Our Conductor is Jonathan Trim

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Jonathan studied at Birmingham University where he conducted the University Chamber Orchestra. He has attended the conductors’ course at Canford under the tutorship of George Hurst and has conducted the Stroud Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. Jonathan has also conducted The Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra, Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra and the Cotswold String Ensemble which included some of the finest amateur string players in the county.

Jonathan has composed a number of works, several of which have been performed by the Capriol Chamber Orchestra.

He has also worked with autistic people and teaches both Violin and Viola. He is much involved with young musicians, coaching students in a number of local schools and at the Five Valleys Music Centre based at Archway school.



Our Leader is Stephen McDade

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Stephen studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music under Clarence Myerscough, and tuba under Patrick Harrild and John Fletcher. He later studied conducting with Peter Stark, ‘Tension in the Art of Performance’ with Kato Havas, and the Colourstrings Method with Géza Szilvay.

An active freelance violinist, he has played in many West End musicals, orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, as well as many and varied solo and chamber music performances.

For many years, he worked with the National Children’s Orchestra, as both violin tutor and conductor, and was the principal conductor of ENCORE for ten years. He is Head of Strings for the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, and both conducts and tutors the Senior Orchestra Course for Gloucester Academy of Music.

He is regularly invited to adjudicate, and was honoured to have been one of three British adjudicators at the Young Musician of the Gulf competition, held in Bahrain in 2008.

Stephen is currently Head of Strings and Assistant Director of Music at Malvern College, Worcestershire, where his work involves teaching violin from beginner through to diploma, academic teaching, coaching and conducting the orchestra and ensembles, as well as Kindermusic.

He currently plays on a Nigel Harris violin, commissioned in 1990.