Handbook 15: Staff

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15. STAFF

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Adam Eisenberg General Director

Tertia Sefton-Green Creative Director

Angharad Thomas Music Manager

Sabina Noble Saturday Programme Coordinator

Maja Wolniak Projects Assistant

 

SATURDAY PROGRAMME ASSISTANTS

Simon Wilsher

Kwame Anomah

 

THE TUTORIAL STAFF AND COACHES

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Tertia Sefton-Green Creative Director

Rosanna Ter-Berg  Coach- Early Years

 

Rosanna Ter-Berg Coach – Early Years

Liz Liew Accompanist

Stephen Tatlow Accompanist

 

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Tertia Sefton-Green Creative Director (Minis, Juniors, Seniors)

Bless Klepcharek Dance Coach, Choreographer

Siu Hei Lee Music Director (Juniors, Seniors)

Anna Pool Stage Director

Stephen Tatlow Music Director (Minis, Juniors)

 

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Rebecca Baratto Violin, GM

Daniel Boardman Brass, Ensembles, Theory, CYMH Academy

Rocco Brunori Choirs, Orchestra, Ensembles

Sophie Creaner Clarinet, Sax, Recorder, Ensembles

Alexander French Jazz Blues, Jazz Orchestra

Lucia Sanchez de Haro Piano

Lauren Kosty Drums, Percussion

Rachel Hurst Bassoon, Flute, Piano, Ensembles

Kate Leigh Cello, Ensembles

Martyn Lewington Brass, Ensembles

Jan Lee Piano, Accompanist

Liz Liew Piano, Accompanist

Dan Nash Guitar, Ensembles

Carys Gittins Flute

Joana Ly Violin

Rosanna Ter-Berg Early Years, Recorder, Choirs, Flute

Stavroula Thoma Piano, Accompanist

Stephen Tatlow Piano

 

 

Tim Yealland – Workshop Leader, Saplings

Tom Highnam – Workshop Musician, Saplings

Grace Gladston– Teaching Assistant, Saplings

John Morcom – Teaching Assistant, Saplings

Jason Rowland – Workshop Leader, Trees

Bridget Carey – Workshop Musician, Trees

Chris Mackin – Workshop Musician, Trees

Uchenna Ngwe – Workshop Musician, Trees

 

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Julian Joseph Artistic Director

Trevor Watkis Associate Music Director

Tony Kofi Coach

Byron Wallen Coach

Alexander French Jazz Essentials Coach & Programme Manager

 


WHO’S WHO AT THE SATURDAY PROGRAMME

Kwame Anomah

Saturday Programme Assistant

Kwame holds a BA Business (Hons) degree from Kingston University, where he graduated from in 2015. Prior to joining HMDT Music, Kwame was Music Mentor for Ark. He has been playing drum kit and percussion since he was eleven years old at his school, Mossbourne Community Academy, where it helped to focus his energy prior to him taking up kit and tuned percussion.

His musical influences have mainly been funk, drum & bass and dance music. Jamiroquai influenced Kwame with playing style and drumming beats and effective percussion play. Drum & bass and dance music were something used in his early days to experiment with drum techniques.

 

Rebecca Kohler Baratto 

CYMH (Violin, GM, Ensembles)

From São Paulo, Brazil, Rebecca Köhler is a violinist currently studying at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under Nathaniel Vallois. She has played with orchestras such as Les Siecles, Ex Cathedra and Hastings Philharmonic. As a soloist Rebecca has performed with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of Bahia. She has performed in master classes with great violinists such as Lorenz Nasturica, Andreas Reiner and Gina McCormack. She is a holder of the Chris Hedge Award in Memory of Hannah Jones, BSM Centenary Appeal Fund Performance Award and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Trust Award. She also performs regularly as a baroque violin player, having worked with Lucy Russell, Adrian Butterfield and Jeffrey Skidmore.

 

 

Daniel Boardman

CYMH (Brass, Ensembles,Theory, CYMH Academy)

 Dan has been playing the Trombone since the age of 8 and is well established at performing in many different styles and genres including classical, jazz, pop, brass band and chamber. In 2012, he graduated with a BMus(Hons) in performance from Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Dan then went on to travel the world playing trombone aboard P&O cruise ships before returning to the UK in late 2013. He spent 6 months working in the Sheet Music Department at Yamaha Music London and then a few years in publishing before embarking on a freelance career within the industry. Dan has performed with many of the country’s top orchestras includingthe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart SymphonyOrchestra and Sinfonia Verdi. He also works regularly in music preparation and has written orchestrations and arrangements for some of the UK’s leading cabaret acts and shows as well as working on numerous film sessions at London’s Abbey Road and Air Studios.

 

 

Rocco Brunori

CYMH (Choirs, Ensembles, GM, Orchestra, Percussion)

