Handbook 16: Staff

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16. STAFF

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Adam Eisenberg General Director

Tertia Sefton-Green Creative Director

Sabina Noble Outreach Manager

 

SATURDAY PROGRAMME ASSISTANTS

Simon Wilsher

Kwame Anomah

 

THE TUTORIAL STAFF AND COACHES

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Tertia Sefton-Green Creative Director

Imogen Morrall Early Years

 

Vahan Salorian Coach – Early Years

Stephen Tatlow Accompanist

 

 

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

Bless Klepcharek Dance Coach, Choreographer

Daniel Warren  Music Director (Juniors, Seniors)

Katie Lewis Stage Director

Stephen Tatlow Music Director (Minis, Juniors)

 

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Vahan Salorian Early Years, Choirs, Orchestra, Ensembles

Robert Finegan Clarinet, Sax

Alexander Thomas-French Jazz Blues, Jazz Orchestra

Matthew Crook Drums, Percussion

Rachel Hurst Bassoon, Flute, Piano, Ensembles

Kate Leigh Cello, Ensembles

Martyn Lewington Brass, Ensembles

Clara Daly Donnellan Brass, Ensembles

Pierre Audiger Piano, Accompanist

Imogen Morrall Flute, Recorder, Early Years

Dan Nash Guitar, Ensembles

Carys Gittins Flute

Joana Ly Violin, Ensembles

Anna Pietrzak Violin, Ensembles

Lucía Sánchez de Haro Piano, Accompanist

Stephen Tatlow Piano

 

 

Tim Yealland – Workshop Leader, Saplings

Tom Highnam – Workshop Musician, Saplings

 

Paul Griffiths – Workshop Leader, Trees

Bridget Carey – Workshop Musician, Trees

Imogen Morrall – Teaching Assistant, Saplings/Trees

Epsie Thompson – Workshop Musician, Trees

 

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Julian Joseph Artistic Director

Trevor Watkis Associate Music Director

Tony Kofi Coach

Byron Wallen Coach

Alexander Thomas-French Jazz Essentials Coach & Programme Manager

 


WHO’S WHO AT THE SATURDAY PROGRAMME

Pierre Audiger

CYMH (Piano, Accompanist)

Pierre Audiger is a pianist/composer and actor of the Jean-Laurent Cochet Acting School Paris. Having graduated as a Piano Scholar from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Pierre has also been composing since the age of 17. His music, described as being “music of fire and imagination”, has been critically acclaimed and been described as having a “strong personality” and “an impressive display of character”. During his studies at RCS Pierre was under the tutelage of composer, David Fennessy. In 2015 Pierre won the Walter and Dinah Wolfe Memorial award for Composition for his Piece “Not A Clown” premiered by violinist Ilya Gringolts at the RCS. Multi Award winning Pianist Daniel Ciobanu also commissioned him an encore piece “Paraphrase on Mozart’s 23rd Piano Concert” for Piano and Violin, also premiered in 2015. Pierre also composed one of the first « Storytelling Opera » based on Nigerian queen Moremi Ajasoro, written and directed by April Koyejo-Audiger. This opera premiered in 2015 was also performed in London in 2018. Recent events include the premiere of Pierre’s “Piano and Flute Sonata” with flautist Graham Dickson , his Piano Concerto performed as a Duet with pianist Sinae Lee at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His work “Dove Town”, commissioned by Bass Trombone and Piano Duet, The Nicholson Duo was performed in 2017. Pierre was honoured to be part of the first edition of Neamt Piano Festival 2017 and Neamt Music Festival in 2018 as composer in residence, his works have been premiered by many talented artists such as Petras Geniusas, Luiza Zan, Ksenia Fedoruk and Anna Dmytrenko. Bogdan Ciobanu and Pietro Bonfilio. As an actor Pierre Audiger is continuously working on his first One-man comedy show with piano, premiered in September 2019 in Paris.

 

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 at his old school, Mossbourne Community Academy, which helped to focus his energy prior to 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.

 

 

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.

