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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.

Come and Sing with Salford

Salford Choral Society teamed-up with the Salford Symphony to perform the last movement of the iconic Beethoven's 9th (Choral) Symphony. Click on image below for details.

Harry Potter and Jurassic Park


The Orchestra has purchased the music for "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" and "Jurassic Park" by John Williams. These are now available for hire by contacting Christine.

Salford Streets Museum

Over one thousand five hundred streets have been demolished in central Salford in the past fifty years. Communities have been fragmented and dispersed. In response to the clearance of these cultural sites, Streets Museum are collecting objects from Salford residents as part of the ReTracing Salford outreach project. Streets Museum archive and preserve images, films, artefacts and oral histories from lost streets. and aim to create an online Streets Museum, to enable families, friends and relations of Salfordians to search for and commemorate their districts and streets. Click on image for further details and to find out how you can contribute to this wonderful project.



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

Librarian: Jackie Fisk (Viola)

Treasurer: Adrian Watts (Horn)

Membership Secretary (Patrons): Vacancy

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.

Inca Trail

Intrepid Chris Kay (principal trumpet), and his wife Lesley (also intrepid), take on the Inca Trail to raise money for three charities. Click image to see how they got on.

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