The orchestra

"Blackfriars is a repertoire orchestra".

By that we mean we play something completely different each week. For example we may play an overture, a symphony and a few shorter pieces - great for sight reading practise.

The music is selected by our conductors, although we are happy for members to suggest pieces to play. The orchestra owns a large library of orchestral scores, which we keep in London for our exclusive use.

About us

The aim of the orchestra is simply to enjoy playing different music.

We are a friendly group and have members of all ages.

After the rehearsal, quite a few of us will always visit one of the excellent local pubs for some drinks.

Our members come from all over London and the South East. Through them we have ties with many other orchestras with the same ideals.

We have been making music since the 1940s.

When and where

We meet every Tuesday evening at 7pm - 9pm, in Christ Church, which is 2 minute's walk from Blackfriars Bridge (on the south side).


Christ Church Hall
27 Blackfriars Road



Tubes: Southwark and Blackfriars tube stations are the closest (2 minutes walk), Waterloo is a 9 minute walk and London Bridge 20 minutes. The church is a short walk from the City.

New members

Enquiries from new members are always very welcome. There are no auditions. Flutes and clarinets are oversubscribed at the moment. However, there is a depping list for each.

13 Oct 2021:

We have a vacancy for a timp player. We have timps (non-pedal) available to use.

There are no joining fees or annual contributions. All we ask is that you put £3 in the tin whenever you come to help with the costs of the hall.

If you enjoy playing an instrument, good music and getting to know some new people, then why not get in touch.