Hello, I’m Matt Appleyard, and I will be teaching strings in your school this year!  I play lots of instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass guitar, drums and piano!  As well as teaching in school, I’ll also be supporting you at Area Band, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all progress through the year.  It’ll be great to see all the familiar faces from last year as well as the fresh, excited new faces this year! East band is always fun. We have a great group of musicians who, though they are excitable and can be talkative, are respectful to staff and extremely eager to learn.

As well as Area Band, I’ll also be leading StrOrkestra for the first time this year, which is really exciting for me as a string player!  I’m really looking forward to progressing the string section’s technique and ensemble playing.  Hopefully we’ll also see some new faces in Connect Strings as well as the current players, and we’ll work through new pieces including Mahler! Seeing you perform in the concerts is always a highlight for me.  I’m really looking forward to leading RHYO Intermediate with Tony as we have a whole new setlist to work through. We’ve also got some exciting new by-ear pieces that we think the orchestra will love.

There are lots of exciting NMS events to look forward to this year too.  GOE is always one of my favourite events. As a musician, I enjoy being able to perform a higher-level repertoire but actually, more importantly, as a teacher the best bit is seeing you have so much fun playing, singing and generally taking part!

The advice I would you give to a young person learning an instrument with NMS would be, “Have fun with it. As important as it is to learn technique, musicality and repertoire, you’ve got to enjoy yourself! Also, play, play, play! Keep playing and it’ll get easier!”


Hello, I’m Rosemary Healy, a music teacher with Nottingham Music Service, and I’ll be teaching in your school this year!  I play the violin, viola and cello, and those are the instruments I’ll be teaching this year. 

I trained at the Royal Academy of Music and had a performing career as an orchestral viola player, before having a family and doing teacher training.  I’m an experienced teacher, with pupils up to grade 8 level, and I joined the NMS in 2016.  I’m also currently the Lord Mayor of Nottingham City, and a local Councillor for Mapperley ward working closely with local community organisations.

I’ll also be supporting you at Area Band, where I love to see children grow in confidence as they play along and enjoy the sound of a full orchestra, followed by doing their first concert in a prestigious venue with a large audience.  As well as Area Band I’ll also support other NMS ensembles, where I enjoy seeing the progress as students begin to play music they recognise and take turns playing the melody, and watching previous students become more advanced and experienced and start to support newer players.

There are so many NMS events taking part in the City this year, and I’d  encourage you to get involved in all of them, as they are so enjoyable for all concerned and children come away buzzing from what they learned and achieved.

The advice I would you give to a young person learning an instrument with NMS would be, “Take opportunities to join in activities after school as you will learn so much quicker and gain such confidence. The greatest pleasure in music is playing with others more advanced than yourself.”


Hello, my name is Mahaliah Edwards, but you’ll probably call me Mae!  I’m going to be teaching strings in your school this year.  The main instruments that I play are violin and piano.  As well as teaching in school, I’ll also be supporting you at Area Band, where I’m looking forward to seeing the progress you make from the start of the year at Music Camp to our concerts at the end of the year!

I’m also going to be supporting the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra string players this year. I’m really excited about supporting their music-making, especially in core orchestral repertoire as well as supporting them in fulfilling their potential on their musical journeys.