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Adult Choir

Age/Level: Some sight-reading required Time: 9:30am - 11:00am Taught By: Tom Scratchley

This choir prides itself on the rich variety of music it tackles, which is worked up to performance standard. Now in its 20th year, it continues to be open to all who want to share the enjoyment of singing.

Adult Jazz Choir

Age/Level: All abilities Time: 10:00am - 10:45am Taught By: Francesca Confortini

This is a relaxed and informal singing group where we sing a range of songs, some in unison, some in harmony. You do not need to be able to read music and or have any previous singing experience. We learn the basics of singing technique, build our vocal confidence and improve our musicianship skills through exploring songs from different styles of music.

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Adult Drumming

Age/Level: Open Time: 11:00am - 11:30am Taught By: Sam Howes

Join Sam's drum circle as he takes you on a journey through world rhythms and grooves. Students are encouraged to bring their own djembe.

Flute Ensemble

Age/Level: Grade 4+ Time: 11:00am - 11:30am Taught By: Alex Griffiths

An intermediate to advanced group exploring flute quartet and quintet repertoire, for mixed ages.

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Adult Instrumental Group

Age/Level: Good knowledge of your instrument Time: 12:00pm - 12:45pm Taught By: Olivia Murphy

A mixed woodwind group working on jazz and classical repertoire.

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Adult Recorders

Age/Level: Intermediate Time: 9:15am - 10:15am Taught By: Layil Barr

This group of musicians explore many styles of chamber music in a lively and friendly atmosphere to a high standard.

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Adult Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Band

Age/Level: Good knowledge of your instrument Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm Taught By: Martin Ellins

Get back to your rock ‘n’ roll roots with this adult group focusing on developing band and improvising skills. We welcome electric guitars, bass, drums and horns. Singers welcome by invitation.

Theory Support

Age/Level: Grade 3-5, GCSE Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm Taught By: Bob Payne

Bob Payne will support mixed-ability students as they work towards a grade 5 theory exam. The class will use the ABRSM grade 4 & 5 theory books, combining theory and aural for a more holistic approach to learning.

Anyone who is doing GCSE music or grade 5 theory needs to be on this course!

Cello Ensemble

Age/Level: Mixed - adults welcome Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm Taught By: Anna Tam

Love the bass end of life? Cello group is for you! All ages, grade 3 - 8+, you are welcome to come along and play a huge variety of repertoire that is written or arranged specifically for cello ensemble.

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String Ensemble

Age/Level: Grade 3-8 Time: 10:15am - 10:45am Taught By: Anna Tam

This mixed-ability ensemble welcome violins, violas, cellos and double basses of any age from grade 3 to grade 8 standard. They play classical repertoire and often collaborate with other ensembles for larger works.

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Tom Scratchley

Tom Scratchley

Tom Scratchley

Tom qualified from the Royal Academy of Music as a Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music and an Associate of the Royal College of Music. He subsequently did a Certificate of Education at Edinburgh University. After 18 years of school teaching he left to become a freelance Choral Animateur for the British Federation of Young Choirs where he worked extensively in London and Kent. Following on from this in 1996 he set up his own 'Very Moving Festival Company' which does a festival each year. For over 5 years this intrepid group of performers walk prepared routes doing inter-active singing events in churches and schools along the way. They have covered over 700 miles and involved several hundred schools and churches. Tom specialises in Choral direction and at present rehearses 5 choirs in London and Sussex. His Most recent appointment is as conductor of the newly formed Bromley Youth Boys Choir.

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Horacio López Redondo

Horacio López Redondo

Horacio López Redondo

Our choral accompanist, Horacio López Redondo, is a London-based accompanist and chamber musician who performs extensively in the UK and Spain.

Horacio (Talavera de la Reina, Spain) began his musical education, which eventually led him to join the Conservatories of Ciudad Real and Madrid, at the age of 5 years old. In 2007 he finished at the latter his degree in Piano Interpretation under the direction of Ms Ana Guijarro and his Vocal Accompaniment specialization under that of Mr Juan Antonio Álvarez Parejo. He then joined the Royal Academy of Music in London to follow his higher education, enrolling in the MA Piano Accompaniment program with teachers Mr Malcolm Martineau and Mr James Baillieu. He graduated in 2013 with Distinction. In 2013, Horacio was Highly Commended in the “Christian Carpentier Prize” to the Best Piano Accompaniment Exam at the Royal Academy of Music. Also in 2012 he was awarded the Accompanist Second Prize at the “Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize”, held at the Royal Academy of Music. He has accompanied several award winning singer colleagues in competitions held at the Royal Academy and the Wigmore Hall in London.

