GUESTS & CONTRIBUTORS
We are lucky to have a reliable pool of local performing talent on which to draw, as and when we require it.
Recent performances have featured:
THE KINGFISHER SINFONIETTA
LED BY BETH SPENDLOVE
The Kingfisher Sinfonietta was founded in 2011 by its Leader/Director Beth Spendlove. In a short but very busy time, it has become a much-respected orchestra, performing to high professional standards in a variety of venues across Suffolk and Essex. As well as some of the best orchestral musicians in East Anglia, the KFS occasionally helps young musicians to experience and gain confidence in orchestral playing. Soloists are drawn from the profession and from principal players within the orchestra.
"The key to its success," says Beth Spendlove, "is that we all truly enjoy playing together. All the players are so enthusiastic about making really good orchestral music and some of us have performed together for a very long time.
We particularly delight in supporting a number of important choral societies in small and large-scale works and also performing works by living composers.”
COMPOSER AND PIANO
Stephen Smith is a scientist by profession, and at the University of Essex, he was Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, and Head of the Physics Department. He studied the piano and organ from an early age, and has given organ concerts in England, Germany and the United States.
Stephen has been accompanist and sometimes conductor with the Stour Choral Society since 1976 and has accompanied many choirs on the organ.
He has conducted, amongst others, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; Schubert and Haydn Masses; Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Gloria; and Verdi’s Requiem in combination with the Clacton and Dovercourt Choral Societies.
In addition to these, Stephen regularly accompanies concerts for the Anglia Singers, solo singers and the University of Essex Choir, and he is a member of the concert group ‘Con Spirito’ and the Colchester Chamber Choir.
Peter Thorne has been composing music since the age of about twelve. He read music at Oxford and the UEA, where he took a Master’s degree. Over the years, he has written in many different styles and genres but most recently for wind instruments and piano. His music often features influences from various kinds of jazz and pop and is often colourful and rhythmic.
He has written two piano sonatas and other pieces for the concert pianist Peter Seivewright who is in the process of recording them for a CD.
As a pianist, he regularly accompanies choirs, ensembles and soloists in concerts locally.
Alan Bullard's music is performed and broadcast world-wide and appears on many CDs and publishers’ lists. He has composed in most genres, for both amateurs and professionals. He has recently edited a new anthem collection for Oxford University Press, while future commissions for new pieces range from Colchester Choral Society to the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, USA.
After many years of teaching, Alan now works as a full-time composer and he is also an examiner for ABRSM. He has lived in north Essex or Suffolk for over forty years and enjoys accompanying or continuo playing when the opportunity arises.