Emerging from Lockdown


Wendy Clark our leader would like to do a Zoom string sectional on Wednesday 15th July in the evening, to get us started on the tricky string parts for Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla overture, which we plan to perform this November.

She plans 30 minutes for each section. Details including instructions for joining a Zoom session will be provided by email.

At present our first physical rehearsal is planned for Wednesday 9 September. This will be confirmed by email in August.

Dates of Future Concerts


Autumn Concert Sat. Nov 21 2020

Bruckner: symphony 4

Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmilla Overture

Mozart: Clarinet concert

Venue: St Nicolas Church Newbury


2021 Spring Concert Sat. March 20 2021

Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune;

Prokofiev: Violin concerto no. 1;

Sibelius: 2nd Symphony.

Featured Artist: Violin Soloist Abel Puustinen

Finnish violinist Abel Puustinen is a winner of the Finnish Janne- soloist competition 2015, named after composer Jean Sibelius and supported by conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste. He studied at the Sibelius Academy with violinist Antti Tikkanen, the 1st violinist of the world famous string quartet Meta4 and Laura Vikman, 2nd violin section leader of the Finnish Radio Orchestra.

Currently Puustinen studies with prof. Jan Repko at the Royal College of Music in London. He has taken part to many master classes, getting advanced lessons from violinists such as Hagai Shaham, Mi-Kyung Lee and Mihaela Martin. In addition to master classes, Puustinen has been one of the chosen students to study in the Finnish Violin Academy sponsored by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

He has given concerts in Finland, France and Japan with his piano trio. He has also has played as a soloist with The Helsinki Strings, Jean Sibelius Orchestra, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Puustinen is a RCM Scholar supported by a Soirée d'Or Award. Also The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kordelin Foundation and Pro Musica Foundation have been supporting Puustinen's career. Puustinen plays on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, kindly provided by Fortum Power and Heat.

Spring Concert Soloist Abel Puustinen

This concert is sponsored by the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists award from Making Music.

Our Conductor

Dr Jonathan Williams is a renowned conductor, orchestrator, composer and musicologist. Recent highlights include standing in for Sir Simon Rattle, composing for a new Sony video game and the release of a CD with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is the director of the Rameau Project and is currently co-editing a volume on Rameau. He was appointed as the first director of College Music in 2006 at St Hilda's College Oxford.

Our conductor