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NICK BEACH

Conductor Nick grew up in Cornwall where he led the Cornwall Youth Orchestra. He studied at Dartington with Malcolm Latchem and then at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies. Nick worked for several years for Berkshire Young Musicians Trust as a violin teacher and later manager. There he conducted the Berkshire Youth Orchestra and several string orchestras. He also conducted several large scale collaborative projects, including community operas. In 2002 Nick moved to Trinity College London in a role working closely with UK music services, including providing training and development for teachers. He was appointed as Academic Director with Trinity in 2010 with leadership of Trinity’s qualifications and examiners across the performing arts. In 2018 Nick stepped down from Trinity and he and Sally moved to Jopes Mill, where they have set up Jopes Music which is developing music performance activities in South East Cornwall, including the Jopes Mill Orchestra which Nick conducts. He is also active in Cornwall as a violinist and is leader of the Jopes Ensemble, a flexible group offering chamber concerts in Cornwall and Devon. Nick writes on music education and has two previously published books and another coming out later in 2024.

MARTIN WHITE

Leader Martin studied violin from an early age most notably with Nesta Franklin and Sue Otty. He attended specialist music school on Saturdays during the whole of his school career, and read English and Music at university. He completed external degrees on the violin from Trinity College London. Now retired from teaching in state secondary schools, he is a member of a number of music ensembles in Cornwall including the Corineus quartet, the Heinichen Ensemble an original instrument group and the South West Baroque Orchestra based in Devon.
CHAMBER MUSIC IN THE 21ST CENTURY We meet on Thursdays throughout the year (except during school holidays) in Ladock Village Hall at 7:30 pm for rehearsals and a cuppa. Usually we give one or two concerts per term.
OVER 40 YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC St Mewan Sinfonia started as a string quartet in the 1970's and grew into a string orchestra by 1974. The first rehearsal venue, St Mewan Church Hall gave the string orchestra its name. Over the years, the orchestra has grown in size, and the venue has changed to reflect that. For our detailed history click or tap here.
CORNWALL’s PREMIERE STRING ORCHESTRA

WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE!

St Mewan Sinfonia is Cornwall's premier string orchestra, Apart from playing for enjoyment, the orchestra raises money for charity by giving a series of concerts of classical music every year. The orchestra rehearses throughout the year (except during school holidays), with a new repertoire every term. We also invite solo singers and instrumentalists to perform with us and our repertoire ranges from music of the Baroque period to contemporary works. One recent concert included 4 world premieres! St Mewan Sinfonia is a registered charity (no. 1021171). We are currently looking for at least one more strong experienced violinist! If you’re interested please contact us.
OUR NEXT CONCERT IS ON  SUNDAY 17th MARCH 2024 ____________________________________

FOCUS ON PEOPLE

Are you interested in playing with us? The kind of player we are looking for will be roughly of Grade 8 standard or have comparable orchestral experience. We do not audition in the formal sense, but ask any prospective member to come along to a couple of rehearsals to play next to the section leader who can then make a decision. Ideally, you would come along at the start of the term as we begin work on new repertoire. If you're interested, please email us on stmewansinfonia@gmail.com
Our next concert will be on Sunday 17th March 2024 at St Sampson’s Church, Golant, near Fowey, PL23 1LB at 6.30 pm Tickets- £10 (cash/card) on the door, includes a glass of wine. In support of St Sampson’s Church. Holberg Suite - Greig Noveletten- Coleridge Taylor Entr’acte- Caroline Shaw Romance- Gerald Finzi Danny Boy- Frederic Weatherly (it’s St Patrick’s Day, after all!) Musical Director- Nick Beach Leader- Martin White
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CHAMBER MUSIC IN THE 21ST CENTURY We meet on Thursdays throughout the year (except during school holidays) in Ladock Village Hall at 7:30 pm for rehearsals and a cuppa. Usually we give one or two concerts per term.
OVER 40 YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC St Mewan Sinfonia started as a string quartet in the 1970's and grew into a string orchestra by 1974. The first rehearsal venue, St Mewan Church Hall gave the string orchestra its name. Over the years, the orchestra has grown in size, and the venue has changed to reflect that. For our detailed history click or tap here.
CORNWALL’s PREMIERE STRING ORCHESTRA

WELCOME TO OUR

WEBSITE!

St Mewan Sinfonia is Cornwall's premier string orchestra, Apart from playing for enjoyment, the orchestra raises money for charity by giving a series of concerts of classical music every year. The orchestra rehearses throughout the year (except during school holidays), with a new repertoire every term. We also invite solo singers and instrumentalists to perform with us and our repertoire ranges from music of the Baroque period to contemporary works. One recent concert included 4 world premieres! St Mewan Sinfonia is a registered charity (no. 1021171). We are currently looking for at least one more strong experienced violinist! If you’re interested please contact us.
OUR NEXT CONCERT IS ON SUNDAY 17th MARCH 2024 ____________________________________

ABOUT US

FOCUS ON PEOPLE

Interested in playing with us? The kind of player we are looking for will be roughly of Grade 8 standard or have comparable orchestral experience. We do not audition in the formal sense, but ask any prospective member to come along to a couple of rehearsals to play next to the section leader who can then make a decision. Ideally, you would come along at the start of the term as we begin work on new repertoire. We are currently looking for violin players, a second double bass and possibly another viola. If you are interested in joining us, please email us!