Previous Conductors

Roselise Gentile

Roselise was the MCO's Conductor until December 2021.

After studying for her piano diploma in Italy, Roselise has specialised in choral and orchestral conducting, initially through a two-year international course held by Julius Kalmar for the Hans Swarowsky Association. Subsequently she studied orchestral technique through orchestral master classes with Romolo Gessi and Donato Renzetti and followed this with a three-year course of study at the European Academy in Vicenza. She has collaborated with the Slovenian Philharmonic Choir andOrchestra and has worked as coach at festivals in Spoleto and Venice. She has conducted a wide range of instrumental ensembles including the Regional Choir and Orchestra of Umbria and the chamber orchestra Cappella Musicale di Minerbio. Roselise now lives in England where she is continuing her career as a choir and orchestra conductor. As a freelance conductor she regularly conducts the professional chamber orchestra Farnesiana, in Italy.

Christopher Irby

A cellist of many years’ experience playing with a wide range of musicians from Danny Kaye to Antal Dorati, Christopher has been a member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic, under many well-known conductors including André Previn, Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Malcolm Sargent.

Gordon Nelson

Gordon was the MCO's first conductor. The inaugural concert was in the summer of 2006.

Gordon was principal Trumpet in the National Youth Orchestra and played professionally for ten years. In 1978 he moved to Marlborough to teach the trumpet at Marlborough College and take part in local musicmaking, becoming conductor of the Swindon Concert Band and later Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra.

Guest Conductors

Malcolm Webb

Guest conductor for the 26/03/22 concert.

From the programme notes:

"Born in Swindon, Malcolm studied flute with Wilfred Smith and enjoys both playing and conducting. He is the conductor of the Swindon Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held for 16 years.

As a conductor/musical director Malcolm is in great demand by groups in and around Swindon: musical theatre with SALOS at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon; the Band of the Wiltshire Constabulary; Swindon Opera; MJ Music and Arts, and Swindon Concert Band.

He is principal flute with the British Police Symphony Orchestra (BPSO) with whom he has performed as a soloist; in 2018, BPSO was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. He regularly plays as principal flute of the North Wiltshire Orchestra and has performed concertos by Mozart and Ibert."

Alexander with Verena Chen and Irene Enzlin

Alexander Webb

Guest conductor for the 03/12/2016 concert.

From the programme notes:

"Alexander Webb (conductor) is a graduate of the percussion programme at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and in 2016 accepted a place to become the Timothy Reynish Conducting Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music. He first studied with Guy Woolfenden and Edwin Roxburgh, and now studies with Mark Heron and Clark Rundell. He has also participated in masterclasses with Nicolas Pasquet, Jac Van Steen, and Sir Mark Elder. Alexander maintains a busy schedule as a freelance musician balancing percussion performance with his conducting studies. He has been conductor for the Asklepios Orchestra, The Beaufort Ensemble, and the Redditch Orchestra, as well as working closely with a number of brass and wind ensembles across the UK. This has included a recent London debut with the RNCM Brass Band. He is also an assistant conductor with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and in March 2017 is looking forward to working with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Alexander has performed with the English Symphony Orchestra, Queen’s Park Sinfonia, Desford Colliery band, and in 2012 was awarded the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Scheme place for timpani. He has undertaken tours around Europe, Asia, and the United States and has also made recordings for broadcast on BBC Television and Radio."