About Us

The Orchestra of Opera North

The orchestra of Opera North, Classic FM’s Opera Company in the UK, 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 appearing with numerous international guest conductors and soloists. Since the turn of the century, Opera North has been 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. This work, now in its 14th season, was nominated for the 2006 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.

Important relationships with Leeds International Concert Season and Leeds Town Hall 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.

A strong commitment to educational and community projects is a feature of the work of the orchestra, in collaboration with Opera North Education and is a growing feature of the work of the ensemble to complement its operatic and symphonic work to increase accessibility and encourage new audiences and the musicians of tomorrow.

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.

April 2017

What's On

Who's who

1st Violins

David Greed (Leader)*
Peter Maslin (Co-Leader)*
Andrew Long
Byron Parish
Michael Ardron*
Stephen Shulman*
Catherine Landen
Brian Reilly*
Tamsin Symons
Susannah Simmons
Claire Osborne

2nd Violins

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

Violas David Aspin
Anne Trygstad
Elizabeth Wyly*
Vivienne Campbell*
Vince Parsonage*
Cellos Jessica Burroughs
Andrew Fairley*
Zöe Long
Double basses Paul Miller*
Genna Spinks
Claire Sadler
Flutes David Moseley*
Oboes Richard Hewitt*
Catherine Lowe*
Clarinets Colin Honour*
Andrew Mason

Adam Mackenzie
David Baker

Horns Robert Ashworth*
John Pratt
Alex Hamilton
Max Garrard
Trumpets Murray Greig*
Michael Woodhead*
Trombones Blair Sinclair
Robert Burtenshaw*
Bass Trombone Christian Jones Tuba Brian Kingsley*
Percussion Christopher Bradley*
Mark Wagstaff
Harp Celine Saout   

Director of Orchestra & Chorus | Phil Boughton

Orchestra Manager | Helen Wilson
Chorus & Orchestra Co-ordinator | Keturah Lewis
Music Secretary | Helen Stephens*

Library Manager | Andrew Fairley*
Librarian | Victoria Bellis

Orchestral Operations Manager | Chris Ladds
Orchestral Operations Assistant | Ciarán Campbell

* Indicates Opera North Company member for 25 years or more