Sunderland Symphony Orchestra is engaged in an exciting phase of development following celebration concerts for the charity's eighteenth year since its formation for the Millennium, supported by Sunderland City Council.

The Orchestra's "Coming of Age" project, financed by Arts Council England, is bringing new partnerships, a new pilot outreach orchestral music and instrumental education programme for school children, and varied concerts in a wider variety of performance spaces. The voluntary orchestra offers support for progression in orchestral engagement across the city. Our impact is recognised as developing orchestral music education and enjoyment through new partnerships in and around Sunderland.

Do join us at our Christmas by Candlelight concert at West Park Church, Sunderland SR2 7AQ

 Contact us or drop in to see us at our rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm.

c/o West Park Church, Stockton Rd, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR2 7AQ

Forthcoming Performances


Christmas by Candlelight - Traditional Christmas Music and Carols

Sunderland Symphony Orchestra - with St Anthony's Senior Choir

Musical Director: David Milner; Orchestra Leader: Judith Thompson

Saturday, 14th December, 2019 at 4.00pm 

At West Park Church, Stockton Road, Sunderland SR2 7AQ

Celebrate the start of the Christmas season this year with a beautiful family concert by Sunderland Symphony Orchestra with St Anthony’s Senior Choir at West Park Church on Saturday, 14th December at 4.00pm.

Sunderland’s Symphony Orchestra will be performing favourite carols for all to join in with; the exquisite Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart; a choral programme to include Little Donkey by Eric Boswell; Christmas Calypso by Stephen Bulla; Anatoly Lyadov’s Christmas Carol and Cradle Song; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; Anderson’s Sleigh Ride; and completing the concert, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

Tickets available now

General Admission: £5;  Students and Under 16 yrs: £3.00 - click below


Marching and Waltzing

Saturday, 14th March, 2020

at  7.30pm

Musical Director - David Milner
Orchestra Leader - Judith Thompson

At West Park Church
Sunderland SR2 7AQ
Tickets available soon via Eventbrite


Working with Schools and Community Groups

Sunderland Symphony Orchestra (SSO) works closely with the Sunderland Youth and Community Orchestra (SYCO) and the Sunderland Music Hub (SMH), managed by  Together For Children CIC, to offer a range of participatory outreach music engagement opportunities for children, families, and community groups.

Follow THIS LINK to the Sunderland Music Hub to read an interview with Emma Mapplebeck, Cellist with SSO and Musical Director of SYCO - and Spotlight testimonials from three young SSO players.

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