The Nonesuch Orchestra, 2017 – 2018


Welcome to the Nonesuch Orchestra website

[Photo by Christine Bradshaw]
The Nonesuch Orchestra is a high standard string orchestra which meets to rehearse on Thursday mornings in Queens Park, London. As well as giving public concerts, it has a wide outreach programme including visiting primary schools, hospitals and the Crisis shelters. One of its main aims is to introduce live classical music to young children, and each year we give five or more concert/workshops in primary schools (see the School Visits page).We have also given public concerts for schools with children participating, for example at the Bedford Park Festival.

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Bedford Park Festival 2017

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Bedford Park Festival 2016

To give you some idea if our outreach activites, as part of the Bedford Park Festival on Thursday 21st June 2018, with an open rehearsal at 10.45, and a concert at 13.30, St Michael & All Angels Church, Bedford Park, London W41TT, we presented
Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète with dancers from Ballet4Life
– Apollo: Christodoulos Christodoulou
– Calliope: Sonia Bartlett-Cos
– Polyhymnia: Alina Luts
– Terpsichore: Beatrice Ghezzi
Conductor: Dan Shilladay


This piece was repeated at a further concert on Saturday 23rd June 2018, 19.30, at St Peter’s Church Acton Green, Southfield Road W4 1BB

J S Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D minor Soloists: Stephanie Waite and Enrico Alvares
W A Mozart: Divertimento in B flat major
Stravinsky: Apollon musagète with dancers from Ballet4Life as above
Conductor: Dan Shilladay


PLEASE NOTE a further enterprising venture being arranged for 20th September 2018 when we invite experienced string players to join us to work on Strauss’ Metamorphosen from 10.30pm until 4.30pm. The venue for this event will be a studio with particularly good acoustics. Open the Metamorphosen flier for details.


We explore the string repertoire from Baroque to contemporary with a professional conductor (see Concerts page) and leader and we recruit talented post-graduate students to work with us offering them solo opportunities and experience of music in education. Our membership is wide-ranging and includes peripatetic music teachers, students and retired amateur players.

Do consider joining us. New players (minimum standard Grade 8) are welcome for the coming season and beyond.

As a registered charity, we are keen to encourage sponsorship for our activities. The Nonesuch Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music, which represents and supports amateur vocal, instrumental and promoting societies throughout the United Kingdom.