The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1884 as The Hamilton Orchestral Society and grew to become one of Canada’s major professional orchestras.
Today, the HPO is a leader in Hamilton’s robust arts community where it provides professional orchestral services and music education programs to address the needs of the community. The HPO continues to commission and premiere works and is one of the artistic jewels of the Hamilton/Burlington area. The combined musical talents of its artists continue to enrich the community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.
The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is committed to enriching and serving the cultural life of the region. In addition to our mainstage concert series at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place), new programming such as the annual What Next Festival of New Music and Concerts in the City bring the live orchestral experience to a broader range of people. As a key contributor to the development of a vibrant downtown, and a resource for the city in attracting and retaining the creative class, the HPO is an important part of the community.