West London Sinfonia is an amateur orchestra with ambition and passion. Our players, many of whom work in music or music education, come from all over London. Most of our players have non-music day jobs, but for all of us, making music is an important part of our lives. We perform a wide programme of music with a concentration on larger orchestral works from the 19th (especially late 19th) and early 20th centuries. We regularly perform with world class soloists, and we are fortunate to have Philip Hesketh as our musical director and Iwona Boesche as our leader.
As with other orchestras, most of the 2020-21 season had to be cancelled due to COVID-19; we could neither perform nor rehearse. In spite of the difficulties, we were able to give two short informal concerts prior to our first full post-lockdowns concert which was given on the 10 July at St Anne’s, Kew Green. We also took the opportunity to record two virtual performances during lockdown; Shostakovich’s Waltz no 2 from his Suite for Variety Orchestra (sometimes known as his Jazz Suite no 2) which you can see here, and a special Christmas item, Leroy Andreson’s Sleigh Ride – available here.
The good news is that west London Sinfonia is back with a full programme for the 2021 – 2022 season. We held our opening concert on the 16 October 2021 at St Michael and All Angels church in Chiswick. This was followed by an equally succesful concert on the 27th November 2021, also at St Michael and All Angels. Our next concert is on the afternoon of the 29th January 2022 at the same venue. This will feature three pieces to show off the three main sections of the orchestra; brass, wind and strings. Please see our season programme guide for details of the other concerts we have planned for the rest of the season.
We continue to operate under COVID-19 related constraints and we have been forced to limit the size of the audience to comply with the requirements of the respective venue. This has forced us to move to online only ticket sales for the time being to ensure we do not exceed the maximum permitted audience size. No tickets will be avilable on the door for any of our events until the restrictions are lifted.
Join West London Sinfonia
If you’re looking to join a friendly and ambitious orchestra when rehearsals and performances start up again, we are always on the look-out for string players (especially in the violin and viola sections). If you’d like to enquire just complete the form on our contact page, and we will contact you immediately.
Come to a performance
To enjoy a great evening of high quality classical music, please look at our concert programme. The 2021-2022 season opens with a concert on 16 October. You can buy tickets for any of our concerts online. Join our mailing list if you would like to receive information about future concerts.