craigogden2Another triumph for Ely Sinfonia as Craig Ogden takes Ely Cathedral by storm

Ely Cathedral had a full house on 30th September 2017, when Craig Ogden joined Ely Sinfonia to play what is arguably the most famous guitar concerto of all time, Rodrigo’s Concierto d’Aranjuez.  In a performance that combined deep emotion with the joy and flamboyancy of the flamenco, he captivated audience and orchestra alike, moving some virtually to tears.

CraigogdenposterIn a delightful encore, he brought to life another of the glories of Spain in Rodrigo’s Recuerdo de la Alhambra.

The concert began with the orchestra setting the Spanish scene with a  stirring performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.  Then, after the interval, the audience was treated to a moving and expressive performance of Beethoven’s virtuoso Symphony no.2, and the concert finished on a real high, with the audience rocking to a frenzied and highly exciting rendition of Arturo Márquez’s Danzon no.2,.  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, watch out! .







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Welcome to our new leader

For our September concert, we welcomed our new leader, Kate Clow (above).  Kate is a talented local musician, well known to many, and who knows the orchestra well. She was born in Winnipeg, Canada, but moved to the UK when she was very young an started the piano and violin at the age of 6.  After school, she spent a gap year working for her LRAM before starting nursing training at Addenbrookes, during which time she joined the CUMS orchestra.  She has been in Cambridge ever since.  As well as Ely Sinfonia, she also leads Steve Bingham’s Ad Hoc Sinfonia, the K239 Orchestra and the Montague String Quartet, as well as working as a part-time nurse for a GPs’ practice.  She recently took part in Grade-one-a-thons and is very proud to have passed both flute and snare drum with distinction.  We all warmly welcome Kate warmly, while we 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 Sunday 7th January 2018. For a copy of the application form, please click here.

If you are interested in finding out more, please visit the Workshops page.

“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!

We were delighted that several members of the orchestra took part 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 was to get the highest average sponsorship and to get the highest average grade marking. Everyone was sponsored and the money went to support children and families in crisis across the world. For information on who won, visit https://gradeoneathon.org/

Friends of Ely Sinfonia

July 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?

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


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