The Lambeth Orchestra was founded in 1972. It performs six concerts a year and its repertoire ranges from the popular to the unusual, from established classics to world premieres of commissioned pieces.

19th October 2019

Beethoven - Piano concerto No.1 (Soloist: Piers Lane)
Bruckner - Symphony No.4

7th December 2019

Ethel Smyth – The Wreckers overture
Delius- Violin Concerto - (Soloist: Michael Foyle)
Holst - The Planets Suite

Guest Conductor: Michael Cobb

15th December 2019

Hackney Festival Chorus
Verdi - Requiem

to be performed at St John of Jerusalem

15th February 2020

Berlioz - Overture Carnival Romain
Bruch - Scottish Fantasy - (Soloist: Charlotte Scott)
Saint Saens - Symphony No.3 'Organ'

28th March 2020

Hackney Singers
Elgar - Dream of Gerontius

to be performed at Hackney Town Hall

23rd May 2020


11th July 2019

Elizabeth Maconchy Overture: Proud Thames
Finzi - Cello concerto (Soloist: Vashti Hunter)
Elgar - Overture: Cockaigne
English Light Music:
Eric - Coates Calling all workers
Eric - Coates London Suite
Eric - Coates Sleepy lagoon
Ronald Binge - Sailing By
Arthur Wood - Barwick Green

The orchestra attracts talented musicians, many of whom are music graduates. All are successful in their own fields as well as playing music to the highest standard with an energetic and infectious love of the repertoire.

We are dedicated to supporting emerging new talent, and have enjoyed many opportunities to play with brilliant soloists, such as Tasmin Little, Joanna MacGregor, Jamie Walton and Piers Lane.

Christopher Fifield has been conductor and music director since 1982. He served on the music staff at Glyndebourne for many years and has recorded widely.

Christopher Fifield comes from Croydon. After studies at Manchester and Cologne he joined Glyndebourne where he served on the music staff for many years. 

This is his 33rd season as Music Director of the Lambeth Orchestra. Conducting engagements have taken him to Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Norway and Iceland as well as elsewhere in the UK.

He made his first recording for Sterling label in 2003 of Frederic Cliffe's Symphony No.1 and the tone picture Cloud and Sunshine, followed by the Symphony and orchestral music of Xaver Scharwenka in 2004, orchestral works by Andreas Halleen and Philipp Scharwenka in 2006, Franz Xaver Schynder von Wartensee in 2007, and in 2008 he recorded orchestral works by Richard Franck with the Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2009 he recorded the symphonies of Robert Hermann.

As well as a conductor, he is a music historian and has several published books to his name, including two editions of 'The Life and Works of Max Bruch', 'True Artist and True Friend', a biography of the conductor Hans Richter (an extended edition to be published in 2016), and two editions (2003 and 2012) of the 'Letters and Diaries of Kathleen Ferrier'.

In response to a commission from the Tillett Trust, he wrote 'The Rise and Fall of a Musical Empire: A History of the music agents Ibbs and Tillett' in 2005. 

His most recent book, 'The German Symphony between Beethoven and Brahms', was published in April 2015 by Ashgate.

Alan Thorogood, Lambeth Orchestra Leader

Alan's involvement in orchestral playing began whilst at school, when he was appointed as leader of one of the Essex County youth orchestras. He chose not to take up music as a career, instead serving as a police officer with the Royal Hong Kong Police and Metropolitan Police. During this time he was actively involved as either section principal or leader of several ensembles in London and around the country. Among the many playing highlights have been performances in the grounds of the White House in Washington, on a beach in the Seychelles and as part of the Taj Mahal music festival in Agra, India! Alan's retirement from the police service has enabled him to focus on his musical activities and he is now in demand as a freelance player on both violin and viola in orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the country. He is regularly invited to play at the Minehead Summer Music Festival and in the Jersey Symphony Orchestra and is often engaged as guest leader of the Welwyn Garden City Orchestra and Aylesbury Opera. His commitment to a wide range of music has led to performances at venues as diverse as St Paul's Cathedral and the St Albans Beer Festival! Alan is delighted to be involved with the talented, dedicated and friendly members of Lambeth Orchestra.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Orchestra, please contact our administrator. The orchestra is partly funded by members' subscriptions. The current rates can be found in our Green Room section.