About the Redhill Sinfonia
The Redhill Sinfonia is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the country. Established in 1891 under the name of “Redhill Society of Instrumentalists”, during its long history it has been associated with many famous names – including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob who were Presidents of the orchestra in 1946 and 1958 respectively – and has performed with numerous high-profile soloists (Leon Goossens, Jack Brymer, Gervase de Peyer, Timothy Jackson, Susan Gritton, Kai Gleusteen and Ivana Gavric to name but a few). The Sinfonia’s current President is Maureen Lovell, a well-known local cellist.
The orchestra has a membership of about 60 amateur and professional musicians and each year performs three concerts of varied repertoire, usually at Reigate Park Church, St Mary's Church, Reigate or the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill. Key to the orchestra’s continued success, popularity and high standard are the skill and enthusiasm of its professional conductor John Beswick and leader David Burton.