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. We have had some special concerts in 2015-16 and are delighted to have welcomed distinguished pianist Martin Roscoe for our summer concert in July 2015 and violinist Jennifer Pike at our concert in Blackburn Cathedral in March 2016.

Martin 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, and guest conductors.

We are hope you will enjoy the programme of music in the coming year.