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Our musicians

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians

Vasily Petrenko Chief Conductor
Andrew Manze Principal Guest Conductor
Libor Pešek KBE Conductor Laureate
Sir Andrew Davis CBE Conductor Emeritus
Ian Tracey Chorusmaster Adopted by C van Solkema in memory of Roz Kelly

As members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, our musicians are part of an ensemble that brings together talent from across the world. To find out more about the musicians, their first musical memories, what they might be doing if they weren't a musician.... Click on their instrument section.


First Violins
Thelma Handy Leader
Adi Brett Associate Leader Adopted by Dr WE & Mrs JM Kenyon
Eva Thorarinsdottir Associate Leader
Andrew Harvey Joint Assistant Leader  Adopted by Val & Brian Willis
Mihkel Kerem Joint Assistant Leader  Adopted by Val & Brian Willis
Martin Richardson Adopted by Tim & Julia Jones
Concettina Del Vecchio Adopted by Richard & Jenny Bryson
Alexander Marks † Adopted by anonymous patron
Stephan Mayer Adopted by Carmel Stewart
Ruth McNamara
Susanna Jordan Adopted by Peter R Brooks, Claire Deegan and Paul Holt
Elizabeth Lamberton Adopted by Mike and Joanne Jones
Emily Mowbray Adopted by Alan Turnock
Minn Majoe Adopted by Alan Turnock
Rebecca Else
Qian Wu

Second Violins
Kate Richardson Section Leader Adopted by Mrs Jean Bingham
Sophie Coles Adopted by Val & Brian Willis
Kate Marsden Adopted by Dr E Vivori
James Hutton † Adopted by Robin and Ann Moor
Justin Evans † Adopted by Rob and Val Howell; Mrs Alison Cohen; Romain Rabot, Catherine Wall, Lesley Smith &andIn Memory of Sir Harold Kroto FRS.
Sally Anne Anderson Adopted by Mr and Mrs J P Monaghan
David Rimbault Adopted by Margaret Metcalf In Memory of John
Olga Smolen Adopted by Victor Greenberg
James Pattinson Adopted by Judith Rigby
Lukas Hank Adopted by Mr & Mrs Paul and Ann Wynn
Frances Evans Adopted by Michael D Handley and Edward J Davies

Catherine Marwood Section Leader
Gwendolyn Cawdron / Alex Mitchell Adopted by Jon and Sally Sheard
Robert Shepley † Adopted by Eric Wright FRICS
David Ruby † Adopted by anonymous patron
Richard Wallace † Adopted by anonymous patron
Fiona Stunden Adopted by Jean Cross
Rebecca Walters
Rachel Jones Adopted by Robert and Pamela Ferguson
Sarah Hill Adopted by anonymous patron
Ian Fair Adopted by anonymous patron, Valerie and Elfed Morgan

Jonathan Aasgaard Section Leader Adopted by Hugh and Juliet Morton, Brian Higgins and in memory of Colleen
Hilary Browning Adopted by Mrs P Browning
Ian Bracken Adopted by Michael D Handley and Edward J Davies
Gethyn Jones  Adopted by Michael and Yvonne Dempsey and an anonymous patron
Ruth Owens Adopted by Mr and Mrs D Hugo
Alexander Holladay Adopted by Viv Hollinshead
Mark Lindley Adopted by Martin Rogers
Anna Stuart

Double Basses
Marcel Becker Section Leader Adopted by Paul and Christen Herbert
Jamie Kenny Adopted by anonymous patron
Ashley Frampton
Nigel Dufty Adopted by Teri Holmes
Anthony Williams Adopted by Captain and Mrs Taylor
Laura Murphy Adopted by Mrs M J Murphry


Cormac Henry Section Leader Adopted by Gill Porter
Helen Wilson

Sameeta Gahir Adopted by Jeremy Paterson-Fox

Jonathan Small  Section Leader Adopted by Dr S and Mrs B Grant; Mrs Valerie Connolly
Ruth Davies † Adopted by Maestro! Tour Management and In Memory of Mary Riddoch

Cor Anglais


Bass clarinet
Ausias Garrigos-Morant
 Adopted by Robin Bloxsidge and Nick Riddle 

Nina Ashton Section Leader Adopted by Howard and Sue Rogers
Rebekah Abramski Adopted by Peter R Brooks

Gareth Twigg Adopted by Sue and Roger Greenwood


Timothy Jackson Section Leader Adopted by Robin Bloxsidge and Nick Riddle
Simon Griffiths Adopted by Oswestry Concert Goers
Stephen Nicholls Adopted by Robin Bloxsidge and Nick Riddle 
Timothy Nicholson Adopted by Maestro! Tour Management and in memory of Joan McLarnon
Christopher Morley † Adopted by Cornicopia

Rhys Owens Section Leader
Paul Marsden Adopted by Roland Zollner & Colin Parr
Richard Cowen

Tenor Trombones
Simon Cowen Section Leader Adopted by Mr Eric Jennings and Alan Platt
Simon Powell Adopted by Peter Urquhart & Mr Eric Jennings

Bass Trombone
Simon Chappell Adopted by Peter and Gwen Goodhew & Mr Eric Jennings

Robin Haggart Adopted by anonymous patron

Neil Hitt Section Leader Adopted by Liz Christie in memory of Stuart

Graham JohnsSection Leader Adopted by Mr WJ and Mrs CJ Bowley and Peter R Brooks
Josephine Frieze Adopted by Peter and Susan Rathe
Scott Lumsdaine Adopted by John and Patricia Britland Horne

Elizabeth McNulty
Section Leader Adopted by Michael D. Handley & Edward J Davies

† denotes Honorary Life Member of the Society

In this section

  • Horns  Trumpets  Tenor Trombones  Bass Trombone  Tuba   † denotes Honorary Life Member...
  • In this interview, Ian talks about his role as Chorusmaster.
  • First Violins  Second Violins  Violas  Cellos  Double Basses  † denotes Honorary Life...
  • Timpani  Percussion  Harp  † denotes Honorary Life Member of the Society
  • Flutes  Piccolo  Oboes  Cor Anglaisvacancy Clarinetsvacancyvacancy  Bass Clarinet  Bas...