Course Tutors

Ensemble conductors:

“Excellent week! Thank you very much: tutors very professional, friendly environment. I’ve learned a lot.”

“The tutors are absolutely marvellous.”

Here is the latest list of tutors confirmed for 2020 

Margaret Archibald (Clarinet).Margaret has an infectious enthusiasm for music as recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, coach and lecturer. She has travelled widely in Japan, the USA and Europe performing on modern and historical clarinets. She was Sub-Principal Clarinet of the London Mozart Players 1984 – 2012 and for twenty-one years the LMP’s Education and Community Manager. She has performed with many of the major period instrument orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, English Concert, Gabrieli Consort, Hanover Band, London Classical Players and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Margaret passionately believes that music is for sharing and in 2010 she founded the charity Everyone Matters that now takes a wide range of projects into schools, special schools, nursing homes, day centres and the wider community. A focus on intergenerational projects has given young musicians the opportunity to rehearse with professionals in order to perform alongside them in care centres for older people including many living with dementia.

Gemma Ashcroft (Symphony Orchestra double bass) performs regularly with many UK orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Since graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music she has worked with a wide range of artists including David Braid, Sting, Guillemots and Russell Watson, and last year played on the soundtrack for a South Indian movie as part of a string octet.

Gemma has a passion for music education and balances her performing career with a busy teaching and workshop schedule. She is a lower strings tutor for two local music services and visiting double bass teacher at Repton School, in addition to her growing private teaching practice. In 2013 she organised the first North West Bass Day which was attended by 21 local bass players. This year Gemma is delivering ‘Hallé Shine’ music workshops for young people across Greater Manchester and has recently been appointed Outreach Manager of Skipton Camerata, the professional chamber orchestra of which she is also principal bass.

Anthony Barrett (Trombone)

Nicola Beckley (Alto) studied mathematics at Warwick University and singing at the Royal College of Music. She is now Head of Singing at Streatham and Clapham High School and also teaches at the Old Palace of John Whitgift School in Croydon. She has worked professionally with a wide variety of choirs, including the BBC Singers, The King’s Consort, Philharmonia Voices, London Voices and London Sinfonietta Voices. She has worked in many other choirs and consorts and opera choruses as well as undertaking solo engagements in oratorios and opera from Bach through Brahms to Britten.

Ruth Beedham (Sinfonietta ‘cello) studied at Trinity College of Music with Alison Wells and Natasha Pavlutskaya. Whilst at Trinity Ruth won the Leonard Smith Prize for string and piano duo and was also awarded a scholarship to continue her studies with a postgraduate diploma. She now studies privately with Naomi Butterworth.

Ruth is a member of The Backman Trio – a Finnish/British trio who have performed extensively across both countries. In 2012 they performed at the new music hall in Helsinki and made a recording for Finnish radio station YLE 1. Last year they launched their debut CD “Fantasia” (British and Finish piano trios) on Finish label Fuga. Ruth has been guest soloist with Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra and St Paul’s Sinfonia and has also made a solo demo recording for Oscar winning film composer Rachel Portman.

In addition to her performing work Ruth enjoys a busy and varied teaching career that includes City of London School and Blackheath Conservatoire.

Nichola Blakey (Sinfonietta Viola) studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with first class honours and gaining the Licentiate teaching diploma. She now teaches violin and viola, both privately and at the North London Music Centre, and she is a qualified Alexander Technique teacher.

As a freelance player Nichola works with such orchestras as the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Opera North, the 18th.Century Sinfonia, The Brook Street Band and the Orchestra of Ex Cathedra. She also performs with various chamber groups, including the Kertesz Quartet, a classical string quartet using period instruments, and in non-classical contexts for various artists and bands around the UK and abroad.

Lewis Braham (Sinfonietta Double Bass) began playing the Double Bass at the age of fifteen. He is a graduate from the Royal College of Music in London and studied with Tony Hougham, the Principal Double Bass of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

As a busy freelancer, Lewis has performed with the English National Ballet, London Concert Orchestra, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aurelian Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

Lewis was selected to record the Double Bass backing tracks for the ABRSM’ new Initial Double Bass Exam Pack for 2020 – 2023 which was is designed to help beginners measure their progress and celebrate their achievements.

