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Lars Vogt – Royal Northern Sinfonia Music Director

Newly appointed Royal Northern Sinfonia Music Director Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in Düren, Germany in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leed... Read more

Newly appointed Royal Northern Sinfonia Music Director Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in Düren, Germany in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition. His versatility as a pianist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, through to the dazzling Lutosławski concerto. He is now increasingly working with orchestras both as conductor and directing from the keyboard.

Lars has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and Orchestre de Paris. His special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic follows his appointment as their first ever ‘pianist in residence’ in 2003/4.

As well as opening Royal Northern Sinfonia’s season, highlights of 2014/15 include concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de France, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, as well as the London Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin in London and Germany. In North America he appears with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony, and in South America he performs in São Paolo, Brasilia, Mexico City and Bogotá. He is a key soloist in the Deutschekammerphilharmonie Bremen’s Brahms cycle at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Tanglewood and Lanaudière Festivals, and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall. He returns to Japan at the end of the season for concerts with the New Japan Philharmonic.

Lars enjoys a high profile as a chamber musician, and in June 1998 founded his own chamber festival in the village of Heimbach near Cologne. A passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community, in 2005 he established a major educational programme ‘Rhapsody in School’, bringing his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria.

Mario Venzago – Principal Conductor

Mario Venzago was born in Zurich, studied in Zurich and Vienna with Hans Swarovsky and started his career as pianist of the Swiss broadcast station in Lugano. Read more

Mario Venzago was born in Zurich, studied in Zurich and Vienna with Hans Swarovsky and started his career as pianist of the Swiss broadcast station in Lugano. From 1986 to 1989 he was music director of the Heidelberg opera house and Philharmonic Orchestra and later served as chief conductor of the German Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Graz Opera, the Basque National Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, and the Swedish National Orchestra in Gothenburg. He was Artistic Director of the Baltimore Summer Music Fest and from 2002 – 2009 Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he was named Principal Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in NewcastleGateshead and in the same year was appointed chief conductor of the Bern Symphony Orchestra, as well as Artist in Association with the Tapiola Sinfonietta. He is also “Schumann Guest Conductor” of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and holds the position of Conductor Laureate of the Basel Symphony Orchestra.

Mario Venzago’s distinguished conducting career has included engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, La Scala di Milano, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the NHK Symphony in Tokyo. In North America he has appeared with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. He has also conducted, among other prestigious festivals, at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals.

Several of his CD’s which include orchestral works of Robert Schumann, Luigi Nono, Othmar Schoeck, Alban Berg, and Maurice Ravel have been awarded international prizes (including the Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’or and the Edison prize), and the movie about him,““My Brother the Conductor” by Alberto Venzago, received the highest accolades. Venzago has worked with famous stage directors Ruth Berghaus, Peter Kowitschny and Hans Neuenfels. At present he is preparing a complete recording of Bruckner Symphonies for the CPO label.

www.mariovenzago.com

John Wilson – Principal Conductor

Universally acclaimed as an outstanding conductor of light music and music for screen, John Wilson’s BBC Proms in 2009 and 2010 were acknowledged as season highlights with both concerts selling out and then watched by millions on BBC TV worldwide. Read more

Universally acclaimed as an outstanding conductor of light music and music for screen, John Wilson’s BBC Proms in 2009 and 2010 were acknowledged as season highlights with both concerts selling out and then watched by millions on BBC TV worldwide.

Gateshead born, John was honoured to join Simon Halsey and Mario Venzago as Principal Conductor of Royal Northern Sinfonia in 2009. He also enjoys close relationships with several other orchestras such as Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony, Concert Orchestra and Scottish Symphony. He is also currently Principal Guest Conductor of the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin. In 2007 he was short-listed for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor’s Award.

He has made numerous recordings with his own John Wilson Orchestra, including a DVD of the 2009 MGM Musicals Prom. John’s recordings of British music include works by John Ireland with the Halle, four highly acclaimed CDs of the music of Eric Coates with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the RLPO, and works by Vaughan Williams and Edward German.

He has produced countless orchestrations for film, radio and television, was nominated for a US GRAMMY award for the music for Kevin Spacey’s film’ Beyond the Sea’ and is currently reconstructing the lost scores of all MGM’s major musicals, the latest being ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, which he will conduct with the Philharmonia in the Royal Festival Hall. His arrangements have been played worldwide by ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestras.

