Apollo Sinfonia take to stage

Posted on Thursday 15th September 2011

An orchestra founded by several alumni is set to perform its biggest concert to date in Birmingham Conservatoire’s Adrian Boult Hall.

Apollo Sinfonia will play to more than 500 people – their biggest audience yet – marking a big step for a classical ensemble that three years ago was playing to small crowds in churches and community centres.

The group was set up in May 2008 by James Ham (BMus Music, 2005; MPhil Music, 2007) and Emma Beecham (BA Music and Hispanic Studies, 2005), along with James' brother Christopher and several other Birmingham alumni. Since then the orchestra has grown in stature, performing alongside internationally recognised pianist Tom Poster and forming a partnership with the Cure Parkinson’s Trust that allows them to play in greater venues to bigger audiences.

The concert, on Sunday 18th September at 7.00pm, will include a programme featuring Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, Finlandia by Sibelius and the Holberg Suite by Grieg.

James says: ‘It’s always fantastic to perform back in Birmingham – a city that has significantly shaped my musical career. With Apollo Sinfonia I’m proud to showcase the country’s brilliant young classical talent right here in the heart of the Midlands.’

Tickets are available from The Box, by calling +44 (0)121 245 4455 or visiting www.birmingham-box.co.uk  

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