Our History 

"Join us in 2019 and help us celebrate
our 30th season"

The Colne Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in 1989 through the enterprise of Dr. Paul Bristol, then a local GP in Halstead.


As a musician himself, he felt the need for an orchestra in the North Essex area which provided good, amateur players with the opportunity of performing music together under the direction of a professional conductor.  At the same time it enabled audiences in North Essex, whether seasoned concert goers or novices, to hear good quality classical music, without having to travel to major centres.


During 2019 we will be celebrating our 30th season!Over the years, the orchestra has built a reputation for quality performances, with a varied and challenging repertoire. Recently, Paul retired from the orchestra as a player to be with his family in South Wales but is now our Honorary President.

Registered Charity Number 1045710                                                                                                                                                  Dr. Paul Bristol - President & Founder 


2018 Colne Phillharmonic Orchestra