Director: Alpha Hopkins
Administrator: Ronke Olusanya
Senior Orchestra Conductor: Tim Hewitt-Jones
Wind Band Conductor: Barry Graham
String Ensemble Conductor: Gill Hewitt-Jones

Tim and Gill Hewitt-Jones and Barry Graham have now worked together for many years, and with their overlapping skills and local knowledge, have a good sense of the possible when it comes to planning programmes for performance. Alpha joined the team more recently after working with Tim & Barry on other projects for many years.  Ronke has been part of the team since 2013.

Gill Hewitt-Jones, who studied at Durham and Cambridge, was inspired by the teaching methods of Sheila Nelson at the renowned Tower Hamlets Centre for Young Musicians String Teaching Scheme, has been Head of Strings at Dulwich Prep London for fifteen years, nurturing string players in their crucial early stages with lessons and string groups.

Barry Graham studied clarinet at Trinity College of Music and has since been a busy musician on clarinet, saxophone and flute. He has played in several West End musicals, most notably 'Cats' where he was also assistant Musical Director. He teaches clarinet and saxophone and coaches various ensembles in the junior department of Trinity College of Music, Alleyn's and Kingsdale Foundation School.

Tim Hewitt-Jones who studied at Cambridge and the Royal Academy, played with the London Symphony Orchestra before joining the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House thirty two years ago (his favourite moments: Schostakovitch 5/Davis in Moscow, Mahler 5/Abbado in Vienna, and more recently recording ‘Tristan & Isolde’ with Pappano and Domingo at Abbey Road) has been involved with youth orchestras since first putting out music stands for his father aged eight! All four have taken a keen interest in musical education, and sincerely believe that introducing music of good taste to young people at an early age is a vital ingredient in a civilized society!

Amongst our tutors are

  • A cellist from the Royal Opera House
  • The Head of Brass at Dulwich College
  • A violinist with the Royal Opera House
  • Principal viola of the Royal Opera House
  • The Head of Strings at Dulwich Prep, London
  • The Assistant Music Director of CATS from first show to last
  • Teachers at Dulwich College
  • Teachers at Kingsdale
  • Teachers at Alleyn’s
  • Teachers at Dulwich Prep London
  • A qualified divemaster
  • The Head of Woodwind at Merton Music Foundation
  • A Violinist at English National Ballet
  • Two ABRSM grade & diploma examiner and syllabus consultants
  • Head of Strings, Eltham College
  • Teachers at Junior Royal Academy of Music
  • A Horn player with English National Ballet, CBSO & 15 years in ‘CATS’
  • Performers in recent films ‘Posh’ and ‘Secrets of the Workhouse’
  • Teachers at Trinity College of Music
  • A Violinist with the City of London Sinfonia
  • A clarinettist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • A violinist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • A tuba player with the Philharmonia, BBC Scotland & BBC Concert Orchestra
  • A percussionist currently working in West End Shows