Meet our team

Suzanne Evans - Junior Menuhins Lead

Suzanne studied violin and viola at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. She has over twenty years’ experience teaching string players of all ages, from young beginners to adults, in a wide variety of settings in three different countries. Past pupils have gone on to receive music scholarships from Eton College, Harrow School, and Charterhouse School, and have secured places in the National Children’s Orchestra and Junior Guildhall. Suzanne is also a certified children’s yoga teacher and trained with YogaBeez Children’s Yoga School.

Described as a Swiss-Army muso, Suzanne’s versatility has led to an enormously varied performing career. She has performed with artists including Katie Melua, Rick Astley, Barry Manilow, Emeli Sandé, and Jarvis Cocker, toured with Tim Minchin, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, and recorded with Little Mix, One Direction and JP Cooper, among others. Suzanne’s extensive classical experience includes the BBC Concert Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Niamh Poole - Junior Menuhins Co-ordinator

Niamh has worked at The Yehudi Menuhin School since September 2019 joining the school originally as part of the technician team at the Menuhin Hall before joining the administrative team of the main school. Niamh supports with the development of all the Menuhin School’s exciting new projects aimed at sharing the school’s unique musical knowledge and teaching with the wider community both locally with the Junior Menuhin programmes for children under 11 as well as globally through the Virtual Menuhin School (for pupils aged 7-18 years old based anywhere across the world).

Niamh studied for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Brighton and since graduating has had a varied career. She has a passion for performance and narrative storytelling, with a background in theatre and client services. Niamh enjoys working with children of all ages and is excited to see young children make their first foray in the world of musical expression.

Catherine Lett - Junior Menuhins Projects Tutor

Catherine won a scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music with Mateja Marinkovic. She also received coaching from Emmanuel Hurvitz and the Borodin Quartet.

Then she followed Marinkovic to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she also studied with John Glickman. She received coaching from Sylvia Rosenberg and the Takacs Quartet when her love of chamber music was fully ignited.

Since then, as well as teaching and coaching, she has toured with Pressburg Chamber Soloists and has performed with Nigel Kennedy, Simon Rattle, Colin Davies , Rostropovich, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra .

She has played concertos with Belmont Ensemble of London and more locally the Waverley Ensemble and performed with chamber groups at St Martin in the Fields, the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Catherine enjoys exploring the rich string quartet repertoire with the Artington String Quartet and performing with them around the country as well as undertaking workshops in an educational setting.

She teaches violin at Bedales School and has a private teaching practice numbering around 40 students for whom she organizes chamber music experiences and concerts in the area.

Last year she formed The Three Counties String Ensemble which was initially a chance for her own pupils to rehearse and perform together regularly but has since expanded to include other children and adults! They recently performed Jeff Moore’s The Comet Stone at St Christopher’s Church Haslemere with the Waverley Ensemble.

She has played many recitals with Angela including Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and other concerts show casing female composers.

Aaliyah Booker - Junior Menuhins Tutor

Aaliyah Booker is an award-winning violinist and music educator from McLean, Virginia. Booker made her solo debut with the McLean Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 26. She has since performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Washington Monument and Sheldonian Theatre. Booker graduated summa cum laude from The Hartt School, University of Hartford in 2019. That year, Booker was awarded the John G. Martin Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement and went on to pursue further study at the University of Oxford. She completed an MPhil in Music Performance with a distinction from the Oxford in 2021. She teaches the violin as a Strings Fellow at The Royal Academy of Music’s First Strings Experience programme. In addition, Booker actively performs with orchestras in the UK and participates in the London Symphony Orchestra‘s Pathways scheme.

Lucy Neil - Junior Menuhins Cello Tutor

Born in Scotland in 1996, Lucy began learning the cello at the age of 5. She progressed quickly, joining the first cohort of Pre-Juniors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at the age of 6, becoming the youngest member of the Junior department at the age of 9. Following a family move to Aberdeenshire, Lucy won scholarships to study at the North East of Scotland Music School. She completed her schooling at the Music School of Douglas Academy in Glasgow, studying with Rudi de Groote.

After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music with a BMus(Hons), where she studied with Nicholas Trygstad, Lucy completed an MMus(Perf) studying with Timothy Gill and Joseph Crouch at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was then invited to continue as a Junior Fellow the following year.Whilst at GSMD, she discovered her passion for Historical Performance, in particular working with singers, which has led to her developing her professional career on both modern and baroque cello.

Currently enjoying a varied freelance career combined with teaching and outreach work, Lucy has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player all over the UK, as well as America and Europe.

Jasmin Allpress - Little Menuhins Piano Tutor

Jasmin enjoys a varied career combining piano performance, pedagogy chamber music. She works regularly with young people and has over seven years of teaching experience and workshop leading for all ages. She believes that everyone deserves to have access to music and she constantly aims to increase the reach of her work by promoting a forward thinking and accessible view of classical music.

As both solo and chamber musician, Jasmin has appeared at renowned festivals such as the Leeds International Chamber Festival, Festival dei Giovani musicisti europei di Mondovì, New Music North West and Lake Summer Music, and performed in venues including Wigmore Hall, Viennese Hall, Salzburg, the Bridgewater Hall, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Chester Storyhouse, Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi, Italy, Buxton Pavilion and St James’s Piccadilly.

Originally from Bath, Jasmin began playing the piano at six and continued her studies at Chetham's School of Music at sixteen, studying with Peter Lawson and Graham Caskie. Jasmin completed her Bachelors degree on the 'Joint Course', studying at both Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music with Frank Wibaut and Helen Krizos. She has recently graduated with a Masters in Piano Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Martin Roscoe and Carole Presland.