 

Matthew Crook

CYMH (Drums, Percussion, Ensembles)

Matt has been studying the drums for over 15 years is now a music teacher and performing musician. Matt is currently performing with The Miles Nottage jazz trio and function band, as well as his own jazz trio, The Matthew Crook Trio. Over the years Matt has had lots of gigging experience with rock bands, jazz bands and pop bands most notable alongside Bernie Marsden of WhiteSnake. Most recently, Matt has also spent a year studying jazz performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and completing a Post Graduate Diploma. Alongside the drums, Matt is also a keen trumpet player, performing with some local big bands and achieving Grade 8 in 2018. Matt is an experienced teacher having worked for Buckinghamshire Learning trust, Bird College and achieving Qualified Teacher Status in 2017.

 

Clara Daly Donnellan

CYMH (Trombone, Ensembles)

Clara has been deeply passionate about music from a young age and has dedicated her life to sharing that passion through trombone and piano playing, teaching and outreach work. She began her musical journey by taking up piano at 6 and trombone at 9 after years of prior music theory instruction. She quickly became a member of all musical groups available to her, joining the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland at age 12. In 2011, Clara moved to Somerset to take up a full scholarship as a specialist musician in Wells Cathedral School, taking trombone lessons with Alan Hutt, former trombonist of the Covent Garden Opera Orchestra. While at Wells Clara took leading roles in chamber music and large ensembles both in and out of school. Highlights included playing with the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra in collaboration with the Simon Bollivar Youth Wind Orchestra and with the Dutch National Youth Orchestra as part of their production of Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel. Music College auditions saw scholarship offers from several institutions including the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, however Clara chose to join the prestigious class of Ian Bousfield (former principal trombone of London Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) in Bern, Switzerland. Following her Bachelor’s Degree, Clara continued with a Master’s Degree in Music Pedagogy, benefitting from the joint tuition of Ian Bousfield and Rex Martin, a world-renowned brass pedagogue and former tubist of Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Clara has also received lessons from many internationally acclaimed teachers including Jopseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Peter Moore (London Symphony Orchestra) and Jorgen Van Rijen (Royal Concertgebouw). Clara has also had extensive education as a classical pianist, accompanist, jazz pianist and jazz and classical singer. Clara graduated in 2019 with a first-class-honours, having completed her MA through a combination of French and German. While in university, Clara was delighted to take up the position of trombone tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland’s outreach programme and also worked throughout Switzerland teaching both trombone and piano. She has volunteered extensively with children, creating music workshops for children with autism in Scoil Triest in Cork and spending the past two summers with the Society of St Vincent de Paul as a summer camp leader. As a trombonist, Clara has played under the baton of world class conductors such as Rafael Payare, Charles Hazelwood, Jan Cober and Mark David. She has excelled as a soloist, performing concertos with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Orlando Chamber Orchestra and as part of the Summer Lunchtime Series in the Triskel Art Centre. Clara was a participant in the RTE Symphony Orchestra’s mentoring scheme for the 2017/18 season, and has played professionally with, among others, the Opera Orchestra of Normandie, the RTE Concert Orchestra and for Adele’s world tour Adele Live 2016.

 

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.

 

Robert Finegan

(Clarinet, Sax)

Described as “One of the most exciting Irish saxophone players in a generation”, Robert Finegan is an award-winning saxophonist who recently completed the Master of Performance degree, with Distinction, in the Royal College of Music, London, where he was a Dr Michael West Scholar. He obtained his Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) from TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama. In 2013, Robert was awarded a scholarship from St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir to study at DIT Conservatory of Music where he was a recipient of the School of Excellence Award and went on to win the Macardle Young Classical Musician Award in 2014. Since then, Robert has amassed an impressive list of awards and achievements that include Distinction in the 2021 Tunbridge Wells International Competition, 1st prize in the RCM Jane Melber Saxophone prize, 2nd prize in the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year, becoming the first saxophonist to make it to the final, as well as winning the inaugural Flax Trust Music Award in 2017. In addition to solo performances, Robert has performed with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, RCM Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Hibernian Orchestra, Irish Films and Pops Orchestra, as well as lead alto saxophone of the 2020/21 RCM Jazz Orchestra.

 

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.

 

Paul Griffiths

Music Treehouse (Workshop leader)

Paul Griffiths is an internationally renowned music educationalist, project leader, composer and performer. His musical roots lie in jazz, rock and funk but through his work he has developed a unique artistic voice and flexible workshop style that transcends musical, social, cultural and age barriers. His work is underpinned by a commitment to providing high quality musical access to all and a profound understanding of the impact that creative arts work can have upon individuals and communities. He has over a quarter of a century’s experience of working in music, cross arts and trans cultural projects in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. These projects are conducted in conservatoires and music schools, arts centres and concert halls, primary and secondary schools, special needs schools, prisons and a multitude of diverse community settings. He works extensively in the field of training and professional development for musicians, artists, workshop leaders and teachers.

