Welcome to the Somerset County Orchestra. We are a group of amateur musicians brought together by a love of playing and a passion for making classical music available to everyone.
Philip Tebb studied Music at Durham University, where he was a Choral Scholar at the Cathedral, and at the Royal College of Music on the Benjamin Britten International Opera School with Russell Smythe. His studies at RCM were generously supported by the Anne Clayton Award, Stanley Picker Trust Award, the Audrey Sacher Award and the Josephine Baker Trust. Roles at RCM included: Demetrius in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Harasta in Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen; Nicandro in Handel Atalanta (as part of the London Handel Festival); Father Trulove in Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress and Antonio in Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro. Professional stage work includes covering the role of Peter Quince in Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Garsington Opera, singing the role of Schaunard in Puccini La Boheme for Wedmore Opera and appearing in a production of Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi at the Royal Theatre, Northampton.
Philip is in great demand as an oratorio soloist. Appearances last year included: Brahms Ein Deutches Requiemwith Claygate Choral Society; Faure Requiem and Handel Dettingen Te Deum with the Belmont Ensemble; Handel Messiah with the Belmont Ensemble, Bridgwater Choral Society, Lewisham Choral Society and the Schola Cantorum of Tewkesbury Abbey; Mendelssohn Elijah with Whitstable Choral Society; MozartCoronation Mass with Saffron Walden Choral Society; Mozart C Minor Mass with Lewisham Choral Society and Teixeira Te Deum the English Chamber Choir.
We give three to four concerts a year in and around Taunton so we’d love you to support us and come and listen to us play. The details of our next concert are above and details of our future concerts can be found under the “What’s On” tab.