Chameleon Arts String Orchestra

The Chameleon Arts String Orchestra comprises the principal players from the Chameleon Arts Orchestra and specialises in concert performances of the fine string repertoire available to us.  Performing for concert promoters, music clubs and festivals throughout the United Kingdom, this offshoot has proved very popular both for the players and their audiences, often resulting in return visits by the orchestra.

Simon Baggs - Leader

Simon studied at Wells Cathedral School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.  On graduating, he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he played for three years before turning freelance.

As a leader, Simon has guest led the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on tours to Germany, Norway and Sweden.  He has guest led the London Opera Players in numerous performances all over the U.K as well as being invited to guest lead the London Pops Orchestra in the London Guildhall.  Simon has been leader of the Chameleon Arts Orchestra for ten years, playing the choral repertoire throughout the U.K.  He has also been soloist/director with the Chameleon Arts String Orchestra.  He has led the Arnold Ensemble for three years, where he has also appeared as soloist.  He has played guest principal with the BBC Scottish, BBC Welsh, Royal Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras and The Oxford Philomusica, among others.

Simon has recorded two solo violin works by Robert Hugill for the Divine Art label and in the field of Chamber Music, has recorded works by Robert Saxton for NMC and works by Elisabeth Lutyens for Cala.  He has guest led the Bennelong chamber ensemble on several occasions and in 2007 Simon joined the Trelawn string quartet, making his debut with them at London's Conway Hall.  He has performed Steve Martland's quartet 'Patrol' with the Random Dance Company and Ligetti's first Quartet with the Wheeldon Dance Company at Euston's Place Theatre and Sadler's Wells respectively. 

Simon has toured over 50 countries around the world, and in the commercial field has appeared on over 70 film tracks.  He has led albums for The Divine Comedy, The All Angels, Phatfish, Don Weller/Bobby Wellins and Connie Talbot.  

Simon plays on a violin built by William John in London, 2005. 

Chameleon Arts String Orchestra

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