Education work lies at the very heart of the Sinfonia’s activities. Many of our regular members are teachers in every educational sphere: in classrooms, as peripatetic teachers, at the Junior Departments of the London music colleges, and privately.
We in the Sinfonia regard education work as absolutely central to our existence. There was a truly alarming statistic quoted recently regarding New York’s Metropolitan Opera, to the effect that the average audience member was 65 years old – and the average was going up by a year, every year. What we in the Sinfonia would like is to appeal to all ages equally, but especially to the young. Classical music is emotionally engaging, it is witty and funny, it is energetic and energising, it is simple to play and it is virtuosic and demanding. Obviously it is not all of these things at the same time – but it is always engaging, and there is nothing more exciting than watching and listening to an orchestra really being put through its paces!