RUPERT BOND (Conductor)

Rupert Bond is a conductor, composer, and educator.  He believes passionately in the importance of sharing music with others, particularly the young - both performer and listener alike - and adheres passionately to Gustav Mahler’s dictum that 'in each performance a work must be reborn'.

After completing his B.Mus at Goldsmiths College, London University, he was awarded a place on the Advanced  Conducting Course at the Royal Academy of Music. However his formative influence was George Hurst. Since then he has enjoyed considerable success as a conductor, creating compelling and lively performances of musical integrity with groups from small chamber ensembles to 100-player symphony orchestras.  His most notable work has been with the Docklands Sinfonietta and the Orchestra at Blackheath. For 16 years he was Director of Music at James Allen’s Girls’ School. In 1999 he was made an ARAM - Associate of the Royal Academy - for his services to music. He is also a composer of choral and orchestral music and gained an M.Mus at Surrey University in this specialism in 2012.

Rupert has conducted many semi-professional, community and amateur orchestras and choirs in the UK. In 2006 and 2007 he worked in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Christchurch Symphony, the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and with ensembles at the Christchurch School of Music. He now lives in the South East and he is Director of Music for the parishes of Eynsford, Farningham and Lullingstone. Rupert is Conductor and Musical Adviser for the European Doctors Orchestra and the Water City Orchestra in East London and in Devon is Associate Lecturer in the Music department of Plymouth University, where he is Conductor of the university orchestra and runs a conductor’s course for the students. As well as guest conducting other orchestras and ensembles, he is delighted to be working here in Folkestone. 

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FLORIANE PEYCELON (Leader)

Floriane Peycelon began playing the violin at the age of six. She studied at the Lyon National Conservatoire of Music and Drama in France where she was taught by Jean Bisciglia, then Leader of the Lyon National Orchestra.

After graduating from the Conservatoire, Flo went on to study for an MA in Politics and International Relations whilst playing first violin in the Lyon Sinfonietta. She has since established herself as a freelance violinist in Kent, is a regular member of the Kent Concert Orchestra, the Becker Ensemble, the Festival Chamber Orchestra and the Canterbury University Orchestra. She has led the Folkestone & Hythe Orchestra since 2000. Flo's solo performances include several Bach and Vivaldi Concerti, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Vaughan-Williams' Lark Ascending. Flo is a member of Folkestone Baroque, directed by Tony Halstead. She has performed chamber music as part of the Julian Piano Trio and leads the Strung Together String Quartet.

Flo was Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form at Sir Roger Manwood's School in Sandwich for ten years and is now busy enjoying a full-time career as a professional freelance violinist and violin teacher.

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