Initially set up under the auspices of the Hackney Music Service, has since September 2017, with the continuing support of James Thomas and The Bridge Academy, been able to sustain steady growth. With our membership now at almost forty musicians, we feel we can look ahead to building an assured future for the orchestra in Hackney.

The Orchestra aims, under the able directorship of Chris Harrison, to bring people together to create a unique ensemble for Hackney, playing all kinds of music, from jazz to pop and classical to folk.

We are a learning orchestra that in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere are trying to encourage returning musicians, late starters, together with many skilled and able musicians to play together in the belief that participation in making music is something we can all aspire to given the right encouragement and support.


Thursdays from 18.30 – 20.30 (putting on three concerts a year at a variety of Hackney venues, like the CLR James Library, Hidden River Festival and St Barnabas Church in Homerton)


The Bridge Academy, Laburnum Street, Shoreditch, London E2 8BA

Further Information:

If you are interested in joining please send an email to or contact 075282 706 86

We would also like to speak to anyone who might be interested in supporting the orchestra to develop and establish itself as an organisation, if you have any skills you feel could be useful, please get in touch.