CONDUCTOR 

& LEADER

 

Conductor – Stephen Scotchmer

Stephen studied Music at Bristol University and conducting with Arthur Davison. During his many years as Musical Director of the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra he has conducted much of the standard repertoire, both orchestral and choral, including the full cycle of both Beethoven’s and Brahms’ symphonies. He has had the privilege of working with some of Britain’s finest musicians: Lesley Garrett, Kathryn Stott, Anthony Marwood, Martin Roscoe, James Lisney, Natalie Clein and Martino Tirimo.
 

As a composer, Stephen has written a children’s musical, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Pub. MacMillan Ed.) a ‘cello concerto, a string quartet and string trio and many arrangements involving the cello as soloist, or as part of an ensemble. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta performed his nine-part string arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Rondo Capriccioso and Martino Tirimo (with the Silesian String Quartet) gave the world premiere of his arrangement of Chopin’s Là Ci Darem La Mano at King’s Place in London. This performance was subsequently broadcast on Classic FM. Other significant compositions include his Fantasy for Orchestra, a performing edition of Beethoven’s First Violin Concerto and St Michael's Mount, a fifteen minute choral work.

 

During the last six years he has completed a cycle of seven symphonies, a clarinet concerto and a commission from the Rivarate Choir. The clarinet concerto was recorded with the Brno Filharmonie (along with smaller orchestral works) in the Czech Republic at the beginning of April 2018. Several of his pieces for solo cello and cello ensemble were published in Germany during 2021.


As a pianist, he enjoys accompanying his daughters, both of whom were, (at one time) full time members of the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra. Highlights have included playing the Greig Cello Sonata in the Wigmore Hall with Lucy and the Franck Violin Sonata in Leeds with Emma. Stephen is the conductor of the New Year’s concert given by the Honhardt Camerata in southern Germany.

 

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Leader – Sue Bint

 

Sue grew up in Montgomeryshire where she led the Powys Youth Orchestra and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for several years. She was the recipient of the Paul Mailles Award and the Montgomeryshire Society Music Prize, and graduated with Honours after four years of study at the Royal Northern College of Music. Following postgraduate studies Sue moved to Hampshire, and in 2010 gained her MA in Applied Music Education, with Distinction.

 

Working in a variety of educational settings has enabled Sue to fulfil her commitment to music opportunities for all. For several years she directed the Petersfield Area Schools’ String Orchestra and she is now the administrator for the Michael Hurd Fund for Young Musicians and a Trustee of the Petersfield Musical Festival.


Sue divides her time between performing with Speranza String Quartet, giving recitals in venues and festivals across the south of England as well as a regular tour in North Wales and her other freelance playing commitments, including SouthDowns Camerata.

 

She runs a busy and successful private teaching practice and examines for ABRSM in the UK and internationally. When not pursuing musical activities, Sue enjoys walking (particularly with her retired greyhound), canal holidays, browsing in book stores and antique shops, growing vegetables, and exploring architecture at home and abroad.

 

Sue has been associated with the orchestra since 1986, and has led the orchestra since 2013.

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