The sound of EYSM in 2019

Course Orchestra

Gött​erdāmmerung: Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March; Wagner
1812 Overture; Tchaikovsky
Music from Films; TBC
Rhapsody in Blue; Gershwin


Helios Overture; Nielsen
Penillion Symphonic Poem; Grace Williams

String Orchestra

Pastoral Suite; Avril Coleridge Taylor
Andante Festivo; Sibelius

Wind Orchestra

Russian Christmas Music; Alfred Reed
The Witch and the Saint; Steven Reineke
Pacem; Robert Spittal
Harlem Nocturne; Erle Hagen
Music from the Incredibles; Michael Giacchino

Vocal Work

The Heavens are Telling, Haydn
5 Days that Changed the World, Bob Chilcott
Scenes from 'Merrily We Roll Along', Stephen Sondheim


Andrew Sherwood

Principal Conductor

Andrew was born in Kenya, educated in Zimbabwe and, when he had played the violin for three years, won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He studied with Antonio Brosa, Sylvia Rosenberg and subsequently with Sascha Lasserson. He studied composition with Alan Ridout.

Andrew has led the Mercury Ensemble for Ballet Rambert and played in London and Scottish orchestras. His solo performances range from the Wigmore Hall to East Europe, USA and Africa. Many composers have written works for him.

Andrew is in demand as a conductor and has worked with orchestras from the strings of the CBSO to the Brighton Youth Orchestras Trust, where he is the Director. He is Principal Conductor for the Musicians of All Saints and European Youth Summer Music. He is Director of the University of Brighton Choirs and Conductor of the Somerset County Youth Orchestra.  Andrew is a Professor of Violin at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London.

John Greaves

Wind Orchestra Conductor

John began his musical career in London as a teacher and conductor. Moving north, he became Head of Brass and Percussion for Northamptonshire, where he was involved in the development of the County’s Wind Orchestra, Jazz Orchestras and Brass Bands, all of which won recognition at national level.

John was invited to take up the post of Director of Bands at Heritage High School in Denver, Colorado, USA where, working in conjunction with the Universities of Northern Colorado and Denver, he gained a vast knowledge of wind orchestra and jazz ensemble repertoire and developed a highly individual rehearsal method. The success of this approach has since been seen in a host of awards in the USA and UK.

John moved to the west country where he formed the award-winning City of Truro and Carrick Youth Wind Orchestra as well as conducting the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales and The West of England Schools Symphonic Wind Band.  Recently retired from the post of Acting Head of Cornwall Music Service, John still teaches and conducts three wind orchestras and two jazz big bands every week.


EYSM Instrumental Tutors

Catherine Schofield


Catherine studied music at both Manchester University and the RNCM with Peter Cropper and Richard Deakin. She won an award to continue studying with Emanuel Hurwitz and take part in masterclasses with Igor Ozim, Dong Suk Kang and Ernst Kovacik.  A founder member of the  Bridge String Quartet whose internationally acclaimed recordings particularly specialise in English music, their most recent recording includes a song cycle with Baritone,Roderick Williams. 

Catherine has taught at both Junior Guildhall and TrinityLaban Conservatoire, and now heads “Stringendo Music Classes” for young string players in Hammersmith. As a freelance violinist, she has developed particular associations with the English Chamber Orchestra, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and the English Touring Opera.  She has given violin recitals with Duo Panormo in the UK and Hungary.  

Charlotte Higgs


Charlie enjoys a varied career as a freelance violinist, ranging from regular performances with orchestras such as English Touring Opera and English National Ballet to improvising with the storytelling company ‘Everyday Magic’, where she is resident violinist. She has played in shows in the West End and National Theatre and leads the Symposia String Quartet.

Charlie is committed to working with young people and, as well as her work at EYSM since 2005, she coaches a string ensemble weekly and is the Violin Tutor for Haringey Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra. Charlie is a qualified practitioner of the Alexander Technique. She holds positions at Junior Trinity, Tonbridge School and Sevenoaks School.

