The Corinthian Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1995 under the musical direction of the late Alan Hazeldine. Since then it has developed into one of the finest orchestras of its kind in London. It counts some of London's best amateur players among its members.
The orchestra plays six concerts each season, mostly at its traditional home of St James's, Piccadilly. However in one concert each season it becomes the Corinthian Orchestra, taking on additional members to play larger-scale repertoire in a bigger venue. In recent years this has been the Queen Elizabeth Hall – but while that hall is being renovated, the orchestra has taken the opportunity to try out other venues such as St John's, Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields. CCO has also performed charity concerts in aid of Cancer Research UK, the North London Hospice, Youth At Risk and The Refugee Council.
The CCO's high standards are maintained by an insistence on thorough preparation and a professional attitude to performance. The orchestra runs six concentrated three-hour rehearsal sessions in the period prior to each concert.
One of the aims of the orchestra is to provide opportunities for young soloists to perform concertos with an orchestra of a high standard. You can find information on the many musicians who have worked with the orchestra on the soloists page of this site.
The Corinthian Chamber Orchestra is a non-profit making organisation, and is registered as a charity in the UK. It is dependent upon sponsorship and donations for its continuing survival and development.