About Blackpool Symphony Orchestra


Blackpool Symphony Orchestra was founded by Percy Dayman in 1921 and is celebrating its centenary in 2021.


Under the leadership of our Music Director, Helen Harrison, the orchestra continues to grow in stature, extending its repertoire and developing performance standards.


Our leader, Helen Andrews, is a well known local violinist and has played with the orchestra for over 30 years.  


Our Composer in Residence, Edward Rugman, was appointed in 2013.

Our committee is keen to work with local schools, arts organisations and run educational outreach projects.

Music Director


Helen Harrison



Helen Andrews

Composer in Residence


Edward Rugman

Soloists and Guests


January 2020: Alexandra Stemp and Esther Harriot joined us for our 2020 String Day and delivered some string coaching.


June 2019: Tim Jackson, principal horn with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, returned to BSO to give a Masterclass for the wind and horn players.



Thursdays 7:15pm-9:30pm


Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School

Common Edge Road,

Blackpool, FY4 5DF

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from The Violin Shop and Glasdon

Blackpool Symphony Orchestra is registered (No. EW21433) as a charity for tax purposes under Schedule 6, finance Act, 2010