MUSIC DIRECTOR'S APPEAL 2019: ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

Teamwork is at the heart of all orchestral activity but Southbank Sinfonia also focuses on and celebrates the individual.

Each of the 33 musicians on our annual fellowship brings with them unique skills and experience, and it is an honour for my colleagues and me to be able to guide them through their year with us, unlocking potential, and preparing them as best we can for healthy, fulfilling and long-term careers.

We are proud to nurture future leaders who are confident and capable of performing a diverse range of repertoire with flair, and can boldly step outside the conventional orchestral concert format to engage with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. By virtue of their youthful vitality, our players are the perfect fit to act as inspirational role models for the next generation of young musicians.

Much of our Artist Development programme takes place behind the scenes, but as we expand this core aspect of our Fellowship, it’s time to draw wider attention to our holistic approach. This is the 2019 Music Director’s Appeal.

I am delighted to invite all Appeal donors to experience our education work for themselves at a side-by-side rehearsal with In Harmony Lambeth on Thursday 20 June. It always thrills me to watch our musicians pass on the skills they have learnt from interactions with our partners at, for example, the Royal Opera House and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, to young people from all sorts of different backgrounds.

SIMON OVER
Music Director

Our ground-breaking Artist Development programme has so much scope to grow, providing more in-depth support for our musicians, as well as increasing the impact they can have on the lives of young people in the wider community. This is only possible with your support.


  • £30 would fund a one-to-one lesson for an In Harmony student from one of our musicians

  • £50 would pay for a membership for one of our players of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

  • £150 would enable us to react to immediate needs by funding a session on performance technique or mental fitness

  • £250 would pay for a leadership training workshop from one of our partners

  • £500 would enable us to provide more community events during the Anghiari Festival

  • £1000 would ensure that we can continue to invite renowned experts to Concerto Day to provide insightful feedback for the musicians

If you would like to contribute to Southbank Sinfonia's Artist Development, please download and return our Music Director's Appeal 2019 form: Download PDF

Completed forms should be returned to Southbank Sinfonia, St John's Waterloo, Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

Alternatively, you can donate online.