Members of Vacation Chamber Orchestras, the “VaCO Ensemble”, will be touring Somerset and the Cotswolds this summer, performing in a number of prestigious venues in the region.

The performances will be the culmination of a week’s training course in the region. This group of talented music students, singers and instrumentalists are drawn from universities and conservatoires across the United Kingdom and will have been tutored by the acclaimed cellist and chamber musician, Victoria Simonsen, and Musical Director, Xenophon Kelsey, MBE.

The highly entertaining programme for their concerts, titled “Just So Much Nonsense…” will include William Walton’s hilarious Façade (The Complete Entertainment) and a new arrangement of Edward German’s settings of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories – musical fun ideal for all the family!

Monday 27 August – Church of St John the Baptist, Frome
Tuesday 28 August – Memorial Hall, Charlton Musgrove
Wednesday 29 August – Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne
Thursday 30 August – West Barn, Bradford-on-Avon
Friday 31 August – Parish Church, Glastonbury
Saturday 1 September – Parish Church, Northleach

All performances start at 7:30pm. Tickets Prices: Adult £10, Children £5 – available on the door or by contacting 07974 698 264.

VaCO – the Vacation Chamber Orchestras. VaCO is a UK Registered Charity that runs residential chamber orchestra courses for advanced young musicians offering professional training in a relaxed but tutored environment. Each course works in detail on the main repertoire as well as exploring one-per-part chamber music in spare time.

Every place on our courses is highly subsidised, making these valuable career-development opportunities affordable for aspiring young musicians. 

VaCO is also committed to bringing live music to the widest possible audience. Because of this we are particularly keen on giving high quality concerts in areas where such events might be rare or infrequent. Where possible we like to combine these concerts with work in local schools to engage and encourage the children in live music-making.

Source: Vacation Chamber Orchestras