About us

Thames Philharmonia is based in Kingston and Raynes Park, South West London and has become well established in the local cultural calendar. The orchestra, under their Musical Director, Byung-Yun Yu presents concerts and events that are both accessible and exciting. The wide repertoire includes works from classical western genres and music from Asia.


The orchestra performs at least three concerts a year and hosts a one-day workshop in the summer.  In a new adventure for 2016, the summer workshop exploring Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro was developed into a fully staged performance at the Normansfield Theatre, Teddington in autumn 2016 and repeated in February 2017 to sell out audiences (see Opera page). This was followed by a two-day run of Don Giovanni in autumn 2017. Concert programmes regularly include a concerto or other work featuring professional soloists and often provide performance opportunities for those starting out on their careers. Thames Philharmonia collaborates with local choirs and schools in the presentation of choral works and has also been delighted to share the platform with professional artists from Korea playing on traditional instruments.


Rehearsals take place on five Sunday evenings 6-9 pm before a concert. For 2018 concert
and rehearsal dates please visit the Rehearsals page.


The orchestra is a Registered Charity (charity No. 1125845).  It is managed by a committee elected by its members and aims to provide entertainment and on occasion raise funds for a named charity through the presentation of concerts. The orchestra provides opportunities for people from the local community and others to engage to a high standard in the practice and performance of music from a multicultural repertoire.
The orchestra aims to keep operational costs to a minimum and membership fees and ticket prices are set at an inclusive level.


Thames Philharmonia is indebted to its sponsors and the many friends and supporters who give their time and skills towards helping the orchestra realise its ambitions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at  Thames Philharmonia

  • If you wish to join the orchestra as a player or to offer other skills that would assist in the management and activities of the orchestra.
  • If you are involved with an organisation that would be interested in collaborating with or hiring the orchestra.
  • If you are interested in sponsoring the orchestra in any way or wish to receive information about forthcoming concerts.


Chair: Alan Bell
Treasurer: Robert Beattie
Secretary: Anna Bell
Concert Manager: Richard Allan
Ctte member: Mike AdamsDSC_4495


Musical Director: Byung-Yun Yu
Artistic Director: Victoria Baek
Orchestra Leader: John Haworth