The orchestra

The Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester (UK), an amateur symphony orchestra, was formed by the Gorton Philharmonic Society in 1854, three years before Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. It presents Subscription Concerts at various venues including Holy Innocents Church in Fallowfield, Manchester and the orchestra now has a regular venue at Gorton Monastery for concerts in December of each year. These are popular concerts and usually sell-out well before the concert date.

We like to think of ourselves as one of the most friendly, welcoming amateur orchestras in the north west. We rehearse on Sunday mornings in south Manchester from 10.15am to 12.30pm.

Our latest Concert Season is a celebration of the return of music-making, and anniversaries in
classical music (originally scheduled for 2020/21). From the births of Beethoven (250 years ago) and Dvorak (180)
to the deaths of Verdi (120 years ago), Mahler (110) and Stravinsky (50), Gorton Philharmonic will be marking the
important contributions some of the greatest and most popular composers have made over the past 250 years.

Find our more about the history of Gorton Philharmonic

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President: Stephen Threlfall

Trustees: Norman Heaps, Kay Thomas, Richard Fairbank

Musical Director: Juan Ortuño

Leader: John Resek
Treasurer: Sandra Downing
Librarian: Bronwen Bhabuta