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 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, aged from 12 to 75. We are on a journey and you are welcome to join us. We play all sorts of music, from classical to musical theatre and rock and pop. Robin has a wealth of experience in conducting, teaching and playing the tuba. He is humorous, supportive and manages to strike a perfect balance between fun, informality and professional orchestral work.

We can accommodate just about any orchestral or band instrument, including percussion/drums and bass guitar. 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. 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. Robin Norman

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Contact Us

Our rehearsal venue is;
St Oswald’s Church Hall, 933 Lincoln Rd. Peterborough. PE4 6AE

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Rehearsal Dates 2020/2021

We meet at
The Parish church of St Oswald & the Sacred Heart
933, Lincoln Road Peterborough PE4 6AE 7.30pm-9.30pm.
(Entrance & off road parking is at the rear of the church & is available from 7pm.)


It is with the greatest reluctance that I write this update. Musical Director, Robin Norman, has trawled the Government guidelines for amateur music groups and has, with a heavy heart reached the decision that rehearsals will not be able to resume until January 2021. If the situation changes in any way, this information will be updated as soon as possible.

In the meantime, sign up as a member of our site and automatically keep up to date with announcements regarding future rehearsals. Join our fledgling forum and send us your news and views.


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.