Concerts

Emerging Young Stars

Sunday 18th May 2014, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Emerging Young Stars

Venue: St Anne's Limehouse, London, E14 7HP

Docklands Sinfonia is joined by Hackney Borough Youth Orchestra and young composer and soloist Anoushka Sharp for this fun family concert. Families are encouraged to bring children of all ages to experience the joy of live classical music.

  • Docklands Sinfonia
  • Hackney Borough Youth Orchestra
  • Soloist: Anoushka Sharp
  • Conductor: Spencer Down 

A fun Programme including excerpts from:

  • Romeo & Juliet - Prokofiev
  • Firebird - Stravinsky
  • Danzon No.2 - Marquez
  • Star Wars - Williams
  • World premiere - Cello Concerto No.1 in E minor - Anoushka Sharp

Tickets: £5, Free (Under 3s), £15 family ticket (2 adults with up to 4 kids of the same family)

Book Tickets

Tickets will also be available on the door.

So Sinatra

Friday 18th July 7:30pm

Venue: St Anne's, Limehouse, London E14 7HP

Docklands Sinfoina presents an evening of Frank Sinatra music starring Paul Holgate, who has been enthralling audiences with his amazingly close interpretation of Frank Sinatra since 2002.

In that time, he has performed his So Sinatra show at thousands of high profile events all over the world in venues including Hampton Court, the Chelsea Flower shows, Wentworth ‘Lunch for life’, Dorchester Penthouse and Ballroom, The Grosvenor, Savoy, Landmark and Ritz-Carlton Dubai.

Paul is possibly the most complete of all the Impersonators in the 'Sinatra' field and one of the few solely dedicated 100% to performances as Sinatra. The Sound is so close and the delivery so effortless that he is constantly accused of miming.

As well as legendary Sinatra hits such as 'My Way', the concert will include some of the singer's lesser-known orchestral arrangements. Audiences will also be treated to a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

Tickets are expected to sell fast for this event, so please book in advance from the Docklands Sinfonia box office.

Tickets:  £12 (Advanced) £10 (Concessions) £15 (Door)

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Epic Persia

Sunday 19th October 2014

Venue: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Docklands Sinfonia will be hosting an evening of Persian music in London’s famous Cadogan Hall on Sunday October 19th.

The concert, one of the first of its kind in Britain, showcases the works of some of Iran’s most respected and well-known composers.

The idea of a British orchestra performing an evening of Persian music has come about as a result of the friendship and collaboration between Iranian pianist Neysun Rouhani and Docklands Sinfonia’s founder and musical director Spencer Down.

The concert is also aimed at enhancing understanding between the British and Iranian people following a difficult period in diplomatic relations between the two countries. Iranian soloists, including, Rouhani will perform during the evening.

Docklands Sinfonia will also be running a competition for a new work written by a composer who is currently living in Iran. Composers will be asked to write around the theme of the Shahnameh – an epic Persian poem written by Ferdowsi.

The winner will also be invited to travel to London for the world premiere. Tickets will  be available to purchase from the Cadogan Hall box office.

Past Concerts

New World

Friday 28th March 2014, 7:30pm

New World

Venue: St Anne's Limehouse, London, E14 7HP

Tickets:  £12 (Advanced) £10 (Concessions) £15 (Door)

  • Samuel Barber - Essay No. 1
  • Jonathan Mayer - Sitar Concerto (UK Premiere), Soloist - Jonathan Mayer
  • Arturo Marquez - Danzon No. 2
  • Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No.9 (From the New World)

Docklands Sinfonia is building on its reputation for innovative programming at its next concert with a star performance by renowned sitar player and composer Jonthan Mayer.

Jonathan, who has worked with the London Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestra as well as the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Paul Weller, will be performing the UK premiere of his new Sitar Concerto at the concert at St Anne’s Limehouse on Friday March 28th.

This exciting and varied concert also includes Antonin Dvorak’s hugely popular Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’ as well as works from American composer Samuel Barber and Mexican composer Arturo Marquez.

Jonathan, son of the late Indian composer and Indo-Jazz Fusions founder John Mayer, is currently one of the most versatile sitarists in the world, having studied both Indian & western music.

From these traditions he has developed a unique creativity towards the sitar. He has performed around the world as a soloist in countries including India, Sri Lanka, UK, Abu Dhabi, Monte Carlo, France, Germany, America, Russia, Australia and Bangladesh. Jonathan has even given a private performance at No 10 Downing Street.

Great Britten

Friday 22nd November 2013, 7:30pm

Venue: St Anne's Limehouse, London, E14 7HP

Tickets:  £12 (Advanced) £10 (Concessions) £15 (Door)

  • ‘A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra’ – Benjamin Britten with illustrations by James Mayhew
  • ‘Four Sea Interludes’ - Benjamin Britten with illustrations by James Mayhew
  • Symphony No. 4 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Docklands Sinfonia will be joined by renowned children’s author James Mayhew for a celebration of one of Britain’s greatest composers Benjamin Britten. 

