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Musical directors/assistant directors

Main Orchestra

Nigel Hildreth
Nigel Hildreth MBE (MMus, PGCE), formally Head of Performing Arts at Colchester Sixth Form College, started the CVYO along with a number of other youth and amateur groups. He studied at Sheffield University and has taught music in Essex for 30 years. He is known locally for his conducting and his compositions, which include three symphonies, two concertos as well as chamber music of many kinds. He was presented in 1996 with the 'Arts for All' award by the Town of Colchester.

Jonathan Abbott (BMus, PGCE) is a former member of CVYO (1993-1997 and tour to Prague in 2003!). He studied music at the University in Hull and, after his degree, trained as a teacher and taught music at secondary level in Yorkshire. During this time he conducted the Hull University Orchestra as well as working as guest conductor with the Hessle Sinfonia in Hull. In the theatre Jonathan appeared in numerous productions, in principal roles as well as in the chorus. In 1999 he became Musical Director of Beverley Operatic Society. In 2005 Jonathan returned to the Colchester area to take up the post of Head of Music at a local school.

Training Orchestra

Fiona Hill
Fiona Hill is a very experienced woodwind teacher who works for Essex Music Services as well as Colchester Institute. She performs on the saxophone as a member of Saxology with whom she has recorded and broadcast nationally. As well as her involvement with Colne Valley Youth Orchestra she conducts Flames Orchestra and the Phoenix wind band for the Brentwood Orchestras for young musicians.