The Blackheath Halls Orchestra provides an opportunity for instrumental players across the community to enjoy performing in a number of high-quality music performances throughout the year.

Under the conducting baton of Christopher Stark, the co-founder of the Multi-Story Orchestra in Peckham, the orchestra now has over 60 members who rehearse a broad variety of music which they then perform in our Great Hall and other local venues. The orchestra are also involved in other projects including accompanying all of the Blackheath Halls Opera productions.

All rehearsals take place at Blackheath Halls.

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If you have a general enquiry about the orchestra or you are interested in joining please contact [email protected]

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

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Previous repertoire

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March 2024 – Elgar The Music Makers, Fauré Requiem

December 2023 – Once in Royal David’s City, Tchaikovsky arr. Stark Nutcracker Excerpts, Berlioz Shepherd’s Farewell, Blake arr. Stark Walking in the Air, Williams arr. Stark Somewhere in My Memory, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, Anderson arr. Stark Sleigh Ride

November 2023 – Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Kate Whitley I am I Say

September 2023 – Handel Semele

June 2023 – Handel La Réjouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks, Mendelssohn Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faure Pavane, Mussorgsky Gopak from The Fair at Sorochyntsi, Dvorak Romance in F minor, Gershwin Summertime, Rachmaninov Vocalise, Shostakovich Polka from Jazz Suite no. 1, Bach Wachet Auf arr. Bantock, de Falla Three movements from El amor brujo (Magic Circle, Ritual dance, Pantomime), Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte

April 2023 – Verdi Requiem

November 2022 – Elgar Sea Pictures, Grant Still Threnody for Sibelius, Borodin Polovtsian Dances

September 2022 – Bernstein Candide

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

April 2022 – Bach St John Passion

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

November 2021 – Durufle Requiem

September 2021 – Blow Venus and Adonis

May 2021 – Massenet Scenes Alsaciennes

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 2019 – Offenbach La Belle Hélène

May 2019 – Ravel Mother Goose

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

November 2018 – Debussy Nocturnes, Sibelius Symphony No. 7

July 2018 – Purcell Dido and Aeneas

May 2018 Opera Arias

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

November 2017 – Mahler Symphony No. 1

July 2017 – Weber Der Freischutz

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

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

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

July 2016 – Bizet Carmen

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

March 2016 – Haydn Creation

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

July 2015 – Mozart Idomeneo

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

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

July 2014 – Rossini Count Ory

March 2014 – Mendelssohn Elijah

2013 – Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Mendelssohn Violin concerto, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Verdi Macbeth, Debussy Prélude a L’Apres Midi d’un Faune, Ravel Piano concerto, Bizet Carmen Suites, Ravel Bolero, Britten St Nicolas

2012 – Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5, Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orff Carmina Burana, Massenet Cendrillon, Beethoven Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No. 5, Symphony No. 7

2011 – Verdi Requiem, Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin, Bizet Music from L’Arlesienne, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, Ravel Music from Mother Goose, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

2010 – Rossini The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Dvorak Symphony No. 9, Mozart Symphony No. 35, Elgar Enigma Variations, Donizetti Elixir of Love, Mussorgsky Night on Bare Mountain, Purcell Dido’s Lament, Berlioz La Spectre de la Rose, Saint Saens Danse Macabre, Berloiz Symphonie Fantastique

2009 – Sibelius Finlandia, Mozart Piano concerto No. 10 for 2 pianos, Sibelius Symphony No. 2, Grieg Piano concerto, Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Gluck Orpheus and Eurydice, Rossini William Tell Overture, Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

2008 – Puccini La bohème, Tchaikovsky Swan Lake 

Get in touch

Community Engagement Manager

Rose Ballantyne

[email protected]

020 8305 3890