Mayor’s Charity Performance With World Renown Double Bass Player Leon Bosch

Leon Bosch, one of a select group of virtuoso double bass players worldwide is coming for a one-off special Mayor’s charity performance at the Kenton theatre on Friday 11 January.  The concert is in aid of Henley Music School, Gillotts School and Bluebells Dementia Day Care Centres.

Leon was born in Cape Town, a political prisoner at the age of fifteen, he escaped South Africa’s repressive apartheid regime and became a British Citizen. He graduated from the University of Cape Town and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music.  

Since his 1984 London solo debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, he has appeared with many distinguished musicians, including Pinchas Zukerman, Sir Charles Groves and Nicholas Kraemer and is artistic director of the chamber music ensemble I Musicanti. 

Highlights of his chamber music partnerships include engagements with the Lindsay, Belcea and Brodsky String Quartets and the Moscow Virtuosi. He has worked with such pianists as Maria João Pires, Mikhail Rudy, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Peter Donohoe, Martin Roscoe and Korean pianist Sung-Suk Kang. 

Leon has played a significant part in, and received acclaim for, the exploration of challenging and little-known music for double bass and has been responsible for several important first performances including “Pueblo”, a commission from John McCabe, works by Allan Stephenson, and music by the South African composers Hendrik Hofmeyr and Paul Hanmer. 

His experiences under South Africa’s  apartheid regime have ensured he has maintained a keen interest in social and political issues; he holds a master’s degree in Intelligence and International Relations 

This evening will feature Leon performing with award-winning pianist Rebeca Omordia an interview, after the concert he will be signing copies of his album. 

For twenty years principal double bass with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Leon Bosch left the orchestra in 2014, devoting himself to his musical interests elsewhere: performing and recording as a soloist, setting up his chamber ensemble I Musicanti and teaching in the UK and internationally.

Encouraged by his former colleague at the ASMF, Sir Neville Marriner, and having directed orchestras from the solo double bass many times, he also took up conducting and now appears regularly on the podium and as soloist/director.

Born in Cape Town, although now a British citizen, he graduated from the University of Cape Town before completing his double bass studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. As soloist, Leon Bosch has so far recorded ten CDs, including the world premiere recording of music by the Catalan virtuoso Josep Cervera whose work he rediscovered and has been instrumental in reviving. He has commissioned dozens of works for the instrument.

Laura Reineke, Founder of Henley Music School said, “As well as selling seats to the public, we are looking for businesses to sponsor a seat for a child to come and watch the performance and be inspired by Leon.”  If you are interested in sponsoring a seat or your child would like to watch the performance, please email Laura at

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