Katie Stillman appointed Leader of Orchestra of Opera North

Congratulations to alumna Katie Stillman, announced as the new Leader of the Orchestra of Opera North.

Following an extensive career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader, Katie is currently first violinist with the Villiers Quartet, one of the leading string quartets in the UK known for their Late Beethoven cycle and for championing music by British composers. During the past season, she has directed performances with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Manchester Camerata, and Northern Chamber Orchestra, as well as being a guest leader with Opera North for several productions. She has performed recitals throughout the UK at venues including the Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, and Wigmore Hall.


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Katie said: ‘I’m thrilled to be joining Opera North as Leader. Over the past few years, I have been excited by the energy, imagination and musicianship of the amazing players, singers and conductors in this Company. The versatility of the orchestra, ranging from its incredible concerts on the stage, in the pit, in schools and for families is remarkable, and I can’t wait to get to know the audiences.

‘I was given my first orchestral work with Opera North when I was a student in Manchester, so it feels wonderful to now be involved in its future. Highlights for my first season will be Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as Mozart’s Magic Flute – one of my absolute favourites as a child!’

Committed to educating the next generation, Katie has regularly performed in concerts for children in the acclaimed Bach to Baby series and has taught at Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM, after graduating in 2005.

Opera North Music Director and fellow RNCM graduate, Garry Walker, said: ‘I’m delighted that Katie is joining the orchestra as Leader. We have known each other for many years, indeed since our time at the RNCM, and I know that she will bring so much to us as an Orchestra and as a Company.’

Katie will take up the position in August, replacing David Greed. Read the full story here.

8 April 2024