FSO 3-string bass

About Us

Finchley Symphony Orchestra is a successful non-professional orchestra in north London. We give 5 high standard concerts a year and are constantly looking for new challenges and opportunities.

Our repertoire is wide – including in recent seasons large-scale pieces including Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Nielsen's Symphony No. 2 and Copland's Appalachian Spring alongside works such as Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Beethoven's fifth symphony. Our regular concerts with Finchley Chamber Choir have included ‘Zadok the Priest’, Stravinsky’s Mass and Elgar's 'The Music Makers'.

We work with fine young soloists many of whom, including Tasmin Little and Valeriy Sokolov, have attained international status. We also work with young composers and have recently given first performances of pieces by George Holloway and Richard Bullen. Most of our concerts are in Finchley and we have performed at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Hampstead Garden Suburb music festival and St John’s Smith Square. In 2018 we made our first visit to St James's Piccadilly - see the talented Asagi Nakata playing Tchaikowsky's first piano concerto: FSO at St James's

We rehearse weekly. We work hard but like to remain friendly and there is a social side to our orchestra. For new members there is no membership fee in your first term with us.

Listen to excerpts from some recent concerts:

  • Beethoven 'Eroica' Symphony, 3rd movement (2016):

  • De Falla 'Ritual Fire Dance' from El Amor Brujo (2016):

  • Fauré 'Dolly Suite' - Kitty-valse (2017)

  • Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien - conclusion (2018)

  • Enigma variations 10 & 11 (2019)

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