Janet studied bassoon at Trinity College of Music London with Vernon Elliott & Edgar Williams. She then worked as a freelance player and teacher in London & Hertfordshire, playing in the Hertfordshire Teachers Orchestra and a wind trio with John Myatt & Tony Aspden. Janet started coaching wind chamber music courses at the Benslow Music Trust in the '80s and over the years the courses have increased in number and size so that 3 - 4 tutors are often needed to cope with the demand. The Myatts moved to Suffolk in 1990 where Janet continues to teach privately.
Polly studied cello and saxophone at The Purcell School with Michal Kaznowski and Simon Stewart and at Trinity College of Music with David Kenedy and Gerard MacCrystal. She has since completed her Masters at Guildhall School of Music & Drama training to be a music therapist. She tutored on her first wind chamber music weekend aged 19, playing bassoon and tutoring the groups that she was playing in and has been tutoring on the courses ever since. She now has an involved role helping to administrate, plan and run the courses with Janet. A true mother and daughter team.
Visiting tutors have included Jo Lively, Simon Stewart, Chris Hooker, Judith Hill, Paul Chapman and others.