Oldham Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1963 and has enjoyed over 50 years of music making.
The orchestra rehearses weekly throughout the school year, at Turf Lane Lifelong Learning Centre, Chadderton and gives concerts three times a year in the Oldham area. Our members are mainly amateur musicians, of mixed abilities, from all walks of life.
The orchestra, a registered charity, supports itself almost exclusively through membership subscriptions, a patronage scheme and ticket sales. These sources of income are unlikely in the long run to sustain the orchestra, as each concert leads to a reduction in our reserves. We are actively seeking sponsorship and other fund-raising opportunities, which will help us to maintain our aims and improve standards.
We offer a varied repertoire, including symphonic works, concerti, opera, ballet, film music and music for children. We play the well-known and not so well-known.
We support young musicians just starting on their musical careers and studies, by giving them the opportunity to perform with the orchestra, whether it be as a concerto soloist, conductor or composer.
The orchestra performs an important function for the community by giving an opportunity for school leavers to continue musical performance into adult life.
We have taken part in a number of fund-raising efforts including Last Night of the Proms concerts in aid of Springhill hospice, concert in aid of Royal Oldham Scanner Appeal (ROSA), events at Oldham Rotary Club and Maggie’s.
In 2017 we were one of over 200 orchestras world-wide to take part in the Somme100Film project to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
All our past performances, conductors and soloists are listed on this site. It’s a long and impressive list!