Mayhew, who has illustrated childrens’ favourites such as ‘Ella Bella ballerina’, will create original art work while the orchestra plays two of Britten’s much-loved compositions.

The concert at St Anne’s, Limehouse, will be performed on the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth on November 22 1913.

The programme features Britten’s  ‘A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra’ which is one of the composer’s best-known scores and ranks alongside Saint-Saëns' ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ and Prokofiev's ‘Peter and the Wolf’ as the compositions most often used to introduce children to classical music. This will be followed by Britten’s ‘Four Sea Interludes’ from his opera ‘Peter Grimes’.

During each performance of Britten’s work, Mayhew will be creating his own unique paintings to illustrate the themes of the orchestral pieces.

Acoustic Earth

Friday 12th July 2013, 7:30pm

Acoustic Earth

Venue: St Anne's Limehouse, London, E14 7HP

Tickets:  £12 (Advanced) £10 (Concessions) £15 (Door)

  • The Land of the Mountain and the Flood - Hamish MacCunn
  • Slow Motion Sleeper - Pete Walton (World Premiere); Soloists - Acoustic Earth
  • The Concerto for Orchestra - Bela Bartok

Docklands Sinfonia is teaming up with exciting new trio Acoustic Earth for this concert at St Anne's where classical meets jazz.

Acoustic Earth features top UK session players Andy Findon on flutes and whistles, James Turner on tuned percussion and drums and Pete Walton on acoustic guitar. The trio has years of experience working on films (Harry Potter, James Bond, & Star Wars). theatres (RSC The National Theatre, Royal Opera House, London's West End) and festivals throughout Europe.

The programme, conducted by Docklands Sinfonia’s musical director Spencer Down, will also feature Hamish MacCunn's emotive 'The Land of the Mountain and the Flood'. Bela Bartok's 'Concerto for Orchestra' will showcase the talents of this young and dynamic orchestra.

Pictures

Friday 15th March 2013, 7:30pm

Pictures

Venue: St Anne's Limehouse, London, E14 7HP

Tickets:  £12 (Advanced) £10 (Concessions) £15 (Door)

  • Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copland
  • Cello Concerto No. 2 (Soloist - Leonard Elschenbroich) - Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel

Docklands Sinfonia welcomes back young cello virtuoso Leonard Elschenbroich for our next concert at St Anne’s Limehouse on Friday 15th March 2013. Named in October 2012 as one of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists 2012-14 and billed as "one the most charismatic cellists of his generation", Elschenbroich will perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.2.

The programme, conducted by Docklands Sinfonia’s musical director Spencer Down, will also feature Mussorgsky’s popular Pictures at an Exhibition and Copland’s majestic Fanfare for The Common Man.

The Nutcracker

Friday 30th November 2012, 7:30pm

The Nutcracker

Venue: St Anne's Limehouse, London, E14 7HP

Tickets:  £12 (Advanced) £10 (Concessions) £15 (Door)

  • Giuseppe Verdi – La Forza del destino (The Force of Destiny)
  • Lucy Pankhurst - Ticket: 250654 (World Premiere)
  • Ottorino Respighi – Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome)
  • Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker

Well-known children’s author and illustrator James Mayhew  joins Docklands Sinfonia for this magical pre-Christmas concert at St Anne’s, Limehouse.

The orchestra and illustrator will tell the enchanting Nutcracker story from the battles with the Mouse King to the sparkling Land of Sweets. As Docklands Sinfonia plays Tchaikovsky’s dazzling music, the audience will enjoy the thrill of watching James’ artwork emerge in front of their eyes.

James says he wants the concert to be 'relaxed, fun and thoroughly entertaining'. He says: ‘It’s a transient moment and the image is a one off, created in the white heat of the moment. You leave your ego at the theatre door and serve the composer and the audience! Hopefully people will see that classical music doesn’t have to be high brow.'

The concert includes the world premiere of 'Ticket: 250654' by British Composer Award 2011 winner Lucy Pankhurst. The piece is named after the single ticket which was given to the 8 musicians who played and died aboard the Titanic on April 15th 1912.

Docklands Sinfonia will also perform Giuseppe Verdi’s dramatic 'The Force of Destiny' and Ottorino Respighi’s stunning tone poem 'Pines of Rome'.

