Founded by Michael Brooks and Matthew Redfearn in 1998, it now plays under conductor Rupert Bond. It is an ensemble of musicians from South London who come together to explore orchestral music of the Classical Period 1750-1830, concentrating mainly on Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. The size of the orchestra allows the players to apply their chamber music skills to this rich and varied early orchestral repertoire.
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.
Rupert founded the James Allen’s Community Orchestra (JACO) whilst he was Director of Music at James Allen’s Girls’ School. (1987-2003).
He is conductor of the Folkestone Symphony as well as regularly conducting many other ensembles, including the Kingston 3A Orchestra, Wimbledon Community Orchestra, Kingston Philharmonia and PolyChor, whilst guest conducting with the European Doctor’s Orchestra, Suffolk Sinfonia, Herts Phil and the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. He is delighted to be working with the Southwark Sinfonietta.