Peter Donohoe is a name familiar to concert-goers both locally and internationally. Peter won many competition prizes culminating in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, since when he has built an extraordinary world-wide career. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.

Peter appeared with the SSO in the early days of his career and was even once persuaded to fill a gap by playing off-stage bells in Symphonie Fantastique following a concerto performance! We are delighted and honoured to welcome him back performing Mozart for which he has received many recent plaudits and, more unusually, as a conductor.





British violinist Martyn Jackson was born in 1988 and has performed as a solo artist and chamber musician throughout the UK, much of Europe and the Middle East. Previous seasons have included performances of the Mendelssohn, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky Concertos and a European tour with cellist Henri Demarquette encompassing venues such as the Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in Berlin and Les Invalides in Paris.  Martyn was a selected artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme 2013 and a Concordia Foundation Artist. As an orchestral musician, he has frequently served as Assistant Concertmaster of the LSO, Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC SSO.  He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London where he studied with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky and is a member of the Allegri Quartet .

He performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume on loan to him from Frau Angela Schmeink.


At just 16, Nicholas won a scholarship to the RAM and after  many prizes and First Class Honours, won the coveted Jacqueline du Pre Award from The Royal Society of the Arts. At 19, he became principal cellist in the Italian Toscanini Orchestra before moving on to tour the world as principal cellist and soloist of the Heidelberg Kammer Orchestra. Nicholas is a keen chamber musician.  He was a member of the English String Quartet for nine years and has been a member of the Balanescu Quartet’ for twenty two,  performing in venues such as Sydney Opera House, and La Scala. Nicholas regularly records albums and soundtracks on films from ‘The Mission’ to ‘Harry Potter’. He was soloist in the recent tv dramas, ‘Emma’,’The Crown’,and ’Victoria’ and films‘Brighton Rock’ and ‘Dorian Gray’ and played for the entire recording of the soundtrack for the recent drama ‘Bodyguard’ using an electric cello of his own design.



After working in London with ground-breaking groups like the Kreisler String Orchestra, the Smith Quartet and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Charles moved to Scotland where work with the Edinburgh Quartet attracted much critical acclaim (notably a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” for their recordings of Hans Gal) .

Charles moved back to England in 2007 as Associate Leader of the BBC oncert Orchestra where he has performed solo works by Beethoven, Bruch, Dvorak, Jonny Greenwood, Nico Muhly, Vaughan Williams and many others. Charles plays on a copy of the “Lord Wilton” Guarnerius made for him in 2007 by the brilliant young German luthier, Stephan von Baehr.



Norwegian cellist Jonathan Aasgaard was appointed Principal Cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999 and has since performed more than 35 works for cello and orchestra with the RLPO. He is regularly invited as a guest principal with several leading British and European orchestras and is principal cello of the John Wilson Orchestra.  Chamber music performances have taken him around Europe, the Middle East, Japan, South Korea and the USA including a range of leading festivals collaborating with artists such as Nigel Kennedy and Yo Yo Ma. He is a member of the Pixels Ensemble and Ulster chamber group the Fews.  His many recordings include a highly rated version of the  Bloch he will play with the SSO in November.  Jonathan plays a 1926 cello by Celeste Farotti, made in Milan.



Lindsey landed “the best job in the world” in July 2013, to become the 36th presenter of CBBC’s ‘Blue Peter’ which airs live every hursday on the CBBC channel. From an initial 20,000 applicants, ten promising hopefuls were grilled

by a panel of TV presenters and Lindsey's resulting success, voted on by the viewers, was announced during a live episode at the CBBC Festival in Leeds. In addition to other

television work, Lindsey has presented concerts such as ‘Paddingon’s Musical Adventures’

with the BBCSO and coincidentally narrated for a previous SSO soloist, Alexandra Dariescu in the recorded version of Alex’s hugely successful

show ‘The Nutcracker and I’ now on worldwide tour.