Michael Schofield


Michael completed the Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University, studying violin with Richard Deakin and subsequently joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra. 

More recently, as violist of the Bridge Quartet, Michael has performed extensively throughout Europe and the USA, and has provided much of the research behind the quartet’s pioneering recordings of English chamber music.

Sam Sherwood


Sam was born into a musical environment and took up the ‘cello at the age of five. He completed his formal studies at Trinity College of Music, studying with David Kenedy and Natalia Pavlutskaya and winning the ‘John Barbirolli Memorial Prize for ‘Cello’. After several years in the Verbier Festival Orchestra of Switzerland and a year as Co-Principal in the Southbank Sinfonia, he moved to Chile to become Co-Principal ‘Cellist in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago. Sam continues to live and work in Chile, where he plays an active role in teaching and inspiring young musicians. A past EYSM student, he is delighted to have returned as a tutor!

Claire Whitson

Double Bass

Claire was a member of EYSM and of the National Children’s and National Youth Orchestras and is now delighted to be a tutor both for EYSM and the NCO. Claire studied at the RAM and freelanced in London for five years before becoming a member of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has worked regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, all BBC Orchestras, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and alongside many top chamber ensembles such as London Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and City of London Sinfonia.

Claire has also developed a session and West End career, playing at the London Palladium and recording at the famous Abbey Road studios. Claire also teaches both privately and in schools.  

Susan Torke


Susan grew up in Western New York and studied at the Hartt School of Music with John Wion and then at Royal Academy of Music, London with William Bennett, where she was a Leverhulme Scholar. At the Academy she won the All flutes Plus Flute Prize and all the prizes for chamber music with her wind quintet. For the past 25 years, N London has been her home. Susan has performed with the RPO, the Royal Opera, Royal Birmingham Ballet, Ballet Rambert, London Bach and Northern Ballet Orchestras. Also with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English Chamber Orchestra, English Classical Players, National Symphony Orchestra & Cantiere International d’Arte- Montepulciano, Italy. She has performed in over 20 different West End Shows and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, BBC radio and TV and other session work. She is in demand as a chamber musician across Europe and the Far East and has performed all the Brandenburg Concerti in Japan, performed with her wind quintet for 10 years all over Europe, with the Emerson String Quartet and with Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now scheme for 15 years. She teaches in schools and at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. Recently, Susan was delighted to be awarded an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music, ARAM – an honour from the RAM for her “significant contribution to the music profession”.

Jo Lively

Double Reeds

Jo studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Theodore and Maurice Bourgue. She subsequently became one of London’s most successful freelance oboe/cor anglais players, working regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the LPS, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Opera House Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras and the London Mozart Players. She has also played on film scores, worked with musicians such as Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams, and was the resident oboist for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love. 

Jo has always been a keen and committed teacher, currently teaching oboe at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and Highgate School.  She is also a tutor for the National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Wind Ensemble and is much in demand as an adjudicator.  Jo is also very involved with the ABRSM, both as an examiner and trainer, and also as repertoire selector for the current oboe syllabus.

Clare Hoskins

Double Reeds

Clare Hoskins was a Choral Exhibitioner at Trinity College, Cambridge, who trained and worked as a primary school teacher, leaving teaching to become a post-graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music. She has worked extensively as a freelance player, including many years with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Garsington Opera and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with English National Opera, the Royal Opera House and City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Concert and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the City of London Sinfonia and London Mozart Players.

Clare teaches for Camden and Haringey Music Services and takes part in music workshops and outreach projects for orchestras, and for Create Arts, a charity which aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged people through the creative arts.  She lives in Cricklewood with her husband – the conductor Paul Hoskins – and their three children, who are all musicians, too.

Donald Lloyd

Double Reeds

Don studied the Bassoon with Gareth Newman and became a member of the Royal Marines Band Service. He was Principal Bassoon for much of his 32 year tenure, performing for many important occasions including the handover of Hong Kong, major sporting events and private dinners for the Royal Family and HM government. He also spent time as the Bassoon Instructor at the Royal Marines School of Music.

