Musical Directors, Guest Conductors, Leaders, Composers and Soloists since the founding of the orchestra in 1978

Musical Directors

  • Alan George 2009 to date
  • John Hastie 1997-2009
  • Andrew Wright 1989-1997
  • Christopher Liddle 1982-1989
  • Charles Macdonald 1978-1982

Guest Conductors

  • John Bryan 2018
  • Alasdair Jamieson 2015
  • Daniel Leeson 1997
  • Les Bresnen 1997
  • Graham Treacher 1994

Leaders

  • Claire Jowett 1991 to date
  • Rachel Meredith 1991
  • Catherine van de Weyer 1990
  • Mary Forrester 1990
  • Martin Davies 1990
  • Robin Gilbert 1978-1989

Commissions

  • Dick Blackford 2005, 2008
  • Ralph Bateman 2002

People A-Z

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Colin Allison

Bassoon Soloist

  • 04/04/1992 MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds in E flat

James Ashworth

Bass Soloist

  • 31/03/1985 BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew

Ralph Bateman

Composer

  • 22/06/2002 BATEMAN: Ragnarök *World premiere*

Nicola Beckley

Contralto Soloist

  • 19/09/1992 PURCELL: Come Ye Sons of Art + BACH: Magnificat in D

Dick Blackford

Composer

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  • 17/01/2009 BLACKFORD: Clarinet Concerto
  • 19/01/2008 BLACKFORD: Concertante for Two Horns *World Premiere*
  • 17/09/2005 BLACKFORD: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra *World Premiere*

Oliver Brady

Trumpet Soloist

  • 05/07/1997 VIVALDI: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major

Les Bresnen

Conductor

  • 18/01/1997 WINTER CONCERT (Rossini / Dvorak / Bartok / Brahms)

Frances Brock

Soprano Soloist

  • 16/03/1986 HANDEL: Salve Regina

John Bryan

Conductor

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  • 23/06/2018 40th ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT (Mendelssohn, Boyce, R Strauss, Beethoven)

George Clark

Baritone Soloist

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  • 25/06/2016 MOZART: Highlights from Le Nozze di Figaro

Jeremy Clines

Double Bass Soloist

  • 03/04/1993 BRUMBY: Suite for Four Double Basses

Diana Clough

Flute Soloist

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  • 20/01/2018 NIELSEN: Wind Quintet Op. 43
  • 24/06/2017 BARBER: Summer Music, Op. 31
  • 27/09/2014 GLUCK: Danse des Champs Elysées
  • 10/07/2004 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D
  • 22/09/2001 BACH: Suite No. 2 in B minor for flute and strings

Geoffrey Coffin

Organ Soloist

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  • 17/06/2000 HANDEL: Concerto for Organ, Opus 4 No. 4 in F
  • 12/06/1999 STANFORD: Postlude + ALBINONI/GIAZOTTO: Adagio for Strings and Organ

Mark Crooks

Clarinet Soloist

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  • 17/01/2009 BLACKFORD: Clarinet Concerto

Judith Cunnold

Soprano Soloist

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  • 25/06/2016 MOZART: Highlights from Le Nozze di Figaro
  • 27/06/2015 DAVID BLAKE: Searching the Skies (with Judith Cunnold’s Childrens Choir)
  • 14/09/1996 BACH: Cantata No. 3 from the Christmas Oratorio + VIVALDI: Gloria
  • 19/09/1993 FAURÉ: Requiem
  • 13/06/1993 CANTELOUBE: Songs of the Auvergne
  • 19/09/1992 PURCELL: Come Ye Sons of Art + BACH: Magnificat in D
  • 15/09/1990 MOZART: Regina Coeli + HAYDN: Harmoniemesse
  • 16/09/1989 HANDEL: Messiah

Benjamin Davies

Cello Soloist

  • 01/04/1990 HAYDN: Concerto for Cello in C major

Sonja Davies

Flute Soloist

  • 08/04/1989 MOZART: Concerto in C for Flute and Harp
  • 25/06/1984 BACH: Suite No. 2 in B minor

Lynne Dawson

Soprano Soloist

  • 31/03/1985 BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew

Isabel Dowell / Isabel Gamov

Bassoon Soloist

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  • 24/06/2017 BARBER: Summer Music, Op. 31
  • 23/01/2016 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major
  • 22/09/2012 VIVALDI: Bassoon Concerto in E minor

