Become a member

We are currently in particular need of upper string players and brass. However, feel free to contact us and we can add you to our waiting list even if there isn't a current vacancy.

There are no auditions or trial periods and there is no minimum ability level required for entry, though orchestral experience is desirable. 

The orchestra also will call on specialist instrument players (eg bass clarinet, harp, rare percussion etc) when necessary for a specific concert. If you play a specialist instruments, please contact us to be considered for our guest player list.

To enquire about becoming a member of the orchestra please email us at - or use the contact form located under "Contact Us"


The Portsmouth Philharmonic in rehearsal


There is a subscription fee of £35 payable at the start of each term, with a concessional rate for students of £15 per term. We like to welcome everybody regardless of financial situation. If you are unable to afford the subscription fees please don't hesitate to come along anyway. 

New members are invited to come along for up to three rehearsals free of charge. The subscription fee for the relevant term will then be calculated on a pro rata basis. 

The orchestra is run on a non-profit basis and all subscription fees go toward the costs of running the orchestra, such as rehearsal room hire, music hire and conductor's fees.


We rehearse regularly during term time on Sunday evenings from 7pm - 9pm.  

Below is a summary of the term dates for 2023-24 and 2024-25

Summer Term 2024

Sunday April 14 - Sunday July 7
(no rehearsal Sunday May 26 - half term)

Concert Saturday 22 June 5pm

Autumn Term 2024

Sunday September 15 - Sunday December 1
(no rehearsal Sunday October 27 - half term)

Concert Sunday 1 December 3pm

Spring Term 2025

Sunday January 12 - Sunday April 6
(no rehearsal Sunday February 16 - half term)

Concert Sunday 30 March 3pm (tbc)

Summer Term 2025

Sunday April 27 - Sunday July 13
(no rehearsal Sunday May 25 - half term)

Concert Saturday 5 or Sunday 6 July (tbc)

The orchestra rehearses at:

Church of the Resurrection Hall   
2 Brecon Avenue   
PO6 2AP   

There is on street parking space available. See map for directions.