The orchestra was established in 2014 by Adrián Varela and Andrea Broughton with the aim of giving Lewisham its own permanent symphony orchestra. Its core members have been professional & amateur musicians from or resident in Lewisham, and also rising stars from top London music colleges, providing them with an arena to showcase their talent and gain invaluable experience as they enter the profession. The One Tree Hill Sinfonia is ‘an orchestra of astonishing quality’ featured in the Evening Standard, Metro and Slipped Disk, working in an inclusive, congenial atmosphere of mutual respect, offering exciting, memorable concerts for the benefit of the wider community.
Based in south-east London, the orchestra has hosted some of the finest international and UK musicians as soloists, including principals of London symphony orchestras, actress Diana Aubrey and star of Strictly Come Dancing, bandoneonist Julian Rowlands.
The Orchestra has social action, social inclusion and the demolishing of all types of barriers among its core values. Over the years it has supported a number of international, national and local charities helping different, diverse communities, and has a policy of inclusion, equality and respect at every level of the organisation. Its pioneering ‘Sit Inside the Orchestra’ scheme has allowed members of the public to experience the thrill of live orchestral playing from within the orchestra.
Andrea BroughtonGeneral Manager
Andrea Broughton is general manager of the One Tree Hill Sinfonia. She is also a keen amateur violinist and regularly plays with a range of ensembles across London and the south east of the country. Andrea supports Adrian in the organisation of OTHS concerts and has also played in all the orchestra’s concerts.
Adrian VarelaArtistic Director and Conductor
Adrian co-founded the One Tree Hill Sinfonia in 2014. One year later he became the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Polish National Youth Orchestra POM LYO, a subsudary of Jenuesses Musicales. Since 2018 he is Director of Music at de Montort University, Leicester. Adrian is a long-standing 1st violin member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, London.
His cross-genre versatility has seen him record in all major London studios for all major film, game and recording companies including 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner, Disney, Netflix, Electronic Arts and Moon Studios. He has regularly toured the world’s greatest live halls, from playing classical music in the Berlin Philharmonie and Vienna Musikverein, to large-scale rock concerts at the O2 and Birmingham NEC.
The last decade has seen Adrian increasingly integrate video into musical performance in live multimedia shows and production. He sported classical music’s first ever headcam in the ground-breaking, award-winning Re-Rite installation.
Adaq KhanDigital Media
Adaq Khan’s love of music began when he started playing the violin at age 3 and after studying music at Durham University he quickly developed a career as a classical recording engineer.
He enjoys the challenge of producing polished recordings, whether performed in world class concert halls, local studios or in artists’ living rooms.
Adaq’s particular interest in one-of-a-kind projects has seen him record the only complete edition of Sorabji’s 8-hour piano solo work ‘Sequentia Cyclica’, massed ensembles of over 3,000 performers at the Royal Albert Hall, and a banana (as part of the complete John Cage Song Books).
Jeannie OkikioluFinance Manager
Jeannie Okikiolu MA FCA is a Chartered Accountant with her own small forensic accountancy practice and, since June 2019, a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. For the last 20 years, Jeannie has been a trustee of charities that run the finances of an amateur orchestra. Jeannie has studied the violin since she was a young child and (until the lockdown) played regularly with a select few of London’s amateur orchestras, including OTHS.
Belgium-born violinist Caroline Frenkel is an experienced London freelancer, having worked for over 20 years with London’s greatest orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Prior to coming to London Caroline held the position of First Assistant in Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Denmark.