Stafford Sinfonia is 50 this year and we continue to go from strength to strength.
Since our inception, we have grown from being a very small group of instrumentalists comprising staff, students and friends of the North Staffs Polytechnic, into an orchestra of professional, semi-professional and amateur players enjoying playing and regularly giving concerts of major works.
The Sinfonia became an independent society when the polytechnics received university status. We perform a variety of music: baroque, classical and modern although occasionally giving a lighter musical programme.
Although our complement is essentially that of a “Haydn / Mozart” orchestra the Sinfonia has been known to venture into the romantic period for large scale works. We have accompanied choral societies on a number of occasions, most recently in a fantastic concert in 2017 with the Stafford Choral Society.
We currently have vacancies for Violins, Violas, Double Bass and a Trumpet.
Jack Lovell is our Musical Director.
Jack took over the baton from Darrell Wade, who had nurtured the Sinfonia for 40 years from its humble beginnings to an orchestra which performs 3 or 4 very well attended and acclaimed concerts each year. Darrell retired in May 2015 and after an overwhelming amount of interest in the position, Jack was successful in becoming our Musical Director.
Jack is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s prestigious Orchestral Conducting masters course. Whilst in Cardiff he studied with David Jones and took part in masterclasses with Timothy Murray, Alice Farnham, Nicholas Cleobury, Sir Richard Armstrong and Carlo Rizzi, as well as receiving guidance from the baroque virtuoso violinist Rachel Podger and musicians from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Jack is currently the Music Director for the Birmingham Gay Symphony Orchestra, Opera’r Ddraig – a young artist’s opera company based in Cardiff and Chorus Director for Spires Music, Coventry. He has worked extensively with every ensemble at the Royal Welsh College and the University of Birmingham and has guest conducted with the Asklepois and Charnwood Orchestras, Operamus, Midland Opera and Canton Chorus. Jack was also heavily involved with Welsh National Opera’s recent award-winning production of Britten’s ‘Paul Bunyan’ which involved a cast of 150 young artists performing to packed houses at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
Other engagements have included a production of Acis and Galatea in Somerset with Donald Maxwell in July 2015 and making his Royal Opera House debut as Assistant Conductor for David Bruce’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter in November 2015.