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Doug Badger, Cellist


Education & Qualifications . . . read more

1998–2000 ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC PG Dip in Advanced Performance
1993–1997 UNIVERSITY OF YORK BA (Music)
[4 As & 2 Bs]

Orchestral . . . read more

I frequently undertake trials and freelance work with professional orchestras throughout the UK, including:

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
—I am currently on trial for a rank & file vacancy

Ulster Orchestra
—I recently undertook a trial for a rank & file vacancy

Opera North
—I recently undertook a trial for a rank & file vacancy

—I undertook a trial for a No. 2 cello vacancy in 2010 and have also undertaken freelance work as section leader

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
—I frequently undertake freelance work and toured Spain with the orchestra in August 2010

Philharmonia Orchestra
—I undertook a trial for a full-time rank & file position in 2009

Welsh National Opera
—I undertook a trial for a rank & file position in 2009 and was invited back again for a final selection process between myself and one other candidate. Before I could undertake the final trial process however, the section leader decided to step back and take the rank & file position himself

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
—I undertook a trial for a rank & file position in 2009 and joined the orchestra on a tour of China in 2008

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
—I undertook a trial for a full-time rank & file position in 2007

London Symphony Orchestra
—Short listed for trial; was one of only three called back for second round audition on the day

Skipton Camerata
—I have held the position of No. 2 cello since 2006 and I am also called upon frequently to lead the section

I am also on the extra-work lists for:
Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Manchester Camerata
Orchestra of the Swan
... amongst others

Other orchestral experience includes: Liverpool Mozart Orchestra (section principal), NYOS (section co-principal), EYO & EIYO (section principal), RNCM Symphony Orchestra (section co-principal), University of York Orchestra & Chamber Orchestra, the RSAMD Junior Orchestra & Chamber Orchestra, GWC Orchestra & Baroque Orchestra, the Orchestra of Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh, the Meadows Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh

Ensemble . . . read more

I undertake regular professional engagements as a chamber musician in string quartets, piano trios and other ensembles including:

Ryebank Piano Trio — Frequent concerts, competitions and recordings throughout the UK

Chiasmus Ensemble — I recently joined this Manchester-based contemporary music ensemble

Bridgewater String Quartet — Regular string quartet engagements throughout the North West of England

Alteri New Music Ensemble — Performance and commercial recording of music by Jeffrey Lewis

Celtica Cello Quartet — Performance with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Welsh National Eisteddfod — Live recording for BBC Wales of large ensemble work ‘Plan Prenig’ by Brian Hughes

ensemble eleven — I have frequently performed with this Manchester-based contemporary music ensemble

RNCM New Ensemble — Frequent performances of work by established and emerging composers

University of York New Music Group — Throughout my university career I performed in every NMG concert

GWC String Quartet — 1990 & 1991 Winners of the National Chamber Music Competition of Great Britain

Solo . . . read more

As a soloist I perform regularly in recitals and as a concerto soloist with various orchestras throughout the UK including:

St Helens Sinfonietta — I performed the Brahms Double concerto in 2011

Liverpool Mozart Orchestra — I performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto in 2010 with the Ryebank Trio

Skipton Camerata — I performed the Haydn C major concerto in February 2009

Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra — I performed the Schumann concerto in March 2009

Memorial Concert for Kitty Gregorson — Performed in concert with Moray Welsh and other former pupils

100th Birthday Concert for Kitty Gregorson — Performed solo in concert with Moray Welsh and other former pupils

Huntingdon Philharmonic — Performed Elgar cello concerto

Philomusica Edinburgh — Performed Vivaldi double concerto at Edinburgh International Festival and subsequently on tour in Wales

Orchestra of Old St. Paul’s, Edinburgh — Performed Haydn D major concerto

Royal Scottish National Orchestra — Invited to perform as soloist in RSNO event

Edinburgh Competition Festival — The Gray Cup (Special String Solo Prize)

General Information . . . read more

I play a superb 19th Century cello of unknown origin with a fine Hill bow, generously bequeathed to me by my former cello teacher, the late Miss EKB “Kitty” Gregorson MBE.

I am working intensively on all aspects of my playing and taking lessons with renowned orchestral cellists.

19 April 2024