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


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Marcello Palazzo


Marcello is a third 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, conductor and composer.


A previous Music Scholar at secondary school, Marcello has received conducting tuition from Peter Stark, Timothy Burke and Jac Van Steen. As an orchestral conductor, he has been extremely fortunate to have had permission to watch rehearsals under conductors such Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ed Gardner and Simon Rattle, amongst others. 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 both 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, Laurence Osborn and Jonathan Woolgar. He is currently studying privately with Julian Anderson. Marcello recently won the DUOS Composition Competition under adjudication from James Weeks, John Casken and Sir Thomas Allen. His winning composition will be performed at The Sage in Gateshead with Sir Thomas Allen as narrator in June 2021.


In his previous two years at Durham, Marcello has also been the conductor of Durham University Chamber Choir, and has founded two ensembles: The Patchwork Ensemble and Durham University Concert Opera (DUCO), of which he was Musical Director and President. Marcello was also appointed Assistant Musical Director of Durham University Opera Ensemble (DOE) in the first term of his first year, 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 (2020/21).