David Hedges, Conductor

David studied violin under Frederick Grinke and viola under Prunella Pacey. While at Durham University, he conducted the University Chamber Orchestra. Since moving to Somerset he’s conducted Somerset Opera, Taunton Sinfonietta and Taunton Youth Orchestra. He is also a regular Musical Director of Taunton Amateur Operatic Society. He has been a soloist with Somerset County Orchestra in Walton’s Viola Concerto and in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.

David was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Somerset County Orchestra in 2005. As a freelance viola player, as well as playing for many local groups, David has worked for HTV, Welsh National Opera, English National Ballet, Travelling Opera and Chrystal Clear Opera. David has recently retired from the post of Head of Strings at Queens College, a position he held since his arrival in Taunton in 1984.

Alex Ennis, Leader

Alex studied Violin & Viola performance at Trinity College of Music London and graduated with distinction in 1995. After college she worked as a freelance Violinist & Violist in London & the south of England working with many well known musicians such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Kent Nagano, Julian Bream and many others. In 98 she accepted a teaching position in Antigua coaching the Antigua & Barbuda Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently she teaches Violin & Viola at Kings & Queens Colleges – Taunton and at Blundells School, Tiverton. She performs with Trio Exe (piano trio) and she is the fiddle player in Arquebus (folk Trio) and Thalia Duo as well as Hobson’s Choice Barn dance band. She began leading the Somerset County Orchestra in 2007 and also leads the Bridport Chamber Orchestra. She also performs with many other ensembles in the West Country including The Bristol String Quartet and various Theatre companies and Choral Societies.