Paul Hanson

/December 14, 2023

Paul Hanson

Paul completed a Geography degree at the University of Nottingham, before post-graduate studies in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Paul has worked at three comprehensive schools in Wigan, Bolton and has been Head of Geography at Bury Church of England High School since 2014. Paul has led international field trips to California, Greece and Iceland...
/December 16, 2022

Mary Sherwood

Mary Sherwood is a retired nurse who has been involved with EYSM for many years. All Mary’s children were students on the EYSM course over a  number of years and she very much hopes that her grandchildren will soon do the same. In other musical activity, Mary has voluntarily organised and masterminded several youth tours...
/December 8, 2022

Joanna MacDaniel

Nobody could have imagined that a flyer spotted on a visit to the UK would lead to MacDaniels being part of EYSM for over 20 years. Robin joined in 2000, followed by Susanna and Steph. Susanna became House-staff and Steph is now a well-established member of the Core Team. The next generation has moved up...
/November 29, 2021

Jacqui Smith

Jacqui has been involved with EYSM for over 20 years, working in the on-course office and as a member of house-staff. All of her three children have played in the orchestras. As a Practice Nurse, Jacqui worked at two busy GP Surgeries specialising in diabetes care and immunisations. At EYSM, she is a member of...
/November 23, 2021

Sheila Cox

Sheila has supported EYSM from its beginning and, throughout the year, sources much of the music used at EYSM. As a violinist, Sheila has played in many local orchestras and she taught and ran a school string group which toured abroad with the Music Dept. With husband John, she ran the St Albans Music Festival...
/November 23, 2021

Louise Gibb

Louise is a consultant psychiatrist and group analyst, working in the NHS. She has previously volunteered for Age UK, running a weekly reading group at a day centre. Louise has four children, three of whom have enjoyed attending EYSM while the fourth is an avid fan of musical theatre. Louise is delighted to have the...
/November 23, 2021

Marilyn Stewart

A musician who has attended every EYSM course until 2017, Marilyn has actively supported it throughout that time as an accompanist, health-care monitor and valued office support. As Vice-Chairman and then Chairman, of The British & International Federation of Festivals, Marilyn strongly supported EYSM and encouraged festivals to offer bursary places on the course. Over...
/November 23, 2021

Neill Oldham

Neill trained as a pianist and clarinettist at Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds, before post-graduate studies at Durham University. He is the Award-winning Headteacher of Highfurlong School – a school for students who need educational support, often with the help of music. Highfurlong was voted ‘Happiest School of the Year’ in 2019. Previously a...
/November 23, 2021

Elizabeth Dollins

Elizabeth studied Classics at Swansea, Oxford and Exeter and has a keen interest in all things musical. She is currently Head of Boarding at Truro High School for Girls, with overall pastoral responsibility for students aged 11-18. Elizabeth has previously held pastoral and academic roles in both Junior and Sixth Form boarding houses at Cheltenham...
/November 23, 2021

Jenny Strongitharm-Cornell

Jenny lives in Southsea with her husband Matt and her daughter Francesca, who is a singer and viola player who has both attended EYSM and later joined its staff team during the week of the course. Jenny taught English and Geography in Southampton before transferring to Primary Education, when she worked at primary schools in...
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