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Langtree Sinfonia is an amateur orchestra which meets at Langtree School, Woodcote,  on the borders of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, originally formed in 1971. After thriving for 40 years under the leadership of Paul Cox, we have a new musical director from 2020 – David Smith. Many members  have either started playing as adults, or have taken up their instruments again, having learned when younger. The orchestra has about 30 registered members, although extra players are co-opted when needed for bigger works. Concerts are given twice a year – a classical programme in November and a more ambitious romantic event in May or June. Concerts are held at churches in various locations including Wallingford, Henley, Abingdon and Caversham.

In addition a full day’s workshop is held in February or March. At the end of the autumn and summer terms we usually hold a social event for families and Friends of the Orchestra, which includes a short performance.

If you play an orchestral instrument and would be interested in joining the Orchestra, or would like further information, please click here for details. Auditions are not required.

David Smith – Conductor

David Smith David is passionate about conducting orchestral music, from the great masterpieces of the classical repertoire to the contemporary classics of today. He is also the founding member of South East London Orchestra, and has worked as guest conductor with orchestras across the south of England and London. As an instrumentalist David has extensive experience as an orchestral trombonist and timpanist, with rare forays into the world of the double bass.
David is a senior manager at ABRSM the UK’s largest music education body and world-leading provider of music exams. He leads the team that manages the work of their 700 freelance expert music examiners.


Tony Short – Leader

Tony studied music at Leeds University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he took a postgraduate diploma in advanced performance. He then spent several years in the first violin section of the Ulster Orchestra, working with some of the world’s leading conductors and soloists. His string quartet, the Richmond Quartet, played a major educational role in both parts of Ireland, and through the auspices of the Music Association of Ireland, introduced chamber music to schools throughout the island. Since returning to Britain, Tony has freelanced with many of the country’s major symphony, chamber, opera and ballet orchestras.

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