2020 workshop:  January 5th

Our 2020 workshop took place on Sunday January 5th at the Hayward Theatre in Ely.  Nearly 90 musicians spent the day working on Rachmaninov’s famous Symphony no.2, with an informal performance of parts of the piece given to friends and family at the end.

More information about our workshops can be found here.

Haydn and Mahler: a truly classic programme

On Saturday May 2nd 2020, Ely Sinfonia will be joined by rising British cello star, Joshua Lynch, to play Haydn’s witty and lyrical Cello Concerto No 2 as the centrepiece of a concert of popular classics that also includes some fabulous works by Mahler and Berlioz.

Cambridge-based Joshua Lynch is a prolific soloist, chamber musician and teacher.  He has performed in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues, such as The Wigmore Hall, The Crucible and the Leeds International Concert Series.  He is a past winner of the Maurice Ravel International Academy of Music award (Musiciens entre guerre et paix).

Arguably the best work for cello and orchestra coming out of the nineteenth century, Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 2 is something of an enigma.  There was some doubt over its authenticity for a while, but in fact, while apparently more relaxed and easy-going than the Cello Concerto no 1, it is technically much more difficult, demanding virtuoso playing from the soloist.  It is been recorded by some of the world’s best-known cello players, such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Steven Isserlis and Jacqueline Du Pre.

Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, starting the concert, would not have been written but for the failure of his opera, Benvenuto Cellini, now considered a masterpiece.  Yet it is now one of his most popular works.

The concert concludes with Mahler’s highly ambitious and totally spell-binding Symphony no 1, which owes much of its excitement and drama to Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, on which it was modelled.

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A Service of Remembrance

At 4pm on Sunday 10 November 2019, we were delighted to accompany the boys, girls and lower voices of Ely Cathedral choir, singing Fauré’s Requiem as part of a Solemn Requiem Mass for Remembrance Day.

It was a very moving experience, truly reflecting Fauré’s own words about the work, ‘Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.’

Shostakovich’s 2nd piano concerto, Mozart’s 29th and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony – gloriously celebrating Ely Sinfonia’s 20th anniversary!

For the celebration of its twentieth anniversary, Ely Sinfonia welcomed back its long-standing friend, Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s best loved piano soloists.  A prolific recitalist and chamber musician, Martin has performed all over the world with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi.   The only fitting description of the concert is “a triumph”.

The concert began with Mozart’s graceful and energetic 29th symphony, written when he was just 18 years old. This was followed by the piano concerto, which received a standing ovation.  After the interval, we played Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No 7,  which the audience thoroughly enjoyed – we played it at a cracking pace, but the orchestra rose to the challenge.

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“No wonder that Verdi’s Requiem is performed so often. This night…we were treated to all the emotionally-packed aria-like melodic material that we know and love from Verdi’s operas, while at the same time, these amazing musicians drew every ounce of religious fervour, excitement and reverence from the score.”

An extract from the review by local music critic Rosemary Westwell of our performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Saturday 4th May.  It really was an amazing experience for us all, orchestra, singers and audience alike. To take part in this exquisite work in the awesome surroundings of Ely Cathedral was a real privilege.  To read the full review, click here.

Ely Sinfonia Orchestral Workshop 2020

The 2020 orchestral workshop, open to players of a standard of Grade 5 and above who would like tot get the opportunity to spend a day playing with the orchestra, will be on January 5th 2020 in Ely. The study piece? Rachmaninov’s spectacular 2nd Symphony! For more information, visit the Workshop page.

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