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The Orchestra of Opera North

The Orchestra of Opera North holds a unique place amongst British orchestras. Universally praised by audiences and critics alike, the orchestra is the only ensemble in the country to have a year-round dual role in the opera house and concert hall.

The Orchestra of Opera North plays a significant part in the major concert series of the region, including working with Kirklees Council to curate a ground-breaking collaboration which has resulted in the Kirklees Concert Season based in Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls.

Important relationships with Leeds International Concert Season, Leeds Town Hall and Leeds City Council see the Orchestra performing regular concerts of major symphonic repertoire, gala concerts and collaborating with the region’s choral societies. It is the resident orchestra for the Leeds Conductors Competition and plays in Leeds University’s International Concert Season annually.

The Orchestra of Opera North works closely with the Education department to develop the skills of young musicians, connect with new audiences, and perform family-friendly concerts.

The Orchestra has received international recognition for its recordings of music by Walton, Delius and Vaughan Williams and more recently has recorded the complete works for piano and orchestra by Beethoven with Howard Shelley as soloist/director for Chandos, which received universal praise from critics.

The Orchestra of Opera North in concert, conducted by Dalia Stasevska

Who's Who

First violins
David Greed (Leader)*
Andrew Long (Acting Co-Leader)
Byron Parish
Michael Ardron*
Brian Reilly*
Tamsin Symons
Claire Osborne
Susannah Simmons
Catherine Landen

Second violins
Katherine New*
Ian Bone
Cristina Ocaña Rosado
Catherine Baker*
Wendy Dyson*
Alison Dixon
Helen Greig*
Jacqueline Cima

Violas
David Aspin
Lourenço Macedo Sampaio
Anne Trygstad
Elizabeth Wyly*
Clare Gardiner
Vivienne Campbell*
Vince Parsonage*

Cellos
Jessica Burroughs
Daniel Bull
Andrew Fairley*
Zöe Long

Basses
Genna Spinks
Claire Sadler*

Flutes
Luke O’Toole
David Moseley*

Oboes
Richard Hewitt*
Catherine Lowe*

Clarinets
Colin Honour*
Andrew Mason

Bassoons
Adam Mackenzie
David Baker*

Horns
Robert Ashworth*
John Pratt
Alexander Hamilton
Max Garrard

Trumpets
Michael Woodhead*

Trombones
Blair Sinclair
Robert Burtenshaw*

Bass trombone
Christian Jones

Tuba
Brian Kingsley*

Timpani

Percussion
Christopher Bradley*
Mark Wagstaff

Harp
Celine Saout

* Indicates Opera North Company member for 25 years or more

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