As well as performing Lewis holds many teaching posts around the country including; Visiting Teacher of Double Bass at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge, Visiting Teacher of Double Bass at St John’s College School in Cambridge, Visiting Teacher of Double Bass at Brentwood School, Double Bass Tutor for Saffron Centre for Young Musicians, Instrumental Teacher for Thurrock Music Services, Double Bass Tutor for the Suffolk Youth Orchestra and he also teaches privately. In the Summer of 2017 Lewis was the Co-Director and String Orchestra Conductor for the Musicale Course in Cambridge.

Chris Brannick (Percussion) was a founder-member of internationally renowned percussion quartet ensemblebash and was for fifteen years Principal Percussion of Glyndebourne Touring Opera orchestra, leaving to concentrate on contemporary chamber music. In addition to his career as a percussionist, he is an examiner for ABRSM, has a maths degree, is a qualified executive coach and in 2018 won the Global Motion Pictures Award for Best Screenplay. Chris has also written and appeared in plays at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringes.

Peyee Chen (Soprano) is a soprano with a particular interest in contemporary and Baroque music. Appearances as a soloist include the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan, Pierrot Lunaire on the York Spring Festival, The Light Show as part of Southbank Centre’s Harmonic Series, and world premieres at Spitalfields Festival and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

She is an ad hoc member of the BBC Singers and EXAUDI, with recent engagements including the BBC Proms, Spitalfields Festival, and Aldeburgh Festival with BCMG and Oliver Knussen. Peyee received her BMus degree from Northwestern University, USA, in 2008, and her MA (with distinction) from University of York, UK, in 2010.

Donald Clist (Brass Ensemble Joint Co-ordinator and Horn Tutor) studied with the late Ifor James from the age of 15 until he started as an undergraduate at the RNCM in Manchester. After graduation, he spent 12 years freelancing in London with many eminent ensembles and major symphony orchestras, mainly working with the European Community Chamber Orchestra, with whom he travelled the world, playing chamber music and concertos. In 1999, Donald became a member of the Welsh National Opera horn section, and continues his busy solo and chamber music career around the Opera schedule. He is a regular soloist with the Bristol Ensemble.

Graham Dolby (Woodwind Co-ordinator and bassoon tutor) studied music at Anglia Ruskin University; he studied flute, bassoon and piano accompaniment and played sax in the college Big Band. As well as his degree he holds a teaching diploma from the Guildhall School of Music.

He teaches woodwind instruments in several schools in and around Cambridge, including St Faith’s, The Leys, The Perse Preparatory School, Hills Road Sixth Form College and Sawston Village College where he also conducts the Wind Band. Graham has always played bassoon orchestrally (in the Sampson Orchestra, East Anglian Chamber Orchestra, and the K.239 Chamber Orchestra). Having left the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996 as Simply Reeds began to take off, he then returned to play clarinet in 2001 and has been co-principal clarinet since 2007. In January 2006, Graham joined the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Orchestra as first oboe and also plays the oboe in the wind quintet ‘Cambridge Winds’.

Maddy Evans (Sinfonietta Violin).

Cathy Fox (Sinfonietta Violin) studied with Gillian Findlay at Trinity College of Music. Since graduating she has taught for Newham Music Service, Brighton College and the London Oratory School. She currently teaches at the Centre for Young Musicians and privately. In 2015 Cathy gained an MA from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy, studying choral conducting with Dr. Katalin Kiss, singing with Dr. Judit Rajk and piano with Dr. Orsolya Szabo. As a performer, Cathy has been solo violinist and soprano with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowsky and Marin Alsop and is the soloist for The Moth performing at the Union Chapel and the Bridge Theatre.

Cathy is enjoying being a member of the Orlando Choir and the London Bulgarian Choir (training choir).

