Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.
The orchestra was founded in 1975 by the late Edwin Raymond and continues to support his main aims – to provide an opportunity, two or three times a year, for experienced local musicians to study challenging and less familiar repertory, often works for large orchestral forces.  The orchestra has performed major works by Bartok, Bruckner, Elgar, Hindemith, Humperdinck, Mahler, Shostakovitch and  Vaughan-Williams.
Chris Haigh - Leader.
Chris studied music at the University of Exeter where he was the leader of the University Symphony Orchestra and String Quartet. Whilst there, he studied the violin with Colin Sauer, leader of the Dartington String Quartet. After taking a PGCE at the University of Reading he moved to Teesside in 1981, initially to work for the Cleveland Music Service. After thirteen years working as a primary teacher and deputy headteacher in schools in Middlesbrough he has recently returned to work as a peripatetic violin teacher for the Tees Valley Music Service.
Over the last twenty six years he has played with most of the orchestras and choral societies in the area including the Teesside Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, both of which he has led.
David Greed - Our Principal Conductor.
David Greed studied at the Royal College of Music in London.  In 1978 he was appointed Leader of the newly formed Orchestra of Opera North becoming the youngest leader in the country.  He has appeared regularly as a soloist, both with the Opera North Orchestra and with other orchestras throughout the region.  David's repertoire is extensive, including the concertos of Brahms, Elgar, Sibelius, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bruch, Barber, Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi, as well as other smaller works. He has performed the Sibelius, Elgar, Bruch, Mendelssohn and Barber concertos with the Orchestra of O.N. He has appeared as guest Leader with many orchestras – The Philharmonia, City of Birmingham, National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Royal Opera House, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Irish Chamber, Guildford Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and English National Ballet. He led the Orchestra of the Royal Opera on a concert tour of the U.S.A. He has recorded 'The Lark Ascending' (Vaughan-Williams) for Naxos with David Lloyd-Jones and the Orchestra of Opera North. He has also recorded the Elgar Concerto with Hertfordshire Youth Orchestra. In his position of Music Director of the Sinfonia of Leeds David has completed recordings of the piano concertos of Bartok, Lutoslawski Chopin and Rachmaninov’s 3rd concerto. David also holds the position of Principal Conductor of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra (Middlesbrough) and has conducted the Helix Ensemble (Loughborough), the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, and at the Royal Northern College and Chetham's School, Manchester. David has also made visits to the State of Kasakhstan and has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor with its National Symphony Orchestra. He coaches violin and holds masterclass sessions for the National Youth Orchestra violin sections.  He plays on a violin by Giacomo Zanoli of Verona made in c.1740.

Ian Denley

Ian studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, later in London and Berlin. Regarded as one of the country’s leading woodwind teachers, the span of his experience is unusually wide: he was for many years, an instrumental tutor for the East Riding music service and has taught at Hull University since 1977. His students have been members of the National Youth and European Community Youth orchestras; many have enjoyed success in national competitions and have pursued professional careers in both performance and teaching. Ian was co-founder of several chamber groups (including East Riding Soloists), some having broadcast on BBC Radio. An experienced recitalist, he has appeared as a soloist at London’s Wigmore Hall with the pianist Su Lloyd, and has a regular duo-partnership with the composer and pianist, Anthony Hedges. As well as appearing as a concerto soloist many times, he has freelanced with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic concert orchestras and has appeared as a soloist with the Allegri Quartet. He is the Principal Flute with the Hull Philharmonic and plays as guest principal with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, which he joined on its recent tours to Greece and Austria, both in the orchestra and as concerto soloist. Ian is an examiner of long standing for the Associated Board, which has taken him all over the world. He is one of the Board’s editors and consultants, and has a long list of educational publications to his name, including the Time Pieces series for woodwind. Oxford University Press has published Flute Time, a two-part tutor, with two companion books of repertoire; further volumes in this series are planned over the next few years. He is also a contributor to the most recent New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (on the real Engelbert Humperdinck!).(Source: University of Hull website)