Who’s who

Children playing brass instruments

Who’s who

A list of our patrons, tutors, directors, board members, and members of our management team.

GAM Patrons

Julian Lloyd Webber OBE

Cellist

Dame Janet Trotter DBE CVO

Meurig Bowen

Arts administrator

Nicholas Daniel OBE

Oboist

Founder

Caroline Lumsden

Founder

Caroline trained as a violinist and singer at the Guildhall School of Music and then as a primary school teacher.   In 1981 she moved to Gloucestershire with husband Alan and their four children, where they founded Beauchamp Music Group.  This was followed by Beauchamp House International courses and Musicland Publications (1984). Caroline & Alan travelled the UK and to Hong Kong and Australia running teacher-training courses on their holistic Musicland ’Approach’.  In 1991, this became the Gloucester (now Gloucestershire) Academy of Music to cater for those advanced pupils who needed more intense training.

Caroline lectured for the European String Teachers’ Association and founded Junior ESTA (1993) to link pupils and teachers from around Europe. Many happy GAM European tours followed.   In 2005-2011 Caroline taught in London for Junior Guildhall and then for Junior Trinity, developing a programme for 3-11 year olds.  With many publications to her name and happy to be back in Gloucestershire, Caroline now divides her time between writing and teaching for GAM.

President

Professor Derek Aviss OBE

President

Derek studied the Cello at Trinity College of Music and was subsequently known, professionally, as the Cellist in the Ariosti Piano Trio and the Cantilena Soloists Ensemble.

Appointed to teach the Cello at Trinity at the youthful age of 28 he went on to have a long career at the College carrying out roles, successively, as of Head of Strings, Deputy Principal and Principal.

After the merger with the contemporary dance college, Laban, he became the Joint Principal and later Executive Director of Trinity Laban Conservative of Music and Dance, where he is, currently, Professor Emeritus of Higher Education.

A dedicated musician and educator Derek Aviss has held and continues to hold numerous positions in professional and educational charities and is particularly proud of his role as President of Gloucestershire Academy of Music.

GAM Instrumental and Vocal Tutors

Rebekah Allan

Violin

Rob Jones

Violin/Viola

Matt Denton

Violin

Catherine Smith

Violin/Piano/Whole-class strings

Caroline Lumsden

Violin

Shulah Oliver

Violin and Viola

Laura Galletta

Viola

Kate Skeet

Violin / Viola/Whole-class gamelan

Nina Sarnath           

Violin

Tomo Kimura       

Violin / Viola

Jenny Chaddock

Cello

Glyn Oxley

Cello

Abigail Davies         

Cello

Becky Chevis

Flute

Polly Davis

Recorder / Flute

Tessa Fry

Saxophone

Hannah Wrieden

Woodwind

Karen Sykes

Woodwind

Phil Storer                

Brass

Peter Richards     

Trumpet/Whole-class brass

Jenny Steele              

Brass

Paul McLaughlin       

Brass

Jamie Nuss

Tuned Percussion

Luke Hartley               

Drum Kit

Miranda King

Piano

Marcel Zidani

Piano

Chris Guild

Piano

Rachel Hobby

Piano

Sarah Cheung

Piano

Nick Perfect             

Voice

Amelia Conway-Jones

Theory

Pauline Jones         

Theory

Matt House              

Guitar

Simon McCarthy

Guitar/Drums

Paul Newman          

Guitar

Sarah Loveridge

Whole-class Ready Steady Play

Sophie Shone

Whole-class Ready Steady Play

Alex Baltyn

Whole-class Gamelan

Management / Admin Team

Glyn Oxley

Principal

Glyn graduated from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in music. He studied conducting and took part in several education projects which had a profound influence on him during his time in Scotland. He then worked as a freelance orchestral player, conductor and lower strings teacher in the North East before moving to Gloucestershire in 1993 after meeting Caroline Lumsden at a string teachers conference and beginning what has been a lifelong relationship with Gloucestershire Academy of Music.

