Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra players

Members of the orchestra - woodwind


The orchestra's celeste is available for hire

further information

Recent events

Recent concerts


Orchestra in concert

About the WSO


The Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra was set up shortly after the Second World War, in 1947, and early performances took place in the Rex Cinema. Among its former conductors were Maurice Handford, Peter Stallworthy, Timothy Reynish, Nick Smith and Martin Hardy. Well known contributors and soloists in the early years included Daphne Oxonford, Jack Brymer, Dennis Simons, Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe.

In April 1983, the orchestra adopted a new concert venue - the new Wilmslow Leisure Centre and the Evans Theatre has remained the main performance venue ever since.

Recently the orchestra has invited guest conductors and these have included Juan Ortuno, Robert Chasey, Kenneth Woods, Marco Bellasi and Carlos del Cueto.

As a large symphony orchestra our repertoire includes works by Elgar, Nielson, Strauss, Britten, Janacek, Holst, Debussy, Stravinsky, Mahler and Shostakovich and many others and also more contemporary works.

To read a history of the orchestra
click here.

Now in its 70th year, the orchestra is a registered charity, No.507565, is associated with Making Music, a society which champions amateur music and amateur musicians, is a member of Wilmslow Business Group and is supported by the Evans Arts Trust.