Our People

Patron                        Dame Catherine Tizard  ONZ GCMG GCVO DBE QSO DStJ

President                  Michael McLellan   FTCL LRSM

Vice-Presidents    Margaret Leman,   Alastair Clement



Executive Committee


Alex Cowdell


Antun Poljanich
Music Director


Anne-Marie Forsyth


Mary Lin


Helen Lewis


Rachael Brand
Communications Officer

and Player Representatives:   Mark Bingham,   Ben Lin,   Gemma Nash



Many AYO alumni can be found in leading orchestras and ensembles around the world, teaching in conservatories, or performing as soloists and conductors.

The co-operative structure of the orchestra provides members with organisational and team building skills, engendering dedication, confidence and self-esteem within a positive peer environment. In today's world, this healthy social experience equips our players with skills and a sense of achievement that will support them in whichever career path they choose. Indeed, many of our alumni are also found in business, politics, and other professions.

To register as a member of AYO Alumni click here. 


Current Players

Our players are young people who have already developed a high level of proficiency on their instrument and who want to gain orchestral playing skills.  The social element  is an added bonus and many players develop lifelong friendships through their involvement in AYO.

Membership of AYO confers some special privileges that are open exclusively to AYO members:
 - entry to the annual AYO Soloist Competition; and
 - application for Scholarships.