Kew Sinfonia is a Chamber Orchestra comprising professional and talented amateur musicians who regularly perform together in the local community under our Musical Director, Conductor Daniel Hogan, and Leader Catherine Schofield.
Our wide repertoire comprises the established popular masterworks as well as great but lesser known compositions from the 18th century to the present day, including new works commissioned from contemporary composers.
Kew Sinfonia's regular concert venue is St Anne's Church on Kew Green, near Kew Gardens, in addition to which we perform at other venues in Kew, Chiswick and South West London.
Daniel Hogan is a 25-year old British conductor, currently studying under a full scholarship for a Masters in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal College of Music, London. He is taught by Toby Purser, Peter Stark and Howard Williams, and has partaken in masterclasses with Martyn Brabbins, Jac van Steen, Ben Gernon, Colin Metters, Rafael Payare and Sir Antonio Pappano.
Daniel founded the student orchestra, Watford Youth Sinfonia, when he was 17 and is also the founder of two young-professional orchestras, the Sinfonia Perdita and Nimrod Orchestra. He is Music Director of Kew Sinfonia and Chess Players, and makes his debut with the Hertford Symphony Orchestra and University of Southampton Sinfonietta this season. In the 2022/23 season he makes his debut with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, as well as assisting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Daniel has worked with some of Britain’s most respected living composers, including David Matthews, Joseph Horovitz and Matthew Taylor, as well as the country’s most up and coming soloists, including Isata Kanneh Mason and Thomas Kelly.
More details and repertoire list (conducted in public until April 2022) are available at: www.danielhoganconductor.com
"A musician of real stature, depth of knowledge, insight and understanding. But of equal importance are the levels of respect and affection which he commands from orchestral musicians of all ages, remarkable and I feel, almost unprecedented for a conductor still in his twenties. This is because players sense that they are working with a musician of sincerity, integrity and a maturity well beyond his years."
— Matthew Taylor, Composer
“Mr. Hogan drew some really soul-stirring sounds from the players… and his energetic style of conducting was clearly much appreciated by the orchestra. No one has replaced the late Richard Hickox as a champion of British music but on this showing, perhaps in a few years, Mr Hogan may take his place.”
— Paul Jackson, British Music Society, November 2021
Daniel writes: “It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with Kew Sinfonia, who I believe to be one of the finest non-professional groups that I collaborate with. The joy of being their Music Director is that we can build a long-lasting relationship where we grow to understand each other's music making more and more, and create an increasing sense of camaraderie as time goes on too, which only serves to heighten the quality of our concerts! This combination is what I am passionate about striving for with any group I have the pleasure of working with in the future so I am ever grateful to the Kew Sinfonia for having me."
Catherine Schofield has led Kew Sinfonia since being appointed in 2017.
“I am a West London girl at heart, having lived in Ealing all my life apart from my student years in Manchester. I actually remember a time when entry into Kew Gardens was 3 old pence! I love the idea of being connected to the thriving local musical community, so it was an honour to be invited to take over from Gudrun Edwards, the founder Leader of Kew Sinfonia when she retired. I really enjoy working with amateur musicians, who play because they love to, and that is so refreshing! The players of Kew Sinfonia all work hard and are not afraid to tackle varied and challenging repertoire. The smaller, more flexible forces of a chamber orchestra require demanding and exacting playing from individuals; for me, the best bits are when they are playing like chamber musicians with their ‘antennae out’ - music-making which really opens out in the live performances. I can think of quite a few highlights of leading Kew Sinfonia over the past few years, and am looking forward to many more in the future.”
Catherine received a Junior Exhibition to the Royal College of Music. She pursued her training at Manchester University and subsequently at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Emanuel Hurwitz and tutored by Peter Cropper and Richard Deakin.
Passionate about the importance of chamber music, Catherine is a founder member of the renowned Bridge String Quartet, established over 30 years ago as one of Britain’s foremost quartets and named after English composer Frank Bridge. The quartet has built up an international reputation through their highly-acclaimed recordings and extensive touring, acting as ambassadors of English Music in many festivals. Catherine coaches regularly on Bridge Quartet courses in the UK and Europe, and also at Dartington Summer Music and Pro Corda Music courses.
As a freelance violinist Catherine has developed long associations with the English Chamber Orchestra, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and English Touring Opera, which she co-led. She has also frequently played in principal positions with various orchestras and groups including Primavera.
Catherine is a respected teacher who has a thriving practice in Ealing, teaching pupils of all ages. She has taught at Junior Guildhall, Junior Trinity and the RNCM, and now runs “Stringendo!”, Saturday morning music classes in Hammersmith.