EDINBURGH YOUNG MUSICIANS

Director: Jean Murray, B.Mus, 11 Melville Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7PR

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Andrew Carvel, BMus (Hons) - teacher of recorder and musicianship - studied saxophone with Sue McKenzie and composition with Ken Dempster at Edinburgh Napier University.  He is in demand as a composer/arranger and has written music for various ensembles across Edinburgh.  He teaches recorder, saxophone and clarinet in primary schools and privately, is the music specialist at Early Days Nursery, sings with the choir of The Robin Chapel, is a member of the Banyuls saxophone quartet and is assistant Director of Music at St. Andrew's & St. George's West Church.  Andrew is currently studying composition with Peter Nelson on the Masters programme at Edinburgh University .

Carole Clarke, MA (Hons), MSc (Music Therapy) - teacher of musical foundations and musicianship - is a singer & singing teacher.  She is an Alto Lay Clerk at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral & performs as a soloist with choirs across Central Scotland.  She runs a private teaching practice & has worked as a Kodaly musicianship teacher in primary schools & at NYCoS Edinburgh. She directs a singing group for sufferers of long-term respiratory conditions & is keen to promote the voice as the first musical instrument.

Laura Cross, BA Hons (Performing Arts - Music Major), PGCE (Primary) - teacher of P1 musical play classes and choir - teaches at Buckstone Primary School and works for the National Youth Choir of Scotland  (NYCoS), teaching Kodaly musicianship in Edinburgh primary schools. She has twice travelled to Hungary, to observe best practice in Early Years and Primary music in the home country of the Kodaly method. She studied violin with Maurice Memmot and has played with the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra since moving to Edinburgh in 1986.

Anne Giles, B.Ed, LTCL - teacher of violin, viola and string orchestra - taught violin & viola at The Mary Erskine School & Stewart's Melville College for many years and currently works with the younger pupils at St. Mary's Music School, as well as teaching privately.  She sings with the Chapter House Singers, plays violin with Scottish Sinfonia and plays early stringed instruments with the Edinburgh Renaissance Band. 

Alex Goskirk, BA Hons (singing teaching endorsement), ALCM - teacher of musical workshop classes and choir - studied singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow, winning the Prize for Vocal Ensemble with the Athena Quartet in her first year.  She is a freelance soprano soloist,  has worked as a Kodaly musicianship teacher in primary schools and is currently a full-time singing teacher in Stirling Council High Schools.  She is on the music staff of NYCoS Stirling Choir and is a vocal coach for the NYCoS National Girls Choir.

Cindy Holden, BA Hons (string teaching endorsement), PGDip - teacher of cello and chamber music - began her musical studies on cello at the age of nine, initially in the RCS Junior Department where she won the Nan Christie Memorial Prize.   She later went on to study full time with Myra Chahin.  Cindy has participated in many master-classes with artists including Alexander Baillie, Anna Shuttleworth and Johannes Goritzki.  She worked as a cello teacher in Stirling Council Schools for many years.  She currently works as a tutor with West Lothian Council's String Ensembles and takes private pupils at her home in Falkirk, as well as in Edinburgh.  

Susan Meiklejohn, Dip C.Ed, PGC Primary Music - teacher of pre-school musical play and musicianship -  has been a mainstream primary teacher, a primary music specialist, a NYCoS Mini Music Makers leader and the Youth Music Initiative Project Leader for Fife Council.  She is currently Musical Director of the Kinghorn Singers, an adult chamber choir based in Fife and makes regular study visits to Hungary, most recently in February 2017, to update her knowledge of Kodaly methodology and observe music lessons, with emphasis on the practice in early years settings.

Jean Murray, B.Mus. - Director of Edinburgh Young Musicians, and teacher of recorder and chamber music - has been organising extra-curricular musical activities for children for 30 years.  As a freelance flautist she plays at weddings and other functions as well as concerts.  She has taught the flute at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and her private flute-teaching practice covers all ages and stages.  For 18 years until 2017 she was Director of the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust which runs residential courses and occasional days of orchestral playing for children aged 8 to 15, and she is a Trustee of the National Youth Recorder Orchestras.

Simon Rennard, M.Mus, B.Mus (Hons), LTCL - teacher of recorder and chamber music - is the double reeds woodwind instructor for Sistema Scotland in Stirling and teaches both recorder and bassoon privately and at schools in Edinburgh.  Since completing his studies in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Amsterdam, his work as a freelance bassoonist has included playing with the Scottish Chamber, Royal Scottish National, London Philharmonic, Britten-Pears, Edinburgh Grand Opera, British Youth Opera and Flevolands Symphony Orchestras and the Manchester Camerata.

Helen Robbie, BMus (Hons) - teacher of musical foundations, choir and musicianship - is a music graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, where she studied saxophone with Sue McKenzie and wrote her undergraduate dissertation on the Kodaly method of music education. She teaches musicianship for NYCoS, is Music Director of Accord, an Edinburgh-based female choir and works with the Falkirk Youth Music Initiative, teaching in nurseries and primary schools. Helen has twice travelled to Hungary to observe best practice in Early Years and Primary music in the home country of the Kodaly method and is currently studying part-time for a post-graduate certificate in Kodaly Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  

Gill Simpson, ALCM, Dip.Mus - teacher of violin - is Senior String Teacher at the High School of Dundee, where she teaches violin and viola and directs the Symphony Orchestra and various string ensembles. She has been Musical Director of a variety of educational projects in Canada and America combining classical and Scottish traditional music. She plays with Scottish Sinfonia and performs and records for BBC Radio Scotland as string player, keyboard player and vocalist.  Gill is an examiner for Scottish Fiddle Music at the RCS and is a former Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year in Scotland. 

Carrie Taylor, MA (Hons), PGCE (Secondary), DipABRSM – teacher of violin – has taught in a variety of settings since 2007, including English and primary class teaching.  She currently teaches violin in Midlothian Council schools & is building up a private violin teaching practice in Edinburgh & Perthshire.  She is a former pupil of St Mary’s Music School , where she studied violin and piano.  She plays violin with Scottish Sinfonia.