Who are we?
The late Joseph Needham originally founded Salford Symphony Orchestra in 1947. He was a protégé of Sir Henry Wood, on whose recommendation came to Salford, where he was appointed director of music for Salford City Police Band. Eventually with the help of freelance professional string players, he formed Salford Symphony Orchestra. Sir John Barbirolli was the orchestra’s President for some years. After Joseph Needham’s death, John Crossdale took over as MD. His first performance was a memorial concert for ‘Joe’. Salford Education Authority with Jack Fryer as MD and conductor, later absorbed the orchestra.
After many successful years, the orchestra disbanded in 1985. Following requests from the Salford public and musicians, the orchestra was re-formed in 1995.
Performances took place at the Imperial War Museum North on 17 and 18 October 2014 (click on image for details)
What we do
The Orchestra aims to provide local people with interesting programmes and also offers platform opportunities for talented musicians (amateur and professional). Salford Symphony Orchestra performs four concerts per year at our main concert venue, Peel Hall at the University of Salford. Rehearsals are held at St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.
The Orchestra Committee
Chairman: Simon Caplan (Violin 2)
Orchestra Manager: Christine Clarkson (Violin 1)
Musical Director: Barrie Mckinnon
Leader: Jon Henderson
Treasurer: Chris Kay
Membership Secretary (Patrons): Simon Caplan (Violin 2)
Subscription Secretary: Angela Darcy (Flute)
Web Manager: Dave Collins (Cello)
Orchestra Member's Representative John Eaton (Cello)
We are delighted to announce that Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is now the President of the Salford Symphony Orchestra.
Intrepid Chris Kay (principal trumpet), and his wife Lesley (also intrepid), took on the Inca Trail to raise money for three charities. Click image to see how they got on.