“I have so much enjoyed my first season as your principal conductor and I cannot express how honoured I was to be appointed by such a wonderful orchestra in the city where I was born and brought up. I am delighted to be able to share the music I love with such fine players and such an appreciative audience in one of the finest halls in the world.” John Wilson

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Bradley Creswick – Leader, 1st Violin

Bradley Creswick has a long association with Northern Sinfonia going back to 1984 when he was first appointed leader. Read more

Bradley Creswick

Leader, 1st Violin

Bradley Creswick has a long association with Royal Northern Sinfonia going back to 1984 when he was first appointed leader.

The musical life then, as now, was amazingly rich and varied, providing some personal highlights such as the EMI recording of Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’ and Concerto Accademico with Richard Hickox, performing Prokofiev’s Concerto no.2 for Radio 3 and recording all the Handel op.6 Concerti grossi with George Malcolm. More recent recordings include: Handel Concerti grossi op.3 for Naxos and the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola by Mozart with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

In 1987 Bradley moved to London to lead the Philharmonia, still maintaining his relationship with the Sinfonia, making guest appearances, notably as soloist with them in the 1989 BBC Proms playing ‘The Lark Ascending’.

The London years continued as leader of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House before taking the opportunity, in 1994, to return to the Sinfonia and the North East for a second time. Working at Sage Gateshead now provides the chance to play with an even greater variety of musicians, such as James Crabb and Bruce Molsky.

Recently, Bradley has been invited twice to Marlboro Music Festival in America and is asked regularly to guest lead a wide range of orchestras. Playing with friends is a vibrant part of life and he relishes the chance to play with the pianist Margaret Fingerhut, giving recitals around the country; and has occasionally been heard playing western swing fiddle ‘back home’.

Kyra Humphreys – Co-Leader, 1st Violin

Kyra Humphreys is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed with most of the major UK symphony and chamber orchestras and appeared as guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal O... Read more

Kyra Humphreys

Co-Leader, 1st Violin

Kyra Humphreys is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed with most of the major UK symphony and chamber orchestras and appeared as guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. She has appeared as a soloist in the BBC Proms and performed in music festivals around the world. Her world premiere of John Casken’s ‘Après un Silence’ (orchestral version) was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and described as “authoritatively dramatic” by The Times.

As the violinist/violist of the Zanfonia Trio Kyra was a finalist in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the trio performed frequently throughout the UK as award winners in both the Munster and John Tunnell Trust concert scheme competitions.

Since 1998 Kyra has been the Co-Leader of Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has appeared as director and soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, performing a wide repertoire. Highlights include several Mozart Concertos, the Barber Violin Concerto and most recently Piazzola’s ‘Four Seasons’ for Violin Solo and Strings. She has also maintained a busy chamber and contemporary music schedule, playing regularly through the year in Royal Northern Sinfonia chamber ensembles.

A Londoner by birth and a Mathematics graduate of Oxford University, Kyra Humphreys lives in Newcastle with her husband and four children.

Sara Wolstenholme – Principal, 1st Violin

Iona Brown – Principal, 1st Violin

Iona joined the Northern Sinfonia first violin section in 1995 and is currently Principal First Violin. She has appeared with the Sinfonia as soloist, leader, and performs regularly in the Chamber ensemble. Read more

Iona Brown

Principal, 1st Violin

Iona joined Royal Northern Sinfonia first violin section in 1995 and is currently Principal First Violin. She has appeared with the Sinfonia as soloist, leader, and performs regularly in the Chamber ensemble.

Born in Manchester, Iona won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Dr Christopher Rowland and Wen Zhou Li. She won many violin and chamber music awards, also the Hiles medal for orchestra playing.

In 1993 Iona joined the Manchester Camerata as principal first violin, also playing in the Camerata Chamber Ensemble and as soloist in Bach’s double violin concerto. Iona was also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Psappha, with whom she performed live on Radio 3.

Iona has performed with many outstanding musicians, including a recent series of recitals with Marco Rizzi, Bruno Pasquier, Gary Hoffman and Jean Bernard Pommier. She is guest leader of the Durham Sinfonia and has played as soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.

Andrew Harvey – Sub-Principal, 1st Violin

Jane Nossek – Sub-Principal, 1st Violin

Jane Nossek was born in Harrow and began learning the violin with Marta Eitler. Her studies continued with Jaroslav Vanecek at the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music. Read more

Jane Nossek

Sub-Principal, 1st Violin

Jane Nossek was born in Harrow and began learning the violin with Marta Eitler. Her studies continued with Jaroslav Vanecek at the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music. Jane entered the RNCM, Manchester, in 1988 where she studied with Lydia Mordkovich and Maciej Rakowski.

