Chester Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is one of the premier non-professional orchestras in North West England.  


  Founded in 1884 and originally known as the Chester Orchestral Society, we aim 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 Fellows in Conducting from The Royal Northern College of Music.  We have hosted an impressive range of internationally acclaimed soloists including Craig Ogden and Guy Johnston and will be welcoming Sheku Kanneh-Mason during our forthcoming season. The orchestra usually performs 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.  

Chester Philharmonic Orchestra is a registered charity (No. 1181355) and is self-funded through member subscriptions, Box Office receipts from concerts and occasional fundraising activities. 

We rehearse in Hoole, Chester and always appreciate interest from new, prospective players.  If you are interested in joining our orchestra, please get in touch via the form on our contact page.