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 preferably be by Credit Card and 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


Schedule at 15th January.    Updates may follow.

Jan 15   Brahms:  Symphony No 1
2223[] — 4230 — tmp — str      NB Bones only last mvt.
Conductor:   John Landor

Jan 22    Stravinsky   Firebird  (1919)
2[1.2/pic] 2[1.2/Eh] 22 — 4231 — tmp+3 — hp — pf/opt cel — str
Conductor: Claire Lampon

Jan 29  Beethoven  Symphony 5
3[1.2.pic] 223[] — 2230 — tmp — str
Conductor:  Peter Davies

Feb 5    Wagner  Siegfried Idyll
1121 — 2100 — str
Conductor:  Gonzalo Acosta

Feb 12       Prokoviev  Symphony No 7
3[1.2.pic] 3[1.2.Eh] 3[1.2.bcl] 2 — 4331 — tmp+4 — hp — pf — str
Conductor:   Oliver Till

Feb 19  Half Term

Feb  26   Haydn Symphony No 97
2202 — 2200 — tmp — str
Conductor:  James Ross

Mar 04    Sibelius:    Symphony No 7
2[1/pic.2/pic] 222 — 4330 — tmp — str
Conductor;  David Cutts

Mar 11    Schubert: Symphony No 3 

2222 2200 tmp str
Conductor:  Peter Davies

Mar 18: Mendelssohn  Symphony No 4

2222 2200 Tmp Str
Conductor:   Tim  Henty

Mar 25    Mozart:  Symphony No 31  ‘Paris’

2222 2200 tmp  str
Conductor:  Paul Barritt

April 1    Gipps  Horn Concerto
11+Eh22 — 3200 — tmp — str
Conductor:   David Cutts

Soloist:   AnneMarie Federle

April 8    Easter Break
April 15   Easter Break

April 22   Brahms  Symphony 3
2223[] — 4230 — tmp — str
Conductor: David Cutts

April 29  Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4

1222 — 2200 — tmp — str
Conductor:  David Cutts
Soloist:  Julian Jacobson

May 06  Brahms  Symphony 3
2223[] — 4230 — tmp — str
Conductor: David Cutts

May 09  CONCERT    St James’s Piccadilly   7.30 pm
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4
Brahms Symphony No 3
Conductor:  David Cutts
Soloist:  Julian Jacobson
Rehearsal at Church  15.00 to 18.00
Brahms then Beethoven  (c 17.00)

Nov 07  St James’s Piccadilly  7.30

Beethoven  Triple Concerto
Soloists:  Chhiro Ono,  Chiara Enderle Samantanga,  Julian Jacobson
Brahms  Symphony No 2
Conductor  David Cutts