EUMS Sinfonia

  • Where: Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square
  • When: Saturday mornings, from 10.30am until 1.30pm
  • Contact: sinfonia@eums.org.uk

Sinfonia is a semi-auditioned full symphony orchestra that rehearses under the baton of Michael Devlin.

The orchestra aims to provide an opportunity for keen string players to get a chance to rehearse and perform with a full scale orchestra without the stress of auditions, whilst also trying to create enough of a challenge for the auditioned woodwind, brass and percussion sections. Auditions take place during Freshers Week at the beginning of every academic year and involve performing a previously selected piece of music as well as some sight reading. All string players are welcome to join the orchestra without auditioning, although we expect a standard of at least ABRSM grade 6 (grade 8 is ideal) to cope with the challenging repertoire.

Like the society’s other ensembles, Sinfonia holds a concert towards the end of every term in venues such as the Reid Concert Hall, Greyfriars Kirk and St Mary’s Cathedral. Recent concerts have included performances of challenging works such as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and Capriccio Italien, Pomp and Circumstance Marches by Elgar and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3. Have a listen to one of our recordings on Last.fm.

Every other year, the orchestra joins forces with the society’s Chorus to perform a large scale orchestral and choral piece. Last year such a collaboration took place with the two ensembles delivering a superb performance of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang” in St. Mary’s Cathedral on Palmerston Place. Sinfonia further serves as a platform for talented student soloists to perform with a full orchestra. Recently this has included a highly acclaimed performance of Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1. Click here to find more details about our past concerts.

Last but not least, Sinfonia has a lot to offer from a social perspective too. Social activities include lunch in Teviot after every rehearsal, as well as sectional meals and other events with the whole of the society.

For further details, please get in touch with our Sinfonia Manager at sinfonia@eums.org.uk.


Read about our other ensembles:

  • Chorus, an non-auditioned choir of over 100 people.
  • Symphony Orchestra, an auditioned, large orchestra of a very high standard.