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English National Ballet Philharmonic © Photography by ASH

We are committed to achieving the highest musical as well as dancing standards, and some of the country’s top musicians form our orchestra.

Since Dame Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin founded the company in 1950, English National Ballet has always been committed to making live music a vital part in the Company’s UK performances.

Led by Music Director, Gavin Sutherland, our critically acclaimed orchestra is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

the orchestra means business
The Arts Desk
Suspended above and behind the stage and conducted by Gavin Sutherland, English National Ballet Philharmonic plays each of Tchaikovsky’s notes with tenderness and every crescendo with a soul-stirring thrill. I felt as if I had never heard this music before.
Sunday Express on Swan Lake in-the-round

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Music director

GUEST CONDUCTORS

Misato Tomita

MEMBERS

Violin 1

Matthew Scrivener

Leader

Rachel Allen

Co-Leader

Emil Chakalov

Anne Martin

Ruth Knell

Linda McLaren

Fiona Chesterman

Edward Brenton

Violin 2

Alain Petitclerc

Section Principal

Susan Croot

Charlotte Howes

Catherine Smart

Stephen Dinwoodie

Viola

Alexandros Koustas

Section Principal

David Danford

Linda Kidwell

Elizabeth Sharpe

Cello

Garry Stevens

Section Principal

Martin Thomas

Naomi Elliott

Lars Payne

Double Bass

Jeremy Gordon

Section Principal

Dominic Black

Catherine Ricketts

Flute

Christopher Green

Section Principal

Flute II/Piccolo

Helen Keen

Oboe

Gareth Hulse

Section Principal

Jennifer Brittlebank

Clarinet

Derek Hannigan

Section Principal

Paul Allen

Bassoon

John McDougall

Section Principal

Howard Legge

French Horn

Mark Johnson

Section Principal

Alexandra Carr

Richard Dilley

Duncan Fuller

Andrew Paterson

Trumpet

Andrew Mitchell

Section Principal

Patricia Reid

Trombone

Andrew Connington

Section Principal

Michael Crowther

Bass Trombone

Leslie Storey

Section Principal

Tuba

Martin Knowles

Section Principal

Harp

Isobel Frayling-Cork

Section Principal

Tympani

Kate Eyre

Section Principal

Percussion

Austin Beattie

Section Principal

Kevin Nutty