Saturday 15th June 2019 7.00pm
St Johns' Smith Square

Brahms   Double Concerto
Shostakovich   Symphony no.10

Emma Lisney (Violin)
Joy Lisney (cello)
James Henshaw (conductor)



Introduce your kids to musical instrument by bringing them to one of our friendly and fun kids concerts. read more

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The orchestra plays to a high standard and is a mixture of conservatoire students and excellent amateurs. We perform 4-5 concerts per season in St John’s, Smith Square or Cadogan Hall, and meet for around 4 rehearsals in central London during the two weeks leading up to each concert.

We work with top soloists including Alina Ibragimova, Thomas Gould, Lawrence Power, Tim Hugh, Piers Lane and Benjamin Grosvenor. Conductors include Orlando Jopling, William Carslake and Adrian Brown.

There is a waiting list for most of the sections, but we welcome guests and new players even if you may not be able to play in all the concerts.

To apply to join our friendly and sociable orchestra, please click on ‘Join us’ above.


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The Royal Orchestral society has a rich and eventful history, including concerts with Henry Wood, Edward Elgar, Arthur Sullivan, Fritz Kreisler and Pablo Casals. Read more.

We were very sad that our regular leader, Nicola Ihnatowicz, has left us, but she is also a terrific soprano, and we wish her every success as she concentrates on her singing. We are delighted that she will be joining us as one of the soloists in our November concert.

Past guest leaders have included Catherine Mackintosh, Zsuzsa Berenyi, Anna Kirkpatrick and Thomas Suárez.

We are now looking for an inspiring leader to be part of the orchestra's continuing development as one of the leading amateur orchestras in the country. Our leader needs to have strong technical skills and superlative musicianship as well as being easy-going and unflappable; someone who is accessible to all members and a leading part of the orchestra’s sociable and friendly atmosphere. Here you can download full details of the role and how to apply.

Our performance of the Britten War Requiem with the London Chorus on 30 November 2014 at Cadogan Hall has been described as triumph.  The soloists were Geraldine McGreevy, James Gilchrist and Ashley Riches, and the children's choir were from the Church of St John the Divine, Kennington.


This took place on Sunday 20 March 2016
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Waterloo Station, Waterloo Road
Concerto for 2 Violins