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About Corinthian Chamber Orchestra

‘Professionals by day, high quality unpaid amateur musicians by night’

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Corinthian Chamber Orchestra is one of London's leading amateur orchestras. We play six concerts a year, mostly in St James's, Piccadilly, working mainly with conductor Michael Seal, as well as special guests. We are passionate about providing opportunities for emerging professional musicians and we regularly work with young conductors and soloists.

Our conductor


Michael Seal

Michael Seal has served as Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since 2011. Having spent many years as a violinist in the orchestra he brings special insight to working with the finest ensembles across the UK and internationally, including BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, Trondheim Symphony and WDR Funkhausorchester, as well as supporting the UK's rich youth and amateur music communities. His podcast Mic on the Podium podcast, for which he interviews the world's leading conductors, has had more than 60,000 downloads.

Our history

Corinthian Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1995 under the musical direction of the late Alan Hazeldine (1948–2008).
With its remit of supporting young conductors, recent conductors have included Leonard Elschenbroich, John Warner and Chris Hopkins. Soloists have included Nicola Benedetti, Peteris Sokolovskis, Alan Thomas, Richard Harwood, Amarins Wierdsma, Zoë Beyers, Martin Owen, Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay and Richard Birchall.



Corinthian Chamber Orchestra is an unincorporated association (comprising its members and governed by a board of trustees) and registered charity (number 1125478). The Orchestra’s concerts are produced by CCO Productions Limited (registered number 13775981), a company wholly owned by the Orchestra.

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