Chamber Academy Orchestra attracts musicians from many different backgrounds and professions and has a ‘no audition’ inclusive approach to making music without compromising on the standards of the performances that we strive for. Current members include musicians, teachers, lawyers, doctors, students, retired professionals, sports people, company directors, gardeners, designers, translators, accountants & financial professionals, IT professionals and many more! So whatever your profession or musical background you are sure to make new friends and gain new musical experiences at Chamber Academy.
Peter Fender (Conductor & Composer)
Having studied in London Peter is currently musical director of the Angel Orchestra, Mid Sussex Sinfonia, Another Opera, the Six Centuries Chamber Choir and Philharmonia Britannica (which he founded in 2007, particularly keen to mix music with other art forms – such as acting, poetry, dance, comedy and video). Aside from his native England he has conducted in Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, and Romania.
Recent highlights for Peter have included a Christmas concert working with a dance school, and conducting the première of his piece ‘Blow, Blow’ for choir and smartphones. Forthcoming projects include operas by Rameau and Milhaud, and returning to south-eastern Sicily for an orchestral course in the summer. Peter also leads conducting workshops in London, including days to introduce conducting to non-musicians.
As well as Peter’s composition ‘Blow, Blow’ he recently wrote ‘In the Bee-Loud Glade’ – songs based on four poems by WB Yeats for choir, soloists and orchestra, commissioned and performed by the Blackheath Choir. Peter has also released a recording of his own orchestral compositions. Entitled ‘Speechless’ it includes works with solo parts for cello, sax, and mezzo-soprano. See his website for details.
A short film has recently been made about Peter – also available on his website.
Andy Tsao (Leader)
Born in Taiwan, Andy Tsao started his violin study at the age of 5. Mentored by Ms Ezster Boda Katona in Trinity College of Music in London, he has been working as a violin tutor as well as a performing artist for the past ten years.
Besides giving violin recitals around Taiwan and the UK, Andy has been involved in numerous orchestras and ensembles – as Co-leader of Akardi Kuchynski String Orchestra in Taiwan, directed by professor Kuchynski and Co-leader of Collaborative Orchestra in London UK . He has performed with the Amadeus Orchestra, and made frequent appearances for the London Classical Soloists.
Andy is also active in Jazz and Rock genre, he is the lead violin in the acoustic rock group -The Vultures, and violinist in Stephano D’Silva’s Jazz Quintet.