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THE ASTARIA STRING QUARTET


CHRIS JAEGER, MBE, FRSA - NARRATOR

Chris Jaeger our fabulous Family Concert narrator.
Chris Jaeger is Chief Executive of Worcester Live which runs Hu
ntingdon Concert Hall, the Swan Theatre, the Worcester Festival, the Historic Ghost Walk of Worcester, The Rep. at the Commandery, Shakespeare at the Cathedral, the Worcester Repertory Company and the Swan Theatre School. He is Artistic Director of both the Worcester Repertory Company and the Swan Theatre.

He is a highly-experienced writer, musician, actor and director. He writes and 
produces the Swan Theatre professional pantomime and directs one of the two yearly Shakespeare's produced by Worcester Live. He has written a one-woman show about the music hall star Vesta Tilley, the lyrics of a ‘Worcestershire Song Cycle’ which was premiered at the Three Choirs Festival and a play about Charles Stuart. Also, he has written an ‘energy play’ commissioned by Worcester Bosch and a 50 year history of the Swan Theatre for the 2015 Golden Anniversary - also, a play about King John and Magna Carta commissioned by Worcester Cathedral and two new plays which both premiered at the Swan Theatre in 2016.

He is a senior member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and adjudicates drama festivals all over Britain. He is the drama advisor to the Royal Navy. He is Chairman of the English Symphony Orchestra. He is also a Fellow of the University of Worcester and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2013, he was awarded the MBE for services to the Arts.

Chris lives in Worcester and is married with one cat.


ALASTAIR MOSELEY - PIANO

Alastair Moseley, piano.
Alastair is both a Pianist and a Clarinetist having played both instruments from a very young age. Throughout his career, Alastair has been fortunate to work with many of the Midlands’ Amateur Orchestras as both piano and clarinet soloist in concertos in the UK and abroad. He is Principal Clarinetist with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of St John. 


Alastair regularly accompanies soloists on piano in recitals and examinations at the Birmingham Conservatoire and University of Birmingham and has been privileged to give recitals with many leading musicians including string, wind, brass, percussion and vocal artists. Earlier this year he was fortunate to be the piano soloist in the Mozart Piano Quintet and Poulenc Sextet, and then a few weeks later to be the clarinetist in another performance of the same works!



Alastair is a Trustee of the Birmingham International Musicians Competition and the Ludlow Philharmonic Prize Fund and enjoys creating opportunities for young talented musicians to showcase their skills in front of enthusiastic audiences. He and his wife, Cathy, now run the hugely successful Orchestra of St John based at the wonderful St John’s Church in Bromsgrove. Formed in 2011, the Orchestra has amassed a huge repertoire, and by 2018 had given performances of all Beethoven’s Symphonies, Overtures and Piano Concertos.



SIMON SMITH - DOUBLE BASS

Simon Smith, Double Bass
Simon has been a long-standing double bass player with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, with many of those years as section principal. He has also played regularly in other ensembles including the Orchestra of St John and Birmingham Sinfonia.

Simon has played as a guest in numerous ensembles, such as; Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, Chandos Orchestra, London Shostakovich Orchestra and Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra. 

Simon began his musical life as a chorister in the choir at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, but has also enjoyed the lighter side of playing in the pit for musicals and light opera.




Photo-Phil Harrison Photography