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Southbank Sinfonia

Southbank Sinfonia is an orchestra of young professionals described by The Independent as ‘a hugely talented young ensemble whose performances are always theatrical’. It is internationally recognised as a leading orchestral academy, each year bringing together 33 of the world’s most promising graduate musicians to provide a much-needed springboard into the profession.

Its annual fellowship provides unparalleled opportunities to gain crucial experience in orchestral repertoire, chamber music, opera, dance and theatre – often in partnership with leading performing arts organisations including the Royal Opera and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. From giving the first ever performance of Mozart’s Requiem at Notre-Dame to taking centre-stage in the National Theatre’s acclaimed new production of Amadeus, Southbank Sinfonia ensures new generations uphold a venerable tradition, but also asks anew what orchestras have the power to communicate in the modern world.

Alongside this, specialist development sessions that embrace leadership and communication provide each musician with the professional toolkit required to pioneer their own future musical ventures. To date, nearly 500 musicians have completed the programme, many going on to enjoy exciting careers with leading orchestras worldwide.

Founded in 2002 by Music Director Simon Over, the orchestra is proud to be based at St John’s Waterloo, in the heart of London, where its musicians bring their own exploratory impulse to bite-sized Free Rush Hour Concerts. By virtue of their youth, energy and excellence, Southbank Sinfonia players not only bring fresh resonance to the stage but are also ideally placed to act as role-models who inspire many younger musicians on London’s Southbank and beyond.

Enabling players to devote themselves fully to the experience, every place is free and every player receives a bursary. Making this possible is a family of supporters – trusts, organisations and individuals like you – who recognise the players’ potential and relish following their remarkable progress and the spirit they exude in performances. To find out how you can support the orchestra and discover more about its next performances, visit

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London Concert Choir concerts:

Rodney Earl Clarke
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
(7 July 2022)
Brahms: A German Requiem
(4 March 2019)
Opera House
A Night at the Opera
(13 July 2017)
Iron Duke
The Jutland Concert
(15 June 2016)
Mendelssohn: Elijah
(10 March 2015)
Breugel - The Harvesters
Haydn: The Seasons
(10 July 2014)
Eiffel Tower
The French Connection
(10 July 2013)
Verdi: Requiem
(9 March 2011)