learning the piano
Bio: The piano was developed in the early 18th century. It is one of the most popular instruments in the world and is widely used in classical, pop and jazz music.
The sound is produced by pressing a key, which makes small hammers inside the piano strike strings. The modern invention of the Digital Piano/Keyboard now means that practice can be done in silence - potentially a blessing for all Parents!
Piano Lessons: We teach from 4 years and up
Acoustic Purchase price: From £1527 to over £100,000
Acoustic Rental price: From £65 per month
Digital Purchase price: From £300 to £1,000
Digital Rental price: From £35 per month
piano in performance
Jenni swiftly progressed through the ABRSM grades for violin with 8 distinctions and achieved the dipABRSM diploma, the Torbay Young Musician and the Director's Outstanding Award of the Torbay Schools Festival before moving to London to further her studies. She recently graduated from King's College London and also specialised in Advanced Performance Studies (violin) at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor Joshua Fisher. In 2014, she achieved the Licentiate award of the Royal Schools of Music in violin (LRSM), with viola as a related instrument. She performs regularly with numerous orchestras and ensembles, at theatres and for recording sessions, and her orchestral work has taken her to international stages such as the Edinburgh Festival and the Royal Festival Hall, working with soloists and conductors such as Toby Purser, Ed Gardner, Tom Poster and Guy Johnston. Jenni also manages and performs with the Grazioso String Quartet. She has been passionate about instrumental teaching since her school days, where she prepared beginner piano and violin students for ABRSM exams. Since moving to London to study music she continues to teach violin, viola, double bass and piano privately to students of all ages and abilities ranging from beginner to grade 8 standard. Her students have been successful in ABRSM exams, played in competitions, workshops, festivals and on the BBC. She also teaches music theory in order that students may pass grade 5 theory when they reach the equivalent playing standard. Jenni recently presented a series of education in schools workshops on the violin/viola as part of different outreach initiatives to inspire young musicians, and has taken great pleasure in directing young string groups in festivals and concerts, encouraging their ensemble skills. Jenni is the founder and leader of an 11-piece string group for young musicians who won their category at the South West of England Music Festival. She has helped mentor violin sections of the National Orchestra For All, a children’s orchestra that promotes musical provision for young people no matter what their level of experience, whilst enhancing students’ confidence and performance skills. Jenni encourages students to develop their own musical judgement and listening skills whilst solidifying technique, score reading and interpretation skills across a variety of genres and styles. Recognising that each student is an individual and following a teaching programme that incorporates their interests, Jenni is able to relate practical work accordingly to, say, theory that students may have learnt in school, history of music, music in film, historical violin pedagogy, general performance skills or Alexander technique. Jenni is passionate about sharing her experience and love of violin-playing with students of all ages and abilities.
James Pettinger is a professional jazz pianist, working and studying in London, based in the Greenwich area. He is a passionate teacher - he has been teaching for five years in various contexts; in schools, privately, and in other learning institutes, both in one-on-one and in groups. He teaches to a wide range of abilities and interests, including beginner and advanced graded classical music, graded jazz music, and popular music, and teaches from some of his own teaching resources.
James is now in his final year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he has been studying under some of the best jazz musicians in the UK. He has been gigging around London and the UK, including in some of the top jazz venues in the world, Ronnie Scott's and the Vortex.
Deborah is an italian singer and pianist based in the UK who began her artistic career at the age of 9, participating in several Opera productions of Donizetti theatre in Bergamo: Carmen (Bizet) , La Bohème (Puccini) Tosca (Puccini).
During her studies in piano and singing early in her life she fell in love with the voices of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and many others stars of the Soul music scene and she decided that she would have dedicated her entire life to music.
In 2009 she became EVT certified master teacher and she started to teach in different music school in Italy and Switzerland. Meanwhile she started to study with Albert Hera (Bobby McFerrin) and thanks to him she discovered the Circle songs world and she deepened her skills approaching other singing techniques, as BAPNE, a method created by Dr Javier Romero Naranjo which aims to develop the multiple intelligences related to singing.
In 2012 she got a Musictherapy degree and she started to work as music therapist for children with autism at Maugeri Hospital (Milano) and Fondazione Sospiro (Crema).
