(Schlierbach Chamber Orchestra) was an Early Music ensemble founded by Thomas Fey
in 1987. In the course of a systematic, largely chronological engagement with the great orchestral music of the past, Thomas Fey and his players started out with in-depth surveys of the works of Händel
. When the orchestra felt ready to embark on the great symphonic literature of the Classical period, the chamber orchestra forces were no longer adequate to the task. Accordingly, the decision was taken to form the Heidelberger Sinfoniker
(Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra).