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HPO: A Shared History

The HPO has deep roots in Hamilton. These are the stories of the people and institutions that have played an important role in our history.

HPO: A Shared History

The HPO has deep roots in Hamilton. For over a century we have brought world-class orchestral music to the Steel City with a mission of artistic excellence and music education. With help from some key individua...

Marlies and Alan Clark

For their first date in the early 1970s, Alan Clark took his future wife Marlies to a performance by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. in the following decades, the couple would become some of the HPO’s most...

A Brief History of the HPO Women’s Committee

The HPO Women’s Committee served as the fundraising, outreach and promotional backbone of the orchestra for decades. Most, if not all, arts organizations relied heavily on women’s auxiliaries in the 20th centur...

Gordon Bullock and the Orchestra that Almost Wasn’t

After many years of artistic and organizational growth through the 60s, 70s and 80s, the 1990s proved to be a challenging decade for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. The organization was forced to shut down...

Glenn Mallory and the HPYO

The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra exists today because of the work and dedication of its founder Glenn Mallory. A Lifelong Hamiltonian, Mallory got the idea to start a youth orchestra while teaching mus...

Larry and Marnie Paikin

Larry and Marnie Paikin have been avid supporters of the Canadian Brass throughout the ensemble’s career. The Paikins have also been instrumental in establishing the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra as one of Ca...

A Brief History of Canadian Brass and the HPO

In their 50-year history, Canadian Brass has set the standard for brass groups. In 1977 they were the first Western ensemble invited to tour China after the death of Mao and end to the Cultural Revolution. In 1...

#TBT 1977 Family Concert Featuring Canadian Brass

Did you know we post a #TBT from our HPO archives every week on Facebook and Twitter? This week we're going back to 1977 when the Canadian Mime Theatre and Canadian Brass joined the HPO on stage for a family co...

Betty Webster: HPO’s First Executive Director

Photo courtesy of The Hamilton Spectator, 1972 Many of our patrons and musicians cite in-school orchestra performances as what first sparked their interest in music. If you’ve ever enjoyed an HPO educationa...

A Brief History of our Concert Hall

The HPO’s home Concert Hall has been through a few name changes. It was inaugurated as Hamilton Place, then in 1998 it became the Ronald V. Joyce Centre for the Performing Arts at Hamilton Place after a donatio...
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