Appointment of a new Principal Conductor
The Mid Somerset Orchestra is pleased to announce the appointment of Hitoshi Suzuki as our new Principal Conductor.
Hitoshi first worked with the orchestra in May 2018 as a guest conductor. As quoted by Brendan Sadler after this concert, “Despite his youth, Hitoshi Suzuki is clearly a talent to be watched. The orchestra made their feelings plain with enthusiastic applause”.
The MSO would also like to thank Tim Pithers, Richard Jones and Dennis Simons who joined us in the last year as guest conductors and for their valued support in our search for a new principal conductor.
Mid Somerset Orchestra
THE MID-SOMERSET ORCHESTRA was founded in 1973 and performs regularly in Street and Wells. From the player’s point of view, the aim is to give local amateur orchestral musicians of a high standard the opportunity to rehearse together, and to take part in four concerts during the year. From the music-lover’s point of view, we aim to give good performances of the classics for the enjoyment of the residents of this part of the country. For many years now, the orchestra has actively encouraged the support of young people by specially low-priced tickets.
The Mid-Somerset Orchestra rehearses on Wednesday evenings in school term time at
Croscombe Village Hall
The orchestra promotes 4 concerts a year, all at Strode Theatre, Street. We also perform once a year at Wells Cathedral for the “Sing for Somerset” carol service (promoted by Somerset Life)
The highly accomplished Hitoshi Suzuki has studied all over the world including the University of the Arts Tokyo, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal College of Music and is currently at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. A prizewinner in many orchestral conducting competitions, Hitoshi will certainly bring a unique international perspective to the MSO’s next concert.
Biographies of recent Conductors
Dr. Dennis Simons, F.R.A.M., has been founder leader of the Alberni String Quartet, Co-Leader of the London Philharmonic and Leader of the BBC Philharmonic returning to the U.K. after twenty years as Music Director and Conductor of three orchestras in North America. He has a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of North Dakota.