Yes, that’s right – the waiting is over. A puff of white smoke has appeared above the Sinfonia headquarters (St Alfege Church in Greenwich), and the waiting onlookers cheer wildly. Our 2015-16 programme is here, and available to see on the website. We kick off on 25 September with two symphonies by Mozart, and a brand-new work by our Composer in Residence, Nicholas Korth. 7.30 at St Margaret’s Church, Lee – we hope to see you all there!
We are very sorry to have to announce that Elena Riu, who was scheduled to be performing Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Garden of Spain with the Sinfonia in February, has had to withdraw as she has an injured wrist.
We are very hopeful that we will be able to reschedule Elena’s performance with us in our 2015-16 season – but in the meantime, we will be performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 instead. This might seem like a slightly unrelated replacement, but it has a close link to our other work in the first half of the concert, Colin Matthews’s Grand Barcarolle. We very much hope you can join us for an excellent concert – it’s going to be a particularly good one!
The Sinfonia’s 2013 collaboration with New Sussex Opera proved a delight for all – players, singers and audiences alike. Chabrier’s L’Etoile (Lucky Star in Jeremy Sams’s superb translation) is a frothy, effervescent cocktail with more than a soupçon of Offenbach or, for UK audiences, a hint of Gilbert and Sullivan. It proved a hit for Rupert Christiansen in the Daily Telegraph as well, who wrote in his review that ‘St Paul’s Sinfonia played with terrific verve under Nicholas Jenkins’ – which was very nice to read! You can see the whole review by clicking here…
We’ve been very lucky in the last couple of months to have had very favourable press attention from the music review website Seen and Heard. Comments include:
- ‘Full marks for this important and timely revival of a major British composer whose time is too slow in coming, and for a superb performance’
- ‘Morley’s performance of Mozart’s last Symphony was fabulous’
- ‘Marvellous stuff and a truly memorable evening.’