J26 Sinfonietta was originally founded by Deena Draycott and John Watson in 2009, bringing together specially invited musicians to perform high quality music, predominantly from the Baroque and Classical periods. The name comes from the fact that when we started, we rehearsed in a location close to Junction 26 of the M1 and our musician base is similarly located!
We play throughout Derbyshire, putting on our own concerts and also as invited guests at selected events. To date we have performed works including: Mendelssohn's "Hebrides Overture", Mozart Symphonies No.26, 27, 38 ("Prague"), Beethoven's "Egmont Overture" and Symphony No.1, Haydn's "Le Matin", "Clock" and "Farewell" Symphonies and Prokofiev's "Classical Symphony"
As well as performing full orchestral works, J26 likes to showcase the talents of soloists, not only from our own musicians but also from specially invited guests. Solo works have included Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E Flat Major, Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21, Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes in G Major, Bach Double Violin Concerto in D minor, Hummel Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major and Telemann Double Viola Concerto.
Mat Davis - Musical Director
A recent graduate of the University of Hull, where he gained an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree, Mat has spent the last few years building an impressive CV of professional music experience. Using his expertise as a wind player, he has spent the last few years conducting and contributing to a variety of music groups in a number of different contexts. These include the University’s Music Society’s Wind Band, Orchestras, Bilton Singers Community Choir, and Humberside Police Concert Band.
Mat currently works as a woodwind teacher in Nottinghamshire schools, and combines this with conducting J26 Sinfonietta and Saxondale Strings alongside regular performances with the Nottinghamshire Police Concert Band and Ravenshead Swing Band.