Cambridge Philharmonic, founded in 1887, is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished music societies. It comprises both a full symphony orchestra and large chorus, and performs in venues such as West Road Concert HallSaffron HallKing’s College Chapel and Ely Cathedral.

The society’s members are drawn from in and around Cambridge and represent a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Under the baton of Music Director Harry Sever, Cambridge Philharmonic performs a wide range of repertoire as part of its annual concert series, including an opera, family concert, and classical and contemporary works.

Rehearsals are held throughout the year in term time, usually at Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road. The orchestra rehearses on Mondays from 7.15-9.45pm, and the chorus on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.45pm.



Paul Patterson became president of the Cambridge Philharmonic in October 2012, following the retirement of Sir David Willcocks.

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Honorary officers

The Cambridge Philharmonic’s honorary officers are chairman Mark Goodridge, treasurer Daniel Coldridge and secretary Mari O’Neil.

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Harry Sever

Musical direction

Harry Sever is Music Director, with Lucy Hollins as Principal Guest Conductor.

The Chorus Master is Tom Primrose, and Paula Muldoon is orchestra leader.

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A committee runs the orchestra and chorus, consisting of the honorary officers and a number of other members.

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Cambridge Philharmonic’s history can be traced back to 1887 when a choir and orchestra was formed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

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