Our Team

Our highly experienced team of professional musician tutors inspire and guide the students throughout the week with sectional and full orchestral rehearsals.  Their expertise and friendly approach create an environment in which our members can thrive. NSSO provides children with the opportunity to experience the joy and fun of orchestras, often opening a lifelong connection to performing, whilst also encouraging creativity and boosting a child’s learning.

Nicole Wilson

NSSO Artistic Director

A student of Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Nicole joined the first violins of the London Symphony Orchestra after graduating and enjoyed a decade touring the world, playing the world’s greatest concert halls and playing on countless film and tv soundtracks including Star Wars and Harry Potter.

Subsequently, she became a principal violinist at English National Opera and is now a freelance leader in London, leading the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, The London Concert Orchestra and Dame Shirley Bassey Orchestra amongst others.

As a professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music and Eton College, Nicole is also a trustee of Gallions Music Trust and ESTA (European String Teachers Association) and loves nothing more than connecting great music teachers to talented students. As a result she founded Musical Orbit Ltd 8 years ago, connecting teachers and students from around the globe through online learning.

Nicole has founded and managed several music courses with international faculty including Pinchas Zukerman, Augustin Haderlich, Robert DeMaine and Clio Gould and is thrilled to bits to be the new Artistic Director of NSSO.

Leandro Silvera

Conductor of NSSO Philharmonic

Leandro was born in Argentina, graduated from the Buenos Aires Conservatoire and won a British Council Scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. He moved to London in 2005 to become Head of Strings at King’s College School Wimbledon. He now holds the same post at Eton College, where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra and directs an extensive programme of chamber music, as well as teaching cello.

He has been Head of Chamber Music at the Royal College of Music Junior Department since 2014 and guest conductor of a number of youth orchestras, as well as running the Hannah Roberts Summer Cello Masterclasses.

Dave McCallum

Conductor of NSSO Sinfonia

David combines flourishing careers as a Conductor, Pedagogue, and Presenter, with a long established career as an orchestral trumpeter.

He made his Royal Opera House conducting debut with the world premier production of Pinocchio in 2006, following that with Will Tuckett’s Wind in the Willows and Cathy Marston’s Ghosts. Since then David has directed both the ROH Orchestra, and South Bank Sinfonia in ROH Chance to Dance productions of Firebird, Still Life at the Penguin Café, Swan Lake and La Fille mal Garde. David has also guest conducted productions of Giselle and Nutcracker at English National Ballet, and led the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Music Mix concerts.

Andrew McDade

Conductor of NSSO Academy

Andy works internationally as both a performer and teacher. His vibrant style, combined with an enthusiasm for championing contemporary compositions, consistently challenges out-dated perceptions of the tuba repertoire.

During his studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Andy achieved various accolades. He won both the Linda Mowat Brass Prize and the RWCMD Concerto Competition, and has since gone on to perform as a guest soloist with bands and orchestras throughout the UK and Europe.

Andy enjoys a busy freelance career as an orchestral musician, working with orchestras such as the Novello Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

As an educator, Andy enjoys enthusing the next generation of musicians. He works as Tuba lecturer in Cardiff University and the Junior Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as working as a visiting tutor in schools and county ensembles throughout the UK.

Colin Skinner

Leader of the Big Band

World renowned as a lead Big Band saxophonist, Colin has played for the Glenn Miller UK Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the BBC Big Band as well as with the Echoes of Ellington and Back to Basie bands. He writes and arranges for all the major Big Bands in the UK and his own award winning band the Skelton Skinner All Stars.

Instrumental Tutors

The strength of any youth orchestra is the quality of coaching offered, both at an individual level and in sectional rehearsals. Our Heads of Section are the backbone of the course team. Highly experienced and respected performers and teachers themselves, they lead a team of individual instrumental coaches which ensures that our orchestras are well prepared and musically engaged throughout the course.

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David Evans

Founding Artistic Director

David has been involved in music education since the early 1980s. He worked for the IAPS Orchestral Board and subsequently founded the administration which was later to become NSSO, of which he was Artistic Director until 2014.

He is currently Director of Music at Hereford Cathedral School. NSSO is grateful to him for his vision and the energy which sustained the organisation through its first two decades.

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Latest News

Welcome from NSSO’s new Artistic Director Nicole Wilson March 20, 2022

When Malvern College approached me to take over from the wonderful John Madden as artistic director for NSSO, I was thrilled to bits! Music courses were the highlight of my childhood. I lived from course to course with an actual count down on my wall to see how many sleeps until the next time I […]

A warm welcome from Leandro Silvera for NSSO Sinfonia members 2021 June 11, 2021

Dear NSSO Sinfonia 2021. I’m absolutely delighted that we will finally be able to meet in person this summer at Malvern College. It will be an amazing course! We have all missed playing together in orchestras (one thing that Zoom can never offer us!) so it will be a pleasure to see you all again […]

A warm welcome from Richard Dickins for NSSO Philharmonic members 2021 June 11, 2021

Hello NSSO Philharmonic members 2021. I’m thrilled that this year we can, after all, meet in person to make music at Malvern College. It will be a pleasure to see again those of you who have been on the course in previous years, and it will also be a great pleasure meeting the many new […]