The Arch Sinfonia was founded in 2012 by its dynamic young female Artistic Director and Conductor, Chloé van Soeterstède, actively supported by freshly graduated musicians from the four London music colleges, most of whom have been playing in the orchestra since its creation. Increasingly in our projects we hope to bridge the gaps between music and other art-forms/mediums (dance, film, literature, visual art, science and history) in particular, by bringing non-performance art into a concert setting. We aim to educate and enlighten our audiences wherever we can and the ‘project-comes-first’ attitude of the Arch Sinfonia gives us a means to be able to achieve this by being one of the most adaptable ensembles around.
On top of our cross-arts ambitions, the name ‘Arch’ also refers to the idea of creating a solid bridge between music college and the professional music world, not only for our own players but for emerging soloists and young composers. Since September 2014 we have been orchestra-in-residence at St. Philip’s Church, Earl’s Court (London) and play a major role in their SPECR concert series with our symphonic repertoire concerts.
Where we can we would like to use the flexibility of the Arch Sinfonia to explore new ways of involving the audience in our concerts and create new ways of experiencing classical. From 2016, when spaces allows, we will be inviting a few members of the audience to sit next a musician in the orchestra. We will also look to perform more in exciting and unorthodox venues and perform select concerts in the round.
To enable the orchestra to develop on a long term, we warmly welcome private donations and sponsorship (see section Support)