Don is currently the Conductor of Symphony Orchestra, Classroom teacher and Bassoon teacher at St Catherine’s School. He is also the Conductor for Brass Roots and Assistant Conductor for Fusion Brass. Musical Director of Meridian Winds since 2008, he has also been a guest conductor for the National Wind Band Association. Don has taken part in summer schools with Jack Brymer, William Waterhouse, and Tim Reynish and is delighted to be invited to be an EYSM tutor where he will work with Bassoons and Chamber Music groups.

Steve Dummer


Steve was a pupil of the late, great Jack Brymer. His recent solo concerts have included recitals at Dartington Summer School, Arundel Festival and the Chapel Royal, Brighton. He was a founder member of the zany jazz band Itchy Feet and Juan Martin’s Flamenco Group, featuring on the much-admired ‘Musica Alhambra’.  

Steve is the Musical Director of Talkestra.  He has been clarinet tutor on many courses and summer Schools and leads the Orchestral Workshop courses at Dartington Summer School and the National Strings and Wind Workshop in Scotland.  He has conducted orchestras across the UK and is presently the conductor of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra and the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Andy Tweed


Andy Tweed was born in Northern Ireland and studied clarinet and saxophone at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is a particularly versatile musician happily moving between the jazz and classical approach to playing the saxophone. He was a mainstay of Saxtet for many years appearing on national TV and Radio. As a freelance player he has performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as jazz orchestras – the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ed Leaker’s Swing Machine and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra as well as working on the West End and on touring shows across the country playing all the saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute. 
He is a regular member of the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra and Karen Street’s Streetworks and her Tango Band Carismático.
Andy teaches saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire and Wells Cathedral School. He has given masterclasses, workshops and examined at Royal College of Music, Welsh College of Music & Drama, Leeds College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and various British Saxophone Congresses. 
He has produced or co-produced all of Saxtet’s CDs, all of Karen Street’s CDs and his own recording, Spiritualise released on Big Shed Music.
He has music published by Boosey & Hawkes and Saxtet Publications.
Andy is a Yamaha Artist. 

Dave Tollington


David has worked with many of the finest orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestras of Wales and Scotland, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

His work has taken him to Japan, China, India and much of Europe and he has appeared in many festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival.

Thomas Hewitt

Trumpet | Cornet

Thom obtained his orchestral training at the Royal and Trinity Colleges of Music, where he won a number of awards. He has performed with professional orchestras in London and across the UK, including Principal Trumpet. He has played at festivals, toured and recorded with orchestras and bands, including Rick Wakeman’s ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ UK tour and album.

Thom’s chamber and solo work includes solo and ensemble recitals and also several royal events. Tom has undertaken educational work with well-known orchestras and with the Royal College of Music. A past EYSM student, he is delighted to have returned as a tutor!

David Whitson

Trombone | Tuba | Euphonium

David studied Trombone at the Royal Academy of Music before embarking on a career in music ranging from Principal Trombone at English National Opera to working in studios recording music for films, TV and major recording artists.

He has appeared as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra playing the David Gow Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra, which was written for him. Other aspects of his work have been playing in over 48 different countries and teaching and coaching for the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, the University of Surrey and many other organisations in and around London.

Simon Limbrick


Virtuoso percussionist Simon has worked from the Wigmore and Festival Halls to multi-cultural festivals in Tower Hamlets. Using mixed-media he has created performances for the stage and TV. He regularly works with traditional and contemporary musicians his work in Europe and the USA across a wide range of cultures brings a depth of knowledge of traditions and cultures to his work at EYSM. He has performed all over the world with the Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Endymion Ensemble, Composers’ Ensemble and Fibonacci Sequence and recorded with artists such as Alabama 3, Gavin Bryars, Pete Lockett and for Blue Note Records. He has been Guest Principal with the LSO and worked under conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Oliver Knussen, Simon Rattle and Tom Ades. 

