City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra

Since its first concert in 1990 under the baton of Antony Hopkins CBE, CPSO has been an active community orchestra with an enviable reputation for exciting programming and bringing the greatest orchestral music and some wonderful concerto soloists to Peterborough and its surroundings.

With over 22 years of impressive music making, led by a range of notable conductors such as Antony Hopkins, Russell Keable and more recently Paul Hilliam, we have promoted concerts at great venues such as Peterborough Cathedral, the Broadway Theatre and latterly at the impressive Voyager Academy Concert Hall.  Now under the baton of the wonderful Steve Bingham, CPSO is moving into a new era of music making.

Steve Bingham – Conductor

The CPSO aims to raise the profile of classical music in the area, and promotes most of the orchestral concerts heard locally.  Past exploits include inspiring performances of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with full chorus at Peterborough Cathedral under the baton of Russell Keable, and the uplifting “Spring is in the Air” concert under Paul Hilliam featuring “The Lark Ascending” played by Amy Littlewood.  A mention in the Guardian newspaper said that it “took your breath away”.

As part of our aim of offering attractive ambitious quality programmes to audiences in Peterborough and nearby, the CPSO regularly invites internationally known soloist to play with the orchestra; Tasmin Little (violin), Joy Farrall (clarinet), Alexander Baillie (cello), James Kirby (piano) and Mark Ashworth (guitar) are among this illustrious cohort.  In addition we have performed with outstanding local soloists such as Marian Porter (Soprano) and Katy Smith (Violinist).


Members of the orchestra are mostly from Peterborough and nearby and the orchestra is always pleased to welcome players of a good standard when positions become available; if you are interested in the possibility of joining, please contact Steve Osborn: tel 01733 265829 or email

For more information visit the CPSO website: