We are a UK not-for-profit company working with international partners to commission, produce and record great music by living composers.
About the company
Established in 2018, we are a small creative company based in Stratford-upon-Avon UK, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
We like working collaboratively, sharing ideas and possibilities. We enjoy it most when our work is built on friendships or leads to new directions and connections. Our music projects range from live recordings to online coaching and internet-based creative programmes and our collaborators include composers, musicians, academics and cultural development agencies.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the music that is produced, whether working with professionals, students or amateurs.
David Curtis – Director
David is the company’s artistic force. A conductor, teacher and coach who has worked internationally throughout a long career that has taken him as far afield as Australia, North and South America, the Middle and Far East as well as working extensively in Europe. He enjoys meeting new people and making great music.
Having had a successful career as a performer, with over 300 CDs and radio broadcasts and working closely with such composing royalty as Sir Michael Tippett and Sir William Walton, David took up conducting and went on to have a second career, recording, touring and teaching.
In demand for both his creative flair and approachable manner, he established Shakespeare Sinfonia in 2018 as a vehicle for international projects of all kinds. In the spare time he has, he is a keen cook and gardener, Francophile and Grandad.
Susan Chapman – Director (needs photo)
Susan is the company’s expert in international collaboration and brokerage.
Susan’s biog to follow
Declan Birchall – Audio Engineer
A graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he studied double bass and composition for screen, Declan has performed with leading UK chamber orchestras, at the BBC Proms and in Europe. Since leaving RCM he has been a member of the Southbank Sinfonia, before working in the Caribbean, teaching and coaching young people, arranging, performing and composing for computer games.
Declan first joined Shakespeare Sinfonia as co-principal bass, and is now the company’s Audio Engineer, ensuring the highest quality finished sound for our projects. He is currently studying for a master’s degree in Sound and Music for Interactive Games.