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Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Caleb Kernaghan

Managed by Ella Kronqvist 


Symphonia Symphony Orchestra is a semi-auditioned, student-run orchestra that plays a vast variety of repertoire. In the last few years, this included Coleridge-Taylor's Ballade in A minor, Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 and Beethoven's Symphony No.5.

The orchestra is a tight-knit family of musicians and we encourage everyone to attend our regular fun socials, including post-rehearsal wind downs.

We rehearse for 2 hours each week (Thursdays 7-9pm, Carpenter Rooms, Bristol SU) and perform at least three concerts per year.

Our esteemed annual concerto and composition competitions also offer special opportunities for individual musicians to showcase their talent. If you would like to be a part of a student-led orchestra, make new friends, and play exciting music, this orchestra is for you.

Previous conductors:

Dominic Lipari (June 2022- June 2023)

Caleb Kernaghan (Oct 2021- June 2022)

Enyi Okpara (Jan 2018- Oct 2021

Emily Singh (Sept 2016- Jan 2018)

Richmond Osmond (Sept 1998- June 2016)

Jonathan Palmer (1998)


Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by Felicity Lewis

Managed by Peta Wall 


The Symphonia Philharmonic Orchestra is the University of Bristol’s only completely unauditioned full-sized orchestra. We welcome everyone, no matter their instrumental proficiency, to perform a wide range of orchestral favourites as part of a quality orchestra, without the pressure of auditions and intensive practice schedules.

In recent years we have played Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, Hans Zimmer’s music from the Gladiator soundtrack and selections from the Lion King, Wicked and A Nightmare Before Christmas. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings and perform at least three concerts a year. Our 2021 Christmas concert on the theme "Love and Heartbreak" was an incredibly successful collaboration with Bristol University Operatic Society, offering our players the chance to try out some new, interesting repertoire and perform alongside vocal soloists.

For a relaxed opportunity to play music and make friends, we'd love to see you at Symphonia's Philharmonic Orchestra!

Symphonia Philharmonic currently rehearses for two hours a week at the Bristol SU (Tuedays 5-7pm, Anson Rooms, Bristol SU). No audition necessary, just come along!

Previous Conductors

David Simkins (June 2022- June 2023)

Heidi Hooper (Oct 2021- June 2022)

Boko Zhelev (Sept 2019- Oct 2021)


Interested in joining?

Fill out our interest form so we can keep you updated with information on auditions (if required), rehearsals and socials! We always have space no matter your instrument or ability so what are you waiting for?

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