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

Public Health

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic we are postponing all our concerts and workshops until public health directives inform us that public gatherings are safe.

In the meantime, Sunderland Symphony Orchestra is developing a range of public-facing online initiatives which we hope you will find engaging. Please check this site and our Facebook and Twitter pages (buttons below) for updates.

We hope you are all keeping safe and well at home and look forward to welcoming you to our next live concert.

Turn your speakers on and click below (YouTube settings to 1080p) to hear Amadeus Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, recorded at SSO's concert at West Park Church on 14th December 2019.


Saturday, 4th July 2020 at 7.30pm  - pending public health directives

West Park Church, Stockton Road, Sunderland SR2 7AQ

Subject to public health directives resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, tickets will be available from this website via Eventbrite

Music Through Time

Saturday, 17th October 2020 at 7.30pm

West Park Church, Stockton Road, Sunderland SR2 7AQ


 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.



Sunderland Music Hub Orchestral workshop at Usworth Colliery Primary School, led by Emma Mapplebeck, with Sunderland Symphony Orchestra performing the Swan Lake Waltz, January 2020.



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