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Current Principal Partners and Opportunities

Principal Partners play a vital role in the sustainability of our orchestra, the development of our audiences for classical music and the training of the region’s young musicians. We are hugely grateful for their support.

There are opportunities to support our Music Director, Guest Conductor, Section Leaders and Principal players

Our existing Principal Partners are:

Orchestra Leader Chair | Bradley Creswick | The Huntington Chair
Orchestra Co-Leader | Kyra Humphreys | The Rathbone Investment Management Chair
Section Leader Chair, 2nd Violin | Tristan Gurney | The Robinson Family Chair
Section Leader Chair, Viola | Michael Gerrard | The Layfield Family Chair
Section Leader Chair, Cello | Vacant | The Share Family Chair
Section Leader Chair, Oboe | Steven Hudson | The Richardson Family Chair
Section Leader Chair, Bassoon | Stephen Reay | The Pyman Family Chair
Section Leader Chair, Horn | Peter Francomb | The Friends of Royal Northern Sinfonia Chair
Section Leader Chair, Trumpet | Richard Martin | The Alan Johnson Chair
Section Leader Chair, Timpani | Marney O’Sullivan | The Christine Swales Chair

Principal Chair, 1st Violin (#4) | Iona Brown | Anonymous
Principal Chair, Cello | Daniel Hammersley | The Molly Rice Chair
Principal Chair, Clarinet | Jessica Lee | The Bragg Family Chair
Principal Chair, Flute | Eilidh Gillespie | The Rossiter Family Chair
Principal Chair, Oboe | Michael O’Donnell | The Sylvia Fuller Chair

Current Principal Partner opportunities

There are opportunities to support the following Chairs:

Music Director’s Circle
Music Director – Lars Vogt
Guest Conductor – Julian Rachlin

Section Leader Chairs
Section Leader, Double Bass – Vacant
Section Leader, Clarinet – Vacant
Section Leader, Flute – Amy Yule

Principal Chairs
Principal Chair, 1st Violin (#3) – Vacant
Principal Chair, 2nd Violin (#2) – Vacant
Principal Chair, Viola – Malcolm Critten
Principal Chair, Double Bass – Siân Hicks
Principal Chair, Bassoon – Robin Kennard
Principal Chair, Horn – Vacant
Principal Chair, Trumpet – Marion Craig

Your Chair is waiting… to begin your association with Royal Northern Sinfonia, contact Natalie Heath, Fundraising Co-ordinator on 0191 443 5038 or email

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