"World class musicians who make magic in our communities – turning the everyday into something extraordinary...”

Jayne Knight,

Arts Development Officer,

Suffolk County Council

 “...outstanding orchestral music in our village halls, schools, concert halls and cathedral.”



Covid19 and our plans for 2021 


Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra's programmes are temporarily suspended, but behind the scenes we are busily at work.

Three major orchestral events originally scheduled for March, June, and October 2020 have been re-scheduled for 2021, each preceded by a cluster of community outreach events linked to the orchestral concert.  All events are subject to confirmation under government guidelines.

Ipswich Corn Exchange

In association with Ipswich Borough Council

Sunday 14th March 2021 

Full popular classics programme including


With linked outreach events in East Suffolk and Ipswich in February.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Bury St Edmunds Festival

Supported by the Abbey1001 Celebrations



NEW COMMISSION: "Into the Light", by Paul Carr

Saturday 29th May 2021

With linked outreach events in West Suffolk in April and early May.

Ely Cathedral

The Isle of Ely Festival


Italian Symphony

Hebrides Overture

Thomas Gould, violin

Saturday 26th June 2021

With linked outreach events in late May and early June.

Information coming soon about concerts at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, on:

Sunday 18th July 2021

Saturday 9th October 2021

OUR VISION - Great music is for everyone

The Suffolk Philharmonic vision is that great music is for everyone. We work collaboratively to bring enjoyment, to educate and to strengthen community.


Our major concerts programme brings together some of the finest orchestral musicians in the land to provide full orchestral concerts within reach of everyone.

In partnership with other community agencies we share that world-class playing across rural Suffolk through our free Community concerts - "village hall concerts" - which make a valued contribution to the challenges of loneliness and rural isolation.


In collaboration with the County Music Service and Suffolk schools, our Education programme supports young musicians, encourages musical composition, and shares the therapeutic qualities of great music.

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