The sound of EYSM in 2020

Course Orchestra

Symphony no. 3; Saint-Saëns
Festival Overture; Shostakovich


Symphony no. 5; Malcolm Arnold
Walk to the Paradise; Delius

String Orchestra

Sarabande for Strings from “La Hija de Colquide”; Carlos Chavez
Flos Campi; Vaughan Williams
Don Quixote Suite; Telemann

Wind Orchestra

Thames Journey; Nigel Hess
Conversations with the Night; Andrew Boysen
Beyond the Breaking Tides; Christian Earl
Blue John; Peter Kneale

Vocal Work

More information soon


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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 multiple 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.

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John Greaves

Wind Orchestra Conductor

John Greaves is recognised as one of the most outstanding youth wind orchestra conductors of the past three decades. He has been the recipient of a host of awards both in this country and the USA where he held the post of Band Director at Heritage High School in Denver, Colorado.
In the UK he has been resident conductor of many ensembles including The Northamptonshire Youth Concert Band, The West of England Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra, The City of Truro Wind Orchestra and Carrick Winds.
John remains in demand as an adjudicator working both in Britain the USA and Canada and as a guest conductor working with School, County and National Youth Wind Orchestras.


EYSM Instrumental Tutors

Catherine Schofield


Catherine is a founder member of the Bridge String Quartet, established for nearly 30 years as one of Britain’s foremost Quartets. They have recorded over a dozen CDs and regularly receive 5 star ratings. Their Grieg and Delius quartets CD was chosen as chamber music disc of the month in Strad Magazine They are currently the selected quartet for the EMR label. As Kirckman Concert Award winners the Quartet performed for 3 consecutive seasons on London’s South Bank and subsequently at the Wigmore Hall. They have toured throughout Europe including Spain, France and Bulgaria and further afield in Kenya and USA acting as ambassadors of English music in many festivals. They have broadcast live on European stations and for BBC Radio 3.
Catherine has developed long associations with the English Chamber Orchestra and Glyndebourne Touring Opera in her freelance career. More recently, she has worked with English Touring Opera which she also co-leads. She is a regular player in Primavera and is part of their elite Octet group. Catherine was recently appointed leader of Kew Sinfonia, a fine amateur chamber orchestra.

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 two string ensembles 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 and subsequently joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Other major orchestras for whom Michael has also played worldwide include the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National and Glyndebourne Touring Opera companies and chamber orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, London Primavera and City of London Sinfonia. Michael also has played principal viola for Sinfonia Viva and English National Ballet.

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’. On hearing Sam perform in a chamber music competition, Siegmund Nissel of the Amadeus Quartet described him as ‘an excellent ‘cellist who provides the ensemble with harmonic logic and rhythmic energy!’. As a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra of Switzerland for several years Sam had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov and Gautier Capuçon. He was a member of Southbank Sinfonia, and in 2008 moved to Chile to become Co-Principal ‘Cellist in the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago. He has taught dozens of students over the years in one of Chile’s most successful youth music programmes as well as performing as soloist, chamber musician and electric ‘cellist in a rock band. Having returned intermittently to the UK to teach and perform, Sam is delighted to be making the transition back to the UK on a more permanent basis in 2020.

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 for EYSM. Claire studied at the Royal Academy of Music and freelanced in London for five years playing with all major London orchestra’s such as LSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra and many chamber groups such as London Chamber Ensemble. Claire has also been fortunate enough to record and play along side many stars in all genres such as Elton John, Alesha Dixon and Alison Balsam (trumpet). Claire has also developed a session and West End career, playing at the London Palladium and recording at the famous Abbey Road studios.
In 2009, Claire became a member of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales where she has since toured in Asia, America and Europe with many prestigious conductors and soloists. Whilst based in Somerset, Claire has continued to further her freelance career alongside building up teaching 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 chamber music prizes with her wind quintet. 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


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.

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. 

Donald Lloyd


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.

