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Happy Birthday to us…!

On this day, 7 years ago, the first ever SELO rehearsal took place. A huge thank you to everyone who’s been involved in the journey so far and long may it continue…!

Come and join us…!

On Saturday 17th August, we’re having a Summer Repertoire day where we’ll be playing through the first movement of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony as well as tackling Holst’s Somerset Rhapsody. We have plenty of space for upper strings and brass more generally, so if you’re interested, register here or contact us.

2019 – 2020 Season

We are delighted to have confirmed our full set of programmes for next season. Tickets will be on sale for £12 (£10 for concessions) very soon. If you are interested in purchasing a season ticket, these will be on sale at £50 (£40 for concessions) and will be on sale at our upcoming concert at … Read more

#6: Ben Reeve

Following our fabulously well-attended concert in March, Principal Trumpet Ben Reeve, relives his studious past and looks forward to his wife taking centre stage at our next concert. Every so often SELO throws up a ‘blast from the (my) past’ – whether it be a re-acquaintance with, for example, an old brass teacher (who’s now … Read more

Welcoming our Assistant Conductor

As part of our commitment to both high quality music-making and to developing musical opportunities within the local community, we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have recently appointed Emily Singh as our first ever Assistant Conductor. Emily will have both rehearsing and performing responsibilities – including taking up the baton for Weber’s Der … Read more

*** VIOLA players needed***

We continue to need viola players to join our ever-growing and ever-improving orchestra… it’s fun, friendly and frankly fantastic… we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in playing with us – rehearsal details are here and our next concert is on Sunday 17th March. Please get in touch!

Open rehearsals – try before you play

If you’ve ever been tempted to get back into orchestral playing, then come along to our repertoire evenings on Jan 17th and 24th. We’ll be tackling the fabulous Haydn Variations by Brahms without the pressure of a concert at the end of the two weeks. We’re particularly keen to have viola and trumpet players along, … Read more

#5: Catherine Smale

On the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, our resident oboist Catherine Smale reflects on the our recent performance of the fabulous music of Ethel Smyth and the representation of female composers in classical concerts. “I feel I must fight for my music, because I want women to turn their minds to big and difficult jobs; … Read more