top of page

About the orchestra

The London City Orchestra was formed in January 2013. It has performed successful concerts ever since, and has grown the permanent membership to the size of a full symphony orchestra. The orchestra is run by a small committee and the orchestra’s philosophy is to nurture aspiring musicians and help promote music making in general throughout London, the Southeast and UK.


In its first term, the orchestra was conducted by Peter Thomas, the ex-leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is now conducted by Thomas Payne, our permanent conductor and musical director. Please see About - Musical Director section for more details.


LCO is made up of a range of professionals, amateur players and music students, founded by Ben Woodbine-Craft, Jessica Fontaine and Tom Fotheringham. We perform at least 3 concerts per year in venues across London and our inaugural concert was held at the National Musicians’ Church on Saturday 20 April 2013. Full details on all our past concerts, including photos and video footage can be found on our Media page.


LCO is a great way to meet like-minded musicians who love playing music to a high standard. We are also a sociable orchestra and hold a couple of social events each term. We can also be found on Monday evenings after rehearsals in our local pub! We are always on the look-out for Grade 8+ (or equivalent standard) musicians, particularly for our string sections. If you would like to apply for membership, please fill in our form online - we look forward to hearing from you!

Our rehearsals


LCO rehearses on Mondays from 7-9:30pm.

Rehearsals are held at:

St. Botolph's-Without-Aldersgate Church

Aldersgate Street




5 mins walk from St.Paul's and Barbican

10 mins walk from Moorgate



5 mins walk from City Thameslink 

 10 mins walk from Farringdon


...just off the Museum of London roundabout, on the corner of Little Britain and St. Martin's Le-Grand. 



Sponsored Members


We aim to sponsor 2 or 3 members per term by offering to waive the fees for that term to offer everyone the opportunity to play with the orchestra regardless of their financial situation. Whether you are a new or a current LCO member, if you would like to apply for sponsorship, do not hesitate to get in touch with the committee.

bottom of page