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 are up and running! Our programme for the 2013-14 season is announced, with all sorts of excitement and (as you can see above) some truly stellar soloists! We have symphonies from Mozart and Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak; we have concertos from Beethoven and Shostakovich, Martinu and Malcolm Arnold; and we’re thrilled to be introducing our audiences to new music from Tim Jackson and Mark Bowden. Our first concert is on Friday 20 September, in St Stephen’s Church, Lewisham – we very much hope to be seeing you all there and then! Click here to see details of the full season’s programme.
We are hugely pleased to announce that St Paul’s Sinfonia has become the Associate Orchestra with the Gipsy Hill Federation of schools. The Sinfonia will be working in partnership with all the schools in the future to further increase the students’ access to high quality music education and professional live performances. Not only will members of the orchestra be working with children on projects in school, but the whole school communities will have the opportunity to attend our performances at discounted ticket prices. There are already plans for a Summer Concert which will feature a collaborative performance including some of the GHF children at a venue close to Gipsy Hill. Watch this space for further details!
We’re very sorry to have to announce that Chris Hopkins, originally scheduled to perform Mozart’s piano concerto no. 21 with us in our February concert, has had to pull out. However, we are delighted to be able to welcome Christopher Guild instead, who will perform a similar Classical classic – the effervescent and witty concerto in D by Haydn. You can see Christopher’s own website here.
We’ve been mentioned in Rupert Christiansen’s round-up of the best opera of 2012! He says: “This year I was particularly delighted to hear for the first time the original four-act version of Puccini’s luscious Edgar, performed with total commitment by New Sussex Opera.” You can read the whole article here. Here’s to a continuing collaboration into 2013 and beyond!
We’ve had a very nice review from Rupert Christiansen for our performance of Puccini’s Edgar at Lewes Town Hall. ‘Sumptuous music … that glows with enthusiasm, lovingly conducted by Nick Jenkins…. Utter bliss, of a slightly dirty kind’. Read the full review here: http://ow.ly/eTaOi …
We’ve had a great review of our performance of Otello on Friday night from David Gillard, ex-opera critic of the Daily Mail: ‘The driving dramatic pulse was superbly provided by always gripping and stirring playing from the St. Paul’s Sinfonia…. A splendid occasion.’ Read the full review here: http://www.sceneone.biz/content/otello …