Volunteers and Support

From its inception, the St Helens Sinfonietta has been run by a dedicated group of volunteers that form the management committee. As a registered charity, we are required to meet regularly and provide audited accounts. There is an AGM every November to review progress of the past year, and agree the accounts. Patrons and Members are allowed to attend this (see below)

 Currently the Management Committee is: 

President: Lady Kirsty Pilkington

Chair: Joyce Clavering

Vice-chair: Janis Bill

Musical Director

Orchestra Leader:

Treasurer Janis Bill

Secretary Ian Thomas

Ticketing Secretary Lyn Wallace

Librarian John Sills 

Newsletter Editor: Keith Allcock

Committee member: Ken Gutteridge: 

Committee Members: Bill Connor, David Forshaw, 

Orchestra Representative: Denise Burrows, Tom Sykes


The Sinfonietta could not operate without other people who volunteer to undertake tasks which allow us to provide top-class concerts in comfortable surroundings. If you wish to volunteer your time then please contact us via our email address: info@sthelenssinfonietta.co.uk We will be delighted to hear from you. 

The orchestra members and soloists that provide us with such excellent live music are paid for their services. The volunteers aren’t. As such the Sinfonietta has to make charges for tickets, and depends heavily on ticket sales and the successful application to organisations that will give us grants towards specific projects. You can also support the Sinfonietta by becoming either a member or a patron.

Sinfonietta Membership – Friends & Patrons

The Friends & Patrons of St. Helens Sinfonietta are the voting members of the organisation, from whom the Officers and Committee are elected.  They pay an annual subscription and are entitled to discounted ticket prices. Becoming a member benefits the Sinfonietta and yourself.  You may join at the Friend level or at a higher cost at the Patron level.


All Friends & Patrons:

  • Receive a £1 ticket price discount for all concerts and recitals.
  • Receive regular copies of The Sinfonietta’s newsletter and information about our events and fund-raising activities.
  • Have the right to attend the AGM, be nominated for election to the Management Committee, and to vote in the election of Committee members. Only Friends & Patrons can be elected to the Committee.
  • Your practical help at events is always welcome.

Patrons only: 

  • Can be credited in main-concert programmes (if wished – or remain anonymous). 


  • Friends:  £15 per head.
  • Patrons: A minimum of £30 per head; you may contribute more if you wish.

To join (or re-join)  Please click on the button to download and print the form. Complete this and return it together with your payment to:

Janis Bill (Sinfonietta),  11 Tudor Close, Rainford, St Helens,  WA11 8SD

Data Protection & Privacy policy   If you become a member, your information will be kept securely and used only for the purposes identified. Other than in the limited circumstances detailed in our literature, we will not pass on your details to persons or organisations that do not have a legal right to it without your permission nor seek other information about you from third parties. The full Data Protection and Privacy policy can be viewed on our website by clicking on the relevant tab, or by request as below.

You have the right to a copy of your information that we hold upon written request to:

Gavin Wallace (Sinfonietta),  61 Clarkes Crescent,  St Helens,  WA10 5EA

Or  contact Gavin on   T:  01744 600846   or  M:  07733197411    or  E:  gavin-wallace@outlook.com

To amend your details, or to withdraw from the Mailing List (you may still receive essential communications relating to your Friends & Patronage membership) or from the email option, contact as above.

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