Friends of ES

Why not join the Friends of Ely Sinfonia?

It’s a community of people who support their local orchestra and enjoy classical music – plus a whole range of benefits. Here, as an example, is an account of one of their recent activities:

Afternoon Recital for the Friends of Ely Sinfonia, Sunday 12 June

I do love a piece of cake, but the real draw of the Friends of Ely Sinfonia concert was the chance to hear the Bingham String Quartet in the intimate environment of King’s Ely Recital Hall.

My hunger for live chamber music was more than satisfied. Entr’acte by Caroline Shaw fed both ears and brain with its fascinating series of complex harmonies and playful experimental sound effects and textures (for example bowing a lightly stopped string without a specific pitch).

Mendelssohn’s string quartet Op.44 No.1 followed, delivered with characteristic Bingham energy and delicacy. If like me you don’t know this piece well, listen out for the exquisite third movement with lyrical suspended phrases which are still ringing in my mind days later. (The only caveat is that the Emerson’s version on Spotify isn’t a patch on live Bingham).

To finish, we were served a wild hoe-down style arrangement of Waltzing Matilda. We then ate much delicious cake served by kind volunteers. What lovelier perk could there be for being a Friend of the Ely Sinfonia? Thank you to Steve and Brenda Bingham, Marina Gilliam and James Halsey and to all the ES committee for a beautiful afternoon.

Many thanks to Sarah Mnatzaganian for writing this appreciation

How to become one of the Friends of Ely Sinfonia

Being a Friend is a great way to support this wonderful community orchestra and keep up-to-date on Ely Sinfonia’s forthcoming concerts!

Membership costs just £15 per person per annum (from August to August) and gives you the following benefits:

  • 2 weeks’ priority booking before tickets go on sale to the general public, which means you can choose the best seats!
  • 10% off the cost of tickets to Ely Sinfonia concerts
  • free programme at Ely Sinfonia concerts
  • advance notice of concerts and events
  • invitation to the ‘mini-concert’ after the orchestra’s annual workshop
  • free annual Friends event
  • twice-yearly newsletter with reviews and articles about the orchestra, its players and its concerts

Joining is easy. Just email Charlotte Dean, Secretary of the Friends of Ely Sinfonia, at for details.

If you are a UK tax payer, we may be able to claim gift aid on your membership or any donations.  Simply complete and return our gift aid form along with your subscription(s).  Click here to download the form (it will download as a Word document, so look for the link at the bottom of your screen and/or in your downloads folder).

We look forward to welcoming you as a Friend of Ely Sinfonia!

Ely Sinfonia Letterpress cards

Exclusive to Ely Sinfonia, six witty cards by Gordon Chesterman are available for £3.00 each.

Email Charlotte Dean at to order these unique, handprinted cards.

  • New cardsAppassionata – Impassioned, full of high emotion
  • Vibrato – Undulation of a note’s pitch
  • Con Brio – With spirit, vigour
  • Pianissimo – Very quiet
  • Crescendo – Gradually increasing in volume
  • VS (Verso subito) – sorry, no longer available