Welcome to Enfield Chamber Orchestra!
Enfield Chamber Orchestra - over 70 years of music making in Enfield and North London!
In 2007, after over 60 years, we changed our focus and name to Enfield Chamber Orchestra (EChO), in order to incorporate a regular body of wind players and become Enfield’s first chamber orchestra.
At the end of 2007, Martin Smith (pictured right) was appointed as our new musical director. Martin studied violin with Lionel Bentley and Manoug Parikian at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Charles Black Scholarship and later studied with Nicholas Roth and the renowned Russian virtuoso Grigori Zhislin. For some years he was in the Duke String Quartet, with whom he appeared throughout the UK and Europe. In 1992 he founded the Ellerdale Trio with cellist Melanie Woodcock and pianist Sarah Down. He has been a member of Primavera since 1992, is also a member of the London Mozart Players and works frequently with many of the country’s other leading chamber orchestras. Since 1988 he has led the Dartington Festival Orchestra and since 1996, the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Martin Smith has appeared throughout the UK, as well as in the USA, France, Germany, Holland and Denmark. He made his solo début at the South Bank in 1992. Martin plays on a fine Venetian violin made in 1770, His hobbies include poetry, the outdoors, Roman roads and avoiding housework.
Our leader, Sarah Colley, joined the orchestra in 2002. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Maurice Hasson, and has played in many orchestras at home and abroad under the baton of conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner and Jan Pascal Tortelier. She is also a member of Sapphire Strings and has given recitals in the UK, Japan and Malaysia with the classical guitarist Warren Alexander, to whom she is is married. They have three children.
If you are interested in joining us please email email@example.com. We are always needing more violins and violas and we are also looking for a regular oboe and bassoon. Come and give us a try!