Music in the Local Area
Cadenza Classes are West London's brightest and most interactive music lessons. The classes are run by Helen Smith ARCM, who regularly plays clarinet with the KCO.
Helen is a London mum and former pupil of the Royal College of Music and has worked with children for over 25 years. At Cadenza, children learn singing, clapping in time and other musical skills, with the help of Helen's collection of lovable puppets! The classes combine much-loved favourites such as 'The Wheels on the Bus' and 'Old MacDonald' with Helen's own fantastic compositions.
Kingston Third Age Orchestra
Kingston Third Age Orchestra is south-west London's orchestra for amateur musicians who are free to rehearse during the day. Many of their players are retired, but they also welcome younger players who can make rehearsals on a Wednesday morning.
The next concert will be at 3 pm on Sunday 4 December 2016 at Kingston Parish Church. The programme will include Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute, Haydn's Kleine Orgelmesse and Te Deum in C and Beethoven's Symphony No 2.
More information about the orchestra can be found on their website.
The Jigsaw Players
Jigsaw Players are are a compelling group of professional musicians who have been bringing exceptional classical chamber music and jazz concerts as well as educational projects to the Wimbledon and Merton area.
They have gained the support of the community as well as from prestigious Patrons such as Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, internationally acclaimed pianist and Kim Kashkashian, renowned viola player.
Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust
Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust organises advanced courses in chamber music for outstanding music students who would normally be at post-graduate level and are intent on pursuing a professional performing career. The courses are residential and last eleven days each, and are held in a private residence in Stoke D'Abernon, Surrey. Each course culminates in three public evening concerts, normally two in Surrey and the third in Somerset. The courses are completely free for the students.
The Trust also provides concerts for the local community by their wonderful young musicians, usually without any entrance fee, just so you can see and hear these young people play before they go into the competitive world of work.