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Welcome to Peterborough Community Orchestra

At Peterborough Community Orchestra, our passion is to bring people together to make music in a fun and relaxed environment.

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Peterborough Community Orchestra (PCO) had its very first tentative rehearsal in January 2018. We feel we’ve come a long way since then. We currently have thirty six members. We are on a mission to nurture a friendly, supportive ensemble, where people can enjoy playing a wide variety of musical styles, ranging from classical, through film and TV, to rock/pop and traditional tunes. We perform several public concerts a year.​

​​We can accommodate just about any orchestral or band instrument, including percussion/drums, recorder and bass guitar. If you play a non standard instrument, please get in touch via the Contact Us button. PCO is made up of a wide mix of abilities. You don't need to have taken exams, but we do ask that you play at ABRSM/Trinity grade 3 standard minimum. Please note, that although our members are friendly and will answer occasional musical queries, we cannot provide instruction.  We also have grade 8+ members. All ages and family groups are most welcome, including adult learners and returners. Just get in touch or drop in to one of our rehearsals. There is no charge for your first three sessions, while you decide if we are the sort of orchestra you are looking for. It can be daunting to walk into a room full of people who already know each other. We appreciate this, and will meet you at the door and show you the ropes.

Chairman. Anne Brown

Treasurer. Caroline Howell

Musical Director. Charlie Westbrook

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Rehearsal & Concert Dates 2023/2024

We meet at:
The Parish church of St Oswald & the Sacred Heart
933, Lincoln Road Peterborough PE4 6AE 7.30pm-9.30pm.
(Entrance to the hall & car park is at the rear of the church. Access is from Paston Lane & is available from 7pm.)


Wednesday 24th & 31st January

Wednesday 7th February


Wednesday 28th February

Wednesday 13th & 20th March

Wednesday 3rd April Informal performance for friends & family


Wednesday 17th & 24th April

Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd May


Wednesday 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th June

Wednesday 3rd & 10th July

Sunday afternoon concert 14th July at Crowland Abbey PE6 0EN

Please bring your own music stand. You will also need a soft 4B pencil; available from us at cost.

If you are interested in joining us, then get in touch via the contact page. We would love to meet you! 

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Music was my first love, and it will be my last.
Music of the future and music of the past........
To live without my music
Would be impossible to do.
In this world of troubles,
My music pulls me through.

Music (was my first love).

Song by John Miles; 1976.

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