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Performers

Cambridge Recordings has worked with some extremely talented and devoted performers over the years. Here is a list of those that we have recorded for our label releases.

Adam & Dinah Pounds

Dinah and Adam have been giving flute and guitar recitals for over 20 years, mainly in London and Cambridge.  The repertoire is varied and includes music from the Baroque and Romantic periods through to the 20th Century.  They have played for many music societies, corporate events and chamber concerts.

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Dinah studied the flute at the London College of Music with Ann Cherry. She has many years of orchestral and solo playing experience having been the principal flute in both the Nelson Orchestra and the London Prometheus Orchestra. She is now the principal flute in the Academy of Great St. Mary’s. Her solo work has been wide-ranging and in 2007 she performed the Lennox Berkeley Flute Sonatina to the Berkeley family at the Lennox Berkeley Society’s A.G.M. As well as achieving an F.L.C.M for performance, Dinah also achieved a B.A from Open University and then completed a Masters Degree at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Dinah is also a chorister at Great St. Mary’s. and an active member of the Academy having organised many concert events including a performance in 2010 of ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ by Stravinsky where she was responsible for directing the cast in a staged presentation.

Adam was born in London in 1954. As a student he studied at the London College of Music where his principal subjects were composition, classical guitar and oboe. He studied the guitar with George Zarb and Robert Brightmore and took conducting lessons from Christopher Fry.    As his chief interest was composing he went on to receive composition lessons from Sir Lennox Berkeley as a private student. He has written works for a great variety of combinations including chamber and vocal music as well as large-scale orchestral works, all of which have been publicly performed. He later continued his studies at Goldsmith’s College, London where he achieved a B.Mus. After studying for a Masters degree at Trinity Hall he formed the Orchestra of Great St. Mary’s (The University Church) in 2006. More details about Adam’s musical activities can be found on his website www.adampounds.co.uk

Website: www.fluteandguitar.org.uk

The Academy of Great St. Mary's

The Academy of Great St. Mary’s (formerly the Orchestra of Great St. Mary’s) and linked with the Choirs of Great St. Mary's was formed in 2007 and has already gained a reputation for its excellent and diverse performances. Drawing from the local community of Cambridge and further afield it has tackled a very varied repertoire that has included works from the Baroque to the 21st century.

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About The Orchestra

The Orchestra of Great St. Mary’s was formed in 2008 and has already gained a reputation for its excellent and diverse performances. Some of the most notable performances have been the third symphony of Brahms, the ninth symphony of Dvorak and the symphonies of Beethoven. In the summer of 2008, the orchestra gave a special concert as part of the ‘Berkeley and Friends’ festival. The programme on this occasion featured the Sinfonietta by Lennox Berkeley and his celebrated orchestration of the Poulenc Flute Sonata performed with much character by Dinah Pounds.

About The Choirs

Our Choral tradition is well-established.  We offer opportunities for singers of all voice types from the age of five.  Entry to the main choirs (for singers aged eight and above) is normally by short and friendly audition.  No audition is needed for our youngest singers in the Junior Choir, nor for moving to the main choirs from the Junior Choir.  The Director of Music, Sam Hayes, is always keen to hear from keen and committed singers interested in joining our community of music makers here.

Website: www.agsm.org.uk

The Nelson Orchestra

Formed in 1981, the Nelson Orchestra served a need to galvanise former members of the Waltham Forest Senior Schools Orchestra into a community orchestra for the London borough. Its programmes have been wide ranging and have included music from the Baroque to the large scale symphonies of Shostakovich. Some of the players were with the orchestra for the 25 years that it ran for. Some of the musicians went on to have rewarding careers as members of leading London Orchestras. The Nelson Orchestra maintained its close links with Waltham Forest and gratefully acknowledges the support it received from the borough and it’s Arts Council. The Nelson Orchestra is no longer together.

The Bingham String Quartet

The Bingham String Quartet has gained an international reputation for its interpretation of the classical repertoire and fresh and exciting approach to new music. It has toured extensively in the United Kingdom and also performed in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Regular appearances in London include concerts at the Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields.

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The Bingham String Quartet has gained an international reputation for its interpretation of the classical repertoire and fresh and exciting approach to new music. It has toured extensively in the United Kingdom and also performed in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Regular appearances in London include concerts at the Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields. The Quartet’s education activities have included a five year residency at Radley College, Abingdon, and a busy programme of visits to schools and music centres throughout Britain. It also runs annual chamber music courses in Shrewsbury, East Anglia and at Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin.

Amongst the Bingham String Quartet’s notable recordings are the middle period quartets of Elizabeth Maconchy and two CDs of the quartet’s own commissions from British composers. It has also made a fine recording of the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets with David Campbell and a musical version of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” by Richard Allain, narrated by Richard Stilgo.

Website: www.stevebingham.co.uk/bsq.htm