Team Members

Our team comprises our management team, our excellent instrumental tutors and our fantastic residential team.

Robert Pepper OBE

Robert Pepper OBE

Director of Music

Robert studied conducting with George Hurst and Arthur Davison and has worked extensivelymore
Dr Diane Davies MBE

Dr Diane Davies MBE

Orchestra Manager
Diane is the Orchestra’s Manager and has been since its beginning in 1994. She has always been one to volunteermore
Russell Crann

Russell Crann

Course Director

Russell first played French Horn with the English Schools’ Orchestra as a Mentor in its inaugural year in 1994more
Rosie Burton

Rosie Burton

Sectional Wind Tutor & Assistant Course Director
Rosie is a professional bassoonist and teacher based on the Wirral. Rosie was a member of the English Schools’ Orchestramore
Ellen Crann

Ellen Crann

Recruitment and Marketing Manager
Ellen joined the English School’s Orchestra in 2017 to organise and develop the Orchestra’s Composing Competition more
James Widden

James Widden

Sectional Strings Tutor and Assistant Conductor
James studied at Newcastle and Sussex Universities, and then as a postgraduate at Trinity College of Musicmore
Sarah Crisp

Sarah Crisp

Violin Tutor

Sarah studied violin at Trinity College of Music and since graduating has worked extensively as a performer and teachermore
Jonathan Gibson

Jonathan Gibson

Cello Tutor

Jonathan is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (MMus, Cello) and the Universitymore
Mark Lipski

Mark Lipski

Double Bass Tutor

Mark started playing double bass at 13, after finding the guitar and bass guitar too easy to carry around. He studiedmore
Neil Crossley

Neil Crossley

Woodwind Tutor

Neil is a professional musician who combines performing, teaching, directing and writing. He studied clarinet and saxophone atmore