Concerts 2021-2022

 "Suffolk Philharmonic is an orchestra of world class musicians who make magic in our communities – turning the everyday into something extraordinary. They provide outstanding orchestral music in our village halls, schools, concert halls and cathedral.” - Jayne Knight, Arts Development Officer, Suffolk County Council

Catching up with Beethoven
Ipswich Corn Exchange 
Sunday 7th November 2021  4.00pm

Piano Concerto No.5 "The Emperor"
Symphony No.7
Overture "The Fair Melusine"

In association with

Worldwide, many celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven have been delayed by Covid19. Here, with two of his most popular works, is the SPO's tribute concert. 

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Ryan Drucker plays the "Emperor" Concerto

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Sunday 27th March 2022  4.00pm

Programme to be announced 

A major concert in celebration of 1000 years of the Abbey of St Edmund.

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra 10th Anniversary

Bury St Edmunds Festival

Saturday 28th May 2022 7.30pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

World première of 1,000th Anniversary commission:

Paul Carr: Into The Light

Elgar: Enigma Variations


In association with Abbey1000


The English Arts Chorale

Eye Bach Choir

James Gilchrist, tenor

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Leslie Olive, conductor

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The Isle of Ely Festival

Ely Cathedral

Saturday 25th June 2022


Overture: "The Hebrides"

Violin Concerto 

Symphony No.4, "Italian"

Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, violin
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Leslie Olive, conductor

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Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux
plays Mendelssohn's violin concerto.


Generously sponsored by 

The Lark's Flight over Suffolk

Summer 2022

"..within reach of everyone in Suffolk.."

The Lark Ascending, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (RVW), is today one of the best-loved pieces of classical music in the UK. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra aims to bring this glorious music within reach of everyone in Suffolk.

"The Lark's Flight over Suffolk" tells the story of The Lark Ascending and of RVW's live, his triumphs and his disappointments, in music and words. The Lark Ascending features along with his Oboe Concerto and other captivating music by this outstanding and influential British composer. 

Launching at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 30th June 2022, "The Lark's Flight" then goes on tour to five further venues around the county of Suffolk. As well as RVW himself (played by an actor, of course), there will be a small orchestra of 14 musicians, and outstanding soloists.

"The Lark's Flight" is conceived and directed by conductor Leslie Olive.


Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal

Thursday 30 June 7.30pm

Eye, Town Hall
Friday 1 July 7.30pm

Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall
Sunday 3 July 4.00pm (time tbc)

Carlton Marshes, Visitor Centre
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Friday 8 July 7.30pm

Felixstowe, St Andrew's Church
Saturday 9 July 7.30pm

Hadleigh, Church
Sunday 10 July 4.00pm (time tbc)


Ralph Vaughan Williams 150th Anniversary Celebrations

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Saturday 15th October 2022

Vaughan Williams

Symphony No.1: A Sea Symphony

Symphony No.2: A "London" Symphony

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Leslie Olive, conductor