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Thames Youth Orchestra has a permanent staff of nine professional musicians and the Executive Director.

Simon Ferris - Musical Director

Carys Evans - Executive DirectorDominika

Carys Evans is an Oxford music graduate working in arts administration. As well as being Executive Director for Thames Youth Orchestra, she is also Finance Manager of The Voice Festival UK, an a cappella and singing charity, and is the Music Programme Administrator for Ark Schools. In addition, she has worked for numerous arts organisations including the Tiffin Boys' School Music Department, Mandinga Arts, the Edinburgh Festival (as a performer, stage manager and venue assistant) and with a leading comedy agency. Passionate about music and arts education, Carys has taught oboe and double bass at Kampala Music School in Uganda, and continues to work with various organisations on educational outreach programmes in the UK.

Adrian Charlesworth - first violin coach

Adrian is a freelance violinist and works throughout Great Britain, but especially in London, playing for many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and in trios and small ensembles. He has played for Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras and Mark Elder and in the English National Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.

Adrian regularly leads orchestras and has led and played solo with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He performed The Lark Ascending during Vaughan Williams' 50th anniversary year under the baton of Lev Parikian and leads the Brent Symphony Orchestra. He has recently played for The Queen and also one of the Queens of pop, Kylie Minogue; has perfomed on TV, gained various CD and film performance credits and played for the launch of

He is involved with string coaching for the I.A.P.S. Training Orchestra (as Principal string coach) and Surrey County Youth Orchestra and has coached the National Children's Orchestra.
Adrian supplements his playing by teaching at St. George's College, Woldingham and Reigate Grammar and is on the board of The Rehearsal Orchestra.

Dominika Rosiek - second violin coach

DominikaDominika Anna Rosiek was born in Poland and started her violin studies at the age of 4. Within a year she had already recorded pieces for Polish Radio, also taking part in national and international competitions and festivals, winning many prizes including a special prize in the Russian Music Festival, with an invitation to perform at the Castle in Warsaw. She twice won an award from the National Sponsorship Scheme for Talented Children and was invited to play at a special audience for Pope John Paul II. Later, she received a full scholarship to attend The Purcell School in London, after which she continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she was also awarded a full scholarship and at which she completed the BMus and PgDip with First Class Honours, recorded a chamber music CD with the Academy Soloists and won the J.Beare Bow Prize for outstanding player.

Throughout her studies Dominika was taught by Mateja Marinkovic but also participated in several masterclasses with Zenon Brzewski, Vladimir Spivakov, Detlef Hahn, Petru Munteanu, Eric Friedman, Marina Jaszwili, Dorothy DeLay, Ruggiero Ricci, Viktor Tryetiakov, Zahar Bron, Mauricio Fuks, Sylvia Rosenberg and Thomas Brandis.

Dominika is a winner of the Guivier prize for outstanding string player, the Alfred Brendel Prize, the Wilton Cole prize, various Martin Musical Scholarship awards, a Worshipful Company of Musicians award, the Craxton Prize, a Hattori Foundation award, and a Musician Benevolent Fund award. In addition she has been a finalist in many international competitions.

Her appearances as a soloist include performances at the Southbank Centre, St.Martin in the Fields, Wigmore Hall, St.John's Smith Square, St.James's Piccadilly and festivals such as Prussia Cove, Holland Music Sessions, Spitalfield Festival,Verbier Festival, Encuentro de Musica de Santander, Aspen Music Festival, Menuhin Festival, G.Kurtag Festival and the N.Paganini Festival.

Dominika has always enjoyed a varied musical life. She has lead several Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras, including the European Youth Orchestra (as the EYO's first Concertmaster from Poland), the London Chamber Players, Verdandi Camerata, City of London Sinfonia, and many others. She toured England as leader with the Philharmonia opera project Clockwork, including performances at the Royal Opera House. She performs regularlywith the Russian Virtuosi of Europe, is currently a member of the Arlequin Piano Trio and performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Switzerland, Poland, Holland and Germany. She is often invited to guest lead many UK orchestras.

