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Meet our Teaching Team

We have some of the most talented musicians and teachers in the country teaching on our spring and summer programmes.   We thought you would like to meet them!

Glyn Oxley

Glyn Oxley

Glyn is an inspirational cello teacher and conductor.   He is the Musical Director for Gloucester Academy of Music and Conductor of the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra.   He also teaches on the National Children’s Orchestra residential courses.  




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Wes Duggan

Wes Duggan

Widely recognised as an inspirational clarinet and saxophone teacher and leader of wind ensembles and groups.   He studied at the Royal Academy and the Guildhall and has toured throughout Europe.   He has also made recordings for TV, radio and EMI records.










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The Carducci Quartet

The Carducci Quartet We are very privileged to have members of the Carducci Quartet visiting our weekly workshops.   This provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to work and learn with international quartet prize winners.  

For more information on the Carducci Quartet please see HERE or for more information on their next visit to us please email .



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Caroline Lumsden

Caroline Lumsden trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a violinist and singer and then as a class teacher.   She was the founder and first director of the Gloucester Academy of Music and with husband, Alan of the Beauchamp House Holiday Courses and the Musicland publishing company.

Caroline Lumsden Although she has worked with all ages and stages and has pupils at all the principal UK Conservatories, Caroline's main love is working with young pupils.   She has many publications to her name and is constantly developing new material to help pupils learn easily through having fun with Pirates, Witches, Wizards, Imaginary Animals, Dinosaurs amongst others!

She divides her time equally between Trinity College of Music Junior Stringtime Programme for 3-11 year olds, which she directs; running chamber music courses in both France and England; composing; teacher training; working with the under 6s through her ScutterBug Language through Music Programme and supporting her 4 grown up children, all musicians or actors themselves.

2008 sees the completion of her Right@Sight sight-reading series for Edition Peters and a new group-teaching series.

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Hannah Green

Hannah Green

Hannah has taught violin and viola on courses at Beauchamp and GAM since 1990 and was involved with Beauchamp/GAM Saturdays for 9 years and is now back on a Saturday for a couple of sessions.   She is also a GAM examiner.

After gaining a B.A.(Hons) at Birmingham Conservatoire she returned to her home of Gloucestershire where she has had wide experience teaching pupils of all ages.   Hannah currently teaches at Pates’ Grammar Schoo, Wycliffe College and Kings School, Gloucester.   She is a freelance violinist locally and has toured abroad with several orchestras.

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John Jenkins

John Jenkins

John Jenkins began his musical career as a chorister at Bristol Cathedral.   He later read music at Durham University where he was organ scholar of University College and conductor of the University Chamber Choir.   As assistant organist at Bristol Cathedral from 1977 to 1981 he made several recordings, television and radio broadcasts.   From 1982 to 1991 he combined full-time teaching in Staffordshire with the conductorship of the Derwent Singers and regular engagements as organist and continuo player.

John’s choral work with young people has embraced the music courses of a number of institutions - the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools, the National Children’s Orchestra, Gloucester Academy of Music, the Cambridge School of Music and the Royal School of Church Music.   John was appointed organist of Sherborne Girls in 1992, becoming Director of Music in 1996.   As well as directing the school’s four choirs, he is also joint conductor of the Sherborne Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and Sherborne School Choral Society.   Since 2008 he has been guest conductor of the Variations Ensemble Vocal et Orchestre in the Dordogne region of France.

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Elly Rickelton

Elly Rickelton

Elly was born in Gloucestershire and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as a flautist.   Whilst still at school, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, having both flute and piano lessons there.   Afterwards she studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as a joint first study flautist and pianist, before graduating and becoming a prizewinner as a flautist.

After graduation, Elly became a full time member of staff at Sherborne School for Girls in Dorset, where she remained for over 3 years.   After this followed many years of travel to India and the beginning of a strong affection for anything Indian.

