Pocket Sinfonia are reinterpreting orchestral masterpieces with the fresh spontaneity and intimacy of a chamber group. Our core group is a quartet made up of Rosie Bowker (flute), Eleanor Corr (violin), George Ross (cello), and Emil Duncumb (piano), who have performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Buckingham Palace, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Oslo Konserthus, Gamle Logen and the Sage Gateshead and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Inspired by the transcriptions of Mozart, Beethoven and Weber by J. N. Hummel, we have created and commissioned new arrangements of orchestral works by Grieg, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, which we perform alongside pre-existing transcriptions and traditional chamber works on both modern and period instruments.
In January we are recording and releasing a CD of works by Mozart (arranged by Hummel) on period instruments. We will be touring in Norway in December, and performing across the UK, including at Sherborne Festival and Petworth Festival. We look forward to collaborations with guitarist Jadran Duncumb, who has performed as concerto soloist with the Norwegian State Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in our “From the Stage” programme.
“The essence of Mozart, distilled by Hummel, and performed with skill and panache by Pocket Sinfonia, four accomplished musicians who combine together as a mightily effective chamber ensemble. Making full use of St James’ remarkable acoustic, the quartet delivered near-orchestral landscapes while preserving every nuance and detail.”
Jeffrey Pike, Islington Proms