Welcome to Balmain Sinfonia

The Balmain Sinfonia
The Balmain Sinfonia

Balmain Sinfonia is a Sydney-based symphony orchestra. Our aim is to bring high quality orchestral music to the community at very affordable prices. Many gifted players, amateurs and professionals, give freely of their time to achieve this aim.

The orchestra generally plays music from the mainstream repertoire. However, we’re also known to throw in a few surprises to keep things lively and interesting!

The orchestra underwent some changes at the end of 2019. Our esteemed conductor of the previous 28 years, Gary Stavrou retired and has taken up the position of the orchestra’s patron.

A group of keen players has formed an association and are now managing the administration of the orchestra. Most of the players have stayed the same and we have welcomed some new players to the group.

We have welcomed a new Conductor and Musical Director to the orchestra – Monica Buckland She arrived in Australia in 2020 after forging a distinguished career as a conductor in Switzerland, Germany and the UK.

Monica Buckland

We continue to rehearse in Balmain and we will continue to perform high quality concerts and charge extremely reasonable ticket prices! We really hope that our dedicated audience will continue to follow us!

November 2021 Update

As a result of COVID restrictions, we have cancelled our December concert. However, during November the orchestra will be emerging from lockdown and engaging in three relaxed ‘reading sessions’. These will take place at Balmain Town Hall on Sunday 14, 21 & 28 November 7:00-9:15pm.

The reading sessions will be an opportunity for the players to get back together with each other and play just for fun – limbering up and blowing off the cobwebs! If you’re a Balmain Sinfonia player from any era, please email thebalmainsinfonia@gmail.com to register your interest.

If you are not a Balmain Sinfonia player, but would be interested in joining us for the reading sessions then you can also enquire via thebalmainsinfonia@gmail.com. If we have space, you’ll be welcome!