Musician and music educator Rocco Brunori was born and raised on the Tuscan hills just outside Florence. He started playing trumpet at the age of 7 at the Scuola di Musica ‘Giovanni da Cascia’. At the age of 14 Rocco begun his studies at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, playing in many orchestras: the Italian Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Galilei, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Orchestra dell’Opera di Fiesole and many others, led by conductors of the caliber of Carlo Maria Giulini, Gabriele Ferro, Daniele Gatti and Jeffrey Tate. He obtained his classical trumpet degree at the age of 21 and from the beginning of his classical studies started teaching trumpet and flugelhorn, coaching brass bands and wind sections. At the age of 19 he joined the band Tamales de Chipil which took him to Italy, Switzerland, France and Mexico with more than 400 concerts. After 2 years of a sound engineering course and freelance teaching and performing in Florence, he traveled through India, Nepal ,China, Laos, Thailand and Australia (pictures).
At the age of 24 he started his jazz bachelor studies at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, where he had lessons from some of the best players and teachers of North Europe; Jan Oosthof (technique, lead trumpet, big band), Ruud Breuls (jazz trumpet), Jan Faas (harmony, theory, arrangement), Bart Fermie (latin percussions), Sam ten Velden (ensemble conducting), Randal Corsen (Latin Jazz). At the Conservatorium of Amsterdam he attended workshops and lessons of some of the best jazz players of the world: Terrell Stafford, Marco Tamburini, Gerard Presencer, Chuck Findley, John Clayton and many others. At the end of his studies in Amsterdam Rocco recorded with the Italian band Bardabardò
the album ‘Scaccianuvole’ and played with them in the following tour. After 2 years traveling through New Zealand and Australia, collaborating with many big bands, wind bands and other groups, Rocco moved to UK where he attended a Master of Music Education at the UCL. Parallel to his teaching activity in London, Amsterdam and Italy he regularly performs in festivals and venues across UK, The Netherlands, Italy and France. Rocco also writes, arranges, produces and records original music.

 

Bridget Carey

Music Treehouse (Workshop Musician)

Bridget Carey studied jointly at the Royal Academy of Music and London University, graduating in 1987 with a Masters degree in Performance.  Since that time she has pursued a varied freelance career based in London, and has developed a particular reputation in the field of new music.  For 15 years she premiered new chamber opera for the Almeida, whilst working in dance scores  with Siobhan Davies and Rambert companies, classical contemporary with Opus 20 and Music Projects/London and  new complexity with Ensemble Expose. From 1995-2005 she was viola player with the Kreutzer string quartet. More recently, her chamber music interests include east/west fusion group Okeanos and the RPS award-winning experimental music group Apartment House, with whom she continues to add to her chamber music discography.  She has been a member of Britten Sinfonia for the last 20 years, and is a regular guest with London Sinfonietta and BCMG, among others.

 

Sophie Creaner

CYMH ( Clarinet, Sax, Recorder, Ensembles)

s-creaner_biog_imageSophie has recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was awarded a first class honours degree in joint-principal study recorder and clarinet. She is building her reputation as a multi-instrumentalist in the London circles of orchestral playing, musical theatre and historical performance. Alongside clarinet and recorder, Sophie plays bass and Eb clarinets, flutes, saxophones and historical clarinets, allowing her to perform in a wide variety of ensembles, encompassing numerous genres. Sophie is one of the founding members of the Hydra Ensemble, a collective formed of young Irish musicians dedicated to putting on high quality concerts of chamber repertoire throughout Ireland. She is also a member of Lux Musicae London, a mixed consort which focusses on repertoire from the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Zephyr and Woodwork recorder consorts are her two other main ensembles. She has been awarded a scholarship to continue her studies as postgraduate at the Guildhall this year.)

 

Adam Eisenberg

HMDT Music (General Director)

A native of New York City, Adam holds a B.A. degree in East Asian Studies and Politics and an M.A. in Social Studies Education and Cultural Studies from New York University. He began his career as an educator, teaching Secondary School students in History and Social Studies. He then moved into the entertainment field in 1989, and worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, booking a variety of international musical talent, from pop and rock-and-roll to jazz and world beat music.

As Director of Education and Outreach for San Diego Opera (1994 – 98), Adam was responsible for the San Diego Opera Ensemble and Operation:Opera, the largest opera education programme of its kind in the United States. Prior to his appointment at HMDT Music in 1999, Adam served as a Manager in the Orchestral Touring Department at IMG Artists (London), where he was responsible for the booking of tours for a number of UK and foreign orchestras in Europe, the United States and the Far East.

Since becoming General Director, Adam has led the HMDT Music team in the development of The Saturday Programme and HMDT Music project commissions including Trench Brothers, the Olympic projects Shadowball and The Brown Bomber, R U Listening, I’ll Be Seeing You, children’s operas The World Was All Before Them, and The Hackney Chronicles, international project Hear Our Voice, as well as the RPS Award winning education projects Operaction Hackney: On London Fields and Confucius Says. Together with Creative Director, Tertia Sefton-Green, Adam is responsible for the strategic and artistic direction of HMDT Music, and as Secretary and Chief Executive, oversees all the business and statutory responsibilities required to operate the Company.

An avid fan of all forms of music, he has hosted panel discussions and outdoor concerts with featured artists and continues to give presentations on opera and the music business. He was a tutor for the Rose Bruford College distance learning degree in Opera Studies, has appeared on several panels on the subject of music education with OPERA America, served as a grants advisor and reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and continues to act as an advisor for grant giving organisations in the UK.

 

Alexander French

CYMH (Jazz Blues, Jazz Orchestra)

JJJA (Jazz Essentials Coach & Programme Manager)

A FrenchAlex received first class honours after studying music at the University of Hull. During this time he was president and music director of the University Big Band, conducted the jazz choir and was music director for a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Ruddigore.’ He specialised in classical and jazz music history, conducting, arranging, performance, and wrote his dissertation on the symbiotic relationship between jazz and classical music. In this time he also founded the eight piece functions band ‘The Jazz Stallions.’ At the end of his studies he was awarded the University of Hull, Faculty of Arts Special Prize in Music. Since university, Alex has worked as a Barbican ambassador, and volunteered with Spitalfields Music (where he is currently involved with their core music leader training). Alex joined HMDT Music in October 2011 as the Projects Assistant Intern. He has been the Saturday Programme Assistant and a Saturday Programme tutor. Alex is now CYMH Jazz Coach responsible for the Jazz Blues and Jazz Orchestra, and for JJJA he is the Essentials coach and serves as the Programme Manager.

