The City Of Sheffield Youth Orchestra
Chris Gayford - Conductor PDF Print E-mail
Christopher Gayford, born in Wilmslow in 1963, studied at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Timothy Reynish. He has conducted a wide range of repertoire and worked with many major orchestras and opera companies, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as assistant conductor, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North and Scottish Opera. As a founder member of the new music group Psappha, he was involved in education project work that now forms one of his chief areas of interest. He has conducted the CSYO since 1994, and is at present working on a long-term audience development project based on listening; “feeling sound”. In January 2000, he led a series of three feeling sound concerts at the Barbican with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducting Mozart's last three symphonies. Internationally, he has taken part in master classes with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Ilya Musin and Peter Eotvos and competed in two international conducting competitions. In Cadaques, he won second prize, and in Besancon, joint first, leading to concerts in Spain, France and Austria. Recently, he has been involved in a research project at Trinity College of Music with Professor John Sloboda, investigating listening and performance skills.
 
Hazel Cropper - Woodwind Tutor PDF Print E-mail

Hazel very much enjoyed being a member of CSYO whilst at school and as a music student at the University of Birmingham. After doing a Masters in Conducting at Trinity College and a four-year stint at the Royal Opera House, working in the Music Library, Hazel decided to concentrate on playing the oboe. In 2007 she graduated with Distinction from the Postgraduate Diploma course at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Tess Miller and Celia Nicklin. Hazel now enjoys a freelance career as an oboist and cor anglais player working with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Hazel is also a keen chamber musician (she sometimes joins forces with Sheffield's very own Ensemble 360) and oboe teacher. She believes strongly in the ethos of CSYO and the wide range of experiences it offers - there is nothing like learning to trust, take risks and share the ultimate collective responsibility of communicating great repertoire with fellow musicians. These young people learn about who they are and want to be and many long-lasting friendships are born at CSYO.

 
Steve Collisson - Lower Strings Tutor PDF Print E-mail

Steve studied the cello at Manchester University with Bernard Gregor-Smith of the Lindsays, and the piano with Gillian Butterworth. He graduated with a first class honours degree, won the top academic and performance prizes in three successive years and was awarded the Sir Thomas Beecham Medal. He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Douglas Cummings whilst also reading a Master’s degree in Performance and Related Studies at the University of London. In 1994 Steve completed a research degree on the music of Arnold Schoenberg at King’s College, University of London and was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory and Analysis. Since 1995 he has pursued an entirely freelance career as a chamber musician and lecturer. Steve has also adjudicated at many festivals and competitions including the BBC Young Musicians Competition and has worked under conductors including Sakari Oramo, Mark Elder and Sir Simon Rattle, with whom he has broadcast on Irish, Danish and Swedish radio and BBC Radio 3.For many years he was a visiting lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire and part-time lecturer and chamber music coach for the University of Birmingham. Since September 2010 he has been Director of Music at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Edgbaston, Birmingham, a job with which he continues to combine his work as a freelance musician and as an Examiner for ABRSM.

 
Tim Page - French Horn Tutor PDF Print E-mail

Tim is a former member of CSYO who is now based in Manchester, where he works as a freelance horn player. Tim studied at the Royal Northern College of Music for 5 years, graduating in 2002 with a Masters Degree in Performance. In the same year he was also awarded the British Reserve Prize for Horn in Memory of Sydney Coulston. As a freelancer Tim has worked with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Halle, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. Tim is also active as a chamber musician and teacher, and teaches horn for the Sheffield Music Service

 
Gemma Hankins - Brass Tutor PDF Print E-mail
Whilst at university Gemma accompanied CSYO on their Croatia tour as a visiting player and enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to build her career in Sheffield. She graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class honours degree in music in 2006 and has been in Sheffield ever since. Over that time Gemma has established a busy timetable of teaching, playing and directing in and around the city. As a trumpet/cornet player Gemma has experience in a wide range of ensembles including orchestras, brass bands, chamber groups and big bands.
 
Ben Daglish - Percussion Tutor PDF Print E-mail

Ben was born in 1966 in London. He moved to Sheffield as a small child, and grew up benefiting from both its peripatetic instrumental service and its cheap bus fares. He was the principal percussionist for the City Of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, and performed extensively as both percussionist and conductor before starting to compose music for computer games in the early 1980's. He moved on to compose and perform for a number of theatre companies as MD/actor/musician in places as diverse as Belfast, Tuscany and Jerusalem. Ben currently plays various instruments with a number of different ensembles (most notably Loscoe State Opera), and lives with his partner and three children in the Peak District. When he's not playing music, he works as a programmer, writing network device backup software for Restorepoint.

 
Gillian Little - Orchestra Manager PDF Print E-mail

Gillian studied violin with Clare McFarlane graduating from Liverpool University with a degree in Education and Music. During this time she was awarded the Rushworth music trophy. For sixteen years she taught violin with Sheffield Music Service setting up the governments Wider Opportunities in Music programme in primary schools across Sheffield. Gillian first became involved with CSYO as a member over 20 years ago after which she became a string tutor and since 2010 after Edwards retirement has been the orchestras manager. Now based primarily in York, she still teaches privately both in York and Sheffield and plays regularly as a freelance violinist.

 
Edward Woodhead - Orchestra Finance Manager PDF Print E-mail

Edward studied the viola at the Royal Northern College of Music and then trained as a music teacher. He has been involved with the CSYO since its inception and for 17 years was in charge of managing the orchestra. For 8 years he was elected onto the Board of the National Association of Youth Orchestras. After many years being responsible for all 24 central ensembles of the Sheffield Music Service he then became acting head of SMS. He is now partially retired but still teaches two days per week for a nearby music service and much time raising money for the CSYO. He spends free time hiking in Yorkshire, Lake District and Scotland.

 
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