Boston Sinfonia was founded in June 1996 by Stephen Maher to give a platform to local professional-standard, top-rate musicians to provide classical music for people of Boston and surrounding areas, to accompany local choral societies and also encourage young talented musicians to play to a professional standard. Following the inaugural concert on 15 June 1996, when 20 or so musicians played in St Botolph's Parish Church – The Stump, Stephen Maher handed over his baton to Gary Sieling who directed 7 orchestral events, including 2 outdoor concerts at Bolingbroke Castle in June 1998 and 1999 before Nigel Morley was appointed principal conductor. At this stage,1999, annual 'Concert Seasons' were started and have continued to the present day. 2020-21 is Nigel Morley's 22nd season.
Boston Sinfonia was accepted as 'Orchestra in Residence' at St Botolph's Church (largest Parish Church in England and known as 'Boston Stump') from the outset and now the orchestra also performs concerts in the local Boston area at various venues.
The orchestra players database currently has over 90 musicians on the list. The size of the orchestra for concerts varies, depending on the venue and the music to be played, and can be as few as 25 or as many as 65. There are two rehearsals before each concert at the venue, usually on the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon prior to the evening concert. Further details about joining the orchestra can be obtained from [email protected].