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Meet Ellie Slorach – from Hallam Sinfonia to the Proms!

Ellie Slorach standing on some colourful steps

Hallam Sinfonia’s guest conductor for the June Passenger Seats concert, Ellie Slorach, is having a busy summer. Her calendar includes engagements with Huddersfield Choral Society, at the Leeds Opera Festival, and, probably the highlight, a concert with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Glasshouse International Centre for Music which forms part of this year’s BBC Proms season.

Ellie first burst onto the Sheffield musical scene before she had even finished her Master’s. She was appointed Musical Director of Hallam Choral Society which is where we met her. Our players were so impressed by her, in concerts where we provided the orchestra, that we asked her to do a concert with us.

We had a lovely programme agreed for the summer of 2020.... yes, that year. It didn’t happen!  We were next able to book her in 2022, when we had a fantastic collaboration with iconic folk singer Jon Boden. We are delighted to welcome her back again and are grateful that she has found time in her busy schedule to work with us. We had to rearrange one of our rehearsals when the opportunity arose for her to work with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales that day.

Ellie is really making her mark in the world of music. She set up her own choir, Kantos, in 2015 and this is still going strong. She has conducted too many well-known orchestras, choirs and opera companies to mention them all, and is a specialist in work with young people. She is Engagement Conductor for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and made her debut this year with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. It is this latter connection which has propelled Ellie into the Proms Prospectus. The Glasshouse 5: Fantasy, Myths and Legends, on 28th July, features Ellie with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Voices from the River’s Edge in an afternoon of orchestral fantasy and adventure featuring soundtracks from film, television and gaming.

Ellie says:

I'm really looking forward to the summer ahead; it's going to be jam-packed with rehearsals and concerts - it's certainly going to keep me occupied! I'm so excited to be a part of the Proms this year and to return to the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Glasshouse. It's something I'm very proud to have been invited to conduct and I'm looking forward to my family being there too! 
I'd like to say a big thank you to Hallam Sinfonia for inviting me to conduct this concert; it was really fun to bring together this themed programme and I'm looking forward to sharing it with our audience, whatever age you are!

We agree with that – and hope you’ll come along and join in the fun!



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