Rupert Bond is a conductor, composer, and educator. He believes passionately in the importance of sharing music with others, particularly the young - both performer and listener alike - and adheres passionately to Gustav Mahler’s dictum that “in each performance a work must be reborn”.
After completing his B.Mus at Goldsmiths College, London University, he was awarded a place on the Advanced Conducting Course at the Royal Academy of Music. However his formative influence was George Hurst. Since then he has enjoyed considerable success as a conductor, creating compelling and lively performances of musical integrity with groups from small chamber ensembles to 100-player symphony orchestras. For 16 years he was Director of Music at James Allen’s Girls’ School. In 1999 he was made an ARAM - Associate of the Royal Academy - for his services to music. He is also a composer of choral and orchestral music and gained an M.Mus at Surrey University in this specialism in 2012.
He has also conducted many semi-professional, community and amateur orchestras and choirs in the UK. In 2006 and 2007 Rupert worked in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Christchurch Symphony, the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and with ensembles at the Christchurch School of Music.
He now lives in the South East - where amongst other things he is Director of Music for the parishes of Eynsford, Farningham and Lullingstone. He is Conductor and Musical Adviser for the European Doctors Orchestra and the Water City Orchestra in East London and in Devon is Associate Lecturer in the Music department of Plymouth University where he is Conductor of the university orchestra and runs a conductor’s course. He has recently been appointed as Conductor of the Folkestone and Hythe Orchestra Society as well as guest conducting other orchestras and ensembles. He is delighted to be working with Surrey Brass.
Last update 2014