Our tutors:  Past and Present 

Trudy Monday

Centre manager, Training Wind, Training Orchestra

Trudy specialised in flute performance as well as composition during her degree at Bath Spa University, followed by a PGCE in secondary Music teaching.  She has taught music in the classroom to primary and secondary children, including GCSE and A level, and has taught flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, electronic organ, piano and keyboard as a peripatetic music teacher around many schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.  She has co-run music-making days with the music services, and directed music service ensembles. Trudy still composes, and often arranges music for the music centre Training Wind/Orchestra. Aside from teaching, Trudy has extensive performing experience, and current work mainly includes playing keyboards in a soul/funk/pop covers band at private functions and festivals, and also as a pit musician for shows. At the music centre, Trudy is responsible for managing the tutors, as well as teaching flute, conducting the orchestra and running the choir.

Janet Lewis

Training Strings, Training Orchestra

Janet was involved in music making in one form or another throughout her school life in and around Aberystwyth. She was a regular competitor at local and national Eisteddfods where she sang in choirs, played the piano, violin, recorder and tambourine. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for four years and studied the violin at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff followed by a year of orchestral studies and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Since moving to Thornbury in 2001, she has been teaching both at home and as a peripatetic violin and viola teacher. 

Chris Sanders

Senior Wind, Senior Orchestra

Chris grew up in Hampshire playing with the North East Hants Area Schools Band and the Hampshire County Youth Band.  In 2003 he moved to Bath to study music at Bath Spa University specialising in performance and conducting. Whilst studying, Chris also became a member of several ensembles including Yeovil Town Band with whom he performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.  Since leaving university, Chris has taken up a career teaching brass instruments and performing across the South West in a variety of different ensembles from big bands and function bands to classical and musical theatre orchestras.

Chris White-Horne

Trombone Teacher

One day at primary school Chris and his fellow pupils lined up in alphabetical order to choose a school instrument. He was at the end of the queue and a trombone was the only instrument left that he could lift. From this accidental start the trombone has brought him a lifetime of musical pleasure.  He is now a “Let’s Play” tutor with TAYM and to introducing the next generation to the trombone. He is also musical director of the Thornbury Swing Band and started the Cotswold Edge Brass Festival.

Gemma King

Cornet and Trombone Teacher

Gemma works as part of the Lets Play team introducing 5+-year-olds to music and the funky world that is brass, through group activities and individual tuition. She started playing brass at 8 years old because she wouldn’t practice her flute so her Mum made her join a brass band. She has played in many brass bands and orchestras across the country and overseas and had the pleasure of being at Her Majesty's Service with The Band and Bugles of the Light Division. She is now a farmer and  a full-time mum to three crazy kids. She plays for Thornbury Town Band and loves sharing her enthusiasm for music with her students at TAYM.

Ella Polczyk

Let's Play Orchestra, Clarinet, JSax and Flute Teacher

Having trained from a young age focusing on Jazz performance, Ella Polczyk is a proficient clarinetist and saxophonist, playing regularly in Bristol and throughout the UK.      Having toured internationally with Jazz bands, she continued to develop her understanding and knowledge of Jazz at university partaking in several ensembles, Big bands and smaller gypsy jazz bands.    Ella enjoys performing, teaching and conducting and has recently graduated as a music therapist.

Emily Staton

Let's Play Orchestra, Clarinet, JSax and Flute Teacher

Emily started learning the flute and piano at a young age and loved spending her school days playing music. She was principal flautist of the Surrey County Youth Orchestra for a number of years and performed in many festivals, including the BBC Young Musician of the Year, in which she was a regional finalist. 


After completing her music degree at Oxford University, Emily joined the Teach First Grauduate Scheme to train as a music teacher. Alongside instrumental teaching, she has taught classroom music in schools for more than 14 years. Recent positions include Director of Music at Lady Margaret School in London. 


Emily moved to Thornbury with her family in 2018. In addition to her role at TAYM, she teaches the flute, piano and music theory.

Dury Loveridge

Cello Teacher

Originally from Suffolk, professional cellist and teacher Dury studied performance and composition at The University of Birmingham followed by an MA in Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Specialising in contemporary performance he is an alumni of the Britten-Pears School in Suffolk and the Faber Film Music Academy in London. As a performer he has worked with the worlds’ leading conductors and soloists, plays in a string quartet, and has appeared as a session musician and arranger on numerous albums for rock and pop bands. After many years of Music Service and whole-class strings teaching, he now teaches cello and double bass at some of the country’s top independent schools.

Lydia Vosper

Violin Teacher

Having played violin from age 4, Lydia is now studying for her ARSM diploma. She then decided one instrument wasn’t enough so picked up the guitar aged 9. Lydia also loves to teach herself the piano and sing, as she enjoys being captivated by the music. Lydia has been involved in many music clubs throughout her school life including folk band and orchestra, and now enjoys teaching the violin to others

Rachel Williams

Early Years Teacher

Rachel grew up in High Wycombe where she took up every instrument going and eventually settled on piano, trumpet and voice. She joined the wind band at her local music service, with concerts including a trip to the Royal Albert Hall. She played in her school orchestra, taking part in tours to Europe and becoming a record breaker as part of the World’s Largest Orchestra. Rachel also performed in various musicals, onstage and in the band pit.  Rachel went on to study music at Southampton University and now works as a tutor for Bath and North East Somerset Music Service. She has played in pit bands, function bands and originals bands around Southampton and Bristol. Rachel currently sings as part of Somerset Chamber Choir as her own children have taken over the piano and banned her from singing in the house.

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We are always happy to hear from experienced musicians who love working with children. Please get in touch if you would like to work with us (info@thornbury-music.org)