Directors & Trustees

Becky McChrystal

Administrative Director

Becky McChrystal

Becky began her musical education in the Doncaster Music Service learning piano, violin, bassoon and percussion. After deciding that hitting things with sticks was the way to go, Becky graduated with a 1st class BMus Hons degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire. She then went onto further study at the Royal College of Music, graduating with a Masters in Performance with distinction. During her time at the RCM she successfully auditioned for the 2009 BBC Symphony “Orchestral Pathway” scheme and the 2010 BBC Symphony mentoring scheme.

Becky has played in ensembles ranging from the BBC Symphony, London Concert Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, Temple Music and the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, to The Swinging Magpies, Flautotonic early music recorder trio, Parallel Motion percussion duo and Desford Colliery Band.

Becky is heavily involved in music outreach and education, working as a regular drum kit, percussion and wider ops tutor in Camden, Haringey and Barnet schools. She has worked with charity Music and the Deaf, English Touring Opera, BBCSO Family Orchestra, RCM Sparks and English Pocket Opera Company.

Daisy Coole

Musical Director

Daisy Coole

Daisy Coole is a composer, woodwind specialist and educator… and former YMM student! After graduating from university with a 1st Class BA Honours degree in music and both department prizes for performance and composition, she toured Europe with internationally-renowned bands, appearing on radio and television alongside artists such as Lady Gaga, and as a featured saxophonist on BBC Radio 6 Music.

Daisy co-founded composition company Two Twenty Two in 2014, and continues to work with some of the top session musicians in London, earning a Children’s Television BAFTA nomination, writing music for clients such as Sky and Selfridges, and composing film scores.

She is passionate about music education and, alongside her role as YMM Music Director, teaches woodwind in various Camden schools and directs several youth bands. “Young Music Makers Saturday music school played a vital role in my childhood. Not only did it cement my love of playing and lead to a career in music; I also gained some amazing friends for life!”

Trustees

The Trustees form the governing body or ‘board’ of Young Music Makers, holding ultimate responsibility for directing the business of the charity. They are all volunteers and have all enjoyed seeing their own children benefit from YMM and share a passion for the school and its activities.

The YMM committee meets termly, working together to make decisions about the charity’s finances, activities and plans for the future.

For all matters regarding the day-to-day running of YMM, the Administrative Director is your first port of call. However, if you would like to get in touch with the trustees for any other reason please email the Chair of Trustees, Robert Sumerling. 

More details on the financial running of Diapason Ltd. can be found on the charity commission website, charity number: 264274. 

Trustees

Suzanna Butterworth

Suzanna Butterworth

Suzanna is a parent of YMM students and also takes violin lessons herself. 

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Bill Dann

Bill Dann

Bill Dann

Bill is a new parent at YMM. His five-year old daughter is enjoying her first year in Music Box and piano. Regretful that he never studied an instrument as a child, the ethos of Young Music Makers reflects his wish that every student will be inspired to play music in a way that will chime with his or her own unique voice and identity. Bill works as a novelist and an assistant vet. 

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Ben Geoghegan
Secretary

Ben Geoghegan

Secretary

Ben Geoghegan

Ben Geoghegan is a former BBC correspondent and now works in the energy industry. He started coming to YMM with his children almost ten years ago. He is (slowly) working towards Grade 8 on the flute.

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Koullis Kyriacou
Treasurer

Koullis Kyriacou

Treasurer

Koullis Kyriacou

Koullis has been YMM’s Treasurer now for some 3 years. He also has two daughters at YMM who have been coming for a number of years. On a day by day basis Koullis is involved with management training using drama skills on a one-to-one basis and with large corporations. At the same time he continues to act in theatre, tv, film and radio, plus audio book narration for the RNIB and voice work for film & tv. Koullis is currently writing his first novel.

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Cecile Laborde

Cecile Laborde

Cecile Laborde

Cecile has been a regular Saturday attendee of YMM, where she and her daughters have been singing and playing the piano and recorder, since 2010. During the week, she is a professor of political theory at Oxford University.

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Severine Philardeau

Severine Philardeau

Severine Philardeau

Severine's children have been attending YMM since 2011 and have now blossomed into real musicians thanks to its nurturing and inspiring environment. She start singing herself a year ago. Her day job is to lead e-commerce at Time Out.

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Deborah Shewell

Deborah Shewell

Deborah Shewell

Debbie works in primary education and is delighted to be a trustee after being involved with YMM in the choir and as a parent for more than 10 years.

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Robert Sumerling
Chair of Trustees

Robert Sumerling

Chair of Trustees

Robert Sumerling

Robert joined YMM with his family in 2001 and sings in the adult choir. He joined the trustees in 2006 and has been chair since 2014. A solicitor and later a judge in his main career, Robert has also worked as a director on NHS boards. He uses his experience to lead on YMM’s good charitable governance. Outside YMM he has wide musical interests and played drums but now concentrates on choral singing with YMM and other choirs. He is active in other voluntary sector work supporting disadvantaged people. Robert is delighted to have spent over a decade with the leading north London independent weekend music school.

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Martina Wicklein

Martina Wicklein

Martina Wicklein

Martina, her husband and daughter, have been spending their Saturdays at YMM for over 10 years now. Martina started saxophone and is now playing with her husband (on trumpet) in the YMM Adult Band.  During the week Martina is a Senior Teaching Fellow for Neuroscience at UCL.

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Louise Williams

Louise Williams

Louise Williams

Louise is a YMM parent who thinks YMM is a really special and is so pleased to be involved. She likes knitting and learning British Sign Language. 

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