Nathan is a bassist and a pianist currently finishing his A-level studies at Woodbridge School where he holds a musical scholarship. He passionately believes that all young people, no matter their background, should be offered the opportunity to at least experience music, after not becoming a musician himself until late in his high school career. He managed to obtain both a spot in Suffolk Youth Orchestra and a music scholarship to Woodbridge School after a year of playing double bass and 2 years of playing piano.


He enjoys a variety of playing environments including playing in small jazz ensembles, big bands, pit orchestras, symphony orchestras and chamber groups on bass as well as being a pianist for a Co-op juniors dance class once a week. The sheer amount of playing has opened his eyes to the wider world of music and only drives him more to give these opportunities to anyone who might want them, or not know that they want them yet. He is a firm believer that any barrier can be overcome with the correct aid. This led him to SMART, seeing it as an opportunity for him to help the next generation overcome their challenges.

2017 to present


Suffolk Youth Music 2013-2016


I spent 3 years playing horn in SYO and can honestly say I have made some very good long lasting friends out of it. I am currently a maths student at Durham University, where I play horn in many orchestras and tuba in a functional band. I'd say the skills I learned coming through the Suffolk Music ranks will play a big part in my university life and will likely play a big role in the rest of my life to come.

Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2015 to 2018


Suffolk Youth Music 2011 to 2016


I am currently in my fifth and final season of playing with SYO and I've been able to explore orchestral repertoire I wouldn't have encountered at such a young age. After A Levels, I auditioned for a number of conservatoire places, with four acceptance letters. I am currently one fifth of the Pneuma Wind Quintet, an up and coming ensemble based in South Wales. I'm currently in my first year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying oboe/cor anglais under Amy Mackean, with an ambition to play professionally in orchestras.

Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2014 to 2019


Suffolk Youth Music 2014 to 2019


I play the cello and the viola and have been a member of the West Suffolk and Suffolk Youth Orchestra.

Suffolk Youth Music 2013-present


Suffolk Youth Music 2017 to present


Suffolk Youth Music 2012 to present


2012-2014 SYWB (France and Spain tours)
2014-2016 SYO (Czech Republic/Slovakia and Germany tours)
Also played in the Battle of the Somme silent film, and the Dunkirk little ships memorial amongst other events.

Suffolk Youth Wind Band 2012 to 2014, Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2014 to 2016



Suffolk Youth Music 2014 to present


St. Benedict's Catholic School
Hills Road Sixth Form College
University of Birmingham

Suffolk Youth Music 2012 to 2019



Suffolk Youth Music 2012 to 2019


A levels including music at Hills Road Sixth Form College 2016-2018.
Gap year student.
Medical physiology at University of Nottingham in September 2019.

Suffolk Youth Music 2012 - 2019


Former SYO, WSYO and SYS cellist, currently guest section leader of the Glasgow Phil, and membership secretary of the Glasgow Orchestral Society.
Studying MA Hons Politics at University of Glasgow, and keen for music to remain predominantly a passion and not a career. Stood in the 2017 general election as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Glasgow South West, and aiming to go into public service in one form or another.

WSYO, SYS & SYO 2012 - 2017


I played cello in the young strings ensemble from 2011 to 2013 and then joined the orchestra until 2016. During this time we toured Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and finally Germany. I am now studying Veterinary Medicine at Nottingham University.

Suffolk Young Strings 2011 to 2013, Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2013 to 2016



Jack is currently studying a BMus in Composition at the Royal College of Music in London. Throughout his time at SYM he played cornet with the Stradbroke Brass Bands - conducted by Ruth Ryan, and trumpet with the SYO under Philip Shaw - touring the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.
Jack also plays guitar and tries to play the piano, but his real passion is in writing and producing music. His interests range from folk and jazz to electronics to classical and film scores. One day he hopes to make a career out of some of these, or possibly even all of them at the same time.
SYM has played a massive part in my musical development. The opportunities it made available to me - playing in ensembles and meeting wonderful fellow musicians and friends - will have heavily informed my playing and writing. I am very grateful to the tutors and staff for their support during my SYM years.

