"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.

The orchestra

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

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

The majority of players come regularly, but this orchestra also suits people who cannot commit to attending rehearsals every week.

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

The orchestra has 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 welcome. There are no auditions.

There are no joining fees or annual contributions. Players attending a session pay £3 to cover the costs of the hall.

If you would like to play with us, then please message using the form on our Contact page.

21 Oct 2023:

Oboes, Clarinets, Bassoons, Flutes

We have 2 regular players for each instrument, however, we do maintain depping lists, for the situation when one of the regulars cannot make a rehearsal.

Flautists who have/play piccolo are particularly welcome.

Please contact us if you are interested in depping.