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Musical Director (MD): Miles Haslam

Appointed on 1st April 2016 Miles is a clarinetist and conductor who has worked with a number of local orchestras and ensembles. With such fond memories of the youth groups he played with in his early years he has always looked for an opportunity to work with and inspire young people. Absolutely thrilled with his new position at Congleton Youth Orchestra he is eager to find and develop talented musicians from the area. He knows Eddie has left big shoes to fill but hopes to continue and build on the fantastic work he has done for the orchestra over the last 11 years.


Strings Tutor: Jayne Walker

Jayne is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and recently returned from a teaching post in Borneo. She teaches violin / viola and cello. She first worked for us in 2011 and we are delighted that she returned to us following the birth of her son.

Jayne recently opened her own music shop - Walkers Strings Ltd. which is based in Mossley, Congleton.


Wind Tutor: Judith Hearson

Judith is an experienced music teacher,and trumpet player. She has been musical director for many stage productions in and around Congleton.

She joined Congleton Youth Orchestra in September 2005 as Wind Tutor, taking rehearsals for the Intermediate Wind Group. Under her supervision the wind/brass group numbers have risen dramatically and she now has almost 40 musicians, at varying degrees of ability, under her wing. She now has assistant tutors who run sectional rehearsals under her direction.

If you play any woodwind or brass instrument, Judith will help develop your playing so you can reach the standard needed to play with the Senior Orchestra as well as play pieces written for woodwind and brass groups.



Assistant Tutor : Steve Churchill

Steve joined the CYO in January 2010. He is a former professional musician and plays a range of wind, keyboard and percussion instruments. He returned to University in 2000 obtaining a BA Hons Degree in Contemporary Arts, majoring in Music. He followed this up with post graduate studies, achieving a PGCE in Further and Higher Education and was then employed in Education at Stoke on Trent College along with  supply teaching in several schools in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. He has taught music to both mainstream students and pupils with learning disabilities.


Assistant Tutor - Lucy Moss
Lucy studied music at University and has recently retired from teaching in Newcastle under Lyme. Lucy plays Clarinet, Piano and Double Bass. Since bringing her own two children to join the orchestra's new training scheme, it has brought back fond memories of her own involvement with music groups and training orchestra's and her eventual progression through to the County Youth Orchestra in Somerset.

We are delighted to report that Lucy has recently been co-opted onto the Trustees of the CYO and we welcome her onto the team.




Assistant String Tutor - Helen Corcoran

Helen Corcoran is joining our team of Volunteer Tutors at the start of the September 2016 term. Helen has two children in the orchestra and she is a very experienced player herself, playing the violin regularly with the North Staffs. Symphony Orchestra. We welcome Helen to our team and hope that she enjoys her time with us.





Orchestral Representatives:

Orchestral Representatives sit on the Executive Committee, and are elected every year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). They are responsible for putting forward to the Advisory Committee (which meets once or twice a term ) any comments that members may have as to how they wish the orchestra to be run, along with suggestions for social activities etc.
The current representatives are Harriet Crossley, Olivia Roberts and Anna Mulroy who were elected at the AGM on 14th October 2017













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