Music Director

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Violin 1-2-1, Chamber groups and String ensemble

Martin was born in Sheffield into a musical family: his great-grandfather was the leader of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and his great-uncle was principal viola player in the BBC Philharmonic for thirty-five years. His father, violinist Peter Cropper, founded the Lindsay Quartet and his mother is the violin teacher, Nina Martin.  Until the age of five, he thought everyone played the violin! He began lessons with his mother until he was awarded a scholarship to study with Howard Davis at the Royal Academy of Music.

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 has played many of the major concertos with orchestra and continues to enjoy sharing music throughout the UK and beyond. Martin has always been interested in education and has taught the violin since he was 16. He enjoys a varied career and shares his energy and enthusiasm for music between Oakham School, Rutland where he is now in his 14th year as Head of Strings. Martin also enjoys a long-standing relationship with the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra and regularly gives workshops for Music in the Round and the European String Teachers Association (ESTA).