A B O U T
Stamford Chamber Orchestra was formed by Jeremy Pike in 1983. Its players are local musicians, professional and amateur, from Stamford, Rutland and the surrounding areas. The orchestra has developed a reputation for its high quality performances, giving four concerts a year in the delightful setting of the Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom, or Barn Hill Methodist Church.
The orchestra's repertoire is both diverse and interesting, combining the traditional chamber orchestra repertoire - Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert - with music by such composers as Berlioz, Delius, Poulenc, Rodrigo, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Stravinsky along with new compositions including from our own George Brown.
The orchestra encourages local talent, and has worked with young soloists from in and around the Stamford area, including acclaimed harpist Eleanor Turner, violinists Freya Goldmark and Katy Smith, and pianist Julian Trevelyan.
Stamford Chamber Orchestra has a distinguished list of conductors to its name; Jeremy Pike was succeeded by such respected figures as Andrew Constantine, Adrian Brown and Christopher Brown. Ben Palmer was musical director of the orchestra from 2010-2016, from 2016-2019 our principal conductor was Steven Grahl, with guest conductors including Michael Smedley, George Morton and Kate Wishart. In November 2019 Mark Austin took up the baton.
Honorary President: Mary Proudlock