Chipping Sodbury Music Society

UK Registered Charity No. 1005346

founded 1947

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

Reviews of the Concerts of The Chipping Sodbury Music Society are published

in the Chipping Sodbury and Yate Gazette.

Reviews for 2017-18 Season

The Dime Notes


15th September 2017


"Vintage jazz at its best "


This was our extra, jazz concert that was arranged before, but not part of our regular season; as we did last year with Cleo Lane.



As a precursor to their 70th Anniversary season, Chipping Sodbury Music Society chose to invite The Dime Notes to put on a jazz gig in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on Friday 15 September; what an excellent choice that proved to be!


The band, brilliantly led by Andrew Oliver on piano, also featured David Horniblow on clarinet, Tom Wheatley on bass and Dave Kelbie on rhythm guitar. The hall was packed to hear them play two sets of music by Jelly Roll Morton, WC Handy, Jimmie Noone, Duke Ellington and other greats of the jazz world. Unforgettable too were the two compositions by Andrew Oliver himself: The band’s adopted theme tune “Ten Cent Rhythm” and “Otis Stomp”, named after the small town Otis in Oregon where Andrew grew up. An interesting fact we learned from him was that a dime is 10 cents, but a dime note is 10 dollars.


Tom Wheatley chose to showcase his outstanding skill on the double base in the Duke Ellington number “Pitter Panther Patter”, in which he emulated Jimmy Blanton’s original performance in the early 1940s. It was interesting to note that the bow he used during the show was made of Mongolian horse hair – the preferred choice of double bass musicians.


Tom also found “Kentucky Blues”, made famous and recorded by Stanley "Fess" Williams in 1929. This number featured David Horniblow giving a virtuoso solo performance on clarinet, much appreciated by the enthusiastic audience. The amazing range of the clarinet was shown throughout the evening by this supremely skilled player.


Bix Beiderbecke was one of the great jazz musicians of the 1920s and the Dime Notes performed his “I’m Coming Virginia” allowing Dave Kelbie to demonstrate why he is one of the most sought after rhythm guitarists on the world stage.


The whole evening was a resounding success. All four artists were of truly international class and over 150 jazz enthusiasts were rewarded with a night to remember and cherish. Many were fortunate enough to take home signed copies of the band’s CDs and Vinyls.


Chipping Sodbury Music Society’s Gala Concert on Tuesday 10 October will feature the Amadeus Orchestra directed by Philip Mackenzie performing Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”, Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” (Soloist: Claire King) and Handel’s “Water Music”. Tickets are on sale now from or the Box Office on 01454 315741; further information may be found on the Society’s website at


Michelle Cook


17 September 2017


The Amadeus Orchestra


October 10th 2017



70th Birthday Gala Concert



An audience of over 100 welcomed the return of the Amadeus Orchestra, under its Director Philip Mackenzie and ably led by Madeleine Pickering, to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society.

What an enjoyable October concert it proved to be.


Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba is a work that many orchestras rush through. The Amadeus by contrast took a relaxed tempo with pointed rhythms and excellent balance between woodwind and strings.


Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was his final major instrumental work before his untimely death. Claire King, the talented soloist, gave a lively account of the first movement with firm tone projection and secure intonation.

The sublime slow movement received a truly rapt performance with the air of resignation and sadness perfectly captured. An excellent rapport between soloist and orchestra ensured a rousing finale.


The final piece Handel’s Water Music included both familiar and unfamiliar items. Initially the louder fanfare moments revealed the lack of weight of a larger orchestra.

However the ear quickly compensated and the reduced forces of the Amadeus paid handsome dividends with greater clarity and sensitivity. The brass challenges were bravely surmounted and King George the First would have been well satisfied with this performance.


The evening ended with many curtain calls and an exhilarating encore of well known Scottish airs in the manner of Mozart. As ever the Amadeus had excelled itself and given the Music Society a memorable 70th birthday present.



Gerry Philp


October 16th 2017