The Nonesuch Orchestra has now passed its half-century. It focuses on string music for all ages, offering a rare opportunity for daytime orchestral music-making. Legend has it that the Orchestra was founded by a group of ‘captive housewives’, mostly friends from music college, who rehearsed on one floor of a large house while their children played on another.

Since its foundation in 1961 the orchestra has given well over 300 concerts and worked with many distinguished musicians. From the start Nonesuch Orchestra was determined to introduce live classical music to young children, and each year we aim to give four or more concerts in primary schools.

Our music-making is not restricted to traditional London venues, but has included workshops in Berkshire, and concerts at Whiteley Village Retirement Complex in Surrey and the National Hospital for Neurodisability. Members also participated in the Making Music and Notting Hill Housing Trust project Music and Health. In 2008 Nonesuch was selected to ‘Play to the Nation’ on Radio 3 as part of a Making Music/BBC project to highlight the work of amateur orchestras nation-wide.

The Nonesuch Orchestra is a registered charity affiliated to Making Music, which represents and supports amateur vocal, instrumental and promoting societies throughout the United Kingdom.

Although the concert is free we do welcome donations (Suggested donation £8)


  • Nordgren – Portraits of Country Fiddlers
  • Bach – Violin Concerto no. 1. Soloist Jennifer Thorn
  • Gustav Holst – Brook Green Suite
  • Dag Wiren – Serenade for Strings

Registered Charity No. 801054

Patron: Julian Lloyd Webber