Recently Dominika joined the Orchestra of Life founded by Nigel Kenndy in 2010 with whom she performs all over Europe. She is currently performing and making recordings with the London Schubert Players, working on the project Invitation to Composers which takes her around the UK, Romania, France and Norway. In Summer 2011 she has been invited to give masterclasses in France.

Khac-Uyen Nguyen - viola tutor, and conductor of Thames Youth SinfoniaDominika

Khac-Uyen, the Vietnamese-Norwegian conductor/violinist, began his musical studies on the violin at the age of 5 with his father in Hanoi. He did BMus course at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo and then went on to the Guildhall School of Music for his Post Graduate Advanced Performance studywith David Takeno. He works for 5 years as chamber musician, gave solo recitals around Europe, he also worked with Malmo Opera (Sweden), Beethoven Symphony orchestra (Germany), Kristiansand Chamber orchestra (Norway). In 2005, Khac-Uyen completed the Post-Graduate Conducting studies with Colin Metters at the Royal Academy of Music. He has won various prizes including the Robert Alva Memorial Prize, Mortimer Developement Fund, the Henry Wood Scholarship which enabled his studies. While at the Academy he had assisted sir Colin Davis for the school's concert, and since he studied with other great conductors: George Hurst, Kenneth Kiesler, Mark Shanahan, Jorma Panula, Martyn Brabbin.

Khac-Uyen founded the Verdandi Camerata to promote young gifted graduates as well as providing platform for contemporary composers. Verdandi Camerata was awarded the Concordia Prize toward its successful London debut. This lead to invitation from the London Organ Forum to take part in the International Durufle conference in November 2005, where they premiered two of Durufle's orchestral works to critical acclaim.

Khac-Uyen has conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Hebrides Ensemble, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn in Germany. He is also a guest conductor of the Suffolk Sinfonia, Southend Symphony Orchestra, London City Side Sinfonia, associate conductor of I Maestri Orchestra where he worked with Jorma Panula. Since 2009 Khac-Uyen became Music Director of the Southwark Sinfonia. Most recently in May 2012, Khac-Uyen conducted the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi 2 concerts with great success. Beside works with the professional musicians, Khac-Uyen also dedicate much of his energy with training orchestras over the last 10 years. He is the Music Director for the East London Late Starter Orchestra. He conducts the Intermediate Orchestra at the Center for Young Musicians where he also works as chamber music coach and violin tutor.

From 2009, Khac-Uyen has been working to guide Verdandi Camerata toward a new direction, gaining reputation as promoter of contemporary music. In October 2010 Verdandi UK premiered Marsallis' chamber opera "The Fiddler's Tale" in London to great success. Most recent project is in April 2011, Verdandi gave a world premier of the Australian composer Kats-Chernin's new concerto, written specially for Verdandi Camerata. Future projects see Verdandi Camerata collaborate with El Cimarron to commission works from the Italian composers Luca Lombardi and Vito Palumbo. With its assosiation with the Norwegian publisher Norsk Musiksforlaget, Verdandi Camerata aims to bring Norwegian contemporaries to the heart of London. Year 2014 will see him bring Verdandi Camerata to the International Contemporary Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, which he is the co-founder with the Vietnamese Music Association.

Sarah Hedley-Miller - cello coach

Marianne Schofield - double bass tutorAndrew

Marianne is a former member of Thames Youth Orchestra and is really pleased to be able to return to the orchestra in the capacity of double bass tutor. Discovering the world of symphonic repertoire through TYO certainly inspired her to pursue a career as a professional bass player, studying at University of Cambridge and then at The Royal Academy of Music under Graham Mitchell, Dominic Seldis and Chi-chi Nwanoku.