Whilst at the RNCM, Jane won many prizes and scholarships and founded the Nossek Quartet. With considerable support from patrons and musical Trusts, the quartet enjoyed a ten year life-span including foreign tours, media broadcasts and recitals in Wigmore Hall and Buckingham Palace.

As a freelance violinist, Jane played for the Festival d’Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence, worked regularly with Remix Ensemble in Porto and played with many of the UK’s orchestras. In 2001 she took up the position of Principal Second at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. After getting married in 2005, Jane moved from Glasgow to Gateshead to join her husband, Gabriel Waite in Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Sarah Roberts – Sub-Principal, 1st Violin

Sarah Roberts started learning the violin with Eta Cohen in Leeds and subsequently with Christopher Rowland, with whom she continues to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. Read more

Sarah Roberts

Sub-Principal, 1st Violin

Sarah Roberts started learning the violin with Eta Cohen in Leeds and subsequently with Christopher Rowland, with whom she continues to study at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Since entering the RNCM she has played in the college Chamber Orchestra and led both the Symphony and String Orchestras. In 1996 she was finalist in the RNCM Concerto auditions and was awarded the Philip Newman Prize for violin.

As well as performing as soloist, Sarah is also a founder member of the Davis String Quartet, formed at the RNCM, who perform regularly throughout the UK.

In summer 1997 Sarah gained the distinguished Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Performance from the RNCM and was appointed to the first violin section of Royal Northern Sinfonia in December of the same year.

Alexandra Raikhlina – Sub-Principal, 1st Violin

Alexandra Raikhlina was born in Moscow in 1983 and moved to Belgium in 1990. At the age of 13 she was Laureate of the ‘Charles de Beriot’ competition in Belgium before being awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Nata... Read more

Alexandra Raikhlina was born in Moscow in 1983 and moved to Belgium in 1990.

At the age of 13 she was Laureate of the ‘Charles de Beriot’ competition in Belgium before being awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natalia Boyarsky.

Later she received a full scholarship to do her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and Krzsisztof Smietana.

Alexandra has performed extensively as a soloist and a chamber musician in Belgium, England, Switzerland, Russia, Greece and Hong Kong. She has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician in Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls and Sage Gateshead. Alexandra has won awards from the Craxton Foundation, the Martin Scholarship Foundation and was awarded the LSO String Scheme Experience.

She was a prize winner at the Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts festival and a finalist and special prize winner (for best performance of a sonata) at the International Koningin Sophie Charlotte competition. Alexandra has appeared as a soloist with the LSO, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Epsom Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Alexandra’s first BBC Proms appearance was part of the ‘Composers Portrait’ programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Other radio appearances have included a performance with her quartet (The Hadrian Ensemble) on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival.

Alexandra has participated in prestigious festivals including the Gstaad and Paxos chamber music festivals, and in 2010 she performed at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle for the Holocaust Memorial Day.

Alexandra has attended masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich, Dora Swarzberg, Boris Garlitsky, Matis Vaitsner, Lewis Caplan, Charles Castleman and Jaqueline Ross.

Alexandra joined Royal Northern Sinfonia in March 2009.

Sophie Appleton – Sub-Principal, 2nd Violin

Jenny Chang – Sub-Principal, 2nd Violin

Michael Gerrard – Section Leader, Viola

Michael Gerrard was nine years old when he took up the violin, changing to the viola six years later. He studied with Jaqueline Leonard at Chetham's School and then with Patrick Ireland and Nobuko Imai at the... Read more

Michael Gerrard

Section Leader, Viola

Michael Gerrard was nine years old when he took up the violin, changing to the viola six years later. He studied with Jaqueline Leonard at Chetham’s School and then with Patrick Ireland and Nobuko Imai at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1980 he was prizewinner in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. After a post-graduate year with Eli Goren he was appointed associate principal viola with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and on his return to England two years later became, at the age of 25, one of the youngest professors to teach at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He also taught at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

Michael has broadcast frequently for the BBC with the Matisse Piano Quartet and recorded chamber music with Divertimenti. He joined Royal Northern Sinfonia as principal viola in 1987 and has appeared as soloist on several occasions including performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 6 with the Russian violist Yuri Bashmet and performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante under the baton of Heinrich Schiff.

