Photos from our concerts in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

founded 1947

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

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

Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

As part of the Chipping Sodbury Festival 2018, and celebrating the 800th birthday of the awarding of a Market Charter by King Henry III to William Crassus (Lord of the Manor) to hold a market in Chipping Sodbury, we are holding an extra concert in St John the Baptist Church, Chipping Sodbury .


A concert by Joglaresa on Sunday June 10th at 7 PM

Our 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.




"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


" 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



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


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

Tickets available on the door, on the night @ £15.00.

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.






Simon Mayor is widely regarded as one of the world's leading mandolin players, as well as fine fiddle player, guitarist, composer and wit. His highly acclaimed Mandolin Albums have gained him an unequalled reputation in classical and folk circles alike and have been heralded across the media from Radio 3, Classic FM, Radio 2 (Album of the Week) and World Service (Recording of the Week) to magazines as diverse as Q, Vox, Cosmopolitan and Folk Roots.


His off-beat humour surfaced in his own series for BBC Radio 2 Marooned with a Mandolin - "the best programme on Radio 2 this week" in The Independent on Sunday. Aside from the mandolin, he played swing fiddle on the album Five Guys Name Mo and has written four music books including a collection of children's songs for Faber Music.


"A pedigree musician" BBC World Service, Recording of the Week


"Simon Mayor is a real find" Daily Telegraph



Gerald Garcia is equally at home at the Wigmore Hall or Glastonbury Pop Festival. One of the world's finest guitarists, he's toured with the likes of John Williams and Paco Peña, appeared with such diverse talents as Michel Legrand, Barbara Streisand, Larry Coryell and Wayne Shorter, has six solo albums out on the Naxos label... and has the wackiest sense of humour! Gerald's rich and varied musical career has included playing with the Chilean group Quimantu, and collaborations with Asian and oriental artists, notably the Pipa virtuoso, Wu Man. His wider travels have found him as far afield as Borneo, the Arctic Circle and China, where he was the first British guitarist to play in recent times. In September 1995 he toured four Chinese cities in a duo with guitarist John Williams.


Gerald studied Chemistry at Oxford University and now lives in Oxford where he enjoys cycling, cooking, computer music,Taoist Yoga and conducting the odd chamber orchestra.


"A rare combination of excellence and natural feeling" Melbourne Sun"


"Great natural gifts" Daily Telegraph



Hilary James may be best known for her fine singing, but she takes her place in the Mandolinquents line-up pounding the mighty mandobass. Her superb voice defies categorisation and has featured everywhere from Classic FM to Radio 1's Andy Kershaw. Covering everything from traditional folk music to blues and swing her three solo CDs have been played on radio stations from Los Angeles to Latvia and brought an invitation to make a video with MTV award winning editor/producer Dan Lebenthal in Hollywood. Hilary James presented music education programmes for national BBC Radio for six years and has illustrated a children's song book for
Faber Music. Together with Simon Mayor she has written over 60 children's songs, as well as topical songs for news programmes.


"One of Britain's finest voices" BBC Radio 4


"As a singer of folk songs Hilary James has no peers" Rock 'n' Reel




Richard Collins As well as playing with the quartet Richard has his own 'A Band Like Alice' which has just recorded an album for EMI's new world music series. Highly regarded as a mandolinist and guitarist, Richard is also one of the the hottest (and subtlest) 5 string banjo player this side of the Atlantic He first picked a guitar at the age of nine and within a couple of years was stunningly adept at a number of stringed instruments. By his mid-teens Richard was much in demand at bluegrass festivals and arts centres in his native Hampshire.


He is now in demand as a session player, not only in the UK, but in the home of country itself, Nashville. Apart from his consummate skill as a musician, Richard has reputedly the largest repertoire of self-deprecating banjo jokes in the world.


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