About myself

 

Rupert Bond is a conductor, composer, and educator.  He believes passionately in the importance of sharing music with others, particularly the young -  both performer and listener alike - and adheres passionately to Gustav Mahler’s belief that “In each  performance a work must be reborn”.

 

Having completed a B.Mus at London University he pursued his conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music.  He has enjoyed considerable success as a conductor, creating compelling and lively performances of musical integrity with groups from small chamber ensembles to 100-player symphony orchestras.  His most notable work has been with the Docklands Sinfonietta, which he originally founded in 1989.   The orchestra played in venues in the newly regenerated docklands areas of London as well as the West End.  A fresh and lively approach to orchestral playing was matched by an invigorating repertoire that encompassed established composers -  from the baroque to the present day -  as well as working with established jazz ensembles such as the Mike Westbrook Band  and Loose Tubes, the latter performing in the Great Hall of Goldsmiths’ College.

 

The orchestra was re-launched in 2005 with Rupert as Artistic Director, and with a brief to work in the regeneration areas of East Kent as well as London’s Docklands.  Recent engagements included concerts with the Docklands Sinfonietta: a Trafalgar programme in Deptford and Deal, and a programme featuring the world premiere  of the piano concerto by Cecil Coles. 

 

Rupert’s skills as a communicator to players of diverse abilities, but with a passion for music, were evident ever since he was a pioneer of the education and community music-making development which started taking shape in the UK in the 1970’s - and which is now an integral part of the UK’s  cultural and social ‘fabric’. 

 

Rupert has conducted many semi-professional, community and amateur orchestras in the UK, including the Dartford Symphony Orchestra, the European Doctors Orchestra, the James Allen’s Community Orchestra, the Esterhazy Singers, the Hatcham String Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan, and the Junior Trinity College Symphony Orchestra.  In 1999, he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy for his services to music.

 

From August 2006 to November 2007, Rupert, together with wife Marion and daughter Eleanor, stayed in New Zealand to develop further his musical career. Appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras were followed by appointment as Principal Conductor of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and the Camerata Strings at the Christchurch School of Music.

 

His connections with East London continue as conductor of the “Water City Orchestra”, a project to keep orchestral music on the cultural map for the community. He is musical director of the Plymouth Phoenix Chorale, and the Britannia Choral Society.

 

Rupert made his solo debut with an orchestra at the Edinburgh Fringe in summer 2010: whilst conducting a premiere of a work by Gabriel Prokofiev, he performed on the vuvuzela!

 

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