About the Central London Orchestra

History of the CLO

The Central London Orchestra (CLO) was formed in Autumn 2015 by a group of friends who met playing in different amateur orchestras based in and around the City of London.

Feeling unmoved by the traditional setup whereby everything is decided by a single musical director, we had a vision of an orchestra that is wholly member-led.

Thus was born the CLO: a dynamic amateur orchestra for players to share their passion for classical music in a fun and relaxed setting.

A photo of the CLO in rehearsal in 2015.
A photo of the CLO playing in a rehearsal.

CLO Culture

The CLO takes great pride in being an open and friendly orchestra, with a lively social scene. Every rehearsal is followed by a pub session that is a great way to get to know other players (no drinking necessary!), and we celebrate every concert with a party for members, friends and family.

We have been known to hit the karaoke bar after the pub, and we enjoy other regularly organised social events, such as extra weekend play-days, Christmas dinners and chamber music opportunities.

The CLO exists purely for its members' enjoyment. Key decisions are put to vote, and the committee are all ears to new ideas.

Find out about our vacancies and how to join here.