Our Orchestra

Our Orchestra

Our Conductors

  • Barry Wordsworth
    Conductor Laureate
    Barry Wordsworth became Conductor Laureate of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2015 after serving as Music Director and Principal Conductor for 26 years. When he was appointed in 1989 he was only the third Music Director in the 90 year history of the orchestra. (more…)

Our Leaders

  • John Bradbury, Leader
    The position of Leader is sponsored by Ronald Power, MBE
    John Bradbury, Leader of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, is a Fellow of the Royal Manchester College of Music where he studied with four eminent violinists: the concerto soloists Endre Wolf,  Manoug Parikian and Georgy Pauk, and finally with Alexandre Moskowsky of the Hungarian String Quartet. (more…)

Our Principal Players

  • The position of Co-Leader is to be appointed
    The position of Co-Leader is sponsored anonymously by a Friend of the Philharmonic
  • Daniel Bhattacharya, Principal Second Violin
    The position of Principal Second Violin is sponsored by Brian Chattock
    Daniel studied as a scholar at the Purcell School of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada). His violin teachers have included Yossi Zivoni, Yfrah Neaman and Lorand Fenyves. He studied chamber music with Leon Fleisher, Jamie Laredo and Nick Roth.  Previously a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Daniel enjoys a career performing and teaching throughout the world. (more…)
  • The position of Principal Viola is to be appointed
    The position of Principal Viola is sponsored by Adam & Sue Trimingham
  • Peter Adams, Principal Cellist
    Principal Cello, Sponsored by David House
    Peter Adams’ career can be truly described as meteoric. When most ‘would be’ musicians are still at school, the sixteen year old Peter was playing in the orchestra of London Festival Ballet. By the age of 21 he had become principal cellist of both the London String Orchestra and London City Ballet. Perhaps even more remarkable he became in that same year Professor of viola da gamba and baroque cello at the Royal Academy of Music-the youngest ever professor in the Academy’s history. (more…)
  • Stephen Warner, Principal Double Bass
    The position of Principal Double Bass is sponsored by Martin & Frances Lindsay-Hills
    Stephen Warner graduated from the RAM in 1989 and began his career working on Andrew Lloyd-Webber's musical, Aspects of Love. This has led to an association with London's West End that continues to this day. (more…)
  • Christine Messiter, Principal Flute
    The position of Principal Flute is sponsored by Jane & Philip Wilford
    Christine's musical life began with a 3-keyed wooden piccolo, which she taught herself to play. A flute was the next instrument to attempt to master, and she continues to meet that challenge still. (more…)
  • Deborah Davis, Principal Piccolo
    The position of principal piccolo is sponsored by Simon Keane
    Debbie Davis studied the flute at the Royal College of Music at both the Junior and Senior Departments with Graham Mayger and Edward Walker.  She also studied privately with Christopher Taylor.   (more…)
  • Alun Darbyshire, Principal Oboe
    The position of Principal Oboe is sponsored by Dagmar Bird
    Alun studied at the Royal College of Music with Michael Winfield and in Freiburg, Germany with Heinz Holliger and now enjoys a varied career combining solo, chamber and orchestral playing. (more…)
  • Clare Hoskins, Principal Cor-Anglais
    The position of Principal Cor-Anglais is sponsored by the late Barry Fearn, TD, FRCS
    Clare was born and brought up in Kent, where her orchestral skills and insatiable love of music were nurtured in the Kent County Youth Orchestra, The Corydon Singers and other local music ensembles. (more…)
  • Fiona Cross, Joint Principal Clarinet
    The position of Principal Clarinet is sponsored by Catherine Brown
    Fiona Cross is one of the leading clarinettists of her generation. She has a varied career, combining chamber music with a solo career and playing guest principal clarinet with all the leading British orchestras. She is principal clarinet of the Manchester Camerata and joint principal clarinet of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. (more…)
  • John Payne, Joint Principal Clarinet
    The position of Principal Clarinet is sponsored by Catherine Brown
    John is one of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s two principal clarinets and has been playing regularly in the orchestra since 2009.  He is also Principal Clarinet with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden which he joined at the age of 25, following a short period with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed Principal in 1993. (more…)
  • Helen Bishop, Principal Bass Clarinet
    The position of Principal Bass Clarinet is available for sponsorship
