We currently have vacancies for these instruments:

  • violin
  • viola
  • cello
  • double bass

If you’re interested in joining us we’d love to hear from you. Please use the contact form below or email Helen at membership@fso.org.uk.

Our next main concert is at Hammersmith Town Hall and features music by Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Grieg. Rehearsals start on 15 January 2018. We will also be performing at St John’s Smith Square on 9 March 2018 as part of composer Stephen Montague’s 75th birthday event.

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.


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.

We usually rehearse in Hammersmith at Novotel London West (entrance on Chalk Hill Road, off Shortlands, W6 8DR). The nearest Tube stations are Hammersmith and Barons Court.

Getting here

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.

Subs costs

Information about subs can be found on the Members’ page.

Membership enquiry form