Meet the Tutors

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Music Director

Music Director

Nigel Birch

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Nigel lives in Sandbach, Cheshire and is a member of a musical family.

He started his musical journey as a vocalist, singing in choirs and school performances, he has sung in Chester Cathedral, York Minster and at the Opera House in Blackpool.

At the age of 13, Nigel began playing the cornet, and that was the starting point of which has been the focal point of his musical life.

He progressed very quickly and having played with several local brass bands, he then joined the world famous Foden’s Band, where he was directed by Howard Snell, who was to have a great inspirational impact on Nigel’s conducting career.

In 1989 Nigel was appointed Musical Director of the Lions Youth Brass, a position he still holds. Under Nigel’s direction the band has won the National Youth Championship twice and also secured a place in the 2019 European Youth Championship where the band performed at the Stravinsky Centre in Montreux , Switzerland.

During his career he has performed at major concert venues throughout the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the Bridgewater Hall and The White House in the USA.

Widely recognised for his work within the local community, with young people and in the music industry receiving several prestigious national and local awards.

Employed by The Love Music Trust, the music hub for Cheshire East, Nigel visits primary schools across Cheshire East, inspiring the next generation of musicians.

Outside of his music, Nigel is a dedicated family man and has two daughters.

When not playing music Nigel is also a competitive crown green bowler, captaining his local team and entering competitions all over Cheshire.

Strings Tutor

Strings Tutor

Jayne Walker-Delargy

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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.

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.

Wind Tutor

Wind Tutor

Charlotte Danford

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Charlotte Danford is our Wind Tutor, and has been in this role since 2019. She is a graduate from Bangor University with an MA in 20th and 21st Century Music. As a horn player she has played in a number of local ensembles including orchestras and brass bands. Charlotte was also a member of CYO herself before leaving for university. She plays and teaches a variety of brass instruments alongside her work as a Medical Secretary and finds working with beginner pupils particularly rewarding.

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