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National Festival Orchestra

For twenty-five years, at home and overseas, our International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company have been superbly served by Sally Robinson and her National Festival Orchestra.

Our players are drawn from all around the UK with an amazing breadth of professional experience with the country’s major symphony, chamber and opera orchestras and West End and Broadway shows.

Sally Robinson was born in London and at the age of ten she won a junior exhibition to the Royal College of Music to study the violin with Pauline Scott, then went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.  As a freelance violinist Sally has worked with the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra, English national Ballet, Manchester Concert Orchestra, the Carl Rosa orchestra and others.  Leader of the National Festival Orchestra, the Yorkshire Chamber Ensemble and Lydian String Quartet she enjoys regular invitations to ‘guest’ lead orchestras in Aberystwyth, East Lancs and Sheffield.  Sally has led the orchestra for the G&S Festival since its inception, which is always the highlight of the year!