The Bournemouth Sinfonietta was founded in 1970 to complement
the work of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In its first 25
years it has established a reputation across the country for being
both a fine small scale orchestra as well as one of the most versatile
ensembles of its type.
Led by internationally acclaimed pianist and conductor Tamas
Vasary, the Sinfonietta regularly gives concerts across the South
and West as well as travelling further afield. In 1995 the orchestra
toured Spain and Brazil.
In addition to concert and recording work with many of the finest
artists on the international circuit, the Sinfonietta has rapidly
been at the forefront of developments in the sphere of community
and education work. The winner of a Sainsbury's Art for All Award
in 1995, the Sinfonietta has pioneered the concept of Community
Music residencies, where during a concentrated period, musicians
from the orchestra work either in ensemble or separately taking
music to communities not normally in receipt of visits by professional
musicians. Residencies in Cornwall and Devon are followed in June
1996 by an extended visit to the West Wiltshire region.
Recent recordings by the Sinfonietta have features the works
of Mozart, Stravinsky and Arvo Pärt.