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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
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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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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

Michael Crowther (Section Principal)

Andrew Connington

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