Sue Nicholls

Sue Nicholls is a successful primary music specialist and Advanced Skills Teacher. She was music consultant for the BBC radio programme ‘Music Box’ and is an active member of NAME (National Association of Music Educators), on the Representative Council as co-chair of the Early Years and Primary Focus Group. Since 2007 she has lectured to PGCE students at the University of Northampton and at the University of Leicester.

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Sue will be giving expert feedback to all choirs at the 2018 Festival.

Matthew Andrews

Matthew is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied composition, piano, and conducting technique. Matt is a visiting conductor to the Guildhall School of Music, Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra and was recently appointed Musical Director of Essex Young People’s Orchestra. Matt conducted a special performance of Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand in front of a two thousand-strong audience at the 2016 Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Matt is also Principal Conductor of both the Sudbury and Southend Symphony Orchestras, and a regular guest conductor with the Academy of St Thomas. Matt was assistant to composer Geoffrey Burgon, recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and the BAFTA award-winning soundtrack Longitude with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Matthew will be giving expert feedback to all Orchestra performers at the 2018 Festival.

Eva Maria Doroszkowskay

Eva Maria is an international pianist whose dramatic and colourful  interpretation of the piano repertoire has earned her high acclaim. Eva Maria won a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music.As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed throughout Europe with many festival appearances in the UK and abroad. She has performed for the Chopin Society in London, at the anniversary celebrations in Bergen and at London’s St.Katherine’s Dock as part of the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth. She has worked Gorecki and Per Norgard and gave the Uk premier of Norgard’s Cantica for Cello and Piano.  Eva Maria gives workshops, master classes and holds a teaching post at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music.

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Eva Maria will be giving expert feedback to all Piano performers at the 2018 Festival

James Boyd

James Boyd is a Classical Guitarist of international repute and an inspirational teacher. Throughout his career there has been a strong focus on English repertoire. James’ acclaimed album Shapes of Sleep was recorded at Snape Maltings Concert Hall and selected by Gramophone Magazine as an Editor’s Choice album. He is a winner of the Royal Academy’s Julian Bream Prize and The Robert Spencer Memorial Award. In 2014 James was elected an associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his distinguished contribution to music. He teaches a system of performance and learning for all areas of music at the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians, a division of the Guildhall School of Music and through his business Taking the Tension out of Learning.

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James will be giving expert feedback to all Guitar performers at the 2018 Festival.

Catherine May

Catherine is a performer and voice teacher based in Essex.  Born in Canada, she trained there and in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music.  She has performed in opera and theatre throughout the UK, Europe and Canada, notably for the English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Almeida Theatre and the National Theatre.  She has sung in concert as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St Thomas and the English Symphony Orchestra, and in performance at the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. As well as performing, she teaches singing, vocal technique and voice for actors, both privately and in workshops.

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Catherine will be giving expert feedback to all young singers, and musical theatre performers at the 2018 Festival.

Jeffery Wilson

Jeffery Wilson is perhaps best known as a composer. He studied at the RCM, Cambridge and Paris and numbers among his teachers John Lambert, Herbert Howells, Gordon Jacob and Olivier Messiaen. His performances and recordings range from pop and jazz to classical and contemporary and he performs regularly with ‘Saxology’ and his own band ‘The Reduced History of Jazz’.

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Jeff will be giving expert feedback to Jazz, Pop, Rock performers at the 2017 Festival.


Jessica O’Leary

Jessica O’Leary has a successful career as a professional violinist, teacher, ABRSM examiner, seminar presenter and adjudicator. She has toured and recorded extensively as a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and principal second violin with the Orchestra of St John’s. She has also performed with Madonna, Led Zeppelin, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House. Jessica teaches violin and viola and directs string ensembles at St Paul’s Girls’ School, Eltham College and Junior Guildhall, London.

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Jessica will be giving expert feedback to all Strings performers at the 2018 Festival.

Shea Lolin

Shea studied performance, composition and conducting at the Colchester Institute School of Music, where he won several awards including the John Myatt Cup for Solo Woodwind. Shea is Musical Director of the London Woodwind Orchestra, Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble, City Wind Orchestra and the East London Clarinet Choir in addition to freelance conducting engagements for rehearsals, concerts and recordings and his schedule has placed him throughout Europe.  Twitter: @SheaLolin Facebook/SheaLolin

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Shea will be giving expert feedback to all Woodwind performers, and Wind Ensembles and Bands at the 2018 Festival.

Will Sivier

Will began his percussion career in a marching scout band in Old Basing, Hampshire. He later moved on to playing with the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra; before studying music at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Upon graduating Will started teaching percussion within the private schools in Cambridge – a career that has continued for 25 years. Will has played with many bands and orchestras throughout the UK and Europe covering every musical genre and has been a specialist percussion examiner for over 20 years. Currently he examines on the ABRSM diploma panel.

Will will be giving expert feedback to all Percussion performers at the 2018 Festival.