Music School Staff
Willem Steyn (Director of Music)
Willem Steyn was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He studied music, specialising in the organ, at the University of Port Elizabeth, Hoocheschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, the Academy for the Performing Arts in Prague and the North West University in South Africa, where he was awarded his Doctor of Music degree. He worked as a music promotor at the University of South Africa for ten years, before relocating to the United Kingdom in January 2007. He was appointed Head of Music at The Hall School in September 2015. In addition to his teaching, he has served as assistant organist at St Michael’s Church in Highgate, and he performs occasional concerts in London.
Paul Dean (Deputy Director of Music)
Paul Dean has been a part of school life at The Hall since 1999. Over the years he has enjoyed teaching class music, music theory and piano, as well as running the Chapel Choir. Outside school he also has a very musical life. He is the Director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Highgate, where he conducts the choir and plays the organ each week. In his spare time, he combines his love of travel with music by giving solo recitals all over Europe and further afield.
Patrick Richmond (Assistant Director of Music – Junior School)
Patrick teaches curriculum music at The Hall. He read music at the University of Bristol and Goldsmith’s College, London. At Bristol, he held the Sir Thomas Beecham Scholarship and was awarded the Napier Miles Prize and the University Scholarship for Academic Excellence. He completed the GTP in primary teaching and has served as Assistant Headteacher at a large primary school in North London. Patrick has been on the music staff of the National Youth Recorder Orchestra of Great Britain, and he has adjudicated choirs and primary ensembles for the National Festival of Music for Youth.
Andrew Adams (cello)
Andrew Adams joined The Hall in 1987, and has therefore had the pleasure of teaching several generations of “Hall Boys”. Sharing his love of the cello and coaching chamber ensembles with these remarkable young people continues to be a fascinating process. After a stint in touring opera and theatre orchestras, he has enjoyed playing in cello duos, string trios and quartets. Most recently, he has begun work with a piano trio.
Hannah Biss (violin and viola)
Hannah Biss is a violin and viola teacher specialising in the Suzuki method. Having completed a two-year specialist string-teaching PGCE at the Manchester Royal Northern College of Music in 1998 – which also gave her invaluable training and experience in Dalcroze and Kodaly teaching — Hannah completed the five-year Suzuki training in 2004. Since then, she has built her private teaching practice around Barnet, where she is based. Hannah enjoys teaching and coaching orchestras at both The Hall and Westminster School. She is currently Chair of the Trustees for the British Suzuki Institute.
Steve Blanchard (guitar)
Steve Blanchard’s life as a professional musician started in 1979 when he was chosen as the lead guitar player for the Tom Robinson Band (of 126.96.36.199 Motorway fame) out of an audition of 600. What followed after were numerous tours of America and Europe, as well as various albums with other successful artists and bands. In the late 1980s, he started a pre-production studio and assisted many up-and-coming artists on their way to fame and fortune. This coincided with a move to becoming a solo performer and which eventually led him to a teaching career, after several requests from ‘would-be’ guitar heroes. Alongside his school work, he writes songs for his solo project and performs regularly with his jazz guitar duo.
Rachel Broadbent (oboe)
Rachel Broadbent started learning the oboe at school in the Midlands and went on to the Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied with Jonathan Kelly (Berlin Philharmonic) and George Caird. Rachel gained a first-class B.Mus (Hons) degree, after which she moved to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for postgraduate studies with Richard Simpson (BBC Symphony) as her teacher. Rachel now works as a freelance oboist and has performed with a variety of orchestras and ensembles. Alongside her performing work, Rachel is a dedicated teacher. Rachel has worked at the Big Double Reed Day as a tutor for a number of years as well as at the Cork School of Music Double Reed Day, and has also coached the woodwind section of the Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa in Lisbon. She also teaches at St Cedd’s, Chelmsford and Beechwood Park in Hertfordshire and is a published music arranger.
Mark Brown (jazz studies)
After graduating from Durham University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Mark has gone on to become one of the most in-demand session musicians in London. He has been a member of Robbie Williams’s band for four years, playing saxophone, guitar and keyboards at gigs around the world. He is also a busy session musician, and has played on top-ten records for Girls Aloud, Lianne La Havas, John Newman, Rizzlekicks, Madness, and Mark Ronson. He has also toured with Amy Winehouse, Alfie Boe, Basement Jaxx and many others. Alongside these activities, he is a founder member of the musical comedy troupe The Horne Section, holds a monthly residency at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho, and performs with his jazz soul combo ‘The Filthy Six’, which is signed to the legendary Acid Jazz record label. He has been teaching jazz at The Hall School since 1999, overseeing a talented and rewarding selection of ensembles every single year.
