English Sinfonia announces Elgiva residency

English Sinfonia, one of the earliest established chamber orchestras in the UK and well-known for their expert and engaging interpretations of British music is delighted to announced a new residency at The Elgiva in Chesham.

At a time when people have been starved of the arts, The Elgiva and English Sinfonia hope that the residency will bring the community together in music, reminding us of the beauty and joy in which the performing arts can surround us.

The renowned chamber orchestra, with their recently-appointed Principal Conductor Chris Hopkins at the keyboard have also announced three special socially-distanced, chamber music concerts launching the orchestra’s new residency at The Elgiva – “A Concert For All Seasons”, “Epic Fantasy” and “A Seasons Finale”.

Chris Hopkins, Principal Conductor of English Sinfonia says: “I’m really excited to be returning to The Elgiva with English Sinfonia with this series of concerts signalling the start of a new residency. After such a difficult year for performers and audiences alike, these concerts will not only hold a special significance for us, but they also herald the beginning of what we hope to be more wide-ranging activities in the local community, supported by this new collaboration.”

Janice Graham, Leader and Artistic Director, says: “l am delighted that English Sinfonia will be joining The Elgiva as their resident orchestra. We look forward to a rewarding artistic partnership and can’t wait to be engaging and performing for live audiences.”

Theatre Manager, David Cooper, says: “I am beyond delighted to welcome such talent to The Elgiva stage; music has incredible power to bring people together, and we hope that the English Sinfonia residency will do just that, bringing our community closer together, while experiencing something truly beautiful. We are committed to the ethos of Elgiva for Everyone, and this residency is part of our dedication to showcase local talent and ensure a wide-ranging programme.”

In line with current guidelines, The Elgiva will remain closed until 17 May, but staff and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to ensure the theatre is ready to reopen with a bang. Tickets for the concerts are available to book online, and in person or on the phone when the theatre reopens.

Photograph by Caroline Taylor

Sunday 23rd May 2021 – A concert for all seasons


The first programme is a mix of repertoire which celebrates the versatility and impact of the Piano Trio. From Nyman through to Amy Beach, Mendelssohn and Piazzolla, the English Sinfonia demonstrates why this classic combination of instruments continues to be such a popular choice for composers and audiences alike.


Nyman: Yellow Beach

Beach: Piano Trio

Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires


Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor


Janice Graham, violin

Julia Graham, cello

Chris Hopkins, piano


Saturday 19th June 2021 – Epic Fantasy

From the previous concert which explored the music of the Piano Trio, the ensemble now turns to the Piano Quartet. This concert presents an epic musical journey from the tango-driven music of Piazzolla, to the fantastical worlds of Bax and Bridge before ending with Brahms’ magical Piano Quartet in C minor.

Piazzolla: Libertango

Bax: Piano Trio

Bridge: Phantasy Quartet


Brahms: Piano Quartet


Janice Graham, violin

Nick Bootiman, viola

Julia Graham, cello

Chris Hopkins, piano


Sunday 11th July 2021 – A Seasons Finale


Here the English Sinfonia present two major concertos which celebrate the full virtuosity of both the piano and the violin. First, Beethoven’s beautiful Fourth Piano Concerto, in an intimate arrangement for piano and string quintet; followed by Vivaldi’s thrilling Four Seasons directed from the violin by Janice Graham.


Mozart: Divertimento in D (K136)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 (arr. Lachner)


Vivaldi: The Four Seasons


Janice Graham, violin

Chris Hopkins, piano

Members of the English Sinfonia

Book for the concerts HERE.

3rd April 2021