Sinfonia of Leeds is delighted that Michael Beverley DL accepted the invitation to become its Honorary President.
Michael has had an extremely interesting business career which he blended with a significant pro bono involvement with the Arts and Education. He served as a Board member of Opera North from 1991 to 2010 the last 12 years of which as Chairman.
In 2013 at the invitation of Sir John Eliot Gardiner he agreed to serve as Chairman of the MCO ( Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras ie English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique), retiring in 2019.
His involvement with the University of Leeds has stretched over 20 years covering fund raising and commercial activities. He recently donated a significant sum to launch the Michael Beverley Innovation Fellowships, innovation being an area of especial interest.
All this has been made possible through the support he received whilst a partner with Arthur Andersen where he spent 30 years retiring in 2001 as UK Regional Senior and Managing Partner.
After which he has built, with his daughter Rachel, the businesses of the One Medical Group which principally delivers primary care services under contracts from the NHS.
Michael is a fervent Leeds United supporter and was a Board member from 1988 to 1995 and had to remind himself that the choice of the team was beyond his competency.
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 ON.
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 USA.
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 read Music at Bristol University, where he was University Organ Scholar, and conductor of the University Chamber Choir and Orchestra. Subsequent studies 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.
Anthony is now in demand as a conductor, chorus master and coach throughout the UK and Europe. He has worked for many British and European opera companies and conservatoires, including English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne, The Grange Festival, Garsington Opera, Bampton Classical Opera, Opéra National du Rhin (Strasbourg), Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro), Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He was Organist of St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, and has worked extensively with the Royal School of Church Music.
From 2003 until 2017 he was on the staff of Opera North, initially as Chorus Master, and subsequently as Acting Head of Music and Assistant Head of Music. He conducted several productions and concerts for the company, including The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Carmen, Cautionary Tales! (Errolyn Wallen), The Bartered Bride, L'enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove), Carousel (Rogers and Hammerstein), Ruddigore (Gilbert & Sullivan) and Joshua (Handel). He was also Chorus Master for the critically acclaimed Grimes On The Beach at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival.
Since leaving Opera North he has conducted A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) for The Grange Festival, Così fan Tutte for Garsington Opera, Gigi (Lerner and Loewe), High Society (Cole Porter) for West Green Opera, Hansel and Gretel for the Royal Northern College of Music, Dido and Aeneas and Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Enchanted Pig (Dove) for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, La Scuola di Gelosi (Salieri), Gli Sposi Malcontenti (Storace) and Amahl And The Night Visitors (Menotti) for Bampton Classical Opera. He is Music Director of the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and Associate Music Director of Sinfonia of Leeds. He has also worked with many choral groups, including The Sixteen, Leeds Festival Chorus, and Huddersfield Choral Society, amongst others.
Future plans include engagements with Opera North, and Opera Rara.