Malcolm Critten – Principal, Viola

Malcolm Critten was awarded a place at Chetham's School of Music in 1972 where he studied with the late Jacqui Leonard. In 1979 he went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Nobuko Imai. Read more

Malcolm Critten

Principal, Viola

Malcolm Critten was awarded a place at Chetham’s School of Music in 1972 where he studied with the late Jacqui Leonard. In 1979 he went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Nobuko Imai. Rusen Gunes and Mischa Gellar. During this time he was a member of the Alexandra Quartet with whom he attended chamber music courses at the Britten-Pears School. On leaving college Malcolm freelanced with many orchestras including Royal Northern Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra and was a member of the Matisse Piano Quartet appearing in many music clubs throughout Britain.

Since joining Royal Northern Sinfonia in 1987 Malcolm has played regularly with the Sinfonia chamber ensemble and is actively involved with the education and outreach department. This has involved work not only in schools but adult training centres and homes for the elderly and hospices throughout he region. He has taken part in many projects including The Turn of the Tide which was a national education project organised by the Association of British Orchestras. In South Shields, Malcolm has led a curriculum based schools project ‘Metamorphosis’ which culminated in a performance for parents and pupils at the Customs House. In 1997 he was the leader of the “Children’s Challenge’, part of the Mahler One Challenge which took place in the Alnwick Playhouse. Most recently he was involved with schools in the Durham area preparing compositions for the Durham Miners Gala, part of the 1997 ABO National Education Programme.

Malcolm is at present working for an MA (Music Education) with Trinity College of Music.

Tegwen Jones – Sub-Principal, Viola

Tegwen first joined Northern Sinfonia in 1987 as desk partner of Tony Cullen, a founder member of Northern Sinfonia. Read more

Tegwen Jones

Sub-Principal, Viola

Tegwen first joined Royal Northern Sinfonia in 1987 as desk partner of Tony Cullen, a founder member of the Sinfonia. She then moved to Cardiff to marry Tony Abell, a bass player with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The couple have two children who are now settled into school in Gosforth as Tegwen re-joined the Sinfonia in September 2006. The family find the North East cold but bright, with nowhere near as much rain as Cardiff!

Tegwen studied with Brian Hawkins at the Royal College of Music in London and won the Leverhulme Scholarship for String Quartet playing. She has made many recordings with the Welsh National Opera alongside her favourite singer, Bryn Terfel.

Outside of work Tegwen likes cheese and wine and chatting with friends.
You wouldn’t know it but she’s very good at… organising her family and pegging washing out on the line!
If she has time to herself she…sleeps.
Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven books changed her life. She read the book aged seven and was inspired to play by the character of a blind boy who played the violin. She then had to wait two years for a school violin!
Her favourite piece of music is Mozart’s Second Viola Quintet in G Minor.
Her biggest luxury is Radley handbags.

James Slater – Sub-Principal, Viola

James grew up near Bristol and studied in Manchester at the Royal Northern Collage of Music with Nick Logie and Roger Benedict. Read more

James grew up near Bristol and studied in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music with Nick Logie and Roger Benedict.

After leaving college, he moved to Cardiff from where he freelanced with many of the country’s leading orchestras. James joined Royal Northern Sinfonia in early 2007, just after the birth of his first son, soon followed by the birth of his second son.

Since joining Royal Northern Sinfonia, James has taken part in numerous tours. A particularly cold one was a February trip to Komatsu in Japan to play Elgar’s Piano Quintet.

James enjoys his free moments and tends to drift in and out of laziness. When feeling more active (at the same time as being allowed) he likes to play golf.

He lives in Low Fell, surrounded by other Royal Northern Sinfonia players, family.

Louisa Tuck – Section Leader, Cello

Since her appointment as Section Leader Cello at the Royal Northern Sinfonia in 2007, Louisa Tuck has established herself as one of the most gifted young chamber musicians and guest principal cellists in the country. Read more

Section Leader, Cello

Since her appointment as Section Leader Cello at Royal Northern Sinfonia in 2007, Louisa Tuck has established herself as one of the most gifted young chamber musicians and guest principal cellists in the country. She is a regular guest leader with the majority of symphonic and chamber orchestras in the UK. Louisa recently performed as a soloist with colleagues in the North East in the founding concerts of ‘E7B’ (Ensemble Seven Bridges).

Louisa has recorded as a soloist with NAXOS and Virgin Classics and recently recorded her first solo and chamber music disc with the Emanuel Ensemble for Champs Hill records. Forthcoming recording projects include a solo disc of French cello and piano works for Champs Hill Records with pianist, John Reid.