 

 

Carys Gittins

CYMH (Flute)

Carys grew up in Mid Wales and attended Llanfyllin High School. She then won a scholarship to study at Shrewsbury School where she learnt flute with Katy Landon. She has now graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first class degree and is now studying on the Guildhall Artist Masters course. She studied with Jonathan Burgess and Barbara Brown and is currently learning with Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke and Christopher Green. During her undergraduate years she won the Ken Smith Flute Prize Sponsored by Top Wind in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was also a finalist in the Frank Kelleher Prize and the Blue Ribband Award at the National Eisteddfod and has recently has performed as a junior fellow at the Aberystwyth Music Festival. She regularly performs with harpist Alis Huws, their recital engagements include prestigious venues such as, Lancaster House, Wales Millenium Centre, Doncaster Minster, Cardiff Castle for the Contemporary Arts Society of Wales, and the National Museum of Wales. They were also selected to play at the Royal Opening of the Fifth Welsh Assembly 2016. Carys has played in many orchestras including National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, and won a place on the RWCMD placement scheme
with Welsh National Opera. She has participated in masterclasses with flautists such as Paul Edmund Davies, Emily Beynon, Andrea Lieberknecht, and Michael Cox. Carys is currently taking part in side by side sessions with London Symphony Orchestra and has been conducted in Guildhall Symphony Orchestra by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Francois-Xavier Roth. Most recently, Carys has performed and recorded ‘The Colour of Pomegranates’ by Julian Anderson in the BBC Total Immersion Concert
which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Carys is also very passionate about enhancing the lives of people living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and regularly tours Yorkshire playing interactive concerts for the charity Lost Chord.

 

Grace Gladston 

Music Treehouse (Support Assistant)

Grace is a musician who is passionate about classical, jazz and popular music. She is motivated to extend the reach of music and its effect on people. Currently Grace is studying towards a postgraduate degree in Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in Music in 2015. She plays piano, flute, guitar and sings. Grace has been part of orchestras, choirs and also a band gigging their way along the south coast. She was introduced to free improvisation last year and is now confident allowing her music to inspire others to express themselves.

 

 

 

Tom Highnam 

Music Treehouse (Workshop Musician)

Tom Highnam is a Classical, Contemporary and Jazz percussionist based in London. He is currently in his fourth year as a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music studying Classical Percussion and Timpani. During this time Tom has explored many different areas of the classical world, from performing Baroque music to displaying brand new commissions. Here he has studied with some of the best percussionists in the UK, if not some of the best in the world, including Neil Percy, Simon Carrington, Bill Lockhart, Colin Currie, Eric Sammut, Joe Locke, Paul Clarvis and Dave Hassle to name a few. He has worked with many notorious conductors as well during this time, including Semyon Bychkov where he performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Oliver Knussen, Edward Gardiner, Ryan Wigglesworth and many more. Before joining the Royal Academy as a scholar, Tom was a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School, A specialist music school in Somerset. He was given many opportunities whilst at the school, including appearing on the television twice, firstly for an ITV show called ‘Born to Shine’ which saw him teach former royal correspondent Jenny Bond to play percussion, before performing live on the ITV show. The second television appearance was after gaining a place in the percussion category final of BBC Young Musician of the Year, where he performed a short recital for the competition. Alongside these great experiences, Tom also travelled abroad with the school. Firstly to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he performed at the Petronas Philharmonic hall at the base of the Petronas towers. He also travelled to Budapest where he worked with renowned percussion group ‘Amadinda’ as well as performing at the British Embassy. And finally he toured to Hong Kong where he performed alongside students from the Hong Kong Music Academy. Whilst abroad he also took part in and helped lead workshops in schools for both able and handicapped children, providing vital experience in a field he is now passionate about. Tom is now in his final year of study, so looking to the future he hopes to audition for orchestral graduate schemes, Contemporary ensembles, and looks to venture further into latin percussion.

 

Rachel Hurst

CYMH (Bassoon, Flute, Piano, Ensembles)

Rachel began music aged four, when she picked up a violin, before quickly moving on to piano and recorder too.  She started bassoon aged ten and it fast became her favourite instrument, alongside contrabassoon.  She was a member of many youth orchestras, including being principal of the Surrey County Youth Orchestra, and playing with the National Youth Wind Orchestra, National Youth Wind Ensemble, National Youth Chamber Orchestra, and National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. When she was fourteen she was offered a place to join the Junior Royal Academy of Music, where she happily studied for five years. In September 2013, she began her studies at the Royal College of Music, where she will finish in 2017. Whilst there she has actively participated with all areas of RCM life; playing in several chamber ensembles, the RCM Philharmonic, and the RCM Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. In her third year she participated in the ERASMUS exchange program, where she studied at HAMU in Prague for five months, which was one of her favourite experiences to date. Rachel enjoys teaching and outreach work, where she enjoys bringing music to people of all ages and all backgrounds. When she isn’t at the RCM, Rachel is a member of social staff with the National Children’s Orchestra, and likes challenging herself, usually for charity; she has done a skydive for charity, and taken up the trombone for the grade one challenge to raise money for the trust of the founder of NCO.

 

Julian Joseph

JJJA (Artistic Director)

Hailed as one of the finest pianists to emerge this side of the Atlantic, for over two decades Julian Joseph has been a towering figure in contemporary jazz. A prodigious composer and arranger, an admired and respected bandleader, an inspirational collaborator and educator, and a highly knowledgeable and engaging broadcaster he is, essentially, a true champion of the music. As well as four albums and a mass of original material for small band, Julian has written a number of large-scale works for big band and symphony orchestra, including The Great Sage for big band and strings premiered at the 2002 London Jazz Festival, Mountain of Hope, The Reverend: Back Home to Glory, A Ballade of Love, Guardian Angel, and an arrangement of Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ for big band, premiered at the 2003 City of London Festival. Two movements of a 5-movement suite for orchestra, Symphonic Story: The Great Exception, have been performed by the Halle and BBC Concert orchestras. In 2007 Julian toured his first jazz opera, Bridgetower: A Fable of 1807. His collaborations with HMDT Music include his opera for children, Shadowball (2010) his dance suite, The Brown Bomber (as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad) and Trench Brothers (2013), with composer Richard Taylor.

