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Stamford Chamber Orchestra

13th June 2023

Anja Smith looks at Stamford Chamber Orchestra’s 40th anniversary celebration

Founded in 1983 by composer Jeremy Pike, Stamford Chamber Orchestra has been performing regularly in Stamford for 40 years, welcoming amateur musicians from the area to rehearse and perform a wide variety of music to the delight of local audiences. The orchestra encourages local young musicians to take part in concerts and organises special concerts with them in mind as audience. 

Under the guidance of conductor Mark Austin, finalist in the Chicago Solti Conducting Competition, the orchestra has gone from strength to strength, benefitting from his outstanding musicianship and insight. Having conducted the Britten Sinfonia and Aurora Orchestra and worked with leading conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Mark has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, continuing the tradition of exceptionally high standards of music making.

Over the last decade the orchestra has accompanied many fine musicians, performing works such as Haydn’s beloved trumpet concerto and Bruch’s famous violin concerto.

Conductor Mark Austin


1 July 2023  
40th Anniversary Concert 

Wagner Siegfried Idyll

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending 

Haydn Symphony 104

For the season finale, Stamford Chamber Orchestra welcomes Classic FM’s Rising Star artist nominee, Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux. Born in France, Charlotte is the 2021 grand prize winner of Young Classical Artists Trust and Concert Guild International Competition. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms and is leader of the prize-winning Quatuor Confluence, who are currently young artists in residence at the Foundation Singer-Polignac in Paris. She may be familar to some readers from her performances at the Stamford International Music Festival (SIMFest). 

In a return to the music of Vaughan Williams, the orchestra will be performing the sublime Lark Ascending with Charlotte, who is playing on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, kindly loaned to her by the Swiss foundation Boubo-Music. This will be accompanied by Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, written as a dedication of love to his wife on her birthday. Finishing with Haydn’s London Symphony, the evening promises to be a night to remember.

The finale concert is at Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL. To book, visit

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