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Fortismere Community Symphony orchestra brings players of all ages together to create high-calibre music in a friendly and collaborative environment. The orchestra includes students, parents and teachers from Fortismere School, as well as members of the wider community of musicians in North London. We focus on large-scale works, as well as playing with well-renowned soloists from around the world. We suggest a minimum level of Grade 7 or some ensemble experience. If you are interested in getting involved, contact

We rehearse 7-9pm on Tuesday in Fortismere School. For term dates, see below, or get in touch to join.

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A Message from Thomas Gregory to Members

Dear FCSO members, welcome back! Here are details and dates for this autumn term. Following our long awaited concert on the 18th September we embark on our usual schedule for this term, culminating in an indulgent concert of super Romantic music.  Here is our schedule:

CONCERT 1 on 18th September, 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Church, N10 2DD.

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (Brass only)

Schumann: Cello Concerto

Gregory: Ulvshale Strand

R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration


CONCERT 2 on the 27th November, 7:30pm at St. Andrew’s Church, N10 2DD.

Khachaturian: ‘Adagio’ from Spartacus

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Rehearsal Schedule / Term Dates:

Tue 7 Sept 7-9pm FMC All Tutti

Tue 14 Sept 7-9pm FMC All Tutti

Fri 17 Sept 7-9pm FMC All Tutti

Sat 18 Sept 2.30pm/7.30pm CONCERT 1, St. Andrew’s Church.

Tue 21 Sept 7-9pm FMC Dvorak

Tue 28 Sept 7-9pm FMC

Tue 5 Oct 7-9pm FMC 

Tue 12 Oct 7-9pm FMC 

Tue 19 Oct 7-9pm FMC 


Tue 2 Nov 7-9pm FMC 

Tue 9 Nov 7-9pm FMC 

Tue 16 Nov 7-9pm FMC 

Tue 23 Nov 7-9pm FMC 

Sat 27 Nov 2.30pm/7.30pm CONCERT 2, St. Andrew’s Church.

Thomas Gregory

Community Symphony Orchestra Musical Director

Thomas Gregory studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in his hometown London. From then he received a fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Michigan, completing both a Masters and Specialist degree in cello performance studying with the eminent Danish Cellist Erling Bløndal Bengtsson. Thomas performs regularly as soloist with an extensive knowledge of the solo repertoire.  As a member of the Marmara Piano Trio, he performs regular concerts throughout the year.