About Us

Meet the Team

Peter Chivers

Peter Chivers studied at Dartington College of Arts, gained a Music Degree at Huddersfield University and studied at post-graduate level in Advanced Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, subsequently completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Kingston University.


Peter is Head of Music and Arts for Brighton & Hove’s award winning SoundCity music hub.  His background spans the arts, music and education and he has received the Cultural Champion Award from Arts & Business. Peter is a Director of Rhythmix, a music charity that works with young people in challenging circumstances.  He also sits on the Arts Council England’s Music Education Hub advisory board and contributes to the wider cultural agenda.  As a trumpeter he has performed with world wide ensembles and continues to teach and work with young musicians presently conducting the Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band.


Peter is currently Director of Our Future City, the Cultural Education Partnership for Brighton & Hove. Our Future City is a 10 year strategy that aims to improve the lives and life chances of children and young people in the city, through cultural learning and creative skills development.

Emma Collins

Emma studied flute and saxophone at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama gaining a BA (Hons) and MMus in Performance Studies. After working as a performer and teacher in Cardiff and Bristol, Emma spent a year volunteering as a music and English teacher in Tanzania before returning to the UK where she completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Sussex and began working with Brighton & Hove Music & Arts.


Emma has experience of teaching in a wide range of settings, working with primary and secondary-age students, undergraduates and adults. Her current role involves working with partner organisations to develop new opportunities in music for children and young people and supporting collaborative working across SoundCity, Brighton & Hove’s Music Education Hub.

Mike Johnson

After studying at the University of Sussex and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mike embarked on a career as a teacher and performer. Specialising in drum kit and percussion he has taught in Primary, Secondary and Special schools and spent many years gigging throughout the UK and Europe as a member of Brighton and London based bands.


Mike is passionate about providing opportunities for young people to engage in making music. In addition to managing instrumental and vocal programmes in schools Mike continues to enjoy teaching and conducting the Brighton & Hove Youth Percussion Ensemble.

Lesley Oliveros

Business Manager

Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood has performed in many parts of the world as a conductor and violinist. He has been Conductor of Brighton Youth Orchestra since 1994 and is currently Director of Music for Orchestra at BHMA, as well as teaching centralised violin lessons there. He is also Professor of Violin at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Lisa De Simone

Lisa studied violin in Italy gaining a MMus at the Conservatoire of Music in Parma and attended an academic Post graduate Chamber Music Master in Sacile (Pordenone) - at "Serenissima Academy"- under the guidance of Maestro Luca Simoncini.  As part of her musical journey she has also taken part in many postgraduate violin advanced courses.  Lisa has a real passion for chamber music which has always been a very important part of her musical career: she presently plays in a piano-violin duo and a string quartet.  Lisa also loves opera and works intensively in this field. She has performed extensively in Europe and China. 

Lisa also teaches violin in a wide range of settings, from beginner up to advanced level.  As Head of String-Curriculum she leads the development of high quality opportunities for young string players across the city of Brighton & Hove. 

Julie Chamberlain

Office Manager

Phil Bentley

Team Administrator

Maya Celano

Team Administrator

Holly Griffiths

Events Coordinator

Holly joined BHMA in 2008 and has enjoyed working on a multitude of events for the organisation from end of term informal presentation concerts to SoundCity celebration events at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and the City's Schools Christmas Concert at The Brighton Centre, as well as international tours.  Having learnt recorder, trumpet and piano as a child Holly went on to study performance and composition at university in Manchester followed by a postgraduate certificate in Arts & Cultural Management back in Sussex in 2005. 


Since joining BHMA, Holly has also studied Counselling and Mediation and enjoys supporting families and communities in conflict during her spare time as well as the odd sponsored run.

Faye Polden

Music Leader Intern

Faye joined the team in September 2019 on the Music Leader Internship Programme. Previously Faye has has worked within the music industry gaining experience from live performing, studio recording, composing and stage managing within festivals. Whilst working within the industry Faye developed an interest in social media and its application within music. Faye has also established a successful guitar themed YouTube channel and hopes to gain new ideas and insights for the channel during her internship.

Kelly Sands

Team Administrator

Abi Sharp

Programmes Assistant, Our Future City/SoundCity

Brighton & Hove Music & Arts

Alice Small

Senior Team Administrator

Katie Tye

Team Administrator

Natasha Williams

Events & Concerts Assistant

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If you wish to email a member of the team, please contact our office at bhma@brightondome.org

Andrew Aruldoss


Richard Baker

Richard grew up in Brighton & Hove and attended Hangleton Junior School where he was inspired by the music teacher to take up the cornet in the Hangleton Band. Richard then went on to Blatchington Mill where he became a member of the Millstones from their first ever concert.


Following his further education studies at Salford University, Richard performed full time in London for ten years as a member of the Metropolitan Police Band and freelancing for shows and orchestras. He has been teaching for over 25 years and in 1997 studied for his PGCE at Sussex University. Since 2005 he has worked for Brighton & Hove and loves having an influence in the area that started his musical journey.  Richard is currently Director of Brighton & Hove Youth Jazz Band (BHYJB).