Glyn has since worked with ensembles of all ages and abilities, including the National Children’s Orchestra, Junior ESTA, Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra, Gloucestershire Youth and Youth Chamber Orchestras and Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra. Glyn is now Artistic Director of GAM, and director of the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year competition. He continues to teach the cello and perform regularly. He lives in Hartpury with his wife and four children.

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Sue Bain

Operations Director

Sue joined GAM in 2022 with over twenty years experience of school business management in both the primary and secondary sectors.  Her connection to GAM began 28 years ago when her sons joined Beauchamp playgroup.

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Shelagh Silmon-Clyde

Administrator

Shelagh graduated in 1995 with a BA (HONS) in Psychology & Sociology, followed by a PGCE. She worked in Gloucestershire Primary schools as a Class Teacher and SENDCo for 14 years before becoming a SEN teacher at a Steiner School, working with KS2, KS3 and KS4. In 2011 Shelagh trained to be a Dyslexia specialist, gaining a Diploma in Dyslexia & SpLD and Advisory Teacher status. She has a wealth of experience of working with children with Autism, Social, Emotional & Behavioural Needs, Hearing Impaired and those dealing with Bereavement and Mental Health. Shelagh has focused her work to provide consultation, assessment, strategies and advice to teachers to remove barriers to learning, promoting the achievement of individual pupils.

Shelagh has been our Cheltenham Administrator since September 2018 and has more recently been involved with String Zone on a Monday evening and GYCO Inspire. She has also been part of the Big String team for the last three years.

All three of Shelagh’s children have been involved with GAM for several years.

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Cath Woodman

Reception Administrator

Cath worked as Financial Administrator for GAM between 1988-2020, before taking a step back to concentrate on providing a reception service on a Saturday at GAM Junior Department, Gloucester. She was born and raised in Gloucestershire and has been involved with several charitable organisations in the local area. Between 1989 and 1995, she was the Chairman of the Governors for a local school.

Cath trained at a solicitor’s and for the Clerk of the Peace of Gloucester. She has held administrative roles at two local businesses.

In 1988, Cath retrained as an educational teaching support assistant, for children with special needs, working in several schools, specialising in delayed language development and Asperger syndrome. She has completed several special educational courses, including Makaton sign language and LEA Grade 5.

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Jacqueline Kingsley

Development Consultant

Jacqueline has been working as a professional fundraiser in the cultural sector for the past 30 years.  She brings vast experience of managing complex capital and revenue campaigns to GAM, specialising in grants from trusts and foundations and gifts from individuals.  Her clients have ranged from large national to small local charities, and includes organisations dedicated to music, opera, theatre, dance and visual art (and everything in between).  She has recently moved to Gloucestershire and has spent the majority of her career raising funds in London and the South West.  She is a former Trustee of the RWA in Bristol and Engage (the national association of gallery education) and is currently a Trustee of Spike Island.  Jacqueline is a music graduate and enjoys printmaking in her home studio.

Karin Lythell

Schools Administrator

Karin holds a Bachelor of Education degree and taught music in secondary schools in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire before taking early retirement and becoming Schools Administrator for GAM.

As a pianist, she joined Flowers Band at Championship level on tuned percussion and now continues behind the scenes as librarian, logistics and front of house.  Heavily involved in banding throughout the South West,  Karin is Secretary of Gloucestershire Brass Band Association, a member of the West of England Council of Brass Band Associations and National Finals organisation.
She has worked with Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Music County Music Groups and been privileged to accompany them to National Competitions and on tours abroad.  Experience of individual clarinet and piano teaching as well as whole class brass has all helped to give her the basis to work closely with our school-based team of teachers, liaising with students, parents and schools, helping to plan and deliver our growing school programme of lessons and sessions.
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Becky Chevis

Stand By Me Project leader

Becky grew up locally in Gloucester then read music at Jesus College, Oxford, where she studied flute with Kate Hill and researched therapeutic community music projects. After graduating in 2014 she moved to South London where she began freelancing as a flautist performing chamber music, folk music, and interdisciplinary improvisations with contemporary dance company Involuntary Movement. She also trained as a Primary School music specialist for the Southwark Music Service and set up their first intergenerational projects with care homes, primary schools and sixth forms. In 2017 Becky moved back to her native Gloucestershire where she now runs Stand By Me, GAM’s intergenerational music project. She continues to perform in her flute-and-guitar duo and plays live music on intensive care and neonatal wards for Music in Hospitals and Care. In 2021 Becky founded the GLCollective, bringing together local professional musicians to play chamber music in
Gloucestershire.

