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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 -Delargy

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 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. There will be vacancies as Orchestral reps at the next A.G.M. in October 2018 following the departure of the recent reps who have now left for University.



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We had a very successful Open Day in June 2018 with a large number of Primary school children joining our Training Groups and so we are delighted to welcome four new Assistant Tutors to the Team in September 2018 to help our Woodwind and String Tutors.
Eloise Smith
Callum Seddon
Amy Goldstraw will be teaching Woodwind pupils. Amy recently graduated from the University of Manchester with a music degree and is an ex CYO member herself. Charlotte Danford will be teaching Brass instruments. She has a BA in Music & German and an MA in 20th & 21st Century Music from Bangor University. She is also a returning CYO member. Eloise Smith - yet another returning CYO member was a student of the Royal Northern College of Music and will be teaching the string pupils. Callum Seddon is a Bass Trombone player with Fodens Youth Band and Cheshire Police Band. He was 2nd place winner of the National Area Competition of Gt. Britain. He will be teaching the Brass players.






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