Marianne is especially committed to presenting new music in an engaging way and is a passionate exponent of the double bass in contemporary settings. She is a founder member of the acclaimed contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment, who are Park Lane Group Young Artists for 2015/16, and whose performances frequently include improvisation and innovative cross-arts collaborations. Marianne also enjoys performing contemporary and twentieth-century works on a larger scale through her freelance orchestral work, most recently with the Aurora Orchestra, O/modernt, English National Opera, and London Sinfonietta. Marianne has also performed as a concerto soloist with the All Saints Orchestra, and has given solo and chamber recitals in Cambridge.

As a founder member of the band The Coach House Company, Marianne is also active as a folk performer, improviser and arranger. The band has recently performed solo gigs at the National Portrait Gallery, Cecil Sharp House and Green Note in Camden, and has also played at Wilderness Festival, at Ronnie Scott's jazz club, and at the London Folk Festival.

Marianne has enjoyed being involved in a variety of music education projects in London, working with organisations including the Wigmore Hall, the Royal College of Music, and the award-winning Multi-Story Orchestra. She also co-ordinated a successful Guinness World Record attempt for the 'Largest Busk at Multiple Venues' whilst working as an organiser for the charity Musequality, raising fundsto support communal music-making for disadvantaged children in developing countries.

AndrewAndrew Watson - woodwind coach

Originally from Aberdeenshire, Andrew Watson started playing the bassoon at the age of 12. He studied at the University of Glasgow with Alison Green, and at the Royal College of Music with Sarah Burnett, Andrea de Flammineis and Martin Field. He graduated from the RCM with an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction in 2007, after which he was awarded a further year long post at the College as Junior Fellow within the Woodwind Faculty.

In 2009 Andrew held the position of co-principal bassoon with the Southbank Sinfonia. As a freelance musician (playing both bassoon & contrabassoon) he has worked with several of the UK’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Britten Sinfonia. He has performed at the Cheltenham and Aldeburgh festivals, and has toured to Mumbai several times as principal bassoon with the Symphony Orchestra of India.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Andrew works regularly with Ensemble 360 and he is a member of Etesian Winds and the Mosaic Ensemble. As a concerto soloist, performances include Weber’s Bassoon Concerto with the Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, Weber’s Andante & Hungarian Rondo with the RCM Chamber Orchestra and Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Jersey Chamber Orchestra.

Andrew joined the TYO as Woodwind Coach in 2008.

David WhitsonDavid Whitson - brass coach

David started playing the trombone at the age of 9 when given his grandfather's old instrument. He very quickly learned to cope with making a sound and joined a local brass band near Swindon.
On the advice of the composer David Gow, he auditioned successfully
at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he went on to study the trombone with Sidney Langston and Harold Nash. 

On leaving the Academy in 1976 David freelanced in London, playing with all the major orchestras, performing on film soundtracks and recording for radio and TV including, recently, for the the latest Wallace and Gromit adventure.

As well as working with the English Brass Ensemble, his chamber music experience has included playing with Lontano,the London Sinfonietta, Matrix Ensemble, Music Projects-London and many others.

David has worked in over 47 different countries, including the USA, India, Malaysia, Korea and even Burma!

Solo work has included recording the David Gow Concertino for Trombone & Orchestra with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Radio 3. The Concertino was originally written for him with Concert Band accompaniment.

David is currently Principal Trombone with English National Opera working at the London Coliseum.

Along with his playing career David also teaches for the Junior Department at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Surrey, Charterhouse School, Reigate Grammar and is a coach for various courses including the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and, since 2011, Thames Youth Orchestra.

Ben Porter - percussion coach

AndrewAlex Rider - harp tutor

Alex Rider is a young harpist much in demand as a chamber and orchestral musician, as well as being recognized for his interest in new music. This year alone  includes solo appearances at the Canterbury and City of London festivals playing music by Berio, Britten and Paul Patterson, a Radio 3 broadcast of Takemitsu (as part of the BBC total immersion series) and solo concerti with the Bedworth and Sussex symphony orchestras. The summer of 2013 will see Alex travel to Germany where he has been invited to perform with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra.

Isolda Hawkes-Tan - Administrator