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Jane Rothery

Early Music Administrator

Jane grew up in Cornwall, going on to study Music and Education at Cardiff University, and gaining a PGCE. She has worked within the voluntary sector, helping to set up several charities. She co-founded ‘The Wallich’, a charity that provides open door accommodation, and has played a crucial role in establishing the volunteer wing of ‘Mindsong’, which provides people with dementia access to music. In 2000 she received an MBE for her work.  

She has also been involved with a wide range of community organisations, including the Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF), the Gloucester Adult Education department, ‘Last Thursday’, Meals on Wheels, and the Forest Quakers. She is a keen amateur singer, accordion player, and has sustained an interest in early music as a member of the Forest minstrels.  She is married with two children and seven grandchildren.   

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Jackie Champion

Finance Officer

Jackie joined GAM at the end of 2022 having worked in finance and administration in the charity sector for the past six and a half years.  Prior to this she worked as a teacher in adult education settings.

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Board Members

Viv Hargreaves

Chair

Viv has immersed herself in musical education and music making in Gloucestershire since stepping down as a local newspaper editor following a 40-year career in newspaper and magazine journalism.

Married with two sons and four grandchildren, Viv was a bursary student at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and went on to read Chemistry at Leeds University. She later trained as a sub-editor at the Morgan Grampian Group in London before branching out into regional newspaper journalism in Cambridgeshire and later Gloucestershire. She was editor-in-chief of a county magazine group based near Bristol before becoming editor of the then Northcliffe-owned The Forester newspaper, sister paper of The Citizen and Echo.

She is also chair of Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year competition, which both partner with GAM in many of its activities. She was last year’s chair of the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra in her home patch and has sat on the boards of Gloucester Culture Trust and Marketing Gloucester Ltd.  Viv was appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant in 2018 and is a member of the Honours Group.

Stephen Belinfante

Vice-Chair

Following a degree in Fine Art and Music from Reading University, Stephen decided to combine his career as an artist and musician with teaching.

Stephen taught art and music at Cleeve School in Gloucestershire until 1998. During that time he was seconded for two years to work with the county arts education team and was also the Art subject coordinator for the Post Graduate Teacher Training Diploma at the University of Gloucestershire.

In 1998 he was appointed School Arts Inspector for Worcestershire Children’s Services.  In this role he led the Worcestershire Music Services and Arts Education teams.

During his career, Stephen has also worked as education consultant, Ofsted inspector and GCSE examiner .

As a musician, Stephen is a keen singer and horn player and conductor of Cheltenham Philharmonic and Cantilena Orchestras. As a dedicated painter he has exhibited across Gloucestershire, and has presented solo shows at the Gardens Gallery Cheltenham and the Curve Gallery in Churchdown.

Fenner Curtis

Fenner has been Head of Marketing and Box Office for Longborough Festival Opera since 2016 and formerly worked as a marketing executive for Cheltenham Festivals.

Music is an important part of Fenner's life.  For the last 15 years, Fenner has run the highly respected local group, Swing From Paris.

Gill Greenwell

A former lawyer and senior business executive, Gill has over 30 years’ experience working as a corporate lawyer and regulatory compliance professional in the financial services sector.

For many years she led the Legal and Compliance teams at Chelsea Building Society, and was instrumental in setting up the Society’s Charitable Foundation. Latterly, she worked at an international level for Belgian insurer Ageas Insurance advising the business on EU Regulatory Compliance strategy, and chairing the UK Association of British Insurers (ABI) Conduct Regulation Committee.