Suffolk Youth Music 2010-2016


Lucy joined SYM playing Tenor Sax and Clarinet in SYWB. She now works in Marketing in London, managing ad campaigns for well known brands such as Sony Music, NatWest and Next. Although her career is not music-focused, she is still very much involved with it in her personal time; playing with the BBC Elstree Concert Band, songwriting/performing, and she is a Civilian Instructor for the 56 (Woolwich) Squadron Air Cadets, where she leads their Marching Band and Choir.

Suffolk Youth Wind Band 2010-2012


I am a trumpeter and pianist and have just started a 4-year music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, specialising on trumpet. I was a member of the Suffolk Youth Orchestra for 3 years, and particularly
enjoyed the concert tours to Poland, Spain and Italy. One of my fondest memories was in the 2018/19 season, where I played the offstage trumpet solo in Bizet’s Carmen Suite, in tour venues abroad and a sold-out audience at the Snape Maltings Proms. I have also played for the East of England Co-op Band, Martlesham Brass and various ensembles at my high school, Kesgrave High School. I also worked part-time as a pianist for two dancing classes run by the Co-op Juniors Theatre Company. I have also performed as
a freelancer around Suffolk, playing in jazz bands, big bands, solo performances, brass bands, quartets, chamber music, offstage trumpet solos, pit bands, wind bands, and have led and conducted ensembles.
I am also a regular with local radio stations and newspapers, and from October 2020, I had a regular segment on BBC Radio Suffolk documenting life as a music student. I am also a music teacher, and currently teach children the piano, and this happens online whilst I am living in Manchester.


During Lockdown in 2020, I collaborated with the composer Maurice Davies, to create a new solo work for the trumpet, called The Jet Set. Maurice kindly wrote the 3-piece work with me in mind, and we worked together to produce and record the work. I’m pleased to announce that the music is available to
purchase on and


My long-term aim is to become a professional musician. In my spare time I’m a keen follower of musical theatre and my dream would be to play in a West-End pit band. I’m very grateful for all the support and guidance I’ve received through the County Music Service over the last 6 years and I’m keen to ensure that this wonderful service continues to thrive! I also have my own website with more details:, and I am active on Facebook under Grace Harman Music, and Twitter under @musician_grace.

Suffolk Youth Music 2013 to present


Suffolk Youth Music 2014-2019


Suffolk Youth Music 2012 to 2018


I joined the South Suffolk Wind band in 2015 where I played the clarinet and moved into the South Suffolk Orchestra a few months after joining. In 2017-2018 I was a member of the Suffolk Youth Wind ensemble where I played clarinet and saxophone. I am currently studying for my A-levels at Farlingaye Sixth form and hope to go into study economics at Durham next year.

South Suffolk Wind Band, South Suffolk Youth Orchestra, Suffolk Youth Wind Band 2015 -2019


Harry joined SYM playing Clarinet in SYWB and then moved to SYO in 2012. He went on to study English at the University of Oxford, and is now training to be a solicitor in London. Although he didn't take a musical career path, music remained an important part of his life at University and since; a huge part of that is thanks to SYM.

Suffolk Youth Wind Band & Suffolk Youth Orchestra 2011-2014


Suffolk Youth Music 2012 - 2016



I play the cello. I started playing the violin at the age of 7 and joined SYM in 2010 only a year after. At the age of 11 I decided to take up the cello and a year later, chose to carry on with cello instead. I stayed in SYM thereafter, joining various orchestras such as SYS and SYO. I have taken part in opportunities such as the Sony project with SYO and also playing alongside the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra including a workshop with one of the members of SPO. I support SMART as it allows young musicians like myself to pursue a musical career. Being a part of SYM has changed my life and I hope to become a freelance musician after my university or conservatoire experience.

