Orford, John


John Orford studied in Manchester with Charles Cracknell, and at the Royal Manchester College of Music with William Waterhouse where he was awarded the Hiles Gold Medal for Orchestral Playing. After 18 months in the Bournemouth Sinfonietta he joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for eight years.

In January 1982 John was appointed Principal Bassoon with the London Sinfonietta, and in September 1984 he was made Professor of Bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

As well as appearing as principal bassoon with all the major London symphony orchestras, John has performed for many television and film soundtracks, including the bassoon solo on Geoffrey Burgon's soundtrack to the classic TV series Brideshead Revisited. He has performed much solo and chamber music, including the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the London Virtuosi and the Strauss Duo Concertante with Michael Collins and the London Sinfonietta.

Sound Intermedia

Sound Intermedia

Sound Intermedia - alias Ian Dearden and David Sheppard - is dedicated to realising visionary new art works through live performance and cutting-edge technology. Their trail-blazing initiatives and artistic collaborations continually push past the accepted boundaries of composition, sound design, live sound, music technology and interactive multimedia.

Internationally respected both as composers and performers, they collaborate with many of the world's most influential artists and organizations.

Senft, Enno

double bass

Enno Senft is principal double-bass and a founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well as the principal double bass of the London Sinfonietta.

He has performed and recorded with many of the greatest conductors and soloists such as Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Andras Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Paavo Berglund, Pierre Boulez, Gidon Kremer, the lateSandor Vegh and as soloist under Sir Roger Norrington. He participated in various chamber music and contemporary music festival, notably the Berliner Festwochen, Wien Modern, Sermoneta, Lockenhaus, Huddersfield, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, the Wigmore Hall Series in London and the Sydney Festival.

During the last decade Enno Senft's interest has focused particularly on contemporary music and he joined the London Sinfonietta as principal double-bass. Projects include working closely with Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin, Peter Eötvös, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Ades and György Kurtag.

In 2001 Enno Senft worked at IRCAM in Paris for the realisation of Michael Jarrel's bass concerto Droben schmettert ein greller Stein which he premiered with the Ensemble Modern in Basel, followed by performances in Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris and with the Ensemble Contrechamps under George Benjamin in Geneva and Strasbourg.

Hulse, Gareth


Gareth Hulse read music at Cambridge University, and continued his studies on the oboe with Janet Craxton and Heinz Holliger.  He was subsequently appointed principal oboe with the Northern Sinfonia, a position he has since also held with English National Opera and the London Philharmonic. 

Gareth now pursues his interest in contemporary music as principal oboe with the London Sinfonietta, and in chamber music with London Winds and the Nash Ensemble, with whom he has toured widely and recorded extensively for Sony, Decca and Hyperion. Gareth has given many concerto performances, in music ranging from Bach and Vivaldi to Berio and Lutoslawski, and is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television.  He teaches at the Royal College of Music.

Gould, Clio


Clio Gould has performed as soloist and director throughout Britain and Europe, and with her 2002 appointment as leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra became the first female leader of a symphony orchestra in London; positions she has held also include principal violin of the London Sinfonietta and Artistic Director of the Scottish Ensemble. A strong advocate of contemporary music, she has worked with leading composers including Pierre Boulez, John Adams and Oliver Knussen.

She has appeared as soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (at the BBC Proms), London Sinfonietta, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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Gill, Tim


Tim Gill began to play the cello at the age of eight, subsequently studying with Dimitry Markevitch in Paris, Christopher Bunting at Cambridge and David Strange at the Royal Academy. In 1989-90 Tim was resident artist at the Banff Centre, Canada, where, as a result of winning the Banff concerto competition, he was invited to play the Elgar concerto with the Calgary Philharmonic and later to tour Canada as a recitalist.

His Purcell Room debut in 1990 was met with critical acclaim and resulted in an invitation from the Park Lane Group to give the Priaulx Rainier recital the following year. Tim has since given recitals and played concertos throughout the UK, Europe and India. In 1995 he recorded Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano for Dutch radio with Marietta Petkova, and in 1996 he gave his Wigmore Hall debut and released two CDs on the Guild label with pianist Fali Pavri.

Tim is currently principal cellist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. He is also much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician.

Mackie, Alistair


Alistair has been a principal player with the London Sinfonietta since 2009 and a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra since 1996 where he currently holds the position of Joint Principal Trumpet. From 2005-2011 he also served as Chairman of the orchestra.

Alistair was formerly Principal Trumpet in the Orchestra of Glyndebourne Touring Opera.He graduated from the university of Surrey in 1988 and in 1990 became the first brass player to win the wind section of the Royal Overseas League Music competition.

He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. He taught at the University of Surrey for 15 years and since 2007 has been a professor at the Royal College of Music.



Haram, Simon


Born in Liverpool in 1969, Simon studied with John Harle at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating with Distinction in 1992. During his studies Simon won a succession of awards, scholarships and competitions including the Principal’s Prize and was the first wind player to be accepted for the prestigious YCAT award.

He was Professor of Saxophone at the Guildhall for over 10 years, is currently Visiting Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and has given masterclasses at the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.
Simon is much sought after as a recitalist and ensemble player, appearing with the Graham Fitkin Group, Michael Nyman Band, Nash Ensemble, Composers’ Ensemble and all the London Orchestras. He was appointed Principal Saxophone of the London Sinfonietta in 1997. He recently joined Will Gregory’s Synth Orchestra as EWI and keyboard player.

As a soloist, Simon has appeared with the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Of St John’s, Soloists of the Royal Opera House, East Of England Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Michael Cox

Michael Cox is one of Britain’s foremost flute-players. Although born in England he spent his childhood in Africa. He studied music at the Zimbabwe College of Music and then the Royal College of Music in London. Early competitive successes led directly to a solo career that has included concerts and recordings in all continents and performances with major orchestras and conductors. As a chamber musician he has performed with many well known British quartets, quintets and ensembles (and worked alongside musicians of the ilk of James Galway and Murray Perahia) as well as being a member, at various times, of the Haffner and Albion wind ensembles, London Symphony Chamber Players and London Sinfonietta. An interest in a wider repertoire led to a concurrent orchestral career, first as co-principal with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and then as principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Britten Sinfonia. He now holds what he considers an ideal portfolio of tenures combining the principal flute chairs of a symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra and a contemporary music ensemble - namely the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta. Through this work he has worked with a great raft of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists. Also, his particular interest in contemporary music has meant that he has also worked, often closely, with composers such as Messiaen, Takemitsu, Dutilleux, Berio, Boulez, Tippett, Birtwistle, Stockhausen, Henze, Adams, Carter, Penderecki, Lutoslawski. A passionate and highly dedicated teacher Michael Cox is professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is sought after as a visiting consultant and by students worldwide. In addition he has also given his unique curricular flute course internationally, most recently at the Oxford Flute Course, UK, and in Adelaide, Australia. Michael Cox plays on Altus flutes and has recently become an Altus Artist.
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Morton, Jonathan

Jonathan Morton is Artistic Director and Leader of the Scottish Ensemble, and enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, leader, soloist, and teacher. His versatility finds him equally at home in the core classical repertoire, 20th and 21st century music, and in collaborations with musicians from different musical traditions. His eclectic and engaging programming has won praise from audiences and critics alike, offering fresh perspectives on familiar repertoire as well as introducing little-known gems and championing new works.
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van de Wiel, Mark

van de Wiel

Mark van de Wiel was born in Northampton, and educated at Merton College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music. He was immediately appointed principal clarinettist with the Welsh National Opera and subsequently with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. Since 2000 he has been Principal Clarinet with the Philharmonia Orchestra and was appointed principal with the London Sinfonietta in 2002.

As a soloist he has performed with the Philharmonia, London Sinfonietta, London Chamber Orchestra (in La Scala, Milan), Thames Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra (on a major UK tour), Welsh National Opera Orchestra, English Classical Players, Arhus Orchestra, Belgrade Strings, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He is particularly well known for his performances of contemporary music, and has given many premières. Solo highlights this season include the UK première of Sir John Taverner's Cantus Mysticus with the London Sinfonietta at the Proms, the London première of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Clarinet Quintet with the Brodsky Quartet at Kings Place, Graham Fitkin's Agnostic with the London Chamber Orchestra at St. John's Smith Square, and the Mozart Concerto with the Mozart Festival Orchestra in the UK and Switzerland.

Mark was principal clarinettist with the Composers’ Ensemble from 1992-2000, and has been principal clarinettist with the Endymion Ensemble since its formation. He is also principal with the London Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared for several years as the clarinet and basset horn soloist in the production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

Mark's services to music have been recognised with an Honorary Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music, where he is a Professor, and with an Honorary Doctorate from Northampton University.

