FSO 3-string bass

About Us

Finchley Symphony Orchestra is a successful non-professional orchestra in north London. We give 5-6 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 such as Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 and Kodály’s Dances of Galanta alongside works such as Mozart’s 40th Symphony and the two Dvorak Serenades. We changed our name from ‘Finchley Chamber Orchestra’ to match this diversity. Our regular concerts with Finchley Chamber Choir have included ‘Zadok the Priest’, Stravinsky’s Mass and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

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 an important 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):

  • Brahms Symphony No.2 - opening (2017)

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

  • Fauré 'Dolly Suite' - Le Pas Espagnol (2017)