The Symphony Orchestra

Violin I

Millie Harding leader

Amy Ying

Katie Jankinson

Alex Down

Dohyun Kim

Elizabeth Kearney

Alexander Lee

Sonia Bae

Joe Savage

Beth Zheng

Violin II

Clara Falkowska principal

Megan Hathaway

Julian Adler

Charles Gurnham

Hortense Comon

Mollie Lewis

Safia Merchant

Lucy Parr

Kirsty Dempster

Rachel Weller

Ruth Hardy


Laura Cooper principal

Takeo Broadhurst

Charlotte Sasse

Tom Walker

Alex Ridley

Grace Fu

Anna Davey

Rosie Harrison

Eben Gutteridge

Rosy Heneghan



Gabriel Francis-Dehqani principal

Ben Messenger

Estelle Liu

Ruth Thursby

Alex Acomb

Sophie Baxter

Lauren Hardyman

Lucie Loridon


Elen Clarke principal

Tad Davies

Elizabeth McCauley

Saskia Huxham


Jonathan Blake principal

Alex Milne

Ishaan Shukla



Katie Fyffe principal

Annabelle Cooke

Matthew Pearson

Alex Wardill


Samuel Napier-Smith principal

Olivia Peacock

Sarah Cliff

Yasmin Prior

French Horn

Oonagh Taylor principal

Martha Kean

Charlotte Smith

Jessica Muurman


Alex Cooke principal

Martha Dean

Catherine Flanders

Jesse Turnock


Billy Crook principal

Peter Fewster

Josh Hill


Kate Long principal


Luca Lorenzini principal


Zein Checri

Natalie Houlston

Double Bass

Nathanael Thomas-Atkin principal

Sonia Sin

Anna Kendal

Annika Hanson

Gabriel Dixon-Hardy


Marcello Palazzo


Marcello is a second year Music student studying at St. Chad’s College Durham, where he was a Choral Scholar in his first year. He began his studies at Junior Guildhall, and is a violinist, pianist, singer, composer and, more recently, an organist.


A previous Music Scholar at Eton College, Marcello has received conducting tuition from Tim Johnson and Peter Stark. As an orchestral conductor, he has been extremely fortunate to have had permission to watch rehearsals under Charles DuToit, Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ed Gardner, Bernard Haitink, Nicola Luisotti, and Simon Rattle. Also a composer, Marcello feels very fortunate to have been present at Oliver Knussen’s final rehearsals with the BBCSO and George Benjamin’s rehearsals for his latest opera, Lessons in Love and Violence.


As a composer, he has been Shortlisted and Highly Commended in the BBC Inspire Composition Competition and awarded a place as an NYO composer. Marcello was awarded 2nd prize at the Windsor Festival for vocal composition. He has engaged in masterclasses with Nico Muhly and Laura Bowler, and has studied with Christian Mason, David Horne, Tim Watts, Laurence Osborn and Jonathan Woolgar. He is currently studying composition privately with Julian Anderson.


Marcello is also the conductor of Durham University Chamber Choir, and has founded two ensembles, The Patchwork Ensemble and Durham University Concert Opera (DUCO), of which he is Musical Director and President.


Marcello was also appointed Assistant Musical Director of Durham University Opera Ensemble (DOE) in his first term at the university, and Musical Director during his second term. Other interests include writing short stories, poetry and plays; whilst at school, he won a regional poetry competition and directed and acted in his own play.

Marcello intends to take his composing and conducting onwards into professional capacities and is absolutely thrilled to be working with DUOS this academic year (2019/20).