About us


The HPO was founded in 1981 as Harrogate Pro Musica and is a chamber orchestra of about 32 regular players. We specialise in baroque and classical repertoire mainly, together with more modern works for smaller orchestras. From the Concerts link you can see our future programmes, and the Reviews link shows opinions of our past performances.

Its players, many of whom are professional and trained musicians, are drawn from a wide area, attracted by its diverse and challenging repertoire. The orchestra encourages young musicians from the local area both as regular players and as concerto soloists.

Through its long history the orchestra has been under the baton of many highly reputed regular and guest conductors including John Forsyth, Nick Meredith, Eno Koço, Phil Wilby, John Anderson, George Kennaway and the composer Arthur Butterworth.

The Harrogate Philharmonic is registered charity no.701239

Jeremy Carnall (conductor)

Jeremy Carnall is music director of Dorset Opera Festival and guest conductor with Opera Leipzig and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. He was born in Norwich and studied cello at the Royal Northern College of music gaining the Diane Bolton prize and Conducting at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. Since 2003 he has held positions throughout Europe first as assistant conductor with the National touring opera company of Holland and then as resident conductor with the Theater in St Gallen, Switzerland. Over a 5 year period he conducted concerts, ballet and opera performances. In 2013 he was appointed resident conductor with Opera Leipzig and conducted the world famous Gewandhaus orchestra on a weekly basis in opera and ballet performances. His success led to his creation and arrangement of music for a new ballet called Othello which received high critical acclaim. Since 2007 he has been music director of the Dorset Opera Festival. This annual two week summer school provides singers with the opportunity to perform two full opera productions and take part in masterclasses and workshops with international opera stars. As a guest conductor he has appeared with Scottish Opera, The Netherlands Philharmonic, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Anhalt Philharmonic in Dessau. Jeremy has recently returned to the UK and is working as an educator, lecturer, cellist and conductor. He had recently formed a weekly youth chamber orchestra for talented musicians in North Yorkshire and an adult string group which he leads from the cello. In his spare time Jeremy is a passionate angler and still loves to follow Norwich City football club.

Nadiia Ivkovs(leader)


Nadiia studied the violin at the Kharkiv National University of Music and Arts in Ukraine and then joined the orchestra of the Kharkiv National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and taught at the P. Tchaikovsky Children's Art School N2. Since moving to the UK she has played with the Northern Ballet Sinfonia and other local orchestras.




HPO at Locomotion


The orchestra and friends at Shildon Railway museum rehearsing for a concert of river and railway music 2019. This was the culmination of "Where the Music takes us" - an Arts Council supported project for primary schools in Yorkshire. We were conducted by Monica Buckland for this event.

You can watch an except from a 2022 rehearsal featuring George Kennaway (cello) playing Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variationsfilmed by the Stray Ferret at "https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=705585247104064&t=75" (cut and paste link to Facebook)