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Phil Bancroft | Helen Brew | Mat Clements | John Cushing | Gwen Donoghue | Chris Duffy | Catherine Earnshaw | Tim Ewart | Jane Ferguson | Joanne Freeland | Neil Hamilton | Stuart Hope | David Hubbard | Richard Ingham | Rob Ironside | Kirsty Macdonald | Laura MacDonald | Neil Metcalfe | Tony Moffat | Josef Pacewicz | Emma Roche | Carole Sutherland | Jane Waters | Stephen West

Phil Bancroft (Jazz workshop - Flutes Forward)

Phil Bancroft is an exciting saxophonist and composer based in Scotland. His music combines energised excitement with original and imaginative ideas, which he has developed in a number of directions since emerging as an award winning young jazz musician in the mid-80's.

Bancroft's music reflects his life, rooted in the classic American Jazz tradition, but encompassing influences from many sources, including Celtic, Indian and Western Classical music. Phil has taught for many years and is an experienced workshop leader.

He has previously taught at Napier University and the RSAMD and worked extensively with school children and young adults during his time working with NYJOS.

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Chris Duffy

Helen Brew (Flute)

A native of Hampshire, Helen Brew attended the Royal Northern College of Music as a pupil of Trevor Wye and Clare Southworth. She continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with Paul Edmond-Davies.

Helen began her professional career freelancing in London appearing regularly with the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, and D'Oly Carte. In 1989 she moved to Scotland to join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as Associate Principal Flute.She has appeared as Guest Principal of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and with Paragon Ensemble Scotland.

As a sought after teacher Helen has held positions on the faculties of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Chethams School of Music, and regularly teaches at the Woldingham International Flute Summer School.

Helen lives in Stirlingshire with her husband, RSNO Associate Leader, William Chandler and their three young sons, who keep her very busy.

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Mat Clements

Mat Clements (Street Drumming)

Mat has been helping with projects both here and abroad - eternally looking for Where's the One?. In December 2005 he took 250 Nairnshire children on parade to switch on the Xmas Lights - filling the High Street with a big lantern procession with drummers and brass players .

He then went to Recife, Brazil to work with drum maker Allyson Velez in completing the construction of 20 roped bass drums (Alfaias) especially for the youth music initiative in Edinburgh. In 2006 Mat is working with the Edinburgh Samba School and the City Council to create drumming classes for a lot of P6 pupils later in the year, using these unique drums.. As well as gigging at hogmanay and making a CD with his band 'Orkestra Del Sol' he was up in Carrbridge, Highlands for Burns Night 2006 to put on an alternative Burns Supper with 46 other musicians from the Strath - fiddlers, brass, drummers, whistle players. Quite a sound!

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John Cushing

John Cushing (Clarinet)

John Cushing has been principal clarinet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for 25 years and has performed many concertos under some of the world's leading conductors. He is particularly interested in chamber and contemporary music and is a member of Paragon.

John is Professor of Clarinet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and gives materclasses and recitals throughout the country.

He enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities in outreach and educational projects, an interest that was first stimulated by working with Richard McNicol some years ago.

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Gwen Donoghue

Gwen Donoghue (Course Director)

Gwen Donoghue studied with Andrea Kuypers at Napier University. For many years she has taught in Edinburgh where she works at Fettes College, George Heriot's School, Stevenson College and Edinburgh Academy.

Gwen has worked with many youth ensembles including National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland, Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust, Lothian Schools Wind Band and Edinburgh Secondary Schools Orchestra.

She regularly performs throughout Scotland.

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Chris Duffy

Chris Duffy (Actor: Warm-up)

Chris is a performer/director with over 25 years' experience in theatre, tv & variety. He has also worked with Scottish Opera For All, playing Aunty Janet/puppeteer in their piece for young children "Aunty Janet Saves the Planet" and directing "Each Peach Pear Plum," also for young children. He has directed the Lochiehead Nativity for several years and devised and now runs MESMerise - a well-established performing arts project for young people based in Edinbugh and is also responsible for "The PuppetBox," an educational resource using puppetry and storytelling.

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Catherine Earnshaw  (Oboe Tutor)

Catherine Earnshaw originally from Blackburn, Lancashire has been working as a freelance musician and teacher in Glasgow since graduating from the RSAMD in 2001. She studied at the RSAMD with Stephane Rancourt and Stephen West and in 2002 with Diana Doherty and Antony Chesterman in Sydney, Australia.

She has worked with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra,
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Opera where she played in the prestigious production of the Ring Cycle in 2004. Catherine also works with the Lancashire Sinfonietta in Manchester.

