Rupert Bond believes passionately in the importance of sharing music with others. He has enjoyed considerable success as a conductor, creating compelling and lively performances of musical integrity with groups ranging from small chamber ensembles to 100-player symphony orchestras in the UK and abroad. Having completed a B.Mus at London University he pursued his conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music and most especially with George Hurst and Colin Metters. In 1999, he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy for his services to music. In 2011 he completed an MMus in Composition.
His skills as a communicator to players of diverse abilities but with a passion for music were evidenced by his pioneering work in education and community music-making developments in the 1970s. He conducts professional and amateur orchestras in the UK. In 1999, he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy for his services to music. Rupert founded the James Allen’s Community Orchestra (JACO) whilst he was Director of Music at James Allen’s Girls’ School. (1987-2003).
From August 2006 to November 2007, Rupert, together with wife Marion and daughter Eleanor, stayed in New Zealand to develop further his musical career. On returning to the UK, Rupert spent 5 years in Devon, but from September 2013 he and his family have returned to the South East and live in Kent. He is conductor of the Folkestone Symphony and many other ensembles, including the Wimbledon Community Orchestra, PolyChor and the classical period group, the Southwark Sinfonietta. He is also in demand as guest conductor for various ensembles, and also choral and orchestral workshops. These include the European Doctor’s Orchestra, Suffolk Sinfonia and the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. He is delighted to be working with the Kingston 3A Orchestra.
Australian violinist Madeleine Easton is an established star on the international stage, known for her versatility and expertise in both period and modern styles of playing. Having studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and won many prizes, followed by postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, she has since performed at the highest level in Europe and Australia with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
Madeleine is forging a career as a director and concert master. She has performed as both guest and permanent concertmaster of several leading orchestras in the UK and abroad. Engagements in this role include the Orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra of Lisbon, The English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Kings Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, the Musicians of the Globe, The Independent Opera Company, London Orchestra da Camera, Orchestra Nova, the Guildford Philharmonic, Bath Philharmonia, Southern Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Ballet Orchestra of England. She was appointed concertmaster of The Hanover Band in 2006 and continues to perform with them as both leader, director and soloist.
Madeleine has performed on many award winning recordings including the Bach Cantata series with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, the recently released Bach B minor Mass recording with the same ensemble, Haydn's 'Creation', Mendelssohn's Elijah and Mozart's C Minor Mass with the Gabrieli Consort to name a few. She has released the complete piano trios of Alexis de Castillon with her piano trio 'Trio Castillon', available on Peyrole Records. She has also recorded the Antoine Reicha Bassoon Quintet and variations with the all Australian ensemble, 'Island' available on the ARS label.
Madeleine is proud to be part of the internationally acclaimed Australian World Orchestra. She is also the artistic director and founder of Australia's newest dedicated Bach ensemble, 'Bach Akademie Australia'.
Our Deputy Leader
Nicola Garty, a New Zealander, is a pianist and violinist who came to England on an ABRSM scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. She has played in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, the Opera and Symphony Orchestra of Lucca, Italy and the Opera de Bauge orchestra, France. She currently freelances in and around London and is the leader of Hounslow Symphony Orchestra. Nicola teaches violin, piano and singing in two West London schools as well as privately.
Vacancies for strings
There are currently vacancies for violins and violas.
If you are interested or know of someone else who might be interested please look at our Join us page.
(with the Harmonie Choir)
Sunday 26 November 2017
All Saints' Parish Church
Kingston KT1 1JP
Hear My Prayer
Vom Himmel Hoch
Symphony No 4
Conductor: Rupert Bond
Leader: Madeleine Easton