The Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra (LMPO) is dedicated to the development of orchestral music in the region, giving professional opportunities to regional musicians. It was formed in 2006 as a subsidiary of The Lake Macquarie Music Society. Conductors have included John Kellaway and Wilfred Lehmann, and since 2017, the Musical Director is Chris Bearman, OAM.
The orchestra has presented many concerts over the last decade featuring romantic symphonies by Dvorak, Brahms and Tchaikovsky as well as favourites by Rossini, Mozart and Wagner. Other concerts have showcased emerging soloists, in works such as Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto. The orchestra has also accompanied Opera Hunter in productions including Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Yeoman of the Guard, as well as in musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and the Sound of Music.
LMPO has been continuously supported by Lake Macquarie City Council, and in recent years, sponsorship from business has also sustained performances by the orchestra. LMPO is looking forward to expanding its funding base in order to continue contributing to cultural and educational opportunities in the community.