Previous Collaborations

Unfortunately the following is not a complete listing, but only the website links for the musicians I am aware of.

Kwesi Edman (Conductor)

kwesiA co-founder of Chamber Academy Orchestra in 2007 and its previous Music Director, Kwesi Edman graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with David Strange and Philip Sheppard. Since leaving the Academy his career has branched out to include other art forms such as the spoken word, dance and artists. He performs regularly across the world as a soloist, chamber musician, pop musician and conductor and has collaborated with players from the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields, Southbank Sinfonia, the Royal Opera Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has worked alongside artists such as Shirley Bassey, Damon Albarn and Elton John and even played on a bus next to David Beckham at the Beijing Olympics. Kwesi is now head of the Performance, Advanced and Alpine courses at Oxford Cello School and teaches privately in North London, closely monitored by his elderly cat Cindy.



Abigail Dance (Leader)

A co-founder of Chamber Academy Orchestra plus our once and future leader, Abigail Dance has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the UK as well as France, Canada, Italy and the Czech Repulic, winning a number of prizes for solo and chamber music performance. As well as a busy performance schedule Abigail is in demand as a teacher and music workshop leader. Currently Abigail is an upper strings musician/teacher with In Harmony Sistema England (Lambeth), and recently travelled to Sri Lanka to help establish a similar project there. Abigail is the co-founder of the Chamber Academy Orchestra, and is leader of the Angel Orchestra London. Further information about Abigail’s upcoming performances and workshops can be found at her website Abigail has taken a break due to other commitments, but intends to return in the near future.



Thomas Gregory (Conductor)

Thomas Gregory took over the baton from Kwesi as conductor of Chamber Academy Orchestra.  Thomas studied cello at the Guildhall School of Music in London before receiving a scholarship to continue his studies in the US where he lived for four years. His performing career has lead to numerous concertos and recitals in the UK and abroad. Aside from a busy playing and ensemble direction schedule, Thomas is much in demand for his composition and arranging skills. He is also the creator of the popular series of beginner books for string players called Vamoosh. Further information about Thomas’ publications can be found at his website






Olsi Qinami (Conductor)

olsi_qinamiOlsi Qinami is a Conductor and Pianist based in London and founder of London Thames Orchestra. Olsi holds a Conducting degree from the “Academy of Arts” in Albania. He continued his Conducting studies in the UK, Austria, France & Italy where he actively participated in master- classes and lessons with Jorma Panula, Peter Stark, Howard Williams, Neil Thomson and others. In France he studied with Dominique Rouits at the prestigious conservatoire “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris” where he received his Conducting Diploma.

Olsi has collaborated with many orchestras inluding “National Opera of Albania” where he premiered “Puccini Messa di Gloria”, “Orchestre Opera de Massy”, “London Classical Soloists”, “I Maestri”, “Kammerphilharmonie Graz” and many others. In October 2015 he was awarded 2nd price from the “London Conducting Competition”.

As a piano accompanist, Olsi has worked with many ensembles, solo instrumentalist and singers in concerts and auditions. 



Matt Jelf (Conductor)

matt-jelfMatt Jelf is a music educator and conductor based in South London. Matt completed his BA in Music at the University of York and his PG Dip in Music Education at the IOE. Matt has worked extensively with choirs in and around the London area and currently works as the Director of Music at Aldwickbury School, having previously worked as Assistant Director of Music at St Pauls Preparatory School and as Vocal Animateur for Sing Up Bedfordshire and Rochester Cathedral’s Chorister Outreach Programme. Matt has recently been appointed Director of Music at the Prebendal School, Chichester’s Cathedral Choir School and will be moving to Sussex later this year. Matt conducted us in our Spring 2016 season.





Peter Fender (Conductor)

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)

andy_tsaoBorn 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.


Kamila Bydlowska (Soloist)

kamila-photo1Polish violinist  Kamila Bydlowska graduated from the Royal College of Music with an Artist Diploma in Performance where she was under the tutelage of Ani Schnarch, supported by Jacqueline Ward Award.  She previously studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, USA with Mauricio Fuks and Kevork Mardirossian, where she was awarded a full scholarship.

Her solo and a chamber performances include : the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St. James’s  Piccadilly, the National Gallery, St Martin-in-the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, Victoria& Albert Museum in London , National Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, Grand Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory. As a soloist she recently appeared  with the Angel Orchestra, Croydon Symphony Orchestra ,  Ealing Symphony Orchestra , Guilford Symphony Orchestra, London Thames Orchestra, North London Sinfonia and Worthing Symphony Orchestra   and the nearest engagements include concertos with the Northampton Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven Chamber Orchestra. She performed at Tengiz Amirejibi International Music Festival  in Tbilisi (Georgia ), iPalpiti Festival of International Laureats in Los Angeles, Bowdoin International Music Festival ( USA), Orford Music Festival ( Canada). A winner of multiple awards, she is the recipient of the Ministry of Culture of Poland scholarship and Artistic Excellence Award from Indiana University.

