Exciting new direction for Newark Young Sinfonia

We are delighted to announce that Newark Young Sinfonia will offer a playing on Sunday 6th May 2018 in the splendour of Newark town hall. We have invited the wonderful conductor Natalia Luis Bassa to lead the day. She works regularly with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, and is full of energy and enthusiasm. More details to follow soon.

Please note that there will no longer be regular monthly rehearsals.


6th May Playing Day Details


Venue: Newark Town Hall

Registration: 9.45

There will be a sharing concert at 4.

There is no charge for the day, but there will be an opportunity to make make donations towards the next playing day.

If you would like any know any more about this wonderful event, please just get in touch via the contact page.


The Founding Members

Rowan Cozens

Rowan Cozens


Rowan, who was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, performs as a professional musician on both viola and piano. Her teaching career spans a wide range of levels, ages and environments which has developed into work with teachers as a mentor, trainer, leader and, most recently, producing films to aid discussion and reflection. She works closely with a number of charities, and has taken part in numerous concerts. With her colleagues from Lincolnshire Music Service, she has raised funds for the Aegis Trust and Holocaust Memorial Centre. Rowan also stages fundraising chamber concerts in her own teaching studio for various causes.
Peter Higgins

Peter Higgins

DipTCL, PGcert TCL, Dip NSC, C.I.M.T.

Peter was educated at Trinity college of Music, London and after graduating as a performer he went on to work regularly in London as both soloist and accompanist. After having three wonderful children, Peter moved to Newark and his musical career took a new direction as he learnt how to tune and restore pianos. He now teaches piano, both privately and in a number of local schools. Peter also runs Newark’s community choir JustSing.
Elizabeth Greeley

Elizabeth Greeley

A primary school teacher and music coordinator, Lizzie has set-up a school orchestra along with vocal and instrumental ensembles.   She worked for Nottingham City Arts in Education as a Music Development Officer and was responsible for raising the profile of music in the curriculum and as an enrichment activity within schools.   She set up and ran a number of ensembles, as well as designing and trialling a pilot programme for the Wider Opportunities scheme, and taught cello in schools and private practice. Lizzie also worked as a tutor for the Nottingham Youth Orchestra as well as running Nottingham Music School’s junior and senior string groups.
Neil Wright

Neil Wright


Neil started playing in the Reds & Greys Youth Marching Band at the age of six on cymbals, progressing through the ranks of percussion and the wind section. He also played for the Magnus Swing and the Ransome Brass Bands. At 18 he became musical director of the Red and Greys which fostered a desire for music and led to a career change at the age of 22. He secured a diploma from the Open University and a B.Mus (Hons) from the University of Hull. Neil has been teaching music for 20 years and runs one of the only school marching bands in the country.

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Our Supporters

Thank you to the kind generosity and support from our sponsors and supporters who help to make Newark Young Sinfonia possible: R.S.T music, Newark, who donated the music stands; Waitrose; Rotary Club Newark; ASDA; Magnus Academy for the provision of the rehearsal venue; and, Councillor Tony Roberts.