South East London Orchestra

What a way to end 2023, with a sold out special Family Christmas Concert featuring an entertaining “Paddington’s First Concert” that was fun for all ages! SELO wishes all its members and its wonderful audiences a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Our Next Concert

It was fantastic to welcome all our audience to a sold out Family Christmas Concert on 10th December! It was a a very special occasion full of Christmas cheer and stories to entertain all ages from a very special Bear.

Our Next Concert will be on Sunday 24th March 2024, at 4.30pm. As SELO’s first concert of 2024, it will feature music by the well known composers Holst, Khachaturian and Hindemith, alongside a work by British composer Roxanna Panufnik – Great Dickens!

Book your tickets here.

We were excited to hold our first “relaxed concert” with our new charity partners, Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind who provide mental health support services to the local community. SELO’s string orchestra and BLG Mind’s Singing for Wellbeing choir performed at St Michael and All Angels church on Sunday 29th January. See more details of this here. We’ll be collaborating and raising funds for them throughout 2023. More information here

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It's official, tickets have now SOLD OUT for tomorrow's Family Christmas Concert! We are thrilled to be sharing this concert with so many wonderful people, and it is going to be a very special occasion full of Christmas cheer and stories from a very special Bear🤩We will try our very best to accommodate any audience arriving at the church tomorrow without a ticket by making sure we're tracking closely any last minute cancellations. However it's possible we may have to disappoint those without tickets, as at the moment we can't guarantee seats will be available. ... See MoreSee Less
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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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