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What the Press Say

"The Orchestra of St John's gave an outstanding performance in only two works and played with such intensity and drive that any additional music would have overwhelmed their impact."
Yorkshire Post
Meet the Orchestra


1967 John Lubbock founds Camden Chamber Orchestra and conducts its first concert in St Mary's Church, Primrose Hill on 30 March

1969 First Purcell Room concert

1969 First commissioned piece: Paul Patterson's The Nails of Death

1970 First recording - an LP of Sammartini Symphonies

1971 Van Walsum Artists' Management takes on the management of the Orchestra

1973 Camden Chamber Orchestra is invited to become Orchestra of St John's, Smith Square

1974 First foreign tour - to the USA

1976 First BBC Proms Concert

1982 The Orchestra appoints its own full-time management

1983 Yehudi Menuhin becomes President

1992 Appointment of first Education Manager

1994 John Woolrich, first Associate Composer appointed

1994 The Orchestra's Choir, OSJ Voices is founded by Chorus Master, Jeremy Jackman

1997 Stephen Montague appointed as Associate Composer

1998 Orchestra moves its offices to Eltham College, South East London in a unique partnership that unites the worlds of arts and education

Launch of Music in the Abbey , a new September festival in Dorchester-on-Thames

1999 John Woolrich becomes Associate Composer for a second time

2000 Orchestra of St John's, Smith Square becomes Orchestra of St John's

2001 Drumathon with Radiohead's Phil Selway -uniting the worlds of rock and classical music

Music for Autism - first concerts for children with autism and their families

2002 Orchestra of St John's becomes OSJ and Harvey de Souza appointed Leader

2003 First Christmas concert as part of Music in the Abbey

2004 Benjamin Wallfisch appointed as new Associate Composer

OSJ loses Arts Council funding, but asked to launch new Arts Council Orchestras Live initiative.

2005 L aunched series of one-hour rush-hour concerts Cadogan@7 at Cadogan Hall.

2006 OSJ performs a record 40 concerts in 2006, including a BBC Prom featuring a new commission by Benjamin Wallfisch.

2007 The Orchestra provides the orchestra for two productions at Grange Park Opera.

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