"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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15th - 18th January 2025

ENB - Mary Skeaping's Giselle

London Coliseum

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Following on from its triumphant return in January 2024, ENB presents the heritage production of Giselle, in Mary Skeaping's beautiful production first staged in 1971. Gavin conducts all performances, with Adam's evocative score performed by the ENB Philharmonic.

12th December - 12th January 2025

ENB Nutcracker

London Coliseum

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ENB proudly presents it's new production of Nutcracker - a piece that has been in the company's repertoire since their inception. New choreography by artistic director Aaron S. Watkin with multiple award-winner Arielle Smith, new designs by Dick Bird and of course Tchaikovsky's iconic score played as always by the wonderful ENB Philharmonic.

Gavin conducts performances between 24th and 30th December.

“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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What a Carry On!

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