St Paul’s Sinfonia was formed in 2004 to perform concerts at the beautiful St Paul’s Church 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 sixteenth, and we continue to go from strength to strength, always supported by you, our audience, whose never-ceasing enthusiasm and support is the reason why we enjoy performing so much!
We are thrilled to be able to bring you news of a few highlights of the 2019-20 season. There are two themes running through the season like a river – and this is the most appropriate simile, because one of themes is rivers, which flow through the season, with music depicting the Thames by Elizabeth Maconchy, the Rhine byTelemann (his ‘Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth’ in our Baroque concert in December), and the Vltava (famously depicted by Smetana in his orchestral tone poem cycle Má vlast). The other theme is concertos for the oboe: and the two themes come together in our premiere performance of Robert
Saxton’s new work, the ‘Thames Journey’ concerto, written for the amazing virtuoso James Turnbull, who joins us in our May concert. We also welcome Nicola Hands in October, to play the lovely concerto by Martinů; and in our Baroque concert in December, we showcase our very own principals, with a concerto for oboe d’amore by J. S. Bach (performed by Alex Birchall), and a concerto grosso by Zelenka with both Alex Birchall and Jenni Britton on oboes.
Our season opens with an incredible programme, including the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Joo Yeon Sir (who gave a stunning performance of the Sibelius violin concerto with us last season) and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5, and we perform Heroic Strokes of the Bow, an excellent work by the Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir. Weir’s music features throughout the season, as does that of C. P. E. Bach, and (of course) the symphonies of Beethoven – not just because we love it always and for ever, but also to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth in 1770. Weir’s ‘heroic’ opening of the first concert is mirrored by Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony at the very end, in June 2020.