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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.

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Our Team

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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.

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Janet Pickavance Adviser & Trustee EMAE

Janet Pickavance

Adviser & Trustee

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

Michelle Mulvey-Fanneran

Michelle Mulvey-Fanneran

Adviser & Trustee

Currently Head of Quality and Compliance at TrustFlight and Centrik following careers both as a Barrister and as RAF aircrew. 


Angela Clearkin

Adviser & Trustee

Retired Solicitor, formerly partner at Brabners LLP Liverpool; expert in real estate and social housing law.



Marino Capulli Violin Tutor at EMAE

Marino Capulli

Violin & Viola

Marino is a violinist and teacher based in Liverpool who freelances with professional orchestras in the UK and internationally.
He also performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician.
He holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Elizabeth Elliott Violoncello Tutor EMAE

Elizabeth Elliott-Capulli

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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Alannah Seavers

Musicianship Tutor

Alannah holds a BA in Teaching, Learning and Child Development and is currently working towards an MSc in Psychology. She has experience teaching in local primary and secondary schools, has been a dance teacher in Liverpool and spent two seasons as a ski instructor in Canada.

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Eleanor Kelly

Administrative Assistant

Eleanor Kelly is an award-winning classical guitarist who performs and teaches internationally. After studying in the UK and Spain, she is currently pursuing further postgraduate study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 


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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.


Lucy Neil


Lucy enjoys a busy and varied freelance career teaching and performing all over the world, alongside outreach work. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Lucy discovered her passion for Historical Performance which has led to her developing her professional career on both modern and baroque cello. 


Skye El-Shirbiny


Skye is a London based violinist currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a freelance teacher and chamber musician who plays in a range of ensembles. Skye is passionate about making music and music education more accessible. 

Partners and Donors

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The Late Mrs Diane Tod

(private donor)

Edwards Family

Charitable Trust

Frohlich Estate

The Hemby Trust

Virginie Keuleyan 

Charitable Trust

The Ravensdale Trust

The Harding Trust

Prince Parry Trust

Philip Bates Trust

The Rushworth Trust

Cecil Pilkington

Charitable Trust


Charitable Trust

Eleanor Rathbone Trust

Pauline Martin Trust

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