We meet each Monday evening during Hampshire term time, from 7.30 to 9.30pm at The Friends' Meeting House, 1a Ordnance Road, Southampton, SO15 2AZ, with a short social break during the rehearsal.

Our repertoire is normally any string orchestra music we think we can manage from Corelli to Bartok, and occasionally beyond. The emphasis is on shaping performances which give pleasure, stimulus and satisfaction mainly to the players themselves, but a couple of times a year we also hope similarly to engage our audiences.


We invite you to join us for some introductory rehearsals, free of charge, whilst you try some of our repertoire and get to know us. We will probably ask you to sit at the front of the section for part of one rehearsal. If you would then like to consider becoming a member of the orchestra, we will discuss with you whether your skills are a good fit for our current balance of string players.

As a member, we ask for subs of £100 per year (or two payments of £50 in September and March), to cover hall hire, music costs etc, and for a commitment to participate in two concerts a year.

Do please get in touch if you'd like to try us out!

2023-2024 Season Calendar

Rehearsal dates for the first session of the 2023-2024 season are shown below.

Rehearsal Schedule

Date Repertoire Notes
4th September 2023 Mozart Symphony No 29 / Bizet L'arlesienne
11th September 2023 Barber Adagio for Strings
18th September 2023 Bizet first and last movements, Mozart last movement.
25th September 2023 Bizet mvts. 1/3, Mozart mvts. 2/4, Barber
2nd October 2023 Barber, Mozart movement 1, Bizet movements 1 and 4
9th October 2023
16th October 2023 Mozart All Movements, Bizet movements 1 and 4
23rd October 2023 NO REHEARSAL Half Term
30th October 2023 Mozart All Movements, Bizet movement 3, Barber
6th November 2023 Barber, Bizet movements 1,3,4
13th November 2023 Barber, Bizet 1,3,4, Mozart All
Saturday 18th November 2023 Concert St James Road Methodist Church
20th November 2023 NO REHEARSAL
27th November 2023
4th December 2023
11th December 2023
18th December 2023 NO REHEARSAL Christmas/New Year break
25th December 2023 NO REHEARSAL Christmas/New Year break
1st January 2024 NO REHEARSAL Christmas/New Year break
8th January 2024
15th January 2024 Bach 2nd movement, Finzi
22nd January 2024 Haydn last two movements, Bach 2nd Movement
29th January 2024 Bach Movements 1 and 3, Finzi, Haydn refresh if time.
5th February 2024 Dvorak Movement 1, Finzi, if time Bach 1 and 3
12th February 2024 NO REHEARSAL (half term)
19th February 2024 Dvorak
26th February 2024 Finzi, Dvorak movements 1 and 4
4th March 2024 Finzi, Dvorak 2,4,5
11th March 2024 Finzi, Dvorak 4, Messiah
18th March 2024 Finzi (top and tail), Messiah
25th March 2024 Messiah (with two singers)
1st April 2024 NO REHEARSAL Easter Break
8th April 2024 NO REHEARSAL Easter Break
15th April 2024 Finzi, Dvorak
22nd April 2024 Bach
29th April 2024 Dvorak I II V, Bach last movement if time.
6th May 2024 NO REHEARSAL Bank Holiday
13th May 2024 Dvorak movements I, V and Larghetto. Finzi. Bach last movement if time.
20th May 2024
27th May 2024 NO REHEARSAL (Bank Holiday)
3rd June 2024
10th June 2024
Saturday 15th June 2024 Concert
17th June 2024 AGM
24th June 2024

Music Library

Here is a link to a listing of the contents of the music library.

Northwood Music Library

Useful links