Camden Philharmonia Orchestra is a friendly and dynamic amateur orchestra that tackles diverse and exciting repertoire and performs three concerts a year. We rehearse weekly in Central London, and look forward to welcoming new members looking for a social orchestra with a passion for classical music.
The emphasis is, no matter how good the orchestra is or the players are individually, we strive to be a better ensemble with the instruction of the very talented and accessible conductor, Peter Fender.
Based on a Classical Orchestra scoring, CAO comprises wind, strings and brass. We perform three times a year, each following a ten-week term of rehearsals. The format of the concerts is typically Overture-Concerto-Symphony, collaborating with soloists of international repute.
We play some fantastic repertoire including many iconic pieces, such as Violin concertos by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bruch and Brahms; Piano concertos by Rachmaninov, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich; Cello concertos by Elgar and Tchaikovsky, and choral pieces from Don Giovanni exerpts to Nessun Dorma. Symphonies and overtures are mainly taken from the Classical and Romantic periods, though we have also delved into Baroque and 20th Century too.
We are very fortunate to have not one but two excellent grand pianos (a Yamaha and a Bosendorfer 280VC) provided by Markson Pianos at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, which in addition to the residence of Camden Philharmonia Orchestra, is also host to various mid-week lunchtime piano recitals throughout the year. The pianos enable us to put on some great single and even double piano concertos.
Camden Philharmonia Orchestra is listed as one of the central London orchestras on amateurorchestras.org.uk, a list of amateur orchestras by region. We believe our orchestra is the best amateur orchestra in London because every term we get to play a concerto with a professional soloist. It is truly inspiring to play with them.
But don’t take our word for it. If you are looking to join a London orchestra then come and see for yourself why we think we are the best amateur orchestra in London.
Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings and in the afternoon on concert days. Concerts are on either Saturday or Sunday evenings.
Vacancies and Fees
We are always looking for new players to join us. We currently have vacancies in the string and brass sections. Subscriptions per term are £90 (£75 students). If you would like the chance to play great music with professional soloists please get in touch.