David Hockings

David studied at the Royal College of Music with Janos Keszei and Michael Skinner. On leaving College, he spent much time performing with the London Sinfonietta, and eventually became its Principal Percussionist in 1995, surely one of the most demanding positions for a percussionist anywhere in the world. Having also worked regularly for more than ten years with all of the major London orchestras, he joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1991, becoming its Principal Percussionist in 1994. Among his most recent appearances was a televised performance of Bartok's Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion in its orchestral version. As well as his orchestral, chamber and recording work, David has also been involved extensively with education work, which has taken him to many communities, including prisons and schools for the severely disabled, at home and as far afield as Japan, South America and the United States. In January 2008 David was appointed Head of Percussion at the Royal College of Music, a role for which he considers himself privileged even to have been considered.
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Wood, Alexandra


Alexandra Wood is fast establishing herself as one of the most dynamic, versatile violinists of her generation. She has given recitals for various international festivals including Brighton, Bath, Cheltenham, Huddersfield and Edinburgh, as well as appearing in prestigious venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Kings Place and in the BBC Proms. She graduated with a starred double first from Selwyn College, Cambridge before going on to the Royal College of Music in London, where she was President Emerita Scholar and studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky.

Alexandra has led orchestras and ensembles under the batons of Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel, Tom Ades, Pierre Boulez, and Oliver Knussen. She regularly leads Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, with whom she appeared in Carnegie Hall in 2008, and has guest-led other ensembles including London Sinfonietta, Radius, Chroma and Insomnio (Netherlands). She also teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Alexandra gave her South Bank debut in 2001 as part of the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists’ Recital Series where she was described by The Times as 'highly charged yet imaginatively refined'. She has appeared as soloist with various orchestras, including the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, and the OSJ collaborating with conductors including Richard Hickox, Martyn Brabbins and Sir Roger Norrington. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, for Classic FM, Polsat Polish Radio and for the Radio Suisse Romande.

Thompson, Michael

french horn

Internationally acknowledged as one of the world's leading horn players, Michael Thompson is also regarded as a charismatic and inspirational teacher. As a conductor, he is known as a fine orchestral trainer and has received acclaim for his work with young musicians.

After studies at the Royal Academy of Music, he was appointed principal horn with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the age of eighteen. Within three years he was offered the principal horn positions of both the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. He joined the Philharmonia and remained in that post for ten years before leaving to concentrate on his solo and chamber music career. His work as director / soloist or conductor has seen him perform in Japan, Australia, the U.S.A. Europe and Scandinavia, including his debut with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta in Copenhagen, the Ostgota Winds Symphony in Sweden and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. In the UK he has directed the London Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Britten Pears Orchestra, Ulster Youth Orchestra and the Royal Academy's Sinfonia and Concert orchestras. He has conducted a number of community orchestras and was Principal Conductor of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra from 2003 until 2008.

Fulcher, Byron

Byron made his BBC Proms solo debut playing the virtuosic masterpiece 'Sequenza V' by Berio in 2012. Other solo performances have included the British premieres of Gyorgy Ranki's 'Tales of Father Goose' and Marco Stroppa's 'From Needle's Eye' and the world premiere of Dai Fujikura's 'K's Ocean' as well as concertos by Jacob, David, Grondahl and Bourgeois. Byron has recorded Mahler 'Symphony No 3' with the Philharmonia with both Ben Zander and Lorin Maazel conducting. He has performed at the International Trombone Festival in Helsinki 2002 and Birmingham 2006 and been invited to judge ITA competitions on several occasions. Byron has performed with all the London orchestras and is a regular guest with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He can also be heard on the soundtrack of many films including Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Byron is also a member of London Brass, performing trombone and euphonium on the album Surprise, and teaches at the Royal College of Music.
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Silverthorne, Paul


Paul Silverthorne is one of the UK's foremost viola players, holding principal positions in both the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta; he appears regularly as a soloist with these and other major orchestras around the world.

Throughout his career he has worked closely with leading composers, inspiring many of them to write for him and to enlarge a repertoire that already encompasses all the major viola works as well as his own transcriptions and lesser known pieces from all periods.

He has recorded a wide range of repertoire for EMI, Black Box, Naxos, Chandos, Koch International Classics, Meridian, Toccata Classics and others to much critical acclaim.

He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and plays a viola made by the Brothers Amati in 1620 which is loaned to him from the RAM collection.

London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta's mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today's culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with headquarters at Kings Place, and continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968 - giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's The Whale - the London Sinfonietta's commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble has just launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which will give professional musicians at the start of promising and brilliant careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.

The London Sinfonietta's recordings present a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a performance of Philip Cashian's Piano Concerto was released on NMC.

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In partnership with London Sinfonietta, this is our first collection of Sinfonietta Shorts - all 14 that have been released over the last three years. These bite-sized pieces of new music from today's leading composers have been commissioned and premiered by the principal players of the London Sinfonietta.


'For a snapshot of many NMC-related artists, this downloadable collection is an ideal starter.' Kate Molleson


For details of recording credits please visit the individual recording pages for these tracks.

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21 October 2016