“The Schumann Adagio and Allegro is a quiet corner at this party, raptly played.” Norman Lebrecht (CD of the Week – August 2011 – scena.org)

As a soloist she has recently appeared at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Cadogan Hall. She has also directed a Northern England tour with the ‘cellists of Royal Northern Sinfonia’ and soprano Katherine Manley.

Collaborations with other artists include: The Nash Ensemble, Kathryn Tickell and The Side, and Imogen Heap.

Louisa studied with Paul Watkins at the Royal Academy of Music, and in 2011 was honoured with an ARAM award for her work in the music profession.

She plays on a rare Italian Cello dated 1752 made by Jacobus Cordanus.
www.louisatuck.net

Daniel Hammersley – Principal, Cello

James Craig – Sub-Principal, Cello

James Craig joined the cello section of the Sinfonia after completing post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music London and subsequently having gained a scholarship from Northern Arts studied as far afield as Israel Finland Italy and France. Read more

James Craig

Sub-Principal, Cello

James Craig joined the cello section of Royal Northern Sinfonia after completing post-graduate studies at the Royal College of Music London and subsequently having gained a scholarship from Northern Arts studied as far afield as Israel Finland Italy and France.

He is also the String Studies Leader at Sage Gateshead Weekend School.

Gabriel Waite – Sub-Principal, Cello

Gabriel comes from Chichester in West Sussex. He started learning the cello, aged eleven, with Nigel McNestrie and later Sophie O’Flynn. Read more

Gabriel Waite

Sub-Principal, Cello

Gabriel comes from Chichester in West Sussex. He started learning the cello, aged eleven, with Nigel McNestrie and later Sophie O’Flynn. In 1994 he gained a place to study with Eduardo Vassallo at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1999 whilst still at the RNCM Gabriel was a founder member of the Yeomans String Quartet. In 2001 the Quartet made the world premier recording of the String Quartet by Sir Arthur Sullivan and were semi-finalists at the Shostakovich String Quartet competition in Moscow. After living in Glasgow for four years, enjoying a busy freelance career as orchestral and chamber musician, Gabriel joined the cello section of Royal Northern Sinfonia. Gabriel recently married Jane Nossek , a violinist and also a member of Royal Northern Sinfonia. They live in Low Fell, Gateshead.

Siân Hicks – Principal, Double Bass

After reading Zoology at the University of Nottingham, Siân went onto complete a postgraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music under Corin Long. She was awarded the Professional Performance Diploma and established herself as a freelance ... Read more

After reading Zoology at the University of Nottingham, Siân went onto complete a postgraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music under Corin Long. She was awarded the Professional Performance Diploma and established herself as a freelance bassist in great demand. She has performed with most of the country’s top orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Orchestra of Opera North and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, as well as many chamber ensembles including Composers Ensemble, Kantak, and European Union Chamber Orchestra.

With the Manchester Camerata, she premiered the virtuosic ‘Rondo for 9’ by John Manduel, written to celebrate the life of Ida Carroll, a past figurehead of the double bass. This was made all the more special as she had won the Ida Carroll Award for young bassists several years earlier.

Although she enjoys the large scale orchestral works, Siân’s primary love is the chamber orchestra repertoire and small chamber ensemble works. Thus, in 2006, she joined Royal Northern Sinfonia as co-principal bass at Sage Gateshead, where she continues to enjoy a fulfilling and diverse career.

Juliette Bausor – Section Leader, Flute

Juliette is also Principal Flute with London Mozart Players, and plays with Ensemble 360. Read more

Juliette Bausor has held the Principal Flute position in Royal Northern Sinfonia since 2005, and is also currently Principal Flute with the London Mozart Players. She frequently appears as guest Principal Flute with orchestras all over Britain, notably with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia.

Following international success in competitions, including early recognition in reaching the televised Concerto Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and winning the Gold Medal in both the Shell LSO Competition and the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, Juliette has appeared as a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, with conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Thomas Zehetmair, Mario Venzago and Sir Neville Marriner. Success on an international scale is reflected in tours around Europe and beyond, to Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand. Also highly regarded as a chamber musician, Juliette is a member of the celebrated chamber group Ensemble 360, resident at The Crucible in Sheffield. In addition to the Ensemble’s busy concert schedule, Juliette is regularly invited to give recitals at major venues and festivals throughout the UK, including frequent Wigmore Hall and Southbank appearances, and performances at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Aldeburgh International Festivals and BBC Proms. Juliette has collaborated with many other leading chamber musicians, including Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Llyr Williams (piano), Kate Royal (soprano) and Catrin Finch (harp), as well as the Coull, Elias, Badke, Carducci and Edinburgh String Quartets amongst others.

