Sinfonia UK



Corona Divinae Misericordiae

Our latest recording has been nominated for a Juno award

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We are most grateful to all our individual sponsors and Friends for their kind support of Sinfonia UK Collective's activities.

If you would like to support our work, please contact the Managing and Artistic Director Lee Tsang for more details.

Audience reception has been fantastic!! Our collaborative 'democratic authorship' work has frequently prompted standing ovations for music that the public are describing as "exciting", "powerful and thought provoking", for interpretations and performances that were "captivating" and had them "spellbound".

Our current programmes are examples of genuinely exciting developments in classical-jazz crossover. They consist of original music written in response to films by Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) and Glenn Gould (The Idea of North) and music featured in film ('Once away' from the soundtrack for Born to be Blue). We also regularly perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Braid) with David Braid as concerto soloist.

What our audiences are saying:

"an unforgettable immersive musical experience"
Liz Gould, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
"magnificent concert ... the public loved you! Bravo ... beautiful energy"
Martine Cardinal, Executive Director, Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides
"Amazing Concert!"
Pavel Hrnčíř, The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Canada
"spectacular, tremendous, vibrational, cosmic"
Jennifer Jonas, producer New Real Films
Jon Feidner, Steinway & Sons Label, New York
"... your music is emotional and colourful and captivated our audience throughout the concert, the standing ovation they gave your performance was well deserved."
James Campbell, Artistic Director, Festival of the Sound
"Amazing concert... deep and satisfying...[an] abundance of musical riches"
David Matheson, lead singer Moxy Früvous and The Ground Crew
"A spectacular performance ... an exceptional evening"
Professor Emeritus Timothy J. McGee, University of Toronto
"exquisite... the orchestra performances... were superb... your music shines ... a sublime evening"
Paul Read, leader of the Paul Read Orchestra and Professor Emeritus
"Wonderful, adventurous music, beautifully presented."
Jack Chambers, author of Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis
"spectacular programme – incredible musicians ... brilliant writing"
Sybil Walker, General Manager, The Jazz Bistro, Toronto
"I absolutely loved it! Beautiful music - all of it. That long slow section in Chauvet with all the glissandi took me some place I've never been before. And Semi took me someplace new again. Very deep and rich listening experiences. Beautiful orchestrations and great playing from everyone - especially that bravura trumpet solo!"
Mike Malone, jazz trumpeter (Mike Malone Orchestra)
"'YEHS' AD LIBITUM!!!!!!!!!>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!"
Phil Nimmons, Officer of the Order of Canada, formerly of Nimmons and Nine

Sinfonia UK Collective

Originally founded by Lee Tsang in 2004, the Sinfonia UK Collective now has a reputation as one of the UK's freshest, most innovative ensembles. It provides a platform for pioneering new work, champions unusual and appealing historically significant repertoire and creates a dedicated outlet for musical artworks informed by research. Led by one of the country's leading violinists and with a membership drawn from across the UK, it operates on an increasingly international touring basis and raises cultural awareness amongst universities, schools, colleges and academies.

With support from the University of Hull, the collective has received awards from PRS for Music Foundation, CASH Music Fund, Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, Hull City Council, Arts Council England and in its first year of operation received a Vice Chancellor's Prize for inspiring young audiences. Its work has led to publications, including a DVD for Stream TV, a song anthology for UYMP, a published performing translation for Faber Music, as well as a number of original films that have been screened on BBC, at the National Media Museum, the Beverley Literature Festival and Holmfirth International Film Festival. Major commissions have included Equiano's Lament (Wilberforce 2007), Lear Settings (Creative Partnerships, ACE), The Music is but Momentary (Consolation) (CASH), the UVW Song Project (VWCT), Larkin in Song with Paper Caper (Faber, Philip Larkin Society, RMA, CUHK) and Fields of the Fallen (HCC, ACE).

The collective's distinguished Special Associate Artists include celebrated composer-conductor Ronald Corp OBE; world-leading soprano Sarah Leonard; former President of the ISCM, Richard Yip Fat Tsang; and double Juno-award winning Canadian jazz pianist and composer David Braid.

Braid has been hailed in the Canadian press as 'A jazz genius to call our own' (MacLean's Magazine). He is a former SOCAN Composer of the Year, an official Steinway artist, a multi-National Jazz Award Winner, a recipient of Canada Council for the Arts' JazzID Award and was recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year (Canada), He has performed concerts of his original music and improvisations across The United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Brazil and Canada and has released nine recordings.