 

Bless Klepcharek

ICS! (Dance Coach and Choreographer)

Bless trained at London Studio Centre – Theatre Dance, LudomirRozycki Ballet Academy and with Jacek Luminski ContemporarySilesian Company. His theatre credits include Footloose (European premiere) 42nd Street,Mamma Mia (European tour), Hercules, Chicago, Oklahoma, 101 Dalmatians, The Nutcracker, Carmen (Royal Albert Hall), Jazz Dance Company (UK Tour London Studio Centre), Back to the 80’s (Portugal Tour) Aida (Royal Albert Hall), The Brown Bomber 2012 Cultural Olympiad (Sadler’s Wells Theatre) Dirty Dancing (UK Tour), Speak Easy Secrets (Broadway Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Sadler’s WellsTheatre – National Ballet of Canada), La Traviata (Royal OperaHouse) amongst others. He has also featured in a number of other events such as BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT 2016 Semi Finalists, Glasgow 2014 CommonwealthGames, and movies Thor 2 The Dark World, Anna Karenina, Sherlock Holmes 2, Guardians of the Galaxy. Bless’s teaching experience includes London Dance Studio, Hampstead University, Spotlight Musical Theatre, Kingston University, Birmingham Dance School, LMW Dance Company, LCP Academy, Escuela Europea de Alicante in Spain and Warsaw Academy of Dance in Poland.  

 

Lauren Kosty

CYMH (Drums, Percussion)

Lauren Kosty is a multifaceted percussionist from Los Angeles, currently based in London. She performs regularly in a range of genres including orchestral, jazz, musical theatre, recording for film & TV, and pop. Performance highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, P. Diddy at the American Music Awards and Cirque Du Soleil on MTV. She was a featured artist Zildjian Cymbals in their Gen 16 “Young Guns” series. Additionally Lauren has performed or recorded with John Williams, Alan Silvestri, David Newman, Sir Neville Marriner, Gustavo Dudamel, Keith Lockhart, David Benoit, Jane Monheit, Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin, Brian McKnight, the Fresno Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Dave Ricard Big Band, the American Musical and Drama Academy and in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. As an educator, Lauren has taught percussion at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles and the Luzerne Music Center in Upstate New York. Lauren holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Southern California Thornton School and a Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts.

 

Tony Kofi

JJJA (Coach)

Tony K_biogAfter studying at Berklee, in the 1990s, Tony worked with The Jazz Warriors and Nu Troop as well as appearing in the front line of innumerable high profile musicians and groups and composed original music for his 10 piece group the Afro Jazz Family. The Tony Kofi Quartet is dedicated to bringing the music and genius of jazz legend Thelonious Monk to new audiences and its 2004 Album features a selection of Monk’s work. Other work in this period includes the Anglo-American Big Band and the Rivbea Orchestra and forming The Tony Kofi Trio + 1. Instrumentalist winner of the BBC Jazz Awards and Ensemble winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Tony is the first UK artist to work with the World Saxophone Quartet and also works with Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Coltrane Configurations Quartet, EKAYA with Abduallah Ibrahim in South Africa and the Trio Standard Time. He is committed to education work, both teaching and leading workshops on a regular basis.

 

 

Jan Lee

CYMH (Piano, Accompanist)

As a musician, artist and educator based in London, Jan performs, teaches and arranges live music for theatre, dance, education and entertainment.
She combines her skills with other disciplines to create a holistic and personal approach. Jan created her own work that involves participatory performance using her background of music, dance, physical theatre, storytelling and contemporary art installations. She has shown her work at places including Tate Modern, The Place, Curve Theatre and Victoria & Albert Museum.

 

 

Joana Ly

CYMH (Violin, Ensembles)

Portuguese violinist Joana started playing violin aged 4 and soon joined the Aveiro Conservatoire of Music where she studied with Ana Sofia Mota until she finished school.Continuing her studies, her main teachers were Radu Blidar(Royal College of Music, London), Gordan Nikolic (Codarts, Rotterdam) and Paul Wakabayashi (chamber music – ANSO, Lisbon). She also participated in Masterclasses for solo and chamber music, given by distinguished Professors including Daniel Rowland, Leonid Kerbel, Zoltan Santa and the Chilingirian Quartet. As chamber music is one of her main passions, Joana was a member of the Sattler Quartet and now co-manages Artisti con Brio. She attended many festivals such as Harmus Festival, Stift International Festival, Aurora Chamber Music and Lake District Chamber Music.
Joana has been a member and guest in several orchestras including Garsington Opera, Southbank Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Opera North, Orpheus Sinfonia, Philharmonia Amsterdam, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra. Her interest for historical performance has led her to some festivals such as Dartington, EUBO Mobile Academy and Freiburg Barockorchester Academy where she had the opportunity of studying with wonderful violinists such as with Petra Müllejans, Margaret Faultless and Adrian Butterfield. She also plays regularly with period ensembles such as Brandenburg Sinfonia and Feuersinfonie(Utrecht Oude Muziek Fringe Festival). In 2016 she received a Career development bursary from Help Musicians UK and performed complete Beethoven Sonatas in a four-concert cycle in London.
Whilst studying in London, Joana was a recipient of the Gulbenkian Scholarship. Now she is grateful to have the support of the Harrison Frank Foundation, for the loan of a Maurizi violin.

