London Repertoire Orchestra

London Repertoire Orchestra

If you love playing in orchestra but get a little bored in repetitive rehearsals then the LRO might be what you are looking for…


At LRO we rehearse a different work each week,  normally finishing with a complete run-through.  We aim for excellent progress during that session. Occasionally we perform a selection of works from the repertoire – usually in charity concerts.  When playing for concerts we dedicate one full LRO session to rehearsing each piece and have a full rehearsal on the day of the concert, including guest players.  Our sight-reading skills are always exercised and conductors are encouraged to run efficient rehearsals to enable short rehearsal periods.


LRO meets on Wednesday evenings, 19:00 – 21:30, during term times, with a break for half term.


St Joseph’s Church Hall
15 Lamb’s Passage

The Church and hall building was originally a Victorian School, it is situated in the right angle bend in Lamb’s Passage.

We have recently invested in some acoustic treatment to improve the sound.

See map… 

Underground Stations: Old Street, Moorgate, Barbican


We do not have a permanent conductor and are therefore able to have a selection of regular conductors and to invite guests from a pool of freelance professionals who would not be able to commit to a weekly rehearsal.

Wind players audition for positions and are required to attend all sessions or to provide a deputy.

We have a professional leader,  Tina Bowles.  String players are encouraged to come along as often as possible when they are able.  This is ideal if you would like to play in an orchestra but cannot commit to a weekly session.

We currently have vacancies for trumpets and timps and strings


Full Term £65 (£35 concession)
Per session: £7.00 (£4.00 concession)
Concession rates apply to students, unwaged and pensioners.
Student String Players: Free of Charge.

LRO is a Charity and is registered for Gift Aid

Please pay to Lloyds TSB
Account Name: London Repertoire Orchestra
Sort Code: 30 92 32
Account Number: 00685510

(Payment for individual sessions can also be by cash…
in the coffee money tin please)

At break time coffee/tea is 50p and a choc bar is 50p.


Please contact us…


Many of our players studied their instruments at RCM or RAM in their youth and now enjoy music as teachers or amateur players.

Chairman:    David Cutts
Leader:        Tina Bowles
Librarian:     George Marshall
Membership Secretary: Liz Cutts
Webmaster:  Liz Cutts


Sept 19    Schubert:  Symphony No. 1
1  2  2  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
Conductor:  James Ross

Sept 26:       Dvorak Cello Concerto (Tuttis) and Brahms 1
2  2  2  3[] — 4  2  3  0 — tmp — str
Conductor:  David Cutts

October 3:   Dvorak:  Cello Concerto
2[1.2/pic]  2  2  2 — 3  2  3  1 — tmp+1 — str
Soloist:  Bartholomew LaFollette
Conductor:  David Cutts

October 10:   Brahms:  1st Symphony
2  2  2  3[] — 4  2  3  0 — tmp — str
Conductor:  David Cutts

October 13   Concert   St James’s Piccadilly
Rehearsal   2.30 get-in   Start 3.00  Finish by 6.00 pm
Concerto,  Symphony
Concert 7.30    Dress Black.

October 17   Dvorak:  Symphony No 8
2[1.2/pic]  2[1.2/Eh]  2  2 — 4  2  3  1 — tmp — str
Conductor:  Jonathan Hargreaves

October 24:         Half Term

October 31:  Sibelius:  Symphony No 3.
2  2  2  2 — 4  2  3  0 — tmp — str
Conductor:   Peter Davies

November 7:   Mozart:  Piano Concerto No 23   and Symphony No 3.
1  0  2  2 — 2  0  0  0 — str
Soloist:  Graham Blyth
Conductor:  David Cutts

November 14:   Mozart: Symphony No 39
1  0  2  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
Conductor:  David Cutts

November 17:  Mozart Concert at Challow Park,  Wantage, Oxon.

Rehearsal on Saturday 17th October Challow Park Studios
Challow Park, Challow Rd, Wantage OX12 9RH

15.00 – 18.00

Symphony 3, Concerto, Symphony 39

Challow Park Studios is on the road out of Wantage west towards Challow. There is parking in the drive and at the school over the road.
Trains go to Didcot and if necessary we can arrange a taxi to meet the train from Paddington (leaves 13.30) that arrives at 14.12. Please email David if you need this service. There are return trains to Paddington until 23.30 or so.

Concert 19.30 Dress: All black, but not DJs etc.

November 21:  Beethoven: Symphony No 7
2  2  2  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
Conductor:  Gonzalo Acosta

November 28  Schumann Violin Concerto
2  2  2  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
Soloist: Chihiro Ono
Conductor:  Paul Barritt

December 5  Enesco   Romanian Rhapsody
3[1.2.3/pic]  3[1.2.Eh] 2 2 44[2tp, 2crt]  3  1 tmp+3 2hp str
James Ross

December 12  Ruth Gipps  Clarinet Concerto
2202 2000  Str
Cond: David Cutts
Soloist:  Peter Cigleris
Note: Peter has made an edition of this, which has not been performed before, so this is an early look at it.


Starts: Jan 9th 2019
Half Term: Feb 20th  2019
Ends:  March 27th 2018

Saturday 17th November 2018  19.30
Challow Park Concert Hall
Wantage, Oxon
Mozart: Symphony No 3
Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23
Mozart: Symphony No 39
Soloist: Graham Blyth
Conductor: David Cutts

Tickets at the Door.

Saturday 16th March 2019 19.30
St James’s Piccadilly

Beethoven:  Symphony No 9
Conductor:  David Cutts