Over the years she has been also working as lead vocalist for different bands, gigging around Italy, Switzerland and the UK, working in many luxury hotels around the world and taking part of international projects.
Multi-talented teacher and musician, committed to providing a solid education in music appreciation through adapting to pupils needs and capture their interest and imagination. She has over 6 years of professional music-related experience, 4 of which have included private teaching which have run alongside her academic studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She feels confident that her enthusiastic approach and skills would inspire and support the next generation of young musicians to learn and develop.
At the end of this academic year, she will acquire a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance of the Saxophone. In addition hse has the necessary qualifications in clarinet, flute and piano, for which she has given lessons privately.
Alongside her degree, Bethany has received extra tuition in teaching, which has included going into schools in and around London and putting on group/class lessons which involved rhythmic games with percussion instruments, singing and clapping, and introducing the different instruments that she can play.
Being a multi-instrumentalist, she is a versatile individual and through her experience of teaching and performing, she can adapt to any situation. A meticulous planner of lessons, she ensures that everything is covered comprehensively allowing pupils the opportunity to perform confidently and progress to exams in a friendly environment.
Konstantin Georgiev was born in Maiski, Russia, in 1987. In 1993 his family moved to Bulgaria. In 1998 he stared his piano and bassoon music education at the Dobrin Petkov Music School. In 2006 he started to study in best Conservatoire of music in Bulgaria, in Sofia. In 2010 he finished his Bachelor Degree under the guidance of Prof. Marin Valchanov.
In 2012 he was awarded with a “TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON” full scholarship to start a PGD program in Trinity College of music for 2 years. He has played in important venues in UK like St John's Smith Square, Old Royal Naval College Chapel, St John's Waterloo, Conway Hall, Henry Wood Hall and Princess Alexandra Hall among others.
Awords & Scholarships:
Young Bassoon Competition until 18 years old - 1st place
Provadia National Competition for modern music- 3rd Place
Vernon Elliott Competition 2013 - 1st Place
Full Trinity Laban Scholarship- 2012
Finalist of Woodwind Competition in Trinity College- 2014
Stuart, who hails originally from Wales, has more than three years experience of piano teaching. Stuart is able to provide a comprehensive and thorough training for all ages and abilities. He holds a diploma from the London College of Music in Piano, and the Bachelor of Music of the University of West London.
Music Theory is an essential part of learning a instrument. Therefore, an element of theory is included in all of his lessons; with many of his pupils gaining high marks in both practical and theory. No pupil has ever failed. He has experience in teaching a wide range of abilities, someone playing piano for their A-level exam to children as young as 5 years and adults over 65.
Lessons are always fun and will give the pupil confidence in rhythm & music reading.
Stephen would describe himself as an eclectic musician, playing all styles of music including classical, blues, jazz, pop and rock. He has also composed over 200 songs including a number of children’s songs for an album he co-produced in 1985.
In 1977 he performed for HM The Queen during a Silver Jubilee concert. At this time he also began teaching music.
In 1982 he spent three months touring the US where he performed as a singer/songwriter across 16 states.
Throughout his career I have performed many times as a solo artist and has recorded 2 albums of his own music. He also has a number of songs published.
Children’s education has always been important to him. As a writer he has spent the past year writing questions and answers for a children’s educational board game called The Family Game. The questions covered all subjects taught in the National Curriculum and were written to be fun as well as educational.
Last year he worked with a local children’s theatre as musical director, during which time he arranged and taught songs to a group of children aged 7 to 15. Six months of rehearsal ended with a stage production in which the children acted and performed 6 songs at a local theatre.
A few years ago he also began developing an online piano teaching programme for children called Keyplay With Rees. It’s a zany approach to teaching piano that involves a spaceship, an eccentric piano teacher called Rees and a number of characters played by puppets. The principle aspects of teaching that he implemented in the programme are those that he uses for one-on-one lessons.
His approach to teaching is very informal. In fact, his main goal is to make the lessons as fun as possible by teaching pupils the kind of music they like to listen to. This helps to keep them enthusiastic and more inclined to practice.
Apart from music, he is also an actor, writer and artist. As an actor he has performed on stage in Covent Garden, as a fine artist held a solo exhibition at the 33Collective Gallery in Chicago and as a writer he has written several stage plays and screen plays. One of his stage plays called The Wrong Goodbye, was performed in Abingdon 2 years ago to capacity audiences and received an official endorsement from The Alzheimer’s Society.