Out of This World

Friday 22nd June 2012, 7:30pm

Out Of This World

Venue: St Anne's Limehouse, London, E14 7HP

Tickets:  £12 (Advanced) £10 (Concessions) £15 (Door)

  • John Williams - Star Wars
  • Patrick Hawes - Quanta Qualia
  • Howard Goodall - Factum Est Silentium
  • Gustav Holst - The Planets Suite

This stunning concert promises to be an 'Out of This World' experience with space classics including John William's legendary Star Wars Suite and Gustav Holst's epic The Planets Suite.

The concert features the 100-strong Docklands Sinfonia orchestra and the acclaimed Skolia choir, winners of this year's Manchester Amateur Choir competition. Skolia will also be performing a number of choral works including Patrick Hawes' stunning composition Quanta Qualia.  

The evening will also feature a brief awards ceremony for winners of the Jubilee Arts and Poetry competition. Five local schools took part in the competition. Prizes will be presented by Charles Saumarez-Smith, director of the Royal Academy of Arts. Docklands Sinfonia's patron Admiral Lord West, Lady West, Lord and Lady Owen and local MP Jim Fitzpatrick will also be attending.

Gala concert with Alison Balsom at Guildford Cathedral for Forces Children's Trust

Wednesday 16th May

The Planets

Venue: Guildford Cathedral, Surrey

Tickets: £20 (£15 concessions), £15 (£10 concessions), £10 (£5 concessions)

 

  • The Dambusters March - Eric Coates
  • Lament (word premiere) - Peter Meechan
  • Trumpet Concerto – Joseph Haydn
  • The Planets Suite – Gustav Holst

Award-winning classical trumpeter Alison Balsom will perform alongside Docklands Sinfonia at a gala concert for the Forces Children’s Trust on May 16th

The concert aims to raise money for the charity, which raises awareness and funds for children whose parents have died or been badly injured whilst serving in the UK’s Armed Forces. Its activities range from organising days out to theatres to arranging counselling for bereaved children.

Alison, who was named Female Artist of the Year 2009 and 2011 in the Classical Brit Awards, will be performing Joseph Haydn’s virtuosic trumpet concert under the baton of conductor Spencer Down.

Docklands Sinfonia, which has enjoyed incredible success with performances at Buckingham Palace for the Queen and at the Royal Albert Hall, will also perform Gustav Holst’s dramatic ‘The Planets’ suite with the Skolia choir.

The concert is the brainchild of Lawrence Clark, who prior to joining the RAF, used to be a professional musician. 

Against The Odds

Friday 16th March 2012, 7:30pm

Against the Odds

Venue: St Anne's, Limehouse, London E14 7HP

Tickets: £12 (Advanced) £10 (Concessions) £15 (Door)

  • Mehran Rouhani - Sinfonietta Synthetical (UK Premiere)
  • Jeremy Holland-Smith - Memento (Featuring the A.D. Dance Company)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D Minor

Docklands Sinfonia's next concert 'Against the Odds' at St Anne's, Limehouse, features the works of composers who have fought for their music to see the light of day.

The concert begins with the UK premiere of Persian composer Mehran Rouhani's Sinfonietta Synthetical. Rouhani, who studied composition at the Royal College of Music under the likes of Sir Michael Tippett, has never had his orchestral music performed in his native Iran.

Docklands Sinfonia will then perform the world premiere of Memento, an exciting new ballet work by British composer Jeremy Holland-Smith which features the acclaimed A.D. Dance Company.

The concert finishes with Shostakovich’s heroic Symphony No. 5 in D Minor. Composed during the most savage days of Stalin's iron rule, Shostakovich demonstrates that true genius can prevail against the odds.

Claygate Festival

Thursday 22nd March 2012, 7:30pm

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Claygate, Surrey

Tickets:  tickets, costing £10 (adults) £4 (child),

  • Mendelssohn - The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave),
  • Weber - Clarinet Concerto No.2 (Soloist: Romola Smith)
  • Bartok - Rumanian Folk Dances
  • Mozart - Symphony No.40 in G minor. 

Docklands Sinfonia makes its debut at the Claygate Festival in Surrey. For tickets, please go to www.claygatemusicfest.com

Chelmsford M&G Series

Sunday 19th February 2012, 7:30pm

Venue: Chelmsford Civic Theatres

Tickets: From £12:50

  • Coates -  London Suite
  • Wilson - Timpani Concerto (Soloist: Scott Wilson)
  • Delius - The Walk to the Paradise Garden
  • Elgar -  Enigma Variations

Docklands Sinfonia is thrilled to be making its first appearance at Chelmsford's prestigious M&G civic concert series on Sunday 19th February 2012.

The orchestra will be celebrating the best of British orchestral music with pieces by Coates, Wilson, Delius and Elgar.

Coates' work has been made famous by many films, TV and radio programmes - The Dam Busters being his most famous. However, for this performance, we shall hear his most popular piece - the London Suite, which effortlessly evokes the very 'Britishness' of 1930's Britain.

