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.

Robin has now stepped down as musical director, to take up a new career challenge. 

From September 2021 the orchestra is entering the next phase in its development, in the capable hands of Brian Wilshere. We are very excited to welcome him to the PCO helm. The fledgling orchestra that Robin founded was hit hard by the Covid 19 pandemic, but the future looks bright with Brian directing our progress.

We can accommodate just about any orchestral or band instrument, including percussion/drums and bass guitar. If you play a non standard instrument, please ask if we have a niche for you. 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. All ages and family groups are most welcome. Just get in touch or drop in to one of our rehearsals. 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. Dr Brian Wilshere

Assistant MD. Charlie Westbrook


Rehearsal Dates 2021

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.)



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If you do not own a music stand, please buy one. They are available on a well known auction site, from about £8.

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.