It is with sadenss that we report that our leader, Philippa Barton, will be indisposed for our June 2019 concert. Philippa has broken a finger, and unfortuantely will not be recovered in time to play. We send Philippa our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

We are therefore very grateful that Paula Muldoon has agreed to join us as guest leader for the concert.

Paula Muldoon

Paula is a multi-talented violinist, software engineer, and composer based in Cambridge. She has a distinguished performing career, having played with many of the world’s greatest ensembles and conductors, including the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR), the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Marin Alsop, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Highlights of her performing career include a stint as guest leader of the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, recording Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO, and numerous film recordings at Abbey Road Studios. Recent highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall and soloing in Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with the Cambridge Philharmonic, where she is the newly appointed leader.

In 2017 Paula trained as a computer programmer and now combines music with her work as a software engineer at Cambridge Cognition.  A sought-after speaker in the programming community, she is one of WeAreTechWomen’s 100 Women in Tech and on the Computer Weekly Women in Software Power List.

Paula composes music for solo violin, which she shares with her community on Patreon ( as well as in recitals and at programming conferences. Her most recent pieces include Woman (sonata in 4 movements) and Cape Cod the Beautiful.  Her debut single, Get Outside, is now available on Spotify and iTunes.

In Paula’s spare time, she enjoys reading, crocheting, Star Trek, cryptic crosswords, coffee, and playing with her Cockapoo, Nutmeg.

This is a message from Charlie Hotson about our recent concert "The Composer is Dead" ..... what a compliment from a consummate professional.....

 All at the NSO                                                                   

 Thank you! Thank you for an experience I will never forget. I am honoured to have been able to perform with you, the talent you all have blows my mind! Very few people will be able to lay claim to such a wonderful experience. To have performed with a full symphony orchestra, with people who have studied and honed their craft to produce such amazing sound and stir such emotions in not just myself, but an audience of hundreds whilst also having jobs and lives! Wow! Just wow! What an honour! What an inspiration, I hope that young people and audiences truly appreciate the skills that you have and if I can help in any way with bringing more youngsters to see you, it would be a pleasure. 
Thank you again for making me feel so welcome and giving me an opportunity to do something I would NEVER have thought possible! Thank you.