Key Tutors

Kerry Andrew

Kerry Andrew is a composer and performer working chiefly in contemporary vocal music and music-theatre with a twist of pop, jazz, folk, world music traditions and electronica. Her choral music is published widely by Oxford University Press and by Faber Music and is released on the Boreas Music label. Her music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and Classic FM, and has been heard at LSO St Luke's, the Royal Academy of Art, York Minster, Westminster Cathedral, Wigmore Hall and the South Bank. Performers of her work include Nicholas Clapton, Black Hair, Jane Manning, the Hilliard Ensemble and Australia's leading contemporary music ensemble Halcyon. Kerry is an experienced music educator, having led large-scale educational and community projects with Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Music, Drake Music and Trinity/LABAN; she is also 2010/11's Composer In Residence at Handel House in London. Kerry is a member of experimental a cappella trio juice ('the 21st century's answer to the Swingles or the King's Singers' - The Times) who are currently recording their debut album with the 'nonclassical' label. She also co-founded the chamber-jazz/classical collective DOLLYman ('what Tom Waits' band would sound like if he popped out for a smoke' - Time Out), and sings with prog-jazzers Metamorphic. She recently launched her looped-based alt-folk solo project, You Are Wolf, with an EP, 'hunting little songs'.

Issie Barratt

Issie Barratt is an internationally active composer, conductor, baritone player and educator whose commissions include works for Voice of the North, Bohuslän Big Band, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, 4th Dimension String Quartet, The North Cheshire Wind Orchestra, OAE, PRS Foundation for New Music, The Germeinderat of Unterägeri, RNCMs String Orchestra, TCM’s Contemporary Jazz Ensemble and Conservatoires UK Big Band.  Her works often feature internationally renowned artists including Anders Bergcrantz, Gary Burton, Mark Lockheart, Joe Locke, Tommy Smith and Steve Waterman and frequently share the billing with fellow composers Mike Gibbs and John Warren.  Issie was featured as a rising Star in the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2001 and Featured UK Artist at the 2007 IAJE conference in Toronto. Her music has been recorded by the Delta Sax Quartet: Dedicated to you but you weren’t listening, Bohuslän Big Band: Letter to Billie, Vortex Foundation Big Band Charybdis as well as by her own 22-piece jazz orchestra on her highly acclaimed debut album “Astral Pleasures”, produced by Mike Gibbs and released in November 2008 on her own label Fuzzy Moon Records

Kuljit Bhamra

Kuljit Bhamra is perhaps the most inspiring and influential musician, composer and record producer on the British Asian music scene. Spearhead of the Bhangra movement, Kuljit has composed and produced over 2000 songs and is responsible for the rise to fame of numerous Bhangra and Bollywood stars.  He has worked, both independently and collaboratively, on film scores for over ten years, including the soundtrack for the award winning Bhaji on the Beach, A Winter of Love, Bend it Like Beckham and appearances on The Guru, The Four Feathers and more recently Alexander, Brick Lane and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.  Kuljit also appeared on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Bombay Dreams. He was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree by  Exeter University and his ground-breaking work as Artistic Director of SPNM in the fields of collaborative work resulted him being awarded an MBE for services to bhangra and British Asian music.

Alison Cox

Alison Cox studied composition at the Royal Northern College of Music with Dr. Anthony Gilbert and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. In1979 she spent a year in Australia working with young film-makers. Her orchestral composition 'Trilithon' was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize in 1980 and more recently, her ensemble piece 'Countries of the Commonwealth' was performed in Westminster Abbey as part of the 2009 Commonwealth Observance Day celebrations.  Alison has developed national and international links with an increasing number of professional ensembles and organisations and also collaborates regularly with musicians and composers from all over the world. In 2004 she became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Alison was invited to organise a special concert at Buckingham Palace in March 2005 as part of the Queen's Music Day and in November 2005, as the Founder and Musical Director of 'The Commonwealth Resounds!' she initiated new projects with musicians from many different countries, and has continued to develop these in successive Commonwealth events.  Alison Cox is Head of Composition at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, an international specialist music school based near London in the UK. She also creates and runs many outreach programmes in the community, including the award-winning pupil-led IMPULSE programme, and has recently been awarded a Distinction for her work by the National Teaching Awards.

Aidan Goetzee

Aidan Goetzee began his professional life as a flute player after studying at the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with Michel Debost in Paris. He went on to work with the RPO, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, London Contemporary Dance, the Lindsay Kemp Company and the contemporary music group Aquarius. He wrote music for theatre and video and became increasingly involved in the creative applications of recording technology.  Since gaining his MSc in Music Information Technology at City University in 1998, he has taught at Eton College and Westminster School and has established Music Technology departments at Winchester College and Latymer Upper School. He became a full-time member of staff at the Purcell School in 2001 and played a key role in designing, equipping and maintaining the new studios and computer music facilities. He has established new courses in film music and in film making and is an examiner for Edexcel.

