EGTA Conference: July 27


The EGTA conference is a chance to catch up with old friends and network with new ones, enjoying the beautiful venue of Queen Margaret's School, Escrick near York. The EGTA/ESTA afternoon offers ESTA members the chance to join us for two workshops, dinner and an evening concert on Thursday 27th July starting at 2.00, finishing after the concert at approx 9.30.

Cost: £40


The first workshop is with inspirational natural voice practitioner Jess Baker. This is a chance to experience the gentle, humorous teaching style of Jess which encourages everyone to sing and enjoy singing. Jess is always exploring new repertoire and will bring examples of songs for all levels and capabilities. Excellent CPD for teachers who teach whole class first access. Jess is particularly good at imaginative and fun ways to warm up the voice. All repertoire is taught aurally and Jess will be willing to share a wealth of repertoire.


The second workshop is led by Stuart Hazelton an experienced string teacher and ESTA member. This workshop is hands on and explores how to get young string players to play together with guitarists. Stuart has worked on collaborative projects for strings and guitar for Music for Youth performances, and has a particular interest in traditional Irish music. We will be playing together, discussing how to arrange for strings and guitar, so bring your instrument. Acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele all welcome too!


The concert is given by two young musicians both of whom studied at the Menuhin School and continues the work of EGTA in promoting and encouraging young musicians in the early part of their career.


There is also the chance to chat and stroll in the lovely grounds of the school, and enjoy the excellent food choices at dinner.



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  • Faculty

    Jess Baker, singing













    Jess Baker is a natural voice practitioner, specialising in working with people who are not confident singers. She runs singing groups and delivers workshops to a wide range of people, using a cappella harmony songs from around the world. The core ethos running through her practice is that singing is good for strengthening communities and maintaining mental health and wellbeing.


    Stuart Hazelton, Violin

    Stuart Hazelton














    Stuart has a wealth of experience as a somewhat eclectic musician, including orchestral, chamber and solo work and playing in Irish and pop bands. Hailing from Essex, he studied violin and viola at Colchester Institute and Trinity College, London and gained a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University. After touring with an opera company, he joined the teaching staff of Kirklees Music School. He is currently Assistant Head of Bolton Music Service.

    Stuart is the conductor of the Bolton Youth Symphony Orchestra, director of the Yorkshire Late Starters Strings and tutor of the Greater Manchester Youth String Orchestra at Chetham's. Pursuing his passion for new music, he was the founding Musical Director for CoMA Leeds and CoMA West Midlands, remaining a regular tutor on the CoMA Summer School.  Stuart has also worked as a conductor for Leeds College of Music.

    Stuart devotes a great deal of time to string teaching and coaching. He organises and delivers workshops on INSET days. He has also run summer schools and workshops for young string players and regularly mentors teachers and students. He has designed and introduced Schemes of Work across a number of Local Authorities. He has also run a number of local Music Centres.

    Stuart is a trustee of the European String Teachers' Association (ESTA), enabling him to facilitate the highest quality CPD for string teachers and the ongoing sharing of teaching methods, ideas and resources amongst string teachers both private and peripatetic, thus benefitting students of all ages, abilities and background.


    Concert Faculty.

    Tom Ellis, Guitar


    Tom Ellis










    Tom began playing the guitar at the age of 5 and later became the first guitarist to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He has performed across the UK & Europe including performances at the Wigmore Hall (where he made his debut aged 15), Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, Deal Festival and tours of Italy and Japan. Tom has won prizes as a soloist in the Ivor Mairants and Tokyo International Guitar Competitions.
    Recording credits include an appearance on the London Conchord Ensemble's acclaimed CD of Poulenc's entire chamber works ('A constant joy' - Gramophone) for Champs Hill Records and the first recording of Steve Goss' 'Frozen Music' for guitar & string trio for Cadenza. His interest in chamber music has led to numerous collaborations, most notably his guitar duo with Laura Snowden which won the 1st Ligita International Guitar Duo Competition in the summer of 2012 and, in 2014, had the honour of performing Frederic Hand's 'Prayer' live with John Williams in a new guitar trio arrangement by Richard Harvey.


    Elliott Perks, Viola


    Elliott Perks







    In September 2001 Elliott was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Suzie Meszaros, Rosemary Warren-Green and Lioutsia Ibragimova on the violin until Christmas 2008, when he changed to first study viola. Elliott was a foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Andriy Viytovych.

    Elliott has taken part in numerous concerts as a soloist and chamber musician, performing in most London venues, including The Wigmore Hall, The Royal festival Hall, The Royal Albert hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Purcell Room, Sadlers Wells, Snape Maltings, The Cadogan Hall and numerous concerts in the Menuhin Hall. Recent engagements include playing Viola Viola by George Benjamin in the Purcell room and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Audeat Camerata in Hampstead and the Orchestra of the City in St James' Piccadilly

    In 2014 Elliott joined the Glasgow based, Maxwell String Quartet, with whom he enjoys a busy concert diary. Elliott also performs regularly with The Perks Ensemble, which he co-founded with his brother, Oscar and sister, Ursula in 2011.

    As well as a busy performing career, Elliott is an assistant violin and viola teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he also heads the “Chance to Play” outreach scheme, working with a team of YMS’s current pupils to provide music lessons to over one hundred local children.

  • Details and Costs

    The workshop is at Queen Margaret's School Escrick near York on Thursday 27th July.

    Session 1 is from 2.00-3.30 singing workshop with Jess Baker

    Session 2 is from 4.00-5.15 with Stuart Hazelton

    Dinner is at 6.00

    Evening concert 7.30 Tom Ellis and Elliott Perks Violin and guitar.

    The cost is £40.00 for the EGTA/ESTA afternoon.

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