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The Lambeth Orchestra gave its first concert in 1972 and ever since has pursued a policy of performing minor works of major composers and major works of minor composers, as well as the standard concert repertoire. This give a mixture of familiar and less familiar, but accessible, music at very affordable prices.

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.

The Lambeth Orchestra is very lucky to have access to our conductor Christopher Fifield's own library of orchestral works. By choosing programmes including works that we don't need to pay to hire, the orchestra can keep its members' subscriptions, and audience ticket prices, lower than might otherwise be the case.

See the available works

If you would like to hear the Lambeth Orchestra perform any of these works then let us know and we'll try and include them in our programme for the following season. Take a look at what works we have performed since 1982.

We have been looking through our programmes and listed all the works we have performed under Christopher Fifield since 1982 (including his first appearance as a guest conductor in December 1979).

If you would like to suggest works for the Orchestra to perfom in future seasons then take a look at what's in the library.

The average age of the orchestra's members is in the early 30s, although the age range spans many decades, and we are fortunate in having a steady flow of new recruits. We have a policy of setting ticket prices as low as possible, in order to make orchestral music available to music-lovers in Lambeth and neighbouring boroughs who may not be able to afford the prices charged by the big London concert halls.

The orchestra is a charity and is run by a committee of playing members, with the music director, leader and administrator the only paid personnel. We are also members of Making Music , and have on several occasions been awarded one of their special enterprise awards.

If you would like to join the orchestra as a player, please go to our join us page, where details of current vacancies are posted. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the Orchestra, please contact our administrator.

The orchestra is partly funded my members' subscriptions. The current rates can be found in our Green Room section.

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