David Horne

With over ninety published works, David Horne has received commissions from major soloists, orchestras and ensembles including Evelyn Glennie, Scottish Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonetta, Nash Ensemble and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His music is frequently commissioned and performed abroad, including recently at festivals in Berlin, Paris, Rome, Singapore and Strasbourg. He is active as a pianist and won the piano section of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1988. David is highly sought after as a workshop leader and has recently led projects for the London Sinfonietta, BCMG, SPNM, Aldeburgh Festival and Wigmore Hall. He was composer in association with the RLPO from 2000-2003, led the New Music/New Media course for the Britten-Pears School in 2004 and from 2006/07 was a visiting professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music. All his compositions are published by Boosey and Hawkes and he has been recorded on BMG and NMC labels among others.


Creative Team

Nina Ashton

Nina Ashton plays the bassoon and about to enter her final year at Cambridge University. She was previously a miscreant at the Purcell School and was principal bassoon of the National Youth Orchestra in 2007, and is now principal of Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Intercollegiate Instrumental Award Scheme. In December 2009, she was very excited to premiere a concerto, and is looking forward to two more concerto performances in Cambridge next year. When not cycling a little too fast between lectures and rehearsals, she enjoys making jewellery and reminiscing about planting trees in Madagascar.

Stef Conner

Stef Conner is a performer and composer specializing in contemporary vocal music and jazz. Her compositions have been performed by the Chimera Ensemble (2005), John Potter (York Spring Festival, 2007), the Ebor Singers (2008), Juice (2009) and Bright Cecilia (2009). Her opera ‘Dust in Space’ was premiered in York Minster (2008) and her carol ‘This Endris Night’ was performed by Northumbrian folk artists Rachel Unthank and the Winterset on BBC Radio 2 (2008). Stef completed her undergraduate (2005, starred first) Master's degrees (distinction, 2007) in York. She is a singer and pianist and performs in the band Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, with whom she has toured Europe, the USA and Australia, performing at many festivals and events, including the Mercury Music Awards, BBC Folk Awards, Glastonbury, the Big Chill, Aldeburgh Proms and Womad. She has also performed on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Ulster and 6 Music. Stef is currently working towards an AHRC-funded PhD in composition with Professor William Brooks.

Sarah Dacey

Sarah Dacey is a freelance singer and teacher based in London. She has an MA in Contemporary Studies from the University of York and a Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Studies from the Royal Academy of Music, London.  She has worked with many internationally renowned ensembles including the BBC Singers, Exaudi, Philharmonia Voices, Tenebrae and the Netherlands Radio Choir. She is a member of the critically acclaimed Juice Vocal Ensemble and contemporary cabaret ensemble, Cabaret Fou. Sarah also teaches singing at Rosebery School, Epsom, The Charter School, Dulwich and Junior Trinity, Greenwich.

Jon Daou

Jon Daou started his musical studies learning percussion at the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) in Westminster, eventually playing this with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and drumming in various jazz & funk groups.  He later studied the piano and trombone.  Towards the end of his time at the CYM, he acted on his love for composition and took up lessons, eventually gaining a place at the Purcell School as a composer.  He there learned under Simon Speare and David Buckley.  He has since written music for concert, film & TV and dramatic stage works.  He currently studies at the Guildhall School of Music Drama, doing a full-time course in composition and electronic music.

Mark Donlon

Mark Donlon studied at the Royal Academy of Music, The Gujildhall School of Music and Drama, and London University. He has been pursuing an active career as a Jazz Pianist on the UK and international scene, giving live performances and boradcasts in many countries. He is especially known on the Jazz scene for his involvement withLatin Jazz and Cuban music. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Jazz at Leeds College of Music in Yorkshire. He has composed a lot of msuic for solo piano, as well as orchestarl pieces, works for Jazz orchestra, songs, and instrumental music.

Mick Foster

Mick Foster studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He has since worked extensively in the fields of jazz, commercial and classical music as a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer. He has played and recorded with a wide range of musicians including Stan Sulzmann, Michael Garrick, The London Jazz Orchestra, Issie Barratt, La Banda Europa, Digby Fairweather and the Back To Basie Orchestra.  He has also worked with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Trudy Kerr, Mark Lockheart, Guy Barker, The Philharmonia Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

As a composer, Mick has written for various jazz and classical ensembles and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Mick teaches at Trinity College of Music, Junior Trinity and  the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Adam Gorb

Adam Gorb is one of the most performed of all contemporary composers. He is published by Peters Edition, Ricordi and Maecenas amongst others, and his works have won much acclaim, including three British Composer awards. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast world wide. He is probably the leading composer of Wind Ensemble repertoire in the UK, and there have been dozens of recordings featuring many of these works released world wide. Recently a CD with four of his pieces was released on the NMC label. He has taught composition in Conservatoires, Universities and schools in Austria, Lithuania, Germany, the USA, Canada and Japan as well as in most of the leading places in the UK. He has been Head of School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester since 2000 and was recently made a Professor there. 

