'A painter paints a picture on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence'.
Dvořák Cello Symphony No.9
From the New World
Soloist : Catherine Strachan
The TSinf has been running for 2 years now and is based in Thirsk. We have been successful in recruiting around 50 musicians from all over the North of England.
We are proud to be the first (that we can find) full sized orchestra in the market town of Thirsk with George Morton as our esteemed conductor.
Thirsk Sinfonia aims to give both musicians performing and the audience a varied and challenging repertoire that will be interesting and enjoyable to all ages.
Repertoire and Programming
By forming the programmes from the suggestions of both musicians and the wider public, we aim to include works that will stretch the musicians abilities but that are also enjoyable for the audience to listen to. We are keen to perform works that are less well-known and/or not often performed. This may include music of other cultures or genres such as klezmer or jazz.
We are aiming to give around three concerts per year in March, June and September in or around the Thirsk area.
We recruit, wherever possible, from Thirsk and the surrounding areas although to retain the size and calibre of our musicians’ playing ability it is sometimes necessary to recruit from outside.
February 17th Family concert
Review by Bobby age 8
On the 17th February Thirsk Sinfonia did a family concert with Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Carribean and Peter and the Wolf.
After they had played the pieces they introduced the instrument families, which are strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. My favourite was the cello (surprise, surprise Mum was playing it!)
My favourite family was the strings.
Pete age 37
I thoroughly enjoyed the sell out concert on February 17th. It was a friendly occasion and had something for everyone- my four boys ages 1, 5, and 8 all got something out of the music and stories and my own personal favourite was The Lord of The Rings. It was great to hear and see the different instruments introduced by the conductor at various points throughout the performance.
I am already looking forward the the next concert!
Free concert St Oswalds Church August 6th:
"Philip Cull was amazing"
"Gabriel's Oboe was beautiful"
"The strings played together beautifully"
"I'll definitely be going to the next concert"
Night at the Cinema Reviews:
"This is probably the first time that a full orchestra has ever played to a film at the Ritz; there are no surviving records, but the atmosphere was probably only ever enhanced by a lady piano player!"
"A privilge to be in the audience"