Early Music Youth Orchestra in London

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.



Dr Alberto Sanna

Co-Founder & Director

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

Mark Feeny

Co-Founder and Chairman

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

Our Team

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

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

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

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

Prof Jan Smaczny

Adviser & Trustee

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


Marino Capulli


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

Elizabeth Elliott


Lizzie is a freelance cellist, passionate chamber musician and teacher. She is completing a Master’s degree at The Royal Academy of Music.

Donatella Paiano

Violin & Viola

Donatella is a well-established violin and viola player and teacher. She has a PhD in Music and is a professional Suzuki and amateur Kodaly practitioner.

Awen Blandford


Awen is a freelance cellist, singer and teacher. A graduate of the RNCM, she has toured internationally with a variety of bands and ensembles. 

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 Martine


Our Vision

Virginie Keuleyan Charitable Trust



Cecil Pilkington

Charitable Trust 

Price Parry Trust

Rimmer Charitable Trust

Frohlich Estate 

Eleanor Rathbone Trust


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EMAE takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have our own robust procedures and guidelines which have particular regard for tutors working with individuals and groups, as well as online tuition. If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues on a safeguarding matter, please contact Crispin Pailing , the lead Trustee for safeguarding, at rector@livpc.co.uk. Our safeguarding policy is available on request.