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Join us for one night only in Luton, Slough, and Leicester for a ground-breaking new piece of music fusing the musical traditions of east and west with the world famous master of sarod Amjad Ali Khan

Buy tickets for Friday 10 November in Luton here

Buy tickets for Saturday 11 November in Slough here

Buy tickets for Monday 13 November in Leicester here

Saturday 4 November 2017, 7.30pm

The Bagri Foundation presents:

Strauss Reflected

Hosted by Classic FM’s John Suchet

Venue: Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Strauss Reflected presents an exciting and compelling story that reveals the emotionally charged lives and music of the Strauss family.

With his contagious enthusiasm and extraordinary storytelling skills, John Suchet unravels the family’s tensions, dramas and triumphs and provides the audience with key elements to appreciate their music.

The concert sheds fresh light on the shared roots of western and eastern musical traditions with Sinfonia Verdi performing some of the most famous orchestral scores of the Strauss masters interspersed with improvised reflections and interpretations of their inner turmoil, by acclaimed Hindustani Classical vocalist Meeta Pandit.


Meeta Pandit
live improvised reflections interspersed between:
Johann Strauss I
Beliebte Annen-Polka
Johann Strauss II
Josef Strauss
Johann Strauss II
Tritsch Tratsch Polka; Overture Die Fledermaus; Emperor Waltz
Eduard Strauss
Elektrisch Polka
Johann Strauss II
Blue Danube
Johann Strauss I
Radetzky March


John Suchet
Meeta Pandit
David Murphy
Sinfonia Verdi


Ticket Booking:  Box Office 020 7730 4500



Sinfonia Verdi and UKCCA host a FREE music club this summer for parents and toddlers.

Groups of parents and toddlers in Luton are coming together for four weeks during June and July 2017 for a unique mini-series of fun-packed playtime.

We would love you to join in!

You and your toddler will join in fun games and enjoy the characters, colours and sounds brought to you by musicians from Sinfonia Verdi and the inspirational team behind the popular Billy’s Band children’s series.

You will meet different members of the band and experience a range of special playtime activities you can also do at home.

Sign up for at least four sessions by calling UKCCA tel: 01582 437100 or email us



UKCCA, 3 St Mary’s Road, Luton, LU1 3JA


The series consists of four sessions and you will need to come to all four of them.

Come along on Tuesday or Thursday morning for four weeks
Week 1: June 20 and 22
Week 2: June 27 and 29
Week 3: July 4 and 6
Week 4: July 11 and 13

Choose your preferred playtime from either

Sign up for at least four sessions by calling UKCCA tel: 01582 437100 or email us

There will be a Billy’s Band Family Concert for the whole family at the end of the series.


Billy’s Band Music Club is supported by Youth Music and made possible thanks to our partners.


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Roots of Fire!

………….Bringing Worlds Together through Music


A Groundbreaking Project generously supported by the Bagri Foundation

January 2017 – beginning in Luton with education workshops, Sinfonia Verdi then travel to India on January 15th to work with the legendary Sarod virtuoso Amjad Ali Khan and his sons the wonderful Sarod players Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash to embark on a project that will explore the common roots of Indian and Western music.

Roots of Fire! is a multi-year journey to the creative source of the music of mankind. At the project’s centre is the belief that we all share the same fundamental musical DNA, and that the same creative spark is at the roots of all of our music. These creative roots ultimately know no boundaries of culture, nationality or religion.   The Roots of Fire Project was launched at the Association of British Orchestras Conference in January 2016, where conference delegates explored the issues of Cross Cultural Collaboration with Indian musicians hands on. The conference feedback demonstrated the huge demand for this work. Research and development has ensued and the project is now reaching its workshop and performance phase. The Roots of Fire journey is continuing in Goa and Mumbai in India and Luton, Leicester and Slough in the UK. Why start with these locations? Luton, Leicester and Slough are the UKs “super diverse” cities (and thus offer an unparalleled opportunity to find and be inspired by shared musical roots) and Goa is one of the greatest musical melting pots on Earth and as such represents the perfect springboard for the Roots of Fire! journey.

