Learn Mozart’s 40th Symphony from scratch! Our Young String Camerata will be joined by local young wind players for this occasion..

**** UPDATE: This was an amazing day, musically and the Jubilee lunchtime party….
See our Poole Society for Young Musicians Facebook page for many photos but the final performance of the whole symphony was off the scale..congratulations to all who took part:

A celebration for H. M. the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee a symphony in a day musical training and inspiration for our Young Camerata on Sunday 5th June 10am – to approx 5.30pm; 5pm – performance to families and friends. Let us know if anyone else would like to pop along to hear the final result!   

Venue: Yarrells Preparatory School and Nursery, Yarrells House, Upton BH16 5EU

Cost: £20.00
Conductor: Simon Gilliver
Sectional tutors are invited guests from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The day will consist of sectionals and full orchestra, with a fun party at lunch time with celebratory cake, a quiz in groups and time to socialise!

We are grateful to our Hub partner SoundStorm for supporting this project.

Minimum instrument standard Grade 5+ – age 10 to 18

To participate email alisonjaynekay@gmail.com

Mozart composed over 600 works, including some of the most famous and loved pieces of symphonic, chamber, operatic, and choral music. Born in Salzburg in 1756 he astounded people with his musical genius, a child prodigy. He was able to read and play music by the age of 5. He studied with Haydn and Bach learning from the masters of music at that time. Sadly, Mozart only lived to 35, but what a huge impact he had on classical music then and for centuries to come.

NEWS!!! We are thrilled that due to our longstanding and recognised chamber music work with young musicians, we have secured financial support from the Albert And Eugenie Frost Trust towards autumn 2022 chamber music projects. The Frost Trust supports work with young string players in the UK with emphasis on chamber music. It is rewarding for us to have recognition for our work with young musicians and these funds will be towards supporting our work with the Royal Academy of Music String chamber music department Musicians with whom we now have a formal partnership.

We would like to say thank you and are extremely grateful to the Frost Trust for their support.

Tutors :

Jennifer Curiel – violin  
Jennifer showed her family her first interest in music making by teaching herself to play the recorder aged 3. She then declared she wished to learn the violin and at a month off her 6th birthday, began violin lessons locally. By age 8 she was a Junior Exhibitioner at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Violin (studying with Elizabeth Wallfisch and then Krzysztof Smietana) along with Piano lessons, General Musicianship, Chamber music, String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. All lessons  took place there on Saturdays. 

Jennifer thoroughly enjoyed her time at Junior Guildhall and also as Leader of the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra which held residential courses each school holiday. 

Jennifer graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a degree in Violin Performance and already an interest in teaching. She devised her own teaching games and method whilst in her final year whilst waiting for her broken elbow to heal! 

She then went on to live in Bermuda for a year as a violin teacher for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. This was invaluable experience and a great adventure.

After a Masters Degree in Pittsburgh USA at the Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Andres Cardenes, she returned to the UK and began a freelance and teaching career based around London. She gained a position in the First Violins of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 5 years later.

Since moving down South, Jennifer has enjoyed enhancing her full time employment at BSO by teaching privately as well as coaching chamber music and becoming associated with Broadstone Music. She remains deeply passionate about the importance of music for youngsters and the fun to be had making music with others.

Tania Davis – violin

Tania began her violin studies learning the Suzuki method in Australia and gained her Bachelor of Music Degree with first class honours from the Sydney Conservatorium. She continued her studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music in London, gaining a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction. She has worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and London Symphony Orchestras.

Since 2000 she has been a member of the Bond string quartet, releasing five albums with over 70 international platinum and gold- selling records. Bond has performed at events including Pavarotti and Friends, the MTV Awards in Asia and the USA and the London Olympics Closing Ceremony in 2012. They have contributed to soundtracks for movies including Jonny English and XXX:State of the Union and have performed their shows in venues as varied as the Royal Albert Hall, the Beijing Worker’s Stadium and the Sydney Opera House. In 2016, along with the quartet, Tania was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Hannah Arnold – cello
Hannah studied with Robert Cohen at the Royal Academy of Music, under the Rose Roitman award, graduating in 2014. She previously attended the Purcell School of Music, and the junior department of the Royal College of Music, where she developed a passion for chamber music and orchestral playing.

During her undergraduate years, she was awarded a number of prizes, including the Harry Isaacs Piano Trio Prize, Douglas Cameron and Montefiore prizes, and played as principal cellist of the Symphony and Concert orchestras. In 2013 Hannah was awarded the Waddell Memorial Prize in Edinburgh, and has since performed concertos including Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn C & D and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. She is a founding member of the award winning Delmege quartet, who have performed at venues across the UK and Europe, including Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, St Peter’s Eaton Square, the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

In her career so far, Hannah has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia, English National Ballet, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Welsh National Opera. She has been a member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra cello section since 2016.

