The Halesowen Orchestra

Soloist biographies (Most recent first)


Amy started playing the violin at the age of seven. She first studied with her father Graeme Littlewood, (sub principal violin, CBSO) and subsequently with Jackie Hartley (then co-leader of CBSO). In 2006 was awarded a scholarship to study violin the Birmingham Conservatoire with Nathaniel Vallois and was later awarded a scholarship to continue her studies on a postgraduate course, also at the Birmingham Conservatoire.


Amy has a keen interest in chamber music; she plays in the Hepplewhite Piano Trio who have recently performed at the Purcell Room London, given a recital for the Birmingham Chamber Music Society and won 1st prize in the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Competition.


Amy has also won a number of solo violin competitions, most recently winning the Birmingham Conservatoire String Prize, the Doris Newton Prize, a place in the Finals of the Ludlow Philharmonic Concerto Prize. Amy also won 2nd prize in the national violin competition organised by ‘The Kenneth Page Foundation' and gained a place in the semi finals of the Lions Club International Violin Competition. In April 2008 Amy was invited to play in the Menuhin Competition masterclass at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


As a soloist, Amy has performed Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending, Saint-Saens’ Havanaise, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Prokofiev's 1st Violin Concerto.


Adelaide Yue (Piano)


Adelaide Yue is 16 years old and is a pupil at King Edward VI High School for Girls where she is an academic scholar. She began piano lessons aged 5 with Mike Adams and currently studies with David Quigley.


At the age of 10 Adelaide achieved ABRSM Grade 8 with distinction scoring the highest mark in the Midlands and was awarded the Beryl Chempin prize. In the same year, Adelaide became Solihull Musician of the Year.


Adelaide has been a prize winner in many festivals and competitions. In 2012 she was a finalist in the 19 and under class of the James Mottram International Piano Competition and was first prize and gold medal winner of the 16 and under category (Cathedral Class) in the Moray International Piano Competition in Scotland. Recently, she won the 2015 Chandos Symphony Orchestra Young Musician competition.


Adelaide has performed the Litolff Scherzo at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, accompanied by King Edward School Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as concerto soloist with both the Solihull and Halesowen Symphony Orchestras.


Leanne Cody (Piano)


Robert Payne (Tuba)


Bob is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, having studied Tuba, Bass Trombone and Ophicleide. He was a finalist in the Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Prize, the Ambache Prize (with the Barbara York!) and the Bernard Brown Prize for Chamber Ensembles 2012. Bob has had two works written for him: 'Tuba Suite' forTuba and Piano and 'Yellow Things' for Ophicleide, Piano and String Quartet, which is due to be released on his debut album 'Yellow Things' which will be a compilation of new works/transcriptions for Ophicleide as a solo instrument. Bob also enjoys playing all styles of music, currently playing for professional brass ensemble 'Bard Brass', as well as delving into pop and even world music with 'The Hiccup Effect' and 'Von Bauer Bavarian Beer Band' who are regularly in high demand around the country. This will be his debut appearance as a soloist with orchestra.


Alycia Jewes (Violin)


Alycia Jewes, 19, started learning the violin when she was 3 years old and gained her ABRSM performance diploma with distinction at the age of 15. She is taught by Christopher Hirons in Wimbledon, who has led and directed many chamber orchestras such as the Northern sinfonia, the Acadamy of Ancient Music, the English String Orchestra, Orchestra de Camera and the acadamy of St Martins in the Field.


Alycia plays many instruments including piano and saxophone and she has won a number of prizes at local music festivals. She is a member of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Marryat Players in Wimbledon, which is conducted or led regularly by cellists Robert Max and Alexander Baillie. Alycia regularly performs solos with local orchestras and recently performed the Kabalevsky violin concerto and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra with the Manresa Chamber Orchestra in Roehampton.


Alycia enjoys playing cricket in her spare time.