Damien Harron

Damien Harron is a percussionist and composer specialising in music-theatre and repertoire that employs unusual instruments.  He is a co-founder of BackBeat Percussion Quartet with which he has received numerous awards including the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize (UK), the Concert Artists Guild Prize (USA) and the gold medal at the Osaka Chamber Music Festa (Japan).   As a composer, Damien has written many works involving young people.  These works include a BBC commission for the 2002 Blue Peter Prom.  Damien also performs with the new music ensembles Black Hair and Decibel.  He has a PhD in composition from the University of York and continues to teach there and at Leeds College of Music.

Richard Harwood

Richard Harwood has performed concerti and recitals in major venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall, all of the South Bank Centre venues, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein (Vienna), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Thomaskirche (Leipzig), and the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris). Concerto performances have taken Richard throughout Europe, New Zealand, and the Russian Federation. As a chamber musicain, he has collaborated with the Jerusalem and Endellion Quartets, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Olivier Charlier, Benjamin Schmid, Pekka Kuusisto, James Boyd, Chen Halevi, Julian Bliss, Finghin Collins, Ashley Wass, Gottlieb Wallisch and Julius Drake, among others. Recently, Richard has become a founding member of the Gringolts Quartet, with violinist Ilya Gringolts. Richard’s discography includes a critically acclaimed debut disc for EMI Classics, recorded with pianist Christoph Berner. Richard plays a cello by Francesco Rugeri, dated 1692.

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian

Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian is a composer, singer and harper, of Armenian and British parentage. Both cultures infuse her music. When she was little, she became partially deaf, and this period has coloured her music since. She held scholarships at Cambridge, Trinity College of Music and the Britten-Pears School, and won the Alamuddin prize for composition, spnm’s call for their Bhangra-Latina project, and was nominated by Sound and Music for a British Composer Award in 2009. She assisted with the London Mozart Players’ “Orchestra in a Village” project, under Fraser Trainer, which reached the last three of the RPS awards. Her commissions have come from community choirs to commercial festivals, from Edinburgh Fringe theatre to the BBC, and she is currently writing for the LSO. She recently completed her first solo album, supported by Arts Council England, mentored by Kuljit Bhamra MBE, and featuring Zoe Rahman, which uses experimental pop to explore the effect of hearing loss on her music world.

Thomas Kemp

Thomas Kemp has established himself as one of Britain’s most versatile and innovative musicians working internationally as a conductor and violinist.   He was recently described in The Independent as “a highly accomplished young artist.”  Thomas is the Music Director of the highly acclaimed ensemble Chamber Domaine. He has performed at many leading festivals in the UK and overseas and has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, ORF (Austria), WNYC (USA) and SR (Sweden).  He is a guest artist at Bargemusic, New York and since his debut in 2000, Thomas has been a regular performer at Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre.  Thomas has given many world premieres and has worked closely with many established contemporary composers.  He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jonathan Mayer

Jonathan Mayer, son of Indian composer John Mayer, is one of the most versatile Sitarist in the world. He studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and in his career he has worked with artists such as Rohan de Saram, Future Sounds Of London, Erich Gruenberg, Sarah Brightman, Kenny Wheeler, and Sir Paul McCartney. Jonathan is also featured in the highly successful BBC children's programme 'ZingZillas' and is a founder member of First Hand Records. 

Joe Richards

Joe Richards attended the Purcell School for sixth form after taking up percussion only two years earlier. At the end of his studies at the school he took up a scholarship at the Royal College of Music where he has just finished his second year.   Joe has performed all over the UK and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in a huge array of musical contexts, from contemporary classical music to Latin house at various venues including the Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Cadogan Hall, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the O2 and London’s Southbank centre.

Rowland Sutherland

Flautist Rowland Sutherland enjoys an international career in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in new music and classical ensembles, jazz groups, symphony orchestras, various non-Western groups, pop outfits and as a soloist. Many of Rowland’s solo contemporary flute performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, London.  Rowland’s jazz experience has led him to work with a number of renowned artists and bands. These include: tours with the legendary US saxophonist / bass clarinetist David Murray; recording with African master drummer Gaspar Lawal; playing with the ‘Rebirth Brass Band’ from New Orleans; recording with Pops Mohamed, master percussionist from Southern Africa; an historic flute concert with Frank Wess and Ali Ryerson at the London Jazz Festival and a tour with the Phoenix Dance Company which concluded with performances at the Atlanta Olympic Games.  Rowland has  performed on stage with Airto, Joyce, Dom Um Romao, Dennis Rollins, Flora Purim, Zoe Rahman, Cleveland Watkiss, Byron Wallen, Craig Harris and Guy Barker among many other celebrated jazz artists. As bandleader, Rowland’s Project ‘Creative Force’ the six piece Caribbean nu jazz group, features Orphy Robinson on vibes and electronics.

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