45 Years in the making
West London Sinfonia is now in its 45th year of music making. Each year we perform five concerts locally, and one in central London. Some of us also get together from time to time in small groups to play chamber music, which we perform at an annual concert. Foreign visits are also a regular feature of the orchestra’s life. We have given concerts in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Portugal and we have just visited Ealing’s twin town, Marcq en Baroeul, France, on a very rewarding tour. Please see our Tour 2015 News page for some of the highlights.
We perform a wide variety of music, and in what we play, we try to be both popular and adventurous. Some of the main highlights of the last few seasons have been a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin (sung in Russian with English surtitles), Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with a 100 strong choir from the composer’s home town of Brno in the Czech Republic, an evening of highlights from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a programme of film music, Mahler’s Third Symphony and Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. In 2012 we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with a concert of music by British composers, including a newly commissioned fanfare by Cecilia MacDowell, and later in the year we participated in the 2nd London Festival of Bulgarian Culture. For a Christmas treat we played Prokoviev’s Peter and the Wolf to a packed hall of excited children and their parents.
World Class Soloists
Soloists of an extremely high calibre regularly choose to perform with us, and we often showcase the talents of some of our own members. We are well-known in our area of London for providing live music at accessible ticket prices and venues.
The funding for our activities is generated mainly from our concert income and subscriptions, and we receive no subsidies or grants.