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


April 18 Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 ‘Emperor’
2  2  2  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
Conductor David Cutts

Soloist: Julian Jacobson

April 25 Beethoven: Symphony No 6 and Emperor Concerto

April 28 CONCERT  St James’s Piccadilly
Rehearsal  15.00  Concert 19.30

Tickets from:

May 2  Dvorak:   Slavonic Dances Op.72 (all 8)
2[1.2/pic]  2  2  2 — 4  2  3  0 — tmp+3 — str
Conductor:  Mike Fage

May 9  Haydn:  Symphony No 88
1  2  0  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
Conductor:   James Ross

May 16  Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4
3[1.2.pic]  2  2  2 — 4  2  3  1 — tmp+3 — str
Conductor:  Tim Henty

May 23  Mozart:  Symphony No. 38
2  2  0  2 — 2  2  0  0 — tmp — str
Conductor:  Peter Davies

May 30   Half Term

June 6    Sibelius:    Symphony No 6
2  2  3[1.2.bcl]  2 — 4  3  3  0 — tmp — hp — str
Conductor:   Mark Galtrey

June 13    Mendelssohn:  Symphony No 3
2  2  2  2 — 4  2  0  0 — tmp — str
Conductor: Gonzalo Acosta

June 20   Gordon Langford:    Axminster Overture, Concertino for Trumpet , Bassoon Concerto.
2(picc)222-2220- Timp Strings.  Over 3 pieces.
Soloists:  John Baker,   Tim Pigden
Conductor:  David Cutts

June 27  Prokofiev   Violin Concerto No 2.
2  2  2  2 — 2  2  0  0 — 1perc — str
Soloist: Chihiro Ono.
Conductor:  James Ross

July 4     Ravel:   Mother Goose Suite
2[1.2/pic]  2[1.2/Eh]  2  2[1.2/cbn] — 2  0  0  0 — tmp+3 — hp — cel — str
Conductor:   David Cutts


Starts: Sept 19th 2018
Half Term: Oct. 24th 2018
Ends: Dec 5th 2018


Saturday 28th April 2018  19.30
St James’s Piccadilly (Click here for map…)
Beethoven: Symphony No 6 ‘Pastoral’.
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 ‘Emperor’
Conductor: David Cutts
Soloist : Julian Jacobson
In aid of The Bridge School

Saturday 13th October 2018 19.30
St James’s Piccadilly
Dvorak:  ‘Cello Concerto
Brahms:  Symphony No 1
Soloist: Bartholomew LaFollette
Conductor: David Cutts

Saturday 17th November 2018
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

Saturday 16th March 2019 19.30
St James’s Piccadilly
Programme includes
Beethoven:  Symphony No 9
Conductor:  David Cutts