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Next Concert 

Sunday 5th November 2017 7:30pm


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Concert to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme 

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Salford Symphony features in Judge Rinder's ITV promo

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Recording at the Royal Northern College of Music

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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.


Services No Longer Required
The BBC Philharmonic and Salford Symphony joined forces with IWM North for a moving piece of music and drama, telling the story of Salford lad Arthur Burke, a soldier in the First World War.

Performances took place at the Imperial War Museum North on 17 and 18 October 2014 (click on image for details)


 Proud Sponsors of Salford Heart Care


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE


We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of the World-renowned composer and former Master of the Queen's Music. Amongst his many works he wrote about Salford and the surrounding areas; “Cross Lane Fair”, “Throstle's Nest Junction”, “Swinton Jig” , “Chat Moss” and “Spinning Jenny”. He was also an old Salford Lad and the president of our Orchestra.

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. 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: Vacancy

Treasurer: Chris Kay

Membership Secretary (Patrons): Simon Caplan (Violin 2)

Subscription Secretary: Chris Kay

Orchestra Member's Representative John Eaton (Cello)


Inca Trail

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.


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