We’re rehearsing with a reduced orchestra in COVID-secure conditions when government restrictions allow.

We’re on our summer break now, and will start rehearsing again in the autumn.

We don’t have any vacancies at the moment, but if you’d like to join our waiting list we’d love to hear from you.

We welcome new players of around Grade 8 standard or above. Our current players range from amateurs playing at a professional standard, to those who have taken up their instrument again after a few years off. If in doubt, get in touch!

We need all of our players to make a real commitment to rehearsals and concerts, so please have a look at the Commitment and Attendance section on the members’ page to see what our expectations are. New members of the orchestra join us on a trial basis, with membership confirmed on completion of a successful first term.

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Our rehearsal schedule is on the Members’ page.

Rehearsals are in Hammersmith on Monday evenings for nine weeks before each concert (except for bank holidays when we rehearse on Tuesdays). The rehearsal schedule normally includes sectional rehearsals with coaching from well-established tutors.

Subs costs

Members of FSO pay subs to help cover the costs of running the orchestra. Please see the Members’ Page for details.

Getting here

We’re currently rehearsing at St Paul’s Hammersmith, Queen Caroline St, W6 9PJ. The nearest Tube station is Hammersmith.

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We normally rehearse at Novotel London West (entrance on Chalk Hill Road, off Shortlands, Hammersmith W6 8DR) but the conference room we use is currently being used as a covid vaccination centre. The nearest Tube stations are Hammersmith and Barons Court.

By public transport, the Novotel is under 20 minutes from Barnes, Chelsea, Chiswick, Earl’s Court, Fulham, Hammersmith, Kensington and Shepherds Bush. And it’s less than 30 minutes from Acton, Ealing, Kew, Notting Hill, Putney, Roehampton, Richmond, Southfields, the City, the West End, Vauxhall, Hounslow and Wimbledon.

Membership enquiry

To contact Ross, our orchestra manager, please use the contact form below or email membership@fso.org.uk.