Anthea Wood – Bassoon
Anthea is one of the leading freelance bassoonists in the UK today and has worked with orchestras, ballet and opera companies from London to Glasgow. Anthea is originally from Chesterfield in Derbyshire. 

Whilst a joint performer/composer student at Huddersfield University she was lucky enough to work with Stockhausen, Ligeti, MacMillan, Berio and Maxwell Davies.

On completing her Performance Diploma with William Waterhouse at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester she began to undertake regular freelance work with the orchestras in the North West. The BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Opera North and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to name just a few.

Her teaching credentials have stretched to being on the bassoon staff at Chethams School of Music, Napier, Lancaster and Liverpool Universities, the Junior Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as coaching the wind sections for  National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Whilst resident in Glasgow from 2010-2020 she worked with every major Scottish ensemble and her freelance work with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra saw her proudly playing Principal bassoon in 2013 for the Proms premiere of MacMillan’s violin concerto.

Since relocating to Dorset in 2020 she has most recently been playing with the orchestras of the Royal Opera House, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia.

Anthea plays on an early 8000 series Heckel bassoon made in 1938. Its previous owner was the late Manfred Arlen, former Principal bassoon in the RLPO and co-writer (along with Fritz Spiegl) of the Radio 4 UK Theme.


Alison Kay – viola

Alison grew up in Swansea before studying violin and viola at Trinity Music College London where she graduated with a GTCL hons, continuing her viola studies with Jack Glickman at Guildhall School of Music.  From here she was offered sub principal viola position in Bournemouth Symphony orchestra where she remained for 12 years. During this time, she worked in other orchestras including CBSO, Philharmonia, other freelance ensembles and she now continues to enjoy a freelance career from her Dorset home.

Alison is very much in demand as a violin, viola, music theory teacher at all levels and chamber music tutor in Dorset. She also prepares young musicians towards diplomas and also positions in N.Y.O and music college preparations.

In 2010 she formed “Poole Society for Young Musicians” in Dorset, a registered charity that presents an annual “Broadstone Music Series”, professional recitals & a diverse range of music education projects including courses, masterclasses and chamber music coaching throughout each year with an array of concerts at every level, attracting young musicians and professional musicians from everywhere. It became a registered charity 7 years ago.
She considers it crucial that music input and inspiration at the highest levels should be accessible to all children, and so constantly works on facilitating this from the best educators and professional performers, while drawing awareness in the community to the importance of music in our lives. She has continued to try to make live music happen during the pandemic whenever possible and her own first performance on viola after lockdowns was in the Whittington Festival in 2021.

Alison lives in Dorset with husband Edward, who she met as principal oboe of BSO. When not immersed in music, she tries to spend as much spare time as possible with her 2 daughters, loves cooking, gardening,  the outdoors and treasures the company of her friends.


Simon Gilliver -Conductor, flute and piano

Simon read music at the University of Birmingham, followed by postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he received a Masters Degree and the Guildhall Artist Award, both with Distinction. Simon has since developed a widely varied career as a performer and teacher, both as a flautist and pianist. 

Simon’s work as a flautist includes a mixture of freelance orchestral work, including roles in several National Theatre productions, solo and chamber work in venues across the country, including performances at Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields and the Purcell Room. As well as freelance work with many orchestras, he is Principal Flute with Covent Garden Sinfonia. He won the Albert Cooper International Flute Competition in 2006. As a pianist, Simon is in high demand as an accompanist for exams, diplomas, competitions and recitals. He has been fortunate enough to collaborate in recitals with many leading UK artists, including Michael Cox, Katherine Baker, Katherine Bryan, Gareth Davies, Matthew Featherstone, Samuel Coles and Ian Clarke. 

Simon teaches the flute and piano privately and has also taught in a range of schools, currently teaching at the Bournemouth Collegiate School. He has also taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2009. He has led workshops in classical improvisation at various locations including Trinity Laban and Aldeburgh Young Musicians. He was previously the Artistic Director of the Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia Youth Orchestra Summer School. Simon has been a lead tutor for Flute School London since 2009.

Simon moved to Bournemouth from London in 2020. Since moving, he has quickly become busy in the area as a private teacher, accompanist, and ensemble director for the Poole College Creative Music Hub and Poole Society for Young Musicians. He has just been accepted as a Live Music Now artist for the South West region.