The Rutland Sinfonia is an amateur orchestra based in Oakham, but there is nothing ‘amateur’ about the quality of our performances. Founded in 1976, by Barry Collett, our Conductor Emeritus, our aim is to bring high quality, enjoyable and inspiring performances of orchestral music to smaller towns and villages in rural areas in and around Rutland. The Sinfonia presents imaginative programmes of music for medium to large orchestra, with both popular works and lesser known pieces. We have made enormous progress in recent seasons in the quality and chemistry of our music making. We love to see families at our concerts and to encourage younger audience members we provide quizzes which are specifically designed around each concert.
In late 2011, Dr. Laurence Howard OBE, J.P. H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland became our Honorary President, much to the delight of the Sinfonia.
Paul Hilliam became Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the Rutland Sinfonia in 2007, and with Associate Conductor, David Calow they have continued to develop the attractive and enjoyable concert programming for the Sinfonia, with something for everyone to enjoy. They, our leader Sarah Latham, the Sinfonia players and our excellent soloists make for a good team.
Each season, the Sinfonia give four concerts – three in Oakham School Chapel, Oakham and one in St Peter’s Church, Oundle. Both are great concert venues.
The Sinfonia are actively looking for new players of Grade 8 standard to join the orchestra, in particular string players, although all new players are welcome where positions are available. We welcome all players, young and old. Rehearsals take place on three consecutive Friday’s prior to the concert date itself, with a rehearsal in the
afternoon on the day of the concert.
If you are interested in the possibility of joining, please contact Madeleine Stanley on 01780 752031, or use the “contact form” on the Contact Page of our website www.rutlandsinfonia.org.uk.
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