"A special mention for Gavin Sutherland and the [ENB Philharmonic] – they continue to be a source of genuine satisfaction and show evident pleasure in their work; Sutherland has quietly, seriously, professionally built himself into one of the most consistent conductors in classical dance working today."
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"The Strictly peg may have brought in the populist audience but the focus of the night was very much on the music. Alternating dance sequences with orchestral pieces, under the baton of the English National Ballet’s Gavin Sutherland, ensured that the music remained at the fore.
"The English National Ballet Philharmonic is worth the ticket price alone. Gavin Sutherland’s conducting is perfectly judged and sensitive to every movement on stage. There is real character brought out of the music."

"The BBC Concert Orchestra under Gavin Sutherland were as twinkle-toed and on fire as the dancers themselves, absolutely filling the hall with their sound from the off."

- bachtrack

Gavin Sutherland is a conductor, composer/arranger and pianist, and is currently Music Director and Principal Conductor of English National Ballet.

Born in Durham, UK, he studied conducting, piano and orchestration at Huddersfield University and graduated with first-class honours, as well as gaining the Kruczynski Prize for Piano and the Davidson Prize for Distinction Brought to the Institution.

In July 2019 Sutherland was conferred with a Doctorate of Huddersfield University honoris causa for distinguished services to music.

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“Elsewhere, the English National Ballet Philharmonic was on terrific form under Gavin Sutherland, with characterful woodwinds and punchy brass, the fiendish cornet solo in the Spanish Dance admirably precise.”

– bachtrack


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