Pocket Sinfonia is reinterpreting orchestral masterpieces with the fresh spontaneity and intimacy of a chamber group. They are Brighton Early Music Festival Young Artists, and winners of the St. Martin-in-the-Field’s Chamber Competition Audience Prize. They have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the London International Early Music Exhibition, and have performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields, at Brighton Early Music, Sherborne and Petworth Festivals, and at several venues across Norway, including the Mozart Festival and Oslo’s prestigious Universitetets Aula. Using both modern and period instruments, Pocket Sinfonia perform their own arrangements of orchestral works from Salieri through to Prokofiev, as well as transcriptions by key composers of the 19th century, such as Hummel, Clementi and Ries, applying spontaneity, flexibility and vigour to creations that are not merely a smaller version of a great piece, but something new and artistic in its own right.
“In terms of sheer energy, the palm must go to Pocket Sinfonia, who managed to make Mozart’s brilliant Haffner Symphony burst with the energy of an orchestra; what’s more, the little pauses from pianist Emil Duncumb infused it with a real chamber-style rhythmic pliability.”
Ivan Hewitt, the Telegraph, Brighton Early Music Festival