The Elgar Sinfonia of London

Championing British Music in the Heart of London

The Elgar Sinfonia of London

 “The trees are singing my music, or have I sung theirs?” Sir Edward Elgar

The Elgar Sinfonia has been formed to realise the long standing desire of conductor Adrian Brown to conduct Elgar and other composers close to his heart with a single artistic vision. Lesser known works of Elgar and Berlioz in particular will be performed alongside great and popular works of the British repertory.

October 2021

The perfect way to celebrate not only British music and Elgar but also Dame Janet Baker receiving the Elgar Medal and 50years of the Elgar Society. Thank you to all who played wonderfully, Elgar himself for the magical composition and of course the other “side of the triangle” as Dame Janet so beautifully said, “the audience.” Fantastic to finally get the chance to fill every seat again!!

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Conductor Adrian Brown
Leader: Ryo Koyama


Elgar ‘Froissart’ Overture

Finzi Cello Concerto with soloist Indira Grier
sponsored by David Coronel and the Finzi Trust

Vaughan Williams Symphony no.5
to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer

Featured Review by Edward Clark,
Musical Opinion, March 2020
This concert, given by the Elgar Sinfonia of London, conducted by Adrian Brown and given on Sunday 8 March at St John’s Church, Waterloo, received a capacity audience when a small one could have been expected due to the coronavirus situation. The reason for such enthusiasm was the welcome recognition of Brown’s Elgarian credentials through his being awarded the Elgar Medal at the end of the concert. To reinforce the award Brown ended the concert with a heartfelt performance of the Third Symphony by Elgar elaborated by Anthony Payne. It was Payne who made the award and both musicians can be thanked for allowing sketches left by Elgar to be used and performed for such a successful endeavour, both through the score and the performance. The orchestra warmed to its task by projecting the music with real purpose, through four movements all put together from varying degrees of sketches for a Third Symphony left unfinished by Elgar. Brown produced both effulgent tone when needed in the more ceremonial moments and the warmest, softest sounds in places that now exist in all their grandeur in this near miraculous score. From the other end of Elgar’s life, the concert opened in full noblimente style with the Imperial March composed in 1897. It allowed the orchestra to begin the concert with full-hearted enthusiasm. Brown often revives English works that have dropped out of fashion. No better description can be made of the Piano Concerto by John Ireland; once a favourite of performers and audiences, this highly emotional (think Rachmaninov in places) concerto received a suitably virtuoso performance from Rustam Khanmurzin who played it from memory. Despite our national woes this concert lifted the spirits for all who were there to pay tribute to one of Great Britain’s finest conductors and composers.
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Featured Review by Edward Clark,
Musical Opinion, June 2021
This concert was a welcome return to live music making for the players of this notable orchestra under the baton of its founder, Adrian Brown. As it happens, we both returned to hearing live music through the same conduit; it was Adrian Brown and his orchestra that I last attended in concert before lockdown all those months ago. It was marvellous to be back although the venue changed. This concert took place at St. Andrew’s Church, Holborn, London on Sunday 27th June 2021 at 4.30pm. Brown chose three master works that, arguably, showed each composer at the pinnacle of their careers. First came the Overture: The Land of the Mountain and the Flood by Hamish MacCunn. He wrote it at the early age of 19 so it may be presumptuous to claim it as the composer’s finest work. The truth is we rarely hear it in concert but it does now receive regular broadcasts on BBC R3 and Classic FM. I am unaware of any other work of his that comes near to the popularity of this lovely Overture so presume it really is a one hit wonder in his career, albeit a very early one. Brown certainly believes in its merits and gave a loving, forthright performance helped by some splendid playing by the orchestra, in particular the brass section, which gave heed to its excellence throughout the concert. There followed an undoubted masterpiece by Frederick Delius, his glorious Violin Concerto, a work so rapt in its intimacy that any live concert seems to be an intrusion on the inner world of the composer.....
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 4 reviews
 by Anon

An absolutely transcendent Elgar Cello Concerto. The soloist sounded like he was improvising it as he went along, and Adrian's super-responsive conducting gave the impression that the orchestra improvised their responses. I heard so many new things. Truly remarkable.

 by T&A Hardy

Congratulations to Adrian and all concerned with last Sunday's event.
It was a huge success and hopefully the first of many.

 by Dwight Pil-Gray

Great Concert - Congratulations Adrian Brown and the Orchestra, it was a fabulous evening!

 by Malcolm

Thoroughly enjoyed this concert, really exceptional quality and most enjoyed the variety of colour Adrian Brown was able to draw out of the orchestra. We go to a great number of concerts in London due to our daughter being a player, so we have a lot to compare it to - this was absolutely a stand out concert of the year and we feel privileged to have witnessed it. Thankyou!