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.


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2021/22 Concert Season

A massive congratulations to all those who played in and supported the SELO concert on Sunday 24th October! As the first performance back together since Dec 2019 it was very special to be able to play such fantastic music to a a supportive and appreciative audience who absolutely filled the church.


Next Concert:

Sunday 10th April 2022 at 4pm

St Michael and All Angels, Beckenham

Mahler Blumine
Berg Seven Early Songs
Brahms Symphony No. 3

Soloist: Jessica Gillingwater (mezzo-soprano)


How to join

We are very interested to hear from upper strings, double basses 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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Today’s the day! We’re so excited to be returning to perform in St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Beckenham today at 4pm. We are now sold out! Look forward to seeing those who are coming later.

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