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. 

Thomas Hewitt

Trumpet | Cornet

Thom grew up in Northampton before studying Trumpet and Baroque Trumpet at the Royal college of Music with Paul Beniston and Bob Farley. Since graduating he has had a varied freelance career performing with Early music with groups such as the OAE and Armonico consort to backing Rick Wakeman and Deep Purple. Some recent highlights have been performing Bach’s Magnificat at the Bach festival in Leipzig and an authentic Victorian Christmas at the Tower of London in costume! Thom also enjoys education work and teaches in London and Oxford. As a former EYSM student, he is thrilled to involved with such an amazing course.

Francesca read Music at Newnham College, Cambridge, holding an instrumental award scholarship. She then won a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she was Principal horn of all Academy orchestras and winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious Dennis Brain Memorial Horn Prize. Graduating with distinction, she was appointed Principal Horn of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago before returning to London to launch a freelance career.

Francesca is Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Swan and an established soloist, giving regular recitals around the UK. She works with many of the top UK orchestras including the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, also performing regularly with the Longborough Festival Opera and the Welsh National Opera. She also works as a film session musician with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and with theatre companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and tutors with the National Children’s Orchestra.

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


Simon Limbrick’s involvement in music embraces performance, composing and education, both in the UK and Internationally. His creative output, reflecting his wide-ranging experience in many disciplines of composition and performance, can be observed in musical contexts that include improvisation, contemporary music, film and theatre.
Recently, he has created a film- score performed on a building, ‘3 Church Walk’ (dir. Emily Richardson), and released ‘Relay’, a double CD of music for contemporary steel-pan and electronics. He regularly performs in the UK, abroad and on BBC Radio with Apartment House, Notes Inegales, and as a soloist.
His own compositions are broadcast and streamed on radio and television networks. Six short performative films were released in 2018 and he has completed a PhD at Middlesex University, that looks at the evolving locus of new music performance. A collection of pieces for vibraphone and electronics has been recorded for release in 2020.`


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 10-12 vocal places at EYSM which will be filled with applicants across the range of voices to create a balanced ensemble. Vocal students work on solo, ensemble and choral pieces and also on vocal technique and development. What constitutes practice?  Why is the detail of ‘warm up’ so important, including what exercises warm up specific areas of the voice. ‘How do I develop as a singer?’ includes understanding and marking scores, listening to and analysing recordings, thinking about phrasing, learning lyrics, researching material and translating texts.

There is also a chance to join a Pop Specialist workshop, where participants all sing lead and backing vocals, and explore some improvisation, all from a vocally healthy and sustainable place.

All EYSM orchestral and vocal students sing in Course Choir, which has a short rehearsal each day. Also, each day, there are vocal ‘Option’ sessions for all, which include Chamber Choir and Musical Theatre.  Vocal students are particularly asked 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.


There are four first study composition places. Composers will have the opportunity to explore ideas and write music for a full symphony orchestra, and their music will be performed and professionally recorded by the Course Orchestra towards the end of the week.
Instrumentalists also have the opportunity to choose Composition as a second study.

Simon Limbrick

Composer in Residence

Simon Limbrick’s involvement in music embraces performance, composing and education, both in the UK and Internationally. His creative output, reflecting his wide-ranging experience in many disciplines of composition and performance, can be observed in musical contexts that include improvisation, contemporary music, film and theatre.
Recently, he has created a film- score performed on a building, ‘3 Church Walk’ (dir. Emily Richardson), and released ‘Relay’, a double CD of music for contemporary steel-pan and electronics. He regularly performs in the UK, abroad and on BBC Radio with Apartment House, Notes Inegales, and as a soloist.
His own compositions are broadcast and streamed on radio and television networks. Six short performative films were released in 2018 and he has completed a PhD at Middlesex University, that looks at the evolving locus of new music performance. A collection of pieces for vibraphone and electronics has been recorded for release in 2020.`