52nd Season, 2023-24

We are delighted to extend the warmest of welcomes to the Sinfonia of Leeds 2023-24 season. The orchestra continues to go from strength to strength, presenting its blend of the familiar, the less well-known and the extraordinary!

Highlights include the Barber Adagio for Strings, Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, two works for trombone by Nina Roti and Takemitsu and the Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky. Following the success of our 50th anniversary season concert featuring Act I of Wagner’s Die Walküre, in March we present Bartók’s only work for the stage, the one act opera Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, sung in English.

Our soloists this year  are: our very own David Greed; Yvonne Howard and Henry Waddington who sing the solo parts in our March concert and Blair Sinclair (Opera North's Principal Trombone) for our final concert of the season.

There really is something for everybody, and we look forward very much to seeing you in Roundhay.

David Greed and Anthony Kraus
Music Directors

Saturday 11 November 2023

7.30pm, St Edmund's Church, Roundhay

Sibelius - Finlandia
Barber - Adagio for Strings
Dvorák - Slavonic Dance No. 8
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2
Conductor: David Greed

Our first programme delivers Finnish nationalism and a Russian epic. Sibelius’ Finlandia, both rousing and turbulent, is a stark contrast to the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, a piece of sublime calm and beauty.

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, was received to great applause at the premier in 1908 and was a huge boost to the composer’s own confidence after the disastrous reception of his first symphony ten years earlier. Also in the programme is Dvorák Slavonic Dance No. 8, a live performance of the orchestra’s second online lockdown project.

Sergei Rachmaninoff cph.3a40575

Saturday 20 January 2024

7.30pm, St Edmund's Church, Roundhay

Brahms - Violin Concerto
Brahms - Symphony No. 2
Soloist: David Greed
Conductor: Anthony Kraus

An all Brahms night is in store for the January concert.

David Greed swaps baton for violin in a performance of Brahms’ much loved Violin Concerto, which was dedicated to Brahms' friend the violinist Joseph Joachim. According to Joachim it is one of the four great German violin concerti.

Alongside that is the composer’s Symphony No. 2, written the year before the concerto, which brings Tony’s complete cycle of Brahms’ symphonies to a close.

David Greed

Saturday 23 March 2024

7.30pm, St Edmund's Church, Roundhay

Haydn - Symphony No. 90
Bartók - Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Conductor: Anthony Kraus

Following the success of our 50th anniversary concert featuring Act I of Wagner’s Die Walküre, in March we present Bartók’s only work for the stage, the one-act opera Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, sung in English.

This intense psychodrama needs no opera house or set as the orchestra vividly portrays the castle with its grandiose and grizzly secrets. We are extremely fortunate to be able to welcome international artists Yvonne Howard and Henry Waddington.

Yvonne Howard & Henry Waddington

Saturday 22 June 2024

7.30pm, St Edmund's Church, Roundhay

Wagner - Rienzi Overture
Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte
Nino Rota - Trombone Concerto
Leopold Mozart - Trombone Concerto (NB. change of programme)
Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker (Act 1 highlights)
Conductor: David Greed 

As a season finale, Blair Sinclair (Principal Trombone, Opera North) plays the unfamiliar but brilliant work by Nino Rota. Possibly better known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti, Rota also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli's Shakespeare films and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy.

The orchestra completes the programme with Wagner's thrilling Rienzi Overture, the Ravel Pavanne and Act 1 highlights from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker ballet.

Blair Sinclair

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