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Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square

The two leading London music charities will merge in April 2021 into one new organisation based out of St John’s Smith Square.  As one new charity, Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square will create a hub for world-class musical development, placing emerging talent at the heart of the organisation. It will offer a permanent home for a renowned orchestral fellowship programme and act as a beacon for the future of classical music, embracing versatility and innovation in everything from great symphonies to bold new musical adventures.
The pandemic has created an exceptional range of challenges for the arts and culture and its effects have been felt acutely by those on the brink of their careers, where so many opportunities have been lost. Both Southbank Sinfonia and St John’s Smith Square have proved their resilience reacting with agility and creativity. Inspired to achieve sustainability by coming together, Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square will be a catalyst for hope and renewal, giving a home to the next generation of orchestral musicians and embedding a creative community at their iconic concert hall in the heart of Westminster.
Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square will deliver an annual programme of orchestral training and development, incorporating workshops, projects and concerts that engage communities in the joy and benefits of music-making. The well-established and much-loved programme of regular festivals (eg. Christmas Festival, Holy Week Festival & London Festival of Baroque Music) will continue, as will the programme of exciting concerts and events from professional, community and education partners.
Simon Over (Music Director, Southbank Sinfonia) and Richard Heason (Director, St John’s Smith Square) will lead Southbank Sinfonia at St John’s Smith Square as Co-Directors. Southbank Sinfonia will make St John’s Smith Square its home from April 2021, with a free live-streamed concert on Thursday 15 April - the first in a new series.
Each year, Southbank Sinfonia welcomes 33 of the world’s most promising graduate musicians to embark on its renowned fellowship. The orchestra was founded in 2002 by Music Director Simon Over to provide graduate musicians with a much-needed springboard into the profession. More than just an orchestra, this is a community where young talents can find their own creative strengths, fulfil personal goals, make lasting contacts, and take their musicianship to new frontiers.
To date, almost 600 musicians have completed the programme and can be found worldwide in leading orchestras and acclaimed chamber ensembles, as inspiring music educators, and pioneering their own entrepreneurial musical ventures.
Live Streaming concerts ‘Rush Hour’ on 15 April, 23 April, and 6 May. Details can be found here:
For a full programme of events look here: