Cleveland Philharmonic Choir

The Mowbray Orchestra

The Mowbray ‘Ensemble’ was established in 1991 as a flexible group specialising in the performance of rarely heard chamber works, written for unusual combinations of instruments.  It rapidly became the professional wing of Ripon’s nationally renowned St Cecilia Orchestra.  The StCO began life as a group of local players whose task was to accompany Ripon’s Cathedral Choir at their annual St Cecilia’s Day Concert.  It has since grown into one of the most prestigious orchestras in the north, a community orchestra par excellence, drawing on professional and amateur musicians, teachers, students and talented schoolchildren to make music of supreme quality.

Because of the high acclaim that performances from both the Mowbray Ensemble and the St Cecilia Orchestra received over the years and in response to many requests from choral societies throughout the region, a professional offshoot of the two groups evolved – the Mowbray Orchestra.  The orchestra is now in great demand, accompanying choirs and choral societies as far afield as Carlisle, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Ulverston.  They also provided the orchestra for Opus 1 Opera Productions, touring throughout the UK and in Ireland.

For further information and bookings, please contact the administrator, Jane Lomax, by telephone (01765 601074 / 07974 698264) or email:

“… the fabulous Mowbray Orchestra.”

“ The Mowbray’s ability to be the perfect accompaniment cushion, never protruding but delicately balanced, is to be commended.”

 “The Mowbray Orchestra caught the changes of mood beautifully, leading to moments of real intensity and great power.”

See Mowbray Orchestra Website

JS Bach: Mass in B Minor

Stockton Parish Church. 17th March 2018, 7:30pm

See Concerts page for details of this and our other planned concerts.

Our new Junior Choir!

For full information, see Junior Choir page

Joining the Choir

Cleveland Philharmonic Choir always welcomes new members. If you would enjoy singing with us, why not come along to a rehearsal?  More information

Friends of the Choir

Why not become a Friend of the Choir and get benefits such as discounts on concert tickets and advance notice of concerts.  More Information.

Announcements for Choir Members

Happy 2018 to all our choir members - past, present and future! We are looking forward to an exciting year, with two of the greatest choral works in our sights - Bach's B Minor Mass and Britten's War Requiem.

There are some lovely new photos of the Junior Choir - take a look at their Recent Events on the CPJC tab

See Music page for required mark-ups to the New and Old Novello editions of the Bach, and mark up your copy accordingly.

See Denis Rigg's website where you can buy prints from his excellent portfolio of photographs - all profits go to our War Requiem fund.

See DATES section farther down page

You might be interested in an orchestral concert in Darlington - see details below:


Tue 9 Jan
- First rehearsal, Spring term
Tue 13 Feb - No rehearsal
Sat 3 Mar - Choral Day, Mass in B minor
Sat 17 Mar - Mass in B minor, Stockton PC
Tues 3 and 10 Apr - No rehearsal
Tues 17 Apr - First Rehearsal, Summer term
Sat 21 Apr - Study session on WR, Newcastle.
Sat 19 May - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs, Durham)
Tue 29 May - No rehearsal
Fri 22 Jun
- An Evening of French Music, St Mary’s

Rest of July and August - No rehearsal

Tue 4 Sep - First rehearsal, Autumn term
Sat 29 Sep - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs, Newcastle)
Tue 23 Oct - No rehearsal - half term
Sat 3 Nov - Choral Day (WR, combined choirs Stockton BT)
Fri 9 Nov - 7-10 Rehearsal for choirs and orchestra (M’Bro TH)
Sat 10 Nov - Sage, War Requiem
Sun 16 Dec (tbc) - 3pm St Barnabas, Carol Concert

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