Timothy Cape is a Musician and Educator based in London. Graduated from TrinityLaban Conservatoire, he has been recipient of the Daryl Runswick Prize from TrinityLaban and the Francis Chagrin award from Sound and Music, as well as being awarded a scholarship to study French Horn at the Apple Hill centre for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, USA in 2012.
He strives to create an environment of creativity and focused enjoyment in his teaching situations, has experience teaching a wide range of instruments on an individual basis, and he also gives extensive group workshops in Composition, Drumming and Improvisation.
From a family of musicians, Stephanie Legg has recently completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying with Gerard McChrystal and Mick Foster. Stephanie is enthusiastically working towards a career in solo/ensemble performance and also composition, having had the privilege of performing with musicians such as Tim Garland, Simone Robello, The Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra and contemporary composer Bill Connor. She has also performed in masterclasses with saxophonists such as Vincent David, Antonio Canovas, James Houlik, saxofonquadrat and most recently, Mario Marzi.
As a soloist, Stephanie has performed in venues such as The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and Waltham Abbey. As part of the British saxophone congress 2011, Stephanie was a soloist in performances of the Philip Glass concerto for saxophone quartet and symphony orchestra.
As a pianist, Stephanie regularly plays and accompanies instrumentalists for charity concerts in the North East of England and around London. Stephanie is very comfortable teaching piano and keyboard to students from very young ages as well as teaching adults.
Stephanie teaches piano for a number of different music agencies across London.
Born in Magenta,Milan, in 1989, Silvia Zanaboni began studying the piano when she was 13 under the guide of Silvia Peruzzi, student of Alberto Mozzati, one of the greatest Italian Piano Teacher of 20th century.
She did her first piano exam in Novara Conservatory when she was 16.Her talent was noticed by the internal examining Commission, who asked her to apply as an intern student in theirInstitute andshe started the Bachelor Degree in 2007 with Walter Bozzia. She studied chamber music with Mariagrazia Gazzola, student of Altenberg Trio of Wien.
She performed as soloist and with chamber music ensemblesin Italy ( Dal Verme Theater, Villa Simonetta, Classic Church Festival, Auditorium Bernasconi, Sala Bicchierai of Auxologico Institute, Sala La pianta, Milano Piano City 2013 and 2014…), in Switzerland, France ( for the 2011 Music Festival of Agenais, at the Espace le Regard du cygne of Paris), in Lithuania ( for the 2012 Vivace Vilnius Summer Festival of Music), and in Germany ( Gasthause of Frankfurt University). She also played for Radio Rai2 and in 2011 she was guest artist for ToBeContinued Radio Marathon.
She completed her Masters Degree in Piano Performance at the Conservatory of music in Novara, Italy, achieving distinction with Professor Michele Fedrigotti and at the Bern Hochschule der Kϋnste with Patricia Pagny.
Silvia won several music competitions: Moncalieri Music Competition and Lucca music Competition, Asti Music Competition, Concours National de France- Ville de Strasbourg .She already recorded two CDs, the first one as guest artist, in January 2012 for the 150th Claude Debussy’s anniversary , for the Bern Hochschuleand the second in January 2013 in Paris, with the piano music of Clément Variéras, a young french composer.
Furthermore she worked as a piano teacher in both a private studio(October 2008-to december 2014) and in Music schools ( “La mia nuova scuola di musica” , Arluno, from February 2012 to June 2013 and “ E.Curiel” Secondary School, Cornaredo ,from January 2012-to May 2013). Her students continue to achieve great results - winning various music competitions and succeeding in Conservatory examinations with excellent grades.
Sam started singing at the age of eleven when he became a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral, laying the groundwork for Sam’s training as a musician. Following this Sam went on to study at Oundle School, focussing on piano and voice. Sam currently balances his work as a Lay Clerk at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford with the private teaching and singing regularly in other ensembles including The Sixteen, The Erebus Ensemble and Siglo de Oro. Sam is also frequently booked as a soloist.
