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Daniel Bates (MA CANTAB, FRSM, FTCL, ARAM, AGSMD) is principal oboe with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia and holds the oboe chair at Miss Saigon- the Cameron Mackintosh production at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End. He has also held the principal oboe position with the Northern Sinfonia at the Sage, Gateshead. He has played guest principal for all the major UK orchestras, including the¬†Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra, the London¬†Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields as well as various international orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Colombia and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. As a session musician he has recorded for various pop acts and films, including the Harry Potter franchise and for Barbra Streisand, Mary J Blige, Rihanna and Stevie Wonder. He has also played principal oboe with the Gabrieli Consort and Players and, on classical and romantic oboe, as principal with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, under the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Mark Elder. He has recorded a CD, with the working title ‘Heatwave’, with the flautist Juliette Bausor and the pianist Simon Lepper (both fellow winners of the Royal Overseas Competition) – soon to be released.

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