 

 

Siu Hei Lee

ICS! (Music Director – Juniors & Seniors)

CYMH (Parents Choir)

A London-based collaborative pianist, teacher, and music scholar, Siu Hei is praised for his extraordinary performance virtuosity and impressive balance in collaborative piano playing (Paul Muller, Sequenza21). Equally at home with Western classical and contemporary music, he appeared as a soloist at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall and Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. He shared the same stage with the late maestro, violinist János Négyesy, collaborated extensively with award-winning vocalist Kirsten Ashley Wiest, and premiered compositions by James Erber, Jack Van Zandt, and others. As a music director, he Siu Hei directed operas by Josh Charney, Samuel Barber, and Peter Maxwell Davies. He holds a PhD (music) from the University of California San Diego, Master of Music (piano) from Eastman, and served as piano faculty at the Lyra Summer Music Festival and Workshop. Siu Hei taught undergraduate music courses and served as discussion leader and writing tutor at the Revelle College “Humanities” writing program. He also spearheaded the Intercultural Music Conference and Concerts at UC San Diego, presenting 80 musicians and scholars from 18 countries. As a musicologist, he presented papers at the International Musicological Society Congress in Tokyo and the Society for Ethnomusicology annual meeting in Austin, Texas. As he finished his dissertation on the social politics of the music of Pierrot at the turn of the twentieth century, he is preparing a solo piano program that bridges Classical and contemporary genres, featuring compositions by Missy Mazzoli, Angélica Negrón, Qingqing Wang, and Johannes Brahms.
As a parent, Siu Hei established a “family, kids, and infant-friendly recital” series in San Diego. In these performances, we encourage kids to talk during performance, and infants can cry as part of musicking. Bottomless crayons and coloured papers are provided. He wishes to continue this endeavour as he starts anew in London.

 

Kate Leigh

CYMH (Cello, Ensembles)

Kate Leigh_biogKate began studying the cello at the age of seven, and at the age of ten received a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department, where she was awarded the String Prize in her final year. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music under Paul Watkins and Josephine Knight, and graduated in 2004 with a first class honours degree. Kate is an experienced soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and has given recitals and workshops around England and across the world. Kate also loves jazz and pop music, and has her own Jazz trio. She has performed on the Parkinson show, Top of the Pops, CDUK and the X Factor, and has toured with Sir Elton John. She also works as a session musician and has performed on film soundtracks and commercial recordings. Kate is an experienced teacher with a long waiting list for private students. She was cello coach for the Bedfordshire Youth Training Orchestra for several years, and currently teaches cello and musicianship for the Milton Keynes Music Service as well as her work at CYMH.

 

Martyn Lewington

CYMH (Brass, Ensembles)

ML_biogMartyn Lewington’s musical career began, possibly, too early in life, since his mother’s assistance was required initially to enable him to support the trumpet. Once able to hold it unaided, he went on to gain a place at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 1987. His subsequent career has been diverse – performing at venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to the back of a lorry and playing before the Queen and behind a donkey! Martyn has worked at The Saturday Programme since 1999.

 

 

 

Liz Chi Yen Liew

CYMH (Piano, Accompanist)

liz-liew_biogimageLiz Liew is a musician (piano, violin, organ) and composer with over 10 years of private piano teaching. She studied music at City University gaining a BSc (Hons) degree and gained a piano performance diploma from Guildhall School of Music (LGSM). As a freelance musician she has toured/performed/recorded with diverse artists including Moby, Gnarls Barkley, Goldfrapp, Lamb, Asian Dub Foundation, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra. She writes East West fusion music inspired by her Chinese roots and recently released her solo piano album ‘Snapshots’ inspired by key moments in her life. She has been on the Musicians Union Equalities Committee since 2013, a parent governor in a North London primary school and she is a Board Member of Diaspora, promoting equality in music

 

 

Christopher Mackin

Music Treehouse (Workshop Musician)

Chris is a guiatrist, as well as the Music and Performing Arts Coordinator at Ickburgh School, which is how he came to be involved with the Music Treehouse project.

 

 

 

 

John Morcom

Music Treehouse (Support Assistant)

John is a Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Music Therapist and Music Teacher currently working at HMDT Music. While originally from Chelmsford, John grew up embracing various musical cultures abroad, having lived in mainland Europe and Asia. With many strings to his bow, John plays guitar, piano, percussion and sings with a Baritone voice. A flexible musician, John has worked on many collaborative and mixed media projects and enjoys improvising/composing in various styles, having undertaken a degree in Creative Music Technology to also expand his production capabilities. John is currently studying a Master’s in Music Therapy at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

 

 

Sara Morris

CYMH, Music Treehouse (Support Assistant)

sara-morris_biogimageSara began her music education at the Junior Department at Trinity College of Music where she studied clarinet and piano. Sara studied her undergraduate degree in music at the University of Manchester where she graduated in 2014. Sara is currently studying a masters in musicology at King’s College London, she regularly performs in a number of ensembles and composes new music. Sara started teaching at Greenwich Academy of Music and Drama as a student and has worked with young people with special educational needs in primary and secondary schools in Bexley and Greenwich.

 

 

 

Dan Nash

CYMH (Guitars, Ensembles)

Dan Nash_biog Dan started playing Jazz around the age of 16 and was a member of The Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra. He started teaching and playing in various bands in and around Ipswich until he began his studies at Middlesex University on a BMUS Jazz course. During this time he gained extensive performance experience with Stuart Hall’s Guitar ensembles, Latin Bands and as a member of Niki Illes’ Big Band. Dan has tutored a wide range of ages and capabilities in both London and Suffolk. His most recent projects include The Dan Nash Trio, a three-piece Jazz standards band.