Paul Garner (Brass Ensemble Joint Co-ordinator and Trumpet Tutor)  Now celebrating 40 years as a trumpet player, Paul is in demand as a teacher and freelance player. Early years were spent playing in brass bands (including the National Brass Band Finals at the Royal Albert Hall and the British Open Brass Band Championships) and touring both in England and Europe. He studied at the Birmingham School of Music where he won the Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto competition. Following graduation from Birmingham (where he studied with Bernard Brown, Alan Whitehead and John Wilbraham), Paul travelled the world playing aboard cruise liners for P&O and Cunard. Summer seasons also saw Paul working with Linda Nolan, Mike Reid and Bob Monkhouse. Paul has also played for commercial radio and television including the theme tune for a special edition of ‘This is Your Life’ and as part of the brass section on an album for Walter Trout and for Katrina and the Waves. Locally he has played with the Cambridge Philharmonic, Sinfonia of Cambridge and K239 Chamber Orchestras, 78 RPM Big Band and Superstition (an 8-piece function band).

Robbie Haylett (Choir, Bass) holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Cambridge and a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance Education from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Having recently established himself as a teacher and singer in London, Robbie works in various schools and with private students across the country, and has created and sung numerous operatic roles, including at Tête-à-tête and Grimeborn festivals. His choral experience includes working for several years as a Lay Clerk at Peterborough Cathedral and various projects as a freelance artist.

Judith Van Ingen (Symphony Orchestra violin) studied the violin and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music with Rosemary Rapaport and Sydney Griller. Since leaving the Hallé Orchestra she freelances with many modern instrument orchestras across the country including English National Ballet, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra et al. and teaches at The Queen’s School, Chester and Liverpool University. Judith plays with period instrument groups (Baroque and Classical) and manages the 18th Century Concert Orchestra – an orchestra whose members play instruments of the period and perform in period costume.

Jonathan Lee (Accompanist)  studied at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, in Stellenbosch (South Africa), and at Cambridge University. Whilst at Cambridge he read for a degree in music, was an organ scholar at Sidney Sussex College, and studied the organ with both Nicholas Kynaston and John Wellingham. Prior to Cambridge, he was assistant organist at the Diocesan College in Cape Town. Jonathan has been organist at Berkhamsted Parish Church since Advent 2002, and in 2016 year he accompanied the church choir in a private concert for HM The Queen a few weeks after her 90th birthday.

Accompanying and continuo work takes him all around Europe including work with the Gewandhauschor and the Bach Choir of Madrid (on Spanish television) as well as work much closer to home; he is the regular accompanist of the Chiltern Chamber Choir. Jonathan is staff accompanist on the NLMS music course, and in 2017 he directed the RSCM National Course in South Africa. He has been musical director of Berkhamsted’s Castle Choir since its launch in 2013.

Jonathan was for many years a music editor working for ABRSM, and has been responsible for several sets of the ubiquitous ABRSM piano exam anthologies.  He is a peripatetic piano teacher at Berkhamsted School, where he is also school organist.

David Lewis (Symphony Orchestra Leader) studied Violin,Viola, and conducting at the Royal College of Music, London and commenced his professional career with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. He participated in many landmark performances and recordings with the company, working with artists such as Goodall, Pavarotti and Sutherland.
Since becoming freelance David has worked with major orchestras throughout the UK and abroad. He has worked in film, and on stage with RSC.  His concerto credits include those of JS Bach, Mozart, Max Bruch and Vivaldi (4 seasons).

David has also performed with period instrument groups such as AAM, Age of Enlightenment, and Florilegium. He has toured Canada with the 18th Century Concert Orchestra, a period ensemble he leads and directs.

David is a gifted string coach and a regular tutor and adjudicator on both summer music schools and music competitions.

