About Us

Jillian Leddra

Jillian was brought up in New Zealand and studied the violin in Australia. After graduating she played in the Queensland Theatre Orchestra, before being offered a scholarship to do a Masters in Performance and Teaching (Suzuki) in the USA. On moving to London, she founded The Bayswater Suzuki Group, which is now based in Holland Park at St Clements and St James Primary School. Jillian set up the Extravaganza in the mid-1980s and it has run every July since. She also runs two other summer courses, the Chamber Music Course, Sforzando, and as of 2016 was also appointed Director of the International Suzuki Summer School at Bryanston.

Tim Murray

Originally from Glasgow, Timothy studied at the Royal College of Music, London and the Banff Centre, Canada. He was the Pianist for the Isis Piano Trio and Ballet Creations and is now in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician having performed with artists such as Sarah Connolly and Tasmin Little. He has toured widely internationally and has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM as well as TV appearances in Russia and Egypt. Murray’s compositions have been recorded by The Fibbonnaci Sequence and Piers Lane among others with reviews such as ‘Corruscating’ (Independent) and ‘Highly imaginative’ (The Sunday Times).

He has been involved with the Suzuki Method as an accompanist and arranger for nearly 30 years and has been privileged to work at numerous National and International courses and conferences.

Alasdair Melrose

The longest running Extravagandist apart from Jillian herself, Alasdair’s debut was as the serpent in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ in 1996. After over 15 years of involvement, Alasdair will now be directing his sixth production. He has a degree in politics from Newcastle University and an MA in Music Theatre from Central School of Speech and Drama

Helen Hugh-Jones
Helen has attended almost every Extravaganza since she was 7. Her first one was Bugsy Malone, where she was ‘Talulah’s Friend No. 6’. She has been working at the Extravaganza for about 10 years– but 2018 is her first year as Art Director. During the rest of the year, she works for an interior design firm, does freelance illustration and teaches at the Bayswater Suzuki Groups on Saturdays for Jillian. 
Olivia Hugh-Jones

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