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Alex Merritt

Alex Merritt

Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Alex graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2009, where he studied with saxophonists Mike Williams, Julian Seigel, Jean Toussaint and composers Hans Koller and Mike Gibbs, and has been freelancing in London and Cambridge for the last 6 years.

Alex has been fortunate to be busy as both a performer and an educator since his time in Birmingham. His quartet, featuring the great american drummer Jeff Williams has recently released a very well acclaimed debut cd called 'Anatta' which has seen them perform around the UK at acclaimed venues such as Ronnie Scotts and The Vortex as well as leading workshops at music colleges.

Alex is also a visiting saxophone teacher and lecturer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and finds that his playing endeavours naturally informs all of his teaching experiences whether he is working with more advanced students or total beginners.

Alex has an enthusiasm for music and learning that is infectious and makes his lessons constantly fun and engaging. We are sure you will enjoying learning with Alex as much as he will enjoy teaching you!

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Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

Being inspired by Jazz in his early years, Chris graduated from Middlesex University with a 1st class honours in Jazz Studies in 2004. Since then, he has been an active member of the thriving music scene in London covering genres far and wide; ranging from electro pop and left field rock to African folk and free improv. Being involved in this vast array of styles has allowed Chris to develop a unique voice both as a musician and composer. This has led to critical acclaim and awards for a number of bands, performances at prestigious venues and festivals, as well as numerous TV and radio sessions broadcast around the world.

As well as developing technical ability along with awareness of harmony and theory, Chris encourages students to embrace improvisation and explore music through their instrument; drawing a link between the music that one feels as a listener and the music that one plays as a young musician.

With Mercury-nominated Led Bib set to release their sixth album and recording dates scheduled for a number of other bands (Let Spin, Metamorphic, Arun Ghosh, Namvula) all in early 2017, Chris will also be undertaking an MA in Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music, continuing his own development as a performer, composer, and music educator.

Led Bib

http://www.ledbib.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=225ymLT5N2s

Namvula

http://www.namvula.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5nxnUehhWY

Arun Ghosh

https://soundcloud.com/arunghosh/sufistomp

Let Spin

http://letspinband.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDDrd0LEwxQ&index=4&list=PLRAPAne7g7pn_PxEnWvAYUlxdjos2e7kW

Metamorphic

http://www.metamorphic.org.uk/

https://metamorphic.bandcamp.com/track/what-is-real

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Daisy Coole

Daisy Coole

Instruments: Flute, Saxophone

Daisy Coole is a composer, woodwind specialist and educator... and former YMM student! After graduating from university with a 1st Class BA Honours degree in music and both department prizes for performance and composition, she toured Europe with internationally-renowned bands, appearing on radio and television alongside artists such as Lady Gaga, and as a featured saxophonist on BBC Radio 6 Music.

She co-founded composition company Two Twenty Two in 2014 and continues to work with some of the top session musicians in London, earning a Children's Television BAFTA nomination, writing music for clients such as Sky and Selfridges, and composing film scores.

Daisy is passionate about music education and, alongside her role as YMM Music Director, teaches woodwind in various Camden schools and directs several youth bands. "Young Music Makers Saturday music school played a vital role in my childhood. Not only did it cement my love of playing and lead to a career in music, I gained some amazing friends for life!"

www.twotwentytwomusic.com

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Alex Griffiths

Alex Griffiths

Instruments: Flute, Recorder

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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Layil Barr

Layil Barr

Instruments: Recorder

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
https://www.youtube.com/channe...

Layil Barr - YouTube
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Malcolm Abbs

Malcolm Abbs

Instruments: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone

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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Sara Minelli

Sara Minelli

Instruments: Flute, Recorder

Sara is an Italian flautist based in London since 2011. She graduated in flute and music education (teaching qualification) at Conservatoire “F. Morlacchi” in Perugia and obtained a Diploma of Specialisation in flute at the Academy of Music in Florence. Her teachers include R. Fabbriciani and M. Cox in London.

Sara has received recognitions and awards as soloist performer at International Prize: “V. Bucchi” in Rome, Prize “A. Gori” in Siena, the competition “Five days for the New Music” in Milan, and qualified in orchestral auditions including the Orquestra do Norte in Portugal.

Since working with the composer A. Solbiati as the performer of his works for solo flute, Sara has developed a great passion for new music on her instrument. She has since worked with many composers and has played new music for the flute at Kettle’s Yard and Robinson College in Cambridge, Festival Pontino (Sermoneta), Equator’s Women of the World Festival (London), Gamo Association for the New Music (Florence), Tema Academy for the New Music (Milan), and Music Library “O. Trotta” (Perugia).

Sara has worked with many orchestras including Milan Symphony Orchestra “G.Verdi” and has played in a S.Sciarrino’s première at Festival delle Nazioni - Città di Castello.

Since living in London she has worked with THAMES, Newham Academy of Music and Chepstow House School in Notting Hill.

Sara enjoys sharing her passion for music and has been teaching for over ten years working with students aged from 4 months to 70 years old.

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Tom Scratchley

Tom Scratchley

Instruments: Clarinet

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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