Wycombe Sinfonia is an orchestra of classical proportions consisting of local players of a very good standard. Established in 1985 by the conductor John Dunnett and the then leader Pam Abbott, the orchestra performs varied programmes, ranging from family concerts to themed events and the more traditional arrangement of overture, concerto, symphony. Soloists are often international artists but there are also opportunities for local talented players to perform with the orchestra. We particularly like to provide younger local soloists with the opportunity to play a concerto with the orchestra and we also commision works from aspiring composers in the area. The current leader is Stephen Cossins.
We are delighted to have Colin Baker as our president. His familiar presence is always a popular aspect of our children’s concerts and he has narrated a musical story on many occasions. His interest in the orchestra generally is much appreciated by all the players with whom he enjoys a close rapport.
The orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings, approximately fortnightly, in the Wycombe High School music department. Rehearsals are from 7.30 to 9.30pm with a short break for a drink, a biscuit and a chat. Membership is by audition, but this need not be held prior to joining us for a few rehearsals to see if we are right for you and you are right for us. Get in touch, we would love to hear from you.
In addition to or regular concert schedule, Wycombe Sinfonia occasionally stage fundraising concerts for charity. Over the last few years, the orchestra has raised more than £8,000 for The Motor Neurone Disease Association and Parkinson’s UK.