Sam is a young professional singer based in Oxford and London, who currently sings for the choir at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, providing music for the eight regular services each week. Sam’s teaching experience started working at Truro School just after leaving school. Here he was primarily involved in accompanying pupils’ exams and recitals but he also taught theory and gave additional coaching in piano and singing where required. Since leaving Truro Sam has graduated with a degree in Music from Manchester University, sung as a Lay Clerk at Manchester and Ely Cathedrals, taught private lessons, accompanied and conducted various ensembles and helped out as an assistant on outreach and education programmes developed by various vocal ensembles.
In his spare time, Sam enjoys good food and wine, going on long walks and watching rugby.
As a five-year-old she began learning piano and, since the age of six, she has played the cello in the class of Daniela Cherpokova-Nikolaeva at the Lybomir Pipkov National School of Music in Sofia (Bulgaria). Since September 2013, she is a student of prof. Stefan Popov in Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Penka has been a scholarship student of bothRaina Kabaivanska Foundation for gifted children, Communitas Foundation for exceptional achievements and skills and Yordan Kamdzhalov Music Trust.
She is a First Prize winner at the international competitions “Young Virtuosos” (2005 - 2010) in Sofia and “M.A.G.I.C.” (2007 and 2011) in Bourgas.In January 2012 together with her piano trio “Appassionato” won at the European Radio Competition “Concertino Praga – 2012”: the First Prize in a category “Trio” (chamber music), the special prize of the Czech Radio – “Helena Karaskova” and the prize of EMCY. In June the overall winners took part in the concert of Laureates in the “Dvorak” Hall (Rudolfinum) and at the concerts of Prize winners of South Bohemian Festival “Concertino Praga”. In July the trio recorded their programme in the Czech Radio which published their profile CD in November (2012). The trio performed solo recitals in Luxembourg and Germany at the invitation of EMCY (The European Union of Music Competitions for Youth) in March 2013. In April 2012 Penka won the Second Prize at the international competition for cellists “Karl Davidov” in Kuldiga, Latvia. In November 2013 she received the Third prize at the III M. Elsky International Contest of String Bow instruments performers in Minsk (Belarus). She refines her skills in the master classes of JérômePernoo, Prof. Vladimir Perlin, Mats Lidstrom, Dominique de Williencourt, Gavriel Lipkind , Seeli Toivio, Martin Zeller, “Talich” String Quartet, Prof. Grigory Feyghin, Elena Ashkenazy, Prof. Kevork Mardirossian, Alexander Zemcov,etc. In the period 2010-2012 she has also appeared at the International Chamber Music and Orchestra Course “Musica Mundi” (Belgium) and in the 10th International Summer course for chamber music “Hindemith” in Blonay (Switzerland).
Penka Petkova has performed as soloist of “Classic FM” Radio Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, the philharmonic orchestras of Plovdiv, Pleven and Vratsa (Bulgaria); “Liepaja” Latvian philharmonic orchestra and the Belarusian State Philharmonic.
In 2011 and 2012 she was awarded a Diploma for artistic achievement by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Penka has solo and chamber music recordings made for the Czech radio, Bulgarian National TV, Bulgarian National Radio and other broadcasting.
Penka has been teaching students of all ages, including very young children for over 5 years achieving very good results with her pupils.
I have a varied background which includes music, law, and, most recently, academia. At the age of 11, I was admitted to the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey, where I studied under Nikolai Demidenko. Subsequently, I attended Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, before taking up a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in 1996. I took second prize at the Claude Kahn International Piano Competition, in which I was the youngest participant, at the age of 16. In London, I also studied under Maria Curcio, whose disciples included Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, and Mitsuko Uchida. I have performed widely in the UK and abroad, and my concert engagements have included performances at the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. In the end, I chose not to pursue a career as a concert performer and first came to Oxford, where I am now permanently based, in 2005 to read for a Master's degree (M.St.) in Oriental Studies. Last year, I completed a DPhil (PhD) in Islamic history. I have also tutored in Arabic for the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Exeter College.
