Bridgewater Sinfonia, Berkhamsted

Paul Barritt

Bruch – Violin Concerto No.1 24 February 2007

Paul Barritt is Permanent Guest Leader of the Hallé Orchestra and is leader of the Divertimenti Ensemble. He was leader of the English Chamber Orchestra and previously led the Northern Sinfonia.

As a concerto soloist, Paul regularly appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia. Notable tours to France, Germany, Norway, Italy, Spain and the Caribbean as well as in London and across Great Britain and Ireland achieved outstanding success. In 1998 he was soloist and director of a tour to Sri Lanka, to mark the 50th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence and also directed Isaac Stern’s 75th Birthday Concert at the Barbican and played Arvo Part’s ‘Fratres’ at the same hall in the presence of the composer. In 2001 he played the Bach Double Violin Concerto with Maxim Vengerov at the London Proms, and in Germany, Spain and Switzerland with the English Chamber Orchestra. Paul directed the ECO on a major tour of England, Switzerland and Japan with the pianist Radu Lupu in October 2001. In October 2006 he took part as soloist in a performance of Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto with pianist Angela Hewitt and the Hallé Orchestra. Similar collaborations in this field have been with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de Picardie, the Istanbul State Symphony, the Izmir State Symphony and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Guildford Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestra.