Welcome Celebrating over 130 years of music making in Hull

The Hull Philharmonic Orchestra is recognised as one of the nation's leading amateur symphony orchestras and has been a major feature in the city's cultural landscape for over 130 years.

Performing a regular season of three concerts in Hull's magnificent City Hall, we boast a history of renowned conductors, including national figures such as Sir Henry Wood, founder of the Proms. Today under our award-winning musical director Andrew Penny, the orchestra continues to expand and develop; successfully tackling some of the most challenging works of the orchestral repertoire. The story started on June 1881 when a small group of dedicated music lovers gathered at the George Hotel in Hull and proposed the formation of an orchestral music society. With just 27 players, a devoted committee and loyal patrons, the Hull Philharmonic Society was born.

Today the orchestra has more than 80 members drawn from local professional and amateur musicians, and enjoys a broad and loyal audience base. In 1989 we were granted charitable status.

Young Audience Ticket Scheme

With thanks to Williamsons Solicitors who have been supporters of our Young Audience Ticket Scheme through sponsorship. The scheme enables us to introduce our concerts to audiences of the future and enhance regional music education. Williamsons has also provided a secure home for the orchestra’s extensive music library which includes scores notated by Sir Henry Wood. (Read more)

Williamsons Solicitors

Brochure Download

It will be possible to download a copy of the 2021/22 brochure as soon as it becomes available.

The Hull City Hall Classics, feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Hull Philharmonic Orchestra in a season of nine orchestral concerts at Hull City Hall. 

There is one combined brochure which provides all the programme and booking information for the nine orchestral concerts. 

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Plans for our return!

4th May 2021 Posted by : Admin

The Hull Philharmonic Orchestra’s committee is working hard behind the scenes to establish a …
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Steinway Refurbishment

13th Feb 2020 Posted by : Admin

Concert with East Yorkshire-born piano star to celebrate £25k refurbishment of city’s …
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