Sinfonia Tamesa is one of London's leading amateur symphony orchestras. Established in 2001, we perform three concerts a year in beautiful central London locations, featuring well-known classics alongside world premières and forgotten gems.

Our conductors are the critically acclaimed Tom Hammond and Nicolas Nebout.  

We love making good music together, and celebrating together afterwards. We provide a platform for up-and-coming soloists and composers, including Sadie Fields (violin), Susana Gaspar (soprano) and Ashok Klouda (cello).

We've premièred important works, including:
World première
Matthew Taylor Flute Concerto 

UK première
Nielsen Overture to Amor og Digteren
James Francis Brown Prospero’s Isle

London première
Bernard Hughes Anaphora

"A marvellous group of enthusiastic players who approach everything in a wonderfully professional manner" 
Julian Lloyd Webber

 

 
 

nicolas nebout

Born in Clermont-Ferrand (France), acclaimed young conductor Nicolas Nebout enjoys sharing his passion for music without boundaries and developing a close relationship with the performers he works with.

While Nicolas' musical life started as a cellist, musicologist and conductor, he has already shown a great conducting personality with charisma, technical prowess, and artistic open-mindedness. His performances are renowned for a powerful expression, a deep sensitivity, and a "rare sense of the musical phrase", driven "beautifully by a poetic gesture". 

Nicolas recently met and worked with renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Alexander Vedernikov, Marin Alsop and Thomas Adès. While working regularly with various orchestras like the London City Orchestra, Dulwich Symphony Orchestra and Essex Symphony Orchestra, he is Principal Guest conductor at Sinfonia Tamesa and guest conductor at British Police Symphony Orchestra and City of Southampton Orchestra. 

In November 2015, he conducted a fundraising concert at St James's Piccadilly in aid of UNICEF Syria Children Appeal with a selection of some of the finest musicians in the UK (from orchestras such as the LSO, LPO, Philharmonia, BBC Phil & Britten Sinfonia) and the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.

www.nicolasnebout.com

tom hammond

After being selected by Sir Charles Mackerras to be the first Junior Fellow in conducting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2006-08), Tom Hammond has developed a rich and musically diverse career that encompasses working with top-flight professionals, youth orchestras, non-professional musicians, and leading education and outreach projects. 

Winning awards and critical acclaim en route, Tom has built a reputation for developing ensembles musically and artistically whilst encouraging thoughtful programming, championing new music and developing relationships with outstanding soloists. In 2011 Tom was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of his achievements in conducting.

Projects in 2015-16 included a performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Stephen Hough and the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia at Leeds Town Hall; a semi-staged performance of Sibelius' music for The Tempest with actor Scott Brooksbank and director Peter Avery; presenting MusicUpClose for sound collective at the Winchester Science Festival, and the launch of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music - which he jointly founded with composer James Francis Brown.

Tom Hammond is Co-Artistic Director of sound collective and Music Director of the Essex Symphony Orchestra, Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Tamesa and - from 2016 - the St Albans Symphony Orchestra.

He is also a Principal Conductor at the Ingenium Academy International Summer School, Guest Conductor of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, and Music Director of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia. This season he makes his debut with the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra.

Soloists with whom Tom has collaborated with in recent seasons include

Simon Callaghan (piano), Emma Halnan (flute), Anna Harvey (mezzo soprano), Fenella Humphreys (violin), Robert Murray (tenor) Daniel Pailthorpe (flute) and Matthew Sharp (cello).

www.tom-hammond.org.uk

 

PREVIOUS CONCERTS

In recent years, we have worked with Julian Clef (piano), Sadie Fields (violin), Susana Gaspar (soprano), Ashok Klouda (cello), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), Johnny Roberts (oboe), Julie Unwin (soprano), Simon Callaghan (piano), Kathryn Ashwell (piano), Miguel Tantos (trombone), Richard Birchall (cello) and Irina Pakkanen (violin), as well as world renowned performers Julian Lloyd Webber and Sarah Chang.

The orchestra has performed several important premières including the UK premières of Nielsen's Overture to Amor og Digteren and James Francis Brown's Prospero’s Isle, the London première of Bernard Hughes' Anaphora and the world premières of Matthew Taylor's Flute Concerto and Humoreskes for viola and orchestra.

 

 

24 JUNE 2017 | ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH, CHESTER SQUARE
CONDUCTOR: NICOLAS NEBOUT

Hamlet Overture Gade
Piano concerto No.23 K488 Mozart
PIANO: JULIAN CLEF
Symphony No.5 Mendelssohn

 

1 APRIL 2017 | ST JAMES'S CHURCH, SUSSEX GARDENS
CONDUCTOR: TOM HAMMOND

A Flourish for Orchestra Arnold
Symphony No.7 Arnold
Sospiri Elgar
Enigma Variations Elgar

 

19 NOVEMBER 2016 | HOLY TRINITY CHURCH
CONDUCTOR: TOM HAMMOND

William Tell Overture Rossini
Konzertstück for four horns Schumann
Symphony No.1 Brahms

 

25 JUNE 2016 | ST JAMES'S CHURCH, PICCADILLY
CONDUCTOR: TOM HAMMOND

The Barber of Seville Overture Rossini
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche Strauss
Pétrouchka (1947 version) Stravinsky
 

 

19 MARCH, 2016 | HOLY TRINITY, PRINCE CONSORT ROAD
CONDUCTOR: NICOLAS NEBOUT

Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture Glinka
Russian Easter Overture Rimsky-Korsakov
Romeo and Juliet Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.9 Shostakovich
 

 

6 FEBRUARY 2016
ST JAMES'S CHURCH, SUSSEX GARDENS

Serenade No.12, in C minor (K388) Mozart
Introduction and Allegro Elgar
Symphony No.45 ("Farewell") Haydn
 

 

14 NOVEMBER 2015 | ST SEPULCHRE'S, HOLBORN
CONDUCTOR: TOM HAMMOND

Humoresques for Violin & Orchestra Sibelius
VIOLIN: FENELLA HUMPHREYS

Symphony No.4 Tchaikovsky
 

 

4 JULY 2015 | ST MARY'S CHURCH, PUTNEY
CONDUCTOR: TOM HAMMOND

Symphony No.4 ("London") Haydn
A London Symphony (Symphony No.2) Vaughan Williams
 

 

7 MARCH 2015 | ST ANDREW'S CHURCH, HOLBORN
CONDUCTOR: TOM HAMMOND

The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) Mendelssohn
Symphony No.3 ("Rhenish") Schumann
Symphony No.7 Sibelius
 

 

6 DECEMBER 2014 | BLACKHEATH HALLS
CONDUCTOR: TOM HAMMOND

Prometheus Overture Beethoven
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (world première) Taylor
Symphony No.3 ("Eroica") Beethoven