Joshua Lynch (Symphony Orchestra ‘Cello) Recipient of the Freda Dinn and Ida Marbett Award, St James Chamber Music Prize and the Musiciens Entre Guerre et Paix, Joshua Lynch is a passionate devotee of chamber music and has already enjoyed a diverse and creative career. Joshua studied with Emma Ferrand and Gillian Today at the Royal Northern College of Music and then continued his studies with Ursula Smith at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Joshua is the cellist of the Celia Quartet, who are mentored by the Quartetto di Cremona and Simon Rowland-Jones. The quartet are part of the ‘Le Dimore del Quartetto’ and ‘Lincoln Center Stage’ networks and have enjoyed several tours in Italy, Sicily and the UK. Most recent highlights have included performing at the North Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and performing Schumann’s Piano Quintet as part of the Festival Note di un Sogno with Stefania Cafaro in Umbria. Joshua has performed at the Wigmore Hall, The Crucible (MitR), St Martin-in-the-Field and Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Away from the concert platform, Joshua has also enjoyed working alongside several bands, most notably New Order, The Charlatans, Daughter and Blossoms, as well as Mancunian poet, Mike Garry. Joshua is the Principal cellist of the Cambridge Philharmonic and has played with the London Symphony Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia. He also works regularly with his duo partner, pianist Sally Birkett, where they enjoy a busy concert schedule.

Away from performing Joshua is a passionate teacher and holds the position of cello tutor at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge and is a chamber music tutor at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also a regular tutor at ProCorda, Aboyne Cello Festival and NLMS Summer School..

Sarah Moore (Flute) enjoys a busy performance schedule as an orchestral player and as a chamber musician, both on modern and period instruments. She performs with period instrument orchestras such as the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Newcastle Baroque, Northern Baroque, Leeds Baroque and the Eighteenth-Century Sinfonia. Sarah also performs with Bellissime Chamber Ensemble, which specialises in performing music from country houses and she has been involved in recordings of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, released on the Signum Classics label.

Sarah studied modern and baroque flute with Edwina Smith during her undergraduate degree at the University of York. She was awarded AHRC grants to pursue her postgraduate studies in York and, after completing her MA (with distinction) she was awarded a PhD on rhetoric and baroque performance practice with Professor Seymour.

Teaching forms an important part of her career. She has taught modern and baroque flute at the universities of York and Hull, and at Ampleforth College, and she has led seminars, master-classes and workshops for undergraduates at the universities of York and Hull.

Adrian Rowlands (Oboe) is principal oboe in the London production of Les Miserables and widely sought after as a freelancer.  He is also Professor of Reed Making at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Michael Solomon Williams (Tenor). Born in London, a graduate of the University of Leeds, the University of North Texas College of Music, The University of York and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artists programme at Aldeburgh, Michael works frequently with groups such as the The Academy of Ancient Music, London Voices, the Monteverdi Choir, The English Concert and the Dunedin Consort, as well as leading European ensembles including Le Concert d’Astrée, Les Eléments, Les Arts Florissants, Stradivaria, Ensemble Matheus and Le Cercle d’Harmonie.

In 2016 Michael founded international multi-genre social cohesion project Common and Kind, which brings together communities in the UK and worldwide with leading artists from across the musical spectrum in workshops, concerts and massed choir collaborations, launched with an original single featuring solo artists from across the musical spectrum ranging from Sarah Connolly to Snarky Puppy, thousands of singers, refugees and more from across the world. Michael also performs regularly with Dame Emma Kirkby’s Dowland Works, coaches adults and children across London and as Visiting Lecturer of Voice at the University of Southampton, and runs his local train station community garden in north-east London.

Brenda Stewart (Symphony Orchestra viola) has been a member of the Bingham String Quartet since its formation in 1985. With the quartet she has travelled extensively in this country and abroad, and has been active in education at Radley College, the Benslow Music Trust, and chamber music courses in Shropshire and Norfolk. Her wide-ranging teaching activities have included long-standing commitments at the Junior Royal Academy, Queenswood School, Radley College and the Mary Ward Centre, London, where she taught adult beginners, coached chamber groups and conducted the string orchestra. She continues to perform professionally alongside her duties as Rector of the West Leightonstone Benefice in the Diocese of Ely.