Catherine teaches at the High School of Glasgow, St.Columba's School in Kilmacolm and for Inverclyde Music Centre.

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Tim Ewart

Tim Ewart (Violin Tutor)

Tim Ewart was born in Yorkshire and began playing the violin at the age of four. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Haratoun Bedelian before freelancing in London for 2 years. In 1989 Tim moved to Scotland to work with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and hand has since been promoted to a sub-principal position within the first violins. Tim has worked with most of the major Scottish Orchestras including the RSNO, SCO, Scottish Ballet and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys a wide variety of music and has performed with Pavarotti, Led Zeplin, Busted, Capercaillie as well as playing on the new album for Texas. He has also done many recordings for film and television including music for Silent Witness.

Tim currently teaches violin at Fettes College Edinburgh and conducts East Renfrewshire String Ensembles. He annually coaches the violins of Edinburgh Youth Orchestra. Being a father of 3 Tim has very little free time but still manages to squeeze in some mountaineering and has to date climbed 154 Munroes.

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Jane Ferguson

Jane Ferguson (Violin Tutor)


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Joanne Freeland

Joanne Freeland (Clarinet Tutor)

Joanne studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she won the Governors Recital Competition and the Glasgow Society of Musicians competition.

She then continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music. She has freelanced with many orchestras including the Philarmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

She also teaches at the RSAMD Junior Academy and Hutchesons' Grammar School where she conducts the Wind and Jazz Bands.

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Neil Hamilton

Neil Hamilton  

Neil Hamilton was born in Glasgow in 1979 but soon afterwards moved to Queensland, Australia. It was here that he received a scholarship to study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Mackay campus. He then went on to complete a 4 year Bachelor of Music in Performance at the main QCM campus in Brisbane. After graduating, Neil worked as guest principal and rank & file player with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Australian Opera, touring as principal clarinet with the latter through much of the outback Australia.

Since moving to Scotland in 2001, Neil has developed a busy teaching schedule between Strathallan School, The Edinburgh Academy, Stewart’s Melville College and The Mary Erskine School. He also freelances with several Scottish Orchestras, most recently with Edinburgh Grand Opera, Scottish Sinfonia and as a soloist with The Strathearn Sinfonia.

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Stuart Hope

Stuart Hope (Pianist - Clarinets Forward)


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David Hubbard

David Hubbard (Bassoon)

David joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as principal bassoon in May 2004 having spent the last 12 years abroad, initially working with the Orquesta Ciudad de Málaga and then from November 1992 until May last year with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla.

In Scotland he has played with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions and more recently with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

David greatly enjoys playing chamber music and his former woodwind quintet, The Seville Wind Quintet worked closely alongside the Andalucian Education Department developing a series of concert/workshops playing some 32 concerts over a 3 year period.

This year David can be found in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama giving classes in 20th century bassoon techniques to the 2nd year students.

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Richard Ingham

Richard Ingham (Oboe Tutor)

Richard Ingham is a member of the Nothern Saxophone Quartet, with whom he has performed all over the world. He has also made several recordings and broadcast as a solo artist.

Richard is highly respected for his commitment to promoting jazz within youth music and frequently gives masterclasses at conservatoires in the UK and abroad. He has recently returned from a lecture tour to South East Asia for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

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Rob Ironside

Rob Ironside (Saxophone Tutor)

Rob Ironside studied at the Leeds College of Music.

Since graduating in 1992 he has worked as a session musician and a composer of music for theatre and film, including the award winning '55 Haddington Place' (BBC).

Rob is a member of the Scottish Saxophone Quartet and teaches woodwind in Edinburgh at George Heriot's School and James Gillespie's High School.

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Kirsty Macdonald

Kirsty Macdonald (Course Director)

Kirsty has a BA (Hons) and postgraduate in performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she studied with David Nicholson and Sheena Gordon.

She was a founder member of the Just Flutes Quartet with whom she won a scholarship to study at the Banff Centre of the Arts in Canada.

Kirsty is a member of the wind trio Alba Airs and works as a freelance flautist based in Edinburgh. She teaches at Daniel Stewart's Melville College and Mary Erskine School and is a tutor on the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust course.

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Laura MacDonald

Laura MacDonald (Jazz workshop - Clarinets Forward)

Laura Macdonald is one of the most gifted female jazz musicians to emerge from Scotland. She was awarded a scholarship to study saxophone at Berklee College and was later to become the first winner of the Scottish Young Jazz Musician Award (in 1997?) Laura has broadcast on radio and television, playing with world renowned artists, leads her own quartet and is a memeber of the aclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Her debut album was recorded in New York and is a sparkling showcase for both her own compositions and her interpretations of jazz standards.

