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Founder ~ Bruce Critchinson
Chairman ~ Ruth Briggs
Secretary ~ Caroline Lewars
Treasurer ~ Sandra Brown
Librarian ~ Marion Jones

Publicity - Kate Vernon

Conductor ~ David Hedges 

Leader ~ Alexandra Ennis  

New players are always welcome - please contact us to find out more


David studied violin under Frederick Grinke and viola under Prunella Pacey. While at Durham University, he conducted the University Chamber Orchestra. Since moving to Somerset he’s conducted Somerset Opera, Taunton Sinfonietta and Taunton Youth Orchestra.


David is also a regular Musical Director of Taunton Amateur Operatic Society. He has been a soloist with Somerset County Orchestra in Walton's Viola Concerto and in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.

David was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Somerset County Orchestra in 2005. As a freelance viola player, as well as playing for many local groups, He has worked for HTV, Welsh National Opera, English National Ballet, Travelling Opera and Crystal Clear Opera. In 2017, he retired from the post of Head of Strings at Queen’s College, Taunton, a position he held since his arrival in Taunton in 1984.


Charitable Status

The Bridport Chamber Orchestra has charitable status and is self-funding.  Its financial support is obtained mainly from ticket sales, local authority grants and generous contributions from its patrons, friends and in particular, our sponsor, Alan Williams.   New patrons and friends are always welcome, please contact us for details.


Charity Registration No. XT13407

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