The orchestra was initially conducted by George Hurst, who acted as artistic adviser, and Nicholas Braithwaite, in order to perform the classical repertoire in the smaller venues of the south and west of England. In the first months of its existence players interchanged between the Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta, some of them having to consult a chart to find out which orchestra they would play with the following week (leading occasionally to players going for the wrong rehearsal).The 'pool of players' idea was scrapped and the Sinfonietta became independent of the BSO, with more players moving across from the BSO in 1969. During its existence the Bournemouth Sinfonietta gained a national reputation, appearing at The Proms and also undertook short overseas tours, including Germany, Italy, Turkey, Romania, Spain, Brazil and France. Venues in the south and west of England varied from small church halls, often in places which otherwise would get no live professional orchestral music, to larger concert halls. The educational and outreach work of the Sinfonietta was recognised by a Prudential Award and a Sainsbury's Arts for All award.
Increased difficulties in obtaining funding from the local councils led to the decision to disband the orchestra in November 1999 and concentrate government funding towards the larger ensemble.
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|A Gaelic blessing (Rutter)|
|Deep peace of the running wave to you First line to A Gaelic blessing (Rutter)|
|Lux aeterna Movement 7 of Requiem (Rutter)|
|Out of the deep Movement 2 of Requiem (Rutter)|
|Pie Jesu Movement 3 of Requiem (Rutter)|
|The Lord bless you and keep you (Rutter)|
|The Lord is my shepherd Movement 6 of Requiem (Rutter)|