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Beginner Rhythm

Age/Level: 6+ (year 2) Time: 10:15am - 10:45am Taught By: Meadow Brooks

An exciting introduction to the world of rhythm, developing skills which can be taken onto any instrument but are well-suited to moving to individual lessons on percussion or drum kit.

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Beginner Recorder

Age/Level: 6+ Year 2 Complete beginners Time: 9:45am - 10:15am Taught By: Martina Mihulkova

Taking their first steps on the recorder, students will also learn basic notation and how to keep a steady beat when playing. After the third week of term, newcomers must have one-to-one lessons with Martina before joining the group.

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Choir 1

Age/Level: Age 6-8 Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm Taught By: Jason Charles-Nelson

A fun selection of educational and silly songs to explore our voices and get first experiences in singing in a group, mixed in with movement games and Orff elements.

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Beginner Ukulele

Age/Level: Year 2 (Age 6/7) - Year 5 (Age 9/10) Time: 9:45am - 10:15am Taught By:

The first of four fantastic ukulele groups, this one is for beginners who learn to play and love to sing together! Students then progress to Ukulele 1, moving up through the ukulele pathway, often simultaneously with guitar or vocal lessons, and onto Rock n' Pop, Jazz bands or classical guitar ensembles.

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Meadow Brooks

Meadow Brooks

Meadow Brooks

Meadow is a passionate educator and has experienced first-hand how transformative inspirational tuition can be. She is committed to the accessible and inclusive delivery of music education. She is regularly engaged by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Education initiative, Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, London Chamber Orchestra, Camden Music Service, City Lit Adult College and the National Youth Orchestra; delivering workshops across the country for their renowned Inspire programme. She’s also a Benedetti Foundation ambassador and has worked with the Wigmore Hall, Hold the Drama and Percworks, the UK’s leading online percussion education platform.

Meadow was a Category Finalist on the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and has presented solo recitals at the Budleigh Salterton Music Festival and RAM’s inaugural Student Create Festival as well as attending the Dartington International Summer School as a Jazz Scholar, touring the UK with Street Orchestra Live and performing at Glastonbury Festival (2013/2019/2021).

She has worked alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra (BBC Proms), London Contemporary Orchestra (BBC3 live recording), Cambridge Opera Society, Australian Bushfire Benefit Orchestra and the Southbank’s Mighty River Project. She performs regularly with the Pegasus Opera Company, Orion Orchestra, Norfolk Symphony Orchestra and Odyssey Festival Orchestra.

Meadow is in the last year of study for her BMus(Hons) at The Royal Academy of Music, where she will be completing an intensive Master’s degree in 2023-24. During her studies, she’s performed with the Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson and Ludovic Morlot, as well as with the Royal Academy Opera and Musical Theatre Company. She’s also been involved in contemporary/chamber projects, including performing with the Manson Ensemble, alongside the Riot ensemble, recording an album for Linn Records under the leadership of Barbara Hannigan, collaborating with students of the Julliard School and even premiering a new work for solo vibraphone in association with the RAM’s 200 Pieces collection.

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Martina Mihulkova

Martina Mihulkova

Martina Mihulkova

Martina is a versatile flute player and enthusiastic teacher from the Czech Republic. She trained in Classical Flute and Jazz Flute Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has freelanced with orchestras, touring the UK with Czech National Symphony Orchestra, or Scandinavia with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and playing flute and piccolo in theatre pits in ballet and opera productions. Exploring her interest in groove and improvising, she is currently specialising in Brazilian music, performing with Rhythms of the City samba band as a percussionist and with Offbeat Collective as a flautist.

She has taught students of different levels and ages, helping them achieve their musical goals and discover their creative potential. She has lead creative music workshops for The Music FunDation in Prague and taught a seminar on Creativity in Music at the Teplice Conservatoire.

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Jason Charles-Nelson

Jason Charles-Nelson

Jason Charles-Nelson

I am a professional musical director and composer, specialising primarily in tonal music and soundscape design. My works are rather eclectic, in that there is no commonly occurring theme amongst them in terms of style or genre. Having had the opportunity to gain plenty of experience from working in my specialist field whilst studying for my bachelors degree, I have rapidly acquired a vast amount of skills and music-related knowledge, particularly from a creative and performance-related perspective.

Primarily a skilled pianist, I have been fortunate enough to tour with various ensembles, performing in countries across Europe and the Caribbean, on renowned stages such as the Royal Albert Hall and ITV's “The X Factor”.

With an advanced understanding of the capabilities of varying instruments, I am capable of operating within any musical genre to a high level of proficiency, as well as directing performers and ensembles in the same manner.

Thanks to years of experience in learning to operate music production software such as Logic Pro (and Pro Tools), I am fully adept at autonomously carrying out the recording process by way of digital production, an invaluable skill in this modern age of music. My experience in teaching and tutoring various students has greatly aided my ability to communicate ideas in a clear, comprehensible manner, a skill which further qualifies me as a capable director, along with my immediate work history in musical theatre. 

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