Specialist Tutors: Strings and Percussion
Our specialist instrumental tutors work with TVYO students during the sectional rehearsals. These regular sectional rehearsals are one of the reasons why TVYO provides such an excellent musical training for its members. The sectional rehearsals give our players the opportunity to practise tricky sections of the music in small groups - with close support and advice from a teacher who has specialist knowledge of their instrument - before consolidating what they have learnt in the 'full' orchestra rehearsals.
Phillip (P.J.) Augar - Violins.
P.J. was born in Oxford, and was a past member and leader of TVYO! He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, receiving his training from Lionel Bentley and Manoug Parikian. For twenty years after graduating P.J. enjoyed a varied career as an orchestral and session musician, playing with all the BBC Orchestras, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and others. He feels particularly privileged to have worked alongside artists as diverse as Mstislav Rostropovich, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul McCartney and Dionne Warwick. In 2001 he moved back to Oxfordshire, and has been working with the Oxfordshire Music Service since 2002.
Valerie Findlay: MA, LRAM - Cellos.
Christopher Xuereb - Double Bass.
Adam Treadaway - Percussion