The WYO’s Musical Director is Swedish-born Fredrik Holm, a local conductor, bassoonist, composer and music teacher who lives in Lancaster. Fredrik was known to the Orchestra before being appointed to the post in April 2017, not least because he performed a bassoon solo with the Orchestra in a concert in 2014. He is also a well-known musician who performs in many local ensembles and teaches in local schools. The WYO greatly benefits from his wealth of experience and his enthusiasm, which no doubt contribute no end to the continuing success of the Orchestra’s work.
Catherine is WYO’s Double Reed Tutor.
I work as a peripatetic woodwind teacher with Cumbria Music Service. My main instrument is bassoon and I play in chamber music ensembles as well as orchestral and choral concerts. It is wonderful to see and experience the joy of making music and the benefits we gain from it in so many ways.
Graham Harris is WYO’s Lower Brass Tutor.
Graham works with the Trombones, Tuba and French Horns of the WYO. He also co-leads the Trombone Feeder Group and Beginner Brass Group.
Now retired from full time teaching, Graham works from home repairing brass instruments and plays trombone with various orchestras and brass ensembles in and around Carlisle, Kendal, Lancaster and Morecambe.
Pam is WYO’s violin tutor.
Pamela Redman has many years’ experience of playing and performing as a chamber and orchestral musician. In her youth she was leader and soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and deputy leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Since then she has continued to play chamber music and in orchestras in a semi-professional capacity despite having qualified in Medicine.
Once her children went to school she decided to remain part time as a GP so that she could devote more time to developing her playing and started studying with Tutors from the RAM in London. More recently she decided to give up her job as a GP to focus more intensly on studying the violin and attended the RNCM as a mature student over a 2 year period.
Pamela currently leads the Westmorland Orchestra as well as various ensembles for Choral Society concerts in Cumbria. She also performs as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles including the Eberle Quintet and Eberle Trio and is in demand as a local freelance violinist. She enjoys a little private violin teaching and has been coaching the violins in the Westmorland Youth Orchestra since 2017.
Stella Crompton is the Trumpet Tutor for the WYO.
Stella has a three generation connection to the WYO; as a native of Kendal, her father played the violin in the orchestra in its very early days, Stella was a member herself as a teenager, and now her son is involved as a trombonist.
Stella enjoyed lots of playing as a teenager around Cumbria and beyond, including WYO, winning the Keldwyth Award and playing a number of concertos. She went on to study at the RNCM, and some further study at the Frankfurt Conservatoire, before a busy playing career on the Continent.
Stella decided to return to her beloved Lake District in order to balance her musical life with her love of the outdoors. She now enjoys a very varied career; playing in different orchestras and ensembles, teaching both piano and trumpet at Windermere School, plus coaching for both WYO and the National Youth Wind Orchestra.
Stella hopes that any member of the WYO will look back on their time in the orchestra and the friends they have made there with great fondness as she does. Plus, of course, the extremely valuable musical training it offers.