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Our mission is to provide a platform for amateur musicians of all ages to come together and enjoy performing music to the highest level of skill we can attain

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In January 2010 we were pleased to welcome David Ansell who has taken over the baton as our Conductor and Musical Director.

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He has encouraged and led us through new music over the weeks culminating in our most recent concert held in July. His skill and enthusiasm are infectious and we have all been greatly encouraged by his youthful humour, brilliant analysis and professional direction. Because of our wider catchment the orchestra has changed its name to The Dorset Sinfonia. Dave is also a brass music teacher for DASP.

"I grew up in Dorchester where I played the horn and piano with many local groups including the Durnovaria Silver Band, Weymouth Operatic and one of Dorset Sinfonia's earlier incarnations, the Weymouth Arts Centre Orchestra.

I pursued my love of music, going on to play horn with ensembles such as the Alexandra Brass Quintet, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, ROUT contemporary music ensemble and the National Pops Orchestra. Along the way I have taught brass and piano and conducted a number of groups including a salsa band on Guernsey. It was also Guernsey that provided me with my partner and the Sinfonia with it's leader, violinist (and string teacher) Rachel Greenwood.

My apprenticeship complete, I now return to Dorset ready to bring my eclectic tastes to bear on the Sinfonia who are, as has been mentioned, lovely!" - David Ansell, Musical Director.

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The Dorset Sinfonia started life as The Weymouth and District Arts Centre Music Group way back in 1958. All likely instrumentalists were invited and there was a good response from the strings but insufficient woodwind and brass players to make a full orchestra viable at the time.

The first engagement of the group was to provide background music at a "conversozione" for the Weymouth/Louviers Twinning Association, which proved a success and the group were asked to perform again at a similar event later that year. The orchestra was launched and additional members including brass, woodwind and percussion players joined and the group grew to encompass all sections of a standard classical orchestra.

In 1962 the name was changed to the "Weymouth Arts Centre Orchestra" and played under the musical direction of Mr Harvey Easton for eight years up until his retirement in 1971. For the next few years the orchestra had a variety of conductors until Mrs Angela Nankivell conducted her first concert with the orchestra in May 1980. Under her direction the orchestra prospered and concerts were given twice a year in many and various locations. Angela was unfortunately forced to retire through ill health in 2009.

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We are formally constituted on an amateur basis.

Our funding is by membership subscription payable in advance on the basis of three terms per year.

Recently we have joined an organisation called MAKING MUSIC, whose aims reflect ours in supporting and championing voluntary music.

We have a small library of music and are always interested in extending that and increasing our repertoire.

We are particularly keen to provide opportunities for talented young people to gain the experience and great pleasure that can be had from playing as a group and believe that making music in this way is one of the best team games.

Dorset Sinfonia Constitution.pdf
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Dorset Sinfonia Equal Opportunities Policy.pdf
(172KB)
Dorset Sinfonia Child Protection Policy.pdf
(169KB)
Dorset Sinfonia Recruitment and membership policy.pdf (140KB)
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