Elly currently teaches the flute and piano at Cheltenham Prep and Chosen Hill School, and leads a busy life as an orchestral flautist, accompanist and performer.   She is also one half of The Something Blue Duo, providing background music for weddings, parties and other functions.

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Amelia Conway-Jones

Amelia Conway-Jones

Originally from Gloucestershire, Amelia started learning the violin at the age of 4 with Caroline Lumsden at Beauchamp House.   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 loves all kinds of music and has played at Glastonbury, Two Thousand Trees and Arctangent Festivals with the band Human Pyramids, and at the National Theatre, Barbican Pit Theatre and Little Angel Theatre as the solo violinist for Matthew Robins’ improvised puppet shows.   Amelia is passionate about the power of music and as part of Arco Duo performs concerts in care homes and hospitals around the country.   Gloucester Academy of Music is Amelia’s spiritual home and as a result she is a keen (although rusty!) tabletennis player and loves any game involving freezers, spoons, string and a dishcloth!

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Kathelyne Van Bouwel

As the daughter of Jan Van Bouwel, director and choir-conductor of the Belgian national radio choir, I was spoon-fed music like candy and kept a sweet tooth ever after.

Kathelyne Van Bouwel I'm a big fan of sparkling performances with professional as well as amateur ensembles.   In brief, I've played with many orchestras in Europe, ranging from the European Youth and World Orchestras (which admittedly were a while ago), to National and Radio Orchestras and leading the 2nd violins of St Paul's Symphony Orchestra in Antwerp whilst also having fun playing folk tunes in the local pubs.   My goal is to pass on the value of musical quality and passion to the young, younger and not so young with a sense of humor and a youthful approach.

Besides a full-time job as a violin & viola teacher in Belgium, I also organize music/circus/mountain-hiking courses in Italy where students, just like they do on the Beauchamp courses, learn to play, sport and communicate in groups as well as perform enthusiastically.

I got to know Caroline Lumsden as an adjudicator at the British School of Brussels in the years that I was teaching there.   My students never got such good grades!   Needless to say, we "got on like a house on fire" and she invited me to teach on the Beauchamp courses.   That was over a decade ago and since then I have been bringing some of my students each year from Belgium.

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Steven McDade

Stephen trained at the Royal Academy of Music studying violin under Clarence Myerscough and tuba under Patrick Harrild and John Fletcher.   He later studied conducting with Peter Stark as well as ‘Tension in the Art of Performance’ with Kato Havas and the Colourstrings Method under Géza Szilvay. Steven McDade

Stephen has been an active freelance violinist, playing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and in many West End musicals, as well as solo and chamber music performances.   Recent performances include the Bruch Violin Concerto No.l, unaccompanied Bach in Gloucester Cathedral and Malcolm Arnold’s Double Violin Concerto performed in London with his sister, Annmarie McDade.

Stephen currently plays on a Nigel Harris violin, which was commissioned in 1990.   Before taking up his current position as Head of Strings at Malvern College, Worcestershire Stephen held the post of String Co-Coordinator for The Berkshire Young Musician’s Trust and was Head of Strings at Dean Close School, Cheltenham.   His work involves violin teaching from beginner through to diploma as well as coaching chamber groups and conducting.

Responsibilities outside of music include Assistant Housemaster and President of Common Room.   Stephen has a long-standing involvement with the National Children’s Orchestra as both violin tutor and conductor, and was the principal conductor of ENCORE for ten years.

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Juliet Tomlinson

Juliet Tomlinson

Juliet studied cello, piano and viola da gamba at The Royal Academy of Music in London and since then has had a busy career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and as a sought-after teacher.   She regularly plays for the Welsh National Opera and teaches at the King’s School, Gloucester, Dean Close School, Cheltenham and at the Gloucester Academy of Music.

Juliet runs the chamber ensemble Any String Goes (www.anystringgoes.com).   They have recorded with Jethro Tull and play regularly for celebrities including Sir Jacky Stewart and Princess Anne.   Juliet has appeared on many recordings and featured as the legendary cellist Beatrice Harrison in a documentary for ITV.


