Junior Academy staff

Junior Academy teachers are leading professional musicians who combine active performing careers with the challenge of helping young players, singers and composers to fulfill their potential and musical ambitions. Many also teach on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the Academy and bring enormous experience of teaching and performance to their Junior Academy students.

Director of Junior Academy

Lesley-Ann Thomson

Gareth Lockrane Head of Junior Jazz
Luke Dunlea Course leader, First Guitar Experience
Daniel Smith Course leader, First String Experience

Double Bass

Josie Ellis
Cathy Elliott
Clarinet, Saxophone and Piano

Timothy Ellis
Beth Randell

Markus Gruett
Dominic Hackett (Timpani)
Giles Harrison
Ignacio Molins
Classical Accordion
Alexander Technique


Primary Academy

Director of Primary Academy
Krystyna Budzynska


Lara Moore

Adam Hope
General Musicianship

Kristina Arakelyan
Cathy Scott-Burt

Tadashi Imai

Francesca Barritt
Lara Sullivan

Next Event

Junior Academy: The Soldier's Tale

23.02.2019 6:00pm, Susie Sainsbury Theatre

A concert featuring Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale and new works by Junior Academy students.