LUUMS Sinfonia 2023/24
LUUMS Sinfonia is a non-auditioned ensemble which is open to musicians of any level or instrument, whether beginner or advanced. With its fun, open, and laidback atmosphere, it’s ideal for any musician to enjoy playing music as a group and socialise with other like-minded musicians. Sinfonia often performs a range of music genres in its repertoire, with the highlights from the 2022-2023 year being Sibelius’ Finlandia and New World Symphony and a range of film and musical soundtracks like Chicago, the Polar Express, and How to Train your Dragon. We also offer the opportunity to participate in a number of LUUMS and Sinfonia socials, like our weekly post-rehearsal drinks in Old Bar, or the LUUMS ball, so you’re guaranteed to meet great people and have an excellent time! We’ve also organised socials like going ice skating all together, and participating in the LUUMS week of fun in June. Sinfonia perform at 3 concerts during the year, usually the Christmas, Easter and Summer concerts, and we love to show off what we’ve been working on to an audience. We encourage everyone interested to come along and get stuck in and hopefully make some excellent music and meet amazing people!
Mondays 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Rehearsal Hall, School of Music
El Clarke (they/them)
El is a soon to be second year music student at the University of Leeds. They began their musical journey as a classically trained pianist, later taking up singing, guitar and electric bass. In 2020, they joined the Essex Youth Orchestra and the Essex Youth Symphonic Wind Orchestra as a percussionist. This spurred El’s love for film music and Russian symphonies which have been a constant feature in their personal repertoire and research. In addition, El has a particular interest in musical theatre, having worked in pit bands as a keys player and assistant musical director sn being on stage. In addition to their orchestral passions, El is also a composer and with any luck, might compose a piece for Sinfonia with their co-conductor Livia!!
Olivia Davies (she/her)
Livia is in her fourth year at Leeds studying Arabic and International Relations. She started learning the violin at age 7 but switched to the cello at 11 when she moved to France, which she’s stayed loyal to. She also started taking guitar lessons at 14. Livia joined her town conservatoire orchestra at age 10, and also performed in chamber music groups from the age of 14. At her conservatoire she also played alongside theatre productions and performed solo from a young age. During summer music camps, she performed in string ensembles, vocal groups, composer ensembles, rock bands and a full orchestra. She played electric guitar in a rock/pop band from age 16-18 and performed at several local concerts and festivals. In 2018, Livia switched to study at her neighbouring town’s conservatoire where she played in their orchestra, solo, and in several string ensembles. While studying here, she played in her orchestra alongside a visiting Ukrainian choir, performing both Ukrainian dances and traditional French songs. Livia has only been part of Sinfonia for a year because of COVID and her year abroad but is really looking forward to being co-conductor alongside El!
Emily Mosby (she/her)
Emily Mosby is a 3rd year student at the University of Leeds studying Mathematics and Music. She has just completed her year abroad in Waterloo, Ontario, in Canada, and is back in Leeds this September for her final year. She started playing the cello in primary school when she was around 8 years old, and picked up other instruments along the way including the keyboard, drum kit and has experimented with the violin and guitar too. At 9 years old, she joined a children’s orchestra in her home town, and after each cello exam she sat, she moved up a group until she was a member of the top youth orchestra of the area at 13 years old. She was part of this orchestra up until she turned 18 and loved everything about it including the people and of course, the pieces. Emily was a member of Sinfonia in her second year at the University of Leeds, and now she’s back for her final year, she’s super excited to be a manager this year, alongside her co-manager Jonathan Nicholls!
Jonathan Nicholls (he/him)
Jonathan is a computer science student at the University of Leeds currently on his placement year as a trainee information analyst with the NHS Harrogate & District trust. Born and raised in Hong Kong to British-Australian parents, he is an avid enjoyer of all sorts of music, and has been playing instruments ever since the age of 4. He is principally a violist, but can also play piano, violin, guitar, recorder and french horn, and used to sing as part of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Boys’ Choir. Jonathan has performed with various ensembles throughout the years, including his primary school and secondary school’s orchestras, as well as playing viola with the English School Foundation’s inter-school orchestra for the organisation’s 50th anniversary and performing in a concert celebrating the 130th anniversary of the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Medicine. Since joining LUUMS, he has been a member of both Sinfonia and String Orchestra, and went on tour with the Symphony Orchestra during their 2023 Belgium tour. In his spare time (of which he has very little), Jonathan enjoys watching movies, listening to as much indie and alternative music as he can find, and is a first aider with St. John Ambulance. Jonathan is looking forward to managing Sinfonia this year and getting to know all the new students joining us this year, and he hopes to ensure a welcoming atmosphere within the ensemble for people of all skill levels, giving all a safe space to have fun playing music!