Choir. We welcomed back Robert Hodge as guest conductor for Mahler's fourth symphony, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and two fine arias by Mozart (soprano Emily Garland), a concert held just a few days before lockdown. Our final two planned concerts this season have sadly been cancelled. These were to have included Mozart, Haydn and two of the Mendelssohn family in May and Beethoven's fifth symphony and Brahms' German Requiem with the Chamber Choir in July. We will consider including these programmes as part of next season.
But though we cannot meet, we can still enjoy listening to our Music Director! We asked Tom for his ideas about conducting and he has sent us his thoughts, which are well worth hearing. He has also made a 30 minute podcast giving fascinating insights into Sibelius' second symphony which we look forward to working on in the autumn, lock-down permitting. Find all of this on our Podcasts page.
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