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Adult Choir

Age/Level: Some sight-reading required Time: 9:45am - 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 Drumming

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

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

Adult Flute Group

Age/Level: Grade 4+ Time: 11:00am - 11:30am Taught By: Hollie Macdonald

An intermediate to advanced group exploring flute quartet and quintet repertoire.

Adult Instrumental Group

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

A mixed instrumental group working on jazz and classical repertoire.

Musicianship - grade 5 theory level by June.

Age/Level: Grade 3-5, GCSE Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm Taught By: Owen Dawson

Owen Dawson, a Royal Academy of Music jazz graduate, will take you through a topic in the ABRSM Grade 5 theory book each week, 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!

Students must be roughly grade 4 theory level to begin this year-long course and come equipped with the ABSRM grade 5 theory book.

Adult Recorders

Age/Level: Intermediate Time: 8:45am - 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.

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.

Adult Singing Group

Age/Level: All abilities Time: 10:00am - 10:45am Taught By: Dina Azzam

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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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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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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Hollie Macdonald

Hollie Macdonald

Hollie Macdonald

Hollie Macdonald is a professional freelance flautist and flute tutor. Hollie joined the Young Music Makers team in September 2015 and teaches 2 small recorder groups, the adult flute group as well as individual tuition for mixed ages and abilities.

Hollie has over 12 years of teaching experience and also teaches at Blackheath Conservatoire and Putney High School. Hollie is a deeply committed and enthusiastic teacher and also enjoys a varied freelance career playing with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and British Sinfonietta.

www.holliemacdonaldflute.com

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Malcolm Abbs

Malcolm Abbs

Malcolm Abbs

Variety has always been the spice in Malcolm’s musical life.  Singing, clarinet and guitar playing feature in his performances – in concert halls, theatres, cabaret, radio and TV.  His choral compositions have been performed by the King's Singers, The Chapel Royal, the Highgate Choral Society and the City Glee Club, and featured on BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week. Six of his children’s songs are published by A & C Black.   

As a teacher, Malcolm encourages his students to adopt an open-minded approach to music-making so that they can always find something they really enjoy.

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Owen Dawson

Owen Dawson

Owen Dawson

Originally from Ipswich in Suffolk, Owen Dawson is now a London based trombonist with a career including work on the West End (Sinatra: The Man And His Music), performances with some of the country's finest Big Bands (Hermeto Pascoal, BBC Big Band, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, London Jazz Orchestra) and appearances at festivals with artists such as Jimmy Somerville and Bellowhead. Educated on the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Jazz programme, Owen is also an active composer, pianist and exponent of the electric trombone in situations ranging from free, improvised music to his own collectively run band, Big Bad Wolf.

www.bigbadwolf.london

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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.

www.milunamusic.com
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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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Dina Azzam

Dina Azzam

Dina Azzam

Dina works across a variety of genres ranging from Jazz to Contemporary Music. She holds a master’s degree in Jazz Vocals from the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden in Germany, specialising in methodology and didactics of the voice. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and is currently teaching Jazz courses at the City Lit Institute in London, has taught at the Vocational College for the blind and visually disabled in Nuremberg and was head of the ‘Freie Musikschule Music Loft’, Aachen.

She has worked with students of all ages and levels in a variety of musical genres. Dina’s main focus is giving the necessary technical and musical tools to sing with confidence and ease.

Dina teaches the Junior Choirs, Adult Beginner Choir and is available for individual lessons.

DinaAzzam.co.uk

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