Something to look forward to:  September 2021

We are really sorry to announce that all our Ely Sinfonia concerts for 2020 have been cancelled.  However, we are very much looking forward to 2021, when we hope to resume business as usual.

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 con

Our postponed concert from May 2nd: Haydn and Mahler

We are so sorry that the concert scheduled for May 2nd had to be postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  But the good news is that it has been rescheduled for May 2021, when local ‘cello virtuoso Joshua Lynch will join us to play Haydn’s ‘Cello Concerto no 2.   We expect the rest of the programme to stay the same, too, with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Mahler’s exquisite 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

Shostakovich’s 2nd piano concerto, Mozart’s 29th and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony – a glorious celebration of Ely Sinfonia’s twentieth 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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To download the programme, click here.

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