Orchestra Leaders in 2017-2018

Guy Button – Guest Leader 2018

Guy is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and  Drama Artist Masters Programme and completed his undergraduate degree in Music at Robinson College, Cambridge. He has appeared as chamber musician and soloist at the Wigmore Hall, St. Johns’ Smith Square and many other high profile venues throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. He has performed concerti by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi and regularly appeared as a soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, whilst filling the role of principal second violin. He works extensively in the world of historical performance and is a regular co-leader of Gramophone award winning ensemble, La Serenissima. He is principal second violin of the 12 Ensemble, London’s unconducted string orchestra

Clare Kennington Leader 2015-2017

Clare Kennington

Clare Kennington was born in 1985 and began the violin at the age of four. She gave her first public recital when she was 13, after entering the Purcell School of Music. During her time there she recorded the composition of the winner of BBC Young Composer of the Year 2000, later aired on BBC Radio and gave a solo performance at the Polish Institute, Kensington, as well as leading the orchestra at St. John’s, Smith Square. Clare went on to gain a Bachelor of Music degree at The Royal College of Music where she studied with Yossi Zivoni. In January 2009, Clare joined Southbank Sinfonia, UK’s leading training orchestra for graduates, performing an enormous range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary, working and recording with many distinguished conductors, soloists, and orchestras, including Barry Wordsworth, David Hill, Tasmin Little, Raphael Walfisch, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the BBC Concert orchestra to name a few. They also appeared on stage at the National Theatre in “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” by Tom Stoppard and André Previn. During her time in Southbank Sinfonia Clare formed a quartet and they performed in No.11 Downing Street for the Treasury Music Society in 2009.

Clare has given many recitals in varied venues including Whitehall Treasury, Loseley Park, Polish Institute London, Royal School of Church Music and Woodhouse Copse, some of which were to help raise money for her 1743 Testori Violin, which she now owns. In 2002 she was named NADFAS Musician of the Year for her achievements and contributions to local arts.
She has performed concertos with orchestras including Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor with the Sutton Symphony Orchestra, and the Shaftesbury Orchestra; Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 in G major with the Dorking Chamber Orchestra, and Sinfonia Concertante with Thomas Leate and the Mozart Orchestra.

In 2011 Clare completed her Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Lydia Mordkovitch, during which she earned a distinction in her LRAM teaching qualification. She now enjoys a varied freelance career with all kinds of performing, recording and teaching, most recently leading and co-leading the orchestra for recording a film score of eminent Indian musician and composer Ilaiyaraaja.