Musical directors/assistant directors

Main Orchestra

Nigel Hildreth
Nigel Hildreth MBE (MMus, PGCE), currently 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

Chris Lund

Chris Lund is a peripatetic music teacher working for Essex and Thurrock Music Services. He also works as a tutor mentor. Before this he served as an Army musician for 24 years reaching the rank of Warrant Officer and serving as The Band Sergeant Major of the Minden Band of The Queen's Division. During his service Chris has had many musical highlights including playing aboard the QE2, performing in Madison Square Gardens in New York and playing saxophone with the Motown Band "The Four Tops". Chris is an active musician playing in many local Jazz and wind bands. He is married with three grown up children all of whom are musical.