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.
At the beginning of the 2016/17 Season we welcomed our new Music Director and Conductor Nic Fallowfield, who is based in Worcestershire.
Nic has a wealth of local and national experience, both orchestrally and in chamber music and has brought a different focus, as well as a new audience to The Midland Sinfonia.
He has also undertaken over many years much valuable work with young musicians in conducting and running courses, so is an enthusiastic supporter of the annual TMS Young Musicians’ Showcase.
Nic was the founder of and plays first violin in The Tedesca Quartet, which now forms the core of TMS, additional musicians and guest soloists being introduced for larger Concerts.
Now in his second Season, Nic has an abundance of interesting ideas for forthcoming ones which we hope can all be brought to fruition.
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.