Who’s Who?


Jan Gould – Director of Music

Jan Gould studied viola at Trinity College of Music with Elizabeth Turnbull and Nicholas Roth, wining prizes both for solo performance and chamber music. She was a member of the Miklòs Quartet, and with them performed extensively in London and throughout the Provinces. Surgery brought her performing career to an abrupt end, and she then went on to train for ordination in the Church of England. She moved to Wales in 2004 and for most of that time has been priest in charge at the Church of the Resurrection, Ely, Cardiff. She set up the Making Music Changing Lives charity in 2009 out of the belief that music has the power to transform even the poorest communities, and is currently its musical director while still fulfilling her normal parish duties. In 2013 she was awarded the Community Foundation in Wales Philanthropy Award; in 2014 she and MMCL were the subject of a BBC Radio Wales programme which won a Jerusalem Trust Award for the best Easter programme in the UK; in 2015 she received a Point of Light Award from the Prime Minister and also appeared on the Independent on Sunday 100 Happy List for her transformational work in the community. In 2017 she was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community.


James Brookmyre – Producer & Clarinet Teacher

James Brookmyre graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with first class honours and at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya. His teachers have included Ian Wilson,  Pedro Memelsdorff, Jane Booth, Pamela Thorby, Dame Thea King, Robert Ehrlich and Lorenzo Coppola.

He has performed with leading ensembles in the UK and abroad and these engagements have taken him across Europe, USA, and the Middle East. Recent performance highlights include playing as a principal with the Bremen Barockorchester, with Welsh National Opera and the Flanders Recorder Quartet. 

 An enthusiastic educator, James holds teaching positions at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff University and in independent schools across London. 

James has worked in a freelance capacity as a Producer and Curator for over eight years. He has worked with organisations such as Ensemble DeNOTE, Lythe Chamber, Sunday at Six and Music and Making Music, Changing Lives.

Teaching Staff


Charlotte Thomas - Flute

Originally from North Wales, Charlotte began playing the flute aged eight. She progressed through country and regional ensembles and went on to gain membership in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales.

Charlotte is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where she completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Highlights of her time at RWCMD include winning the 2018 Ken Smith Flute Prize and reaching the final of the concerto competition in the same year.

Now enjoying a career as a freelance musician, Charlotte has performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera and in a variety of other professional engagements across the UK. Charlotte has appeared as a soloist in several different concerti and also performs in a Flute and Harp Duo.

Charlotte thoroughly enjoys teaching in a variety of settings from private tuition to peripatetic teaching and working in schools. She was inspired to work in this area as a result of the excellent teaching she has been fortunate to receive throughout her musical career coupled with a belief that everyone should have access to music education.


David Lewis – Violin/Viola

David is a graduate of the Royal College of Music. Following studies there he joined Welsh National Opera. Since becoming freelance David has played with major British Orchestras and toured Japan and USA with the Academy of Ancient Music and other period instrument groups. He leads and directs the 18 Century Concert Orchestra, and in South Wales, Cambrensis Orchestra. At RSC he has worked on Twelfth Night and Tempest. Film credits include ‘The Madness of King George’ and ‘Youth’.

David is a string coach for the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and has always been involved in teaching at all levels. He is in demand as a tutor and adjudicator.


Alice Timms - Violin

Alice has been playing the violin since she was five years old. She studied music at the University of York and completed a PGCE teaching qualification at the University of Leeds. Now, Alice teaches violin, singing and piano, as well as conducting choirs and string orchestras. She plays the violin in the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra and sings in the BBC National Chorus of Wales.


Helen Whitemore - Brass

In 2009, Helen gained a scholarship to study trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Whilst there, she studied with principal trumpet of WNO, Dean Wright. She partook in masterclasses with Sergei Nakariakov, Phil Cobb, Niall Keatley, Andy Crowley, Mike Lovatt, Alistair Mackie, and Mnozil Brass. She was also lucky to be involved with various RWCMD/WNO side by side projects.

Since graduating from RWCMD in 2013 with First Class Honours, Helen has been working as a freelance trumpeter and teacher in South Wales.


Michael Dooley – Cello

Michael has wide ranging experience both as a Cellist and a teacher. He studied Cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Sharon McKinley and Douglas Cummings and subsequently with Dewi Watkins. As a cellist he has wide ranging performing experience in several fields. Michael is an enthusiastic chamber musician and is a currently a member of the Arianne String Quartet who perform for both functions and recitals around South Wales. He has done freelance orchestral work and also performs with various baroque ensembles on baroque Cello. In 2014 he performed Haydn D Major Cello Concerto with Dinas Powys Orchestra. As a teacher he has wide experience of individual, group, and ensemble teaching and works both as a peripatetic in schools and as a private teacher.

Board Members

Jan Gould
Carys Paschalis
Isla Horton
Naomi Thomas
David Higgingbottom
Elizabeth Williams
Rhiannon Jones
Ceri Tippetts


Lesley Hatfield – Leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales
The Rt Reverend June Osborne, Bishop of Llandaf
Kevin Brennan MP
Alun John MBE

Regular Volunteers

Domini Lipman
Martin Alford