CWYM and WYO Director - Susanna Riddell AGSM LTCL Susanna studied cello with world renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a cellist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna has gathered over 20 years’ experience of working on the international stage with world class conductors and soloists. She was appointed to the position of Director of the Centre for Wessex Young Musicians in 2007 and as a result is responsible for all aspects of the CWYM's strategic, artistic, musical and educational journey. Continuing to build on her conducting career, Susanna has directed “Side-by-Side” (professional/youth) orchestral projects in Sussex and Essex, and has now turned her attentions towards London’s music conservatoires with a Vladimir Jurowski/Prokofiev project at the Royal College of Music and more recently chamber orchestra performances at Trinity College of Music. Susanna was appointed as the new Music Director of the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and she continues to divide her time between a busy LPO playing schedule and conducting talented youngsters across the UK.
CWYM Co-ordinator - Beverley Williams GMus, Cert. Ed. AMus LCM Beverley Williams taught music in local schools and at The College before taking early retirement in 2015. After teaching music theory at the CWYM for 22 years, she has given up marking to be the CWYM Co-ordinator. As a student, Beverley’s first instrumental study was percussion and the Wessex Youth Orchestra was the first orchestra she played in. She has many happy memories of this time and one not so happy, when someone dropped a cymbal on her toe which she says, scarred her for life! She likes chocolate, coffee, fundraising & having fun but hates spiders - so no surprises please! She can usually be found lurking near the CWYM tuck shop!
Peter Turnbull - WYF & WJF Conductor GRNCM Peter studied trumpet with Maurice Murphy, Philip Jones and Alan Stringer at the Royal Northern College of Music. Over the years he has enjoyed performing with the CWS Manchester Brass Band and the Eric Delaney Band (Jazz/Swing), and as well as working with the CBSO and Halle Orchestra, he has held principal trumpet positions at both Opera North and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for a combined total of 25 years. In 2007 he made a CD recording of the Richard Rodney Bennett Concerto with the Royal Marines Band. Still a member of the BSO, he now spends more time teaching - both privately and at Chichester University, as well as working on various music education projects. He particularly enjoys working with his young CWYM wind band musicians and is keen to ensure that not only are they introduced to as wide a range of musical styles as possible, but they continue to develop and discover new musical skills and have a lot of fun along the way.
Peter Banks - String Ensembles - guest coach - summer 2017 Peter - a violinist and viola player, is a former member of both the Wessex Starter and Middle Strings and the Wessex Youth Orchestra. Son of professional musician parents, Peter is a member of staff at the prestigious Purcell School - a specialist music school working with some of the most talented young musicians in the country. Whilst specifically on the academic staff as Chemistry specialist - his duties include directing of the Purcell School’s Junior String ensemble. His rehearsals here at the CWYM promise not only high quality string ensemble training but also copious amounts of energy, fun and learning.
Rosie Moorsom - Theory Class Lecturer LTCL Rosie’s interest in music started when she joined a violin class organised by the CWYM's founder Don Riddell and taught by Nicholas Roth. She played the violin in the Wessex Youth Orchestra for six years and can still remember the terror as a new member when faced with Borodin’s Symphony no. 2 – in five sharps and very fast! However, she has many happy memories of her time in the WYO. She went on to study at Trinity College of Music, winning prizes for unaccompanied Bach performances and violin and piano duos. She now has a career as a performing and teaching violinist, and has a daughter in WYO. She enjoys making theory fun and accessible right from the start.