 

 

 

Sabina Noble

(HMDT Music – Saturday Programme Coordinator)

Sabina is a saxophonist based in London and the South East. After studying Music Performance at the University of Huddersfield, she graduated with a first class honours degree, before moving to London to undertake her Masters degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
As a performer, Sabina enjoys a wide range of music, achieving success as a concerto soloist playing with a full wind orchestra, whilst her solo projects have ranged from transcribed classical works, to modern saxophone works from the last decade. Classically trained, Sabina is competent in many styles, and plays in a variety of wind bands, big bands, as well as quartets. Sabina has studied under teachers such as Gerard McChrystal, Sarah Markham and Melanie Henry, as well as within workshops and master classes with Kyle Horche, Jerome Laran, Jean-Denis Michat, Rob Buckland, and Andy Scott. She enjoys the variety provided by depping, and performs regularly with groups such as The Mack Big Band, Surrey Police Concert Band, and the Redstone Community Big Band. She is also often seen at one off events, such as helping with amateur musical productions, or playing for events for The Royal Institute of British Architecture.

 

Uchenna Ngwe

(Music Treehouse – Workshop Musician)

Born in North London, Uchenna Ngwe studied oboe and cor anglais at Trinity College of Music, gaining a BMus (Hons) and later returning on a scholarship for a postgraduate diploma. Since then, her playing has taken her across Europe, Africa and Asia. Solo engagements have included recitals at Lauderdale House and St Alfege Church in Greenwich and a performance of the rarely heard Oboe Concerto No.1 by Gordon Jacob with St Paul’s Sinfonia, while orchestral performances have included Chineke! Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Belmont Ensemble of London, London Festival Sinfonia and the UK tours for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Les Miserables. She spent a season as Guest Principal Oboe with KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. She particularly enjoys performing chamber music and is founder of Decus Ensemble – a chamber group specialising in music composed for wind and strings.Uchenna is very interested in music education and has also recorded music for educational use including Abracadabra Oboe (A&C Black Publishers) and Ready, Steady, Blow (Oboe Classics).

 

Anna Pool

ICS! (Stage Director)

Nominated for a New British Music Theatre award in 2016 for her work in new opera, Anna has become known for her bold directing style, “fierily original” writing and as a curator of innovative, site-specific, music theatre events. Upcoming directing projects include Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne/ Der Schauspieldirektor (Pop Up Opera- UK Tour) and technology-infused musical journey, SCRAWW (Hall for Cornwall/ Trebah Amphitheatre). Anna is also Musical Director and composer for WW1 commemoration project Return of the Unknown (Marlowe Theatre/Dover Marine Station).
As a director, recent work includes Dust Child (English Touring Opera), Snappy Operas (Mahogany Opera Group), Trident Moon (Finborough Theatre) and Il Parnaso Confuso (Wilton’s Music Hall). A regular artistic collaborator with Southwark Cathedral between 2012-2014, Anna helped forge a number of unique projects including the opening ceremony of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe and a site-specific, cross-cultural concerts for the Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts.
Anna is Artistic Director of workshOPERA, a company of operatic adventurers commissioning new opera for site-specific and interactive settings. Directing for workshOPERA includes Seven Velvet Suits (BasicSpace Festival), East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon (Tete a Tete Festival), critically-acclaimed Boys of Paradise (Tete a Tete/EGG LDN) and most recently, Sound Tracks: 9 new operas created in collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the London Transport Museum.
Anna has worked as an assistant/staff director for companies including Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, British Youth Opera, National Youth Music Theatre and London Symphony Orchestra alongside directors and conductors such as Annabel Arden, Kasper Holten and Sir Simon Rattle. As a workshop leader and facilitator, she has lead and assisted on a number of projects for English Touring Opera, Barbican Creative Learning, Clonter Opera and LSO Discovery. She is also a founding member of touring theatre company, Wind Up Penguin, creating and delivering new music theatre shows and creative workshops for underprivileged children both in the UK and abroad in countries including Romania, Colombia, India and Lebanon.

 

Jason Rowland

Music Treehouse (Workshop Leader)

Jason Rowland is a workshop leader, composer, presenter and musician who has directed hundreds of creative projects across Great Britain. He has worked with a wide range of ensembles from small groups to large-scale collaborations with performances.  Jason has devised the three Take Five Summer Schools for the Royal Opera House and recently conducted his creative pieces at the Linbury Theatre and is starting his fifth year as Artistic Director for the ensemble Animate with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has taken music technology and creative orchestra one step further with his work on Symphonize with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He was the Artistic Director for the RPO’s much acclaimed Count Us In project as well as Trinity Laban’s flagship performance Creative Cities for which he composed music for dance which was performed at London’s Southbank prior to the UK premiere of Goebbels Surrogate Cities, a major part of BBC Music Nation. In the past twelve months Jason has devised and led creative music projects for Royal Opera House, Philharmonia Orchestra, Trinity Laban, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in The Fields, Academy of Ancient Music, Shooting Star Chase and Britten Sinfonia.

 

Lucia Sanchez de Haro

CYMH (Piano, Accompanist)

Born in Spain, she began her musical training aged seven. In 2007, she moved to San Sebastián to work with pianist Ricardo Requejo at the Higher School of Music ‘Musikene’, where she obtained the Higher Diploma in Music. At the same time, she specialised in chamber music with Irini Gaitani. In 2012, she moved to London to pursue a postgraduate degree. In October 2014, she graduated with a Master of Performance (piano) from the Guidhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied with teachers Peter Bithell and Noriko Ogawa with the support of the Guildhall School Trust and the Leverhulme Trust. She has performed in Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom at venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall and Milton Court Concert Hall. She has developed her music career as a soloist as well as chamber musician. She has collaborated with different instrumentalists and she works regularly as a duo with violinist Tomer Marcus and with cellist Felicity Smith. She has also explored the music theatre world working with Theatre Alibi and has collaborated as a répétiteur with Bloomsbury Opera. Lucía was chosen as a Concordia Foundation Artist in 2015. She won the piano place for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme 2015/16. She has been selected, as part of the Duo 234 Strings with Felicity Smith, as resident ensemble to take part in the Chamber Tots Concerts at Wigmore Hall during 2017/18.