Through open masterclasses and workshops held at the Lourdes Convent in Saligao, Goa beginning on 16th January, Goan children and local musicians will both witness, and be enabled to play a part in, musical collaboration through the fusion of Eastern and Western traditions. The workshops will help to create unique cross-cultural work that will be performed for the first time at the Kala Academy, Goa on 19th January. The performance will also include works by Mozart, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and David Murphy. The project then moves to Mumbai for one of the first musical performances at the newly restored Royal Opera House, Mumbai on 20th January

We are immensely grateful to the Bagri Foundation for their generous support, to the Deccan Heritage Foundation and Showhouse Events for their support for the project and to Thomas Cook Airlines for their help with international travel.

Sacred Songs at the UKCCA

December 16th 2016 at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts

A spectacular genre-busting musical extravaganza showcasing classical, world music and jazz, and featuring the fantastic community choirs of Luton.

Mozart and Bach in St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Bach Choir & Sinfonia Verdi

November 12th 2016 at 7.30pm

Mozart Requiem and Bach Magnificat in the glorious surroundings of St Albans Cathedral featuring the wonderful St Albans Bach Choir.

Tickets available from


John Suchet Presents: Strauss the Last Waltz in Concert

St Albans Cathedral, September 17th 2016 at 7.30pm


They wrote some of the best-loved melodies in all music…

Who cannot hum a Strauss waltz? Yet behind the prolific compositions lay a darker discord of family drama, tension and disaster, all set against the turbulent backdrop of nineteenth century Austria.

In this one-off special concert, featuring Classic FM’s John Suchet and acclaimed international orchestra, Sinfonia Verdi, delight in the magnificent music of the Strausses and discover the truth behind Vienna’s extraordinary musical dynasty.

The Last Waltz in Concert will feature all-Strauss favourites, including the Blue Danube Waltz, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Tritsch Tratsch Polka and Radetzky March.

For more information, click the following link:

Sinfonia Verdi at the ABO Conference 2016

January 22nd:

We are delighted to be giving the following presentation about our unique cross-cultural work and its role in Placemaking at the Association of British Orchestras Conference in Birmingham:


One of the main challenges for our sector is reaching into communities for whom classical music is not an indigenous art form. During this session we will explore the potential pitfalls encountered in cross-cultural work, the significant opportunities it presents for musicians’ professional development, plus the vibrant creativity that can result from musicians working outside their comfort zones. We will also look at how this work can develop new audiences. Led by David Murphy, Artistic Director of Sinfonia Verdi, this session is supported by the Bagri Foundation. With Simon Smith, Violin, Julia Barker, Violin, Enrico Alvares, Viola, and Laura Anstee, Cello, of Sinfonia Verdi, and Balu Raguraman, Indian Violin, and M. Balachandar, Mridangam, of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Centre.


Mozart & Fauré

St Albans Cathedral with St Albans Bach Choir
Saturday 12th March 2016 at 7.30pm

Mozart – Mass in C minor KV427

Fauré – Requiem

Tickets available from

Mozart & Duruflé

St Albans Cathedral with St Albans Bach Choir
Saturday 14th November 2015 at 7.30pm

Mozart – Adagio and Fugue in C minor K546
Mozart – Vesperae solennes de Dominica, KV321

Duruflé – Requiem

Tickets available from

Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast

St Albans Cathedral
Saturday 11th July 2015 at 7.30pm

R Vaughan Williams – Dona nobis pacem
Walton – Spitfire Prelude & Fugue
St Albans Cathedral, Saturday 11 July 2015 at 7.30pm
Promoted in association with the 28th
St Albans International Organ Festival

Tickets available online from

Orchestrating Success! Sinfonia Verdi with Indian Musicians at London Business School

During June Sinfonia Verdi, along with guest Indian Musicians, will be exploring issues of leadership and teamwork across cultures with Faculty and Students at London Business School. Music is an ideal metaphor for the dynamics of leadership and teamwork and we look forward to demonstrating the valuable lessons it can offer the next generation of global business leaders, who, along with their teams, will have to bridge cultural boundaries to enable success in an increasingly globalised world. This project has been made possible by the Bagri Foundation and we are extremely grateful for their support.

