Conductor & Sectional Staff


From left to right: Andrew Morley (conductor), Simon Suter (brass), Juliet Rickard (woodwind & Director of NCYO), Jessica Berners (cello), Paul Warburton (violin).

The Conductor

Andrew Morley
Andrew Morley

The resident conductor of NCYO is Andrew Morley who has overseen continued success and critical acclaim for the orchestra over the last 3 years.

Andrew Morley studied conducting and orchestration with Denis McCaldin at Lancaster University and later gained a scholarship to study with Peter Stark at Trinity College of Music where he graduated with distinction and won the Ricordi Conducting Prize.

He started his career with many ensembles in Lancaster, including symphony and chamber orchestras, choirs, choral groups and wind ensembles.

At Trinity, his work included Aaron Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring with the TCM Sinfonia, Heinz Holliger’s experimental study in breath, Pneuma, with the TCM Wind Orchestra, and a concert alongside the late Stanley Black with the TCM Symphony Orchestra.

Other notable work includes Stockhausen’s rarely performed Gruppen for three orchestras, an appearance with the National Youth Orchestra Sinfonietta at the Lake District Summer Music festival and the critically acclaimed Medousa: A Miniature Opera on which he worked as composer and musical supervisor. Andrew has worked with soloists Wissam Boustany, David Owen Norris, Tim Jackson, Simon Blendis, and Stephen Hough and has given the première of a new work for ‘DJ’ and ensemble by Gabriel Prokofiev. He has prepared music for renowned film composer Debbie Wiseman and conductor Barry Wordsworth, as part of Junior Trinity’s centenary celebrations, and has conducted rehearsals with the Barbican Young Orchestra for performances at the Barbican Hall under Ed Gardner. Future work includes engagements with the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, the Dorking Chamber Orchestra and the Essex Chamber Orchestra as well as annual trips to European Youth Music Week. Andrew has held teaching posts at Lancaster University, Junior Trinity and Oxford Brookes University and maintains conducting posts with the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul’s Sinfonia and the BBC Elstree Concert Band.

In February 2004 Andrew was awarded first prize at the Allianz-Cornhill Musical Insurance Conducting Competition (formerly British Reserve competition) having received unanimous votes from both jury and orchestra and he has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sectional Staff

Simon Suter (brass)

Simon studied trumpet at Trinity College of Music under the tutelage of Ian Balmain, Brian Thomson and Bob Farley. He graduated in 2004 with a BMus (Hons) and has been working as an instrumental teacher since that time. Simon has been working for Norfolk Music Service as a Brass Teacher since re-locating to Norfolk in 2014.

Juliet Rickard (woodwind & Director of NCYO)

Juliet took up the Oboe in secondary school and went on to play in the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. She continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music under Lady Barbirolli, Michael Dobson and George Caird. Juliet has performed extensively in London, Buckinghamshire, Bedford and Norfolk.

A committed teacher and a founder member of the British Double Reed Society, with several of her pupils now playing professionally, she is presently a senior manager at Norfolk Music Service and director of the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra. Juliet is passionate about developing opportunities for young artists to play together and is also director of ‘Triorca’, a highly acclaimed European youth orchestra recruiting players from Britain, Serbia and Germany.

Jessica Berners (cello)

Jessica studied Cello at London College of Music and National Centre for Orchestral Studies. She holds ALCM/LLCM (TD)/GLCM (HONS)/ FLCM & DIP NCOS Diplomas. She is also a holder of Silver Medal from Worshipful Company of Musicians. Jessica currently plays Cello in Academy of St Thomas Orchestra, and Ukulele in Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding and is Lead Teacher for Norfolk Music Service. Instruments taught: Ukulele/Ocarina/Trumpets/Cornets/Strings.

Paul Warburton (violin)

Paul began his musical life as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral, eventually going on to study the violin in Birmingham, with Beverley Davison, and in London with Howard Davis. He studied Chamber Music with the Alberni String Quartet, Peter Cropper (Lindsay String Quartet), Roger Bigley (ex Lindsay Quartet) and John Todd (ex Coull Quartet). As a student he was awarded the ESTA Award for String Quartet Playing and the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize.

Since then he has enjoyed a wide and varied career as a professional violinist, performing with the CBSO under Simon Rattle and Sakari Oramo in virtually every capital city in Europe and many major music festivals world-wide, (BBC Proms, Edinburgh, New York, Chicago, Washinton, Dallas, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Amsterdam, Rome etc.). With the CBSO he has played in countless TV and radio broadcasts and on numerous CD recordings. As well as his work with the CBSO Paul was for 18 years a member, and Assistant Leader, of the Glyndebourne Opera Orchestra. He has played regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC Orchestras, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Garsington Opera, Covent Garden Soloists, D’Oyly Carte Opera and many other orchestras and chamber groups, as well as TV, film work, solo engagements and sessions. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors, soloists, actors and musicians including Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Simon Rattle, Yehudi Menuhin, Maxim Vengerov, Lang Lang, Vadim Repin, Nigel Kennedy, Heinz Holliger, Lynn Harrell, Truls Mørk, Håkan Hardenberger, Dame Judi Dench and Alan Rickman.

Paul has always combined his playing career with teaching in schools and colleges. He has worked on a huge number of projects for the CBSO Education Department, individually and as a member of The Springfield String Quartet, The Little Big Time Band and The Berkley Salon Ensemble giving themed Education Concerts and working on projects with children and adults, infants, special needs pupils, handicapped children and adults, the elderly, GCSE and A Level students. With Scott Stroman’s Opus 20, and as part of their annual residency at the Dartington International Summer School, Paul performed and coached some of the best music students from the UK and overseas.


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