Juliette has been selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation as one of its Rising Stars 2013-2014. During the forthcoming season, Juliette will be performing with acclaimed pianist, Alasdair Beatson at some of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues, including Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vienna Musikverein, the Barbican Centre in London and also at Sage Gateshead on 28th March 2014.

“Great British Hope… Rising star in the arts firmament.” The Times

“…radiating composure and command in equal measure… it is tempting to dwell on individual performances, for example, the superb rapport between Juliette Bausor and the orchestra in the Nielsen…” The Times

Steven Hudson – Section Leader, Oboe

In 2013 Steven was appointed principal oboe of Royal Northern Sinfonia and professor of oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also regularly guests as principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Phil... Read more

In 2013 Steven was appointed principal oboe of Royal Northern Sinfonia and professor of oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also regularly guests as principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular soloist with the London Concertante and has also appeared with the London Mozart Players.

Steven was born and raised in Northallerton, North Yorkshire and in 2002 accepted an offer to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he learnt with both Gordon Hunt and Richard Simpson. He graduated in July 2006 with a First Class Honours Degree and was the winner of the Needlemakers Woodwind prize. Whilst still a student Steven was also a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, and in April 2009 was awarded Second Prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition held in the Isle of Man.

He went on to study further at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with David Walter, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music where he graduated with distinction and winner of the RCM oboe prize.

Michael O'Donnell – Principal, Oboe

Michael O’Donnell was born in Newcastle, but grew up in Perthshire, Scotland. He took up the oboe aged 13 and two years later gained piano and oboe scholarships to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Junior Department, studying ... Read more

Michael O’Donnell was born in Newcastle, but grew up in Perthshire, Scotland. He took up the oboe aged 13 and two years later gained piano and oboe scholarships to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Junior Department, studying with Stephen West. During these years he played principal oboe and cor anglais with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and Great Britain. Mike moved to London in 2002 to study with Christopher Cowie and Gareth Hulse at the Royal College of Music as a Foundation Scholar.

Mike graduated from the RCM in 2006 with 1st class honours and whilst at the RCM won the Knights of the Round Table and Wind Chamber Music Prizes.

Mike was appointed 2nd oboe in the Irish Chamber Orchestra in 2010. Prior to this he worked as a freelance oboist in London playing guest 2nd oboe with many orchestras around the country and guest principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.

Mike joined Royal Northern Sinfonia on 2nd oboe and cor anglais in January 2011.

Jessica Lee – Principal Clarinet

Jessica was born in Chichester, West Sussex. She began to learn the clarinet aged nine whilst one of the first girl choristers at Salisbury Cathedral. Read more

Jessica Lee

Principal Clarinet

Jessica was born in Chichester, West Sussex. She began to learn the clarinet aged nine whilst one of the first girl choristers at Salisbury Cathedral.

Jessica graduated from the Royal College of Music with a First Class Honours degree in 2004, where she studied with Janet Hilton, Michael Collins and Tim Lines. In 2005, Jessica gained her PGDip with distinction from the RCM where she was the Wilkins-Mackerras scholar and was supported by a full grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

After a busy freelance career in London working with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the London Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jessica joined Royal Northern Sinfonia as Second Clarinet/Principal Bass Clarinet in September 2009.

Timothy Orpen – Principal Clarinet

Timothy Orpen joined Royal Northern Sinfonia as Principal Clarinet in 2013. He is also the Principal Clarinet of the Aurora Orchestra and a previous winner of the Royal Over-Seas League music competition. Read more

Timothy Orpen joined Royal Northern Sinfonia as Principal Clarinet in 2013. He is also the Principal Clarinet of the Aurora Orchestra and a previous winner of the Royal Over-Seas League music competition.

Timothy recently broadcast the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Classic FM. Other concerto highlights include the Mozart Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir David Willcocks and concerto performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Barry Wordsworth. With the Aurora Orchestra he has performed clarinet concertos by John Adams and Brahms (arranged by Berio) and collaborated with the Klezmer band She’Koyokh.

Timothy is also a member of the London Chamber Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with orchestras including the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

As a chamber musician Timothy has performed with the Allegri, Australian, Carducci, Chilingirian, Doric, Heath, and Sacconi String Quartets and sopranos Elizabeth Watts, Lucy Crowe and Sally Matthews. Other chamber music performances include recitals and chamber concerts with Pascal Rogé in Hong Kong and performances with Melvyn Tan and Anthony Marwood. Timothy has also been featured a number of times on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme.

