Meet the Committee for 2021 - 2022:

Malin Dekas

President

Violin

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Fourth Year

What does your role involve? I am responsible for everything that happens in Sinfonietta, from running the committee and orchestra to hiring conductors, organising our concerts and auditioning. I also represent the society to the Student Union, University Music Department and to our local community.

Favourite moment in Sinfonietta? My favourite moment took place during my second year when Sinfonietta performed Poulenc’s Sinfonietta. We had so much fun performing that piece and it was so amazing to work with Johann Stuckenbruck who really brought us all together as a society! It provided us a big challenge to improve as players and to come together as one ensemble.

What are you looking forward to this year? I can’t wait to perform all the great music we’ve got planned, as well as meet all our new joiners and go on tour!

What does your role involve? As VP, I’ll be helping Malin with the organisation and administration of the orchestra. I will also be organising the Friends Scheme and will be the designated welfare officer to make sure everyone in the orchestra is happy!

Favourite thing and moment in Sinfonietta? I’ve always treasured Sinf for it’s warm and welcoming community, and very much look forward to rehearsals each week! My favourite experience was definitely playing Appalachian Spring in the Spring concert of my first year – little did we know it would be our last concert for a while! Everyone worked so hard rehearsing that piece, and it definitely paid off in the end.

What are you looking forward to this year? Last year we missed out on rehearsals and concerts due to COVID, so I just can’t wait to make some music with my friends!

Carol Leader

Vice President & Secretary

Flute

Biomedical Sciences

Third Year

Alex Hanks

Social Secretary

Violin

Music and Russian

Second Year

What does your role involve? My role is to organise all the socials Sinfonietta has each term. We put on range of socials for to accommodate everyone in the society: pub crawls, Xmas Ball, ice skating, dinner parties, trips to the ice cream parlour, trips to Playzone, movie nights, Sinf Summer Ball etc.

Favourite thing about Sinfonietta? The thing I like most about Sinf is the sense of community, everyone is very friendly and welcoming.

What are you looking forward to this year? I’m most looking forward to just getting back to making music again and meeting all the new members.

What does your role involve? As Treasurer, I’m responsible for managing the society’s finances in order to ensure that we can continue to put on fantastic concerts with professional conductors.

Favourite thing and moment in Sinfonietta? The thing I like most about Sinfonietta is the great variety of music that we get to perform, whilst being led by some amazing conductors.

What are you looking forward to this year? I can’t wait for our first orchestra tour with the other music societies, especially after such a hard year with COVID.

Xavier Raynes

Treasurer

Bassoon

Computer Science

Second Year

Genevieve Namazzi

Orchestral Manager

Viola

Music

First Year

What does your role involve? My role involves organising concerts, liaising with committee members, hiring venues, transport, deps and instruments, and booking rehearsal rooms. It’s quite a big role but it is definitely worthwhile when the concerts turn into a success!

Favourite thing about Sinfonietta? My favourite part of Sinfonietta is the social aspect. As it’s a small group, there’s lots of opportunities to make friends quite quickly. My favourite moment was definitely the fruit and veg social!

What are you looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to learning more rep this year. The first rehearsal back, with new music, is always exciting.

What does your role involve? My role involves organising the Sinfonietta and Wind Orchestra tour. This year we are also touring with the Symphony Orchestra, and going to Belgium which I am super excited about! I, together with the other tour secretaries, keep everyone up-to-date with tour procedures and ensure we get everyone’s money to pay the tour company! We will also be designing tour t-shirts and organising excursions to embark on once we are there.

Favourite thing and moment in Sinfonietta? My favourite part of Sinfonietta is making music with some of my favourite people! As the orchestra is smaller, we are a very close-knit society. Our rehearsals are genuinely really fun and I know I’ve made friends for life!

What are you looking forward to this year? I’m really looking forward to performing Beethoven 6 this term (spring 2022) as it’s one of my favourite symphonies. Henrietta Cooke, who is playing the solo in the Strauss Oboe Concerto, is actually one of my old housemates so I’m excited to make music with her again! I think it will be a very special concert.

Lorna Beckett

Tour Secretary

Violin

International Music Management MA

Krystyna England

Orchestral Manager

Flute

Music

Second Year

What does your role involve? As Orchestral Manager, I do a lot of the orchestra’s admin: booking and liaising with venues, hiring deps and instruments, and booking rooms, as well as providing general support to the presidents.

Favourite thing about Sinfonietta? My favourite moment was probably our first concert of the year. It was the first concert I had played in since covid and the audience was so full – it was an amazing atmosphere!

What are you looking forward to this year? I’m looking forward to continuing our recovery after covid. Growing closer to the members of the orchestra in our friendships as well as our playing.