Oliver Chesser (piano)
Oliver Chesser studied at Oxford University and trained at the Royal Academy of Music. Oliver lives in London, where his work combines conducting, piano performance, arranging and orchestration.
Alex Davidson (bassoon)
Alex Davidson is a freelance bassoon player and teacher living in London. She started playing the bassoon at the age of 10, and went on to study music at Oxford University, followed by a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music. Alex is a frequent guest player on bassoon and contrabassoon with many of the country’s best orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Britten Sinfonia, the Ulster Orchestra and the London Concert Orchestra. She is also a founder member of two active chamber groups, the Marylebone Trio (a woodwind trio) and the Reed Rage Bassoon Quartet. As well as teaching at The Hall, Alex also teaches at Westminster School and the choir schools of Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.
Josephine Davies (saxophone)
Josephine Davies has taught saxophone and clarinet at The Hall since 2006, before which she was a peripatetic music teacher at Lady Margaret School for Girls and Pimlico School. Aside from teaching, she runs her own jazz quintet, is a member of and composer for the London Jazz Orchestra, and leads jazz ensembles at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is also a music coach, specialising in helping performers to overcome anxiety and stage-fright.
Claire Duncan (brass)
Claire Duncan began playing the cornet at the age of 8. She spent her school days competing with contesting brass bands and playing with The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. At the age of 18, she was awarded a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the prestigious brass prize in her final year and performed with the European Community Youth Orchestra. Her main hobby is competing in various endurance sports such as Ironman triathlons and numerous marathons, including five London marathons. She has also cycled from John O’ Groats to Land’s End, raced 24-hour time trials and swum the English Channel.
Jenni Harper (piano)
Jenni Harper works as a professional singer alongside her teaching. She is currently completing a Guildhall Artist Master’s degree, studying with Kate Paterson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recent solo highlights include Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Croydon Bach Choir and Bach’s Ich habe genug at the Tilford Bach Festival. She sings regularly at the Guards Chapel, Birdcage Walk, as well as singing for several choirs and ensembles, including London Voices and Philharmonia Voices. She also works regularly as a recording artist, and recent highlights include ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Interstellar’. She is a member of the early music ensemble ‘Ceruleo’ (www.ceruleo.co.uk), which made its debut in 2014.
Richard Harvey (piano)
Richard Harvey has been teaching piano at The Hall since 1990, and he has also led piano duet and aural classes for the school. Besides piano teaching at The Hall, in other schools and privately, he is the accompanist to the Finchley Choral Society and the St Alban’s Choral Society, an organ recitalist, the Music Director at St John’s United Reformed Church in New Barnet and a composer whose work has been performed many times.
Janna Hüneke (flute)
Janna Hüneke has been teaching the flute at The Hall since 2004. She teaches boys of all ages from Year 3 upwards. The young ones often start on fife, which is a very good introduction to the flute. She has also at various times taught recorder, taken aural classes and coached ensembles. She also teaches at Dame Alice Owen School in Hertfordshire, and she has private students at home. Apart from teaching, she has an active concert schedule, in orchestras, as a soloist and as a part player in her chamber ensemble www.harmoniemusik.org.uk. She also directs the annual flute course www.fluteschoollondon.co.uk, which takes place at The Hall.
Martyn Kaine (percussion and music technology)
Martyn Kaine has taught at The Hall School for 15 years, and has recently established a music technology suite within the Music Department to record the boys’ performances. As a freelance musician, he has played and recorded with many artists, including Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Jamie Cullum, Nitin Sawhney, The Blue Man Group and the London Symphony Orchestra
Androniki Liokoura (piano)
Androniki Liokoura was born in Greece where she studied music, finally graduating from the State Conservatoire of Thessaloniki. In 2002, she came to London to study piano with Martino Tirimo and Douglas Finch and obtained a Master’s degree (with a published dissertation) with distinction. On completing her studies in London, she developed a career as a performing and recording musician. She has also acquired a love of teaching and is very proud to have joined The Hall Music School in September 2014.
Andrew MacDonald (violin)
Andrew MacDonald has taught at The Hall for nearly two decades and has particularly enjoyed being part of a team developing chamber music as a significant aspect of the boys’ musical training. In the last ten years, he has put a particular emphasis on his teaching work, having previously also free-lanced as a player (and having been lucky enough to see most of Europe doing so!) from the moment he left college. He is still performing, particularly in the field of chamber music.
