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Founded by conductor, Leslie Olive, in 2012, Suffolk Philharmonic is a professional orchestra made up of musicians who earn their living through performance excellence.

They play in famous venues all over the world with celebrated conductors and distinguished soloists. Some are professors or teachers at the UK’s globally respected music conservatoires who share their skills with the most promising and talented young musicians of the next generation.

Suffolk Links

The nucleus of our players live in Suffolk and take delight in sharing their gifts on their home turf. Other distinguished players join them from further afield to create an orchestra for Suffolk that rivals the calibre of any you would expect to hear in major cities around the UK.

Cello Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Music for everyone

As well as our orchestral concerts, we take top quality live performance to venues all around the county of Suffolk. Our orchestra members enthuse with the sheer joy they have for wonderful music. 


We bring professional music to children and young people in Suffolk’s schools and colleges.


It is a thrill to be able to encourage budding musicians as they embark upon a professional career. 


Our conductor

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra is the brainchild of conductor, Leslie Olive. Founded in 2011, the orchestra gave its first concert at the Bury Festival in May 2012.


Leslie Olive is a conductor, composer, choir trainer, a writer on music and above all a visionary for initiatives that enable people from all walks of life to experience the power of music.


Leslie created the ambitious leisure-time choir, The English Arts Chorale, and the immense Reigate Summer Music Festival. He founded the spectacular Boys Choir of Colchester Royal Grammar School and composed an educational opera, The Master of Ashmore, which was written for Kent teenagers...and is due for a concert performance revival - probably in Suffolk - very soon!

Music Class
Countryside Road
Leslie Olive conducts the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
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