Our Orchestra

English Philharmonia Orchestra
The English Philharmonia is a freelance orchestra, made up of the finest orchestral musicians in the UK. A vibrant group of players, they share a commitment and a passion to perfect their performance and play to the highest level, working regularly with renowned international soloists. The orchestra has delighted audiences in a wide variety of venues from leading concert halls, theatres and cathedrals to more intimate local venues.

They perform a wide range of music spanning five centuries and have a reputation of being invited to play newly commissioned work - the most recent being the ‘Tsunami Requiem’, and ‘Songs of the Coromandel Coast’ by Chris Williams. The first marks the tragic events of the tsunami in 2004 and the second depicts the resilience and recovery of those affected in India. Every new project is exciting and we are constantly looking to expand our repertoire and bring a wide range of music to new and larger audiences. So if you have an event or project in mind we would like to hear from you.
Musical Director: Graham Wili
Graham is principal conductor of the English Philharmonia orchestra and is in demand as a conductor and vocal coach both nationally and internationally. In December 2014 he conducted the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow and following the success of this concert he has been invited back to conduct again in 2015.

He is also Musical Director of three choirs and the English Philharmonia Chorus. Graham has been conducting concerts with his choirs across Europe for the past 14 years in some of Europe’s most prestigious venues.

His recording of Nowell! Nowell! Received outstanding reviews and BBC Music Magazine rated it as excellent.

Graham has worked closely with the National Youth Choir of Wales for many years as a vocal coach and run highly successful choral workshops with the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD).

Future projects include conducting Christmas and Baroque concerts with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow in 2015/2016, and Verdi Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall in 2016.

Leader: Matthew Scrivener
Matthew studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and during his time there won the highly acclaimed Eleanor Warren Salon Competition . He then became a scholar to the Royal Academy of Music. In addition to his current position of leader to the English Philharmonia, Matthew has also been leader of The Orchestra of English National Ballet since 2004.

He has also performed as guest leader of many of the country’s leading orchestras including National Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra,The Ulster Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the B.B.C. Scottish Symphony Orchestra.