Alan Easterbrook

Double Bass Soloist

  • 03/04/1993 BRUMBY: Suite for Four Double Basses

Christiana Eastwood / Christiana Wood

Mezzo-Soprano & Contralto Soloist

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  • 13/09/2003 MAHLER: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen “Songs of a Wayfarer”
  • 16/09/2000 PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater
  • 19/09/1998 PERGOLESI: Magnificat

Kate Eckersley

Soprano Soloist

  • 15/03/1985 BACH: Cantata No. 84 “Ich Bin Vergnügt” + SCARLATTI: Salve Regina

Geoffrey Egginton

Recorder Soloist

  • 14/09/1996 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major

Louise Evans

Flute Soloist

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  • 21/06/2008 MOZART: Concerto in C for Flute and Harp

Miho Fletcher

Horn Soloist

  • 23/01/2016 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major

Alan George

Musical Director 2009 onwards & Viola Soloist

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  • 13/01/2007 MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat major

Jacob George

Violin Soloist

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  • 26/01/2019 SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto

Barry Gomersall

Violin Soloist

  • 20/01/1996 BACH: Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060

Clive Goodhead

Narrator

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  • 20/06/2009 MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 16/06/2007 GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
  • 10/06/2006 PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf

Jeffrey Gray

Tenor Soloist

  • 15/09/1990 HAYDN: Harmoniemesse

Christopher Griffiths

Horn Soloist

  • 23/04/2005 R STRAUSS: Horn Concerto No. 1

Samantha Gurney

Bassoon Soloist

  • 14/01/2006 MOZART: Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra KV 191

Thomas Guthrie

Baritone Soloist

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  • 27/06/2015 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 in D minor, “Choral
  • 14/09/1996 BACH: Cantata No. 3 from the Christmas Oratorio
  • 16/09/1995 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Five Mystical Songs + FINZI: Let us garlands bring
  • 19/09/1993 FAURÉ: Requiem
  • 19/09/1992 PURCELL: Come Ye Sons of Art + BACH: Ich habe genug + BACH: Magnificat in D

Naji Hakim

Organ Soloist

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  • 22/05/2005 HAKIM: Concerto for Organ and String Orchestra No. 3 *UK Premiere*

Peter Hall

Tenor Soloist

  • 31/03/1985 BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew

Kate Hamilton

Soprano Soloist

  • 19/09/1992 PURCELL: Come Ye Sons of Art + BACH: Magnificat in D

Jonathan Hanley

Tenor Soloist

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  • 27/06/2015 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 in D minor, “Choral
  • 21/09/2013 BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings

Alan Hardwick

Bass Soloist

  • 19/09/1998 PERGOLESI: Magnificat

Angela Hartley

Mezzo Soprano Soloist

  • 31/03/1985 BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew

John Hastie

Musical Director 1997-2009 & Organ Soloist

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  • 21/04/2002 MESSIAEN: Dieu Parmi Nous

Richard Hill

Alto Soloist

  • 16/09/1989 HANDEL: Messiah

Paul Hindmarsh

Tenor Soloist

  • 07/01/1989 BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Christine Hodson

Cello Soloist

  • 11/01/1992 SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor

Clare Howard

Violin Soloist

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  • 22/09/2007 JS BACH: Concerto for two violins
  • 17/01/2004 VIVALDI: Concerto in A minor for two violins Op. 3 No. 8
  • 20/01/2001 JS BACH: Concerto for two violins

Jonathan Hunter

Horn Soloist

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  • 19/01/2008 BLACKFORD: Concertante for Two Horns
  • 24/04/1999 BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings

Alasdair Jamieson

Conductor

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  • 24/01/2015 WINTER CONCERT (Schumann / Poulenc / Haydn)

Kim Johnson

Trumpet Soloist

  • 05/07/1997 VIVALDI: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major

Claire Jowett

Violin Soloist

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  • 23/01/2016 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major
  • 22/09/2007 JS BACH: Concerto for two violins
  • 10/07/2004 JS BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D
  • 17/01/2004 VIVALDI: Concerto in A minor for two violins Op. 3 No. 8
  • 20/01/2001 JS BACH: Concerto for two violins
  • 14/09/1996 CORELLI: Concerto Grosso No. 3 in C minor + JS BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major
  • 15/01/1994 MOZART: Violin Concerto in D

