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Orchestra

Live music has always played a vital role in the performances of Scottish Ballet, and in its previous incarnations as Western Theatre Ballet and Scottish Theatre Ballet. Initially, as resources and venues allowed, small ensembles were employed, growing over the years through small orchestras with specifically commissioned re-orchestrations (Humphrey Searle's arrangement of Giselle for 16 players and Leonard Salzedo's small orchestra version of The Nutcracker) to the present position where the composer’s wishes are, as closely as the physical conditions of the theatres to which the Company tours will allow, fulfilled.

The Scottish Ballet Orchestra is a part-time, freelance orchestra of up to 70 musicians working for about 20 weeks of the year, usually broken up into three touring seasons. The number and composition of the orchestra depends on the repertoire and the size of the theatres to be visited. The Orchestra is based in Glasgow.

Music directors have included Gerald Krug, Terence Kern, Alan Morgan, Bramwell Tovey, Guy Hamilton and Alan Barker.

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The Company has commissioned many scores of which the Scottish Ballet Orchestra has given the first performance:

Sun into Darkness (Malcolm Williamson 1966)
Beauty and the Beast (Thea Musgrave 1969)
The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach arr John Lanchbery 1972)
Mary, Queen of Scots (John McCabe 1976)
Cinderella (Rossini arr Bramwell Tovey 1979)
Chéri (David Earl 1980)
Carmen (Bizet arr Dominic Muldowney 1985)
Peter Pan (Eddie McGuire 1988)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn arr Barrington Pheloung 1993)
Aladdin (Carl Davis 2000)
The Snowman 2 act version (Howard Blake 2001)
Alice (Robert Moran 2011)
A Streetcar Named Desire (2012)

 

The Scottish Ballet Orchestra

 

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The Scottish Ballet Orchestra


First Violin
Justine Watts - Leader
Marciana Buta - Associate Leader
Susan Henderson - Principal
Ben Buurman - Sub-Principal
Anne Macdonald
Vacant
Vacant
Peter Markham

Second Violin
Diane Merson Jones - Principal
Harriet Murray - Sub-Principal
Jackie Norrie
Caroline Warren Marshall
Alan Mason
Mark Hayward

Violas
Ian Anderson - Principal
George Cuthbertson - Sub-Principal
Susan Harris
Angela Watson

Cellos
Mark Bailey - Principal
Susan Dance - Sub-Principal
John Davidson
Rosie Townhill

Double Basses
Rick Standley - Principal
Chris Sergeant - Sub-Principal
Jenny Warren

Flutes
Joanna Shaw - Principal
Fiona Chisholm - Sub-Principal

Oboes
Ruth Contractor - Principal
Mary James - Sub-Principal

 

Clarinets
Robert Fairley - Principal
Janet Laird - Sub-Principal

Bassoons
Grant MacKay - Principal
Alex Walker - Sub-Principal

Horns
Steven Cowling - Principal
Dan Beer - Sub-Principal
Vacant - Principal
Christine Smith - Sub-Principal 

Trumpets
Sandy McGrattan - Principal
Alan Friel - Sub-Principal 

Trombones
Nigel Cox - Principal
Gregor Stewart - Sub-Principal
Derek Bishop - Principal

Tuba
Jonathan Gawn - Principal

Harp
Meredith McCracken - Principal

Piano/Celeste
Brian Prentice - Principal

Timpani
Peter Evans - Principal

Percussion
Martin Willis - Principal
Owen Williams - Sub-Principal



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