SCYO regularly augment their teaching staff with
visitors and guest artists. The three course
directors, Dury, Chris and Sarah, have been coaching
youth ensembles for more than four decades between
them, and have been recognised for their work at
national level. All three work as professional
musicians, appearing on BBC, ITV, Sky, Glastonbury
and can be found with various groups on iTunes.
Studied at: Birmingham Conservatoire - MA (Performance), PGDip,
The University of Birmingham - BMus(Hons)
Dury teaches cello and bass at Dauntsey's School in Devizes, Westonbirt Girls School, and Stowe School in Buckingham, coaching string quartets and larger ensembles at each school too. He now lives in Chipping Sodbury with his wife Sarah Eales, who is a freelance violinist and Head of Strings at St Mary's School, Calne. Dury divides his time between performing and teaching and freelances with orchestras across the UK. As a cellist with The Ardeton Ensemble Dury gives chamber recitals and provides workshops on performance and composition to Primary and Secondary schools. In 2008 he founded the South Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra which he conducted until 2012, and which was chosen in 2011 to perform at Birmingham' Symphony Hall as part of the Music for Youth National Festival. Dury also works as a session musician and arranger, appearing on numerous albums for bands and songwriters, as well as on BBC and ITV productions and several films.
Originally from Suffolk, Dury began playing the cello at the age of 11. Continuing his studies at Hills Road VI Form in Cambridge, he became interested in Jazz, playing bass in the college big band, several blues bands and a jazz quartet. Dury went on to study music at The University of Birmingham specialising in performance and composition, and received a '1st' for his final year cello recital, before continuing his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire with a Masters Degree in Performance, focussing on contemporary music. As an Alumni of the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies he also regularly appeared at the Snape Proms and Aldeburgh festivals, working with Oliver Knussen, Sir Paul Daniel and Sakari Oramo amongst others. Following this Dury moved to Cardiff where he studied chamber music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and founded The Ardeton Ensemble. Also an alumnus of the Faber Media Academy, he has appeared on several TV programmes on BBC and Sky Arts, as well as writing and performing string tracks for bands and songwriters.
Instruments played: Cello, double bass, piano, guitar.
Studied at: Bath Spa University - BA(Hons)
Having grown up in Hampshire, Chris started playing the trumpet at the age of 8 and soon after joined the North East Hants Area Schools Band. A few years later, Chris was then invited to join the Hampshire County Youth Band, which, in 2002 won the BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of the Year award. In 2003, Chris moved to Bath to study music at Bath Spa University where he specialised in performance and conducting. He was given the opportunity to perform in and conduct many of the University ensembles during his time there, including, on three occasions, the University Choir in Bath Abbey. Whilst studying in Bath, Chris also became a member of several ensembles including Yeovil Town Band with whom he performed on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2005. Since leaving University, Chris has taken up a career as a peripatetic music teacher and musician and now teaches brass throughout Wiltshire and Somerset, as well as conducting and performing in a variety of different ensembles from big bands and function bands to classical and musical theatre orchestras.
Instruments played: Trumpet, piano, other brass instruments.
Studied at: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - PGDip
The University of Birmingham - BMus(Hons)
Originally from Manchester, Sarah began playing the violin, piano and flute at an early age. She gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Birmingham, studying violin with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Principal 2nd violin Jeremy Ballard, before completing Postgraduate Studies in Performance with Lucy Gould at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Sarah is now a busy freelance violinist working across the UK. She performs regularly with the English Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Regency Sinfonia, Bath Philharmonia, and British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, as well as performing for many shows and theatre productions. As a session musician she has appeared on new tracks by Edwin Miles and The Portraits, as well as the Hi-Life Companion's 2013 album 'Our Years in the Wilderness'. For many years she was a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra which gave regular concerts at the Aldeburgh Festival and Snape Proms. Sarah has performed solo recitals in St James Piccadilly and at the Calne Festival of Music and Arts, and whilst at RWCMD she founded the Ardeton Ensemble and String Quartet, of which she is Leader, for chamber recitals and functions around the country. She has her own website here.
In addition to her freelance work, Sarah is currently the Head of Strings at St Mary's School, Calne, where she directs the Symphony Orchestra, String Sinfonia and Sinfonietta, as well as coaching several chamber ensembles. She also teaches for the South Gloucestershire Music Hub, for whom she coached the South Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra until 2012, including gaining them a place at the National Festival of Youth Music at Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Sarah is also currently training to be an ITM teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Instruments played: Violin, Viola, Flute, Piano