Adam studied French Horn under Graham Bishop-Hunt and took part in the South Suffolk Youth Orchestra and Suffolk Youth Wind Band.
He now runs his own IT company, plays French Horn in various local music ensembles and is conductor for Martlesham Brass.

South Suffolk Youth Orchestra and Suffolk Youth Wind Band 1996 - 2002


Suffolk Youth Music 1993 to 1997



1990 to 1993


Since graduating from the University of Nottingham and leaving SYO in 2000, Jamie has followed a career in IT but continued to play the violin as much as possible. After some early leadership of the Suffolk Sinfonia, Jamie became Leader of both Guildford Symphony Orchestra and Wolsey Orchestra, staying in both posts for around 10 years. He has also performed many of the major violin concertos. Currently, he leads EAChO (the East Anglian Chamber Orchestra), performing across the region.

Suffolk Young Strings 1990-1993, Suffolk Youth Orchestra 1993-2000


Laura is a violinist whose musical grounding was made through Suffolk Youth Music. She studied for a BSc in Human Genetics at The University of Nottingham, and went on to complete an MSc in Audiology at The University of Southampton after leaving the Suffolk Youth Orchestra in 2005. She now works as a Paediatric Audiologist, but plays her violin as much as time allows.  Laura has played with a variety of local ensembles including Suffolk Sinfonia (Bury St Edmunds), Wolsey Orchestra (Ipswich), The Sampson Orchestra (Cambridge) and, more recently, East Anglian Chamber Orchestra.

Suffolk Youth Orchestra 1995-2005


Lois attended King Edward VI School in Bury St. Edmunds playing in the West Suffolk Youth Wind Band, Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra during her time there. She went on to study for a music degree at Colchester Institute followed by studying a PGCE in Secondary Music at the University of Reading. Lois then came back to Suffolk where she has taught at high schools in Norfolk and Suffolk. Lois plays trumpet in local bands and orchestras and MD's/conducts when the opportunity arises. Her current role is Director of Curriculum for Art, Media and Performance at Suffolk One 6th Form College in Ipswich and Lois is proud to be involved with SMART having taught A Level Music over the years to a number of Suffolk Youth Music alumni.

Suffolk Youth Music 1992 to 1997


Former SSYO member & current Suffolk County Music Service staff member


Carly is a professional horn player and educator. Carly went on to gain a BMus from Trinity College of Music and an MMus with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music where she was a recipient of a Wingate Scholarship. Carly has performed across the world including with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and worked as Principal Horn of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra in 2017. She trained as an apprentice workshop leader with Spitalfields Music and has led workshops for the Royal Opera House, National Youth Orchestra and many other arts organisations.

SYWB and SYO from 1998-2005


I was a proud member of the saxophone section of Suffolk Youth Wind Band, with tours to Venice and Budapest. Now I work as a musician teaching recorders and sax, specialising in 16thC music, dance and interludes, and performing and teaching renaissance music and dance workshops in schools and festivals around the country. One of my children was a percussionist with both SYWB and SYO, it is fantastic to be able to give something back to such a great organisation.

Suffolk Youth Wind Band 1994-1995


Suffolk Youth Music 1995 to 2000


Ben Palmer is Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in Darmstadt, and Founder and Artistic Director of Covent Garden Sinfonia. He has a busy guest conducting schedule, working with orchestras such as the Hallé, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, RSNO, and the Orchestra of Opera North. He is one of Europe's foremost specialists in conducting live to film. In addition to his work as a conductor, he is highly sought after as a composer, arranger and orchestrator.

From 1997-2003 Ben was member of Suffolk Youth Orchestra, including several seasons as principal trumpet, as well as playing with ensembles in West Suffolk.

Suffolk Youth Orchestra 1994 to 2003


Becci started playing with Suffolk Youth Music whilst at primary school.  After studying for A-levels at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, she gained a BA (Hons) in Music from Cambridge University. She then trained as a lawyer and now works in-house at an insurance company, playing her cello and piano with classical, folk, jazz, and rock/pop/funk/soul groups as often as her young family allows.

South Suffolk Intermediate and Youth Orchestras, Suffolk Junior Strings, Suffolk Youth Orchestra 1991 - 2001


I learnt French Horn, mostly with John Hemmings, until going to Southampton University, where I read music and achieved BA(Hons) and a secondary Music PGCE. 
I have been teaching music since then, and am currently Director if Music at Wycliffe Prep School in Gloucestershire.

Suffolk Youth Wind Band 1994, Suffolk Youth Orchestra 1995-1999


I started cello lessons with Suffolk County Music Service aged 10, playing in Suffolk Young Strings for 2 years then Suffolk Youth Orchestra for 5 years, becoming principal cellist. I studied performance at Trinity College of Music and after gaining a masters in Music Therapy returned to Suffolk to work as a therapist and teacher. I now teach for the Suffolk County Music Service and have worked as a coach for both Suffolk Young Strings and Suffolk Youth Orchestra.

Suffolk Young Strings & Suffolk Youth Orchestra 1998 - 2005


I learnt the violin through Suffolk County Music Service when I started Middle School (1999). I attended Saturday morning music school in Lowestoft and also Friday night music school where I played violin in the string orchestra. After beginning to learn the oboe privately, I eventually joined North Suffolk Wind Band and then North Suffolk Youth Orchestra. I later was a member of Suffolk Young Strings and then joined Suffolk Youth Wind Band and Suffolk Youth Orchestra. I am now a primary school teacher in Lowestoft and am music co-ordinator at the school where we have instrumental lessons provided by Suffolk County Music Service.

Suffolk Youth Music 1997 to 2011


Having graduated from the University of Essex with a joint honours degree in Music and Linguistics, Claire spent 14 years working at the Royal Academy of Music before returning home to East Anglia to take up the post of Department Manager at the University of Essex.


Claire continues to play the violin regularly with both the Kingfisher Sinfonietta and the Scintillo Quartet.

Suffolk Youth Orchestra 1992 to 1999

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