Since his arrival in London in 2010, Horacio has performed as an accompanist at some of the most prestigious London venues, including St Martin in the Fields, Blackheath Halls, St. James' Piccadilly, King´s Head Theatre and Southwark Cathedral; but also in other parts of the country such as Canterbury Cathedral, Bristol Cathedral or “The Venue” at Leeds College of Music. 

Horacio has taken part in all four editions of the London Spanish Song and Zarzuela Festival since its beginnings in 2014, performing at St James’ Piccadilly and St Botolph’s-without-Bishopsgate, where he is also a regular performer in the popular series Song in the City. Horacio is also a creative performer whose show “A night in Seville”, mixing operatic numbers and songs set in the Spanish city, had its most recent outing in St Martin-in -the Fields in September 2017.

From Robert Hugill's blog Planet Hugill: "Horacio López Redondo provided fine accompaniment, sympathetic to the way the music moved from pure Latin American rhythm to something more modern"

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Francesca Confortini

Francesca Confortini

Francesca Confortini

Francesca has been a professional singer for over ten year around Europe, with a background in band fronting, backing vocals, session singing and musical theatre. After graduating in Performing Arts at SDM (Scuola del Musical) in Milan, she began her career as a musical theatre performer starring as Carmen Diaz in the musical 'Fame', and toured around the country with her former band 7s8 for two years.

She moved to London in 2013, where she attended the BMus course in Popular Music Performance at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and graduated with first class honours.

Francesca is a busy, gigging vocalist in different genres, fronting the gypsy jazz touring band Gypsy Dynamite, the international soul band London Soul Section, the Swingpunks Jazz Big Band, her own trio Jazz Silhouettes and her funk ensemble WSFB. She also stars in Dolce Vita Live, an Italian themed show alongside her colleague and ICMP tutor Bruno D'Ambra.

She has been working with numerous acclaimed session musicians and producers such as Leif Searcy (Phil Collins), Francesco Mendolia (Incognito), Luigi Casanova (Joanne Shaw Taylor), Andres Mesa (Roxy Music) and many others. Her live experience include performances at London Wembley Stadium, The Roundhouse, Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express, Le Bar Americain in Monaco and the legendary Salumeria della Musica in Milan. She is currently recording her first solo EP under the artist name of Fran.

Her versatility makes her a vocal artist with a unique crossover capability, always able to offer useful insights to any vocal performers willing to experiment and develop their performance craft.

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Joe Bickerstaff

Joe Bickerstaff

Joe Bickerstaff

Jazz pianist Joe plays the swinging styles of mainstream, bebop & cool jazz, interspersed with blues, funk, stride and soul. He is equally happy teaching traditional piano as well as more modern idioms, including pop and improvisation. He performs frequently in many London hotels and clubs (The Dorchester, Claridges, The Langham & The Four Seasons etc) as lounge pianist and in jazz groups. Joe has worked and toured extensively in four of the five continents, accompanies several choirs, runs workshops and particularly enjoys working with singers. He is a UCL Philosophy graduate and majored in Aesthetics (in particular studying how music and the emotions are connected).

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Sam Howes

Sam Howes

Sam Howes

Sam enjoys playing and performing a wide variety of music and therefore sees percussion as a discipline well suited to himself. He has been fortunate to have performance experience in a wide spectrum of music, from playing in an orchestral setting to playing with the Box 9 drumline at the last Rugby World Cup. 

Having started percussion education aged seven with a peripatetic teacher, Samuel quickly progressed and was offered a place at the Birmingham conservatoire where he then remained for seven years. In this time, he also played in the National Children’s Orchestra, learning the fundamental skills of orchestral section playing and musicianship.