Jeffery Wilson's Timpani Concerto is a visual and aural feast of melodic and rhythmic drama.

Delius' The Walk to the Paradise Garden is a truly beautiful and masterful piece. A perennial favourite, audiences cannot help but be moved by the sheer emotion of this music.

Lastly, Elgar's Enigma Variations is arguably one of the most popular British orchestral works

With more than 100 performances over the last 23 years, the M&G civil concert series has established itself as one of the most prestigious classical events in Essex, celebrating the very best in classical music from some of the world's most talented orchestras and musicians.

Other orchestras performing at the series, include Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

Made in Britain

Friday 2nd December 2011, 7:30pm

Made in Britain

Venue: St Anne’s Church, Limehouse, London E14 7HP

Tickets: £10/ £8 concessions

  • Coates - London Suite
  • Wilson - Timpani Concerto (Soloist: Scott Wilson)
  • Delius - The Walk to the Paradise Garden
  • Elgar - Enigma Variations

Docklands Sinfonia celebrates the very best of British orchestral music with pieces by Coates, Wilson, Delius and Elgar.

Coates' work has been made famous by many films, TV and radio programmes - The Dam Busters being his most famous. However, for this performance, we shall hear his most popular piece - the London Suite, which effortlessly evokes the very 'Britishness' of 1930's Britain.

Jeffery Wilson's Timpani Concerto is a visual and aural feast of melodic and rhythmic drama.

Delius' The Walk to the Paradise Garden is a truly beautiful and masterful piece. A perennial favourite, audiences cannot help but be moved by the sheer emotion of this music.

Lastly, Elgar's Enigma Variations is arguably one of the most popular British orchestral works

St Peter's Notting Hill

Saturday November 19th 2011

St Peter's Notting Hill

Docklands Sinfonia will be performing with the acclaimed Skolia choir at St Peter's in Notting Hill . The programme will include Sibelius' 'Finlandia', Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Poulenc's 'Stabat Mater'. Details on how to book tickets will follow.

'Passions of Youth' concert

Friday 15th July 2011, 7:30pm

Passions of Youth

Following its recording at the BBC's Maida Vale studios, Docklands Sinfonia will open its next public concert with Jack Beaver's Cavalcade of Youth.

The orchestra will carry on with the youth theme with a performance of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto by Docklands Sinfonia's impressive 22-year-old leader Jeanine Thorpe.

Docklands Sinfonia will bring the concert to a close with Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade - based around the tale of the young princess.

Venue: St Anne’s Church, Three Colt Street, Limehouse, London E14 7HP

Tickets: £10/ £8 concessions

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BBC Radio 3 'Light Fantastic' recording

Sunday May 22nd 2011

Docklands Sinfonia has been selected to make a recording at the BBC studios in Maida Vale on May 22nd for BBC Radio 3's 'Light Fantastic' festival celebrating British light orchestral music.

The orchestra will record Jack Beaver's rousing 'Cavalcade of Youth' which is best known as the theme tune to the 1950s radio play 'The Barlows of Beddington'.

Concert for the Queen, Buckingham Palace Ballroom

Monday 9th May 2011

Buckingham Palace

Docklands Sinfonia is honoured to have been invited to perform for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at a Reception at Buckingham Palace this Monday, 9th May 2011.

The symphony orchestra will perform alongside distinguished artists – including world famous soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - at the Reception to celebrate young talent in the British Performing Arts.

Rextreme

18th March 2010

Rextreme

International trumpet virtuoso Rex Richardson will be the guest soloist at Docklands Sinfonia’s next concert on Friday March 18th.

Rex will be performing the UK premiere of acclaimed American composer Jim Stephenson’s Rextreme concerto no.2 for trumpet and orchestra. Rex will also perform a tribute to jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

Rextreme was written specifically for Rex to showcase his extraordinary talent. The 20 minute work combines classical form with modern harmonies, sophisticated rhythms, and jazz influences. The trumpet part calls for extremes of agility, range, and endurance, pushing the border between what is ‘possible and not possible’ on the trumpet.

American-born Rex, who has been hailed as one of the world’s finest trumpet players, will be appearing in London after performing a series of European concerts. In 2008, the Yamaha performing artist was named the Brass Herald magazine’s personality of the year.

Docklands Sinfonia, which has been rated as one of London’s top five non-professional orchestras, will also be performing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.

Imogen Heap at the Royal Albert Hall

5th November 2010

Imogen Heap

Docklands Sinfonia will be performing the premiere of Grammy winner Imogen Heap's orchestral composition 'Love The Earth' at the Royal Albert Hall.

The piece will be streamed live over the internet and will accompany the singer-songwriter's new film about nature. It will be the first time that a performance has been broadcast in high definition over the internet from this famous London concert venue.

http://www.lovetheearthfilm.org/