As  a soloist she performed in Austria,Canada,Croatia,France,Georgia,Germany,Italy,Israel,Poland, Sicilly,Slovenia, UK, USA.

Helen Winter (Soloist)

Helen Winter is a graduate of Trinity College of Music, London, after which she was a image1-1member of the BBC Singers’ ad hoc chorus

Helen has performed for most of the UK opera companies, including the role of Elle in La Voix Humaine (Poulenc), a one act solo opera to huge acclaim.

With a love for G&S, Helen is highly sought after for the roles of Mabel and Yum Yum.

In 2008-2010 Helen was principal soprano at the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, then in 2010 she worked on ITV series Popstar to Operastar, alongside Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon.

Helen performed on the ITV Sound of Music LIVE, broadcast Christmas 2015. She also released a solo music theatre album last year.


Emma Walker (Soloist)

Emma Walker photoAlfred Kitchin Scholar and recipient of the TCM Trust Silver Medal Award 2015, Emma Walker is studying towards an MMus at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under Mikhail Kazakevich. She began her studies at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv, fuelling an interest in Jewish and Israeli music and is currently working on a series of recitals featuring Jewish vocal music of the early 20th Century. Emma is a frequent prizewinner for both performance and composition and was recently awarded the ‘Prize for the Best Performance of Bach’ at the International Kabalevsky Competition, Russia. She has given solo recitals around the UK and Israel, and is looking forward to a busy performance schedule and completing her studies in the coming year.



  1. Florian Mitrea, soloist
    • 2011 summer concert
    • When: July 10, 2011 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture, Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 23 in A, Haydn: Symphony no. 101 "The Clock"
  2. Anete Graudina, soloist
    • 2011 autumn concert
    • When: December 3, 2011 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Mendelssohn: String Symphony no. 10, Caplet: Suite Persane, Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto no. 1 in E Minor
  3. Thomas Hoppe, soloist
    • 2012 spring concert
    • When: March 24, 2012 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Mozart: Magic Flute Overture, Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G
  4. Chris Stripp, soloist
    • 2012 summer concert
    • When: June 30, 2012 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major (K. 622), Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
    • 2012 autumn concert
    • When: November 24, 2012 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Beethoven: Overture to Correolan, Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for cello & Orchestra, Schubert: Symphony no. 3 Our soloist is Thomas Gregory
    • 2013 spring concert
    • When: March 17, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Mozart: Symphony no. 35 ('Haffner') Our soloist is Francesca Barritt
    • 2013 Summer concert
    • When: July 6, 2013 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Don Giovanni - Mozart
    • 2013 autumn concert
    • When: November 30, 2013 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Mendelssohn's Hebrides overture (Fingal's cave) Schumann's Piano Concerto Beethoven's 4th Symphony
    • Spring 2014 concert
    • When: March 23, 2014 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Shostakovich Waltz from suite no. 2; Mussorgsky Pictures at an exhibition; Mozart Symphony No. 40
    • 2014 summer concert
    • When: July 5, 2014 8:45 pm - 10:45 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Opera Gala!
    • 2014 autumn concert
    • When: December 6, 2014 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Brahms Violin Concerto Beethoven Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'
    • 2015 spring concert
    • When: March 22, 2015 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Faure 'Masques et bergamasques' overture; Ravel 'Mother Goose'; Tchaikovsky 'Meditation' (soloist: Abigail Dance); Schostakovich 2nd piano concerto (soloist: Niel du Preez)
    • 2015 summer concert
    • When: June 27, 2015 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Opera!
    • 2015 winter concert
    • When: December 5, 2015 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's Church
    • Summary:
    • 2016 spring concert
    • When: March 12, 2016 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: 2016 spring concert
    • 2016 summer concert
    • When: July 10, 2016 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin; Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no. 1; Beethoven's Symphony no. 2
    • 2016 summer concert
    • When: July 10, 2016 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin; Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no. 1; Beethoven's Symphony no. 2
    • 2016 winter concert
    • When: November 27, 2016 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Rameau: Ballet Suite (arr Mottl); Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3; Saint Seans: Symphony No.2 in A
    • 2017 spring concert
    • When: March 19, 2017 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Handel: Water Music Suite (arr. Harty) Bach: Violin Concerto in A min (soloist: Peter Fender ) [strings only] Strauss: Serenade in Eb [wind only] Bizet: Symphony in C
    • 2017 summer concert
    • When: July 1, 2017 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: Glinka: Rulsan & Ludmila overture Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no.1 Brahms: Symphony No.4
    • 2017 winter concert
    • When: November 25, 2017 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Where: St Mary Magdalene's
    • Summary: music TBC
Events occur at London (UTC + 1) local time.

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