Our 2017-18 Season

70 Years of Music in Chipping Sodbury

Tuesday - 10th October 2017  - 7.30pm


The Amadeus Orchestra was formed in 1990 and is one of the world's foremost training orchestras for young professionals and music students. In recent years the orchestra has performed eight of Shostakovich's fifteen symphonies, most of Stravinsky's ballets, Mahler's first, second and eighth Symphonies, Walton's first Symphony, Concertos with Raphael Wallfisch, Julian Lloyd Webber and Steven Isserlis and Strauss' Four Last Songs with Janis Kelly.  They have a close working relationship with Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. The orchestra meets every summer for intensive training and concerts, and throughout the year at various times. We are also often hired by other organisations such as choral societies and concert promoters for professional concerts. We often provide live music for private parties such as weddings and at corporate functions such as product launches and conferences. More about Hiring the Orchestra.

In recent years the orchestra has performed eight of Shostakovich's fifteen symphonies, most of Stravinsky's ballets, Mahler's first, second and eighth Symphonies, Walton's first Symphony, Concertos with Raphael Wallfisch, Julian Lloyd Webber and Steven Isserlis and Strauss' Four Last Songs with Janis Kelly.

The Orchestra has performed concertos with Raphael Wallfisch, Julian Lloyd Webber and Steven Isserlis and they have a close working relationship with Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.  The orchestra meets every summer for intensive training and concerts, and throughout the year at various times.  They like to tour and have made numerous visits to China, India and Europe.


Philip Mackenzie

Conductor and Musical Director


Philip is currently Principal Conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Mozart Symphony Orchestra in London and Principal Guest Conductor of the Crimean State Symphony Orchestra. He has also often worked with Manchester Camerata and his recording with them “Great British Recorder Concertos” was described by Gramophone Magazine as “first class” and was “highly recommended” by the Penguin CD guide.

Recently Philip has given concerts with Steven Isserlis, Steven Varcoe, Raphael Wallfisch and Janis Kelly and has directed ‘speaking soloists’ such as Griff Rhys Jones, Stephanie Cole, Matthew Kelly, Jilly Cooper, Edward Fox, Simon Callow, Richard E Grant and Jack Dee.

Claire King


After graduating from Dartington College of Arts in 1993, Claire continued her studies with David Campbell and embarked on a career as a freelance clarinetist, teacher and music leader in the South West.  As well as playing with many orchestras across the South West she plays clarinet with the Roaring Forks Wind Quintet, Bass Clarinet with the Wessex Clarinet Quartet and has also worked with Opera Project, Bath Philharmonia and Chroma Chamber Ensemble.  Claire regularly gives recitals with her accompanist Gerry Hoddinott and enjoys her clarinet teaching at Bath Spa University where she also runs a clarinet ensemble.  She established and leads the Community Clarinet Choir Ebonite for the Wiltshire Rural Music School, often giving concerts for charity. Claire is Associate Lecturer leading the Community Music Programme at Bath Spa University and as a music leader, enjoys delivering creative music workshops in schools, with the elderly and with children and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disability.



Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - George Frederick Handel

Clarinet Concerto in A Major  -  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


         Clarinet - Claire King

Water Music                       -   George Frederick Handel

The Amadeus Orchestra at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

Phillip Mckenzie:  Conductor

Claire King ~ Clarinet

Tuesday – 14th November 2017 – 7.30pm




This viola/piano duo who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama are supported by the Countess of Munster

Music Trust.

Luba participated in both the LSO Strings Scheme and Academy in 2014. She is a member of the Volta Quartet, who performed in an RPS concert recorded by the BBC in December 2014

Luba is the winner of a Musicians’ Company Award 2014.


J N Hummel - Sonata for Viola and Piano


J S Bach       - Cello Suite No.3

G Enescu      - Konzertstück

J Brahms       - Sonata Op.120 No.1



Sponsored by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust

Tuesday – 5th December 2017 – 7.30pm


Stonkingly enjoyable medieval, folk and world music from this London-based ensemble.  They are particularly interesting for the way in which they imaginatively push, and often transcend, the limits of what is thought of as early music.


Tuesday – 20th February 2018 – 7.30pm


Four talented artists whose playing is technically superb and delivered with the wide range of colours, which makes the harp so attractive.

