Tutors


Jacqueline Silver - Interim Head of Centre

Jacqueline has worked in education and the Arts for over twenty years.  Following her degree and acting training, she gained a PGCE in Drama from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and went on to teach Drama and the Performing Arts in state and independent schools across all age ranges.

She has directed large scale multi-disciplinary productions, managed a wide range of Arts performances, exhibitions and events and has developed extensive curricular and co-curricular creative and artistic initiatives and opportunities for young people in her career to date.

She is an experienced leader and has managed the Visual and Performing Arts in a range of schools, including at a British international school in Asia where she lived for four years.  She returned to the UK to work as a Senior Leader, holding senior posts in several independent schools, including as a Headteacher.  She has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, and in 2020 led a school project to the finals of the TES Independent School Awards in the category ‘Creativity beyond the strictures of the conventional curriculum.’

Jacqueline is an experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead and, as well as being Interim Head of Guildhall Young Artists Norwich, takes on the role of DSL.

She is delighted to be joining GYAN this term.

 

Jacqueline Silver - Interim Head of Centre

David A Stowell - Composition & Deputy Head of Centre

David A Stowell began his musical career with the band of H. M. Coldstream Guards and after leaving H.M. forces furthered his studies as a conductor and composer in Boston earning awards for both conducting and composition.

David continued his career as a professional musician in the UK, his first major concert being the premiere of a new work by Sir Edmund Rubbra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of the Queen. He has since appeared with several leading Orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

For the Millennium Festival at the National Indoor Arena David was commissioned to compose the music for the opening ceremony.

Other Commissions include composing for the City of Birmingham Choir Festival held in Symphony Hall Birmingham, Music for Her Majesty the Queens State Visits and music for the Bishop inauguration ceremony, commissioned by the Royal College of Church Music.

In the Brass Band field he has composed for many bands including the Black Dyke band, GUS, Brighouse & Rastrick and the Grimethorpe Band. He has just completed a new work for the Cory band which is to be recorded in August.

In 1996 he was given the chance to study composition formally in London and worked with Michael Kamen and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. This paid off with a commission to compose the music for the TV film `All Talk’. Following an opportunity to score a drama production in America (The Lake. 1998) David has worked as a composer on many television and radio productions including ‘A Christmas Carol’ . ‘The Letter’; ‘Anne Boleyn’; ‘All Talk’; ‘Out of Time’; ‘Unbeliever’; ‘The Snow Crystal’ and ‘IceBound’ for which he was nominated for a ‘Queens award for Television’ for Best Original Score. David is now working on the music score for a major new film currently in production.

David A Stowell - Composition & Deputy Head of Centre

Rachel Cannon - Clarinet

Rachel is a professional clarinettist and woodwind specialist. After completing sixth form at Chetham’s School of Music, she trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Medal and the Rosebowl prize as runner up in the prestigious Gold Medal Concerto competition. She was principal clarinet of the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra for several years before pursuing a freelance career, playing with all the major London orchestras. Rachel has also performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared on Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Rachel has always enjoyed combining teaching with performing, aiming to pass on her love and enthusiasm for all types of music and art forms. She has coached many wind ensembles and youth orchestra sections, including Junior Guildhall, London and leads the adult clarinet choir, “A Conference of Clarinets”. Rachel also teaches at Norwich School.

She is principal clarinet in the Academy of St Thomas Orchestra, Norwich.

Rachel Cannon - Clarinet

Laura Morgan - Voice

The Nottinghamshire born Soprano trained at the University of Huddersfield gaining her BMus(hons) and first Masters degree in Performance studying principally with Bass-Baritone, Andrew Slater.  After a couple of years of singing and teaching, she then moved even further North to complete her postgraduate studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)) with Soprano, Helen Lawson, attaining her PGDipMus and MMus.  Laura, until recently, had been singing under her maiden name, Laura Lemmon.

