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: Fenella Humphreys, Benjamin Frith and Rohan da Saram.
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 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!