I teach the piano to students of all ages and abilities, mainly at my home in the Jericho area of central Oxford. In some cases, depending on the distances involved, I am willing to travel to students within Oxford. My youngest student to date was four years of age, my eldest in her sixties. I have taught complete beginners, students at Diploma level and beyond. I would describe my approach to teaching the piano as analytical: I try to proceed from a proper understanding of the unique strengths and weaknesses of the individual student rather than attempting to apply a single method to all. While I do not believe that exams are the best way of achieving progress in all learners, my students have a 100% pass rate for ABRSM and Trinity exams, the majority of them awarded Distinctions.
Paolo Marelli is an Italian guitarist, currently continuing his studies at Tech Music School doing performance degree. Paolo is a graduate from CPM, one of the most prestigious Italian music institutes. He has more than 10 years experience with tribute-acts and function bands, among them most noticeable were the band AKKA who recently provided music for the BBC's Eastenders and toured internationally.
During his professional career, he collaborated as a session musician with Italian Dance Labels Time Records and Minimal Chic Studio.
Paolo has been teaching privately for ten years, and taught at Kledi Dance Academy before moving to London to polish his skills both as a performer and as a tutor.
Aside from teaching, he currently performs with the duo Paolo & Julia and with many other function bands.
Nikolina graduated at National school for Music and Dance Art ‘’Dobrin Petkov’’ in Bulgaria. In 2011 and 2012 she took part in the projects ‘’Musical matinees’’ in Helikon center and also in Balabanov’s House Music Days. She performed at various events including concerts in one of the Fine Art galleries of Plovdiv. and the Academy of Music and Dance Arts in Plovdiv.
Nicolina won three awards at The Nikolai Rubinstein Competition, France, Paris, 2012, and the third prize at The International Schumann-Brahms competition – Plovdiv, 2011.
During all years of her training, she took part in masterclasses of world-class teachers like Branka Ziravac Jeremic (Serbia), Prof. Tamara Poddubnnaya (The USA, Russia) – 2006,2007, Andrean Lazarov (France, Bulgaria) – 2011, Anna Petrova (The USA, Bulgaria) – 2011 and 2012. At the moment, Nicolina is continuing her education in Music Performance at the University of West London, London College of Music.
In 2012 sheparticipated at a workshop on the Development of Young Pianists and Music Art led by the piano player Georgi Slavchev. She has been teaching for a few years and she has experience teaching students of all levels and ages. Her warm and caring personality and friendly approach enables her to establish very good relationships with her pupils who progress well under her guidance.
During her teenage years, as well as attending a normal state school during the week, Natalie attended the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama every Saturday for three years. She was given various opportunities there including playing for the Queen’s entrance to the Barbican and being conducted by the world famous, Gustavo Dudamel.
Currently Natalie is in her second year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. There she receives one to one lessons with professionals including Andy Hendrie and Bob Farley. She has also received various ensemble coaching with the likes of Roger Agente, Tony Cross and Roger Montgomery.
Before starting music college, Natalie was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and was very fortunate to be able to perform at the BBC Proms with them in 2012. She was also lucky to have performed at the Sage, Gateshead as well as many other venues across England.
As a soloist, Natalie has had many opportunities to perform with her local Brass Band. Her highlight of her soloist career so far though was definitely performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Hills Road Symphony Orchestra is Kings College – Cambridge as well as in Venice.
Now, Natalie has performed with many ensembles at Trinity Laban including the orchestras and wind bands. Outside of Trinity, Natalie has played for many amateur orchestras as well as being part of operas and other smaller ensembles.
Natalie has had one to one pupils in both music and academic aspects. She thrives highly off what a child can achieve and works hard to make lessons interesting, fun and beneficial. Natalie has also covered some group brass teaching at a private school and understands how to work well with children in groups. She quickly gained knowledge of the different standards of pupils and worked efficiently to make sure they all benefited from the lesson.
With her brass quintet and separately with Trinity Laban students, Natalie has done some workshops in primary schools that involved teaching children about instruments in general and what they have to offer.
Natalia started her music education privately at age of 5 and then entered the academic school of music at 7y.o. By the age of 11, she knew she wanted to make music her profession. She continued her musical education to higher grades in local College of Fine Arts and expanded her professional knowledge in various music subjects (theory, harmony, polyphony in music, analysis of musical form, musical criticism, reading and arrangements in orchestra and choir scores). Natalia graduated in Piano, Musicology and Research in music at The Ufa State Institute of Arts, which has been approved by UK NARIC to a British Bachelor (Honours) degree.
