Conductors and Leader
Roderick Dunk - Music Director and Conductor
Roderick Dunk is the RTWSO Music Director and one of Britain’s most versatile conductors, with a repertoire encompassing a diverse range of musical genres. He has conducted numerous British orchestras including the BBC CO, Hallé, CBSO, RLPO, RPO, LSO, BBC SSO, RSNO, RN Sinfonia, Northern Ballet and the Orchestra of Opera North.
Abroad he has conducted orchestras in Ireland, Norway, Finland, Germany and Italy and as far afield as Bangkok and Hong Kong. For 25 years, he was a frequent guest conductor for the BBC’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ and during that time conducted around 200 broadcasts.
Roderick is also a prolific arranger and his scores are now performed by orchestras all over the world.
Barry Wordsworth - Guest Conductor
Barry Wordsworth is Principal Guest Conductor of The Royal Ballet, having previously served as the company’s Music Director from 1990 to 1995 and from 2007 to 2015.
He is also Conductor Laureate of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the Brighton Philharmonic and Music Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras both in the UK and overseas, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and the Sydney Symphony.
Alice Farnham - Guest Conductor
Listed in the Classic FM Today’s Ten Best Women Conductors and in the BBC Woman’s Hour Music Power List, Alice Farnham is a British Conductor who trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with the legendary pedagogue Ilya Musin.
She is much sought after in the UK and further afield particularly in opera where her repertoire is large and varied.
Guest conducting includes the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (The Firework Maker’s Daughter), Mariinsky Theatre (The Rape of Lucretia), Calgary Opera (Norma), Folkoperan (Turandot, Satyagrha, Carmen), Wermland Opera (Bernstein on Broadway), Grange Park Opera (Falstaff, I Capuletiei Montecchi)
Julian Leaper - RTWSO Leader
Julian Leaper’s solo and concerto performances include the complete Brandenburg concertos at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Purcell Room, Mozart D major Violin concerto at St John’s Smith Square, Beethoven Triple concerto and Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending together with a number of other solo performances at venues across the UK.
He has recorded a large number of sound tracks for Film and TV including “Harry Potter”, “Lord of the Rings”, “James Bond” and has recorded the solo Violin tracks for Ridley Scott’s “Tristan and Isolde” and TV blockbusters such as “Upstairs Downstairs”, “Cranford”, and “Downton Abbey”.
Julian is the leader of the Maggini String Quartet.