If you’ve been following Channel 4’s Big Ballet last week you saw the dancers starting their training and auditioning for parts in Swan Lake. I tweeted at the time how fantastic the professional Northern Ballet dancers looked and they were almost matched by the splendour of the Northern Ballet studios (some scenes were also filmed at our neighbours Yorkshire Dance).
In preparation for the Cello & Piano concert on 18 October with Northern Ballet's Principal Cellist Sasha Volpov and Company Pianist Grant Green, we interviewed Sasha Volpov to see how he was feeling about performing.
As a recently graduated student with a highly useful but extremely non-vocational degree in History I have found myself in that limbo stage of attempting to sample every avenue the world of work has to offer. It is to this end that I find myself enjoying an interesting and enlightening week of work experience with the fundraising team at Northern Ballet.
One of the best things about The Violin at the Movies for me is that I’ll be working with my old friend Gavin Sutherland. Long term followers of Northern Ballet will remember that Gavin used to be Assistant Conductor here many years ago, before leaving to pursue a freelance career as conductor, pianist and arranger.
In a nutshell describe your job and how you got into it.
I am the Music Director at Northern Ballet. I started conducting choral groups whilst at school and then developed this and orchestral conducting at University. This led to a career in Opera until 1992 when I joined Northern Ballet
Where can you be found when you’re not at Northern Ballet?
Artistic Director of Halifax Choral Society and Northern Orchestral Enterprises (incorporating Yorkshire Youth Choir), and freelance orchestral conducting around the UK.