About us

The creativity and innovation of local residents is one of the real joys of living in Brockley. Nowhere is that more apparent than with Harmony Sinfonia, the Brockley-based community orchestra who continue to delight local residents and those from further afield with their wonderful music."

Darren Johnson - London Assembly Member and former Brockley Ward Councillor.

Formed in 2009, Harmony Sinfonia is a vibrant symphony orchestra performing three concerts a year and promoting classical music to audiences within the borough of Lewisham and its neighbouring boroughs. Offering a performance platform for both local amateur players of a high standard and music students from local universities, Harmony Sinfonia also aims to work with local music services to provide performance opportunities to school pupils of an advanced standard, following on from the very successful outreach programme held in Spring 2010 and assisted by the Lewisham Mayor's Fund.

Musical Director and Conductor: Lindsay Ryan

Lindsay has a Bachelor of Music (French Horn) and a Bachelor of Teaching (Honours) gained from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She also has an Associate of Music, Australia performance diploma (Horn) from the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Lindsay has a passion for conducting that commenced prior to her arrival in London in 2006, including the completion of her Australian Choral Conductors Education and Training choral conducting qualification in 2000 under the tutelage of Graham Abbott and Faye Dumont, and studies at the University of Melbourne in 2001 with Professor John Hopkins. More recently Lindsay has participated in workshops with Mark Elder, Mark Heron and Timothy Reynish, masterclasses with Lior Shambadal and Romolo Gessi, and international masterclasses in Vicenza (Italy) and Weiz (Austria).

Her experience in London has included the position of Associate Conductor of Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra alongside Adrian Brown, Musical Director of the London Classical Consort, and performing with the Bromley Symphony Orchestra, Orpington and Sevenoaks Orchestras, Lewisham Concert Band and established chamber groups as well as freelancing.

Lindsay's expertise includes the establishment of ensembles in various schools, enabling young people to experience creative music-making in choirs, bands, orchestras and world music ensembles. She has provided performance opportunities to young people in venues such as the Churchill Theatre, Fairfield Halls and the O2 Arena. Community outreach is a particular passion, and through successful funding from Making Music and the Mayor's Fund of Lewisham, Lindsay has initiated orchestral music workshops and performance opportunities for children at primary and secondary levels.

Lindsay's newest project is Epsom Primary School concert band, providing a unique instrumental music education for local children.

Paul Weymont - Leader

Paul's passion for the violin and making music began at an early age. He won a scholarship place at The Wells Cathedral School where he was taught by Yfrah Neaman, David Nolden, and Mark Knight. His early career was with England's oldest established orchestra, The Royal Artillery Orchestra, playing solos as well as leading and constructing programmes for the Royal Artillery Quartet. Whilst studying at The Guildhall School of Music he attended Master classes with Hugh Bean, Andrew Watkinson and Detlef Hahn.

Paul has always been involved with community projects, keen to share his love of music with others. He has taught in Primary and Secondary schools including Montbelle, Colfe's and Francis Holland Girls. He co-founded the "Greenwich String Project" teaching and performing with Greenwich primary schoolchildren and worked with the "Greenwich String Orchestra" to give adult players performance opportunities.

His work with orchestras includes performances with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North, Pro Repertoire Orchestra, Southern Pro Musica with Jonathan Willcocks and The Ernest Read Orchestra. He led the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra for the International Oboe competition, which was recorded by Classic fm. Working locally included performing with the Thomas Tallis Society, The London Banqueting Ensembles and being co Principal with the Forest Philharmonic.