 

Sylvia Saunders

Music Treehouse (Music Therapy)

Sylvia trained as a music therapist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after studying jazz piano at Chichester College and English at Sussex University. As well as working for Music Therapy Tree, Sylvia works in Dementia Care settings as a part of GSMD Music Therapy Outreach. Sylvia has experience working with people from mainstream schools, and with ASD, ADHD, PMLD, complex needs, adult mental health, dementia, and Alzheimers. Outside Music therapy, Sylvia performs in the UK and Europe as a musician and is involved in arts and music community workshops and projects.  

 

 

 

Tertia Sefton-Green

The Music Box, ICS! (HMDT Music Creative Director)

Following an English Degree from Selwyn College, Cambridge Tertia studied singing at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Northern College of Music and went on to work with amongst others, Glyndebourne Opera and Opera North. In 1997 she received a Winston Churchill Fellowship to research Opera Education in the United States, and on her return wrote education materials for the major opera houses and worked on the Rose Bruford Opera Degree Course. Tertia was Executive Producer for the Covent Garden Festival’s Creation Day 2000, and the following year, set up and ran the prolific Education Department at the Handel House Museum. Specialising in using the arts to develop cross-curricular learning, Tertia’s work as Creative Director for HMDT includes developing and managing large-scale projects such as The Brown Bomber, the highly acclaimed primary school opera projects I Can Sing! The Hackney Chronicles, The World Was All Before Them, and Shadowball, and the RPS Award-winning projects, On London Fields (2004) and Confucius Says (2008). Tertia was Artistic Director and librettist for Hear Our Voice, about the Holocaust, which toured to Nürnberg and Prague in 2006 and our First World War project Trench Brothers. She has led The Music Box under 5s programme since 2007.

 

Stephen Tatlow

ICS! (Music Director – Minis & Juniors)

CYMH (Piano & Accompanist)

s-tatlow_biogimageBorn in Melton Mowbray, Stephen holds a BMus (Hons) from Goldsmiths, University of London. He started accompanying and directing choirs and musical theatre groups as a teenager when community groups across Rutland were in need of someone to lead their music. This experience led him to enter the pit for National Youth Music Theatre productions in 2012 & 2013, and helped to establish his career as a professional musician inside London. Alongside working for HMDT and teaching music privately, Stephen also holds the post of Director of Music at the northernmost London Diocese church, and plays regularly with choirs, orchestras and musical theatre groups across the London region.

 

 

 

Rosanna Ter-Berg

CYMH (Early Years Coach, Choirs, GM/Recorder, Flute)

Rosanna studied at Strasbourg Conservatoire and Trinity Laban where she graduated with Distinction in her MMus and the highest performance mark in her faculty; she was a finalist in Trinity’s Isabelle Bond Gold Medal Competition. Rosanna leads music workshops and projects across the country. She recently held a place on the prestigious Spitalfields Music Leader Traineeship. She has been involved in educational work with organisations such as the LSO, Opera North, the BBC, The Royal Opera House, and Aldeburgh Young Musicians. Rosanna has also produced teaching videos for teachers, on ABRSM’s website. As a classical flautist Rosanna has performed at over 50 music clubs and been brought in as collaborating artist with many groups including Maggini Quartet, The Gildas Quartet the Riot Ensemble and Atea Quintet. She plays with orchestras such as The London Sinfonietta, Engines Orchestra and Multi-story Orchestra. She has performed across the UK and Europe in major concert venues, festivals and live on radio. Rosanna is an artist for numerous organisations including the Park Lane Group, Live Music Now and the Tunnell Trust. In addition to Classical and Contemporary music, Rosanna is an improviser and plays South American music. She is founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Alluna, the improvisers collective Union Division, and Brazilian Band A Oca. She is a deputy for Disney’s The Lion King tour and also the touring rock band ‘Legend of a Band’. She enjoys collaborating with different ensembles, composers, and blurring boundaries across the arts with dancers, actors, artists and puppeteers. She recently appeared on stage as a musician/ actor/ singer in Silent Opera’s new adaptation of ‘A Cunning Little Vixen’ with whom she toured to Beijing and Helsinki after rave reviews at The Vaults (London).

 

 

Stavroula Thoma

CYMH (Piano & Accompanist)

stavroula_thoma_biogimageStavroula Thoma is a Cypriot concert pianist who has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Cyprus, Greece and Hungary. She gave her concerto debut in May 2014 with Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, as part of the CYSO ‘Young Soloists First Step’ series and performed the Bach D minor Piano Concerto with conductor Roland Melia. In December 2014, she performed the Mozart D minor Concerto with Birmingham Conservatoire Repertoire Orchestra and conductor Daniele Rosina. She has studied with John Twhaites and Margaret Fingerhut at Birmingham Conservatoire. Her past teachers include András Kemenes and István Gulyás – Liszt Academy of Music, James Kirby- Royal Holloway, University of London and Eva Georgiou – Conservatoire of Classical Studies, Cyprus. She has participated in masterclasses with internationally renowned pianists such as Orsolya Szabó, Imre Rohmannn, Malcolm Bilson (fortepiano), Idil Biret, Jean Efflam Bavouzet, Peter Donohoe and Martino Tirimo. At the age of 11, Stavroula won the second prize in the Evaggelia Tziarri International Piano competition. During her undergraduate studies at Royal Holloway University of London, Stavroula was a scholar of Georgiou and Maria Tirimou’s foundation. She was awarded the Marzorie Huzlehurst Piano award and was also a Joseph Weingarten scholar at the Liszt Academy of Music in 2012-14. Stavroula has completed her Advanced Postgraduate Diploma on Professional Performance with Distinction and she is now aiming to pursue a combining performing and teaching career.