Nicola Bates


Conductor: Brighton & Hove Junior Youth Orchestra

Anna Bourne

Anna studied Music at the University of Sussex specialising in Performance (she studied piano with Elizabeth Newson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama). Anna then trained to become a class Music teacher with a particular interest in Special Needs. She now combines these two interests by teaching keyboard for BHMA and also teaching in the regional Adolescent Mental Health setting.

Anna continues to be actively involved in music making, singing in the highly regarded Brighton Chamber Choir. 

Howard Burchfield

Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute & Keyboard

Conductor: Adult Concert Band

Joanna Burke


Adam Bushell


Tutor: Brighton Youth Orchestra (BYO) & Brighton & Hove Youth Philharmonia (BHYP)

Diane Callendar


Lizzy Carey

Lizzy Carey is a professional multi-instrumentalist. She works as a Violin Teacher for BHMA and as a Music Facilitator for Rhythmix, Open Strings Music and Mascots. She is the director of ‘EPIC Jam Band’, a trustee of International Experimental Music & Art Festival ‘Colour Out Of Space’ and is a touring band member of ‘The Daniel Wakeford Experience’, as seen on T.V’s ‘The Undateables’.

Lizzy gained a B.A. (Hons) in Creative Arts, a BTEC in Music Production, a PTLLLS Certificate, ABRSM & Trinity Grades (Violin & Piano) and two Hampshire County Music Scholarships. She has attended C.P.D. music training with; Snape Maltings, Artsplan, Music leader, Carousel, Rhythmix, CLADAC & Sound City.

She has performed and recorded as a session player on National and International Festival stages, T.V & radio, in concert halls and caves. Notable projects include; Mercury Prize nominees Bat For Lashes & The Go! Team, The Daniel Wakeford Experience, Wet Sounds, Sync or Swim and the International Conference of Live Interfaces. As a solo artist and band member she has supported Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Bjork, Yoko Ono, Jarvis Cocker & Thurston Moore.

Mary Dansoh


Tutor: Brighton & Hove Youth Philharmonia

Peter Davison

Based in Brighton, Peter Michael Davison has worked extensively with orchestras, musicians and producers throughout the country. He studied conducting with Eno Koco and Colin Metters (RAM) and received master classes at Canford Summer School with George Hurst OBE, Robert Houlihan and Rodolfo Saglimbeni. At the age of 20 he was appointed principal conductor of Leeds University Symphony Orchestra, touring major venues in the UK and Europe. Whilst in Leeds, he formed LS1 a contemporary ensemble, performing music by composers such as Thomas Ades, Harrison Birtwistle and Sam Hayden.

Peter is principal conductor of the Regent's Orchestra, Brighton and Hove Youth Philharmonia, and deputy conductor to the Brighton Youth Orchestra, one of the leading orchestral set ups in the United Kingdom. As a former member, 2013 saw Peter guest conduct the East Sussex Youth Orchestra, deputising for his teacher Colin Metters (RAM). Peter has conducted professional and semi-professional groups including the Worthing Philharmonic, with soloist Rowena Calvert, Mid Sussex Sinfonia and the Brighton Symphony Orchestra.

Sarah Davison


Tutor: Brighton Youth Orchestra, Brighton & Hove Youth Philharmonia

Anna Dolphin

Keyboard & Woodwind

Jo Eagle


William Escott


Sam Evans

Drum Kit & Bass Guitar

Natasha Gawlinski

Natasha is currently working as a woodwind teacher as well as the Furthering Talent coordinator for Awards for Young Musicians, in partnership with Brighton and Hove Music and Arts. She has had various teaching experiences as a instrumental teacher as well as a class teacher over the last 15 years (currently also teaching and coordinating Music at Cottesmore St Mary primary).


Natasha enjoys every aspect of working with young people through music making. She is keen on giving every child as many musical opportunities as possible and believes music should be for all. She encourages her students in a wide variety of practical musical experiences as well as instrumental lessons that could include being part of an ensemble, seeing live music and taking part in workshops. Her specialism is teaching improvisation and using this as a tool to compose. Alongside her teaching, Natasha works as a professional Saxophone player in a number of local groups including the Voodoo Love Orchestra and big band, the Studio 9 Orchestra.

Sam Glasson

Drum Kit

Victoria Hancox

Flute & Recorder

Laura Haywood


Conrad Hewitt

Conrad began his musical career studying the violin, then made the move to guitar and bass in his teens. Involvement with the Rock against Racism movement led to his band performing alongside such artists as Wilko Johnson, Misty in Roots and Paul Weller.  He holds a degree in Music Production, and regularly tutors Youth Rock and Pop bands.

Before joining BHMA, Conrad worked with Rhythmix music charity as a workshop leader, delivering projects in Songwriting, Recording and Music Technology. He now works with Orchestra 360, an inclusive, creative music group for children and young people with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities and their parents/carers and siblings.