Kent Sinfonia, the leading professional orchestra in Kent.

‘…the Kent Sinfonia responded generously to Nicholas Jenkins’ characteristically expansive direction, not least in the many deftly edged orchestral solos…’ (Mark Pappenheim, ‘Opera’ magazine – Vaughan Williams: ‘The Poisoned Kiss’).

The Kent Sinfonia is a freelance professional orchestra for the County of Kent with a core of members who either live in Kent, or have strong links with the County; many also play with the major London orchestras and throughout the country.

We provide:
Live classical concerts
Live opera performances
Arts projects, educational workshops and presentations for schools and the community
Music for corporate and other events
Opportunities for arts funding and sponsorship
Availability to accompany choral societies, opera companies and other performing groups and artists.


Originally founded in 1962 by Bela de Csillery, then County Music adviser, Kent Sinfonia gained full professional status in 1995. As one of the foremost orchestras in the South East, its aim is to take live music to all. Central to this is its extended educational programme devoted to the next generation of concertgoers. Kent Sinfonia also works with top international soloists and offers a platform for outstanding young soloists. The orchestra also has an interest in promoting and performing the music of lesser- known 20th Century British composers, and also supporting the work of new composers.

…the Kent Sinfonia was faultless in its various renditions of familiar and well-loved pieces’.
‘…a second superb performance with the Kent Sinfonia…’
‘…this was a night that will be remembered for a very long while’(Festival Proms, Tonbridge Castle – Kent & Sussex Courier)
‘Conductor Nicholas Jenkins drew a clean and poised performance from the orchestra…’ (Ruth Elleson, ‘Opera Today’ – Offenbach: ‘The Rhine Fairies’).

CD reviews:
‘…lightness of touch…the accomplished performers of the Kent Sinfonia…A joy thoughout.’ (Keith Ames, ‘Musician’ – Musicians’ Union journal)

‘Unique and uniquely valuable recordings of Walter Leigh from Malcolm Riley and the Kent Sinfonia’ (Rob Barnett, Music-Web International/British Music Society)

‘…a valuable issue, well played by Kent Sinfonia, whose fresh sound I like…Strongly recommended’ (Philip Scowcroft, ‘Journal into Melody’ [The Robert Farnon Society])

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