After graduating, she desired to continue her work in semantic research in music and started working on her dissertation "Semantic process in musical themes of D.Scarlatti's sonatas" under a brilliant guidance of her teacher mentor.During those years she published some work from her research, while working in Ufa College of Pedagogic and Music, and in an experimental school-studio for children and reading a course of lectures in music with a team of NQT piano payers -graduates. After having her daugther, Natalia devoted herself to her upbringing. Meanwhile, she was constantly noting thoughts about musical development in children. Having tested her techniques on her daughter's musical development, she emphasizes the importance of accents on the aural and sight-reading development.
Melissa has performed solo harp recitals at Buckingham Palace, for the Queen’s Coronation Festival, Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Gallery, Winchester Cathedral, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Royal College of Music (RCM), Salvi Harps Showroom London, St. Peter’s Church, Kensington and the Kammermusiksaal Köln, Germany. Other performing highlights include being selected to provide music for HRH Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music President’s Visit.
Melissa completed the Master of Music in Performance under the tutelage of harp Professor Daphne Boden at the Royal College of Music. Prior to this, she read Music at King’s College London, where she graduated with Honours, and received the LRAM teaching diploma with Distinction.
Her outreach work includes her involvement in learning and participation programmes at the Royal College of Music, and in delivering a bespoke instrumental and vocal teaching programme for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. She regularly provides music for care homes and charity events.
Marianne was inspired to begin learning the cello after hearing a performance of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.She has recently finished her Masters degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music studying with Joely Koos, kindly supported by a Leverhulme Trust Scholarship, a TCL Scholarship, a Music Students Hostel Trust Scholarship and a bursary from the TL Postgraduate Fund.
Previously, she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she developed a keen interest in chamber music, performing folk and contemporary music with her cello and harp duo in many venues across Manchester, including the RNCM Concert Hall and the Whitworth Art Gallery. She has also played in various string quartets and trios, and took part in the Pro Corda National String Ensemble School at the age of 17. Marianne travelled to the Czech Republic in 2008 to take part in the Litomysl Music Festival, studying for two weeks with Evan Ratay and performing alongside members of the Wihan Quartet. She is a member of the Hormadne Piano Trio, with whom she recently had a concert tour of Portugal, performing Schubert’s Trio in E flat in the cities of Porto and Alveiro.
Marianne has taken part in masterclasses with many distinguished artists including Ralph Kirshbaum, Raphael Wallfisch, Natalie Clein, Matthew Barley, Hannah Roberts and Emma Ferrand, and has had chamber music coaching with members of the Endellion, Wihan and Alban Berg string quartets.
She began teaching piano at the age of 16, and shortly after started taking on cello students. Her experiences over the years working with top professors in both cello and piano have inspired her to establish her own teaching base in London, and she currently has many students ranging from the age of just four to the age of sixty eight, and varying abilities from complete beginner to grade eight. She likes to make her lessons interesting and fun, and ensure that over time her students enjoy playing and performing as much as she does.
Mariana studied recorder, singing and keyboard at the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire in her native city of Lisbon. She was a founding member of this school’'s early music group Turba Conservatoriense, and was part of the National Conservatoire Baroque Orchestra. She was a member of the Peregrinação Choir at the same school, with which she recorded an album in 2008. She furthered her recorder studies at the Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute, earning her Master of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Musicology by the Lisbon Nova University.
She has performed numerous concerts around Portugal, both as a soloist and as part of a group, including a concert at the Belem Cultural Centre in a concert transmitted live by Antena 2 and later broadcast by BBC 3. Mariana has sung in several chamber, symphonic and operatic choirs, and in 2002 was invited to become a member of the Lisbon Chamber Choir with which she recorded 5 albums. Since her move to the UK she has joined the London Philharmonic Choir and continues working as a soloist. Parallel to her life as a performer, she has dedicated herself to teaching, having taught recorder, instrumental ensemble and choir at schools such as the Caldas da Rainha Conservatoire and the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire.
