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Director of Music - Mr A. Barker

 

"Composition Studies, Choral Director & Keyboard"
 - Miss J. Watkins MMus BMus LGSMD

Jane Watkins studied composition at the world renowned Guildhall School of Music and Dramaunder Malcolm Singer and Simon Bainbridge. In 1999 she was awarded the The Edith Chadwell Memorial Prize and a scholarship from the Britten Pears Trust to study under Judith Weir at theDartington International Summer School. Since then she has been commissioned regularly to write music for film, by organisations such as the BBC and SKY. Her work has also appeared at the Edinburgh Festival. She has over 12 years professional piano teaching experience at inner London schools.

Brass - Miss M. Thompson BA

May Thompson read music at the Colchester Institute, majoring on the highly regarded specialist brass course under Geoff Harniess and musicology under Peter Holman. She currently plays the natural trumpet for 3 baroque orchestras and freelances on the modern trumpet for orchestras and bands in concerts, shows and operas.  May is also the musical director and composer in residence for the education department of the Globe Theatre. She is a specialist advisor on “music in school based religious education” to the education department of Southwark Cathedral. She also runs 2 children choirs in south East London and is Assistant Choir Director at St Laurence’s Church, Catford. She has extensive teaching experience in mainstream and special needs education, both at primary and secondary level. She currently teaches in a number of Southwark and Lewisham schools. She recently taught and directed the children’s choir for the BBC’s Olympics Song “Beginning of Forever”.

Guitar - Mr D. Berdichevsky

Danny has been playing and teaching the guitar for over 30 years.  He has specialised in many different styles from jazz, rock, gypsy jazz, blues, Brazilian bossa nova, flamenco to classical giving him enormous versatility and diversity in his playing and teaching.  Since moving to the UK he has recorded with a number of different musicians and played many of the top rock and jazz venues, such as Jazz Cafe, The Marquee, Mean Fiddler, Rock Garden and many jazz festivals with different artists and bands.  Over the years his many musical projects include: the formation of gypsy jazz 'Swing Duo' with violinist Ben Coleman with whom he recorded the album 'Collage'; touring with David Jean Baptiste and recording on his album 'Neuriba'; performing with violinist Roberto Manes in the Soho Jazz Festival; performing in Rome with Vito Caporale and his San Remo award winning swing quartet I Baraonna; and more recently working with the legendary actor Christopher Lee.  With his current band dB-infusion he has already composed, recorded, produced and released the album Dreamscape and is currently finishing the second album, working with high profile musicians such as John Etheridge (Stephan Grappelli), John Helliwell (Supertramp), Hugh McDowell (ELO) and the legendary Mike Gibbs. 

Percussion - David Holmes – MPerf BMus BSc LRAM

David initially studied Mathematics, gaining a BSc from the University of Nottingham, before embarking on a career in music. He studied for a BMus in academic music at King's College, London graduating with first class honours. During his time at King's David received percussion tuition at the Royal Academy of Music where he was also awarded an LRAM teaching diploma with distinction. David then went on to study for a Masters in Performance in Percussion at the Royal College of Music.

David has a busy career as a percussionist performing in a number of ensembles across a wide range of styles of music. He has played with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra and Brandenberg Sinfonia and with period instrument ensembles including the Gabrieli Consort and Fiori Musicali. In 2012 David was invited to be part of the team responsible for selecting and training the drum volunteers for the Olympic opening ceremony. He also played on the studio recording of the soundtrack album for the ceremony. Other commercial work includes concerts with Rick Wakeman with whom David will be playing on a nationwide tour this year.  Alongside his performing work David is also the Assistant Director of the contemporary chamber ensemble We Spoke: New Music. He recently toured Switzerland with the group in a choreographed production of Steve Reich's Drumming. He has previously had roles as Orchestra Manager and Librarian with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra with whom he has toured all over Europe.  David has been an active percussion and drum kit teacher in London for the last ten years. He currently works for a number of institutions including the Centre for Young Musicians in central London and was recently appointed as an Examiner in Music for Trinity College London.

Singing -  - Joanna Soane

Singing - Katherine Williamson

Violin & Viola - Miss H. Ross BMus PGDip

Hazel Ross studied violin at the world renowned Royal College of Music under Benedict Holland, Maciej Rakowski and Alla Sharova.  She has played for some of the UK’s leading symphony orchestras, such as The Halle Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has also recorded in sessions for numerous leading record companies, such as SONY and Warner. She has performed solo work extensively, including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at St Martin’s in the Fields, London. She has much experience in mainstream and special needs music education, including leading workshops at the Royal School for the Deaf.

Cello – Cello - Sarah Westley

 

Reeds - Ruth Cawsey -LTCL ARCM BMus PGDip

Ruth Cawsey studied clarinet and piano at the world renowned Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she won the “Pernod”, and “Countess of Munster” Awards, enabling her to study on the Orchestral studies Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Jack Brymer and Steven Trier, where she won the College Chamber Music Prize.

After graduating, Ruth was appointed principal clarinettist with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Since then, she has freelanced with numerous orchestras, including BBC Symphony Orchestras and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music, solo recitals, and composition have been diverse, including working with Elvis Costello, the Brodsky String Quartet, and writing incidental music for David Lynch’s film ‘Lost Highway’. Ruth has 30 years experience teaching clarinet, saxophone, piano, theory, and tutoring woodwind ensembles, both in schools and privately.

Flute - Marielle Way BMus TCM DipRAM

Marielle studied flute at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music with Michael Cox, Karen Jones and Anna Noakes. She now freelances with numerous orchestras and ensembles across the UK leading to performances at Aldeburgh, Dartington and Brighton Festivals and venues such as St Martin in the Fields, Southbank Centre, King’s Place and the Barbican.  Prizes Marielle has been awarded include the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship, Harold Clark Woodwind Prize, Jellinek Award and EMI Sound Foundation. Marielle has over 10 years experience teaching in schools as well as for music services in Sussex, tutoring youth orchestras and chamber music. She has also delivered workshops in south London schools with the London Breakbeat Orchestra and pop group St Etienne.

 

Steel Pan - Kerry Cumberbatch.

 

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