Irish violist Laura Sinnerton has been a member of the viola section of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since 2009. Alongside her regular section duties of performing, recording and touring with the Orchestra, Laura has enjoyed the opportunity to work with Welsh composition students on new works for string quartet, perform solo Bach for the Heads of BBC Wales, and for a number of years she wrote a well received diary about orchestral life for BBC Wales.
In addition to her duties with the BBC, Laura maintains a vibrant and varied freelance career, working with Opera and Ballet companies, chamber groups and other symphony orchestras across the UK. She also enjoys working with younger musicians and alongside her own teaching practice, enjoys invitations to coach on courses across the UK.
In early 2019, Laura founded ‘The Sessions’, a non-profit chamber series featuring musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and local professional freelance musicians. This popular Sunday morning concert series raises money for Cardiff based and Cardiff benefitting charities and social action groups.
In the 2016-2017 season, Laura was a recipient of a General Arts Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for her ‘Northern Accents’ project. This project culminated in a performance of Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words’ at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, with seven new secular texts by author, Jan Carson (2019 recipient of the EU Prize for Literature).
Laura has a deep interest in new music and working with living composers. She has performed with Belfast’s Hard Rain Ensemble, and with the Berkeley Ensemble in their collaboration with Tŷ Cerdd on the ‘CoDI Chamber Music Project’, working with six emerging Welsh composers.