founded 1947

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

Our Platinum Anniversary Season!


"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 Sep 2018


We are delighted that Cadeaux & Co have agreed to sell tickets for all our concerts from their outlet in Hatheralls Yard, Chipping Sodbury.

Photos from our concerts in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

Our new Patron - Trevor Herbert


We are delighted to welcome our new Patron, Trevor Herbert, who will be taking over from Jack Russell in time for our 70th Anniversary celebrations next season. It has been a pleasure to work with Jack and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his 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.



Concerts for 2017-18


Platinum Anniversary Season

Tickets can also be bought from Cadeaux & Co

Hatherell's Yard,

Chipping Sodbury

Tuesday – 8th May 2018 – 7.30pm




Simon Mayor, not only a mandolin player but also a fine guitarist, composer, producer and wit, is joined by Hilary James pounding the mighty mandobass, Gerald Garcia, one of the world’s finest guitarists and Richard Collins, guitarist and one of the hottest 5-string banjo players around.


Tickets can also be bought from Cadeaux & Co

Hatherell's Yard,

Chipping Sodbury



The Mandolinquents don't have a fixed programme but it will include many from this list of their favourite pieces:



The Typewriter (Leroy Anderson arr Mayor)

You may recognise the theme tune of the News Quiz, BBC Radio 4

Recording: Dance of the Comedians CDACS 054


Can Love Be Controlled by Advice (from Gay's Beggar's Opera arr Mayor)

Recording: English Sketches - Hilary James CDACS059


Taxi Horn Rag (Mayor)

From Simon's new CD The Art of Mandolin


Will You Come to the Bower (Trad arr Mayor)

Fiddle, guitar and voice

Recording: Dance of the Comedians CDACS 054


The Shearing's Not for You (Trad arr Mayor)

This sad and beautiful ballad comes from the English / Scottish borders.

Recording: Laughing with the Moon CDACS 049


Summer (Chinese trad arr Garcia)

A haunting melody arranged for mandolin and guitar duet.

Recording: Dance of the Comedians CDACS 054


The Dark and Slender Boy/ The Butterfly/ Atholl Highlanders (Trad arr Mayor/James)

Mandolin and mandobass duet

Recording: New Celtic Mandolin - Simon Mayor


Fireflies (Simon Mayor)

Mandolins and guitar accompany Hilary's voice on this evocative song.


The Buttermere Waltz (Mayor)

This haunting melody was inspired by teenage hiking holidays in the Lake District.

Recording: The Second Mandolin Album - Simon Mayor CDACS 014

Tuesday – 10th April 2018 – 7.30pm




Jazz meets classical


This is a musically diverse piano trio (piano, double bass and drums) influenced by Dave Brubeck, Jacque Loussier and others. They specialise in jazz arrangements of classical themes, folk songs, jazz standards and original compositions.



The trio features Dominic Alldis on piano, Andrew Cleyndert on double bass and Martin France on drums.


They specialise in jazz arrangements of classical & opera themes, folk songs, nursery rhymes, American Songbook and original compositions.


Their first CD A Childhood Suite featured jazz arrangements of traditional nursery rhymes arrange for piano trio and string orchestra. This was followed in 2016 by Praeludium featuring jazz arrangements of classical themes by Bach, Fauré, Corelli, Satie, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Borodin, Bizet, Pachelbel, Chopin and Bartok.


Expect an evening of exquisite chamber music from three remarkable musicians fluent in the language of both classical music and jazz, a celebration of melody and the art of improvisation.



Their latest album Praeludium featuring jazz arrangments of classical themes by Bach, Fauré, Pachelbel, Satie, Bizet, Dvorak, Borodin, Chopin and Bartok.


The trio were recommended artists in the 2015 Concert Promotors Guide.


A concert featuring jazz arrangements of themes by Bach, Fauré, Dvorak, Bizet, Satie, Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Pachelbel, Chopin and Bartok, as well as jazz arrangements of folk song melodies and songs from the Great American Songbook.



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

Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

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