One of the earliest established chamber orchestras in the UK has taken up residency at The Elgiva theatre with three new, socially-distanced concerts on the horizon.

English Sinfonia and the Chesham-based theatre hope that the residency will “bring the community together in music, reminding us of the beauty and joy in which the performing arts can surround us, at a time when people have been “starved” of the arts due to the pandemic.

Chris Hopkins, the recently-appointed Principal Conductor of English Sinfonia, said: “I’m really excited to be returning to The Elgiva with English Sinfonia with this series of concerts signalling the start of a new residency.

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“After such a difficult year for performers and audiences alike, these concerts will not only hold a special significance for us, but they also herald the beginning of what we hope to be more wide-ranging activities in the local community, supported by this new collaboration.”

The renowned chamber orchestra has also announced three special socially-distanced, chamber music concerts launching the orchestra’s new residency at The Elgiva – ‘A Concert For All Seasons’, ‘Epic Fantasy’ and ‘A Seasons Finale’.

Theatre manager David Cooper said: “I am beyond delighted to welcome such talent to The Elgiva stage; music has incredible power to bring people together, and we hope that the English Sinfonia residency will do just that, bringing our community closer together, while experiencing something truly beautiful.

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“We are committed to the ethos of Elgiva for Everyone, and this residency is part of our dedication to showcase local talent and ensure a wide-ranging programme.”

Janice Graham, the orchestra's leader and artistic director, added: “l am delighted that English Sinfonia will be joining The Elgiva as their resident orchestra.

“We look forward to a rewarding artistic partnership and can’t wait to be engaging and performing for live audiences.”

In line with current guidelines, The Elgiva will remain closed until May 17.

Tickets for the concerts are available to book online at

You can book in person or by calling 01494 582900 when the theatre reopens.