University of Cambridge Philharmonia

University of Cambridge Philharmonia

The Philharmonia, affectionately known as 'Baby', is UCPO's chamber orchestra. It allows us to tackle a wider range of music, and cater for players who may not be able to make the Wednesday evening rehearsals of the main orchestra.

Like the main orchestra, we do not audition for the Philharmonia, and players are welcome as long as we have a part for them to play... Rehearsals take place on Saturdays in Michaelmas and Lent terms, followed by a concert each term. Membership is currently free to anyone who's a member of the main orchestra.


Rehearsals for Michaelmas and Lent in the 2016/17 academic year will take place on Saturday afternoons; details below. Keep an eye on the weekly e-mails, and the rehearsal schedule page for more information.

If you would like to play in UCP, please contact the chair or ask a friendly committee member at an UCPO rehearsal. If there are players required, an e-mail will usually reach the main UCPO list to gauge interest.

Meanwhile, mp3 recordings of some of our previous concerts are now online.

Concert calendar

Michaelmas Term 2016

Our Michaelmas 2016 concert will be on Saturday 19th November 2016, in Christ's College Chapel at 8pm.

The programme will be:

Faure - Masques et Bergamasques

Mozart - Clarinet Concerto

Schubert - Symphony No. 5

Soloist: Johnathan Hung

Conductors: James Grimwood, Karol Jaworski

Rehearsal dates: 29th October, 5th November, 12th November 2016

Rehearsal time: 2-5pm, 3-6pm, 3-6pm

Rehearsal venue: Bowett Room, Queens' College

Lent Term 2017

Our Lent 2017 concert will be on Saturday 25th February, in Sidney Sussex College Chapel at 8pm.

The programme will be:

Mozart - Il Seraglio

Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto

Schumann - Symphony No. 3

Soloist: Kin Lam

Conductors: Laura Dunkling and James Grimwood

Rehearsal dates: 4th February, 12th February (not a typo!),

Rehearsal time: 3-6pm, 11am-2pm,

Rehearsal venue: Bowett Room

UCP in concert, March 2006, West Road Concert Hall

UCP in concert, March 2006, West Road Concert Hall

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