Ely Sinfonia AGM going virtual

The Annual General Meeting of Ely Sinfonia will take place on Sunday 11 October 2020 at 6.00 pm.  Owing to the current restrictions, this will take place by Zoom. An invitation to join the meeting will be issued nearer the date to orchestra members and Friends of Ely Sinfonia. Watch this space for the AGM agenda and associated reports, which will be posted by 4 October 2020. 

Please click here for details of our forthcoming AGM, 11 October.


Back to business: 2021

Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we reluctantly took the decision to cancel all our Ely Sinfonia concerts for 2020.  However, we are very much looking forward to 2021, when we hope to resume business as usual.  Our wonderful soloists have agreed to postpone by a year and we will be playing the same programmes, just a year late.

Our May concert, postponed from May 2020: Haydn and Mahler

In May 2021, local ‘cello virtuoso Joshua Lynch will join us to play Haydn’s wonderful ‘Cello Concerto no 2

In addition, we will be playing Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Mahler’s Symphony no 1.  Watch this space for further details.

If you had tickets for this concert, 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.

Something else 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 20th anniversary concert in September 2019

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, to play Shostakovich’s amazing 2nd piano concerto.  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.

To download the poster, click here.

To download the programme, click here.

Ely Sinfonia Orchestral Workshop 2020

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.

Ely Sinfonia Cards for sale!

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

Charity Status and Gift Aid Form

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, including Friends of Ely Sinfonia please click here. Please do remember to tell us if your tax status changes and we are no longer able to claim gift aid on your donation.

Registered Charity Number 1161642

Ely Sinfonia Newsletter

January 2020 Newsletter: the next version of the Ely Sinfonia newsletter is available from here.

Friends of Ely Sinfonia

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

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