Our conductor


Rupert Bond

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.




Our leader


Fiona McLean-Buechel

Fiona McLean-Buechel is a founder member of National Youth Orchestra Scotland and an alumnus of St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh. On leaving St Mary's she trained at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has a passion for music in all forms; combining a busy career as a performer with writing creative and collaborative national and international performance projects.

Whilst a specialist tutor of violin at the Junior Guildhall School of Music she became a proactive member of the school’s external examination and development team. She also lectured and was a professor at Colchester Institute, Goldsmith’s College, visiting tutor for National Children’s Orchestra and Head of Strings for London Borough of Bexley.

In 2005 Fiona co founded and was course director for a collaborative venture with the Dartington International Summer School, the Dartington Plus Summer Youth Strings Programme. She subsequently founded and is Creative Director of SouthWest Camerata and the registered charity JUTPMUSIC whose work was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society for Education and a cover story for ESTA. Her ensembles are frequent performers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and make regular concert appearances across the UK.

She has been a visiting professor of violin at Dartington College and Cardiff University, lectured for the European String teachers Association, Cardiff University, South West Sound and U3A. Her string quartet are recording artists featuring regularly in shows for BBC TV.

Fiona has gained accreditation from the Youth Mindfulness Kids Training Programme and has developed a series of workshops and seminars for Musical Mindfulness, delivering seminars on Mindfulness for Performers and Educators on behalf of the British and International Federation of Festivals at Music EXPO 2016, also at Cardiff University, Trinity Laban Junior Conservatoire, Musicians Union and IAPS.

Since November 2016 Fiona has been the Lead Tutor for Strings at Trinity Laban Junior Conservatoire.





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Vacancies for strings

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Next concert

Spring Concert


3 pm Sunday 24 March 2019
All Saints Parish Church
Kingston KT1 1JP


Italian Girl in Algiers


Movements from Serenade No. 11 K375 and No. 12 K388


Organ Concerto Cuckoo and the Nightingale
HWV 295


Trumpet Concerto in E flat


Paris Symphony No. 31 K297