Laura now lives in Norwich with her husband and son. In addition to her own singing, Laura is a vocal tutor for two prestigious private schools in Norwich (Norwich School and Town Close House preparatory school); vocal instructor and choral conductor/leader for the Norwich Centre for Young Musicians in collaboration with Guildhall, London and choral director for Surlingham Broadnotes choir. She regularly gives vocal workshops and masterclasses and  teaches students of all ages privately at home.  Laura has been invited to sing as a recitalist and soloist all over the UK and enjoys a varied career of singing oratorio, recitals, weddings, christenings and other concert work.

Recent performances include:- Cally Spooner’s Damning Evidence Illicit Behaviour Seemingly Insurmountable Great Sadness Terminated In Any Manner for British Art Show 8 at Norwich Castle; Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré Requiem for Lowestoft Choral Society; Mozart- Mass in C Minor, Haydn – Salve Regina, Schubert Magnificat for Sudbury Choral Society; Arvo Pärt – Passio for Keswick Hall Choir, Mozart- Mass in C Minor, Dido & Aeneas with Norwich Baroque, Opera Gala for Sudbury Choral Society,  Finzi- In Terra Pax & Bernstein – Chichester Psalms Carter – Musick’s Jubilee Handel- Messiah, Handel –  Israel in Egypt, Rossini- Petite Messe Solennelle, Fauré – Requiem, Vivaldi – Gloria and Beatus Vir, Mozart – Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.

Laura Morgan - Voice

Simon Limbrick - Percussion

Simon Limbrick’s involvement in music embraces performance, composing and education. He has recorded for EG Editions, Blue Note Records and ECM and created scores for leading national dance companies.

As a percussionist, he has performed in a wide range of musical contexts, including Alabama3, Apartment House, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Gavin Bryars, Pete Lockett, Man Jumping, Lost Jockey, notes inegales and the LSO.

His world-premieres of solo pieces, include the composers, Javier Alvarez, Frederic Rzewski, Philip Cashian, Thea Musgrave and Ed Kelly. Recent creative work includes the online ‘dot machine’ and surfaces, a collaboration with the composer James Saunders. ‘Relay’, a double CD of music for contemporary steel-pan and electronics was released in 2014 and broadcast on a number of networks.

He created a score to be performed on the structure of a house, for the film ‘3 Church Walk’, directed by Emily Richardson and premiered at the London Film Festival. Six short performance films have been released and are currently viewable on Youtube.

Currently, Simon is researching for a PhD at Middlesex University.

Simon Limbrick - Percussion

Vicky McCardel - Flute

Vicky began playing the flute at the age of 11 and found her love of teaching at aged 14 when she built up a small teaching practice after school. (While her mother entertained the parents in the next room…)

Vicky studied at the London College of Music and Trinity College London with Ann Cherry and Michael Cox, gaining an honours degree and winning the LCM Flute Prize.

After College, Vicky performed with various orchestras, including Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra and Newbury Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp concerto and the Nielsen Flute concerto with NSO.

Vicky went on to study for a PGCE in secondary music teaching and taught in wide range of teaching environments, also teaching special educational needs.

Vicky moved with her family to Norfolk in 2004 and began teaching for Norfolk Music Service in 2006. She has 2 children and combines teaching for Norfolk Music Service and Norwich High School with playing with various local ensembles. Vicky has been teaching at GYA Norwich since 2015.

Vicky McCardel - Flute

Duncan Goode - Double Bass

Duncan (far left in the photo) has been a member of the English National Opera orchestra since 1997 and has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra.

He began learning the Double Bass at his local comprehensive school before gaining a place at Chetham’s School of Music and going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he had the opportunity to play Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Lynn Harrell and Imogen Cooper and go on the European Union Youth Orchestra tour of South America.

Duncan has been living in Norfolk since 2007 and has been teaching the Bass locally at Norwich High School and Wymondham College and has taken Bass sectional rehearsals for the NCYO. He has also taught as a visiting teacher at Junior Guildhall and Junior Royal Academy schools in London.

Duncan has been at GYA Norwich since 2015 teaching Double Bass and taking part in the Junior and Intermediate string ensembles.

Duncan Goode - Double Bass

Kit Cecconi - Guitar

Kit has deep roots in Saturday morning music schools, playing his recorder as a young child at the music workshop in his home town of New Ash Green, Kent. A few years on, after classical training on the piano, he took to the guitar and attempted to teach himself everything from Abba to Zeppelin. In 1997, Kit joined the Gravesham Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by trombonist Graham Mann.