Vocal Work

Travis Baker

Vocal Director

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Travis is now based in England and holds the position of Director of Voice at Millennium Performing Arts College.  He is Director of Music for The Bromley Boy Singers who, in 2015 won the Cornwall International Choral Festival and toured Paris in 2017. Travis also works with the boys of Westminster Abbey and collaborates with Glyndebourne’s Education Department.  

A renowned organist in his home country, Travis’s recital career takes him throughout the UK and mainland Europe. In 2018 he performed in New Zealand and also in the USA. 

As a Certified Master Teacher, Estill Voice Systems, Travis has worked in several parts of the world.  He has worked with Paul Farrington both on Opera New Zealand’s Summer School in training the cast of the feature film, ‘Quartet.’  In 2013/14 he worked on the feature film ‘The Theory of Everything’. 

About EYSM Vocal

There are up to 10 vocal places at EYSM. Vocal students will work on solo, ensemble and choral work and will also play a second instrument in one of the orchestras, if they have one.  If not, they will spend time learning either Percussion or Composition, during periods when they are resting their voices. Being a beginner percussionist is an ideal way to learn about being part of an orchestra, which provides further valuable musical experience for singers, who are often surprised how many instruments they get to play and how much enjoy the experience of being part of an orchestra.

For all students there is a Course Choir at EYSM which has a short rehearsal each day. Everyone sings.

There are vocal ‘Options’ for all students – Chamber Choir, Musical Theatre and Gospel Choir.   Vocal students must choose Chamber Choir in the first option session each day.


The chance to play a movement from a concerto with one of the orchestras is an inspiring opportunity offered by EYSM.

If you want to apply to audition to play a movement from a concerto at EYSM, we will need to hear/see an auditon, electronically, before the course.  If you are shortlisted we will hire in the orchestral music (unless you have an orchestral set to bring) then you may be asked to undertake a live audition at the start of EYSM, which will be unaccompanied.

On this page you can hear a little from past concerto performances, which will give you an idea of the standard required.

In 2017 Enoch Li, a winner from the 250,000 entry Hong Kong Schools Music Festival played ‘Zigeurneweisen’ by Sarasate as part of the 25th Anniversary Performances at EYSM with an ensemble from Sinfonia.  We were delighted to welcome Enoch, as we have welcomed many other winners from the Hong Kong Festival for over 25 years.


Instrumentalists have the opportunity to choose Composition as a second study, which means they will write for an orchestra and have their work performed and recorded.

Simon Limbrick

Composer in Residence

As a virtuoso Percussionist, Simon has worked with major new composers and collaborated on large-scale works. Compositions created for him include works by Javier Alvarez, Brian Elias (Kenneth MacMillan’s last ballet, The Judas Tree), Vic Hoyland and Andrew Poppy.  He has performed the world- premieres of solo pieces by James Dillon, Frederic Rzewski, Claude Vivier, Philip Cashian, Thea Musgrave, Harry de Wit, Howard Skempton, Michael Wolters and Ed Kelly.  He has performed his own concerto ‘Bulls Yard’ and Stockhausen’s Zyklus at the Sage, Gateshead.

Simon is currently presenting his mixed-media project, dot-machine,which includes multi-space performances and internet inter-action and developing a 24 hour long piece with the composer James Saunders. He has created pieces for Endymion, Brighton Youth Orchestra and “Ensemble Bash”. His CDs “Steam” and “Clean” have regularly been broadcast. Film and TV has included documentaries about Steve Reich and the award-winning Judas Tree.

Pierre Vigué

Pierre began playing the violin at the age of six and his first attempts at composing began thereafter. Pierre attended several music summer courses, among them, the Ensemble Taconné course where some of his pieces were premiered, and EYSM, where he started composing for orchestra with Simon Limbrick.

In recent years, Pierre has studied conducting with Adrian McDonnell and composition with Michel Merlet. String quartet is a cornerstone for him both as a player and composer. His work at EYSM resonates with all of his passions – composition, chamber music, orchestra – his aim is enjoying music with others.