During 1995 Nigel Morley, a well known and respected local figure in music circles, founded The Midland Sinfonia. Nigel’s dream was to bring live classical music to the heart of England, the base for performances being St. Laurence Church in the village of Alvechurch.
Under Nigel’s inspiring leadership, TMS quickly established a reputation for a high standard and wide breadth of music.
During 2003, The Midland Sinfonia became a registered charity with an elected Board of Trustees which took on the administration and day-to-day running of the organisation.
The Board invited sponsors and patrons to support the orchestra financially and it is entirely due to their generosity that The Midland Sinfonia can offer such a high quality programme each season. We cannot emphasise too much the importance of our kind supporters, particularly The Elmley Foundation, without whom it would not have been possible to continue.
When Nigel moved to Lincolnshire in 2008, we were fortunate to secure the services of Richard Laing as Music Director and Principal Conductor. Richard won the sinfonia VIVA Conducting Scholarship in 2001 and is in great demand around the world. Richard was instrumental in establishing a varied programme of concerts each season and under his enthusiastic leadership, gained a dedicated following.
From 2016-20 Nic Fallowfield joined us as Music Director. Nic has much experience as a violinist and is dedicated to the performance of first class music. He is also leader and first violin of Tedesca Quartet, which formed the core of TMS.
In September 2021, we appointed Shulah Oliver as Artistic Director. Shulah is very much in demand as a violin soloist and ensemble player and to play with orchestras all across the UK and Europe.
Shulah is also keenly involved with many Education and Outreach projects including family concerts, school workshops, care homes and day centres.
The Board of Trustees has a passion that the orchestra should succeed. And, like many similar groups, are heavily reliant on the goodwill of all its sponsors and patrons. All offers of support are welcomed.