About the Northampton Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra

A CENTURY OF MUSIC MAKING – THE HISTORY OF THE NSO 1893 - 1993

Founded in 1893, the Northampton Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the United Kingdom's top amateur symphony orchestras. Our membership is drawn from excellent amateurs, teachers, former professional musicians and students in and around Northamptonshire. Most members have achieved at least Grade VIII on their instrument.

We perform regularly in Northampton's many classical music venues with top professional soloists in repertoire that encompasses all styles of classical music. Rehearsals usually take place on a Wednesday evening during school term time.

We are supported by an active and flourishing Friends' scheme that provides many exclusive benefits for supporters.

The Northampton Symphony Orchestra's excellence in amateur music making has led to invitations to play in various local music festivals (such as the one celebrating local composer, Malcolm Arnold and the Northampton Music Festival) and collaborations with other local music ensembles.

We are supported in continuing musical excellence by our Musical Director, John Gibbons BEM and our Leader, Emily Groom. The NSO's committee is comprised of volunteers, and we are represented in the Northamptonshire community by our President and former principal trumpet, Nick Bunker.

We sometimes have vacancies our string sections and maintain an active deputies/wait list for other sections. If you are interested in joining the orchestra please apply here.