Scottish Sinfonia

"Scotland's most exciting orchestra"



Conductor - Neil Mantle, MBE
Leader - Ruth Slater

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About Scottish Sinfonia

Sinfonia was founded in 1970 by Neil Mantle, who has conducted it ever since in over two hundred concerts. It has a basic playing strength of ninety players, augmented as required from a pool of around 160 members.

The orchestra is a highly successful mixture of professional players, instrumental teachers and amateurs with an age range of seventeen to seventy, all united in one common aim: to make music to the highest standard of which they are capable.

Each of our four annual concerts is preceded by six three-hour rehearsals held over over a three week period.

Since 2011, St. Cuthbert's Church, with its excellent acoustics, has been the orchestra's home: not only for performances, but also for all rehearsals — an inestimable benefit.

Sinfonia is an ensemble at home in a wide variety of musical styles, but is especially noted for its championing of the music of British composers — notably Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and several of the orchestra's performances of these works (and others) may be enjoyed by following our links to YouTube.

Our new leader, Ruth Slater, was appointed in November 2021, and is only the third leader in our fifty-one year history. We greatly look forward to her valuable input over the coming years.

In addition to our regular concert series in Edinburgh, plans are also advancing for our first trip outside the UK in 2023.

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