Oldham Symphony Orchestra

Oldham's very own symphony orchestra.
Contact us at: oldhamorchestra@gmail.com

Next Concert:

Summer Concert

Beethoven – Egmont Overture
Tchaikovsky – Variations on a Rococo Theme
Bizet – Symphony in C
Conductor: James Gillett
Cello soloist: Clara Simpson

Date: Sunday 7th July at 19:30
Venue: Oldham, tbc.
ticket prices:
£12 full — £10 concessions — £5 under 18s
pay on the door (cash)

Previous Concerts:

Join Us

We rehearse Monday evenings from 19:30–21:30 at Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre.For more information, please email:
Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre
6 High St, Shaw, Oldham,

About Us

Oldham Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1963 by two local musicians, Thomas Whittaker and Peter Scott. Originally named Oldham Amateur Orchestra, in 1968 it became Oldham Symphony Orchestra as the music performed became more adventurous. Tom remained as principal clarinet until his retirement in 2019 and remains an Honorary Patron.Oldham-born composer, Sir William Walton, was an original Patron and his work regularly features in the orchestra’s repertoire.The original objective of the founders was to create a forum for those with a common love of playing music together to rehearse and enjoy performing for their audience. This remains the core of the Orchestra’s mission.

Oldham Symphony Orchestra has always supported local talent and given performing opportunities to recently qualified soloists, notably finalists from the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Our members are mainly amateur musicians of mixed ages and abilities from all walks of life. The orchestra performs an important function for the community by giving school leavers an opportunity to continue musical performance into adult life.Our repertoire is extensive, with over 350 pieces by 200 composers being performed so far. They range from much-love classics to more adventurous, lesser-known works.We rehearse weekly throughout the school year at Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre. We give concerts three times a year in the Oldham area. The Orchestra is a registered charity.

If you are interested in joining Oldham Symphony Orchestra, becoming a Patron or sponsor, please contact oldhamorchestra@gmail.com

Musical Director:

James Gillett

James Gillett is a Manchester-based pianist and conductor from Grimsby and has recently graduated with a master's degree from the Royal Northern College of Music as a repetiteur.After first meeting the OSO for a rehearsal in 2019, James has been our musical director since 2021.JamesGillett.co.uk

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