Philippa Bunting
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 […]

Read more
Theresa Francis (Director)
Theresa Francis seated at a piano

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 […]

Read more
Deborah Young (Director)

Deborah has been with Stringwise since the early 90s, and has been a director 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 teaching practice. She has […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
Emily Francis

Emily first attended Stringwise as a 6-year-old cellist, and is now a strand co-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 short time at the Paris Conservatoire. Emily has taught privately […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
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 […]

Read more
Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith started learning the viola at the age of 8, having been chosen to play this instrument as he was the tallest in the class. Fortunately the viola was a good match and he went on to study at the Royal College of Music Junior Department before studying for a music degree at the […]

Read more
Jayne Wright

Jayne joined Stringwise 5 years ago and has enjoyed every moment since then. Stringwise gives her the chance to work with an experienced talented team and highly motivated young musicians.  Jayne graduated from Trent Polytechnic in 1990. She studied Creative Arts BAhons. She believes that Music and Art are partners and throughout her career she has […]

Read more