About the Orchestra

Founded in 1999, Dorking Philharmonia is an ensemble of enthusiastic amateur musicians from around Surrey, London and Sussex who perform a diverse repertoire of classical music. The orchestra is lead by Alex Postlethwaite and directed by Paul Newbold, with its musical activity centred in Dorking, a market town in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In the years since its inception the orchestra has performed the world premier of Jesse Durkan's work Concerquarto for 4 Horns in 2003, taken part in a reciprocated exchange with the Universiteitorkest Maastricht (with Dorking Philharmonia performing in Maastricht in 2002 and the University Orchestra performing in Dorking in 2003) and put on regular, well attended concerts in the centre of Dorking, covering a wide range of repertoire and showcasing many talented soloists. 

Dorking Philharmonia is a fast growing orchestra, but it maintains the friendly atmosphere amongst its members that was the intention of the founder, Chris Hammond, as well as aiming for high standards of musical performance. We are very committed to providing educational opportunities via links with local schools, including having local schoolchildren perform in our concerts.

Dorking Philharmonia is a member of Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies.