The City Showtunes Orchestra is an amateur orchestra based in the elegant surroundings of St Mary Aldermary Church in The City of London near St Paul's. Rehearsing once a week, we draw our light-hearted repertoire from musicals, shows and popular classics. We give two concerts a year enabling us to donate a goodly chunk of cash to charity, as well as to St Mary Aldermary.
Charities we have supported so far: Music for Youth, Shelter, The Stroke Association, Music in Hospitals.
Manager: Mel Nicholls
Mel founded the City Showtunes Orchestra (CSO) in September 2012 so that City-based musicians could get together to play well-loved music in a welcoming and sociable environment. Other orchestras tend to follow a set format so Mel felt there was a gap for a more fun, less formulaic orchestra, and she encourages the orchestra members to request music that they’d like to play. Mel started learning the flute aged 11, and went on to teach herself the piano and guitar. Music is a big part of her life and she has played in orchestras at school, church, university and then in The City when she moved to London in 2000. She is friendly, enthusiastic and warmly welcomes players of all standards to come along to a rehearsal to see if the City Showtunes Orchestra is for them!
Conductor: Emily Taylor.
Emily started conducting at secondary school, and conducted many orchestras, wind bands and big bands at university. Her charisma and humour ensure rehearsals are lively affairs and set us up for the week with a generous dose of endorphins.
Admin/Fixer: Mel Nicholls