It is with sadness that the Trustees announce the passing of Bob Bridges, the Music Director Emeritus of South London Community Music. Under the umbrella organisation of SLCM, Bob was instrumental in setting up and conducting South London Symphonic Winds, South London Jazz Orchestra, and London Sings!. Although he had stepped down from his active conducting roles he was always interested in what the organisation and its members were doing in spite of his failing health.
We will share a more extensive tribute to Bob, his life and achievements, shortly. We also hope to celebrate his life and contribution to SLCM with various events over the coming months.
South London Jazz Orchestra is a diverse group of talented musicians. Our aim is to share our love of Big Band jazz with the community, help raise money for charity, and have as much fun as possible while doing so.
SLJO is part of South London Community Music, alongside concert band South London Symphonic Winds and choir London Sings!
We are based in Brixton and play over thirty gigs a year all around London and further afield.
You will find us at the London Marathon, on the bandstands in Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Regents Park, Greenwich Park – as well as local favourite Ruskin Park. We love a good party. SLJO regularly plays the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brighton Fringe Festival, and at pubs in and around Brixton. We’ve entertained both beer festivals and neighbourhood fetes. In past years, we have toured Europe, going to Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
In 2022 we toured to Guernsey and also ventured north to Scotland, again taking part in the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
SLJO also performs at private functions such as weddings, birthday parties and award ceremonies. An SLJO ensemble is tailored to the event and size of the venue. Our “mini-SLJO” series of smaller ensembles has been a hit in pubs and jazz clubs around London. Recent appearances have been at Hideaway in Streatham, Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club in Kennington, Ivy House pub in Nunhead, White Hart in Crystal Palace and Old Brewery in Greenwich.
If you’d like to book us for an event, please complete our online form or send us an email at email@example.com
If you are an active musician, or a comeback player, looking for a Big Band to join, let us know by completing our online membership form. You can also visit our rehearsals page to find out about our repertoire, rehearsal location, times and more. We operate a no-auditions policy and just require that you are at the standard of grade 5 or above.