Meet the LPO Junior Artists 2018/19

We are excited to be working with the following eight talented young musicians on the LPO Junior Artists Programme from Autumn 2018 to Summer 2019.

Shona Beecham
Shona started learning the violin at the age of seven and currently studies violin at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. As an Associate LPO Junior Artist in 2017/18 she found the learning gained from the programme invaluable. She has been a member of the National Children’s Orchestra and Kuumba Youth Orchestra. Being of African and Caribbean heritage, Shona is currently a member of Chineke! Junior Orchestra. As a violinist she has had the opportunity to perform at venues such as Cadogan Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and The Oval. Her ambition is to become a professional musician and to encourage other young people to develop a passion for classical music.

Betania Johnny
Betania started learning to play the violin with London Music Masters at the age of five in her primary school and gained a place on the LMM Pathways Programme to learn with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music for two years. She has also been a member of the National Children’s Orchestra, the NYO Inspire Orchestra, Chineke! Junior Orchestra and South London Youth Orchestra. Betania has a music scholarship at her secondary school, James Allen’s Girls’ School, and she currently studies at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

Betania has taken part in a number of performances in prestigious venues such as the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, St John’s Smith Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall, and Royal Festival Hall. Last year, she performed the first movement of Bach’s D minor Double Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Kristóf Baráti, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, at the LPO’s annual fundraising Gala Dinner.

Aseye Olympio
Aseye started playing the violin at age 5 through London Music Masters. She was one of the first 4 children who received a scholarship for the LMM Pathways programme and was coached by many tutors including Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. Aseye is currently studying the violin at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and she has also been part of the Chineke! Junior Orchestra since 2014.

She was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra for 3 years, performing at various concert halls including Birmingham Symphony Hall. Aseye also enjoyed being a member of the Barbican Young Orchestra in 2014 which allowed her to perform at the Milton Court Concert Hall. Aseye would like to continue studying music and eventually go on to expand her music knowledge at university.

Maanya Patel
Maanya is a violinist based in West London, where she participates in a variety of local musical activities including leading the Ealing Youth Orchestra, being a member of the West London Sinfonia, and volunteering at the Ealing Junior Music School. This year Maanya had the opportunity to play Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade with EYO which included performances on tour in Belgium. This experience has developed her confidence as a soloist, allowed her to gain leadership skills and has also inspired Maanya to becoming a professional orchestra Leader.

Being of Gujarati heritage, this year Maanya also joined the Chineke! Junior Orchestra. In the future, Maanya’s ambition is to study Music at university or conservatoire. She hopes that by being part of the LPO Junior Artists programme she can encourage other passionate young musicians from similar cultural backgrounds to consider a career in music, particularly in the orchestral sector.

Jade-Ellen Brown
Jade is a violist from London, of Jamaican heritage. She studies Music, Biology and Chemistry A Level at Woodford County High School and attends the Centre for Young Musicians. Jade is also a member of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra, which went on tour this year to Romania. Jade has also been privileged to be in the Young Orchestra for London conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, which was a great experience. She has played at the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and Southbank Centre and performed solo on numerous occasions at school and church services, and fund raising for adults with physical and learning disabilities. Jade’s ambition is to pursue a career in music and also be in a position to encourage other young people from ethnic minority backgrounds like herself into classical music.

Leanna Devabalan
Leanna began playing the flute at the age of 8. She is home educated and is currently completing the Advanced Level of the International Certificate of Christian Education. Attending the Centre for Young Musicians, Leanna is tutored by Judith Treggor and is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. Her love for music started as a child, principally experiencing music in church. Passionate about sharing music with others, she has played in her church orchestra, in nursing homes, and in home educating flute ensembles regularly. She has competed in the Christian Education European Student Conventions and has won first and second place on solo flute. Being of Sri Lankan descent (Tamil and Sinhalese), Leanna has seen a lack of diversity in the world of classical music and so is grateful for the LPO Junior Artists programme.

Toril Azzalini-Machecler
Toril is a percussionist living in Horsham, West Sussex. A former member of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, he currently studies percussions with Cameron Sinclair and composition with Bushra El-Turk at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and in 2018 he was a Percussion Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

Locally, Toril also plays in his rock band, Nox as well as in HYPE, a percussion ensemble that he founded which performed for the first time last June. He is also a member of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra.

Although Toril is originally from France, he has kept close ties with his French Caribbean heritage, especially in the local drumming style, Gwo Ka and hopes to be able to bring this unique drumming style to merge with contemporary music. Toril also plays with the Chineke! Junior Orchestra and has been also had the experience of playing with the main orchestra in a recording session.

Daniel Lauro
Daniel lives in Brighton and has completed A Level Music and Music Technology at the East Sussex Academy of Music. He began learning percussion at the age of 14 with Adam Bushell at Brighton and Hove Music and Arts. Since September 2017 Daniel has been studying percussion and conducting at Junior Trinity with Calum Huggan and Andrew Morley. Daniel is also currently Principal Percussionist and Timpanist at the London Schools Symphony Orchestra where he has played at the Barbican and toured Romania. Daniel has been a mentor with Orchestra 360 in Brighton, which is an inclusive ensemble for children and young people with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities and their families. Daniel aims to continue his studies at a leading conservatoire and then to become a percussionist and conductor.


LPO Junior Artists Alumni


Elodie Chousmer-Howelles
Meera Patel
William Campbell
Nolitha Olusanya
Uma Baron
Rianna Henriques
Sehyogue Aulakh
LPO Junior Artist Associate Member: Shona Beecham


Bethany Crouch 
Daniel Swani 
Daria Phillips
Jesse Francis
Michael Hollette 
Nathaniel Groves
Pasha Orleans-Foli
Thea Sayer 

The 2018/19 LPO Junior Artists Programme is generously funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation with additional support from Virginia Gabbertas, Kirby Laing Foundation and The Radcliffe Trust and donors to the Chairman’s Appeal at the LPO’s 2018 Gala Dinner.