Simon Gilliver founded Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia in 2015. He grew up in Bishop’s Stortford, and is still very active musically locally, teaching flute and piano, working as piano accompanist for local competitions and events, and has given a number of recitals in the area in recent years. A graduate of both the University of Birmingham and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Simon now teaches improvisation at Guildhall, and is also busy as a freelance flute player with various orchestras.
As Artistic Director, Simon takes overall responsibility for all aspects of running the orchestra. This is quite a list: Booking concert venues, players, working closely with Rebecca Miller, soloists and guest conductors to work out repertoire and programming, coordinating publicity, arranging teams of helpers for concert days, arranging hire of staging, instruments and equipment, fundraising, and generally trying to keep everyone happy! It is often an all-consuming job; concerts can often throw up sudden unexpected logistical problems, and sometimes a frantic eleventh hour search to fill a vital spot in the orchestra. However, when you pull off a great concert seemingly against all odds, and you feel a buzz among the players and an enthusiastic reception from a packed audience, that really is a feeling you cannot match!