Guest conductor September 2018: James Murray
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Guest conductor January 2018 and January 2019: Joel Sandelson
Having graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 2016 with a triple-starred first in Music, Joel Sandelson is currently studying conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Sian Edwards. Since 2013 he has conducted the Barbican Chamber Orchestra, directing them in successful London concerts and working with soloists including Alexander Baillie, Max Baillie, Bartholomew LaFollette and Viv McLean. He is also the founder and conductor of Wond’rous Machine, an innovative period-instrument orchestra focusing on eighteenth-century music.
At Cambridge he was the Conducting Scholar of the Cambridge University Music Society for two years after winning the university’s conducting competition twice. He conducted concerts with their flagship symphony orchestra in Cambridge and on tours in Europe in repertoire including Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. He has assisted conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Edward Gardner, Trevor Pinnock and John Wilson. Upcoming engagements include concerts with Istante Ensemble, Orchestra of St John’s, Perseus Ensemble, and study at Tanglewood.
As a cellist, he has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, including several recitals at Wigmore Hall and concertos with orchestras in the UK and Europe.
Conductor Emeritus: Simon Thompson
Simon Thompson was the musical director and conductor of Amadeus Chamber Orchestra for 30 years until October 2017 when he decided to step down. Amadeus players have greatly appreciated Simon’s musicality, meticulous preparation, his warmth of manner in rehearsals and his very clear beat! We all feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Simon and to have participated in so many highly successful and enjoyable concerts. We are delighted that Simon has accepted the honorary title of ‘Conductor Emeritus’ for Amadeus.
Founding conductor: Keith Swanwick
Amadeus Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1975 by its first conductor Keith Swanwick. It quickly became established as the leading local chamber orchestra of St Albans. Keith handed the baton to Simon Thompson in 1988.