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Musical Directors

David Greed - Musical Director
David Greed

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 Violin 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, Rachmaninov's 3rd concerto and Beethoven's Emperor 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 J.B. Guadagnini owned by the Yorkshire Guadagnini 1757 Syndicate.

Anthony Kraus - Assistant Musical Director
Tony Kraus

Anthony read Music at Bristol University, where he was University Organ Scholar, and conductor of the University Chamber Choir and Orchestra. Subsequent studies as a répétiteur at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama resulted in him winning the Ricordi Prize for conducting, followed by a year at the National Opera Studio in London.

Since then he has worked for English Touring Opera, New Youth Opera, and various other opera companies. He has also been a regular coach at music summer schools, including the Royal School of Church Music and the Finchley Children's Music Group. He has performed throughout the UK and Europe, both as a pianist and organist.

From 2003 until 2017 he was on the staff of Opera North, appointed as Chorus Master, and subsequently as Acting Head of Music and Assistant Head of Music. While on the music staff there he conducted several productions, including The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Cautionary Tales! (Errolyn Wallen), The Bartered Bride, L’enfant et les sortileges (Ravel), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove), Carousel (Rogers and Hammerstein), Ruddigore (Gilbert & Sullivan) and Joshua (Handel). He has also appeared with the Orchestra of Opera North and Sinfonia Viva in concert, and is Music Director of the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and Associate Music Director, Sinfonia of Leeds. He has also worked regularly with the Leeds Festival Chorus, and with Huddersfield Choral Society and Sheffield Philharmonic Choir.

Future plans include conducting Madama Butterfly for Opera North, Hansel & Gretel for the Royal Northern College of Music, Falstaff for Garsington Opera (as assistant), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The Grange Festival.

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