Updated Wednesday April 13, 2011 14:08











Since 1993 the choir’s choice of repertoire has required orchestral accompaniment more often than not, and so Patrick McCarthy formed the Colchester Bach Orchestra to play for the choir’s concerts. In the early years sometimes period instruments were used. Patrick’s conducting activities have expanded over the years to take in other choirs who have been pleased to use his band. As well as Colchester’s churches, Moot Hall and Charter Hall, the orchestra has played in Braintree, Coggeshall, Clare, Dovercourt, Maldon, Cressing Temple Barn, Snape Maltings Concert Hall and for the Harwich Festival.

In 2000 the orchestra recorded for CD Sullivan’s Golden Legend and Festival Te Deum and a programme of music by Bach.

In 2000 when faced with several concerts including Brahms, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Orff and Verdi musical director Patrick McCarthy decided to rename the band the “Colchester Philharmonic” when playing music written after 1800.

The orchestras consist of many of the best professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians in East Anglia.

Any enquiries should be directed to Patrick McCarthy on (01206) 546202.