Click here to see full details of our season’s programmes… ————————————————————————————————- Who would have thought, back in the misty pasts of December 2004, that we’d still be performing concerts – and moreover, that we’d be going from strength to strength? The Sinfonia has notched up nearly 100 concerts in that time (not counting outside collaborations): we think that our final concert of this season will be no. 98!
In a moment we’ll introduce the 2014-15 programme to you, but first, we must draw your attention to our 10th birthday Gala Concert, which is taking place on Thursday 16 April 2015, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. It is a true celebration of the Sinfonia’s work – and remains ‘music south of the river’! We start with a birthday piece: Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, written in 1870 for his wife Cosima. We also perform symphonies by Stravinsky and Mozart, both inspired by the city of Paris. But the highlight will undoubtedly be Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, performed by the brilliant young British cellist (and former BBC Young Musician of the Year) Guy Johnston. It’s sure to be a highlight of this (or any other) season!
For the rest of the season, we are, as always, performing concert programmes that are designed to delight and intrigue; to attract you with pieces that you know and love, and to keep you coming back with pieces that you probably don’t know – but should! This season has two main themes. We mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, and celebrate the virtuosity of our wind principals with performances of some of his fantastic concertos, including our wind principals Helen Pierce and Andy Watson in our opening concert with the Duett-Concertino; plus Timothy Jackson in the Horn Concerto No. 2, and Alex Birchall in the Oboe Concerto, in subsequent months.
We also bring you programmes with a distinctly Russian flavour, marking the 150th anniversary of Glazunov’s birth and the centenary of Scriabin’s death; we perform Sibelius’s Symphonies 1 & 4; some new British music from Colin Matthews, Michael Berkeley and Thea Musgrave; and plenty more that will all provide you with the best concerts you’ve ever experienced!
Tickets for all our concerts are available on the door from 7.00 p.m. on the day of the concert – we hope to see you there in September for the opening concert of our season!