Liesl Adriaans is a Contemporary Vocalist and Instrumentalist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa.She has a background in Classical, Gospel and Contemporary Music, and her influences lie in the soul and jazz genres. She has extensive experience performing in notable venues around the world, such as the Laeiszhalle performance hall in Germany with her church choir, the Royal Albert Hall in 2007, as part of a musical ensemble with her high school, and in many different music venues around London as a solo vocalist. She has been classically trained in Piano from the age of eleven, and trained in contemporary styles in Vocals from the age of fourteen.
Liesl is currently in her second year of BIMM University, studying Popular Music Performance. Following her degree, she hopes to go on to achieving her Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. She has been teaching beginner/intermediate Piano and Singing privately for the past year, and she has taught students from the ages of 3 up to the ages of 14. Liesl has a positive and upbeat energy, and she always aims to ensure when teaching, that her lessons are interactive and as enjoyable as possible, by tailoring her teaching methods specifically to each student.
Liam McCloud is a drummer and percussionist based in London. A graduate from the London College of Music, Liam has taken up a career in music performance and teaching.
I have been involved in music since the age of 9 and have since become a sought-after performer.
My experience has ranged from performing rock music with London based bands FO and the Sailing Stones, to appearing at the Brass Band national championships on percussion with South Milford Brass. My love of Jazz music has lead me to become affiliated with Jazz function band Jazzfields, the LCM Big Band and various Jazz ensembles in and around the London Jazz scene. I have also enjoyed being a part of many Musical Theatre productions on drum kit and percussion such as Rent, Fame, Just So, Spelling Bee, Saturday Night and Spring Awakening. At Music College I got involved with Latin and Samba music and have since played at the Shepherds Bush Empire with the LCM Bloco and gone on to perform with Paraiso Brazilian School of Samba at Cargo, Guanabara and Notting Hill Carniva as well as in the Warner Brothers film Pan. Music College also brought about many studio sessions as a performer and recording engineer, he has performed on a range of styles and genres.
I currently teach at St Joseph’s RC primary school in Sloane square where I am in charge of leading the schools samba club, performing authentic Rio carnival music with the children, ready to show off at the end of year concerts and summer carnivals. I also assist with the delivery of the music workshop at share community – an organisation designed to help and support adults with learning difficulties. I have also taught drum kit and group percussion lessons at St Marks RC school in Hounslow. Liam conducts private drum kit and percussion lessons at Bell Percussion in Acton as well.
Kin is a classical musician with 15 years of piano, violin, viola, music theory teaching and orchestra conducting experience, both in primary and secondary school classes and teaching individual students. This included preparing and training for music exams (ABRSM, Trinity College London and London College of Music).
Most of Kin's students have passed in their grade practical and theory exams, from initial grade to grade 8, in both ABRSM, Trinity College London and London College of Music. Many of them have achieved Merit or Distinction in grade 8, both piano and violin. For music diplomas, the highest mark which the student achieved in the Associate Diploma from Trinity College London in Solo piano was 82, and for the Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College London in Solo piano this was 92.
Kin believes every music student needs a certain level of standard to aspire and attain, and the discipline of learning an instrument is important to all of us. Kin hopes he has a chance to help music students measure their progress and performance against the standard worldwide
Jim Molyneux is a London-based drummer/percussionist, pianist, accordionist, vocalist and composer/producer hailing from Littleborough, near Manchester.
He studied at Chethams School of Music for five years before moving on to the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated from in 2013.
In 2008 Jim made it to the highly acclaimed Grand Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, after beating off national competition to triumph in the percussion section. The Grand Final was televised on BBC2 to 1.1 million viewers.
More recently, in 2014 Jim founded jazz/R&B/hip hop outfit Glowrogues; a 7-piece line up of musicians from Manchester and Birmingham's thriving young jazz scenes. The band play Jim's own self-composed music and have already toured the UK.
Jim Molyneux is a proud endorsee of Jalapeno Drums, and also uses a Roland SPDSX.
Irene is an experienced violin teacher originally from Spain. After ten years of studying music and specialising in violin in the Conservatory of Music, Cádiz she has completed an Undergraduate Degree in Education, specialising in Music Education at University of Cádiz (Spain) in 2007. She is currently undertaking private lessons with Claudio Forcada in London. Irene has a substantial experience working with children, she taught at Music School of Soto del Real in Madrid, D'Arezzo Music School in Cádiz and taught privately around England since her relocation to UK. As well as her private teaching, she works at the nursery at St Paul's in London where her duties include music and movement actives for toddlers. During her teaching career she managed to prepare children for various examinations and her pupils continue to achieve very good results.