These experiences combined led to Samuel gaining a place as a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral school. Here, he had chance to play with many different ensembles, learning vital experience in performing with others in many different settings such as orchestras, big band and the PH7 drumline. Wells also offered the chance to go on percussion tours to both Budapest and Hong Kong. It was here, while working with classes of disabled children, Samuel discovered a passion for teaching, and the extra challenge of working with autistic and hearing-impaired children only inspired him more. 

While at Wells, Samuel then gained a place to study at the Royal College of Music as a scholar supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds award. The RCM provides Samuel with opportunities in a very wide range of different musical activities, and being in London means he performs as an orchestral percussionist and among other things has played at the Rugby World Cup Final with the Box 9 drumline. More recently, he has enjoyed working with composers Steve Reich and David Lang in performances at the RCM.

After graduating from the RCM, Samuel intends to continue with his broad musical interests and hopes to pursue a career that involves a wide variety of music in both performance and education.

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Alex Griffiths

Alex Griffiths

Alex Griffiths

Alex is an enthusiastic teacher with experience in all ages and abilities. She also freelances around the UK, playing with a variety of orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra. 

She is a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she received her Masters in Orchestral Artistry and studied with Gareth Davies, Philippa Davies, Ian Clarke and Christopher Green. Previous to this, she gained a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for undergraduate, learning predominantly with Sarah Newbold, where she played with all the colleges ensembles and reached the final of the concerto competition in 2014. 

She is a founding member of the Vesta Trio who are recent recipients of the Cardiff Violins Chamber Prize and finalists of the McGrenary Chamber Competition. In 2017, they were accepted onto the Live Music Now scheme and give frequent performances and workshops. They also represent Music in Hospitals & Care across England and Wales.

Alex is generously supported by the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust.

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Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy is a multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer originally from Peterborough, U.K. Since graduating from the jazz course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2019, Olivia has become a regular saxophonist on the U.K scene, performing a wide range of music from large ensemble jazz with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and original compositions with her own sextet, to free jazz with Steve Tromans and disco with Break Out Brass Band. Olivia holds the 2020 composer chair with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and is also regularly commissioned to work with various projects around Birmingham.

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Layil Barr

Layil Barr

Layil Barr

Layil’s playing has been described as ‘unforgettable’ and ‘stupendous’. She has become renowned for her dynamic interpretations of music from all ages and has been hailed as one of the most virtuosic recorder players of the times.

Layil studied at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music, London with Philip Thorby, where she was introduced to the viol by Alison Crum. During this time she made broadcasts for the Jerusalem Music Centre and won several awards including the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award, the Dorothy Stone Award and the TCM Silver Medal for Early Music. As a soloist Layil has performed with various orchestras including The Royal Artillery Orchestra and The Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and has toured the USA, China, Korea, Israel, Egypt, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK.
Layil is the founder and director of Mi Luna and is co-director of Eclipse, creating programmes that include fusions of different musical styles and dance.
She also plays with many Early and World Music groups including La Concert Des Nations, under the direction of Jordi Savall, Charivari Agreable, Minerva and Siena, with whom she has performed in the Purcell Room, and made recordings of music by Salamone Rossi for the Classical Recording Company. She has recorded for different early music ensembles and world music projects including singer Mor Kabasi.

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Martin Ellins

Martin Ellins

Martin Ellins

Martin has had a wide and varied playing and teaching career spanning 20 years. His playing ranges in style from classical to rock though blues and jazz. Martin studied at the London College of Music, achieving an ALCM and LLCM. Since then his playing has taken him to the Greenwich, Cheltenham and Saddleworth Festivals.

Martin has also played on BBC Radio, Shanghai Television, the Amsterdam Hilton and for various West End shows. He has also been involved in producing tapes for education.

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Bob Payne

Bob Payne

Bob Payne

Bob is a Specialist Tuba Teacher, but can offer lessons in Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone Horn, Tenor Horn, Trumpet/Cornet/Flugel Horn and even Ophicleide to a high level! 

Bob started playing Tuba at school at 12 years old. Soon after he started he joined Birmingham Schools Ensembles, he became Principal Tuba in both Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Schools Brass Band. After he left school he took a gap year to work and pursue adult ensembles including the Langley Band, during which he became Principal Tuba of the National Youth Wind Orchestra Of Great Britain as well as doing a late audition for Birmingham Conservatoire where he was offered a place to study under Graham Sibley, David Gordon-Shute and Stuart Birnie, and later Bass Trombone under Bob Hughes and David Vines.
 
