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Updated: Oct 1, 2020

After many months of inactivity, Hallam Sinfonia is now ready to put on two short socially-distanced concerts on 10th October (guidance permitting, of course!). See more...

We are working with Victoria Hall in the heart of the city – a Covid-secure venue anxious to get going again.

Things will be different from usual... we'll be a chamber orchestra of fewer than 30 players, offering a shorter programme consisting of two popular baroque works – Bach’s Fourth Brandenburg Concerto and movements from Handel’s Water Music – interspersed with two short pieces from 20th century English composers – Ralph Vaughan Williams’ lovely Fantasia on Greensleeves and the lush Elegy from John Ireland’s A Downland Suite.

We have worked hard to include all orchestra members who wanted to join in, which presented some programming challenges. Soloists in the Brandenburg concerto will be drawn from within the orchestra: our two flautists Judith Ennis and Kathryn Hathaway, and on violin our leader Hannah Thompson-Smith.

The concerts will conducted by old friend of the Hallam Sinfonia, Richard Laing, He had been due to conduct a much larger scale concert on this date, with that programme including the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Leonore Piano Trio, as part of the Beethoven 250 anniversary celebrations. We hope to return to that programme at some point in the future.

We are really excited to be getting together again, and hope that audiences will also be hungry for live music-making. We shall be giving the same programme, less than an hour long, twice, at 4pm and 6pm, which helps us to stay safe. The audience will be well spaced out, the hall will be cleaned between events, and no interval means no opportunities for ‘mingling’. We hope to see you there!

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