the chamber music dream

There were various attempts throughout my career to involve myself in chamber music, including quartets formed while in the CBSO and LSO, but it wasn't until 1972, when a group of colleagues got together to form the
London Virtuosi Chamber Ensemble,
that this interest took on a more serious look.
The photo shows the LVCE at New College, Oxford, where recordings on the Abbey label were made. From left to right; Brian Hawkins (viola-photo right), Anthony Camden (oboe), Jane Ryan (gamba), me (violin), Douglas Cummings (cello). David Lumsden (harpsichord) and James Galway (flute).

Although this group gave many successful concerts and tours, and recorded some fine LPs for the Abbey label, eventually, with the departure of James Galway to Berlin and greater things, the group evolved into the London Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, directed by me from the leader's seat. Above and below are two incarnations of the LVCO.  

The LVCO became internationally known for it's many foreign tours and fine recordings.