About the Orchestra

About the Orchestra

The Orchestra is conducted by David Curtis.


The Orchestra gives about six concerts each year. In recent times we have performed in the Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room and All Saints Church in Cheltenham and in Winchcombe Parish Church, Leonard Stanley Priory, the Chapel of Wycliffe College (Stonehouse), Pershore Abbey, Tewkesbury Abbey and Colston Hall, Bristol.

The Orchestra regularly performs with young musicians. We perform concertos with the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year.

Since 2000 the Orchestra has given concerts in support of no fewer than ten local charities, helping raise many thousands of pounds.


The repertoire is varied. Since 2005 the Orchestra has performed works by, among others, Beethoven, Elgar, Holst, Mahler, Messiaen, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, as well as by living composers, including members of the orchestra.


Rehearsal venue and schedule

Support to the Orchestra

The Orchestra is supported by the Patrons of Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra and by Cheltenham Arts Council, and is a member of Making Music.

You can support the Orchestra by becoming a Patron.


The Orchestra is managed by a Committee of Honorary Officers and up to three other orchestral members. The Conductor and Leaders are ex-officio members. The Committee is appointed each year at the Annual General Meeting (generally in March) and meets about every two months. To contact any of the office-bearers or enquire about vacancies, see Contacts

Next concert

23 March
Ladies' College
Adams, Bartók, Rachmaninov

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