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Music Director

Music Director

Martin Cropper

Martin is passionate about chamber music and has been fortunate to study and perform with some of the world’s most inspiring chamber musicians.

He shares his energy and enthusiasm for music between Sheffield Music Academy and Oakham School, where he is now in his eleventh year as Head of Strings. Martin also has over 20 years of experience working with the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra and regularly gives workshops for Music in the Round.

Meet Our Tutors!

There are more than 30 tutors at Sheffield Music Academy,  who travel from across the UK to challenge and inspire our students!


Our tutors provide students with both individual and group tuition, across a variety of instruments and genres. We are tremendously proud of the level of support and tuition they provide to each student.

Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff

Board of Trustees

Meet our fantastic Board of Trustees! All of our Board members volunteer their time, expertise and advice to ensure that Sheffield Music Academy continues to thrive. If you are interested in joining the board then please contact Jess for more information and to arrange an informal meeting. 

SMA Board Member Emily Pieters
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Angela Brumpton

In our accordance with our Conflicts of Interest Policy, each trustee made a full written disclosure of interests when they were appointed, covering their relationships, and other posts held, that could potentially result in a conflict of interest. This written disclosure is kept in the Academy’s Register of Interests and is updated at least annually, and whenever a new potential conflict arises.

Our core team of administrative staff are the small, powerful motor behind Sheffield Music Academy, ensuring that it runs efficiently and flawlessly. Based in our Psalter Lane offices, they deal with all aspects of the academy, from parent enquiries and timetabling to safeguarding and concert organisation.  


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with them via phone or email with any queries you may have, from admissions to upcoming events.

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General Manager

Jessica O'Neill


Jess grew up in London with actor/musician parents and spent most of her childhood in and around music and the theatre. She has previously worked as a Theatrical Agent, managing actors on TV and film, before moving to Sheffield in 2006 and spending seven years at Sheffield Theatres as Corporate Fundraiser.


Jess scraped a Grade 7 on the Piano at 15 but is now very happy to concentrate on the management and administration of our fabulous Academy!


Amy Howe


Amy recently graduated the University of Sheffield with an MA degree in Music Management, where she focused her studies on marketing and community music and wrote her dissertation on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on choirs in the UK.


Amy is passionate about live music and bringing music-making opportunities to communities, so she is thrilled to be a part of the Academy's amazing work!

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Marketing Officer

Samantha Avila Ricci


Samantha is mid-way through her MA degree in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield. She has experience in digital marketing and communications with companies from around the world and in a variety of industries.


She is passionate about spreading awareness of the importance of arts education, and is excited to work alongside inspiring young musicians!

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