About the Orchestra

The Orchestra

Nailsea Concert Orchestra was formed 1995 and has been performing classical favourites in North Somerset ever since.

With many of our founding members still playing a vital part in the orchestra, along with the addition of many more new players, the orchestra continues to go from strength to strength and has come to be seen as something of a local institution.

Our members span a wide age range and all share a great passion and enthusiasm for playing music.

We enjoying playing classics and light music and regularly perform Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini and Haydn, along with seasonal pieces, and film scores.

Regularly featuring promising young solo musicians and vocalists, the orchestra offers music for the young and old alike. See our Our next concert page for details of our next concert.

Our Conductor

Ben England studied music at the University of Bristol, specialising in conducting and composition. He has led ensembles in and around Bristol for over 20 years, including the Bristol Ensemble, Bristol Opera, the Bristol Cabot Choir and many more. He is in demand as a workshop leader, and has delivered numerous sessions on singing technique, conducting, choral works and instrumental composition. Ben was a secondary school advanced skills teacher for 14 years, and until 2016 was Director of Music at Colston’s Girls’ School in Bristol.

Ben currently works part-time for Bristol Plays Music as a Creative Producer, leading projects in conjunction with (among others) UWE, University of Bristol, BBC Radio and TV, Aardman Animations, and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra. He is also the Musical Director of the Bristol Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society, the Bristol and Thornbury Good Afternoon Choirs, and the Westbury Singers.

Our Leader

Ali White studied violin and viola with Professor Richard Crabtree before attending Birmingham Conservatoire where she gained a BMus(Hons) and Post Graduate Diploma in Performance. Whilst completing here Post Graduate studies, she was awarded the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s string training scheme, and also toured and recorded with Chris de Burgh.  Ali regularly plays in a string quartet and has been teaching violin and viola in the local area for over 20 years.

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