Sinfonia Verdi at Luton Mix Hub Conference July 8th

Interactive session entitled East Meets West – Fusion or Confusion?

St Matthew Passion Review

SV Review St Albans Bach Choir

Spring 2015

Our series of Instrumental Workshops for Young People is going from strength to strength, and we would like to invite our audience and friends to Sinfonia Verdi’s next performance on Baroque instruments:

Bach – St Matthew Passion

St Albans Cathedral
Saturday 21 March 2015 at 7.30pm

Conductor: Andrew Lucas, Leader: Kati Debrezeni
Sinfonia Verdi with baroque instruments

Norbert Meyn Evangelist
Matthew Baker Christus
Anna Dennis soprano
Tim Travers-Brown counter tenor
Peter Mitchell tenor
Lawrence White bass

Tickets available in January 2015 from
St Albans Cathedral website

Autumn 2014

Education is the backbone of our autumn season, along with cross cultural collaboration:

Norwich Arts Centre

Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 8pm

Ravi Shankar Opera Project – Sukanya

Conductor: David Murphy

Work in Progress Performance of Highlights from Act 1

Curve Theatre Leicester

Wednesday 1st October 2014 at 7pm

Ravi Shankar Opera Project – Sukanya

Conductor: David Murphy

Work in Progress Performance of Highlights from Act 1

St Albans Cathedral

Saturday 15 November 2014 at 7.30pm

Conductor: Andrew Lucas

Mary Bevan soprano
Tim Travers-Brown countertenor
Daniel Auchincloss tenor
Benjamin Bevan baritone

For tickets please visit Cathedral Website

Summer 2014

Our focus is education, education, education! With workshops in instrumental techniques, chamber music, cross cultural musical collaboration, singing and composition, plus the rolling out of a new version of our acclaimed “Orchestrating Success” workshops.

During April, we came together for a very memorable performance of Handel’s Oratorio Israel in Egypt in St Albans Cathedral. This performance featured the wonderful St Albans Bach Choir and their conductor Andrew Lucas:

St Albans Cathedral
Saturday 5 April 2014 at 7.30pm

Conductor: Andrew Lucas
Sinfonia Verdi (performing on period instruments)
Claire Bessent, Natalie Montakhab sopranos
James Neville alto
William Davies tenor
Andy Armistead, Steven East basses

Andrew Lucas can be heard conducting Sinfonia Verdi and the St Albans Cathedral Choir on this recent release on the Naxos label.

Bringing music to life… the next phase:

Sinfonia Verdi – embedded in the community

Sinfonia Verdi’s musicians can pop up anywhere in Luton at any time! As part of our strategy to be accessible to the whole community, our musicians can be found in the most unexpected places. On September 29th we brought live music to early morning commuters at Luton Station for the first time (they have requested it every morning…) Here is Violinist Sarah Thornett in action:


luton-station-2We have also begun a series of impromptu solo and chamber music performances at Connors Cafe Bar at the Hat Factory in Luton’s Cultural Quarter. It happens to have ideal acoustics!


During February we moved from Capability Green Luton into our new offices at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA), 3 St Marys Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 3JA. We are now in “downtown” Luton, next to the cultural quarter and in the midst of the business development district. We are currently developing some fabulous partnerships with UKCCA and the many creative people and organisations in Luton.

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UK Centre for Carnival Arts – Sinfonia Verdi’s new home in Luton.


Speaking of which, after our debut visit to India last year, we are currently in the process of putting together a further visit to the subcontinent as part of our developing international touring strategy, which now also encompasses China. Meetings are taking place with sponsors and UKTI. Things are moving fast, so watch this space!