Graham Sibley

Principal Tuba

Graham was born and brought up in St Ives, Cornwall and learned to play as a member of the St Ives Youth Band. He started on the Euphonium at the age of ten ‘and moved on to the tuba when I was big enough; around twelve or so. I was mesmerised by the sight and sound of it and it wasn’t a trombone, which my brother played!’

Study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with James Anderson and Patrick Harrild was followed by lessons with Arnold Jacobs and Rex Martin in Chicago.

Before joining the CBSO Graham was principal tuba with Northern Ballet Theatre (now Northern Ballet) and worked as a London-based freelancer with most of the UK’s major orchestras, opera and ballet companies.

Asked about his highlights with the CBSO Graham says: ‘playing the Vaughan Williams Concerto with Andris Nelsons at Symphony Hall is pretty good!’.

Outside of the Orchestra Graham has an interest in classic cars, reading political and military history and enjoys the theatre.