Who We Are


The Cambridge Philharmonic comprises a full symphony orchestra and large chorus, allowing the staging of substantial works such as Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Mahler’s 8th Symphony in venues such as King’s College Chapel and Ely Cathedral.

The Cambridge Philharmonic works with an enviable roster of soloists, including in recent seasons, instrumentalists such as Natalie Clein, Alison Balsom, Matthew Trusler and Mark Simpson, and singers Joan Rodgers, Emma Bell, Roderick Williams and Jacques Imbrailo.

This has been a long tradition of the Philharmonic and in previous decades, artists including Philip Langridge, Peter Pears, Philip Jones and Kathleen Ferrier all performed with the society. Principal and guest conductors have included Sir David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury, Raymond Leppard and Thomas Adès.Under their current principal conductor and music director, Timothy Redmond, the Cambridge Philharmonic has developed and expanded its repertoire to include annual opera performances, family concerts and a focus on contemporary music. Critically-acclaimed performances of repertoire as diverse as Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Bernstein’s Candide, Verdi’s La Traviata and Mahler’s Second Symphony have given the Cambridge Philharmonic a profile that extends far beyond its home town.

In addition to its regular performances in the UK, the Cambridge Philharmonic has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Prague’s Rudolfinum Concert Hall. The Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra reached an even wider audience when they recorded Ryan Teague’s album Coins and Crosses, which has been featured on BBC radio and TV and heard on radio stations worldwide.

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 Neil Caplan and secretary Anne Sales.

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Musical direction

Timothy Redmond has been Principal Conductor of the Cambridge Philharmonic since 2006.

The orchestra leader is Paula Muldoon.

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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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The Cambridge Philharmonic’ 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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