‘Start of something special’ as Preston Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever performance sells out

Posted on - 25th April, 2024 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Ashton-on-Ribble, Longton & New Longton, Music, Preston News, South Ribble News, What's On in Preston
Alexander Roe MBE and Paul Heptinstall of Preston Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Roe MBE, marketing and publicity manager, and Paul Heptinstall, secretary of Preston Symphony Orchestra

The new Preston Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever performance has sold out in less than 28 days.

‘An Evening of Popular Music from Stage and Screen’ will take place on Sunday 9 June at at Ashton Methodist Church in Wellington Road. All 200 tickets have been sold.

The event will feature the orchestra performing music from The Phantom of the Opera, Jurassic Park, James Bond, and an ABBA medley.

Lancashire County Council is supporting the orchestra, which rehearses every week in Longton, during its formative months. Local individuals and businesses have also supported a successful crowdfunding campaign that helped with initial funding. Porsche Centre Preston is among the local businesses that have provided financial support.

Read more: Preston is no longer the only major UK city without an orchestra

Alexander Roe MBE, the orchestra’s marketing and publicity manager, said: “We are completely overwhelmed to have sold out so quickly. It’s wonderful to see how much support and excitement there is in the community.

“We hope that the people attending will enjoy a truly memorable event. Maybe they will remember the day as the start of something special for music lovers in Preston, Lancashire and beyond. It would be nice to think so.

“We felt there was a huge opportunity to create a new symphony orchestra for the people of Preston. We are especially grateful to Lancashire County Council, Porsche Preston, and all those private individuals who have supported us. From funding to ticket sales, their support has surpassed all our expectations.”

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The formation of the new Preston Symphony Orchestra marks the end of a significant cultural absence. Preston was the last major UK city without an orchestra. This resurgence reintroduces classical music to the city’s cultural scene and presents another opportunity for community engagement through the arts.

Last month, the newly founded orchestra confirmed two new appointments. Marco Giudici from Lancaster has joined as musical director, and John Chapman from Standish near Wigan is Marco’s associate conductor.

As the orchestra prepares for its debut, the sold-out concert underscores the community’s enthusiasm and support for this new cultural venture. It promises a night of memorable music and celebration for all attendees.

Anyone who had been hoping to attend can join the waiting list on TicketSource.

The orchestra is negotiating new opportunities for future performances and will be making further announcements in the near future.

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This story was made possible by support from you, our readers and a host of organisations in the city, through our Crowdfund Lancashire appeal, which unlocked support from the Lancashire Culture and Sport Fund provided by Lancashire County Council. You can see all our coverage and, if you know of an event or arts project in the city we should be covering, send details to

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