Sinfonia biographies

John Pryce-Jones
Music Director
John joined Northern Ballet in 1992. Born South Wales. Educated Worcester, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Studied with George Hurst and Rafael Kubelik. Companies Welsh National Opera, Opera...
Nathan Fifield
Guest Conductor
A sought-after conductor of ballet repertoire, Nathan has conducted at many top companies including: National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet....
Geoffrey Allan
Orchestra Leader - Violin Leader
Started playing with Northern Ballet in 1993. Leader at Scottish Ballet, New D’Oyly Carte Opera, North of England Chamber Orchestra. Guest Leader at Welsh National Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony...
Company/ Orchesta Pianist
Grant Green, Company/ Orchestra Pianist, joined Northern Ballet in 2010. He studied at the RNCM with Sulamita Aronovsky, and began his career in 1992, playing in the Philidor Trio and the Northern...
Susan Hall
Violin - Sub-leader
Joined Northern Ballet in 1994. Freelanced with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle, BBC Scottish, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Symphony Orchestra, English...
Barry Collarbone
Orchestra and Concerts Manager
Joined Northern Ballet in January 1995. Played trumpet for Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Welsh National Opera, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and...
Helen Boardman
1st Violin
Joined Northern Ballet in 1998 Performed with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lancashire Sinfonietta, Northern...
Principal Viola
Joined Northern Ballet in September 1995. Played regularly with BBC Philharmonic performing at the 'proms'. Toured with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallȇ, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia,...
1st Violin Position 5
Became a regular member of Northern Ballet in 2002 In 1978 was appointed as a teacher by the Tirana Conservatory. Repertoire as a soloist with orchestra in Albania embraced concertos (such as Bruch...
Sub-Principal Viola
Has performed with Royal Ballet Sinfonia, English National Ballet, Britten Sinfonia and Welsh National Opera. Born in the Isle of Wight. When not on tour lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire....
Principal Cello
Started playing with Northern Ballet in 1996. Guest principal cello at BBC Scottish, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, London Concert Orchestra. Broadcast on BBC Scottish and BBC...
Principal Double Bass and Orchestra Pit Manager
Joined Northern Ballet in 1988. Principal bass with Scarborough Spa Orchestra since 1988. Born in Coventry. Lives in Snainton near Scarborough. Studied at Chethams School of Music, Manchester and...
Principal Flute
Joined Northern Ballet in 1987. Performed with Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Hallȇ, BBC Welsh. Composer and arranger, music examiner and adjudicator, has worked...
Second Flute and Piccolo
Joined Northern Ballet in 2005. Performed with Manchester Camerata and Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra. Toured with the Royal Choral Society in Gotenberg and has taken music into the community on...
Joanne Rozario
Principal Clainet
Began career with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and was lucky enough to play in the ‘Sunset Ceremony’ which marked Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule. Spent four years in Hong Kong and...
Alan Asquith
Principal 2nd Clarinet
Joined Northern Ballet in 1987 Performed with CSBO, RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra....
Bassoon
Joined Northern Ballet in 2005. For 10 years was principal bassoon of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and since then has worked freelance playing guest principal in Royal Philharmonic, London...
Rick Scoates
Trombone
Joined Northern Ballet in 1981. Performed with Scarborough Spa, Northern Sinfonia, Philharmonia, English National Opera, BBC Concert, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallȇ...
Ian Hood
Timpani and Percussion
Timpanist with Manchester Camerata – recently recorded Beethoven Symphony cycle with them. Playing in Berlin Philharmonic Hall with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Many different concerts (...
John Melbourne
Percussion
Joined Northern Ballet in 1994. Has freelanced with all major orchestras in the North of England. Born in Hampshire. Lives in Wilmslow. Studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. Enjoys...
Principal Harp
Joined Northern Ballet in 2007. Has performed in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Philharmonia, Wigmore Hall (London), Musikverein (...
Oboe/Cor anglais
Started playing with Northern Ballet in 1999. Second oboe with Manchester Camerata.  Freelance with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC and Scottish Opera....
Company Pianist
 Olly Hamilton grew up in Cambridgeshire. He studied with Jeremy Young at the RNCM, winning many prizes for solo performance, accompaniment and jazz improvisation, and worked as RNCM Students’...
Dominic Grier
Guest conductor
Born in the UK, Dominic is rapidly becoming acknowledged as a young conductor of distinction, whose career already embraces opera, ballet and symphonic work as well as contemporary music and...