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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 fmcinfo@fortismere.org.uk

We rehearse 7-9pm on Tuesdays in Fortismere School. For term dates, see below.

North London Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra Thomas Gregory

A message from Thomas Gregory, Musical Director:

Our next concert will start with the opening of Haydn’s Creation. This is the most extraordinary depiction of chaos with quite visionary use of harmony. We will then be joined by Syrian rising star Bilal Al Nemr who will be traveling in from Berlin to play the Beethoven Violin Concerto. For the second half we will perform Schumann’s wonderful Fourth Symphony.


CONCERT on 18 November 2023, 7:00pm at St. Andrew’s Church, N10 2DD.

Haydn: Overture to The Creation
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor

NEXT CONCERT on Saturday, 18th November 2023,

7:00pm at St. Andrew’s Church, N10 2DD.

Rehearsal Schedule / Term Dates:

Tue 12 Sept • 7-pm 

Tue 19 Sept • 7-9pm

Tue 26 Sept • 7-9pm

Tue 3 Oct • 7-9pm

Tue 10 Oct • 7-9pm

Tue 17 Oct • 7-9pm

Tue 24 & 31 Oct • Half Term - No Rehearsals

Tue 7 Nov • 7-9pm

Tue 14 Nov • 7-9pm

Fri 17 Nov • 7-9pm

Sat 18 Nov • 2.30pm Rehearsal • 7.00pm Concert

Past Concerts

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Thomas Gregory

Community Symphony Orchestra Musical Director

Thomas Gregory is a cellist, conductor and composer who has been teaching and working in Haringey for over two decades. He is a prolific composer of educational material, with hundreds of compositions and arrangements accommodating a broad range of levels and instrumental combinations. He is best known for Vamoosh, an extensive series of tutor books for young instrumentalists, that has reached as far as China and Australia. He was formerly Head of Strings for Haringey Music Service where he still directs ensembles, and is currently cello tutor and ensemble coach at the Centre for Young Musicians at Morley College. Thomas performs regularly as soloist, ensemble and orchestral cellist. Though born in Denmark, Thomas grew up near Archway in North London. He studied the cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the University of Michigan.

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