The Blackheath Halls Orchestra was re-established in September 2006 and has gone from strength to strength. The orchestra has been involved in numerous projects, including accompanying all the Blackheath Halls Community operas. The orchestra now has over 60 members.

Orchestra members have the opportunity to take part in four projects each year; all rehearsals take place at Blackheath Halls, and projects culminate with a performance in the Great Hall.

We would like to invite musicians to join the orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem, to be performed at Blackheath Halls on Sun 23 Apr 2023, conducted by Chris Stark and with professional soloists and our Blackheath Halls Choir.

Verdi Requiem: Orchestra Course starting Sun 15 Jan 10am – 1pm
Verdi Requiem Performance Sun 23 Apr, 7.30pm

Support Blackheath Halls Orchestra

It is thanks to our Friends and Patrons of Blackheath Halls members that we are able to continue to offer our orchestra for the whole community to enjoy. If you would like to become a Friend or Patron more information is available here.

An original film by the Blackheath Halls Orchestra and Musical Director Christopher Stark

Watch and enjoy Ignatius Sancho | A Local Story with performances and readings by the Blackheath Halls Orchestra.


I love the community feeling of the orchestra and how loyal everyone is

2022 Orchestra Member
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Previous repertoire

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July 2008 – Puccini La bohème

30 November 2008 –  Tchaikovsky Swan Lake 

3 March 2009 – Sibelius Finlandia, Mozart Piano concerto No. 10 for 2 pianos, Sibelius Symphony No. 2

18 May 2009 – Grieg Piano concerto, Dvorak Symphony No. 8

July 2009 – Gluck Orpheus and Eurydice

29 November and 2 December 2009 – Rossini William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

14 March 2010 – Rossini The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Dvorak Symphony No. 9

16 May 2010 – Mozart Symphony No. 35, Elgar Enigma Variations

July 2010 – Donizetti Elixir of Love

29 and 29 November 2010 – Mussorgsky Night on Bare Mountain, Purcell Dido’s Lament, Berlioz La Spectre de la Rose, Saint Saens Danse Macabre, Berloiz Symphonie Fantastique

26, 27, 28 March 2011 – Verdi Requiem

July 2011 – Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin

20 November 2011 – Bizet Music from L’Arlesienne, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, Ravel Music from Mother Goose, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

11 March 2012 – Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

20 May 2012 – Orff Carmina Burana

July 2012 – Massenet Cendrillon

25 November 2012 – Beethoven Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No. 5, Symphony No. 7

10 March 2013 – Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

12 May 2013 – Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Mendelssohn Violin concerto, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4

July 2013 – Verdi Macbeth

17 November 2013 – Debussy Prélude a L’Apres Midi d’un Faune, Ravel Piano concerto, Bizet Carmen Suites, Ravel Bolero

20 December 2013 – Britten St Nicolas

16 and 20 March 2014 – Mendelssohn Elijah

July 2014 – Rossini’s Count Ory

16 November 2014 – Mozart Magic Flute Overture, Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

22 March 2015 – Brahms Concerto for violin and cello, Schubert Symphony No. 8

July 2015 – Mozart Idomeneo

28 February 2016 – Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

20 March 2016 – Haydn Creation

8 May 2016 – Beethoven Leonora Overture, Beethoven Symphony No. 5

July 2016 – Bizet Carmen

13 November 2016 – Elgar Enigma Variations, Butterworth A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody, Wilderspin A Breach Not an Expansion, Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

26 February 2017 – Verdi Nabucco Overture, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

14 May 2017 – Rossini Gallop from William Tell Overture, Badelt Pirates of the Caribbean Theme, Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King, Williams Star Wars Theme, Strauss Waltz from The Blue Danube, Beethoven Symphony No. 5 first movement, Williams ET Flying Theme

July 2017 – Weber Der Freischutz

5 November 2017 – Mahler Symphony No. 1

4 March 2018 – Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky Excerpts from Swan Lake

20 May 2018 Opera Arias

July 2018 – Purcell Dido and Aeneas

17 November 2018 – Debussy Nocturnes, Sibelius Symphony No. 7

9 March 2019 – Bach Sleepers Wake arr. Bantock, Bach Fantasia in C Minor arr. Elgar, Bach Sheep May Safely Graze arr. Walton, Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor arr. Stokowski, Ravel Pavane pour une Infante défunte, Fauré Madrigal, Poulenc Gloria

8 May 2019 – Ravel Mother Goose

July 2019 – Offenbach La Belle Hélène

November 2019 – Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring orchestral suite, Brahms Symphony No.2 in D Major

March 2020 – Britten Courtly Dances from Gloriana, Sibelius Symphony No. 5

May 2020 – Puccini Te Deum from Tosca (virtual project)

September 2020 – Stravinsky A Journey Through Rake’s Progress (virtual project)

November 2020 Beethoven Symphony No.1, Haydn Symphony No. 104, Byrd The Bells (socially distance project)

March 2021 – Film about Ignatius Sancho including three dances (virtual project)

May 2021 – Massenet Scenes Alsaciennes

September 2021 – Blow Venus and Adonis

November 2021 – Durufle Requiem

March 2022 – Bonis Suite en forme de valse, Liszt Les Preludes

April 2022 – Bach St John Passion

May 2022 – Bernstein Overture to Candide, Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Get in touch

Community Engagement Manager

Rose Ballantyne

[email protected]

020 8305 3890