The National Festival Orchestra or NFO for short has been the resident orchestra of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival since its inception in 1994, where they have been hailed as the “pre-eminent interpreters of G&S in the world”. The NFO have performed at major concert halls including Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; and Sage, Gateshead to sell-out audiences.
From performing at concert halls to recording “Tom Jones” on the Naxos label in 2009, a CD which received critical acclaim and reached Number 3 at on the Classical Music charts and remained there for several weeks.
The NFO have gone from strength to strength with Foreign tours including that of Gettysburg Festival, USA, and the Lanzarote Festival and making an impact back in the UK where the orchestra has performed at The Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium with leading artists. Other prestigious engagements include live and recorded appearances on BBC TV and Radio, and on Sky Arts, including a tribute concert to Oscar-winning film composer, John Barry, and the ceremony celebrating Yorkshire’s selection as the Grand Depart for the 2014 Tour de France.
The orchestra also enjoys regular performances for a number of excellent choral societies.