The National Festival Orchestra is based in the north of England and has built up a reputation for compelling performance across a variety of genres – ranging from symphonic and operatic repertoire to the world of West End and Broadway shows. Musicians are from all over the UK and venues include the Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Sage.
Regular engagements for the NFO include a 25-year residency at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, touring with the NGSOC, choral society performances and festivals. A concert at the first Edward German Festival led to an invitation to record a CD of the composer’s light opera ‘Tom Jones’ for Naxos and reviews for the performance and the orchestra have been glowing. Other engagements include live and recorded appearances on BBC Radio and Sky Arts, a tribute concert to Oscar-winning film composer John Barry and overseas festivals in the USA, Ireland and Germany.