He successfully completed postgraduate studies on the pioneering Guildhall School of Music Performance and Communication Skills course in 1988. Since then he has worked with the majority of the preeminent London and UK based Symphony and Chamber Orchestras (LSO, LPO, RPO, BBC SO, Halle, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, CLS, NYO, Britten Sinfonia), Contemporary Music Ensembles (London Sinfonietta), Opera Companies (ENO, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House), Arts Centres (South Bank Centre, Barbican, Sage Gateshead, Aldeburgh Young Musicians at Snape Maltings), Conservatoires (Guildhall, RCM, RNCM, Trinity) and International Festivals (BBC Proms, Huddersfield, Bath, Cheltenham, Lincoln, Lichfield, Dartington, London Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Salzburg, Abu Dhabi). He began teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1989 at undergraduate, postgraduate and masters levels and was a cornerstone figure within the acclaimed ‘GSMDBarbican ‘Connect’ project. This Department was the recipient of the ‘Queens Award for Services to Higher Education’ in 2006. He is a tutor on the GSMD Masters in Leadership course, Masters and Postgraduate elective courses, Undergraduate elective modules and Continuing Professional Development Courses.

He is a highly skilled educational collaborator and has worked in partnership with a wide range of UK and international artists and ensembles from a broad cross section of music including Mark Anthony Turnage, Tan Dun, the Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Robert Glasper, Gretchen Parlato, Nitin Sawnhey, Jerry Dammers, Billy Ocean, Viktoria Mulova, Julian Joseph, Denys Baptiste, Shabaka Hutchings, Christian Lindberg, Tunde Jegede, Ensemble Moderne, Steve Martland, Jef Neve and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.

 

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.  

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Katie Lewis

ICS! (Stage Director)

Katie trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College.
She was resident assistant director for the 2013 ensemble at the Royal Shakespeare Company and is currently Resident Director for the UK Tour of the National Theatre’s ‘One Man Two Guvnors’

Directing includes ‘The Firewatchers’ (Old Red Lion), ‘The Jewish Wife’, ‘Mr Happiness’ (Manchester Library Theatre) ‘Daisy Pulls it Off,’ ‘A Pocket Full of Dreams’- A Tennessee Williams Collection (ALRA) ‘Eight’ (Lowry Studio)
Assisting includes ‘Hysteria’ (Theatre Royal Bath and Tour) ‘Cleaning up’ (Clean Break ) 2009-10 season at The Manchester Library Theatre.

Katie is currently researching a new production of The Rover by Aphra Behn, supported by the RSC Studio and directed ‘Now This is Not the End’ by Rose Lewenstein at The Arcola Theatre in June 2015.

 

Imogen Morrall

CYMH (Flute, Recorder, Early Years)

Imogen is an English/American flutist who completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2018 with a distinction. She has been teaching the flute, recorder, and piano for over four years and has worked with students of all ages and abilities. Imogen firmly believes that teaching is a collaboration between the teacher and student, and that the pair must work together to improve and progress as a musician. Imogen regularly enters students into music exams, and has prepared students for ABRSM exams, as well as competitions, recitals, and other performances. Imogen graduated with a Master of Arts in Flute Performances from the Royal Academy of Music in 2018, and has been freelancing and teaching around London ever since. In 2019, Imogen received a fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music to work on creative learning and participation projects in schools, hospitals, and care homes across London. She is incredibly passionate about providing musical opportunities to people who might not get regular exposure to classical music. Recent performances have included a summer tour across the east coast of America with her chamber group, “In Tandem”, and performances of Oliver Knussen’s “Where the Wild Things Are” at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and The Alexandra Palace Theatre in London. Imogen also regularly gives solo recitals in churches and care homes across London.

 

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 – Outreach Manager

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.

