Next Concert:

Sunday 26th June 2022 at 4pm

St Michael and All Angels, Beckenham

Kendall The Spark Catchers
Britten/Matthews Movements for a Clarinet Concerto
with soloist Nicholas Shipman
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

Conductor: David Smith

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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


April 2022 Concert

Thanks and congratulations to all those who played in and supported the SELO concert on April 10th. Special thanks to our soloist Jessica, our leader, Mario, and not forgetting our conductor for putting together this challenging programme! From the large audience at St Michael and All Angels, we raised over £500 for the DEC Ukraine Appeal; huge thanks to those who gave so generously.


About Us

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

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, 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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With our June 26th concert fast approaching (this Sunday!), we are pleased to introduce our soloist Nicholas Shipman! Nick completed his BMus in music at

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We’ll be playing Britten’s “unfinished” clarinet concerto. Incomplete and impounded by customs when Britten left America in March 1942 (over fears of espionage!), the score was finished by Colin Matthews in 2007. Get your tickets to hear us play! https://buff.ly/3HGUrAQ (2/2)

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