South West Philharmonia and Chorus has been bringing live music to Cornwall & Devon since 2015, from our spectacular sell-out Last Night of The Proms to our Christmas in the City festive favourites.
- Sat, 17 DecSt Andrew's Church, Plymouth
Founder & Director
Since entering the music world in 2012, Marcus Alleyne has taken community music making to new heights, capturing the hearts, minds and ears of musicians and audiences from around the world.
Here at SWPC we strongly feel that making music is one of the most important activities you can do, either as an individual or as part of a group and should be made available and accessible to all. We are always welcoming new members to join our musical family and are currently welcoming members to join the choir or the orchestra.
SWPC was founded in the Autumn of 2015, when Marcus was invited to bring musicians and singers together to raise funds for a listed building restoration project. The ensemble, then know as the Palace Theatre Philharmonia, hosted their first performance in October of 2015 followed by a Christmas programme in the December of that same year. At the end of the process both the choir and orchestra, which by then had reached a membership of 150 musicians, decided to remain as an ensemble, under the direction of Marcus. In 2016 we became the South West Philharmonia and Chorus, that we know and love today.
Over the past 7 years both the choir and orchestra have delivered a number of premier performances and in 2018 the chorus flew to New York, to perform the American premier 'The Great War Symphony' by composer Patrick Hawes. We enjoy local events and activities and have performed locally with The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines and other notable artists.
We always aim to provide 3 major performances each season, with the Last Night of The Proms Plymouth being an absolute highlight for members and audiences alike.
SWPC is incredibly proud of the inclusive, welcoming and safe environment we have created and prides itself on musical excellence. Marcus now enjoys delivering high standards of community music making and long may it continue.