Whilst at college he became Principal Tuba of the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra and in his final year he was a finalist in the Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Prize, Bernard Brown Prize, and Ambache Prize, being the only brass player to reach the latter.
 
Bob now regularly plays Tuba with the famous Hosen Brass Band, of which he is the pioneer, and has been seen playing on various TV and Radio broadcasts including Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, Don’t Tell The Bride, BBC’s ‘Good Omens’ (to be released later in 2018), ITV, various BBC Radio programmes and Free Radio Birmingham. Bob is a member of the Trans-Siberian March Band, Mow The Brass, Shatterproof Brass Band and The Hamiltons as well as working with high profile jazz artists such as Emma Hamilton and Thomas Hamilton. Bob has recorded with film music composer Al Joshua on the film soundtrack to ‘Set The Thames On Fire’ which plays host to actors such as Noel Fielding and Sadie Frost, as well as with The Hamiltons and Bandini on both Tuba and Trombone. His other freelance work includes Hackney Colliery Band, Royal Shakespeare Company and Decibel Contemporary Music Ensemble and has played at many prestigious venues and festivals including Symphony Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Etihad Stadium, Beautiful Days’ Festival, Boomtown Fair, Wilderness Festival and Saffron Walden’s 8 Day Weekend Festival. Bob has also recorded at Air Studios in Hampstead for a variety of projects. 
 
In 2012 Bob performed the European Premier of Barbara York’s Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra ‘Wars and Rumors of War’ with Halesowen Symphony Orchestra, and regularly performs solo recitals.
 
As well as Tuba, Bob also freelances on Tenor and Bass Trombone, Euphonium and Ophicleide as well as doing some freelance conducting and arranging work. His Trombone work includes Brass Ensemble and Big Band work as well as Royal Shakespeare Company on Euphonium, and his conducting experience ranges from Chamber Music to Brass Bands and Concert Bands. Bob is an in house arranger for Hosen Brass and currently has two arrangements published with Warwick Music Publishing.

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Anna Tam

Anna Tam

Anna Tam

Anna was born in London and began learning the cello at the Bromley Youth Music Trust when she was 7. Later as principal cellist of their Symphony and Chamber Orchestras she won the National Festival of Music for Youth and toured throughout Europe and Canada giving televised performances. During her early studies she performed at the Wigmore Hall, London and sang at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice. Whilst at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she performed several times on BBC Radio 3, including at a Barbican festival of the works of Elliot Carter. Here she developed her long-standing interest in contemporary music, furthered by performing works by Frank Martin with the LPO Future Firsts at the Purcell Room, London. She continues to explore the 20th century and contemporary repertoire of the cello alongside an interest in the early repertoire of this instrument and the voice.

Chamber music performances have taken her across Europe, Africa and many times to the US where she has performed on radio and television. She performs with HarmonieMusik, the Rosamunde String Quartet and the Rubenstein Ensemble; and has toured in the UK and Sweden performing JS Bach’s solo suites for cello and contemporary cello works. In 2019 she performed at Tchaikovsky Great Hall, Moscow with the English Philharmonia.

A passion for early music, folk music and historical performance practice has led Anna to perform on various early instruments – baroque cello, viola da gamba, nyckelharpa and hurdy gurdy. She recently gave the premiere of two arias by Vivaldi on BBC 1’s ‘Britain’s Hidden Heritage’ and performs with Les Bougies Baroque.

Anna is the musical director of early music/folk ensemble ‘Wilde Roses’ with whom she sings and performs on various early instruments. The group’s debut album ‘Wilde Roses’ was released to critical claim in 2018 and their second album ‘Woven’ is due for release in autumn 2020 on the Rubicon Classics label.

“Gorgeous track…Gosh that’s amazing” Genevieve Tudor, BBC radio

“hypnotic and compelling, the work requiring fine accuracy of both pitch and timing which the pair pull off seemingly effortlessly” Fatea

“an extraordinary vocal performance…The instrumental work is excellent and cleverly arranged” Folking

“they pull you inexorably into a delicate fabric of instruments and voices…From any perspective, with this album they have more than achieved their objective” FolkWords

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