About the Swindon Recital Series

Swindon Recital Series is a professional chamber music recital series based in Swindon, Wiltshire. We are unique in providing regular, high quality, professionally performed chamber music at affordable and inclusive ticket prices, as well as undertaking a number of educational events every season.

Our aims are:
To promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in, and appreciation of the art and science of chamber music in all its aspects by the presentation of public professional recitals.

The Music Of Renown Ensemble (‘MORE’) is an ensemble of professional musicians associated with the Swindon Recital Series from which many of our performers are drawn.

Bower & Bailey

We are proud to be associated with Bower Bailey Solicitors and appreciate their continued support and enthusiasm for our events.

The Swindon Recital Series Educational Outreach Programme

Under the artistic direction of Paul Turner, SRS selects professional musicians, instruments, ensembles, and repertoire that combine to create a theme for each series that is not only enjoyable but also enriching and educational for all audience members. Additionally, our musicians take a moment between pieces to provide a context for the piece, giving information about the composer, the piece itself, the musical era, the genre, and anything else that would enhance appreciation of the stylistic conventions and cultural context of the music.

Tickets for under 12s are free-of-charge and our recitals include lunchtimes and afternoons making it highly accessible for budding musicians of all ages to hear live music performed by musicians at the top of their profession.

We continue to welcome liaison links with primary and secondary schools and peripatetic music teachers of Swindon and its surrounding area. What better motivation and inspiration could be found for these talented young people? If you would like your school, music department, or you and your private students to gain closer contact and collaboration with SRS, please do not hesitate to contact Kay Fisher, the manager of our Educational Outreach programme, using the contact form.

The Swindon Recital Series Committee & Trustees

Our committee is made up of talented volunteers who are very generous with their time and expertise. We are always appreciative of any additional help that may be offered, particularly in the areas of promotion, fund raising, advertising and social media. If you have the time to help, we would love to hear from you through our contact page. To join the SRS emailing List please use our Contact Form.

Founder & Artistic Director

Interim Chair Kay Fisher
Treasurer & Trustee Martin Savage
Secretary & Trustee Julia Singleton
Committee Member Tim Eyles
Committee Member Julian Pinn
Committee Member Daniel Pitt

Contact SRS

The Swindon Recital Series is a registered charity No. 1088484.

Our Patron Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie

“My first experience with percussion was seeing and being inspired by my school orchestra at the age of 12. I knew I needed something else to go alongside my piano playing, which was my main instrument at the time. It was an inexplicable feeling but as soon as I saw the percussion section I knew this was the family I belonged to”.

Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. She fondly recalls having played the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall in 1992, which paved the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She had the honour of a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“Playing at an event like that was proof that music really affects all of us, connecting us in ways that the spoken word cannot”.

Evelyn’s solo recordings, which now exceed 30 CDs, are as diverse as her career on-stage. Shadow Behind the Iron Sun and Sound Spirits continue to be bestselling albums that amply demonstrate her brilliant improvisational skills.

A leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, Evelyn has more than 200 pieces to her name from many of the world’s most eminent composers. She believes this has been crucial to her success as a solo percussionist.

“It’s important that I continue to commission and collaborate with a diverse range of composers whilst recognising the young talent coming through”.

A triple GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies. The film *Touch the Sound* and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation.

With over 80 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize, Evelyn continues to inspire and motivate people from all walks of life. Her masterclasses and consultations are designed to guide the next generation.

To this day, Evelyn continues to invest in realising her vision – to Teach the World to Listen – while looking to open a centre that embodies her mission:

“to improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening. We want to inspire, to create, to engage and to empower”.