The Gascoigne Orchestra

One of the UK’s most famous and experienced opera orchestras – with over 80 productions in its repertoire – makes its début at Grange Park Opera with Ivan the Terrible by Rimsky-Korsakov in the 2021 season.

As the Garsington Opera Orchestra, the musicians performed for 25 years to a steady crescendo of critical acclaim first at Garsington Manor, near Oxford and for much of the past decade at Wormsley Park, home of the Getty family, in Buckinghamshire.

Their reading of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw which was awarded the 2020 RPS Award for Opera & Music Theatre and won great praise in the press.

The orchestra will now be known as the Gascoigne Orchestra as a tribute to Bamber & Christina Gascoigne.

VIOLIN 1 

Robert Salter leader
Simon Lewis
Nicoline Kraamwinkel
Leo Payne
Malu Lin Swayne
Jake Rea

VIOLIN 2 

Clare Hoffman
Karen James
Rosie Henbest
Chris Windass
Ann Criscuolo

VIOLA 

Vanessa McNaught
Catherine Bradshaw
Chian Lim
Chris Pitsiledes

CELLO 

Jane Fenton
Helena Binney
Philippa Schofield
Penny Bradshaw

DOUBLE BASS 

David Johnson
Ben Russell

FLUTE  

Julian Sperry
Katey Thomas

OBOE  

Tristan Cox
Clare Hoskins

CLARINET  

Peter Sparks
Helen Paskins

BASSOON 

Philip Gibbon
Damian Brasington

HORN   

Alexia Cammish
Alexandra Carr

TRUMPET  

Simon Munday
Simon Gabriel

TROMBONE  

Ruth Molins

TIMPANI  

Matthew Rich

PERCUSSION  

Cameron Sinclair

HARP

Sue Blair