In 2001, Patsy Gordon, a member of the St Jude's congregation and a former member of the St Andrew's Cathedral Orchestra, together with a number of her senior musician friends decided to form an orchestra whose goal would be to present concerts during the day and to raise funds for local charities. Beginning with a core of ten enthusiastic string players, the orchestra made its debut at a Red Cross function at Farnborough, Moss Vale. Shortly thereafter, on a Friday morning, it presented its inaugural concert in St Jude's Church with proceeds going to Anglicare.
Since its early beginnings the Sinfonia has expanded and now has some twenty-eight regular members including woodwind, brass and tympani.
The Sinfonia presents five Music & Lunch Concerts at St Jude's Church throughout the year. These are held on Friday mornings commencing at 10.30am. In addition it accompanies the choruses in Sing-a-long presentations of Handel's "Messiah" and Mendelssohn's "Elijah" in alternate years.
Over the years the charities that have been supported include Anglicare; The Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service Canteen; Youth Off The Streets (YOTS); Triple Care Farm (the Sir David Martin Foundation); The National Braille Music Camp; The Rodmell Foundation; The Southern Highlands Community Hospice; as well as the St Jude's Music Association.
The Sinfonia rehearses each Friday morning from 10.00am to 12.15pm. in St Jude's Hall. New members are welcome and should contact the Sinfonia's Conductor, Allan Beavis on (02) 4857 4027 or 0448 009 434.