Fondé en 2004 par Lee Tsang, le Sinfonia UK Collective est désormais réputé parmi les ensembles musicaux les plus frais et les plus innovants du Royaume-Uni. Véritable tremplin pour l'innovation musicale, il met en avant un important répertoire historiquement attrayant et inhabituel. Il permet également aux œuvres musicales alimentées par la recherche de trouver un lieu d'expression. Dirigé par l'un des plus grands violonistes du pays et composé de membres venant de tout le Royaume-Uni, il se produit de plus en plus en tournées dans le monde entier pour éveiller la sensibilité culturelle dans les universités, les écoles, les lycées et les académies.

Avec le soutien de l'Université de Hull, le collectif a reçu de nombreux prix de la part de PRS for Music Foundation, CASH Music Fund, Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, Hull City Council, Arts Council England et dès la première année de sa création il a reçu le Vice Chancellor's Prize pour son influence auprès du jeune public. Ses œuvres ont été publiées à plusieurs reprises, dont un DVD édité pour Stream TV, un recueil de musique pour UYMP, l'adaptation en anglais d'une œuvre allemande publiée par Faber Music, ainsi que plusieurs œuvres originales qui ont été diffusées sur la BBC, au National Media Museum, au Festival de littérature de Beverley et au Festival International du Film de Holmfirth.  Les principales œuvres comprennent La complainte d'Equiano (Wilberforce 2007), Les arrangements de Lear (Creative Partnerships, ACE), La musique n'est que (consolation) momentanée (CASH), Le projet de chanson UVW (VWCT), Larkin en musique avec Paper Caper (Faber, Philip Larkin Society, RMA, CUHK) et  Les Champs des Disparus (HCC, ACE).

Le collectif a l'honneur de compter parmi ses membres associés des artistes tels que le célèbre compositeur-chef d'orchestre Ronald Corp OBE; la soprano à la renommée internationale Sarah Leonard; l'ancien Président de l'ISCM Richard Yip Fat Tsang; le compositeur et pianiste de jazz canadien, lauréat de deux Juno, David Braid.

La presse canadienne a qualifié Braid de «génie du jazz bien de chez nous» (MacLean's Magazine).  Braid a été nommé compositeur de l'année par la SOCAN, fait partie des artistes Steinway, a remporté plusieurs National Jazz Awards et un prix du Conseil des arts du Canada et il a récemment été récompensé du titre de pianiste jazz de l'année au Canada. Il se produit en concert à travers les États-Unis, en Europe, en Asie, en Scandinavie, en Australie, au Brésil et au Canada et a enregistré neuf albums.

Das Sinfonia UK Collective wurde im Jahr 2004 von Lee Tsang gegründet und hat sich seitdem zu einem der frischesten und innovativsten Ensembles des Vereinigten Königreichs entwickelt. Im Rahmen des Collectives werden neue Kompositionen prämiert, historisch bedeutendes Repertoire wiedererweckt und aus Forschung gewonnene musikalische Kunst aufgeführt. Unter der Leitung eines der herausragendsten Violinisten des Landes und mit Mitgliedern aus dem gesamten Vereinigten Königreich tourt das Ensemble zunehmend international und steigert das Kulturbewusstsein innerhalb von Universitäten und Schulen.

Mit Unterstützung der Universität von Hull hat das Collective Preise von der PRS for Music Foundation, vom CASH Music Fund, Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, Hull City Council, sowie dem Arts Council England erhalten und bereits im ersten Jahr seines Bestehens bekam es den Vice Chancellor's Prize für die Inspiration von jungen Zuhörern. Seine Arbeit wurde auf unterschiedliche Weise veröffentlicht: unter anderem auf einer DVD für Stream TV, eine Lieder Anthologie für UYMP, eine publizierte Aufführungsübersetzung für Faber Music und eine Reihe von Filmen, die bei BBC ausgestrahlt wurden, ebenso im National Media Museum, beim Beverley Literaturfest und Holmfirth International Film Festival. In Auftrag gegebene Kompositionen waren unter anderem Equiano's Lament (Wilberforce 2007), Lear Settings (Creative Partnerships, ACE), The Music is but Momentary (Consolation) (CASH), das UVW Song Project (VWCT), Larkin in Song mit Paper Caper (Faber, Philip Larkin Society, RMA, CUHK) und Fields of the Fallen (HCC, ACE). 

Unter den herausragenden Künstlern des Collectives sind der Dirigent und Komponist Ronald Corp OBE, die weltweit bekannte Sopranistin Sarah Leonard, der ehemalige President der ISCM, Richard Yip Fat Tsang, und Kanada's zweifacher Juno-Preisträger, Jazz Pianist und Komponist David Braid.

