Suffolk Young Strings and 4 years in Suffolk Youth Orchestra. Still play when I can in my university symphony orchestra and when back in Suffolk, Trianon and The Wolsey orchestras

SYM 2007-2011


Playing both saxophone and violin, I have many happy memories of my time in SYM ensembles such as SSYO, SSYWO, SYO and SSYJE. Heading off to university this year to study Social Policy and Criminology, but music will always remain a massive part of my life, that I wouldn't have if it wasn't for the county music service.

Suffolk Youth Music 2008-2017


I first began playing the Euphonium, after completing grade one I moved to the Tuba and Trombone working my way up to grade 8. I had been involved with Suffolk Youth Music for over 10 years having been involved with Saturday morning music school, to Friday night windband and to Suffolk Youth Wind Band and Suffolk Youth Orchestra. Unfortunately I did not carry on musical education to university. I took a path in conducting, being tutored by Elgar Howarth. Since leaving Suffolk Youth Music I have conducted choirs, wind bands and various orchestras around Suffolk. Currently I am musical director for a theatre which performed Les Miserables in 2017. In 2016 I founded an orchestra called the East Coast Sinfonietta, based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Suffolk Youth Music 2004 to 2013


Born in Suffolk, Lewis Braham began playing the bass at the age of fifteen. He is a graduate from the Royal College of Music in London and studied with Tony Hougham, the Principal Double Bass of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Lewis has performed in concerts with the English National Ballet Philharmonic, London Concert Orchestra, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilderness Orchestra, Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Aurelian Symphony Orchestra, Backing Musician on the X Factor, Commonwealth Cantata and the London International Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed in many prestigious venues across London and the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Coliseum, Barbican Centre, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival, Stonefree Festival at the 02 Arena Maida Vale Studios, Fountain Studios Wembley, Snape Maltings and St Paul's Cathedral.


Lewis is an experienced session player, he has played in recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, Angel Studios and Metropolis Studios. He has recorded for the ABRSM, Rick Wakeman, Joanna Forest and Omar Pendrini. Whilst studying he was also in demand within the Royal College of Music, recording new works by its student composers. He has worked with many internationally renowned conductors and musicians such as Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Roger Norrington, Edward Gardner, Nicola Benedetti, Jennifer Pike, Emma Johnson, Michael Collins, Milos Karadaglic, Deep Purple, Rick Wakeman, Laura Mvula, Joanna Forest, Omar Pendrini, Liane Carroll and Will Young.


Lewis has also performed in masterclasses with distinguished double bassists Joel Quarrinton, Enrico Fagone, Gabriele Ragghianti, Dan Styffe, Paul Ellison and Donovan Stokes. Lewis was selected to record the Double Bass backing tracks for the ABRSM’s new Initial Double Bass Exam Pack for 2020 – 2023 which was is designed to help beginners measure their progress and celebrate their achievements. In 2015 Lewis premiered 'Leaving St Kilda' a piece composed for him by renowned bassist David Heyes. Leaving St Kilda depicts the last few days and the evacuation of the island St. Kilda in the 1930's after centuries of inhabitation.


As well as performing Lewis holds many teaching posts around the country including; Visiting Teacher of Double Bass at the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge, Visiting Teacher of Double Bass at St John’s College School in Cambridge, Visiting Teacher of Double Bass at Brentwood Senior and Prep Schools, Double Bass Tutor for Saffron Centre for Young Musicians, Instrumental Teacher for Thurrock Music Services and he also teaches privately. As well as teaching, Lewis tutors on orchestral courses including the NLMS Music Summer School and the Musicale Summer Course in Cambridge where he co-directed the main orchestra and conducted the string orchestra in 2018. Lewis is a budding conductor, having studied under Peter Stark and Natalia Luis-Bassa. He conducts various orchestras and string orchestras including Thurrock Youth Orchestra, Thurrock Youth Training Orchestra, Thurrock Beginner Strings, SCYM Intermediate Strings and SCYM Junior Strings.

