Who we are

The players

Sinfonia of London is made up of some of the best musicians in the UK and internationally, handpicked by Artistic Director John Wilson for our tours, concerts and recording projects. They include a large number of principals and leaders from British and international orchestras, alongside notable soloists and members of distinguished chamber groups.

Artistic Director and Conductor

John Wilson

John Wilson is in demand at the highest level across the globe, working with some of the finest orchestras and opera houses. In the UK, he performs regularly at festivals such as the Aldeburgh Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and BBC Proms and with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with which he held the title of Associate Guest Conductor between 2016 and 2019. Elsewhere, his guest conducting takes him to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and Danish National Symphony Orchestra among others, and he looks forward to making his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in a coming season.

 

He studied composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music, where in 2011 he was made a Fellow. John Wilson has assembled a large and varied discography which includes critically acclaimed recordings with the Sinfonia of London, numerous recordings with the John Wilson Orchestra (which he founded in 1994), and series of discs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, exploring works by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, and BBC Philharmonic, devoted to the symphonic works of Aaron Copland. He is represented by Intermusica.

Managing Director (maternity leave)

Rosenna East

Managing Director Rosenna East joined Sinfonia of London in January 2020. Prior to working alongside John Wilson, she was General Manager of Nevill Holt Opera for five years, where she oversaw the significant growth of the summer opera festival, its charitable education and community programme, and the build and opening of its multiple award-winning opera theatre in 2018.

Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, and London’s Royal College of Music, in 2023 Rosenna received her Executive Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from Bayes Business School, City University, London. As well as working as a Development Consultant for Sage Gateshead, she has held Executive Board and Advisory Board positions with, among others, Bayes Global Women’s Leadership Programme, Into Opera, Noise Opera, Creative Carbon Scotland, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Until 2014, she worked as a professional violinist in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as freelancing as a part time journalist, presenter and teacher.

Orchestra Manager

Declan Kennedy

Declan has been with Sinfonia of London since 2019, working with John alongside his current role as General Manager of the Manchester Collective. Originally from Ireland, Declan grew up in Belfast and studied Music at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar with the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge. Prior to working with Sinfonia of London, Declan spent the first five years of his career at the BBC, starting off as a Music Librarian before going on to work for the BBC Proms and BBC Philharmonic.

Concerts & Planning Co-ordinator

Bethany McLeish

Bethany joined the Sinfonia of London team in 2023 after first working with the orchestra in 2021 in her role as Event Coordinator for the BBC Proms. After studying Music at The University of Manchester, her career started in the Orchestras & Ensembles team at the Royal Northern College of Music before she went on to join the Live Events team for the 2021 & 2022 BBC Proms. As a freelance Concert Manager and Administrator Bethany has worked with the BBC Symphony, Concert, & Philharmonic Orchestras, Manchester Camerata and Manchester Collective. Alongside her role with Sinfonia of London, she also works as a Production Manager at The Barbican.

Managing Director (interim)

Francis Williams

Francis Williams joined Sinfonia of London in 2023 as interim Managing Director, working closely with Artistic Director John Wilson and the fantastic team of Declan, Bethany and our partners. He is a consultant in the music industry, managing projects and giving strategic advice to organisations and artists, and is thrilled to be working with the Sinfonia of London at this exciting time of growth in our development.

Francis spent a decade working for Intermusica Artists’ Management, representing soloists and conductors worldwide including Marin Alsop, Fabio Biondi, Renaud Capuçon, Alexandre Kantorow and Leonidas Kavakos. Latterly he managed The King’s Singers, looking after their worldwide touring and recording activity, and managed significant cultural projects with Carnegie Hall and the World Economic Forum. He trained as a percussionist and tenor, and studied at the University of Cambridge, after which he initially worked as a freelance musician himself alongside managing the Rodolfus Choral Courses for young singers.

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Partners

Chandos Records

Chandos Records

Chandos Records is one of the world’s premiere classical music record companies. Founded in 1979 by the late Brian Couzens, it quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading classical labels.

The company has championed rare and neglected repertoire, filling in many gaps in the record catalogues. Its aim is to present an exciting and varied selection of superbly recorded music to as many people as possible.

Chandos is universally acclaimed for the excellence of its sound quality and has always been at the forefront of technical innovation.

Intermusica

Intermusica

For over 30 years, Intermusica has been innovating and delivering ground-breaking tours around the globe as the preferred agency for the world’s greatest orchestras.

They operate at the forefront of development in this fast-changing area of the music industry, whether initiating major new programmes, moving into new markets or embracing exciting new ways of presenting concerts.