    Born in Wales, Helen Bishop has been a clarinettist with Sinfonia Viva since 2001. Helen studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama with Michael Saxton as a Junior, and the Royal Academy of Music with Georgina Dobree. She returned to the Welsh College for postgraduate study with Martin Ronchetti before attending the National Centre for Orchestral Studies. (more…)
  • Wendy Phillips, Joint Principal Bassoon
    The position of Principal Bassoon is sponsored by Jackie Lythell, OBE, & Peter Lythell and Auriol Chisholm & Nicolas Chisholm, MBE
    Wendy Phillips studied at The Guildhall School of Music with Roger Birnstingl, then principal bassoon player of the London Symphony Orchestra.  As a student she was also greatly influenced by Cecil James and Enzo Muccetti. (more…)
  • Jonathan Price, Joint Principal Bassoon
    The position of Principal Bassoon is currently available for sponsorship
    Jonathan Price graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1996, and has since established a successful and varied career.  He has played with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, CBSO, BBC Symphony and English Chamber. (more…)
  • Catherine Duckett, Principal Contra Bassoon
    The position of Principal Contra Bassoon is available for sponsorship
    A year after leaving the Royal Academy of Music Catherine joined Welsh National Opera as sub-principal bassoon. After a happy decade with them she returned to London to freelance and played with most of the big London orchestras. (more…)
  • John James, Principal Horn
    The position of Principal Horn is sponsored by Ulla Dunlop
    John James was born in Shrewsbury and started his musical career at the age of six, learning the piano and singing in choirs. He went on to study the French Horn and Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, before embarking on a career as an orchestral performer, soloist, composer, arranger and conductor, spanning four continents in four decades! (more…)
  • John Ellwood, Principal Trumpet
    The position of Principal Trumpet is sponsored by Professor Gavin Henderson, CBE
    John Ellwood was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, and studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. After graduating from the Conservatoire, John was appointed Principal Trumpet with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, a position he held for almost 10 years. On returning to London, John began working with London’s major orchestras including the RPO, LPO, Philharmonia, English National Opera and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. He has been Principal Trumpet with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years. (more…)
  • Lindsay Shilling, Principal Trombone
    The position of Principal Trombone is sponsored by Caroline House
    Lindsay began playing the trombone at the age of eleven in the Chatteris Town Band in Cambridgeshire which was then conducted by his father, Roy Shilling.  During his school years he travelled many miles to have lessons with Terry Hext, (father of Mike) and play in local youth bands and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. (more…)
  • Ian Fasham, Principal Bass Trombone
    The position of Principal Bass Trombone is sponsored by Judy & John Harrison
    Ian started off his musical life as a tenor trombone player at the age of 11. From the start he was fascinated by the look of the bass trombone (with all that extra tubing) and the sound of the low notes that it could make. He joined Kent county Youth Orchestra at the age of 13, and was loaned his first real bass trombone! (more…)
  • John Elliott, Principal Tuba
    The position of Principal Tuba is sponsored by Heather Fennell & Janet Foster
    Since becoming freelance in 1970 John has worked with most of the British symphony orchestras and several orchestras overseas, including long periods with the Jerusalem Symphony orchestra, The Rotterdam Philharmonic and The San Sebastian Symphony orchestra. (more…)
  • Graham Reader, Principal Timpani
    The position of Principal Timpani is sponsored by Karen Platt
    Graham has been Principal Timpanist with the orchestra for around 12 years.  Other orchestral experience includes RPO, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. (more…)
  • Donna-Maria Landowski, Principal Percussionist
    The position of Principal Percussionist is sponsored by The Barkshire Charitable Trust
    Donna-Maria graduated from the Royal College of Music with the prestigious British Reserve Percussion Prize.  Her percussion playing has taken her all over the world from the QE2 to the Sultan of Brunei’s palace.  She regularly performs with London’s major orchestras and has been invited to play guest principal with many of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles. (more…)
  • The position of Principal Keyboard is to be appointed
  • The position of Principal Harp is to be appointed
    The position of Principal Harp is sponsored by Mick & Sue Paskins

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