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Meet the Tutors

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Music Director

Music Director

Charlotte Danford

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Charlotte has worked for Congleton Youth Orchestra since 2018, going through the ranks until becoming Musical Director in 2022. She graduated from Bangor University with an MA in 20th and 21st Century Music and BA in Music and German. Her conducting experiences come from university ensembles, deputising for local brass bands and orchestras, as well as her previous role as Wind Tutor for Congleton Youth Orchestra. As a horn player she plays in a number of local ensembles including Alderley Edge Symphony Orchestra and Rode Hall Silver Band. She plays and teaches a variety of brass instruments alongside her work in Strategic Planning for East Cheshire NHS Trust. Charlotte finds working with beginner pupils particularly rewarding. Charlotte was also a member of CYO herself before leaving for university, and is looking forward to giving back the musical experiences she gained in those years.

Intermediate Conductor

Intermediate Conductor

Jayne Walker-Delargy

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As well as conducting the intermediates, Jayne is also one of our string tutors. Jayne started playing strings at age 4 and is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. After joining CYO at the age of 12, she came back to work for us in 2011 after graduating. In 2012 she took on a strings teaching post in Kuching, Malaysia and returned in 2013 for the birth of her son, returning to CYO shortly after. In 2015 she opened Walker’s Strings ltd, a music shop with instrumental tuition in Congleton situated on Rood Hill. She is a freelance musician, playing in local orchestras and is the founding violist of the Balfour String Quartet. At CYO, Jayne teaches Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.

Woodwind Tutor

Woodwind Tutor

Nicky Walton

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A former member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra, Nicky Walton graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1993. She was also awarded two professional performance diplomas (merit and distinction), both as a soloist and as a member of the Aldelphi Saxophone Quartet.
Whilst studying at the RNCM she was also awarded first prize in the Park Lane Concert Series and the John Tunnel Trust music competitions. Nicky has performed extensively throughout the UK, premiering works by composers including Jean Francaix, Anthony Gilbert and Philip Wilby. Performance venues include the South Bank, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and the Cheltenham Festival.

Nicky has spent the last 25 years living in Cheshire and works as a freelance woodwind tutor, composer and arranger and her music is published by Breakthrough Music. She is also member of the music staff at Stockport Grammar School and Wilmslow High School with whom has recently returned from a successful music tour to Belgium. Although she is now a Mum to four very busy and in her words ‘time consuming’ children she manages to find some spare time each week to coach at Wilmslow Lightning netball club!

Assistant Strings Tutor

Assistant Strings Tutor

Helen Corcoran

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Helen Corcoran joined our team of Volunteer Tutors at the start of the September 2016 term. She has a daughter in the Orchestra and she is a very experienced player herself, playing the violin regularly with the North Staffs. Symphony Orchestra.

Assistant Brass Tutor

Assistant Brass Tutor

Phoebe Wright

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Phoebe has recently qualified as a secondary music teacher, teaching in a local high school.
She is a brass player, supporting both the Intermediate and Senior Orchestras. She plays in a number of local brass bands and enjoys singing.

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