About us

EMAE is a private limited company and a registered charity based in Liverpool that promotes the cultural, social and economic value of Early Music through regular educational, recreational and scholarly activities.

Our Vision


EMAE works with young people from a wide variety of social and educational backgrounds. By challenging perceived cultural barriers, it fosters participation and confidence. It also provides the opportunity for recognition for those young people who do not thrive in the traditional routes in our region, i.e. through sporting or mainstream cultural success.


EMAE focuses on smaller groups of young people and unashamedly drives them to a very high standard of musical performance comparable to that of the best schools and youth ensembles in the world. Unlike other similar organisations, however, EMAE provides its students with tutorials, classes, seminars, music scores, copies of historical instruments and a whole range of learning experiences at no cost.


EMAE delivers wider personal development and growth alongside increased musical skills. As social opportunity often comes from work and recreation together, EMAE gathers young people from different backgrounds in weekly tutorials and classes, regular seminars and international residencies.


Our Team



Dr. Alberto Sanna Co-Founder & Director of EMAE

Dr Alberto Sanna

Co-Founder & Director

Renowned violinist, musicologist and educator; expertise in Early Music and international outreach.

Mark Feeny Co-Founder and Chairman of EMAE

Mark Feeny

Co-Founder and Chairman

Solicitor in Liverpool and partner at Brabners LLP; expert on tax planning, trusts and wills, and estates.

Dr Frank Cottrell-Boyce Adviser & Trustee EMAE

Dr Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Adviser & Trustee

Internationally renowned, Liverpool-based screenwriter and novelist; co-creator of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

Paola Nieddu Adviser & Trustee EMAE

Paola Nieddu

Adviser & Trustee

Project Management Officer at Fora, London; formerly Event Manager and Administrator of the Cornerstone Arts Festival in Liverpool.

Revd Dr Crispin Pailing Adviser & Trustee EMAE

Revd Dr Crispin Pailing

Adviser & Trustee

Rector of Liverpool and key figure in the civic life of the city; involved across the charitable and voluntary sector of Merseyside.

Janet Pickavance Adviser & Trustee EMAE

Janet Pickavance

Adviser & Trustee

Formerly Chief Executive Officer at Brabners LLP; expert in financial management and business planning.

Prof Jan Smaczny Adviser & Trustee EMAE

Prof Jan Smaczny

Adviser & Trustee

Musicologist; Emeritus Professor at Queens University Belfast; authority on nineteenth-century music.



Marino Capulli Violin Tutor at EMAE

Marino Capulli

Violin & Viola

Marino is a violinist, teacher and experienced chamber musician who has performed internationally with renowned Italian orchestras and ensembles.

Elizabeth Elliott Violoncello Tutor EMAE

Elizabeth Elliott

Cello & Double Bass

Lizzie is a freelance cellist and teacher based in Merseyside. Having completed her MA, in both modern and baroque cello, and LRAM at the Royal Academy of Music she has played with professional orchestras and chamber ensembles both in the UK and internationally.


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Ray Box

Violin & Viola

Ray is a freelance teacher and performer of violin and viola. Having completed his MA and LRAM at the Royal Academy of Music, Ray is working toward his PhD in the field of Music & wellbeing.  


Harry Buckoke

Cello & Double Bass

Harry Buckoke read English then Aesthetics before focusing on music.  He is a PhD Candidate at the Orpheus Institute and is a member of Lux Musicae London, Ensemble Augelletti and Dramma Per Musica.

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Matyas Csiba


Matyas is a violist, performer, educator and animateur. He specialised in historical performance and outreach work at the Royal College and the Royal Academy of Music and learnt the Kodaly concept in Hungary.


Salome' Rateau


Salomé is a French violinist with diplomas in Coaching, Pedagogy, Musicology, Business, Modern and Historical Performances. She performs and teaches across Europe and the Latin Americas. 

Partners and Donors

The late

Mrs Diane Tod

(private donor)

The Ravensdale Trust

National Museums


The Hemby Trust

Philip Bates Trust



 Arts Friends Merseyside

The Harding Trust

The Rushworth Trust


 Liverpool Parish Church

Edwards Family

Charitable Trust

Brabners LLP


Pauline Martin


Our Vision

Virginie Keuleyan Charitable Trust



Cecil Pilkington

Charitable Trust 

Price Parry Trust

Rimmer Charitable Trust

FORA Space

Frohlich Estate 

Eleanor Rathbone Trust