Since their formation in 2000, 4 Girls 4 Harps have been heard in numerous venues and festivals in the UK and across Europe, delighting audiences with their dynamic performances and innovative repertoire.

The quartet has featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Classic FM, and Welsh television channel, S4C.

They have performed at The World Harp Congress in Dublin, The Fairfield Halls, St George's, Bristol, Champs Hill, and at London’s King’s Place.


Tuesday - 13th March 2018 – 7.30pm


The Marylebone Trio is a classical woodwind trio formed in 2003 by post-graduate students at the Royal Academy of Music. Since the the trio has gained a reputation for concerts that display not only individual skill and excellent ensemble, but also a lively and informative presentation style with an interesting mix of music.

Concert performances have included well-received recitals at music festi-vals in Deal, Stratford-upon-Avon and Church Stretton; London venues including Kings Place and the National Portrait Gallery; and numerous music clubs and societies around England. In 2016 the trio was chosen for the Selected Artists programme for Making Music UK for the 2017-18 season, and made its overseas debut at the Victoria International Arts Fes-tival in Gozo.

Away from the trio all three members are busy freelance players working with orchestras around the UK including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and BBC National Or-chestra of Wales; West End shows including Miss Saigon and Les Misérables; and recording for TV, radio and commercial music.

Find out more about the trio at www.themarylebonetrio.com

Jemma Bausor (oboe) was born in Warwickshire and studied at Wells Cathedral School and the Royal College of Music, where she won the Peter Pears Duo Prize. She was awarded the Robert Rendell Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, and later took up a full scholarship to study at the Encuentro Musica y Academia in Santander, Spain. Jemma is frequently in demand as a soloist; her concerto work has taken her around Europe and as far away as Thailand, and she has also recorded solo works for Boosey & Hawkes. She also works for orchestras around the UK and has spent some time playing for the West End show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Helen James (clarinet) began playing clarinet through County Durham’s Music Service. She continued her studies at Trinity College of Music where she was awarded the Wilfred Hambleton Award and the Gladys Puttick Prize for improvisation. As a member of the clarinet quartet Clariphonics she won a Park Lane Group Young Artists Award, which included a performance at the Purcell Room. She is co-principal clarinet with St. Paul’s Sinfonia and also plays with other orchestras such as English Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and West End shows including The Wizard of Oz and Les Misérables.

Alexandra Davidson (bassoon) is originally from Bournemouth, and took her first degree at Oxford University, where she held an instrumental scholarship. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the Florence Woodbridge bassoon prize. Alex was co-principal bassoon of Southbank Sinfonia for the 2006 season, and performed the Weber concerto with them at the Deal Festival. She now freelances with orchestras around the country, including numerous Radio 3 broadcasts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestra.  Alex is also a founder member of the bassoon quartet Reed Rage.


Tuesday – 10th April 2018 – 7.30pm


The Dominic Alldis Trio is one of the most exciting and innovative jazz piano trios in the UK.  Their repertoire encompasses jazz arrangements of classical themes, folk songs and nursery rhymes, as well as popular jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.  Their influences range from Jacques Loussier to George Shearing, via Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck and the Modern Jazz Quartet. 

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.

Dominic Alldis (piano) has built a unique musical career over 30 years, spanning the rich and varied musical worlds of classical music, jazz piano and cabaret singing. Equally at home with a conductor’s baton in hand, performing with his jazz trio or entertaining an audience with songs at the piano, Dominic’s fluency in many different musical languages and flair for bringing them together in a distinctive way puts him in a category all of his own.

Andrew Cleyndert (double bass) has toured with bands led by many of the major figures of British and American jazz, including Bobby Wellins, Don Weller, Red Rodney, Bud Shank, Gene Harris and Annie Ross. In the early 90s he become a member of the Ronnie Scott Quartet and later bassist for the British jazz legend Stan Tracey.  Andrew and Dominic have performed and recorded together in numerous ensembles since 1985.

Martin France (drums) has played with many of the world's finest jazz musicians in over forty countries worldwide. A turning point in his early career was his role within the Eighties big band Loose Tubes, where he began a longstanding partnership with many of its members, in particular jazz composer and pianist Django Bates. Martin has performed and recorded with Elvis Costello, David Gilmour, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland and Lee Konitz.


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.