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Worthing Symphony Society is the organisation that supports
Worthing Symphony Orchestra.
Since 1926, the highly acclaimed Worthing Symphony Orchestra (WSO) – the professional orchestra of West Sussex – has been an invaluable asset to the local community. The Orchestra produces an annual season of eight concerts in the Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road with its exceptional acoustics.
Box office income falls well short of covering the total cost of running a professional orchestra with its associated expenditure on such items as advertising, insurance, players, music hire and soloist fees. Formerly a Municipal Orchestra, WSO is now a registered charity in its own right with greatly reduced public funding. It therefore relies on the support of benefactors and the fundraising efforts of Worthing Symphony Society (WSS). As Music Director John Gibbons says 'running a professional orchestra is an expensive business'.
Worthing Symphony Society (WSS) exists to support WSO and provide a focus for like-minded classical music lovers in the area. Through donations and memberships, WSS helps fund concerts throughout the season and provides its members with an array of benefits, including reduced ticket rates, priority booking, earliest choices of seat, newsletters, opportunities to attend rehearsals and meet the orchestra, social events and, of course, opportunities to meet like-minded music lovers.
Your support will help bring some of the best classical music to West Sussex, offer outstanding young musicians a concert opportunity, as well as helping to ensure Worthing remains a vibrant cultural town. In 2026 WSO will celebrate its centenary and WSS is committed to ensuring it reaches this landmark birthday!
There are several ways in which you can help to secure the future of the Orchestra - you can become a Member or a Patron of the Society, join the ‘Conductor’s Circle’, sponsor an orchestra chair or even an entire concert, for example to celebrate a special occasion.
To find out more, please contact us:
or write to:
Worthing Symphony Society
Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing,
West Sussex BN11 1HA
A basic annual membership starts at £15 although we hope supporters will consider adding a donation.
A membership application form can be downloaded here or you can pick up a copy from the WSS desk in the foyer at concerts.
President: Nicola Benedetti
Chairman: Eddie Hurcombe
Vice Chair: Janet Goldsbrough-Jones
Treasurer and Acting Secretary: Barrie Blackburn
Membership: Christine Constable
Registered Charity No. 286177
As a registered charity, the society can claim Gift Aid on all donations from supporters who are UK tax payers.