The Nonesuch Orchestra is one of a very few music-making groups in London that does not trespass on your evenings and weekends.  If you are free on Thursday mornings, are an experienced string player of at least Grade 8 standard, and like to tackle challenging repertoire, we would love to hear from you.   

With a conductor and leader who are both very fine professional string players, and students from the Royal Academy of Music as principal cello and bass, you will find the standard of music-making is high and you will develop your own playing with every single rehearsal.  You will also enjoy learning pieces you probably haven’t played before.

Recent works include:

  • Beethoven: Grosse Fugue (arranged for string orchestra)

  • Hindemith: Five Pieces for String Orchestra

  • Stravinsky: Apollon musagète, with newly choreographed ballet in collaboration with Ballet4Life

  • Telemann: Don Quixote

  • Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra, in collaboration with Imperial College String Ensemble

  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

  • Grace Williams: Sea Sketches

We are enthusiastic about our new September Play Days with which we opened the previous and current seasons.  At the first, we worked on Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen in the arrangement for 23 individual players; and this year, we tackled Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. We ended each day with an informal performance for friends.  The Play Days have been so successful we hope to make them an annual fixture. 

We rehearse at St. Anne’s and St Andrew’s and London Interfaith Centre, 125 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6RG – which is within easy walking distance of Queen’s Park and Brondesbury Park stations.

Rehearsals are from 10.15 to 12.15 on Thursdays during school term time.

Our fees are £160 per year, or £65 per term.  If you would like to join but feel unable to afford the full fee, please contact our Treasurer.  Financial challenges will never prevent a player from joining the Nonesuch Orchestra.  

Membership enquiry

If you’re interested in joining, please fill in the form below and a member of our committee will get back to you.

Or if you prefer, you can email

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