Braid ist in der kanadischen Presse als Jazz-Genius bekannt (MacLean's Magazine).Er ist ein ehemaliger SOCAN Komponist des Jahres, offizieller Steinway Künstler, multi-nationaler Jazz-Preisträger, Canada Council for the Arts' JazzID Award und wurde kürzlich zu Kanada's Pianist des Jahres gekrönt. Er hat Konzerte mit Eigenkompositionen und Improvisationen in den USA, Europa, Skandinavien, Asien, Australien, Brasilien und Kanada gegeben und bisher neun Tonträger herausgebracht. 

The Team


David Braid
Lee Tsang
Steven Wilkie
Rachael Drury
Lucy Nolan, Jacq Leighton-Jones
Deirdre Bencsik (UK), Bo Peng (CA)
double bass
Richard Waldock (UK), Joe Phillips (CA)
Benjamin Griffiths
Manon Lewis
Matt Dunn (UK), Peter Lutek (CA)
Anthony Thompson
Chris Bridges (UK), Tom Richards (CA)
Polly McMillan


Managing and Artistic Director
Lee Tsang
Paul Marshall
Financial Assistants
Rachel Blakey, Sarah Lancaster
Grants and Contracts Manager
Jonathan Cant
Secretary to the Board
Rachael Drury
Membership Officer
Steven Wilkie
Equipment and Logistics Officer
Polly McMillan
Illustration, Design and Project Support
Charlotte Tsang, Paper Caper
Graduate Placement Scheme (current holder, 2016-17)
Graziana Presicce
International Officer
David Braid
International adviser
Daniela Fountain
International PR and Communications
Anita Wong

Lee Tsang

Lee Tsang received vocal training from Alison Shiel, Mary Hitch, Keith Davis, Sarah Rhodes, and Sarah Leonard and has participated in public masterclasses with international pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris. His solo repertoire includes major choral works by Purcell, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré, Schubert, Stainer, Vaughan Williams and Tippett; recital works by composers such as Schumann, Vaughan Williams and Copland; and arias from popular operas by Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi. He has championed work by neglected nineteenth-century composers such as Battison Haynes, and in the field of classical contemporary vocal music, his performances and premieres have included works by Iannis Xenakis (Pour Maurice), Alastair Borthwick (Time Being and Days, 2010-13), Torsten Rasch (The Dreaming Boys, 2012), Andrew McBirnie (American Lyrics, 2013), Ronald Corp (Songs of Larkin, 2013), and Richard Tsang (Ignorance and The Trees, 2013). He has held duo partnerships with Jonathan Gooing (UK) and Agata Jozwik (Europe) and has performed and recorded with the Heath Quartet, international pianist Sarah Beth Briggs, soprano Sarah Leonard and, most recently two-time Juno award winning jazz pianist and composer David Braid with whom he recorded and toured the Red Hero Cantata. His solo work has taken him to locations throughout the UK, to Europe, China and North America.

Lee holds a first class degree in Music (Newcastle), a MMus (distinction) in Conducting Studies (UEA) and a PhD in Music (Southampton) and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Having formerly held posts as Lecturer and Research Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire and Lecturer in Music at the University of Hull, he now holds the post of senior lecturer in Musical Theatre at Edge Hill University. His teaching expertise extends to music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, music theory, conducting, orchestral studies, vocal performance and film as well as music(al) theatre. He is an authority on the life and music of Ethel Leginska and curates the Sinfonia UK Collective Leginska Archive.

As a conductor, Lee received training from Eric Cross, Isobel Preece, Julian Webb, Martyn Brabbins, Peter Stark and Adrian Brown. For over 20 years, his conducting work for numerous professional and amateur groups has embraced a diverse repertoire, including work by contemporary composers Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Simaku and Richard Tsang, symphonies by Haydn, Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams, major choral works by Tippett (A Child of Our Time), Prokofiev (Alexander Nevsky), Bernstein (Chichester Psalms) and Vaughan Williams (Five Tudor Portraits) and, for the stage, works by Purcell (Dido and Aeneas), Berlioz (Lelio), Copland (Appalachian Spring), Weill (Seven Deadly Sins, Der Jasager, Der Protagonist, Lady in the Dark), Bernstein (Candide), Stravinsky (A Soldier's Tale), Walton (The Bear) and Webern (Dead). In 2004 he founded the Sinfonia UK Collective (originally as Hull Sinfonietta) initially to improve access to professional music-making in the UK's Humber region, to facilitate new work by living composers and to explore issues relating to democratic authorship. His work with the ensemble continues now on an increasingly national and international basis.

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