GUILDFORD PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Principal Conductor: En Shao

Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 5BB

Tel: 01483 444 666
Fax: 01483 444 732

Email: guildfordphil@guildford.gov.uk
Website: http://www.guildfordphilharmonic.co.uk


The Guildford Philharmonic is at the heart of music-making in the south east, with a huge repertoire extending from the 17th century to the present day. The main concert season runs from October to July in a variety of venues including the Guildford Civic, Guildford Cathedral, the Electric Theatre, Holy Trinity Church, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, and, for the first time this season, Guildford Castle grounds. In addition, the orchestra is invited to give concerts throughout London and the south of England in a number of venues which include Kenwood Park, Royal Festival Hall, King's College Cambridge, St George's Chapel Windsor, and the cathedrals of Winchester, Chichester, Canterbury and St Albans.

The Guildford Philharmonic's scope ranges from concerts for children and with children, via chamber concerts in more intimate venues, to large-scale choral and orchestral works. The repertoire covers everything from jazz and light music to new music, and the emphasis is to work with young soloists at the outset of their careers. En Shao was appointed Principal Conductor in 1995, following in the illustrious footsteps of Crossley Clitheroe, Vernon Handley, Sir Charles Groves and Sir Alexander Gibson. The orchestra continues its work of attracting new audiences for all types of classical music and of making concert-going an exciting experience.

Guildford Borough Council has funded and managed the Philharmonic as part of its arts provision for the Borough since the orchestra's inception in 1945 (when it was the Guildford Municipal Orchestra). The Council is grateful to the South East Arts Board, South East Music Trust and to its major corporate sponsors BOC Gases, Borax Europe Ltd, Hart Brown Solicitors, Coutts & Co and the Guildford Nuffield Hospital for financial assistance towards the costs of running the orchestra during the 1999/2000 season.


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