In 2000 Kit moved to Norwich to study at the UEA, where he subsequently started his own guitar teaching business. He gained an ABRSM Certificate of Teaching in 2005 and has since been teaching guitar and leading bands on a regular basis. With much performance experience from the stage, studio and the orchestra pit, Kit blends repertoire, rudiments and improvisation in his teaching. Recently Kit has also directed the West Suffolk Youth Big Band and performed several shows with Norfolk-based septet “Bootleg Swing”.

Kit Cecconi - Guitar

Karen Smith - Piano

Karen Smith was born in London in 1970 and had her first encounter with a musical instrument, a four-stringed guitar, at the age of 4. Since then she hasn’t really stopped playing, be it piano, clarinet, saxophone, guitar or percussion!

During her teenage years, Karen played in the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra & Wind Band, the National Scout & Guide Concert Band and the National Scout & Guide Orchestra. Her first appearance on a vinyl record was with the NS&G Concert Band in 1983. This experience cemented her love of music and made a career choice very easy.

Professionally, she has been lucky enough to work with many outstanding musicians all over the world but is now happily settled back in Norfolk. She teaches both privately and for GYA Norwich as well as accompanying singers and instrumentalists. www.knjsmusic.co.uk

Karen Smith - Piano

Steve Gebbett - Piano

From his study of piano with Joan Groom and Beryl Kington in Norwich, and with John Humphries at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Steve has established himself as a successful piano and theory teacher, now with 29 years of experience.

 

Steve played in Norwich bands from the age of 14 at venues such as the Oval Rockhouse, as well as taking part in classical masterclasses with International concert pianists such as Jonathan Plowright.

Currently, Steve leads a Piano Trio, performing for weddings and parties, and composes for solo piano and chamber ensemble; he is studying for the ABRSM Licentiate in Performance and is researching the positive impact of composing on mental health, with a view to future workshops.

Steve Gebbett - Piano

Ewan Duffus - Jazz, Piano, Improvisation

Ewan is commonly described as a Jazz piano player, and while he holds a BA in Jazz from Middlesex University he will equally find himself in the role of rock organist, keyboard player or increasingly – as an improvising musician, playing with the likes of Simon Limbrick, using synths, samples and other such electronic music making devices.

In 2019 Ewan completed his post graduate teaching qualification in ‘Performance Education’ at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was through the Guildhall that he got to work on the ‘Future Band’ project with Detta Danford and Natasha Zielazinski, this work inspired him to bring group composition and improvisation into the core of his teaching.

Ewan has also been training in the Taubman approach to piano technique since 2017, and in 2019 attended the ‘Well Balanced Pianist’ course in New York. The technique has helped him work through a past injury as well as aiding in developing a greater facility at the piano. As such, this technique forms a fundamental part of his teaching.

Most importantly to Ewan, he believes in the transformative effect of making time for creativity and creative practice in life.

Ewan Duffus - Jazz,  Piano, Improvisation

Rachel Hall - Violin, Folk Group

Rachel began playing the violin in group lessons at a primary school on the North Norfolk coast. Her love of the instrument took her to Bath Spa University to study music. Her diverse interest in styles including folk, jazz and rock music have seen her tour and record with folk and progressive rock artists within the UK and throughout Europe.

Whilst at university Rachel joined the reformed line-up of 1970’s progressive rock band Stackridge in 2007, leading to numerous collaborations with other artists. She is currently a member of the band Big Big Train, winning recent progressive rock awards for albums and live shows. After headlining Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley, Germany in July 2018, the band is set to tour the UK, Europe and the USA at intervals over the next two years. Rachel also works on writing and recording string arrangements for other European and Scandinavian bands.

Rachel is passionate about teaching string instruments in a way that encompasses a range of musical styles. She teaches violin in primary schools throughout Norfolk and recently completed her Postgraduate Certificate in String Teaching with The European String Teacher’s Association.