Dave Manington (double bass and guitar)
Dave Manington completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Nottingham University where he focused on composition, and he then went on to study jazz at the Guildhall School of Music the following year. Since then, he has played with most of the top jazz musicians in the country, alongside luminaries such as Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert, Michael Garrick, Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, Pete Wareham, Gwilym Simcock, Pete King, Martin Speake, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, Salena Jones, Roberto Pla, Tina May, Natacha Atlas, Martin Shaw and John Etheridge, among many others. He is also in demand by a broad range of different ensembles, and he plays with musicians from everywhere from South America to the Balkans, both as a performer and as a compositional collaborator.
Jan Matthews (violin)
Jan Matthews has been teaching the violin at The Hall since 1989. She gives individual lessons to boys from Year 1 to Year 8, she coaches a number of string ensembles, and she directs the Middle School Orchestra. She has taught the violin at Arnold House School and also for the London boroughs of Camden, Hackney and Westminster. She leads and jointly manages The Oberon String Quartet: www.oberonquartet.co.uk.
Christina McMaster (piano)
Christina McMaster is a highly innovative pianist and curator with a growing reputation for bold and vivacious performances. She has performed extensively in major venues and at festivals nationally and internationally. She attended the specialist music school Purcell School and achieved a first from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with her mentor Joanna MacGregor. Christina’s performances often include work with young musicians, and for the last two years she has curated a wide range of events for the Royal Academy Piano Festival, where she also lectures on multimedia in performance.
Milly Polasek (piano)
Milly Polasek has been at The Hall since 1978. Over the years, she has enjoyed teaching the piano and accompanying the boys in concerts and music examinations. Outside school, she still occasionally performs in concerts with singers and instrumentalists.
Ben Reynolds (percussion)
Ben Reynolds has enjoyed being part of the teaching team at The Hall since 2001. Alongside his one-to-one tuition, he also conducts and arranges music for three percussion ensembles which perform regularly in the school concerts and jazz evenings. Outside of school life, he is a percussionist performing in theatres and jazz clubs, as well as for radio and television around the United Kingdom and abroad. He is also a founder member and composer in the comedy/music group ‘The Horne Section’, which has had three Radio 4 series and has won several awards.
Luisa Rosina (clarinet)
Luisa’s musical education began as a music scholar at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset. She went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music, receiving a BMus and Post Graduate Diploma in Orchestral Playing. She was the winner of the college woodwind prize and was awarded a Junior Fellowship at the school in 2006. Luisa was awarded an English Speaking Union Scholarship to study at the Yale School of Music in the United States, and a year later, at the Banff Arts Centre, Canada. She has performed throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, at venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre, the Royal Opera House, Musikverein (Vienna), Sibelius Hall (Finland), and Leiderhalle (Stuttgart). She has performed live on BBC radio and television (including BBC Proms), and has recently recorded for Nimbus Records.
Lorraine Temple (brass)
Lorraine Temple began playing the trombone as a member of the Salvation Army at the age of 8. While growing up and living in Kent, she was fortunate to be a member of the Kent County Youth Orchestra and studied at the Kent Music School. She was awarded a place to study the trombone and singing at the Royal Academy of Music, and after graduating began her professional career as a freelance trombonist. Her career has predominantly involved performing in West End shows, touring the United Kingdom’s theatres and playing with country’s finest orchestras. She has recently found herself devoting more time to her teaching commitments, and this has also given her the time and opportunity to develop her love of all things sporty. As well as teaching brass at The Hall, she holds the privileged positions of being the Head of Brass at Whitgift and Caterham Schools.
John Ward (voice)
John Ward’s association with The Hall began in 2006 when he joined the Music Department as a singing teacher. In addition to his teaching work here, he has also played an active role in the Chapel Choir. He also teaches singing at Highgate School. When not teaching, he enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance singer, working with the BBC Singers, The King’s Consort and Metro Voices, among others. He is also the bass lay clerk at Chelsea Old Church. Recent projects have included a tour to Singapore with the BBC Singers and singing on the film soundtracks of Guardians of the Galaxy and How to Train your Dragon 2.
Amy Wood (voice)
Amy was born in Sheffield and began singing at the age of 11 as a chorister in the Sheffield Cathedral Girls’ choir. Recent solo performances have included two staged performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in Middle Temple Hall, De Lalande in Birmingham Town Hall and Handel’s Dixit Dominus in Torbay. Amy performs regularly with a number of professional ensembles, including The Tallis Scholars, Tenebrae, Polyphony, Stile Antico, The Cambridge Singers, La Nuova Musica, The Eric Whitacre Singers, Electric Vocals, The Choir of the OAE, Synergy Vocals and Ex Cathedra. With these groups she has recorded numerous CDs, and enjoys performing both at home and abroad.