About us


The Blackburn Sinfonia was founded in 1965. In 1997 the orchestra was renamed the Blackburn Symphony Orchestra to better reflect its status as one of the finest amateur orchestras in the North West.

The orchestra attracts players from the immediate area and across the north west, and has worked consistently with professional conductors and soloists to achieve a high standard of performance.

Blackburn Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015-16 with some special concerts ; distinguished pianist Martin Roscoe at our summer concert in July 2015 and violinist Jennifer Pike at our Blackburn Cathedral Concert in March 2016.

This year our invited soloists are Lily Whitehurst ( violin) playing in our French Рthemed Autumn concert; April Frederick ( soprano) singing Strauss Four Last Songs at our spring concert in Blackburn Cathedral; and Slava Sidorenko ( piano) who will be playing both Carnival of the Animal and the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto  in our summer concert. They are all accomplished performers and we hope you will support these events, which contribute to the music and cultural life in the Blackburn area.

Martin Roscoe became the orchestra’s honorary President in 2015. The orchestra is continuing to grow and develop with our regular Musical Director and Conductor Richard Howarth, guest conductors and soloists.

We hope you will enjoy the programme of music in the coming year and look forward to seeing you soon.