The Hallam Sinfonia


Set up as a chamber orchestra over 40 years ago, the Hallam Sinfonia’s repertoire nowadays extends from the baroque to the 21st century, including large-scale romantic works, and from the mainstream classics to film music and children’s concerts. An exciting new venture in June 2015 entailed some of the audience sitting amongst the orchestra, along the lines of the South Bank Centre’s Passenger Seats programme, in which our Musical Director Natalia Luis-Bassa was involved.

Natalia comes from Venezuela and brings something special to rehearsals and concerts. Who else would find Latin rhythms hidden in the inner string parts of Mozart’s 40th symphony? Visits from Richard Laing as Guest Conductor also provide a stimulating change of perspective.

Over the years the Hallam Sinfonia has worked with many distinguished soloists, including in recent years several members of Ensemble 360. The latest of these ventures involves a cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with Tim Horton, which started in March 2015 with the fourth concerto, and is running alongside our continuing cycle of Beethoven symphonies.

The orchestra regularly works with choral societies and is looking forward to its next collaboration with the Hallam Choral Society and the Tideswell Singers during the Classical Sheffield Festival October 2015. Out-of-town concerts include visits to the Wakefield Concert Society, the next in April 2016, with Tim Horton playing Mozart.

We are currently looking for violin and viola players to join the ranks. If you are interested in playing, please e-mail

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