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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

David Moseley*
Luke O’Toole

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

Pablo Aparicio Escolano
Mark Wagstaff
Gareth Ceredig

Percussion

Christopher Bradley*
Mark Wagstaff

Harp

Celine Saout

Harpsichord

Martin Pickard

* Indicates Opera North Company member for 25 years or more

Watch The Ring Cycle

Watch The Ring Cycle

The Orchestra of Opera North took centre stage in the award-winning Opera North Ring Cycle. Filmed in partnership with The Space, the entire cycle can now be watched online.

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