Conductor quotes

grantllewellynBGrant Llewellyn

has held positions with three European orchestras: Principal Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Associate Guest Conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He is also Principal Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony in the USA and Music Director: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne.

What is uniquely wonderful about this band of musicians is that you will not find anything quite like it anywhere else in the world. In all my travels I have never found such a concentration of talented, dedicated artists willingly and enthusiastically giving of their time in pursuit of great music and who just happen to be mostly amateurs.



Martyn Brabbins

was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005, Principal Guest of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic 2009-2015 and Chief Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic 2012-2016. He remains closely associated with all three. He regularly conducts the major UK orchestras too and has recorded an enormous repertoire on CD, particularly of neglected British music.

Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra exemplifies all that is best in non-professional music making… Seminal works played with dedication and passion.




Alexander Shelley

became Music Director of National Arts Centre’s Orchestra, Canada in 2015. He is also currently in his seventh year as Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and he is also Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

So passionate is their love of music and so thoroughly professional in their approach to performance, the musicians of the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra are a joy to work with. Their spirit, energy and commitment are never waiver and they represent for me the very best of that which keeps cultural life thriving in the UK.


Andrew Shulman 

is Principal Cellist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

I have conducted many concerts with this exceptional ensemble. The commitment, sensitivity and excitement of this orchestra in performance is second to none.




DouglasBoydBDouglas Boyd 

is Principal Conductor of Musikkollegium Winterthur

BHCO is perhaps the best non-professional orchestra in the world. I have great memories of many fabulous concerts and I wish them every success over the next 25 years.




paulwatkinsBPaul Watkins

is a member of the Nash Ensemble, Associate Conductor of English Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra

Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra is simply exceptional – their passionate and highly accomplished performances have always give me great joy and delight.