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St Paul’s Sinfonia was formed in 2004 to perform concerts at the beautiful old Church of St Paul in Deptford. We spent our first 7 seasons there very happily, but in 2011 we spread our wings and moved to new venues. This season is our fifteenth, and we continue to go from strength to strength, always supported by you, our audience, whose never-ceasing enthusiasm is the reason why we enjoy performing so much!
The soloists that have performed with St Paul’s Sinfonia have always been a mix: up-and-coming virtuosi who are interested in working with us, and members of the orchestra who arestepping into the limelight. To open our 2018-19 season, we are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming the young superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason to our September concert to perform Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Rococo Variations; another winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, Jennifer Pike, visits in February 2019; and the superb harpsichordist Steven Devine (last seen with the Sinfonia directing our December Baroque concert) performs in March. From within the Sinfonia, two virtuoso violinists: Christian Halstead (playing Romances by Dvořák and Amy Beach) and the leader of the Sinfonia, James Widden (who performs the quirky and jazzy Violin Concerto by Kurt Weill). And in the final concert of the season, we welcome the wonderful young soprano Carleen Ebbs and pianist Elspeth Wilkes to perform Mozart’s sublime aria ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?’
There is no overt theme to our 2018-19 programming, though several strands run right through the season. The mature symphonies of Beethoven (including the wonderful ‘Pastoral’, which we have not performed for nearly ten years!); the Paris symphonies of Haydn (plus music by the man who commissioned them from Haydn: the virtuoso violinist, champion fencer and all-round Renaissance man, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges); we complete the Brahms cycle that we began in our 2017-18 season; plus plenty of unjustly-neglected music that lies slightly further from the centre of the established repertoire. We stay true to our roots as a Classical chamber orchestra in November, April and June; head back into the riches of the Baroque era in December; and in February we present probably the most unashamedly Romantic programme we’ve yet devised!
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!