About Leeds Sinfonia
Sinfonia was founded in 1973 by Graham Bennett who conducted the orchestra for the next 17 years. Graham's avowed aim was to bring together the best amateur musicians in the area and to weld them into a chamber orchestra with professional standards of performance and presentation. In addition to performing the standard orchestral repertoire, Sinfonia has commissioned and performed new works by Philip Wilby, Arthur Wills, William Kinghorn, Lawrence Killian and Graham Lynch. It has worked with many eminent soloists including the pianist Michael Roll, the late Ralph Holmes (violin) and the Leader of the English Chamber Orchester, Stephanie Gonley. Its connection with Opera North, through its current Musical Director David Greed has given it an opportunity to work with a number of ON soloists including, in recent years, David Aspin (Viola), Sally Pendlebury (Cello) Colin Honour (clarinet), Andy Long (violin) and Murray Greig (trumpet). In addition, Sinfonia is committed to supporting young musicians and has featured the following over the last few years: Yuanfan Yang and Lara Melda (piano), Jordan Black (clarinet) and Sophie Rosa, Nathalie Shaw and Emma Oldfield (violin).