HILLINGDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Please see "Concerts" for details of forthcoming concerts
Please see "Rehearsals" for Rehearsal schedules
Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1985 as a local amateur orchestra. Its membership consists of local musicians over the age of 18 who want to continue to develop their orchestral playing. There are now over eighty registered members. The orchestra does not hold weekly rehearsals but meets for four rehearsals before each concert. Three concerts are given during the season in different venues within the Borough of Hillingdon.
A wide and varied repertoire of works has been performed over the last twenty-five years. Performances of choral works have been given in conjunction with the Hillingdon Choral Society, in particular "The Creation" by Haydn on the first day of the new millennium and Elgar's "The Music Makers" at a concert at The Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank in July 2001 to mark the Choral Society's 21st Anniversary.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hillingdon Choral Society (HCS) and the 21st anniversary of Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra, an extremely successful joint concert took place on Friday 7th July 2006 in Southwark Cathedral. Our thanks to all our regular audience members who made the trip "into town" for this event and also to any newcomers.
July 2009 saw another successful (if rather wet) outdoor concert of film music with fireworks at Swakeleys House Grounds in Ickenham.
In October 2009 many orchestral members played for the Free Church Choir Union Festival of Praise which took place in Coventry Cathedral with 400+ voices accompanied by organ and orchestra, conducted by Peter Williams. This was followed by a Christmas Concert with Hillingdon Choral Society which was also a farewell concert for Hilary Holloway, HPO leader for nine years.
In the summer of 2011 the orchestra took part in a very successful Triple Anniversary Concert with HCS at Cadogan Hall in London, celebrating the Conductor, Peter Williams' 60th birthday, 30 years of HCS and 25 years of HPO.
In September 2011 a concert of violin music was held in memory of former orchestra member Marie-Jo Brown. The spring concert in 2012 was French and Russian music featuring Poulenc's Organ Concerto. This was followed in May by a very successful Diamond Jubilee Concert of British music.
The 2012-2013 season ended with a joint concert with Hillingdon Choral Society of Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and a Festival Overture written by the local composer and musician, the late Eric Hughes.
We started the 2013-2014 season with an evening of Beethoven. The spring concert gave the audience a chance to sponsor one of the orchestra members playing a movement from a concerto or well-known work.
The summer concert on 21st June 2014 was in a new venue for us, The Great Barn in Ruislip, and featured a lighter programme of popular classics including Meditation from Thais (Massenet), Vocalise (Rachmaninov), Chanson de Matin & Chanson de Nuit (Elgar), By The Sleepy Lagoon (Coates) an Abba Medley, incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream and a rousing rendition of the score from the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Further details of membership are available from the Secretary on 01628 778044 or via e-mail - HPOhonsec@aol.com
The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music, the National Federation of Music Societies.