English Sinfonia

About The English Sinfonia Orchestra

Founded in 1961, English Sinfonia is one of the oldest chamber orchestras in the UK. For many years the orchestra was closely associated with Sir Charles Groves, a relationship which produced many fine recordings, including a complete cycle of Schubert Symphonies which won a ‘Recording of the Year’ award.

Janice Graham

Janice Graham has been the leader of ES for the past decade and recently accepted the position of Artistic Director, a move that augurs well for the future: “…with a musician like Graham at its helm, it’s no wonder the English Sinfonia has earned such a prominent place on the international music scene…” The Strad

Today’s Orchestra has a core team of some 30 players, each at the height of their career. They share a passion to strive for perfection and to explore exciting and innovative ideas. As individuals they perform music of many genres - from pop and film soundtracks to operas, shows and classical - both as group members and as soloists. Their experience spans the breadth of the world of music.

Old into New

English Sinfonia believes that music should have no boundaries. All that is required of its repertoire is that this should please, excite, inspire, amaze and sometimes challenge listeners and performers alike. In an era when many works are considered too long to be broadcast in their entirety, ES is working with contemporary composers to present appealing shorter pieces alongside the established repertoire.

Latest News

The North Wall, Oxford, 16 November, 8pm

English Sinfonia is delighted to announce its return to The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford with a ty... Read More

St. John's Smith Square, September 22, 7.30pm

Our Autumn concert with conductor Rachel Young features pianist Viktoria Postnikova as well as our o... Read More

Spring Concert at St. John's Smith Square - May 26 2011

Tickets are now on sale for our London spring concert. BBC Young Musician Of The Year winner Lara M... Read More

Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage - 22nd February at 7.45 pm

English Sinfonia together with leader and soloist Janice Graham and composer Geoffrey Alexander are ... Read More

Breakthrough Breast Cancer - Towards The Dawn - ES Digital

On August 4th English Sinfonia, composer Geoffrey Alexander and violinist Janice Graham got together... Read More

English Sinfonia Return to London

Thursday 16 October, 2008 Cadogan Hall, London 7.30pm English Sinfonia Gala Concert Janice Gr... Read More

2008/9 Oxford Season

Wednesday October 8th 2008 The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford 8pm English Sinfonia Siobhan Gr... Read More

July 19th Gibside nr. Newcastle

Event: Midsummer Music and FireworksVenue:Gibside (in Tyne & Wear) Part of Gibside's famous conce... Read More

April 24th - Final Oxford Concert of the Season

The winning team of English Sinfonia together with leader and soloist Janice Graham and composer Geo... Read More

Heavenly Sounds

In mid March ES spent two days at the Magdalen College Chapel in Oxford  to record the Durufl... Read More
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