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.


About Us

As is often the case with good ideas, the orchestra grew out of a conversation in a pub! Our founder conductor, Robin Norman (a full time music teacher) had the germ of an idea for a music ensemble  aimed primarily at adult ‘returners’ and learners. Peterborough Community Orchestra (PCO) had its very first tentative rehearsal in January 2018. We feel we’ve come a long way since that first meeting. We have a pool of thirty members, of all ages. We are on a journey and you are welcome to join us. We play a mainly, but not exclusively classical repertoire. We also add musical theatre, popular music and other genres to the mix.

Robin stepped down as musical director in July 2021 to take up a new career challenge.

The Covid pandemic has seen some testing times for PCO. Now, in the spring of 2022 we are entering more positive times. We have a fresh young musical director, Charlie Westbrook working with us to expand and develop the orchestra.

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 ask if we have a niche for you. PCO is made up of a wide mix of abilities. As long as you can follow written music and play to about ABRSM grade 3+ standard, we can ease you in. You do not need a certificate or an audition. 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 that, and will meet you at the door and show you the ropes.

Chairman. Caroline Howell

Musical Director. Charlie Westbrook


Rehearsal Dates 2022

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 9th March

Wednesday 16th March

Wednesday 23rd March

Wednesday 30th March


Wednesday 27th April

Wednesday 4th May

Wednesday 11th May

Wednesday 18th May

Two Week Half Term Break

Wednesday 8th June

Wednesday 15th June

Wednesday 22nd June

Wednesday 29th June

Wednesday 6th July

Wednesday 13th July 


If you do not own a music stand, please buy one. They are available on a well known auction site, from about £8. You will also need a soft 4B pencil; available from us at cost, if you forget.

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