IMG_6149A surprise concert

The annual concert and tea party for the Friends of Ely Sinfonia will be held at 4pm on Sunday 11th February 2018. It will be a surprise concert – our strings section will spend the Saturday deciding what to play and the Sunday perfecting it. Expect a cornucopia of delights, to include a mix of baroque, classical and later music!- anyone welcome, whether or not a Friend of the orchestra!IMG_6169


The concert, tea and cakes will be free to members of the Friends of Ely Sinfonia; for non-members, there will be a £2 charge for tea and cakes.

Strings workshop for the Friends of Ely Sinfonia: Saturday 10th/Sunday 11th February 2018

Members of the strings section are invited to come along to a string workshop in the Recital Room at the King’s School, Ely, taking place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February.  On the Saturday we’ll be having a good old sight-reading session, running through lots of different pieces to decide on our favourites.

Then on Sunday we’ll rehearse the ones we’ve picked until 4pm, when we’lll have a tea party (bring some baking!) and give an hour-long concert for friends, family and anyone who would like to come along.

Timing: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February, 10am to 5pm

Location: The Recital Room, Kings School, Ely.

From_Russia_with_LoveFrom Russia with Love: 28th April 2018

With its rich, vibrant culture, Russia has produced some of the most exciting music ever written.  Among it are three of our favourite pieces: Khachaturian’s Spartacus and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, both composed for the Russian ballet, and Tchaikovsky’s Little Russian Symphony.  So we have brought them together in what promises to be a truly  glorious concert, taking place on Saturday 28th April 2018.

Tchaikovsky used three Ukrainian folk tunes as the themes for his Symphony no 2.  Ukraine was at the time known as Little Russia, so the symphony, which was an immediate success, rapidly became known as Little Russian.

Spartacus was made famous as the theme tune to The Onedin Line, but it was originally composed as a political ballet in which ordinary people rise up and overthrow their oppressors.

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has a rightful claim to be the world’s greatest ballet. Not only does it contain much of the composer’s finest and most appealing music, but it is also considered one of the most exceptional musical interpretations of Shakespeare.  Its most notorious use has, perhaps, been as the theme tune to The Apprentice.

New Ely Sinfonia Cards for sale!

For more information, visit the Friends of Ely Sinfonia page – to see a sneak peak of the cards and how to order them!

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


Ely craigogden2Cathedral 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! .




Orchestra Membership and Donations

For those who have not yet paid their membership for 2017-2018, please click here to a Word copy of the form. For any queries, please contact the membership secretary at Elysinf@gmail.com.

For a copy of the Ely Sinfonia gift aid form, both for members to complete (if not already done so) or for those kind enough to make a donation to the charity, please click here.

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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

January 2018 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.