Rachel Hall - Violin, Folk Group

Tom Carr - Trumpet

Tom studied  at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he studied the trumpet under Alan Thomas (RAF bands, BBC Symphony orchestra and CBSO.) Jon Holland (principalCity of Birmingham Symphony orchestra) and Andy Stone-Fewings (Principal trumpet for the Royal Shakespeare company).

He played in various ensembles during his time at the conservatoire including the Thallien ensemble (the conservatoire’s contemporary music group), and Symphony Orchestra where he played principle trumpet on several occasions.

In 2018, Tom was the winner of the Alfred Corfield Trumpet Prize, a solo recital competition that was adjudicated by international soloist Simon Höfle. Tom played in several masterclasses at the conservatoire, receiving tuition from musicians such as: Rex Richardson, Allen Vizzuti, Phillip Cobb and members of Stockholm Chamber Brass. Tom enjoys playing a wide range of music and has worked playing in operas, musicals, chamber music  as well as playing for part of the soundtrack of the BBC’s Peaky Blinders. 

As a tutor Tom has lead several workshops across the UK, working for various organisations, ranging from teaching beginners to high level students. He has gained a large amount of teaching experience since graduating, both in the classroom and as a brass tutor. 

Away from music, Tom enjoys watching and playing cricket, as well as cycling. 

Tom Carr - Trumpet

Fiona Beeston - Bassoon

Fiona began playing the bassoon aged 12 and went on to study at Trinity College of Music and followed her undergraduate studies with the post graduate course in orchestral training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

On leaving college Fiona taught and freelanced with UK Orchestras and often travelled to Athens to play with the Athens Chamber Orchestra. She also enjoys performing with chamber music ensembles.

Fiona recently relocated to Norfolk and is enjoying both playing and teaching in this beautiful county.

Fiona Beeston - Bassoon

Suzie Koczur - Music Appreciation

After gaining a Norfolk Scholar award, Suzie studied Music at the University of Manchester before winning a scholarship for postgraduate studies on Horn at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

At the RAM Suzie won all of the brass prizes including the Dennis Brain Horn Prize and Vivien Dunn prize for outstanding orchestral playing. This launched to a prestigious Horn playing career spanning two decades working extensively with the world’s leading orchestras including; Welsh National Opera, London Symphony Orchestra and the Halle.

As an experienced class music teacher, Suzie’s expertise includes positions at the Lady Eleanor Holles and Unicorn School in London.

Suzie has taught brass and piano since 1999 including horn teacher at King’s College, London and deputy horn teacher at Trinity College of Music Junior department.

Suzie is currently head of Music at Town Close School, Norwich and teaches Horn at Norwich School. She also holds a PGCE from Roehampton, the LRAM and LRSM.

Suzie Koczur - Music Appreciation

Ingrid Perrin - Cello

Ingrid’s teaching career started with the Sheila Nelson String Project in Tower Hamlets and continues with her work for GYA and the Venezuelan-inspired Sistema project in Norwich, as well as a small inclusive private teaching practice including adult returners.

Her freelance performance career in London comprises work mainly in theatre and dance, including the National Theatre and the RSC, for recordings including Heaven 17, Elvis Costello and The Bangles, and with chamber ensembles.

Since settling in Norwich she has played with the Rojas String Quartet and provides music for functions including launches, dinner parties and funerals as solo cellist as well as with the Astor String Quartet, for clients such as the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Friends at Raveningham Hall.

Lockdown projects included an online writers and music webinar with author Sarah Bower hosted by the National Centre for Writing, a livestreamed concert of contemporary Latin-American music from the Theatre Royal and a virtual recording of Mr Blue Sky with the Self Isolation String Quartet, as well as extensive individual and ensemble teaching.

Ingrid also runs music-led baby massage classes online and in person.

Ingrid is cello tutor, ensemble and orchestra coach, Lead for Primary Years music and Event Coordinator.

 

Ingrid Perrin - Cello

Stella Calver - Music Starts Here

Stella grew up in a musical family and enjoyed playing flute and piano from an early age in local music groups and orchestras, as well as participating in local Music Festivals. Stella studied with Wanda Jeziorska and achieved her Licentiateships in Piano Performing and Teaching from Trinity College of Music, London, a PGCE in Music Education from Edgehill University, and now runs a busy music teaching practice.

