String Orchestra
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.

The Chameleon Arts Orchestras were formed over twenty years ago by Chameleon Arts Management to answer the need of Choral Societies nationwide for quality performances of the great works for choir and orchestra.  From Monteverdi to Maxwell Davies, the orchestras perform in Churches, Cathedrals and Concert Halls throughout the country and can regularly be seen in concert at venues such as St Johns Smith Square, Worcester Cathedral, Sherborne Abbey, Ripon Cathedral, Romsey Abbey, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Snape Maltings.  

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

Chameleon Arts String Orchestra

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  • Hugill: The Testament of Dr Cranmer
    Hugill: The Testament of Dr Cranmer
    Chameleon Arts String Orchestra, soloist Simon Baggs with the EIGHT:FIFTEEN VOCAL ENSEMBLE - cond. Paul Brough - DDA25053