After almost 30 years as the musical director and conductor of Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Simon Thompson has decided to step down as conductor of Amadeus. Simon will be missed greatly by the players who have appreciated his musicality, meticulous preparation, his warmth of manner in rehearsals and his very clear beat! We all feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Simon and to have participated in so many highly successful and enjoyable concerts.
The orchestra will continue under new leadership and for our concert on Saturday 27th January 2018 in St Peter’s Church we are delighted that Joel Sandelson will conduct the orchestra with Julian Trevelyan as soloist.
Having graduated from Clare College, Cambridge in 2016 with a triple-starred first in Music, Joel Sandelson is currently studying conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Sian Edwards. Since 2013 he has conducted the Barbican Chamber Orchestra, directing them in successful London concerts and working with soloists including Alexander Baillie, Max Baillie, Bartholomew LaFollette and Viv McLean. He is also the founder and conductor of Wond’rous Machine, an innovative period-instrument orchestra focusing on eighteenth-century music.
At Cambridge he was the Conducting Scholar of the Cambridge University Music Society for two years after winning the university’s conducting competition twice. He conducted concerts with their flagship symphony orchestra in Cambridge and on tours in Europe in repertoire including Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. He has assisted conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Edward Gardner, Trevor Pinnock and John Wilson. Upcoming engagements include concerts with Istante Ensemble, Orchestra of St John’s, Perseus Ensemble, and study at Tanglewood.
As a cellist, he has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, including several recitals at Wigmore Hall and concertos with orchestras in the UK and Europe.