Stella is a qualified Teaching Partner with The Da Capo Music Foundation and has taught musicianship classes for children from age 3 in various Norwich and Lowestoft schools (funded by Youth Music) as well as running private groups. A passionate music educator, she has the Foundation Award from The Dalcroze Society (UK) and has held Director of Music posts in Suffolk, West London and South East London schools. Stella has also been a tutor for Sistema, Norwich.

For 10 years she coordinated the Gorleston St Andrews Festival, an annual competitive festival for amateur instrumentalists and singers, extending the range of classes and its Outreach programme.

Stella also enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family, who are also musicians, and her cat (who is not)!

Stella Calver - Music Starts Here

Grace Duthie - Flute

Grace is an experienced flautist and pedagogue. Growing up in Norfolk, Grace began playing the flute at aged 8 and was an active member of various Norfolk Music Service ensembles. At aged 18, Grace moved to Birmingham to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Judith Hall, obtaining a first-class honours degree. She also won the prestigious Woodwind Prize. During her time in Birmingham, she participated in musical outreach schemes and conducted research into the effect of music lessons on the social and emotional wellbeing of primary school aged children.

Teaching has always been a passion for Grace as she believes that high quality music tuition should be accessible to all. Starting at aged 14 with a few after-school pupils, Grace has now obtained her PGCE in primary teaching and teaches a number of private flute lessons around Norfolk and online.

Outside of music, Grace enjoys cycling, climbing and staying active!

Grace Duthie - Flute

Helen Barber - Cello

Helen was born in Yorkshire and started playing the cello when she was 7. Like many young musicians she tried to get away with as little practice as possible!  She eventually decided to take the cello seriously when she was about 12. She joined Wakefield Youth Orchestra and fell in love with performing and the camaraderie that is involved with making music. Helen attended The Birmingham School of Music and then performed with The City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has played at the Proms and the Leeds Piano Competition. She also performs as a soloist and is a member of a string quartet .

 

Helen Barber - Cello

George Philips - Saxophone

George Philips is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where his principal study was Jazz Saxophone. Since graduating in 2006 with honours, George has led a busy professional career performing and teaching.

He has performed with many jazz ensembles including The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and The London Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at a number of venues including The O2 Arena, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Dean Street Pizza Express, and The 606 Jazz Club.

He also has extensive experience recording with, and performing alongside, many established Jazz and Pop artists including Clean Bandit, Cliff Richard, McFly, All Saints, Charlotte Church, The Puppini Sisters, Bruce Forcyth, Ministry of Sound, Hedkandi.

George currently teaches in schools in South East England as well as privately and online, to pupils all over the world.

George Philips -  Saxophone

Emily Sheldrake - Violin

Emily grew up in East Anglia and at the age of nine was awarded a RAM scholarship to study with renowned violinist Fred Grinke.

When she was thirteen she went to Chetham’s School of Music and studied with Roger Raphael. In her final year at Chetham’s she led the Chamber and Symphony orchestras and won the concerto auditions for strings going on to perform Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Concerto with Chris Adey at the RNCM. She also won the Ida Carroll prize for strings that year.

Emily continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she also took a specialist course in Baroque Performance.

After graduating from the Guildhall she spent the next eleven years performing, recording and touring Europe with many of the country’s leading baroque orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and players, Hanover Band and Fiori Musicali. During this time she also recorded string arrangements for ODH Studios, Brightside Recordings (Sony), Breaks Co-op (Parlophone), Soul II Soul Studios and led the string group for the Zoe Mace/Brian Conley shows at the Oxford Apollo.

Emily moved to Norfolk in 2007 and currently teaches violin at Norwich School and Wymondham College. Many of her students have achieved Distinction at Grade 8 and Diploma, led and performed concerto movements with NCYO and have been offered places at Chetham’s, Purcell School, Birmingham Conservatoire, Trinity College London, Royal College of Music and Royal Northern College of Music.

Emily loves living in the beautiful Norfolk countryside with her husband and their four rescue dogs.

Emily Sheldrake - Violin