Biography: Glyn Oxley
Glyn Oxley graduated from Edinburgh University with an honours degree in music. He studied conducting as part of his degree and his first concert was with the university chamber orchestra.
Glyn has since worked with ensembles of all ages and abilities, including the National Children’s Orchestra, the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra, Prima Corda, ENCORE, Junior ESTA and the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra. He was appointed musical director of Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra in January 2014.
He studied cello with Josephine Knight and subsequently with Jeanette Mountain and William Conway. He worked as a freelance orchestral player, conductor and lower strings teacher in the North East before moving to Gloucestershire in 1993.
Glyn is musical director of the Gloucestershire Academy of Music – a junior conservatoire for the South West.
He works with talented young musicians from the ages of 4 to 18 and has brought his team’s teaching into primary schools through the Academy’s Schools Music Agency.
He also took over as musical director of the prestigious Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year contest in 2014.
For the past two years he has staged The Big String – a two-day workshop for 140 young string players from across the county. He has set up a new Gloucestershire Youth Chamber Orchestra called Inspire for Grade 8 plus young musicians, which runs in conjunction with Cheltenham Music Festival.
Glyn is an active orchestral and chamber musician; currently principal cellist of the Midland Sinfonia and member of the Alvechurch and Montpellier string quartets.