Philippa Bunting (Director)
Philippa Bunting

Philippa has taught on Stringwise courses, leading a variety of strands, for more than 15 years. She is a violin and musicianship teacher of wide experience, having worked in a wide range of environments from initial experiences of whole class instrumental teaching on the Tower Hamlets String Project, to, currently, leading the First String Experience […]

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Theresa Francis (Director)

Theresa first became involved with Stringwise as a parent. She became a violin tutor on the courses and was then asked to become a Director, by Sheila, in 2004. A qualified teacher, with 37 years experience, Theresa combines her own music business with teaching in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools throughout London. She has a […]

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Deborah Young (Director)

Deborah has been working on Stringwise since the early 90s, and has been a director of the organisation since 1995. Having studied with Sheila Nelson as a teenager, Deborah worked with her on the Tower Hamlets project in the 1980s. She now combines Whole Class violin teaching for the borough of Haringey with a busy […]

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Cathy Elliot
Cathy Elliot Stringwise

Cathy is a founder member of Stringwise. In 1985 she was accepted as a trainee teacher on the Tower Hamlets String Teaching Project where she met Sheila Nelson and the other members of the team with whom she was to go on to found Stringwise and co-write the Millennium Award winning Essential String Method, published […]

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Emily Francis

  Emily started at Stringwise age 6, went on to work as a helper and has continued since graduating as an assistant strand leader. She plays the cello but would like to be able to play the viola because they have the best parts in string quartets! She studied at the Academy and for a […]

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John Francis

John has been working on Stringwise for about 16 years in the Pastoral role – looking after the safety and welfare of the children during the course; particularly outside of session times. He also tends to be the first point of contact for parents etc during the course.  

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Phoebe Fullbrook

Phoebe was born and raised in a musical family in North London, and began learning the violin at the age of 5, with Cecily Mendelssohn. As a child, she was a participant on many Stringwise courses, as well as other local music ventures, including Haringey Youth Orchestra and Junior Royal Academy. During this time, she […]

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Mary Lou Graham

Mary-Lou Graham started working on Stringwise courses when her son was 4 yrs old, and he is now 20! Like most people she started as an assistant tutor and gradually became a strand leader. She have also been known to conduct the ‘Big Piece’ but is really glad Daniel is now doing that. She studied […]

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Richard Jones

Richard has been working on Stringwise for 8 years, as an assistant tutor and pianist. He studied the violin at The Royal Northen College of Music and jazz piano at Trinity Laban.  Richard has worked as a violin teacher at Ryleys School in Alderley Edge and as a teacher of jazz piano at The University […]

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Cecily Mendelssohn

Cecily Mendelssohn was given a violin when aged 8 and learnt with Grace Digby, an inspiring teacher who organised chamber music for her pupils, something which was uncommon in those far off days! Cecily  studied with Robert Masters at the Royal Academy of Music and then joined Sadlers Wells opera which subsequently became the English […]

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