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 professional classical music to the people of Alvechurch in north Worcestershire, the Midlands and further afield. Based at St. Laurence Church in the small village of Alvechurch in north Worcestershire, it quickly established a reputation for a high standard of music. Under Nigel’s leadership, the orchestra played throughout the Midlands, in France and at the Jersey Fesival.
A dedicated group of musicians was formed and could be called on to play depending on the works being performed. These professional musicians also played with other orchestras and many taught music across the Midlands. Such was the loyalty to Nigel and TMS, some regularly travelled from as far as Brighton and Cardiff.
To allow Nigel more time to develop his other interests in music, a formal board was established to take on the administration and day-to day running of TMS. During 2003, TMS became a registered charity with an elected Board of Trustees.
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.
With Nigel moving to Lincolnshire in 2008, we were fortunate to secure Richard Laing as our new Music Director and principal conductor. Richard won the sinfonia VIVA Conducting Scholarship in 2001 and is in great demand around the world. Richard has been instrumental in establishing a varied programme of concerts each season and under his leadership and enthusiasm has garnered a dedicated following
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.