St. Bartholomew's Orchestra
The orchestra maintains a website at stbartholomewsorchestra.co.uk.
St Bartholomew's Orchestra is a friendly amateur orchestra, originally founded as a wind ensemble in 1973 by Dr. Bernard Jupp, together with Anne Rowntree, the director of the St. Bart's Polyphony Choir at that time. We are now conducted by prize-winning scholars from the Royal Academy of Music, where many of our soloists also study or teach.
We enjoy playing from a wide repertoire, and perform 3 or 4 concerts a year, mainly in local concert venues, although past locations include Southwark and St George's Cathedrals, Arundel Castle, Croydon Clocktower and Fairfield Hall. We also take part in concerts with St Bartholomew's Polyphony Choir. We raise money for charity through our concerts, and have raised tens of thousands of pounds since we've been established. During the last year we have played for charities in aid of those caught up in the Syrian conflict, reconstructing a church in Sri Lanka after a terrorist attack, the homeless at Christmas, the St. John's Church Restoration Fund, and an education programme for the disadvantaged in Pakistan.
We rehearse in the church hall at 8-10pm every Monday evening except for the first Monday after concerts and breaks for Christmas, Easter and summer. There is usually a short break for tea and biscuits.
We have low subscriptions, and full-time students are completely exempt. The music we play usually requires Grade 8 standard, but there are no formal auditions.
If you wish to find out more about our orchestra or are interested in joining, please contact Nicky.