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Kate Allott

Kate Allott

Kate Allott initially trained as a viola player, touring with some of Britain's top early music ensembles.   As she became increasingly interested in the development of young string players, her teaching of violin and viola has expanded to dominate her career.

She currently teaches on Junior Trinity’s String Time Programme and in recent years has specialised in whole class teaching, notably in Bromley, Tower Hamlets, the Red Rooster Project and the Centre for Young Musicians.   She also coaches on string courses in France and the UK.

Kate has created a string training programme at James Wolfe Primary School in Greenwich, transforming music provision at the school so that one quarter of pupils, including those from the hearing impaired unit, now play the violin.

Kate is also active in the field of teacher training, working with undergraduates at Trinity College of Music and on the Open University's Key Stage 2 programme.   She was involved in the setup of Bromley Youth Music Trust's new wider opportunities scheme and has supported the development of new teachers in Tower Hamlets.

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Pauline Jones

Pauline Jones

Pauline is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire of Music: 1st study double bass, 2nd study piano, gaining a BMus (hons) degree.   She studied double bass under Duncan McTier and Chi Chi Nwanku and has performed under many illustrious conductors and composers including Pierre Boulez, Mark Elder, Steve Reich and Sir Simon Rattle.

Pauline performs professionally as a freelance player with numerous orchestras, opera companies and choral societies in the West Midlands and the South West.   She started her teaching career in 1996 as a peripatetic instrumental teacher and has taught for various county music services and schools including Gloucestershire Music Service, Pates Grammar School and Demark Road High School for Girls.   Several pupils have been members of the National Youth Orchestra and have successfully applied for the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.   Pauline teaches double bass for Gloucester Academy of Music.

After completing a P.G.C.E in 1996 Pauline has taught KS3, GCSE and A level music at Balcarras School, Cheltenham and Newent Community School.

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Erica McCarthy

Erica McCarthy is a qualified teacher and active performer as a violinist and dancer.   After a firm grounding in classical music, her passion is now with folk fiddle playing.   She trained in the teaching methods of Dalcroze and Kodàly at the Royal Northern College of Music, which now fuels her inspiration for teaching.   She incorporates her experience in folk music, improvisation and dance in her joy of playing and teaching.

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Laura Galletta

Laura Galletta

Laura Galletta graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2006 with the DipRAM Award and Maurice Loban Prize for Viola, having completed a two-year post-graduate diploma studying with Matthew Souter.

During her time at the Academy she was principal viola of the RAM Concert Orchestra and Sinfonia, and took the position of co-principal viola with the RAM Soloists in 2005.   Laura enjoys an active freelance career and has performed with the LSO, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Chamber Orchestra.   In addition, she was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra in 2005-06.

Laura is also an active chamber musician and in 2005 became a member of the Harpham Quartet, with whom she performed regularly, both in the UK and abroad.   Highlights of 2006 included two performances at the Wigmore Hall and a much acclaimed performance of Lachenmann’s Grido at the Transcendent Festival.   As a member of the Harpham Quartet she received coaching from the Arditti, Chilingirian, Takács, Endellion and Sorrel Quartets.   Laura now performs with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra and divides her time between performing and her growing passion for promoting music education.

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Tessa Frye

Influenced by her parent’s interest in music Tessa learnt to play the piano, clarinet and saxophone when she was very young.   She attended City University and the Guildhall School of Music in London initially studying the clarinet and then, driven by her emerging passion for Jazz, switching to saxophone in her second year and specialising in Jazz and Improvisation in London.   Tessa played in many brass sections and jazz bands which opened up many playing opportunities including appearing at the infamous Ronnie Scott’s club whilst having a place in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.   Since returning to Gloucestershire Tessa has worked as a session musician for both live performances and studio recordings, and has played extensively both in the UK and abroad whilst teaching saxophone, clarinet and jazz piano at many schools including The Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

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