Bach, Handel and Vivaldi by Candlelight
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bach – Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D Minor
Bach – Adagio for Oboe and Strings
Bach – Air on the G String
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Handel – Oboe Concerto in G Minor
Vivaldi – Sinfonia ‘Alla Rustica’
Vivaldi – Spring and Summer from ‘The Four Seasons’
Vivaldi – Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor
Belmont Ensemble of London
Helen Davies Violin
Pippa Harris Violin
Geoffrey Coates Oboe
Peter Dyson Conductor
The Belmont Ensemble of London celebrated its 25th Birthday in 2016.
The Orchestra was founded by its Musical Director, Peter G Dyson in 1991, it is now one of the busiest and finest chamber orchestras in the capital.
The Belmont Ensemble was the pioneering force in establishing the famous series of baroque concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields in the early 1990s. They have now given over 650 concerts at the famous Trafalgar Square church attracting large international audiences to their regular concerts.
Now a seasoned fixture on the London musical scene, they have also performed regularly at London’s Southbank Centre and St James’s Church, Piccadilly, as well as appearing at Festivals around the UK. The orchestra receives no subsidies or sponsorship, relying purely on enterprising programming and box office receipts.
“One of the UK’s most exciting orchestras” Classic FM
“The band played with gusto… a very good chamber group” The Independent
“Transparency of articulation under their detailed direction of Peter G Dyson” The Strad
“Quite delightful, wholly witty and wonderfully rhythmic, the ensembles’ playing is light playful and precise” American Record Guide
Peter G Dyson is an outstanding English Conductor, described by The Times as a “Baroque specialist” and by the London Evening Standard as “An Internationally respected conductor”.
A graduate of the highly acclaimed Advanced Conducting Course at the Royal Academy of Music, Peter studied with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Sir Roger Norrington, Claus Peter Flor, George Hurst, Jorma Panula and the pedagogue Ilya Musin from St Petersburg Conservatory. Peter was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2000, an honour reserved for the Conservatoires most eminent graduates.
He has conducted the New Queens Hall Orchestra in London, the Latvian, Guatemalan and Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestras, the Filharmonie Ceske Budjedovice, Filharmonie Hradek Kralove and South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic). He has recently made two trips to Australia to conduct The Chamber Orchestra at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne.
He has worked with the BBC Singers (in concert for BBC Radio 3), the Philharmonia Chorus, English Chamber Choir, Tallis Chamber Choir, Joyful Company of Singers, New London Singers, St Martin-in-the-Fields Choir and Choral Scholars, St Martin’s Voices, Codina Singers, Northampton Bach Choir, Chameleon Arts Chorus, Sevenoaks Philharmonic Choir, Vox Cordis and Barts Chamber Choir.
He has conducted at London’s premier venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, The Banqueting House, and has broadcast on BBC Radio and TV, ITV, Channel 4 TV, Channel Five TV and Classic FM.