Suffolk Youth Music 2009 to 2013


I played oboe in North Suffolk Youth Orchestra, playing a concerto in my final year. I played for two years in Suffolk Youth Wind Band and two years in Suffolk Youth Orchestra, on oboe and cor anglais, touring to Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. 

SYO inspired me to pursue music, and I studied an undergrad in academic music at Durham University before going on to do a performance masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

I am currently working as an academic and instrument teacher, as well as a freelance oboe and cor player. I am involved with community and charitable music projects, including the Street Orchestra.

North Suffolk Youth Orchestra, Suffolk Youth Wind Band and Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2006 to 2010


I'm an Oboist and I had lessons through Suffolk County Music Service from 2002-2011. After leaving school, I went to Birmingham Conservatoire for five years before working in schools for a couple of years. I'm now doing a PGCE in Secondary Music at the University of Warwick, inspired by the incredible teaching I received through SYM.

West Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2007-2011, Suffolk Youth Wind Band 2008-2010, Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2010-2011


South Suffolk Youth Concert Band 2002-2009, South Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2005-2006, Suffolk Youth Wind Band 2003-2007


Chloe played the trumpet with SYM from 2009-2013. She has completed a BSc in Bioveterinary Science at The University of Liverpool and lead the university's big band. Chloe is currently working as a research project leader at The Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa but still plays when she has the chance!



Suffolk Youth Music 2004-2010


Vicky was an A-level student at One, Ipswich; she played the flute and saxophone with Suffolk Youth Music. She was awarded a MusB (Hons) at the University of Manchester and was the President of the Manchester University Music Society (MUMS) for the academic year 2015/16. She was the Projects Coordinator for Royal Northern Sinfonia, based at Sage Gateshead from 2016 to 2019. In July 2019 she will be moving to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as their Assistant Orchestra Manager. 

South Suffolk Jazz Orchestra, Suffolk Youth Wind Band, Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2006-2014


Suffolk Youth Wind Band 2006 to 2009


Katie Payn has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music after being a member of SYM since the age of 11, when she joined SYS. After one year she joined the SYO, which she led for her last two seasons. Katie absolutely loved her time with SYM and has made friends for life, as well as gaining extremely valuable orchestral skills.

Katie plans to continue playing the violin as a hobby while she embarks on a Graduate Scheme with Virgin Media this September.

Suffolk Young Strings & Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2008 - 2014


I joined the South Suffolk Intermediate strings in my second year of High School on Double Bass, this was my first experience in a classical ensemble, from that point onward it has been a huge part of my life. In the 6 years following I was a member of the South Suffolk Windband, South Suffolk Youth Orchestra, South Suffolk Cantabile Choir, Suffolk Young Strings and in my final year I was the principal bassist for the Suffolk Youth Orchestra.

Since leaving Suffolk I have completed a BSc. in Marine Biology in Portsmouth and I am now reading MSc. Applied Aquatic Biology at the Institute of Marine Science. During my time at University I have been the principal bassist in the University Orchestra and president of the Music Society, music is still a huge part of my life, this was nurtured by the Suffolk Youth Music service.

South Suffolk Intermediate Strings, South Suffolk Wind band, South Suffolk Youth Orchestra, Cantabile Choir, Suffolk Young Strings & Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2009-2015


I played Double Bass in SYS and then SYO and was part of the Germany and Italy tours as well as the Slovakia tour. I studied multiple music subjects at Alevel and have since gone in a completely different direction and I am now a Nuclear Planning Engineer! I play a lot more guitar and bass guitar than double bass now though.

Suffolk Young Strings and Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2008-2015


I was a member of the Suffolk Youth Wind Band and South Suffolk Youth Orchestra and Wind Band from 2004-2008. I am currently the flute section leader for the Rocky Mountain Concert Band based in Calgary, Canada.

Suffolk Youth Music 2004 to 2008


Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2009 to 2012

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