Founded in 1997 by Norman Nelson, this semi-professional orchestra of up to 70 musicians performed its first symphony concert in June 1998. With the subsequent introduction of the Sooke Chamber Players and the Sooke Philharmonic Chorus, the concert season has expanded. For the 2015-2016 season, we offer 4 programs (8 concerts), special events, and the ever-popular "Fling", an open air pops concert performed each summer. In addition, small ensembles perform regularly at community events and fund raisers.
As part of our commitment to support and encourage young musicians, the Sooke Philharmonic Society sponsors our annual Young Musicians Concerto Competition.
Each year, the week-long Chamber Music Workshop attracts musicians from Canada, the U.S. and Britain.
Since its inception, through the efforts of our Maestro and the support of many dedicated volunteers, the Sooke Philharmonic has grown to become the major musical presence it is today.