Ely Sinfonia temporarily virtual

Sadly, it’s a year since Ely Sinfonia actually played together, at our annual workshop on Sunday January 5th.  Nearly 90 players got together for the day at the Hayward Theatre in Ely to work on Rachmaninov’s  Symphony no.2.  It was hard work, but great fun, and the day culminated in an informal performance of parts of the piece for ourselves, plus friends and family.

Then came Covid and an enforced break for us all, interrupted very briefly by the orchestra’s AGM on Zoom on Sunday 11 October 2020. 

And who knows what 2021 will bring?  We very much hope that at some point this year, we will be able to resume business as usual.  Our wonderful soloists agreed to postpone by a year and we will be playing the same programmes, just rather later than we expected.  Our May concert can’t go ahead, but lockdown permitting, we are planning to go ahead with our September concert.  We also hope to put on a small concert in July, programme to be announced.  These will depend, of course, not just on Ely Cathedral being open, but also on us having enough time to rehearse.  So whether you are a player or looking forward to coming to our concerts, keep an eye on the website for further information.  (Note that the posters shown are last year’s: dates to be advised).


Something to look forward to:  September 2021

Our September 2021 concert will include Brahms Symphony no 4, Weber Invitation to the Dance and the world première of Stream-Shine, a new violin concerto by Colin Riley


Prepare to be surprised and delighted as international violin sensation (The Weekender) Philippa Mo joins Ely Sinfonia to play the world première of Stream-Shine, a concerto for violin and orchestra by composer Colin Riley. This new work, commissioned by Ely Sinfonia, embraces the acoustics of Ely Cathedral in a mesmerising evocation of fragile beauty, reflective and joyful in equal measure.

But first, luxuriate in Weber’s Invitation to the Dance, the first ever waltz written for listening rather than dancing.   It has been described as “the transition to modern dance music”, “the most brilliant example of dance music yet written” (Music with Ease) and is certainly exquisitely poetic and utterly romantic!

Ending the concert, what greater contrast than Brahms’ Symphony no 4, with its rich autumnal colours and glorious melodies?  From the first sighs of the strings to the final deeply personal, uncompromising ending, this is one of the most captivating of all Brahms’ compositions.

We hope that tickets can go on sale shortly.  Please note that if this concert also has to be postponed because of the pandemic, it will be rescheduled for a future date.  If that happens, anyone who has already purchased tickets will be able to obtain a full refund or credits towards a future Ely Sinfonia concert.

NB  Please note that this is a draft poster and at the moment has the wrong date on it – 19th is the right date!


Our postponed May concert, planned for a future date: Haydn and Mahler

Local ‘cello virtuoso Joshua Lynch will join us to play Haydn’s wonderful ‘Cello Concerto no 2

The current plan is for the concert also tp include Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Mahler’s Symphony no 1.  Watch this space for further details.

If you had tickets for this concert, originally scheduled for May 2020, you can obtain a full refund or a credit towards a future Ely Sinfonia concert by contacting Ely Cathedral Box Office, tel 01353 660349, email box.office@elycathedral.org.



Ely Sinfonia Orchestral Workshop 2022

We couldn’t have a workshop in 2021, but all being well, we have a provisional date for our next one: Sunday January 9th 2022 at the Hayward Theatre in Ely.  Further information will be available later in the year.

More information about our workshops can be found here.

Ely Sinfonia Cards for sale!

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