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Sinfonia Viva Concertmaster to Step Down in 2022

Sophie Rosa will step down from her position as leader of the ensemble at the conclusion of the 2021/22 season


British violinist Sophie Rosa made the decision in order to focus on her solo career. She has led the orchestra in Derby, UK, since 2019.

As well as performing as a standard orchestra in more traditional concert settings, Sinfonia Viva is a charitable organization that provides music education for young people, the elderly, those with special educational needs, learning difficulties and disabilities, and their carers.

The organization has a strong focus on accessibility and aims for its performances to reach as wide an audience as possible.

It will start its search for a new concertmaster in the coming months.

"The Orchestra makes a huge difference to communities across the East Midlands with their fantastic concerts alongside outstanding education programmes and creative projects," Rosa said.

"I know that this will continue for years to come and I am delighted that Lucy Galliard will be taking on the role of chief executive to lead Sinfonia Viva into its next exciting chapter."

"We wish [Sophie] every success in the future and hope that she will return to perform with us on stage in the not too distant future," said Tony Davis, the Chair of the orchestra's trustees. "The recruitment process for Sophie’s successor will start in the New Year."

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