The society was formed in 1956 and regularly presents recorded recitals of classical and light classical on first class equipment. It also presents occasional illustrated talks given by professional musicians. It is based in Highams Park, East London.
The orchestra is based at Waltham Forest, East London and is one of the UK's leading community orchestras. Its players are a mix of professional musicians, teachers, students and amateurs who enjoy playing the standard orchestral repertoire to a very high standard.