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About us

Lisburn Community Orchestra was formed in 2019 by Stephen McLoughlin, with an open invite to any and all musicians from the surrounding area to come and make music. Just fourteen weeks later the orchestra had its debut performance, with a Christmas concert comprising music from the film 'Home Alone'. Featuring guest solos fom talented local singers including Clara Wilson and The Leading Ladies, as well as a children's choir from Harmony Hill Primary School, two sold-out shows where staged; generously hosted by Lisburn Cathedral and introduced by Mayor Alan Givan.


Since then LCO is on its way to becoming a registered nonprofit charitable organisation, donating proceeds to charity, and continues to grow from strength to strength. The fundamental philosophy behind the orchestra is inclusivity, all musicians are welcome to play regardless of age, background, whether professional or amateur.  The primary focus is to build community through the power of live music. We host weekly rehearsals, social gatherings and arrange special events throughout the year for our members to enjoy.

The orchestra covers a broad range of genres, incorporating more traditional classical works to contempory film scores and even dance music! There really is something for everyone in our repetoire. Performances can be scaled to suit requirements, from a string quartet or concert band to the full orchestra and anything in between. If you would like the orchestra to play at your event, we would be delighted to hear from you.

We pride ourselves on being a non-profit organisation and are run by a dedicated committee who volunteer their time to help with the running of the orchestra.

“A wonderful addition to Lisburn, can't wait to see where it goes.” 

our Team:
Stephen McLoughlin

Musical Director

Hayley Howe

Orchestral Leader

Kelly Shephard


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Ian Stewart


Rachel McCullough


Lauren McKnight


Valerie Wallace


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