founded 1947

Chipping Sodbury Music Society aims to bring together lovers of different types of music and musicians in a friendly, convivial atmosphere.

UK Registered Charity No. 1005346

Next Concert

Tuesday - 12 NOVEMBER 2019

at 7.30pm

Concerts for the Chipping Sodbury Music Society are performed in the historic setting of

Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

Unfortunately, due to illness, Giacomo is unable to perform for Tuesday's concert.

We wish Giacomo a swift  recovery . . ..

Giacomo Susani

Solo Guitar

Supported by the Countess
of Munster Musical Trust
this Italian classical guitarist
and composer continually enthralls
his audiences all over Europe with
the quality of his interpretations and performances. A
wonderful night is promised.

Michael Butten  ~  guitar

Born in Berkshire, Michael Butten studied at Junior Academy, where he twice won the Lower Strings Prize, before being awarded a scholarship at the Academy to continue his studies with Michael Lewin.

In his first year he won the Julian Bream Prize, adjudicated by Julian Bream, and, when leaving the Academy he was awarded the David Russell prize. On completing his BMus degree with first class honours, he received from the Academy one of the Regency Awards for Notable Achievement and in June 2014, as a postgraduate with a scholarship from Help Musicians UK, he became the first guitarist ever to win the R.A.M. Club Prize. 

Notable among his solo engagements have been concerto performances at the Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton, the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo with the Berkshire Youth Orchestra and the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra, concerts with the Berkeley Ensemble at The Forge and in the City of London to celebrate the music of Malcolm Arnold, and recitals and festivals in Germany, Italy, Holland, and Belgium. He also recorded the Malcolm Arnold Serenade with the Chamber Ensemble of London for their CD 'A British Serenade'. After performing at Kings Place for the London International Guitar Festival, he was selected to tour the UK on the IGF’s Young Artist Platform.

Having been, for several years, leader of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, Michael has remained highly active in chamber music, regularly collaborating with Academy guitarists, singers, wind players and string quartets; his musical interests have extended from performing with the Manson Ensemble in Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse to learning the theorbo for a Royal Academy Opera production of Il Giasone by Cavalli under the direction of Jane Glover. With the tenor Oliver Johnston he has appeared in masterclasses with the late Robert Tear and in 2014 was invited to present, with the tenor Julian Gregory, a programme for the Lennox Berkeley Society; this was soon followed by his participation at the Academy in a special concert of all Berkeley’s music involving the guitar, which drew warm critical acclaim in the Daily Telegraph. He has also performed with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, at Endellion Music Festival with tenor Mark Padmore, and as part of Tetra Guitar Quartet at the Iserlohn Guitar Festival in their last ever concert.

Of particular interest to Michael is the often neglected guitar music of British composers, British renaissance lute repertoire and the link often found between the music of both eras. He is currently preparing a solo recording devoted to the music of John Dowland.​      


John Dowland - Praeludium, Fantasia, Lachrimae Pavane, Frog Galliard


Roberto Gerhard - Fantasia


J.S. Bach - Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major: 

    1. Adagio
    2. Fugue
    3. Largo
    4. Allegro Assai

~ Interval ~


Luigi Legnani - Fantasia in A op.19


Benjamin Britten - Nocturnal after John Dowland

    1. Musingly
    2. Very Agitated
    3. Restless
    4. Anxious
    5. March-like
    6. Dreaming
    7. Gently Rocking
    8. Passacaglia
    9. Slow and Quiet


Isaac Albeniz - Capricho Catalan and Cadiz

Tuesday – 3 DECEMBER 2019 - 7.30pm

Roaring Fork Wind Quintet

Now in their tenth year
together, the Roaring Fork
Wind Quintet are delighted
to be returning to Chipping
Sodbury with a selection of
classics new and old,
guaranteed to get your toes
tapping! This is a group of
musicians who so obviously love what they do.

Tuesday - 11 FEBRUARY 2020 - 7.30pm

Piatti Quartet

This is another return visit, by popular request. You can look forward to a superb evening with this  distinguished, award winning
quartet, known for their diverse programming and passionate interpretations.

Tuesday -10 MARCH 2020 - 7.30pm


Annabel Knight - flute and recorder

Robin Bigwood – harpsichord

are baroque chamber musicians who
first visited us in 2012. They delight in sharing their passion for the music of this lavish, intimate and  extravagant musical period.

Tuesday - 7 APRIL 2020 - 7.30pm

Bristol Chamber Choir

Looking forward very much to
their return visit to CSMS, the
choir, which regularly
performs early music as well
as 20th century works, will be
singing Bach’s ‘Jesu Meine
Freude’ followed by a mix of
madrigals and part songs in lighter mood.

Tuesday - 5 MAY 2020 - 7.30pm

“Long Story Short”

Shirley Smart Jazz Trio

Shirley Smart – cello

John Crawford – piano

Demi Garcia Sabat – drums/percussion

Shirley Smart is one of the UK’s most
versatile and creative cellists, at home
in Classical, Jazz and Middle Eastern
music. This will be an exciting evening
of diverse music infused with dynamic

Seating is open

for all our events.

Please contact us beforehand on 01454 315741

if you have any special requirements.

We will do our best to help.

" we had such an enjoyable concert..many good memories ...we would love to play again..any time ..... all best wishes to you all ,"

Kirsten Hellier

(Artisans Quartett)

March 2018

"Thank you so much for a really lovely day yesterday. We were so pleased to be invited back for your 70th Anniversary year and enjoyed the concert and the audience reaction immensely.

Thank you so much for your hospitality, help and the beautiful roses.

Best wishes

From Keziah, Harriet, Lizzy and Eleanor"

4 Girls 4 Harps

22 Feb  2018

Photos from our concerts in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

Our  Patron - Trevor Herbert


We are really grateful to our Patron, Trevor Herbert, for taking on this role.  It is a pleasure to work with Trevor and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his continuing support.


Trevor is well-known locally for his association with Hobbs House Bakery but also has a long-standing interest in music, particularly choral works.  He is currently a member of Stroud Choral Society and performs with them regularly.  Trevor and his family have supported our Society for many years and we look forward to enjoying a future of listening to great music together.

Syrinx. Town Hall
SGMH at CS TH on 160517.2
Sophia Lisovskaya 12 Nov 2013
Shiry Rashkovsky
Sweet Rhythm Town Hall
Sophia and Sergey in Town Hall
artisans at CSTH 081116
Joglaresa at CS Town Hall
Antara at CS Town Hall
Bella Tromba Town Hall
Charleston Chasers 8 Oct 2013
DSCN9527 Corentin and Bartosz as CS Town Hall 40%-1
DSCN3273 for publicity
Emergence minus Annie
Flercussion at CS Town Hall #1
IMG_5669 The Dime Notes 20%
4 Girls 4 Harps at Town Hall

"I want to thank you once again for making our first visit to the Chipping Sodbury Music Society such an enjoyable experience last night.  The hall set-up, piano and general ambiance were impeccable.. . . . It goes without saying that we would love to return sometime"

Dominic Alldis

Dominis Alldis Trio

April 2018

We are very grateful to

Hobbs House Bakery

39 High Street

Chipping Sodbury

for agreeing to sell tickets
for all our concerts.

. . . . .however, Chipping Sodbury is delighted and very grateful to Michael Butten for stepping in to the breach and is going to provide us with an excellent concert on Tuesday.