Past Concerts 2012/13

Saturday 6 July 2013, 4.00pm

St Barnabas Church, Beckenham, BR3 6NG

Elgar: Chanson de Matin

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte

Elgar: Chanson de Nuit

Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’

Saturday 27 April 2013, 4.00pm

St Barnabas Church, Beckenham, BR3 6NG

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture

Vaughan Williams: Lark Ascending
Soloist: Anna Smith

Boyce: Symphony No. 2 in A

Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D, ‘Paris’


Anna read music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and then continued her violin studies as a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Erich Gruenberg and graduated with the prestigious Dip RAM.  She has also won awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Anna is currently a member of the 1st Violin section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the violinist of the Elgin String Trio and the Notting Hill Piano Trio.
For five years, Anna was the violinist of the Lawson Piano Trio, who were Leverhulme Junior Chamber Music Fellows at the RAM and with whom she performed regularly in recitals and masterclasses nationwide, as well as at the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival in Finland where they won the Kees Wiebenga Diploma for the best performance at the festival.  She now performs chamber music with the Elgin Trio and as a guest with groups such as the Emanuel Ensemble, Merchant Quartet, Surrey Soloists’ Ensemble and Ensemble MP3.

Anna has worked with many of the country’s finest orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony and Ulster Orchestras and the Orchestra of English National Opera.  She has performed as guest Principal 2nd Violin with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestras, as co-leader of the London Gala Orchestra, and as leader of Sinfonia Cymru, 4Strings and the Nonesuch Orchestra. She was recently appointed leader of the Jersey Chamber Orchestra.

She is also very interested in pursuing projects outside of classical music and has recently performed in a number of live recordings for BBC Radio 1 with groups such as The Kooks, We Are Scientists and Cajun Dance Party, as well as participating in improvisation projects with folk music groups from Iran and Turkey and the tango group Tango a 3.  Anna plays on a violin by Joseph Gagliano, thanks to a generous loan from the Abbado Trust.

Saturday 23 February 2013, 4.00pm

St Barnabas Church, Beckenham, BR3 6NG

Strauss: Serenade in E flat

Elgar: Dream Children

Debussy: Children’s Corner

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, ‘Italian’

Sunday 25 November 2012, 4.00pm

St Barnabas Church, Beckenham, BR3 6NG

Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, ‘Unfinished’

Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Inaugural concert of South East London Orchestra

Sunday 23 September 2012, 3.00pm

St Edmund’s Church, Village Way, Beckenham, BR3 3NP

Mozart: Don Giovanni overture

Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat
Soloist: Christopher Walters

Lyadov: The Enchanted Lake

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C



Christopher Walters graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2002 and has performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English National Opera and Cape Town Opera.  He has performed as a concerto soloist with Southbank Sinfonia, Hertford Symphony Orchestra and students from the Royal College of Music.  He spent two years teaching music in a secondary school in Nairobi, Kenya, and regularly goes back to coach the country’s fledgling National Youth Orchestra.  Aside from performing, Chris is editor of Music Teacher magazine and has written about music and music education for a variety of newspapers and magazines.