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English National Ballet Philharmonic © Photography by ASH

English National Ballet Philharmonic is made up of many of the country’s top musicians, and boasts considerable experience in all forms of music-making.

Since Dame Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin founded what is now English National Ballet in 1950, the Company has always been committed to achieving the highest musical as well as dancing standards.

From the very beginning, English National Ballet Philharmonic has played an important part in creating the magic which is a vital part of every live performance.

Recent notable events have included galas at both the London Coliseum and Royal Opera House, accompanying visiting ballet companies, appearances in concert (including the Bath and City of London Festivals) and, most recently, providing the music for the Royal Academy of Dance’s children’s ballet syllabus grades.

English National Ballet Philharmonic also play a significant part in the Engagement Department’s school visits and workshops, taking a taste of the music of ballet to tomorrow’s audience.

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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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

Theodor Küng

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

Double Bass

Jeremy Gordon

Section Principal

Dominic Black

Catherine Ricketts

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

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

Timpani

Kate Eyre

Section Principal

Percussion

Austin Beattie

Section Principal

Kevin Nutty