About Us

WHAT IS THE SPO?

Established in 1945 by its founder and Musical Director, Hermann Lindars, the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra [SPO] has been making music in the Steel City for over 70 years. Starting life as the 'Sheffield Amateur Symphony Orchestra’ in 1945, the SPO prides itself on its rich musical history, as well as its core ethos of providing a medium for local musicians to flourish. Based in the cultural heart of the City of Sheffield at the Victoria Hall, the SPO draws on players of all backgrounds from across Yorkshire & the Humber, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. The Orchestra has a busy 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 have also performed at music festivals on the islands of Crete, Malta and Sardinia.

WHAT DO THEY PLAY?

The Sheffield Philharmonic are committed to performing a broad range of symphonic repertoire and commissioning new work by local composers and arrangers. The SPO have accompanied a number of internationally acclaimed soloists, such as: Benjamin Frith and Rohan da Saram, and they are particularly looking forward to working with acclaimed violinist, Fenella Humphreys (Winner of the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award) in March.

WHO ARE THEY?

The SPO are an 80 strong diverse group of musicians from the Sheffield City Region. Members work and live locally as teachers, doctors, solicitors, engineers, architects, freelancers, students, retirees and all things in-between. The Sheffield Philharmonic are committed to supporting local talent across South Yorkshire; many of its younger members have gone on to study music at leading UK Conservatoires.

George Morton - Conductor

George Morton was born in Lincolnshire and read Music at the University of Sheffield, undertaking postgraduate studies in composition and performance with George Nicholson and Kenneth Brown. Since graduating, George has settled in the leafy city of Sheffield and continues to enjoy its proximity to the Peak District National Park and locally-brewed beer.

Tony Hobbs - Leader

Tony hails from Billingham, near Middlesbrough, and began learning the violin at the age of ten with a succession of peripatetic teachers at school before moving on to study with Margaret Egglington and, finally, Keith Robson, with whom he achieved Grade 8 aged 16. Now retired from teaching Tony can usually be found on the golf course, happily hitting balls into trees and ponds, or in any pub that offers a decent pint of real ale!

COMMITTEE

Like all organisations, the SPO couldn't function without it's dedicated Trustees. If you would like to make contact with anyone on the committee, please email sheffieldphilharmonicorchestra@gmail.com and mark for their attention.

Chair - Sophie Anderson
Secretary - Meg Burton
Treasurer - Neil Kelly
Upper String Rep – Hannah Brighton
Lower Strings Rep – Rachel Sever
Wind Rep – Miriam Blackwood
Brass & Perc. Rep / Welfare Officer – Jamie Hollings
Membership Secretary – Helen Gibson
Librarian – Rick Hayward
Concert Manager - Geoff Olner
Publicity Officer - Alex Burns
Fundraising Officer - Sarah Price

VACANCIES

Want to join the team? The SPO is a friendly and welcoming orchestra. We Rehearse on Tuesday evenings during term time (7.30-9.45pm) in the heart of the City Centre at the beautiful Victoria Hall (adjacent to the Crucible Theatre). The SPO are committed to playing a broad repertoire of music and putting on high quality, well attended concerts that engage and entertain regular concert goers and the local community.  If you're interested in playing with us get in touch via our Contact Us page.