Daniel Leeson

Conductor

  • 05/07/1997 SUMMER CONCERT (Haydn / Vivaldi / Mozart)

David Lewis

Harpsichord Soloist

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  • 23/01/2016 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major
  • 10/07/2004 JS BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D

Christopher Liddle

Musical Director 1982-1989 & Harpsichord Soloist

  • 09/01/1988 BACH: Concerto in C minor for Two Harpsichords
  • 31/03/1985 BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew

Sharon Lyons

Clarinet Soloist

  • 04/04/1992 MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds in E flat major

Leslie McCormack

Horn Soloist

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  • 23/01/2016 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major
  • 15/01/2011 MOZART: Horn Concerto No. 3

Charles Macdonald

Musical Director 1978-1982

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John Mackenzie

Guitar Soloist

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  • 22/06/2002 RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez

Katherine Mahon

Soprano Soloist

  • 16/09/2000 PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater

Andrew Maries

Oboe Soloist

  • 10/01/1987 MOZART: Oboe Concerto in C major

Heather Marvin

Violin Soloist

  • 14/09/1996 CORELLI: Concerto Grosso No. 3 in C minor

Katherine Medway

Horn Soloist

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  • 21/09/2013 BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings

Adam Micklethwaite

Trumpet Soloist

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  • 23/01/2010 HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto
  • 17/09/2005 BLACKFORD: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra *World Premiere*
  • 16/09/2000 HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto
  • 18/09/1999 COPLAND: Quiet City
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  • 10/06/2006 BEETHOVEN: Concerto for Violin
  • 19/01/2002 MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E minor
  • 15/01/2000 SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso + DVORAK: Romance for Violin and Orchestra

Charles Miller

Bassoon Soloist

  • 20/01/2018 NIELSEN: Wind Quintet Op. 43

Roger Montgomery

Horn Soloist

  • 07/01/1989 BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Alexandra Nightingale

Oboe Soloist

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  • 20/01/2018 NIELSEN: Wind Quintet Op. 43
  • 24/06/2017 BARBER: Summer Music, Op. 31
  • 23/01/2016 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major
  • 24/09/2011 MOZART: Oboe Concerto in F

Gillian Parker

Contralto Soloist

  • 15/09/1990 HAYDN: Harmoniemesse

Della Pawley

Flute Soloist

  • 11/06/1994 CHAMINADE: Concertino for Flute and Orchestra

Josephine Peach / Josephine Rayner

Piano Soloist

  • 23/06/2001 MOZART: Piano Concerto in A
  • 21/09/1983 MOZART: Piano Concerto in B flat

Richard Quine

Tenor Soloist

  • 19/09/1992 BACH: Magnificat in D

Sarah Ratcliffe

Cor Anglais Soloist

  • 18/09/1999 COPLAND: Quiet City

David Riley

Bass Soloist

  • 15/09/1990 HAYDN: Harmoniemesse
  • 16/09/1989 HANDEL: Messiah

Francesca Rochester

Percussion Soloist

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  • 16/06/2007 MILHAUD: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra

Jo Rondel

Mezzo Soprano Soloist

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  • 06/07/2019 BERLIOZ: Les Nuits d’Été
  • 25/06/2016 MOZART: Highlights from Le Nozze di Figaro
  • 27/06/2015 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 in D minor, “Choral

Jennifer Rust

Soprano Soloist

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  • 27/06/2015 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 in D minor, “Choral

James Sanderson

Organ Soloist

  • 19/01/2008 ALBINONI/GIAZOTTO: Adagio for Strings and Organ

Tina Sanderson

Soprano Soloist

  • 19/09/1998 PERGOLESI: Magnificat

Andrew Saunders

Horn Soloist

  • 12/06/1999 R STRAUSS: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat

Lesley Schatzberger

Clarinet Soloist

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  • 20/01/2018 NIELSEN: Wind Quintet Op. 43
  • 24/06/2017 BARBER: Summer Music, Op. 31
  • 19/09/2015 GLAZUNOV: Rêverie Orientale
  • 08/07/1989 MOZART: Concerto for Clarinet in A
  • 21/03/1987 WEBER: Clarinet Concerto in F minor

Bethany Seymour

Soprano Soloist

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  • 25/06/2016 MOZART: Highlights from Le Nozze di Figaro

