Staff

Andrew Carvel
Recorder & Chamber Music

Andrew Carvel, BMus (Hons), MMus,  studied saxophone with Sue McKenzie and composition with Ken Dempster at Edinburgh Napier University, subsequently obtaining a Masters in composition from Edinburgh University under the guidance of Peter Nelson.  He is in demand as a composer/arranger and has written music for various ensembles across Edinburgh, including "From dawn till dusk" for EYM's 21st birthday concert in 2019.  He teaches recorder, saxophone and clarinet in primary schools and privately, is the music specialist at Early Days Nursery, sings with the choir of The Robin Chapel, is a member of the Banyuls saxophone quartet and is assistant Director of Music at St. Andrew's & St. George's West Church.   

Laura Cross
P1 Musical Play, Musical Foundations & Choir

Laura Cross, BA Hons (Performing Arts - Music Major), PGCE (Primary), teaches at Buckstone Primary School and works for the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS), teaching Kodaly musicianship in Edinburgh primary schools. She has twice travelled to Hungary, to observe best practice in Early Years and Primary music in the home country of the Kodaly method. She studied violin with Maurice Memmot and has played with the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra since moving to Edinburgh in 1986.

Mairi Cross
Pre-School Musical Play

Mairi Cross was one of EYM's first pre-school pupils at its inception in 1998, attending classes for 12 years, before becoming an assistant & subsequently joining the teaching staff. She studied both Music Performance and Technical Theatre at Edinburgh College & has several years' experience working in childcare, specialising in early years education. Mairi is the director of Thistle N' Thorn Productions musical theatre company and also takes freelance work in various aspects of theatre.

Anne Giles
Violin, Viola & Orchestra

Anne Giles, B.Ed, LTCL, taught violin & viola at The Mary Erskine School & Stewart's Melville College for many years and currently works with the younger pupils at St. Mary's Music School, as well as teaching privately. She sings with the Chapter House Singers, plays violin with Scottish Sinfonia and plays early stringed instruments with the Edinburgh Renaissance Band.

Alex Goskirk
P2 Musical Workshop, Musical Foundations & Choir

Alex Goskirk, BA Hons (singing teaching endorsement), ALCM, studied singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow, winning the Prize for Vocal Ensemble with the Athena Quartet in her first year. She is a freelance soprano soloist, has worked as a Kodaly musicianship teacher in primary schools and is currently a full-time singing teacher in Stirling Council High Schools. She is on the music staff of NYCoS Stirling Choir and is a vocal coach for the NYCoS National Girls Choir.

Cindy Holden
Cello & Chamber Music

Cindy Holden, BA Hons (string teaching endorsement), PGDip, began her musical studies on cello at the age of nine, initially in the RCS Junior Department where she won the Nan Christie Memorial Prize. She later went on to study full time with Myra Chahin. Cindy has participated in many master-classes with artists including Alexander Baillie, Anna Shuttleworth and Johannes Goritzki. She worked as a cello teacher in Stirling Council Schools for many years. She currently works as a cello teacher at Cargilfield Prep School and takes private pupils at her home in Falkirk, as well as in Edinburgh.

Jean Murray
Director & Recorder

Jean Murray, B.Mus, has been organising extra-curricular musical activities for children for over 30 years.  As a freelance flautist she plays at weddings and other functions as well as concerts.  She has taught the flute at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and her private flute-teaching practice covers all ages and stages.  She is a Trustee and former Director of the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust which runs residential courses and occasional days of orchestral playing for children aged 8 to 15.

Simon Rennard
Recorder

Simon Rennard, MMus, BMus (Hons), LTCL, is a woodwind instructor in Edinburgh schools & takes private recorder & bassoon pupils. Since completing his studies in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Amsterdam, his work as a freelance bassoonist has included playing with orchestras including the Scottish Chamber, Royal Scottish National, London Philharmonic, Britten-Pears, British Youth Opera, Flevolands Symphony & Manchester Camerata. He has also been a double reed specialist for Sistema Scotland in Stirling.

Helen Robbie
Musical Foundations, Musicianship & Choir

Helen Robbie, BMus (Hons), is a music graduate of Edinburgh Napier University, where she studied saxophone with Sue McKenzie and wrote her undergraduate dissertation on the Kodaly method of music education. She teaches musicianship for NYCoS, is Music Director of Accord, an Edinburgh-based female choir, and has worked for a number of Youth Music Initiative projects in nurseries and primary schools. Helen has twice travelled to Hungary to observe best practice in Early Years and Primary music in the home country of the Kodaly method and has completed post-graduate modules in Kodaly Pedagogy with NYCoS and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Gill Simpson
Violin, Viola & Chamber Music

Gill Simpson, ALCM, Dip.Mus, is Senior String Teacher at the High School of Dundee, where she teaches violin and viola and directs the Symphony Orchestra and various string ensembles. She has been Musical Director of a variety of educational projects in Canada and America combining classical and Scottish traditional music. She plays with Scottish Sinfonia and performs and records for BBC Radio Scotland as string player, keyboard player and vocalist. Gill is an examiner for Scottish Fiddle Music at the RCS and is a former Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year in Scotland.

Carrie Taylor
Violin & Chamber Music

Carrie Taylor, MA (Hons), PGCE (Secondary), DipABRSM, has taught in a variety of settings since 2007 including English and primary teaching. She currently teaches violin in Fife schools & is building up a private violin & piano teaching practice in Edinburgh & Fife. She is a former pupil of St Mary's Music School, where she studied violin & piano. She plays violin with Scottish Sinfonia.