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Thank you John!

John Cooper

After just over a decade of leading Hallam Sinfonia, John Cooper has decided to give the top chair to a new leader, and we wish him many thanks for the contribution he has made to Hallam Sinfonia.

John was a founder member of the Hallam Sinfonia and was appointed leader soon after the appointment of Natalia Luis-Bassa as Musical Director in 2008. As he approaches his final concert as leader, also Natalia’s final concert with the orchestra, he offers his thoughts on his ‘journey so far’.

‘Over 40 years ago a group of keen musicians formed what was then a chamber orchestra, the main aim being to strive for high standards in performing. The early ethos continues today and under Natalia’s guidance the orchestra continued to produce many excellent performances. Natalia brought a breath of fresh air with her energy, humour, and deep feeling for music, a great contribution to the orchestra’s development.

I will always be very grateful for the inspiration and support to improve my playing which the orchestra has given me, particularly when the music was tough! I look forward to continuing to play in this new phase with Hannah, who I know will be a more than capable leader. I wish her well’.

Wednesday 20 February 19

John Cooper

Hallam Sinfonia's 2018-19 Season


Details of our 2018-19 Season is now available on our website. We have an exciting season ahead of us jam-packed full of masterworks of the orchestral repertoire for our audience to experience.

20 October – Debussy La Mer and Shostakovich Symphony no.5 @ High Storrs School 7.30pm

2 February – Passenger Seats with Richard Laing (Programme TBC) @ High Storrs School, 7.00pm

10 March – Classical Sheffield Finale – Beethoven 9 @ Sheffield Cathedral

22 June – To include Arnold Peterloo Overture and Sibelius Symphony no.1

Monday 27 August 18