Peter Seymour

Harpsichord Soloist

  • 09/01/1988 BACH: Concerto in C minor for Two Harpsichords

Yvonne Seymour

Soprano Soloist

  • 14/05/1988 HAYDN: Creation
  • 09/01/1988 FINZI: Dies Natalis

Ian Small

Narrator

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  • 20/06/2009 MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 21/06/2008 POULENC: Babar the Elephant

Carolyn Sparey

Viola Soloist

  • 20/06/1988 MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat

Jonathan Sparey

Violin Soloist

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  • 13/01/2007 MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat
  • 20/06/1988 MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat
  • 18/07/1987 MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major

John Stringer

Oboe Soloist

  • 17/06/2000 FRANÇAIX: L’Horloge de Flore for oboe and chamber orchestra

Ed Sturmheit

Tenor Soloist

  • 24/04/1999 BRITTEN: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
  • 14/09/1996 BACH: Cantata No. 3 from the Christmas Oratorio

Jane Sturmheit

Contralto Soloist

  • 14/09/1996 BACH: Cantata No. 3 from the Christmas Oratorio + VIVALDI: Gloria

Mark Sykes

Horn Soloist

  • 20/01/2018 NIELSEN: Wind Quintet Op. 43>
  • 24/06/2017 BARBER: Summer Music, Op. 31

Ian Theakston

Double Bass Soloist

  • 03/04/1993 BRUMBY: Suite for Four Double Basses

Shan Thomas

Cello & Double Bass Soloist

  • 14/09/1996 CORELLI: Concerto Grosso No. 3 in C minor
  • 03/04/1993 BRUMBY: Suite for Four Double Basses

Robert Thompson

Tenor Soloist

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  • 18/01/2003 BRITTEN: Nocturne, Op. 60 for tenor, obbligato instruments and strings

Graham Treacher

Conductor

  • 23/04/1994 SPRING CONCERT (Stravinsky / Bach / Mozart)

Heather Tuach

Cello Soloist

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  • 18/06/2011 SHOSTAKOVITCH: Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 126

Christopher Underwood

Bass Soloist

  • 31/03/1985 BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew

Caroline Vaughan

Clarinet Soloist

  • 18/09/1999 KROMMER: Concerto for Two Clarinets, Op. 35

Janus Wadsworth

Horn Soloist

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  • 19/01/2008 BLACKFORD: Concertante for Two Horns
  • 06/07/1996 MOZART: Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major K.447
  • 04/04/1992 MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds in E flat
  • 10/03/1991 MOZART: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat

Christina Waldock

Cello Soloist

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  • 21/06/2003 TCHAIKOVSKY: Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra
  • 11/04/2001 TAVENER: The Protecting Veil

Georgina Wells

Harp Soloist

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  • 21/06/2008 MOZART: Concerto in C for Flute and Harp

Kate White

Clarinet Soloist

  • 18/09/1999 KROMMER: Concerto for Two Clarinets, Op. 35

John Scott Whiteley

Organ Soloist

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  • 14/09/2002 POULENC: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings
  • 26/03/1988 POULENC: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings
  • 31/03/1985 BACH: The Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew

David Winpenny

Tenor Soloist

  • 19/09/1998 PERGOLESI: Magnificat

Alexander Woodrow

Organ Soloist

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  • 18/09/2004 POULENC: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings

Andrew Wright

Musical Director 1989-1997 & Organ Soloist

  • 15/01/1994 HANDEL: Organ Concerto Op. 7 No. 1
  • 10/03/1991 HAYDN: Organ Concerto No. 2 in C major

Honor Wright

Harp Soloist

  • 08/04/1989 MOZART: Concerto in C for Flute and Harp

Jane Wright

Oboe & Recorder Soloist

  • 23/01/2016 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major
  • 14/09/1996 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major
  • 20/01/1996 BACH: Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060
  • 04/04/1992 MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds in E flat
  • 07/07/1990 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Concerto for Oboe in A minor

Keith Wright

Organ Soloist

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  • 23/09/2017 HANDEL: Organ Concerto in F, Op. 4 No. 5
  • 24/01/2015 POULENC: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings

Nicholas Wright

Violin Soloist

  • 27/06/1998 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending

Christina Young

Oboe Soloist

  • 23/01/2016 BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F

Peter Young

Tenor Soloist

  • 16/09/1989 HANDEL: Messiah