Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

About Us

The Chester Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), founded in 1884, is one of the premier non-professional orchestras in North West England.  The orchestra, originally known as the Chester Orchestral Society, has a large playing membership enabling it to perform most pieces within the symphonic repertoire.

We rehearse from 7.30 10 p.m.on Monday evenings, during school term times, at All Saint’s Church Centre, Vicarage Road, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ.  Good string players are always needed and we occasionally have vacancies in other sections.  Interested musicians are welcome to come along to a rehearsal.  We do not hold formal auditions: instead, new members are invited to join for a trial period. Orchestra membership is by subscription, with a reduced rate for students.  Membership enquiries will be keenly received by emailing

We strive to perform music from a wide repertoire which will appeal to playing members and audiences alike.  Our musical directors are professional conductors of the highest calibre.  We also provide an experiential platform for both Junior and Senior Fellows in Conducting from The Royal Northern College of Music.  Internationally acclaimed soloists are often pleased to perform with us under their direction.   The orchestra usually gives four or five concerts a year (including an annual carol concert). The concerts usually take place in the magnificent setting of Chester’s ancient Cathedral.  Occasionally performances take place in alternative venues within the West Cheshire and Wirral areas.

The CPO is a registered charity (No 1181355), and is self-funded through member subscriptions, Box Office receipts from concerts and occasional fundraising activities. Sponsorship is also sought and we would be very pleased to hear from any organisations that wish to sponsor us.