150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION YEAR
In 2022–23, the Royal Orchestral Society celebrates its 150th anniversary. Founded in 1872 by the Duke of Edinburgh (hence its ‘Royal’ status), the first concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall in 1873 – and during its long history the orchestra has been joined by many leading soloists and conductors.
Join us to celebrate 150 years of joyous music making through a series of special concerts, reflecting ROS’s history and present
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The orchestra plays to a high standard and is a mixture of conservatoire students and excellent amateurs. We perform 4 concerts per season in St John’s Smith Square or St.James, Piccadilly. We have also performed twice in the Cadogan Hall. We meet for 4-5 rehearsals in central London during the three weeks leading up to each concert.
We have worked with top soloists including Boris Giltburg, Alina Ibragimova, Thomas Gould, Lawrence Power, Tim Hugh, Piers Lane, Janice Watson and Benjamin Grosvenor. At the moment we do not have a principal conductor, but are inviting top guest conductors to work with us.
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. Double basses and Violas are particularly welcome!!
To apply to join our friendly and sociable orchestra, please click on ‘Join us’ above.
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.
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.
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