poster1Our next concert: 6th May

Our next concert is coming up fast.  On Saturday 6th May 2017 we’ll be playing an extraordinary programme: Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis, César Franck’s Symphony in D Minor and Maurice Ravel’s exquisite Le Tombeau de Couperin. Do come along: it will be a wonderful evening.

You can ensure a good seat by booking in advance. Call Ely Cathedral Box Office on 01353 660349 or email box.office@elycathedral.org, or book online at https://tickets.elycathedral.org.

For further details of the concert, visit our concerts page.

Download a pdf of the poster here.

Download a pdf of the flyer here.





Ely Sinfonia involved in recording for previous “The Voice” contestants!

On 4th March in Peterborough Cathedral, members of Ely Sinfonia were part of a recording session for a CD with local The Voice contestants, twins Hannah and Naomi Moxon. It was a superb evening and a privilege for the orchestra to be involved. The CD is now available for pre-order from www.musicglue.com/classical-reflection/shop. And if you would like to learn more about the twins, and hear their music, visit www.classicalreflection.co.uk.

Ely Sinfonia welcomes its new leader

As we congratulate Christina Everson, Ely Sinfonia’s wonderful leader of a number of years, as she takes on an exciting new role in the Oxford area, we are delighted to announce that Kate Clow is taking on the role of leader from September. Kate is a talented local musician, well known to many, and who knows the orchestra well. We all warmly welcome Kate and wish Christina all the best in her new job!

Beethoven Extravaganza to wind up Isle of Ely Festival

The Isle of Ely Arts Festival has earned a distinct place on the local map in recent years.  This year it starts on June 10th and goes through to Saturday July 15th, when Ely Choral Society, Ely Consort and Ely Sinfonia join forces in a real extravaganza.  This is a concert that has been many years in the making and should be unmissable.

The programme includes three wonderful pieces of music.  Who doesn’t know Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 in D minor?  It is one of the best-known and most evocative choral works in the classical music repertoire, and not just because it was the first ever major choral symphony.

Vaughan Williams was a frequent visitor to the Fens, first as a student at Cambridge and then as a collector of English folk songs.  His orchestral piece, In the Fen Country, magically portrays the bleak landscape and wide open spaces of the East Anglian Fens.

Finally, we are proud to be giving the world première of Andrew Parnell’s Fenland Images.  Reflecting this year’s Isle of Ely Festival theme of “The Fens” and based on poems by local writers, it illustrates a modern-day agricultural scene, the timeless daily round of worship in St Etheldreda’s monastery and the shadowy characters who once inhabited the Fens.


Ely Sinfonia’s next workshop, which will be open to anyone who has reached grade V or above, will be on on around Saturday 7th January 2017. Final date and programme to be confirmed..

If you are interested in attending, please visit the Workshops page to download an application form. Or Click here!

“Wow – what a concert!”  Reviews of some recent concerts

Rosemary Westwell, our local music and arts critic, is a huge supporter of Ely Sinfonia.  She has seen the orchestra through from its modest beginnings to the experienced musical ensemble that it is today.  In her latest review, of Symphonie Fantastique, in March 2016, she commented that:  “The phenomenal technique of the conductor and instrumentalists was evident from the start.”  To read the full review, click here.

To find out what she said about our large-scale choral and orchestral concert, Carmina Burana, in October 2015, click here.

She particularly liked our concert in June 2015, Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Afterwards she said:  “Strongly led by conductor Steve Bingham, the orchestra (revels) in its now powerful sound.  The instrumentalists were confident, expressive and very much a part of the exhilarating atmosphere that pervaded the concert.”

To read the full review click here.

Her review of Island and Hereward in May 2015, involving over 100 adults and children from local choirs and schools, was also highly enthusiastic.  To read what she said, click here.

Grade One-Athon – Cambridge vs Oxford!

Members of the orchestra are taking place in the Oxford/Cambridge Note Race 2017…a challenge for musicians to have a single lesson on an instrument from a different instrument family and 9 weeks later, take Grade One! The competition between the two cities is to get the highest average sponsorship and to get the highest average grade marking. All sponsored – and the money is going to support children and families who are in crisis across the world. To find out more, including how to sponsor a musician, visit https://gradeoneathon.org/

Friends of Ely Sinfonia

January 2017 Newsletter: the latest version of the Friends of Ely Sinfonia newsletter has been published, and can be found here.

Interested in supporting your local orchestra?

To become a Friend of Ely Sinfonia please click here and see what benefits it can bring you and the orchestra.
Click here to download past and present Friends’ newsletters.

We look forward to seeing you at our concerts and workshops.


For those who have not yet paid their membership for 2015-2016, or completed a gift aid declaration, please click here to download a PDF form or here for a Word copy of the form. For any queries, please contact the membership secretary at Elysinf@gmail.com.

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