Sinfonia biographies

Biographies of the Northern Ballet Sinfonia staff and players.

John Pryce-Jones

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... read more

Daniel Parkinson

Assistant Music Director

Daniel was appointed Assistant Music Director of Northern Ballet in April 2017, having previously worked with the Company as a guest conductor. In 2018 he embarked on national tours of Cathy Marston’... read more

Steve Costello

Orchestra & Concerts 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... read more

Geoffrey Allan

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... read more

Ewan Gilford

Ewan Gilford

Company Pianist

Ewan joined Northern Ballet in 2015 as a pianist with the professional Company, where he still plays along side his Academy duties.  He also acted as Musical Director for Tortoise & the Hare... read more

Susan Hall

Susan Urschitz

Violin - Sub-leader

Joined Northern Ballet in 1994. Performed with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle, BBC Scottish, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Symphony Orchestra, English... read more

Helen Boardman

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... read more

Raimonda Koco

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... read more

Ros Cabot

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,... read more

Hannah Horton

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.... read more

Sasha Volpov

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... read more

Thomas Hancox

Principal Flute

Thomas Hancox is principal flute of Northern Ballet and works regularly as guest principal flute with the UK’s leading symphony and chamber orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,... read more

Sarah Bull

Second Flute and Piccolo

Has been playing with Northern Ballet since 2005. Performed with Manchester Camerata and Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra. Toured with the Royal Choral Society in Gotenberg and has taken music... read more

Mary Gilbert

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.... read more

Joanne Rozario

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... read more

Alan Asquith

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.... read more

Paul Boyes


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... read more

Rick Scoates

Rick Scoates


Joined Northern Ballet in 1981. Performed with Scarborough Spa, Northern Sinfonia, Philharmonia, English National Opera, BBC Concert, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallȇ... read more

Ian Hood

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 (... read more

John Melbourne

John Melbourne


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... read more