​ Meet the Wynstones Music Department

Helen Marcus Helen Wilson Luke Aylward
Helen Marcus Helen Wilson Luke Aylward
Asha McCarthy Mark Willcocks Jon Sterckx
Asha McCarthy Mark Willcocks Jon Sterckx
Cathy Hill Carole Marshall  
Cathy Hill Carole Marshall  









Helen Marcus - Piano & Flute


After leaving schooI I trained professionally at the Royal Academy of Music in London in both piano and flute, gaining instrumental teaching diplomas and an Honours Degree in Music plus the prize for Outstanding Performance in the Practical exam. I further gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary School Education to teach Music (and French!) from Bristol University and a few years later an MA in Psychology for Musicians at Sheffield University. I have enjoyed a very varied portfolio career as a professional pianist,  accompanist and flautist, as a teacher to Diploma and Professional level of both instruments and as a GCSE and A level Teacher of Music. I very much enjoy both class Music teaching (including Combined Arts and Expressive Arts) and individual piano and flute teaching at Wynstones School and I co-ordinate all the Instrumental/vocal teaching. I also teach at St Peters High School, privately at home, accompany recitals and exams and conduct a Choral Society and various instrumental groups.

Helen Wilson - Cello & Voice


Helen performs regularly as a Singer and Cellist. She has been a teacher in Gloucestershire for 12 years and has worked at Wynstones for nearly 10 of those.  Originally from Birmingham, Helen studied Music at the University of Huddersfield.  She went on to do a PGCE after which she moved to Cheltenham.  She is married and has two small children

Luke Aylward - Guitar, Bass & Ukulele

BA Commercial Music,  Member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors,  3 years teaching experience

I love the sound of guitar and enjoy performing. The first time I performed publicly was part of a 60s evening at Wynstones School. The largest gig I enjoyed playing for was for Queen's Day in Holland 2012. My dad introduced me to the guitar when I was 14 and progressed to taking lessons soon after. This interest led to a university degree in commercial music specialising in guitar. As well as teaching guitar and doing gigs for funcions, I keep fit and practice Tae Kwon-Do. When the oppurtunity presents itself, I also like to surf. My aim is to make lessons fun for students, allowing them to learn through example of the favourite sound, artists or styles.

Asha McCarthy - Cello


Hi, I'm Asha McCarthy, I am a new Peripatetic music teacher at Wynstones, and my main instrument is the Cello. I studied Cello with David Smith at Chethams School of Music and have a music degree from Dartington Arts. Later I focused on North Indian classical music on the cello and received an Indian Council for Cultural Relations scholarship to continue my study with Saskia Rao in Delhi. So now I play a few different genres of music! I love performing and have played at diverse functions including Glastonbury, Ronnie Scotts and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. I also enjoy composing and arranging and co-composed the music for the production "Under the Tamarind Tree" by Delhi Dance Theatre. I am now based in Stroud and teach cello, piano, guitar and violin as well as conduct a local choir. At Wynstones I am teaching Cello and helping out with the percussion section in Upper School orchestra. There is also a chamber music club after schoo, which is open to ALL string players!

Mark Willcocks - Guitar, Lute, Mandolin

As an experienced teacher of over 20 years, I have delivered a wide range of styles, including classical, rock, lute and ukulele. I am a visiting music teacher at Marlborough College and work for the International Guitar Foundation. I run workshops and long term composition projects for all ages and stages: these workshops have led to recordings and concerts at the Bath Festival, and running workshops for the Lute Society and the British Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Federation.       I support students in preparation for a wide range of accredited examinations including ABRSM, RGT and Rock School and support the preparation and recording of GCSE and A Level performance pieces.


Jon Sterckx - World Percussion

Jon Sterckx is a versatile & innovative percussionist with over 25 years experience of working with world percussion. Jon is well known in the UK world music scene, and has performed at many of the UK's major World Music events & Cultural festivals, including WOMAD, Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Cardiff Mela, Glasgow Mela and Belfast Mela. Jon's Sitar & Tabla duo 'Samswara' were voted 'Best Group in the South West & South Wales' in the MTM Asian & Ethnic Minorities Awards 2014. Jon has been an Associate Lecturer at the University of Plymouth since 2003 where he teaches World Music & Ethnomusicology. Jon has also taught at Dartington College of Arts, Welsh College of Music & Drama, South Devon College and Rolle College.Jon has been teaching at Wynstones since 2012, where he leads the Rhythm Class, introducing the students to rhythms and drums from various world music traditions. Jon is available for tuition on several world percussion instruments, including Indian Tabla, Arabic Darabuka & West African Djembe.

Cathy Hill - Violin

BMus PGDip

I grew up in Stroud, learning the violin from the age of 7. After leaving school I completed a BMus at Exeter university, and then went to study the violin at Birmingham conservatoire where I completed my postgraduate diploma. I then went to London, where I played in many orchestras as well as teaching violin and working as the string editor for Peters Edition music publishers. In 2004 I returned to Stroud where I began teaching violin full time. I now have 2 young daughters. I lead the Capriol chamber orchestra and play in other orchestras and also a string quartet.

Carole Marshall - Woodwind


My name is Carole Marshall and I teach the bassoon, clarinet and saxophone here at Wynstones school. I studied at the Birmingham conservatory of music, and have been teaching woodwind instruments in Gloucestershire for 30 years. Over the years I have played in orchestras, wind and jazz bands as well as smaller ensembles and have also been involved in directing both youth and adult music groups.

Phil Storer - Brass

B.A. (Hons) L.R.S.M

Phil starting playing cornet at the age of 7 in the junior band of the Salvation Army Gloucester. Progressing through his grades to eventually study music at Sheffield University under Major Peter Parkes. He was taught cornet/trumpet by Roger Webster - Black Dyke Mills Band and Maurice Murphy - London Symphony Orchestra. Phil has performed with many brass ensembles including Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick, James Shepherd Versatile Brass and most recently has recorded CDs for the Cory Band conducted by Philip Harper. Phil perpetually aims to make his lessons enjoyable and accessible to all his musicians - allowing his students to harness their true potential through progressing at their own pace on their journey of musical enjoyment. He is happy performing and teaching anything from Jazz to Classical and contemporary music. Phil is also a Trustee of Cotswold Music Tutors Ltd.