Harry is a professionally trained self-employed musician. He recently graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance (saxophone). In addition to his saxophone playing, Harry also has a strong knowledge of flute, clarinet and the piano. Harry has performed in many musical environments from Jazz to Classical and beyond. He has experience teaching both large groups and one-to-one. His dynamic lessons have proved to be both insightful and motivating.
Davide Sciortino is a professional singer-songwriter and producer. Originally from Palermo (Italy) he started his music career at a very young age, performing on stage with some of the biggest Italian artists on the scene.His background is mainly soul music and jazz as Davide musically grew up studying on soul classics of Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway before moving towards jazz standards and hip hop. He moved to London in 2009 and he is now a graduate at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (London), currently among the best universities in Europe for its music education. He is currently lead singer and musical director of London based soul bands Retrospective For Love and The Fresh Prints. He is also resident musician for top London venues such as The Bassoon Bar and Harvey Nichols (OXO Tower).Davide has taught singing and piano, and music technology to people from an early age to their late 40s. Having worked as a nanny for many years in past, he approaches teaching children in the most natural way. He is very passionate about education and he strongly thinks that music can open people's mind and can help them building good self-confidence while having fun.
Daniel is a Spanish clarinettist and saxophonist currently studying the musical instrument repair trade at South Thames College in London. He read his Bachelor’s degree with honours in clarinet, symphony orchestra and chamber music and obtained the first prize to perform the Aaron Copland’s clarinet concert with the orchestra at Higher School of Music in Seville (Spain). In addition, he took part in several master-classes and training courses all around the world with clarinettists such as Andreas Sundén, Nicholas Cox, Radovan Cavallin, César Martín, Hedwig Swimberghe, Ramón Barona, Dimitry Ashkenazy, J.E. Lluna, Josep Fuster, Justo Sanz, Piotr Szymyslic or José Luís Estellés. Daniel has also performed with several music groups such as clarinet quartets, wind quintets, wind ensembles, symphonic concert bands of music or youth and professional symphony orchestras. He has had special opportunities to work with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville (ROSS) and the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra (OCG) performing with well-known musicians such as the opera singer Plácido Domingo and guest conductors from all over the world. Furthermore, since his relocated to London, Daniel has performed with British orchestras such as the University of London Symphony Orchestra (ULSO). Daniel has worked as a private music teacher, and always adapts his lessons to students’ needs and levels in order to help them to achieve their goals.
Chloe graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance last year. She also gained a Licentiate of Trinity College London Diploma in Instrumental and Vocal teaching. Chloe began performing from the age of 9 and enjoyed many years touring and competing in National Music festivals both in an ensemble and as a soloist. At the age of 15 Chloe won a place with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and furthered her studies at Trinity Laban. More recently Chloe has sung at many BBC proms, competed at the Junior Kathleen Ferrier Competition and performed at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. She now enjoys a varied career as a freelance Singer and Teacher of Piano and Singing.
Callista is a London based pianist, recorder player and violist. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) having gained both a BMus(Hons) and a PGDip in Piano Performance. She is fortunate to have performed all over England, Scotland and the Isles, France and Georgia.
In her busy teaching and performing schedule, Callista still finds time to participate in various musical projects, which have taken her to the Riverside Studios, the Dominion Theatre, Wembley Arena, O2 Arena and numerous live music venues around London.
Callista has a passion for all genres of music whether be it Classical, Pop or otherwise. She values working alongside other composers and writers and being involved in the creative process.
Maintaining a friendly, supportive and assertive approach to teaching, Callista revels in teaching a broad spectrum of abilities, from complete beginners to more advanced pupils. She has a great range of repertoire and will adapt and adopt music of any genre from which the pupil would like to learn.
Callista's sessions are always lively and engaging; her modus operandi, with regards to the MusicHour, is to emphasise the pure enjoyment of playing and mastering a wide range of repertoire rather than focusing on examinations. However, should the student wish to be entered for ABRSM examinations, Callista is more than happy to prepare them thoroughly and guide them through the process. She maintains a 100% pass rate.