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. Our main home is the wonderful Church of St Alfege in Greenwich, which we love playing in for its warm atmosphere and excellent acoustics. This season is our eighteenth, and we continue to go from strength to strength, always supported by you, our audience, whose never-ceasing support is the reason why we enjoy performing so much!
Our 2019-20 and 2020-2 1 seasons had to be curtailed and amended for obvious reasons, but like many arts organisations we were still badly affected by Covid even in our 202 1-22 season. We are keeping all our fingers crossed that our 2022-23 season will be trouble-free! We have a superb line-up of soloists and concertos for you, including our opening concert with oboist James Turbull; Florence Prices wonderf Piano Concerto with Jeneba Kanneh-Mason; Berg’s lush Seven Early Songs with the stunning soprano Justine Viani; and to bring the season to a close, we are so pleased to be welcoming back violinist Joo Yeon Sir in Britten’s Violin Concerto. We also bring soloists into the spotlight from within the orchestra, including performances by John Haworth, Ian Judson and Will Rudge. We also welcome back harpsichordist Julian Perkins to direct the Christmas concert – always a highlight of our season!
Our repertoire, as always, spans the familiar and the fascinating, the ancient and the new. The entire season opens with a new arrangement of Thomas Tallis’s masterpiece, the 4o-part motet Spem in Alium, paying homage to one of the supreme masters of English church music who is buried in the St Alfege churchyard. We have brand-new music from Robert Saxton and Caroline Shaw, and we have symphonies from Haydn, Sibelius and Brahms. It promises to be our best season yet!