Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra

Sheffield's flagship amateur orchestra since 1945

Established in 1945, the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra has been making music in the Steel City for over 75 years!

Based in the cultural heart of the City of Sheffield, the SPO prides itself on its rich musical history, as well as its core ethos of providing a medium for local musicians to flourish. The Orchestra has a busy concert schedule and gives no fewer than five concerts a year across Sheffield and beyond. Over the years the SPO has performed in many notable venues, such as: Sheffield City Hall, Buxton Pavilion Gardens and Birmingham Symphony Hall, where they recorded a live CD with revered acoustic and electric guitarist, Gordon Giltrap, MBE. The Orchestra has also performed at music festivals on the islands of Crete, Malta and Sardinia, and accompanied a number of internationally-acclaimed soloists, such as: Benjamin Frith and Rohan da Saram and Fenella Humphreys.

Further to this, the SPO is committed to supporting local talent across the region; many of its younger members have gone on to study at leading UK Conservatoires, and it regularly commission and perform new works by local composers and arrangers.


How to get involved

The SPO rehearse on Tuesday evenings (during term time) at the Victoria Hall (adjacent to the Crucible theatre) 7.30pm – 9.45pm.

The Orchestra currently has an 80 strong membership but we would be interested to hear from experienced double bass players. If you are interested in joining please email:

The SPO is always keen to speak with new sponsors/partners so if you would like to support the orchestra please get in touch.

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