Next Concert:

Sunday 9th October 2022 at 4pm

St Michael and All Angels, Beckenham

Coleridge-Taylor: The Bamboula, Rhapsodic Dance

Dvorak: Slavonic Dance op. 72 no. 2

Sibelius:  Karelia Suite

Beach: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, ‘Gaelic’

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New Platform for Tickets

We are now using TicketSource for our concert tickets. You can visit the SELO shop to see all upcoming events here


June 2022 Concert

Congratulations to all those who played in and supported the SELO concert on Sunday. The programme was not our easiest and it was wonderful to see and hear the orchestra deliver such a fantastic performance. There were a lot of positive comments and praise from audience members, and lots of enthusiasm for the return of internal refreshments! Special thanks to our soloist Nicholas Shipman for his great performance.


2022/23 Concert Season

We are please to announce an exciting and varied programme of five concerts for our 10th Anniversary season. Details are here

About Us

South East London Orchestra is one of south London’s leading orchestras with a reputation for exciting, high quality concerts and a genuine connection with our community.

Our concerts feature great pieces of classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Weber. SELO is equally at home with the music of the twentieth-century, performing works by Bartok, Copland, Britten, Shostakovich, Debussy, Nielsen, Ravel and Sibelius.

We are proud of our tradition of performing music by British composers, from Boyce, Elgar and Vaughan Williams to more recent works by Lennox Berkeley, Joseph Horovitz and Richard Rodney Bennett. In 2016 we gave the UK premiere performance of a work by Fung Lam.

Based in Beckenham, we have many members from the local area and others from further afield. Our short rehearsal periods, led by conductor David Smith, are designed to appeal to busy musicians, and rehearsals are a fine balance of hard work and enjoyment.

SELO was founded in 2012 by our Music Director, David Smith, and Natalie Cole. Since then we have grown the orchestra and embedded ourselves in the heart of Beckenham’s cultural life.


How to Join

We are very interested to hear from all strings and brass players of grade 8 standard or above and/or substantial experience of playing with large ensembles. See our Joining page for more details


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SELO rehearsals began yesterday shortly after the sad news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Here is a picture of her from New Zealand

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SELO rehearsals began yesterday shortly after the sad news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Here is a picture of her from New Zealand circa 1969. May she rest in peace.

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