Worthing's resident full-size symphony orchestra...High quality community music-making since 1948!
The Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra makes a unique contribution to the musical life of the region. We have a season of five concerts per year, including our acclaimed 'Last Night of the Proms' and a hugely popular Christmas Concert. All are performed in the stunning acoustics of the Grade II-listed 'Art Deco' Worthing Assembly Hall.
Our members come from across the south coast area and include professional and semi-professional musicians, university and college students, peripatetic teachers and keen local amateur musicians. With a full strength membership of over 75 musicians we are able to cover a wide repertoire, including major Classical and Romantic symphonies and concerti as well as large-scale 20th Century orchestral works and choral works.
As well as collaboration with major international soloists Worthing Philharmonic is particularly proud to provide a platform for 'rising star' young soloists and composers. We have well-established links to the Munster Trust, Worthing Music and Arts Festival, the Worthing Choral Society, the Boundstone Chorus and local school choirs. The musical development of our excellent local musicians is helped by frequent 'repertoire reading' rehearsals. These can also provide opportunities for 'up-and-coming' soloists to rehearse new material and prepare for concerts. Our members also enjoy open rehearsals, 'playathon events' and masterclasses.
Worthing Philharmonic has a working relationship with the prestigious 'Tonmeister' sound recording course at the University of Surrey, providing an opportunity for the sound engineers of the future to record a full symphony orchestra.
We are a community orchestra united by the principle of producing fantastic musical performances for all. A sign of the orchestra's success is that it thrives without the financial support of the Borough and has established itself as a self-governing charity, truly dedicated to the musical well-being of the community!
The current Musical Director, Dominic Grier, was appointed in 2014 and since then the orchestra has gone from strength to strength under his excellent musical guidance.