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Exciting times for Midland Sinfonia

Posted on January 19 2008 at 4:21:06 0 comments

Richard Laing

The Midland Sinfonia, now in its thirteenth year, has an exciting new Musical Director, Richard Laing, who assists Nigel Morley – well known local musician and founder the orchestra.

Richard completed his studies on the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Illinois, and won the Sinfonia VIVA Conducting Scholarship to the Birmingham Conservatoire.

In one year he gained his Masters degree, a postgraduate diploma in conducting, and the Conservatoire’s postgraduate prize for outstanding contribution to the musical life of the college.

With commissions across Europe, he also directs local groups including the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, the Leamington Chamber Orchestra, the Leicester Bach Choir and the Midlands Chorale.

He has worked with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Chandos Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Radio One DJ Bobby Fricton in a series of concerts in the Midlands.

Undergraduate work in Manchester on John F Kennedy’s policy in Vietnam won him the Kaiser Award for American History and he has presented papers on subjects as diverse as Hollywood film, reality TV and Wagner at major international conferences in America and Australia.

As Assistant Conductor with Sinfonia Cymru, which regularly tours with Bryn Terfel, and as Associate Conductor of the acclaimed Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra in Surrey, Richard is kept very busy indeed.

He has been a regular player with our local professional orchestra over the years and since his appointment has been bringing new ideas, energy and much enthusiasm to this established group.

The Midland Sinfonia’s first concert of 2008 is on February 16 at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, at 7.30pm.Richard will conduct the orchestra playing a programme of European String Music to include Mendelssohn’s Octet, the Adagio and Fugue by Mozart, Grieg’s Holberg Suite and other pieces by Barber and Bartok.

Tickets cost £10 (students £5) with two accompanied children free, and are available from The Flower Mill, Alvechurch or on the door.

For more information see or call 0121 447 7040. 

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