Blackfriars Sinfonia is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in London. After World War Two, many of London's electricity companies had amateur music groups. In 1948, following nationalisation of the industry and the formation of the LEB, these groups were brought together as the London Electricity Sports and Social Association (LESSA) Music Society.
With LESSA's support the orchestra met every Tuesday and gave twice-yearly concerts. A few of our historic programmes can be seen here :
Over the years, the orchestra welcomed many members from outside the LEB and in 1998 it became independent.
We have new people joining all the time, but some of our musicians have been with us for decades. Wally Beyer was a former leader and a violinist with more experience than most! Read his account of his long career as an amateur musician here.
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