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NIGEL WICKEN

Conductor Nigel was taught, inspired, at school by Peter Maxwell Davies, who later became Master of the Queen's Music. After studying trumpet and organ at the Royal College of Music, and a period working for the Arts Council, he started teaching at Cheltenham College. He was director of music at schools in Wiltshire and Sussex. He is organist of St. Mary's, Penzance and conductor of the Orchestra of St. Mary's, the Helston Chamber Choir and Camerata Kernow. He is also the continuo player for the early music group, the Henichen Ensemble. Musical interests are summed up as ancient and modern. With St Mewan Sinfonia, that translates into music from the baroque and from the 21st century. He believes strongly in promoting contemporary composers, and has directed several first performances.

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.
NEXT CONCERTS ST MYLOR CHURCH, MYLOR HARBOUR TR11 5UD 7pm Sunday 26th June 2022 in aid of the Friends of St Mylor Tickets £8 on the door  (cash only please)                               AND  ST WINNOW CHURCH, nr LOSTWITHIEL PL220LF   7pm Sunday 3rd July 2022         In aid of the Friends of St Winnow    Admission by programme £7 on the door  (includes a glass of wine or juice)  cash only please, students free      In memory of our dear friend  and fellow musician Frances Stephens  PROGRAMME (both concerts)                  Georg Muffat: Concerto II Cor vigilans Peter Warlock: Capriol Suite Michel-Richard Lalande: Ballet Suite de la Jeunesse interval Frank Bridge: Suite for Strings Peter Sculthorpe: My country childhood         ‘

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Director: Nigel Wicken

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
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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.
NEXT CONCERTS ST MYLOR CHURCH, MYLOR HARBOUR TR11 5UD 7pm Sunday 26th June 2022 in aid of the Friends of St Mylor Tickets £8 on the door (cash only please) AND ST WINNOW CHURCH, nr LOSTWITHIEL PL220LF 7pm Sunday 3rd July 2022 In aid of the Friends of St Winnow Admission by programme £7 on the door (includes a glass of wine or juice) cash only please, students free In memory of our dear friend and fellow musician Frances Stephens PROGRAMME (both concerts) Georg Muffat: Concerto II Cor vigilans Peter Warlock: Capriol Suite Michel-Richard Lalande: Ballet Suite de la Jeunesse interval Frank Bridge: Suite for Strings Peter Sculthorpe: My country childhood

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!