Suffolk Youth Music 2010 - 2019


Sophie began playing the violin, aged 8, with Suffolk County Music lessons at school and at the age of 10 began working her way up the Suffolk Youth Music ensemble program where she now leads Suffolk Youth Orchestra. Sophie attends Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she learns with Akiko Ono and is an enthusiastic member of the Symphony Orchestra and chamber choir there. Sophie enjoys participating in local music making and often plays with Wolsey Orchestra and the Kingfisher Ensemble and has worked closely with Music In Felixstowe over the years. Now in her last year at Kesgrave High School, Sophie hopes to take a gap year before exploring a possible career path in music.

Suffolk Youth Music 2010 to present


Charlie is a drummer and percussionist from Ipswich currently studying BMus Music Performance at the London College of Music. 

He is competent in many styles of music playing in Big Bands, Pit Orchestras, Small Jazz Ensembles and Symphony Orchestras. Much of this experience has come from various Suffolk Youth Music groups from a young age.

Charlie has enjoyed a long association with Suffolk Youth Music playing with the SYWO, SSYO, SYWB and ending with his three years in SYO. He is passionate about the teaching of music at a young age as he feels that it has made him the musician he is today.

Suffolk Youth Music 2012 to 2019


Joe began playing Trumpet in 2007, aged 9, at Leiston Middle School under tuition from Suffolk County Music Service tutors. From there he also began playing cornet in the Royal British Legion Brass Band, Leiston, as well as in the school brass band. Upon moving up to Leiston High School in 2011 he joined the North Suffolk Youth Concert Band (NSYCB) in Lowestoft, where he enjoyed playing in many concerts, particularly at Trinity Park, Ipswich featuring massed bands of other area ensembles from the County Music Service as well as military bands, including Bands of the Lifeguards and Parachute Regiment. After a year of playing in NSYCB, Joe was then accepted into the Suffolk Youth Wind Band, touring France and Spain in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In 2013, Joe was part of the new Suffolk Youth Brass Ensemble (SYBE) which was formed by Head of Brass, Vince Taber to perform to celebrate a gathering of the Dunkirk Little Ships. SYBE later went on to undertake two workshops with players from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, both resulting in performances at the Ipswich Regent. Joe also toured three times with the Suffolk Youth Orchestra (SYO) to: Czech Republic and Slovakia (2015); Germany (2016); and Poland (2017). The 2016/17 SYO season was very exciting as the orchestra undertook two performances of The Battle of the Somme at The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds and Snape Maltings. These were amongst his favourite SYO moments. Following on from his time in Suffolk Youth Music, Joe has gone on to studying Trumpet at degree level at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. Since begininng in 2017 he has performed with various college ensembles, including the RWCMD Brass Band, performing in St David's Hall, Cardiff as well as venues in London and Cambridge. Outside of college Joe is a member of the City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band, a championship section band who, in 2018, enjoyed qualifying for and competing in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall, London; the first time the band has appeared in the prestigious competition since 1974! Looking forward, Joe can't wait to see what the future brings!

Suffolk Youth Music 2011 to 2017


Suffolk Youth Music 2012-2015


Claudia started playing the piano at the age of 7, she then started playing the French Horn in 2010 as it was an instrument she knew little about and wanted to explore, she joined West Suffolk Youth Orchestra, playing the French horn, when she was 12 years old, by the age of 14 she had completed her grade 7. She later progressed to join the Suffolk Youth Orchestra when she was 14 years old, Claudia remined performing with both orchestras until she was 18.

Claudia also participated in many of the young musician competitions, she won her levels many times and also won the award for most promising musician in west Suffolk in 2016.

Claudia is about to begin her third year at the University of Northampton studying Occupational Therapy, and although she is not following a musical career path, music remains very close to her heart.

Suffolk Youth Music 2012 - 2016


Suffolk Youth Music 2010 to 2012

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