New faces for a new season

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

Hallam Sinfonia is pleased to announce details of the 2019-2020 season, and with it three new faces taking the baton.



Following the departure of Natalia Luis-Bassa as Musical Director, we have an attractive and varied programme featuring four different conductors, three of them new to conducting the orchestra and all of them young rising stars.


The first concert of the season of the season, on 19th October 2019, will be conducted by Sheffield-based George Morton, who, has a number of successful Hallam Sinfonia concerts to his name. The programme will include Stravinsky’s Firebird and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture. See more about this concert...


21st March 2020 will see Jon Malaxetxebarria, from the Basque region of Spain and based in Manchester, lead a programme including Brahms’ Symphony no. 4 and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes. Orchestra leader Hannah Thompson-Smith will also be performing Beethoven's Romance in F. See more about this concert...


The season once again offers one of our popular ‘Passenger Seats’ concerts, in which members of the audience are given the opportunity to sit amongst the players. This year’s concert, on 2nd May 2020, has an operatic theme, in collaboration with local company Opera on Location. Their young Canadian conductor Juliane Gallant will take up the baton and be joined by singers from the company. See more about this concert...


Finally, on 20th June 2020, Ellie Slorach will be taking to the podium. She is already known to Sheffield audiences and some Hallam players thanks to her years as Musical Director of the Hallam Choral Society. Her Russian-themed programme will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, Mussorgsky's Night on a Bare Mountain and Rachmaninov's The Isle of the Dead. See more about this concert...


This promises to be a stimulating year for players and audiences alike and we hope that our supporters will turn out in force to see these talented young conductors in action.


The season also sees us continuing our partnership with Hallam Choral Society. Their 16th November concert will include Hallam Sinfonia players in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and other works, and a further programme with orchestra in 2020 is yet to be confirmed.

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