Fantastic news: Haydn, Wagner and Beethoven

Saturday 10th July 2021, Ely Cathedral

A benefit concert for Ely Cathedral Music Fund

We are thrilled to announce our return post-lockdown on Saturday 10th July 2021, when local ‘cello virtuoso Joshua Lynch will be joining us for a chamber concert of glorious classics by Wagner, Haydn and Beethoven.

Wagner composed the lyrical Siegfried Idyll as a gift to Cosima, his wife, following the birth of their son.  Its delicious strains were first performed outside Cosima’s bedroom window as she woke on her birthday, 25th December. 

Haydn’s witty, lyrical Cello Concerto No 2 demands virtuoso playing from the soloist, a role taken tonight by one of the UK’s rising stars, Cambridge-based cellist Joshua Lynch.  A prolific soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Josh has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall and the Crucible, as well as the Leeds International Concert Series.  He is a winner of the Maurice Ravel International Academy of Music award.

Beethoven’s Symphony no 1 was an immediate success although somewhat unfairly criticised for its excessive use of wind instruments.  But ever since then it has been one of his most popular works: it is simply magnificent.

Tickets are now available from Ely Cathedral Box Office, tel 01353 660349, email box.office@elycathedral.org.  Please note that masks may be required.




Something to look forward to:  25th September 2021

Our re-scheduled 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.

NB  Please note that this is a draft poster from 2020 and has the wrong date on it – 25th September 2021 is the right date!


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.

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