About the SSO

One of the glories of English music is the establishment of fine amateur symphony orchestras which give regular concerts in the communities from which they draw their players. 


Salisbury Symphony Orchestra is a prime example. Formed as the Salisbury Orchestral Society in 1917 under the presidency of Sir Edward Elgar and the baton of the organist of Salisbury Cathedral, Sir Walter Alcock, the orchestra is now approaching its centenary. 


We usually give three concerts each year: two in Salisbury City Hall (November and March/April) and a summer concert in the Cathedral, accompanying our sister choral organisation, the Salisbury Musical Society. We are particularly fortunate in accompanying some of the finest soloists in the country.


Our core repertoire consists of major works for full symphony orchestra from the Romantic era and the 20th Century, although earlier works are often included in concert programmes. We are continually aspiring to the highest level of musical performance, led by our dynamic conductor, David Halls, the Cathedral’s Director of Music.

Membership of the orchestra is drawn from a wide variety of musicans, most of whom live within a 30 mile radius of Salisbury. Rehearsals are held on Friday evenings in the South Wilts Grammar School.

The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music, which represents and supports amateur vocal and instrumental music throughout the UK.