Timothy, who spent his early years in Australia, studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany with Wolfgang Meyer.

When not playing the clarinet, Timothy enjoys mountain climbing and has climbed 6000m peaks in the Himalayas and the Bolivian Andes.

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Stephen Reay – Section Leader, Bassoon

Although Stephen Reay was born in London, both his parents were born on Tyneside and come from a long line of Geordies. Read more

Stephen Reay

Section Leader, Bassoon

Although Stephen Reay was born in London, both his parents were born on Tyneside and come from a long line of Geordies. He took up the bassoon when he was fifteen years old and went on to study with Gwydion Brooke at the Royal Academy of Music where he was one of the few bassoonists to win the Academy’s Recital Diploma.

For several years he played guest Principal with the Philharmonia, including performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Royal Festival Hall and recordings with Itzhak Perlman and Giulini of the Beethoven Violin Concerto in 1980.

In 1981 Stephen Reay was made Principal Bassoon with the Sinfonia and has appeared regularly as soloist. In 1986 he gave the first performances of Robin Holloway’s Bassoon Concerto, a Sinfonia commission, later broadcast on the BBC. In 1998 he gave the world première of Judith Bingham’s Bassoon Concerto, another Sinfonia commission.

Recordings include Strauss’ Duet Concertino with Richard Hickox, Martinu’s Sinfonia Concertante with the City of London Sinfonia for Virgin Classics, the first performances of Joseph Horovitz’s Euphonium Concerto arranged for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra with George Malcolm, J C Bach’s Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra and recitals on Radio 3’s Concert Hall.

Stephen continues to make regular guest Principal appearances with the Philharmonia, including a performance of Scheherezade with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky in Madrid and Lisbon and most recently with the London Symphony Orchestra in their Vaughan Williams Series at the Barbican. In 1997 he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Robin Kennard – Principal Bassoon

After completing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music, Robin joined the Israel Chamber Orchestra as Principal Bassoon for one season before returning to England to take up the position of Assistant Principal with the Halle at the age of 23. A... Read more

After completing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music, Robin joined the Israel Chamber Orchestra as Principal Bassoon for one season before returning to England to take up the position of Assistant Principal with the Halle at the age of 23.

After 8 years a freelance career in London beckoned during which time he joined the English Chamber Orchestra and was appointed a Professor of Bassoon and Reed-Making at the Royal College of Music. His career in London ranged from work at Glyndebourne for twenty years to Covent Garden as well as working regularly with all of the London Orchestras notably the LSO and LPO and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The opportunity of joining Royal Northern Sinfonia came unexpectedly and Robin was thrilled to become part of an extremely vibrant and exciting orchestra, not only the only full time chamber orchestra in the country but one with a home-base of Sage Gateshead – the envy of the music profession as a whole.

Robin is married to Julia, a pianist, originally from Stockton on Tees and they have four children.

Peter Francomb – Section Leader, Horn

Peter Francomb began playing the horn at the age of ten. His early studies were with Ifor James and Ron Harris in London. Early performing experience was gained with the Brighton Youth Orchestra. Read more

Peter Francomb began playing the horn at the age of ten. His early studies were with Ifor James and Ron Harris in London. Early performing experience was gained with the Brighton Youth Orchestra. In 1974, he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Douglas Moore. In 1976 at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras, he won the Van Cliburn Foundation Scholarship, which paid for an additional year’s tuition with David Cripps and Tony Halstead at the Guildhall School of Music.

On leaving college, Peter worked for ten years as a freelance player in London, working as guest principal horn with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Field. He also worked with the London Symphony, Philharmonia and English National Opera Orchestras. In the field of chamber music, he has worked with the Nash and was a member of the Prometheus Ensemble. For the last 21 years he has been a member of the Albion Ensemble with whom he has made various recordings.

In the field of modern music, he has played with The Fires of London, Music Projects London and Lontano.

In 1988 he was invited to become principal horn of Royal Northern Sinfonia. With them, he has performed all four Mozart concerti, Haydn concerto, both Strauss concerti (no.2 for BBC Radio 3) and Giovanni Punto concerto no.5, also for Radio 3. In 1992 Peter was asked to perform the Punto at the International Horn Convention in Manchester, and he subsequently recorded this and three other concertos for Pan Classics with the Sinfonia.

Peter has worked regularly as guest principal with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and with Opera North.

