Southport teenager sets up new Northern orchestra

Debut concert scheduled for August

A talented young musician, composer and conductor who left St Mary’s College in Crosby last summer has founded a new regional orchestra.

Joshua Quinlan, 18, from Southport has established the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra who will play their debut concert in his home town this summer. The event will take place at Holy Trinity Church on Hoghton Street at 7pm on Saturday 17 August. The programme for the concert – to be conducted by Quinlan – includes Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto featuring soloist Xander Croft, Beethoven’s Symphony No1 and Romanian Folk Dances by Bartok.

The new orchestra mainly comprises top conservatoire students and professional musicians, though it also contains a number of players from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the Halle Youth Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and junior conservatoire students.

Quinlan, who is also a talented clarinettist, said: ‘The new ensemble features some very exciting young musical talents and it’ll be an honour to conduct them at our debut concert in the summer. However, at the same time the aim is that the new orchestra should be a wonderful showcase for these young performers and bring their skills to the attention of a much wider audience. We like to describe ourselves as a “young professional orchestra” which combines performances of an extremely high standard with immense amounts of passion.’

Quinlan, who is studying for a degree in music at the University of York, conducted his own piece at the Royal Albert Hall last year as part of the Music for Youth proms concerts. He led members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company in a performance of his composition, Songs of Stone.

Tickets for the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra’s debut concert (£10 each) are available via their website: They can also be booked vie email at or by phone (0203 627 6295).