British violinist, BRADLEY CRESWICK began his long relationship as concertmaster of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in 1984 and has recently been appointed Leader Emeritus. His musical life then, as now, was rich and varied, providing personal highlights such as the EMI recording of Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’ and Concerto Accademico with Richard Hickox, performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no.2 for BBC Radio 3 and recording all the Handel op.6 Concerti Grossi with distinguished harpsichordist and conductor, George Malcolm.
More recent recordings include Handel Concerti Grossi op.3 for Naxos, co-directing six Mozart piano concertos with Imogen Cooper, ”Venus Blazing” by Deirdre Gribbin with RTE, Ireland and the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola by Mozart with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Switzerland.
In 1987 Bradley moved to London to lead the Philharmonia Orchestra. He maintained his relationship with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, making guest appearances, notably as soloist with them at the 1989 BBC Proms playing ‘The Lark Ascending’. The London years continued as leader of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House before, in 1994, returning to the Royal Northern Sinfonia for a second time.
Bradley has twice taken part in the Marlboro Music Festival in America and is invited regularly to guest-lead a wide range of orchestras. Playing with friends is a vibrant part of his life and he gives many recitals across the UK.