We currently have vacancies for:

  • contrabassoon
  • trombone
  • horns
  • violins
  • violas
  • double basses

We maintain a waiting list for other instruments.

If you’re interested in joining us we’d love to hear from you.
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Our next concert is:

Anton Webern – Passacaglia
Johannes Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor (soloist Richard Uttley)
Béla Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra
16 November 2019, 7.30pm
Wathen Hall, St Paul’s Boys’ School
First rehearsal: 16 September

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.

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

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