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Thea Spiers


Positions held

•  Opera North - 1st violin job-share (50%), Including regularly sitting no.3 and no.4                          2007 - 2015

•  Northern Ballet Theatre – No. 3 1st Violin
•  BBC Philharmonic – Tutti 2nd Violin
•  Northern Ballet Theatre – Section Principal 2nd
•  BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Tutti 2nd Violin
Freelance work
•  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
•  BBC Philharmonic
•  BBC Symphony Orchestra
•  BBC Concert Orchestra
•  Northern Sinfonia
•  The Halle
•  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
•  Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
•  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
•  Manchester Camerata
•  Brandenburg Sinfonia

Orchestral Training

•  BBC Philharmonic Access Scheme, won by audition
•  RNCM Symphony and Chamber Orchestras – Leader

Pop/Sessions/Other Genres
•  Tour with Last Shadow Puppets including BBC Electric Proms
•  Tour and DVD with Sting

•  Belmont Ensemble
•  London Mozart Players
Welsh National Opera
•  Northern Ballet Theatre
•  English Touring Opera
•  Northern Chamber Orchestra
•  Viva : Orchestra of the East Midlands
•  Lancashire Sinfonietta
•  Clonter Opera (Leader)
•  London Metropolitan Orchestra
•  London Festival Opera

•  TV Recording with The Unthanks
•  Tour with Kate Rusby
•  Sessions for Richard Hawley, Brand New Heavies, Dwayne Eddy, Cherry Ghost
•  Additional experience performing in a wide variety of non-classical genres, including traditional Irish, klezmer, gypsy, tango, bluegrass, old-time fiddle music, jazz and improvisation.
•  BBC Young Generation Artist Trish Clowes' Tangent Nonet – Member
     - with Thomas Gould and Gwylim Simcock
     - Tour of UK incl. Sage Gateshead, Kings Place & a broadcast for Jazz on 3 from London's Pizza Express
•  London Jazz Festival – works of Barbara Thompson with Tangent String Quartet
•  Matlock Music Society – Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Fauré Piano Trio, Undici Ensemble
•  Lady Lever Art Gallery Series – trio recital, Chaplais Piano Trio
•  RNCM Mendelssohn-fest and Schubert-fest, master-classes and performances

•  Bach Double Concerto with Shropshire Youth Orchestra
•  Bruch Violin Concerto with Shrewsbury School Orchestra on tour in Boston, USA
•  Kabalevsky Violin Concerto with Shropshire Sinfonia

•  Royal Northern College of Music: BMus (Hons) 1st Class Honours
Teachers: Maciej Rakowski, Jacqueline Ross, Michael Seal & Katherine Hardman

Awards & Prizes
•  DAAD Scholarship Holder for study in Germany
•  Norman George Violin Scholarship, RNCM - Finalist
•  Shropshire Young Musician of the Year - Winner
2011 - current

2002 - 2003


2000 - 2004


•  David Greed: Leader, Opera North
•  Ben Holland: Leader of Viva, Orchestra of the East Midlands

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Violin, Irish Folk Fiddle