 

Anna Pietrzak

CYMH (Violin, Ensembles)

Anna was born in Poland in Lodz. She started to play on the violin at the age of 8. She took part in numerous projects, like La Folle Journee in Warsaw or Light Move Festival where she cooperated with young composer Siergiej Badalov during concerts and recording sessions. She also participated in workshops and concerts of Sinfonietta – Youth Orchestra organised by Lodz Philharmonic where she worked with violinist Jakub and Krzysztof Jakowicz. She also worked at European Music Workshops in Kolobrzeg with Mr Stanienda and Mr Smietana. For two years she studied at the Music Academy in Lodz. She had a chance to cooperate with AVANGART Foundation and Italian singers Fulvia Mastrobuono and Claudio Rocchi during the Garden Opera project where they played La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini as well as the Masurian Opera Festival. She also performed during concerts in Gewandhaus Concert Hall in Leipzig and Hallenstadion in Zurich with Carmina Burana by C.Orff and IX Symphony by L.v.Beethoven with Warsaw Festival Orchestra, conducted by Michael Zukernik and Rimma Sushanskaya. As a teacher she had a chance to cooperate with Andrzej Klemba, violinist and teacher from Poland, and helped to organise Sulej Violin Workshops based on Suzuki Method. She was also working with many individual students. Currently she is studying with Matthew Trusler at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

 

Lucía Sánchez de Haro

(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.

 

Vahan Salorian

CYMH (Early Years, Choirs, Orchestra, Ensembles)

Vahan is a composer, arranger and teacher, working across a wide range of instruments. A Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduate, Vahan studied Classical composition and flute while at conservatoire, supported by the Worshipful Company of Skinners. During this time, he was composer-in-residence for the Norwich Centre for Young Musicians as part of the CYM’s outreach program. Vahan’s Boy’s of Paradise operetta received a British New Music Theatre nomination and his second opera, Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs, received rave reviews when it premiered in February 2018. Vahan’s work has been performed in venues as diverse as the Barbican, Copeland Gallery and The Royal Institute of Psychologists.

 

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.

 

Alexander Thomas-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.

 

Epsie Thompson

Music Treehouse (Workshop Musician)

Epsie is a flautist from Llanelli in South Wales. She is currently a Postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Sam Coles and June Scott. She began learning the flute aged seven, at her local primary school. At aged fourteen, she was accepted into Chetham’s School of Music to study with Linda Verrier. She then continued on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Over the years, Epsie has had a great many competition successes. This year, she was successful in winning the Prestigious Bryn Terfel Scholarship, a televised arts competition in Wales. In July, she won the International Young Musician of the Year under age thirty at the Llangollen Eisteddfod. She had a further success in June, winning the instrumental solo under twenty-five competition at the Urdd National Eisteddfod. Epsie has been members and principal flute of both the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with the orchestras as it give her the opportunity to perform at the BBC Proms and venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican Centre, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and St David’s Hall, Cardiff with conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, John Wilson and Edward Gardner. Epsie also has a very keen interest in chamber music and was one of the founding members of the Abingdon Quintet and the experiential music group 4|12 Collective. As a member of the Abingdon Quintet she has had the opportunity to perform in venues across the UK, including at the Wigmore Hall. In 2016, the quintet were invited to take up a summer residency in France and play a series of concerts. In the future, Epsie aspires to be an orchestral flautist but also continue her solo and chamber playing.

 

Daniel Warren

ICS! (Music Director Juniors and Seniors)

Dan studied at Leeds College of Music (now Leeds Conservatoire) and graduated in 2019 with a first class degree in Classical Clarinet. During his studies Dan was a founding member of the Leeds College of Music Student Union Concert Band, performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Leeds College of Music Camerata Orchestra and was the pianist for the premiere of a brand new Piano Trio at Otley Courthouse. Aside from this work Dan also began musically directing shows, his work includes: The Wedding Singer (The Carriageworks Theatre), Footloose (The Carriageworks Theatre), Betty Blue Eyes (The Headgate Theatre), 10 Mad Years – Revue (The Headgate Theatre), Back in Business – Revue (Ferry Fest Felixstowe). After completing his BA, Dan moved to London and completed a Masters in Musical Direction for the Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with distinction in 2020. This gave Dan the opportunity to work and learn alongside accomplished Musical Directors working in the industry today, as well as develop his piano and accompanist skills. Dan is also an accomplished music tutor teaching piano, clarinet, saxophone and theory lessons. He frequently works on the ABRSM syllabus with his students and has entered many in for exams. 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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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