Gill has always felt committed to her local community. She was a Governor/Trustee of Balcarras and St Edwards schools In Cheltenham. A former Parish Councillor, she is currently Chair of Charlton Kings Business Connect group. 

A keen musician, Gill plays the violin with Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra (GS0) and Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a Committee Member of GSO. 

Ian Mean

Ian is the former editor of the Western Daily Press, Editor in Chief of Gloucestershire Media and the Northern News Editor for the Daily Mail. Ian is a Freeman of the City of Gloucester and supports local cultural organisations such as the Churchdown Male Voice Choir, of which he is President.  He  is currently the vice chair of GFirstLEP, Business West Director for Gloucestershire and the Chair of Gloucestershire hospitals organ donation committee.

Amelia Conway-Jones

Originally from Gloucestershire, Amelia started learning the violin at the age of 4 with Caroline Lumsden.  Now living in London, she is a freelance violinist with a varied career.  She is co-leader of Orchestra of the Swan and performs regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as London Mozart Players and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Amelia also plays with the band Human Pyramids and is passionate about the power of music.  As part of Arco Duo she performs concerts in care homes and hospitals around the country.

Damian Kenny

Damian worked for 3 years as a District Health Officer in Malawi before becoming a GP in Gloucestershire in 1991. Damian was also a tutor in General Practice, working with GPs and other health workers to promote consulting skills, facilitating skills, teaching skills, etc. He retired in 2018 but continues to do some freelance educational work and is a tutor for medical students on the Effective Consulting course at Bristol University.

Damian has always enjoyed playing music and plays violin with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra and European Doctors’ Orchestra. He enjoyed teaching music to his three children and accompanying them on the piano for exams and concerts. Recently, he enjoyed playing weekly ‘Live on the Drive’ concerts with his daughter, for neighbours who listened from their own drives!  Following retirement, Damian joined the GAM board and enjoys seeing young people develop their musical talent as they make music together.

Tony Veazey

Company Secretary

Tony is a retired solicitor.  Educated at grammar school, he has an MA in law from Cambridge University.  Tony qualified as a solicitor and has practiced as a partner in private practice and has been company secretary for various private companies.  As an amateur string player, he enjoys his role of GAM’s company secretary and serving as a Trustee.  He is also a supervisor at the Gloucester and District Citizens Advice Bureau. 

Jim Webster

Chair of Finance Committee

Jim read mathematics at Oxford University before spending a year travelling in Asia.  He qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in London and went on to work for an oil trader as a deal accountant.

In 1996, Jim and his wife moved from London to Gloucestershire and he worked for an advertising agency before spending thirteen years at a helicopter engineering and pilotage company providing services to the Police and Air Ambulance communities, where he was Finance Director.  In 2013, Jim took early retirement, became a trustee of GAM in 2017, and is currently chair of the finance committee. Jim lives in Gloucestershire with his wife and two sons, both of whom have studied with GAM, and enjoys travelling and woodwork.

Deborah Lanyon

A former pupil of Rosemary Rappaport and Winifred Roberts, Deborah read music at Durham University where she also gained an MSc.  She then gained more qualifications with the Chartered Insurance Institute and Chartered Institute of Marketing and, later on, a diploma in Early Medieval History at the V&A. Although music is Deborah's passion, she is interested in all art forms and is keen to bring the arts to the forefront of our national identity.

Jennifer Aviss

Jennifer Aviss graduated from Trinity College of Music before gaining an MA in Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs from the University of London.  Her teaching career led to headships at Eaton House School and Wetherby School before she became Director of Schools and Colleges for Alpha Plus Group.  Jennifer was the Chief Operating Officer for Northern Europe for Inspired Education Group from 2016 and became Principal of St George's School in Montreux until August 2021.  Jennifer brings her specialisms in safeguarding and school leadership to the GAM board.

Tom Taylor