 

Angharad Thomas

HMDT Music (Music Manager)

Angharad holds a BMus (Hons) from the University of Hull, where she founded a string quartet and lead the University Orchestra and Opera and Musical Theatre group. Prior to joining HMDT Music, she was Festival Assistant at Spitalfields Summer Music Festival, and worked for Redbridge Music Service on their Wider Opportunities Programme. She has also worked as a private violin tutor, and has spent time in Bolivia teaching at the Academia de Música del Oriente and playing with the Camerata Del Oriente in Santa Cruz. She continues to perform as a violinist in a variety of contexts, including alongside artists such as Alison Balsom and Leonard Elschenbroich with Docklands Sinfonia. Angharad has worked in an administrative capacity for HMDT Music since 2011, and in March 2016 became full-time Administrator.

 

 

Byron Wallen

JJJA (Coach)

Byron Wallen is “one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive” (Jazzwise Magazine). Widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, he is constantly travelling the world recording, teaching and performing. Early work includes performing with Loose Ends as well as rap outfits The Roots, Digable Planets and Us3 before a world tour in 1998 with Incognito, performances with Hugh Masakela and a tour and album with Red Snapper called Making Bones. Alongside recordings with Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint, Talvin Singh and William Orbit, Byron was part of the BBCs Windrush Gala Concert with Mica Paris and Grace Jones. As a composer Byron’s output includes the acclaimed ‘Tarot Suite’ and the albums Sound Advice and Earth Roots performed by the band Sound Advice with whom he has toured widely. His third album Indigo coincided with a Southbank commission for the Poetry International Festival and the following year he won the BBC Innovation in Jazz Award. Alongside further recordings and worldwide tours, Byron is a dedicated educator working with schools, leading workshops and lecturing at Trinity College of Music.

 

Trevor Watkis

JJJA (Associate Music Director)

Trevor Watkis _biogFollowing study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Trevor has worked as a respected pianist, band leader and composer and educator, working with renowned artists from both the UK and USA (Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint, Cleveland Watkiss, Ernest Ranglin, Gary Bartz, Kenny Garrett, Stanley Turrentine, Eddie Henderson, Betty Carter, Clifford Jarvis), and was one of the founding members of Tomorrow’s Warriors and Nu Troop. He has appeared at most of London’s prestigious concert halls and jazz venues including The Southbank Centre The Barbican, Jazz Café, Ronnie Scott’s, The 606 Club and the Vortex.Work on the international music scene includes performing in the USA, Japan, Oman,Turkey, Caribbean, and across Europe. His debut solo album, ‘Straight Ahead…Ride For Tone!’ recorded in New York, features mainly new original music written by Trevor, received rave reviews by the UK and US press. The recording also features a lineup of some of New York’s greatest musicians: Steve Wilson, Darren Barrett, Reuben Rogers and Lewis Nash.

 

Simon Wilsher

(Saturday Programme Assistant)

Simon Wilsher portraitSimon began his musical career as a chorister in the Chesterfield parish church choir, before studying piano with Michael John Baker. He soon became interested in composition and in 2010 he graduated with a first class honours degree in music composition from Middlesex University. Since graduating, Simon has worked at the Hampstead Youth Music Centre and as a freelance pianist and music teacher. 

 

 

 

Maja Wolniak

(HMDT Music – Projects Assistant)

Maja holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Philosophy and a Master of Education in Music, Philosophy and German from Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media and Leibniz University Hannover (Germany). Prior to joining HMDT Music, she worked voluntarily for the organisation Making Music as a Contact Member Volunteer. During her time at the University she worked as a conductor and music teacher at music schools and communities in and near Hannover. She gained her experience in music administration and management working as an assistant for the head of the conducting department at Hannover University of Music, Prof. Frank Löhr and as a member of the board of Hannover Chamber Choir. She continues her active musicianship as singer and soloist of Coro, London Chamber Choir. Maja joined the HMDT Music Team in March 2018 as Project Assistant.

 

 

Tim Yealland

(Music Treehouse – Workshop Leader)

As a singer and actor Tim performed principal roles for English National Opera, Opera Factory, English Touring Opera, Chichester Festival and Opera North. He has written and directed participatory projects for almost all the UK leading opera companies and orchestras. For English Touring Opera he has written the words for and directed many operas for young audiences, including In the Belly of the Horse, Different, This Is My Bed and, with composer Russell Hepplewhite, Shackleton’s Cat, Borka, and the award-winning Laika the Spacedog. With Woo Music he created Waxwings (revived in 2019), one of many such operas for audiences with autistic spectrum disorders. He has written a number of large-scale community operas, including One Day, Two Dawns in Cornwall (winner Royal Philharmonic Society Award), Under the Hammerbeam Roof for Hampton Court, A House on the Moon and Zeppelin Dreams for the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. For the Casa da Musica in Porto he has devised Border Control, Icarus, Spirit Level, Curado, Gulag, and in 2018 Montanha. Each of these productions featured large mixed ability casts of professional and non-professional musicians, actors and dancers. He has been involved for the last 10 years with Turtle Song, a project for people living with dementia.


 

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