Volante Strings was formed in 1999 by Megan Webb and the late Angela Richey. Angela led the orchestra and was passionate in her championing of string music. We generally play chamber style without a conductor which means working very closely with each other in rehearsal in order to achieve a high standard of concert performance.
Our aim is to enjoy playing and to share our enthusiasm for string music with our audiences. Our programmes encompass a varied and challenging range of styles, from classical, through contemporary to light and our repertoire covers music from as far back as the sixteenth century right up to the present day. It gives us much pleasure to perform arrangements by our own players and also new works written specially for the ensemble by local composers such as Derek Smith, Bob Thomas, Richard Percy, John Frith and Roger Nichols. Over the years we have collaborated with many fine soloists of international standing, including the pianist Charles Owen (shown on the right).
Our name, Volante, means “fast and light” and comes from the Italian word for flying. It is used to describe a particular style of bowing, but we have also flown in other ways - concert tours have taken us four times to Greece and more recently to Ostend and Bruges.