MEET the Orchestra
Founded in 1999, Dorking Philharmonia is an ensemble of enthusiastic amateur musicians who perform a diverse repertoire of classical music. It is based in Dorking, a market town in the Surrey Hills, and is lead by Joshua von Bohlen and directed by Paul Newbold (see below). The orchestra maintains a friendly, welcoming atmosphere as well aiming for high standards of musical performance.
In the years since its inception the orchestra has performed the world premier of Jesse Durkan's work Concerquarto, taken part in an exchange with the Universiteitorkest Maastricht, run various workshops and most importantly put on regular, well attended concerts and showcased many talented soloists. It is also committed to providing educational opportunities via links with local schools.
Dorking Philharmonia is a member of Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies.
Paul studied music at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music, where he first took conducting lessons with Denise Ham. He has much experience as an orchestral player and has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St. John's Smith Square. He has worked with some eminent musicians including Yehudi Menuhin, Vernon Handley and Dame Janet Baker.
Joshua von Bohlen