Peter has performed Brahms Horn Trio with Tasmin Little and Jean Bernard Pommier, Strauss 2 and Haydn’s 1st Concerto with David Haslam and Mozart 4 with Paul McCreesh. In summer 2000, Peter performed Schumann Koncertstuck with Simon Wright, two performances of the Britten Serenade with Mark Padmore and Ian Partridge and Mozart 4 with Richard Hickox.

Christopher Griffiths – Principal, Horn

Chris Griffiths has been playing French Horn with Northern Sinfonia for over twenty years, during which time he has proved incredibly active in Sage Gateshead's Learning and Participation programme, notably in the field of community music. Read more

Principal, Horn

Chris Griffiths

Chris has been a member of Royal Northern Sinfonia for over 20 years.

After studying with the legendary Barry Tuckwell at the Royal Academy of Music, Chris held Principal positions with CBSO, the BBC – in Bristol and Glasgow, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera.

A few years after joining Royal Northern Sinfonia, in the run up to the opening of Sage Gateshead, Chris took up the offer to study at Trinity College of Music – distance learning – for an MA (Mus Ed), graduating in the year 2000.

As a teacher, Chris has helped more than a dozen horn players to launch their careers both here and in Europe. Additionally, Chris has led workshops for horn players at the Tokyo and Vienna Music Conservatoires.

Chris has conducted many youth orchestras and held the post of Conductor, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Scotland, for six years. He has conducted many events in the concert calendar of Royal Northern Sinfonia’s associated amateur ‘Cobweb Orchestra’ – of which he was co-founder.

In his School Music Workshops, Chris has a large collection of Belleplates (a type of hand bell), mini djembes and his own French horn, to provide a unique formula. He has taken these workshops into other areas of the community, including work with young offenders.

Three years ago Chris elected to undergo bi-lateral, below knee amputations to remedy crippling effects of the neurological disease CMT. He is now busier than ever, having benefited from working at Sage Gateshead, with its amazing accessibility, living two minutes away in Gateshead and with support from Musicians Benevolent Fund and Access to Work.

Richard Martin – Section Leader, Trumpet

Richard Martin has worked with most of the country's leading Orchestras. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Richard Walton and prior to that with William Lang. Read more

Richard Martin

Section Leader, Trumpet

Richard Martin has worked with most of the country’s leading orchestras. He studied at the Royal College of Music with Richard Walton and prior to that with William Lang. He was a member of the English Brass Ensemble for six years and has toured the world extensively with them, including visits to America, Canada, Europe and Asia.

He has been Principal Trumpet of Royal Northern Sinfonia since 1988. During this time Richard has performed many of the great trumpet features with the orchestra, including Bach’s 2nd Brandenberg Concerto, through to the 20th Century.

He started playing in brass banding, and continues to do so. He has made a number of recordings, and the latest is a joint venture with the local Reg Vardy Band to raise funds for The Clarence Adoo Trust.

Marion Craig – Principal, Trumpet

Marion joined Northern Sinfonia officially three years ago, after working with the orchestra regularly for ten years before that. Read more

Marion Craig

Principal, Trumpet

Marion joined Royal Northern Sinfonia officially three years ago, after working with the orchestra regularly for ten years before that. Originally from Eastbourne in Sussex, Marion has lived in the North East for about ten years and loves life here, especially the countryside. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has made recordings at Sage Gateshead with Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Marney O’Sullivan – Principal, Timpani

Marney O’Sullivan joined Royal Northern Sinfonia in October 2012. Marney was born in Dublin and freelanced there for several years. Initially intending to be a jazz musician, his classical training was limited to private lessons, at first in London... Read more

Marney O’Sullivan joined Royal Northern Sinfonia in October 2012.

Marney was born in Dublin and freelanced there for several years. Initially intending to be a jazz musician, his classical training was limited to private lessons, at first in London; then later in Milan with David Searcy, the legendary timpanist of La Scala.

In 1986 Marney was chosen to be the timpanist of the European Community Youth Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. A four-year stint in the Hallé Orchestra followed before he joined Opera North where he was Principal Timpanist for 22 years.

Over the last decade he has regularly been a guest principal with the London Philharmonic and many other UK orchestras, working with conductors such as Jurowski, Masur, Norrington, Previn, Haitink and Elder. He has toured throughout Europe and further afield, and his timpani playing can be heard on over 100 CD and DVD recordings.

Marney is co-director of Global Music Foundation whose projects include the Percussion Summer School, the Easter Jazz Festival at Kings Place in London and workshops in Italy, Croatia, Germany, Spain and China.

Marney teaches timpani at Trinity College of Music, London.