South East London Orchestra

Our 2023/24 season finale is coming up on Sunday 7th July at St Michael and All Angels Church, Beckenham, at 4pm. We are thrilled to be joined again by the mezzo sporano soloist Jess Gillingwater to perform Berlioz’s “Les Nuits d’été”, alongside other summery pieces by Elgar, Verdi, Puccini and Wolf. Plenty of fantastic music served up with our famous tea and cakes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Next Concerts

Our Next Concert will be on Sunday 7th July 2024, at 4.00pm at St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Beckenham. It will be our 2023/24 season finale, with a programme that collects together wonderful elements of summer including Elgar’s “In the South” and Belioz’s “Les Nuits d’été”, the latter featuring a returning soloist the wonderful mezzo soprano Jess Gillingwater.

We are also excited to have a repeat performance of a selection of this programme at our Inclusive Relaxed Concert in collaboration with our charity partner South East London Mind Wellbeing Choir on Sunday 23rd June 2024, at 4.30pm which will feature a selection of uplifting songs including a special joint performance of choir and orchestra. Click here to find out more.

Book your tickets for Sunday 23rd June here and for Sunday 7th July here.



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About Us

South East London Orchestra is one of south London’s leading amateur 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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