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Neil metcalfe

Neil Metcalfe (Pianist - All courses except Clarinets Forward)

(Accompanist - Flutes Forward & Saxophones Forward)

Neil Metcalfe read music at Edinburgh University, cultivating a reputation as an accompanist, continuo player and conductor, before taking up a repetiteur scholarship at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He was subsequently a member of the music staff at Scottish Opera and has also worked in opera houses in Sydney, Dortmund, Pittsburg and Belfast. He has performed throughout Scotland, has recorded a CD with the Dunedin Consort and recently completed a series of recordings for BBC Radio Scotland.

As a committed supporter of young people in music, Neil is a founder member of British Youth Opera, is currently Chairman of the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust and, during term time, is the Director of Music of Strathallen School.

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Tony Moffat

Tony Moffat (Violin)

Tony Moffat was born in Hexham, Northumberland and studied at the Royal Academy of music with the eminent leader and soloist, Manoug Parikian, winning many a wards including, in his final year, the Marjorie Hayward Prize for best violinist. As founder member of the Borante Piano Trio he has toured extensively, notably as soloists in Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra of Vienna. The Trio has given recitals in London's Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. In a solo capacity he has broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and recorded for BBC Radio 3. He has led many British orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Formerly Associate Leader of the Halle Orchestra, he was appointed Leader of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in 2000. Tony plays on a fine violin by Carlo Guiseppe Testore, made in 1700.

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Josef Pacewicz

Josef Pacewicz (Saxophone)

Josef Pacewicz studied Clarinet and Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 1979 as Associate Principal Clarinet and Principal Eb Clarinet. He has played with most of the major British Orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra.

He teaches Saxophone, Eb Clarinet, Chamber Music and gives Orchestral Coaching at Napier and Glasgow Universities and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He plays Soprano Saxophone in the New Scottish Sax Quartet and regularly plays Orchestral Saxophone in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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Emma Roache

Emma Roche (Flute tutor)

Emma started studying the flute at the Cork School of Music in her home town. In 1995 she moved to Glasgow to study with David Nicholson at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. During her five years of study there she was the recipient of many awards and prizes both as a performer and academically. These included the John McGregor Flute Prize, the GovernorsŐ Woodwind Recital Prize and the Mary D. Adams Chamber Prize.

Emma has had solo recitals broadcast on RTE Lyric FM and BBC Radio 3 and as a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Future Competition 1999, she performed as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

She performs regularly around Scotland and in Ireland with the Gliouder Ensemble and is also a member of the Glasgow ImproviserŐs Orchestra. Emma currently teaches the flute at Stewarton Academy, St. GeorgeŐs School for Girls, Fettes College and St. MaryŐs Music School.

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Carole Sutherland

Carole Sutherland (Saxophone Tutor)

Carole Sutherland studied at Napier University in Edinburgh where she gained an HND in Music and then at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where she graduated in 1999 with BA Hons in Musical Studies.

She has continued to work as a freelance saxophonist and has made regular appearances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to her orchestral career, Carole is an accomplished chamber musician, including performances with the Hebrides Ensemble and with Paragon.

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Jane Waters

Jane Waters (Bassoon Tutor)

Jane Waters studied at the Guildhall with Roger Birnstingl and William Waterhouse then as a Caird Scholar at the Geneva Conservatoire.

Performing experience includes the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of Scottish Ballet, The Paragon Ensemble and the Alba Trio with Elizabeth Fyfe and Malcolm Martineau. She teaches at George Watson’s College, Stewart’s/Mary Erskine, St. Mary’s Music School and Stevenson College.

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Stephen West

Stephen West (Oboe)

Stephen West’s musical education began at Canterbury and Guildford Cathedrals. He then studied oboe with Michael Winfield at the Royal College of Music, London.

Stephen has played with most of the leading chamber and symphony orchestras in Great Britain. He has given masterclasses and solo recitals in the UK and abroad and regularly tutors the National Children’s Orchestras and National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Stephen was appointed Principal Cor Anglais of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 1986.  He has been teaching at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama junior and senior departments since 1989. Stephen is highly sought after as an examiner and adjudicator.  Since leaving the Royal Scottish National Orchestra earlier this year he has been enjoying teaching woodwind for East Renfrewshire.

In his spare time he plays squash, football, cricket and badminton. Stephen is married to Fiona, a violist in the RSNO.  They have four children.

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