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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.

 Contact us 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 for updates.

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

Auld Lang Syne New Year Virtual Performance

SSO would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. We hope that 2021 will bring the opportunity for our members to perform together in person and allow us to welcome audiences once again. But until then, thank you to our members who have helped keep the music playing!

A Candlelit Christmas

virtual performance

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.

Music Through Time


Due to public health directives resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, this concert has been postponed until further notice.



Due to public health directives resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, this concert has been postponed until further notice.


 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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