Musical Director

Philip Hesketh became Musical Director of the West London Sinfonia in 1991, and under his leadership the orchestra has built its reputation as one of the leading amateur groups in London.  He began his career as a professional cello player, but since concentrating his energies on conducting, has led a wide range of professional and amateur groups with great distinction.  He has a vast knowledge of the repertoire, and in addition to WLS, he is Musical Director of Opéra de Baugé, the London Children’s Ballet, The Richmond Orchestra and the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, and makes guest appearances with orchestras across the whole of Europe.  In 2001 Philip made his conducting debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, replacing the great Evgenii Svetlanov in the Royal Ballet’s season of The Nutcracker. He has a rare talent for accompanying dance and has worked very successfully with some of the world’s leading directors, choreographers, and dancers

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Philip Hesketh – Conductor