craigogden2Internationally renowned guitarist Craig Ogden to play world’s most famous guitar concerto with Ely Sinfonia, September 30th 2017

Australian guitarist Craig Ogden is commonly known as the Aled Jones of the guitar world – one of the most electrifying classical guitar players of his generation.  His albums frequently top the UK Classical Charts and composers are lining up to write music for him.

We are thrilled to announce that he will be joining Ely Sinfonia to play what is arguably the most famous guitar concerto of all time, Rodrigo’s Concierto d’Aranjuez, in Ely Cathedral on 30th September 2017.  Inspired by the gardens at Philip II’s spring palace, the Palacio Real de Aranjuez, this exquisite piece evokes the sounds of nature to transport the listener to another place and time.

CraigogdenposterThe Concierto de Aranjuez heads up an exciting programme that also includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Danzon no.2, a delightful little piece by the Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, and finishes with Beethoven’s virtuoso Symphony no.2.

Tickets are now on sale and are going quite quickly: they are a real snip at just £25 (premium), £20 or £15 (reserved) or £8.50 (unreserved).  Look on the website for concession prices.  You’ll find it hard to hear such a great musician play such a famous piece for so little anywhere else!  So buy yours now to avoid disappointment!  Meanwhile, here’s a taster of the Concierto de Aranjuez played by another amazing guitarist, John Williams Click to hear the recording.

To buy yours, follow this link.

 FareweChristina Eversonll to our leader

Christina Everson, who has led the Ely Sinfonia for the past seven years, performed with the orchestra for the last time for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on 15th July.

Christina is well-known in the local community as a very high calibre violin player and teacher, specialising particularly in the much praised Colourstrings technique, which is designed to help small children to develop a strong love of music and to progress very quickly with their playing.  A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, she has up to now been dividing her time between teaching, freelance orchestral playing and chamber music. She is leaving to move to Oxford, where she is taking up the role of Head of Pre-Prep Music at a well-known preparatory school.

“I have loved my time with Ely Sinfonia and will really miss its friendly atmosphere,” Christina says,  “I have been privileged to lead the orchestra as it has grown in strength and professionalism into one of the region’s most highly regarded musical groups.  I have particularly enjoyed the chance to work with local young people and “returners” wanting to improve their playing skills.”

She continues: “What more fitting way to leave the orchestra than with the final, glorious concert of the 2017 Isle of Ely Festival, with three major local musical organisations coming together to celebrate the magic and mystery of the Fens and Ely Cathedral.”

Kate ClowEly Sinfonia welcomes its new leader

As we congratulate Christina on her move to Oxford, we are delighted to announce that Kate Clow is taking on the role of leader from September. Kate (pictured left) 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!


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!

Ely Sinfonia reaches no 3 in the Classical Music charts

Echo, the latest CD by identical twins Hannah and Naomi Moxon, has reached number 3 in the Official Classical Music Charts.  And the backing group for the CD, recorded in Peterborough Cathedral earlier this year, was provided by none other than Ely Sinfonia players and friends.  Hannah and Naomi competed in The Voice two years ago, since when they have performed all over the country, and soon they will be appearing alongside classical star, Aled Jones.

The CD is now available from http://www.musicglue.com/classical-reflection/shop. You can find out more about the twins and hear their music from http://www.classicalreflection.co.uk.

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


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