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Lizzie Ball


Orchestral Positions

  • Assistant Concertmaster Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra March 2024 to present
  • Leader Orchestra of Life (founded and directed by Nigel Kennedy) 2010-present
  • BBC Proms 2013 with Palestine Strings (broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Four TV)
    • Recordings (Vivaldi’s Four Seasons rewrite for Sony Classical to be released)
    • Several UK/European tours in major classical venues (including Berlin Philharmonie/ Barbican/RFH/) 
  • Leader Arts Symphonic Orchestra (directed by Robert Emery)
    • Recordings (leader and featured for ‘Anthems’ Sony Classical)
    • UK touring
  • Various sessions (Russell Watson, Carly Paoli)
  • Michael Nyman Band

Freelance Orchestral Experience

  • Britten Sinfonia  
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra - on Trial for Principal 2nd Violin 
  • London Chamber Orchestra  
  • Orion Orchestra - leader
  • Manning Camarata - principal
  • Brunel Ensemble
  • London Concertante
  • Brandenburg Sinfonia

Session Work (Tours/TV/Film/Audio Recordings)

  • Isobel Griffiths Ltd
  • Michael Nyman Band
  • Hilary Skewes Ltd (Roberto Alagna, various film scores)
  • Wired Strings/Rosie Danvers (Rod Stewart, Enya, Paul Weller, Meatloaf, Emily Sande)
  • Paul Spong/Steve Sidwell (various film scores)
  • Face Music (Kanye West, Simply Red tour, various TV shows)
  • Orion Orchestra with Rick Wakeman –orchestral leader for re-record of Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  • X Factor Live Shows
  • MTA Records/Productions (techno improvised sessions)
  • Omara Portuondo UK tour including improvisation

Chamber Music

  • Regular classical/jazz Duo with James Pearson (Artistic Director and pianist of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club)
  • Endymion Ensemble (concerts, recitals, including BBC Proms 2014)
  • Machaca (directed by guitarist Morgan Szymanski, with ODuo and Gemma Rosefield) work included Wigmore Hall, Mexican touring, various UK festivals)
  • Eclectica (own group of classical/crossover, recitals in festivals, Wigmore Hall etc)
  • Duo concerts with double bassist Leon Bosch, violinist Elizabeth Cooney, cellist Gabriella Swallow , pianist Christina Mcmaster, in various UK festivals/venues also overseas.

Solo/Featured Work

  • Soloist with Nigel Kennedy Vivaldi Double Concerto in C accompanied by Nigel’s Orchestra of Life (Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall -2010)
  • Jeff Beck Band featured band member (2012-2013)
    • Appearances at Madison Square Garden for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival 2013
    • DVD/Audio recordings (Rhino Records)
  • 2013 US Tour with Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson (I also performed as featured vocalist with both bands)
  • Lizzie Ball/Classical Kicks
    • Tours /Festivals with Sam Burgess (bass), James Pearson (piano), Nicolas Meier (guitar), Pedro Segundo (drums) in Brazil, Spain, Buxton/Beaminster/Bath/Henley Festivals.
    • Residency at Ronnie Scotts upstairs venue
    • Concert series at St.James Theatre Victoria. Record Label.

Jazz/Improvisational work

  • As featured guest (violinist/vocalist) with Ronnie Scotts All Stars in Ronnie Scotts main room as support act to Chuco Valdes, Airto Moreira.
  • Classical Kicks (Lizzie’s own classical fusion brand held as a quarterly residency in Ronnie’s Bar upstairs at Ronnie Scotts, also appeared on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, Henley Festival, and regular concert series at St.James Theatre, Victoria)
  • Gilad Atzmon (jazz saxophonist, lead violin in Charlie Parker with Strings project)
  • Sir John Dankworth/Cleo Laine (Gershwin concert Ronnie Scotts/Music in the Garden in Wavendon)
  • lead violin for BBC Radio 2 Children in Need at the Savoy concert for Dionne Warwick

Work as vocalist

  • Soloist Philharmonia Orchestra Children’s Concert Abu Dhabi
  • BVs for Tom Robinson 60th Birthday Concert (a “Save BBC 6 Music” event at Shepherds Bush Empire)
  • Brian Wilson Band as vocalist (both featured and BVs) with Brian Wilson Band on US Tour


  • 1999-2002 St.John’s College , Cambridge. MA in Music (2:1)
  • 2002-2004 Royal College of Music. Postgraduate Diploma in Performance (Yossi Zivoni)
  • 2007-2008 Guildhall School of Music Postgraduate Diploma in Performance (David Takeno)


  • James Pearson Artistic Director Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club
  • Nigel Kennedy
  • Kevin Hathway Head of Percussion at Purcell School of Music

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Violin, 5 String Electric Violin, Mezzo-soprano voice, Voice