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 promoter 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.
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.
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.
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.
Viktor is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed his Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees. He has accumulated considerable experience on the concert platform both as a solo pianist as well as a chamber musician, with concerts in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Poland, Serbia and Switzerland as well as Britain. Winner of several prestigious international competitions, he has also performed for HRH Prince Charles twice – once at Buckingham Palace and the second time to inaugurate the Tent of Peace at St Ethelburga’s, London. In addition to regularly performing as a soloist and chamber musician, Viktor teaches at the Hall School in London as well as at Magdalen College School in Oxford.
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 schoolwork, he writes songs for his solo project and performs regularly with his jazz guitar duo.
Joss has some thirty years of teaching experience. Her pupils regularly achieve success, gaining music scholarships to study at some of London’s most prestigious schools, and winning prizes in various competitions. She runs several flute choirs, in and around London, and is in demand as a guest conductor with various others around the country. Joss delivers an annual residential course, for adults, at Benslow Music Trust in Hitchin, entitled, The Complete Flautist. At the age of thirteen, Joss made her London solo debut playing a concerto with The London Symphony Orchestra and was a scholar at The Royal College of Music followed by further studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her flute playing has taken her all over the world as a soloist, an orchestral and chamber musician, a pit player in the West End and as an educator.
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.
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.
Terry was born in Margate, Kent and started playing the trombone at the age of 6. He joined the Kent Youth Orchestra at the age of 13 and performed with the International Youth Orchestra at the age of 16 as their principal trombonist. Terry joined the RAF Music Services in 1983, reaching the rank of Warrant Officer and becoming the Bandmaster for the Central Band of the RAF and Senior Drum Major.
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 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.
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.
Jamie O’Donnell has been working as a performer and educator since attending the Guildhall School of music and Drama in 1992. As an alto saxophonist and a prolific composer, Jamie has toured with many bands including the Pasadena roof Orchestra and the Gwilym Simcock Quintet. Jamie has taught jazz around the world for the International association of music in International schools and is a founder member of the Paradise Festival, Cyprus. His own group is currently touring, performing a tribute to the great bebop saxophonist, Phil Woods.
Turkish born pianist Melis Azra Ömeroğlu found her passion for music at an early age, having attended the Purcell School for Young Musicians with a full government scholarship. She later went on to study at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she achieved a First Class Honours for her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and furthered her studies by completing a Masters at the Royal College of Music on scholarships and full sponsorship. As a pianist, she has won several awards as well as competitions and has performed in major venues internationally and within the UK; including St John’s Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall and The Purcell Room to name a few. As well as the piano, Melis enjoys playing the violin, viola and is a keen chamber musician, with her piano trio, has performed at the Wigmore Hall in 2014. Although still an active performer, she has developed over the years a huge love for teaching and is currently a piano teacher at St Margaret’s School and the Northwood College for Girls, as well as The Hall School.
Christopher Stripp studied Music and Clarinet on the joint course at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2007 he moved to London and undertook a Masters at the Royal College of Music, passing with Distinction. Christopher is a dedicated soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician and teacher. He has performed with some of the country’s top orchestras and regularly performs recitals and chamber concerts across the UK. As well as directing the Concert Band at The Hall, Christopher is a big band leader and ensemble coach for Haringey Music Service and director of the Kingston Youth Big Band and Kingston Youth Concert Band. For more information visit www.christopherstripp.co.uk
Anne has been a busy free-lance cello player and teacher in London over the past 25 years. She has toured the world with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras. She has played in theatre productions at the National Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse, and has enjoyed playing as a deputy in the West End production of The Lion King for many years. Now Anne has two boys of her own, she is prioritising her teaching career over orchestral commitments, and is currently studying for a certificate in the Kodaly philosophy which embeds the critical musicianship skills needed for any form of music-making. In addition to The Hall Anne teaches at Hereward House School and at the Da Capo Family music centre in North Finchley.
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.
Born and raised in the North-East of England, clarinettist Sarah Beaty studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and The Juilliard School in New York. While in New York Sarah appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist at Carnegie Hall. Sarah has also given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, the latter in which she performed as a winner of the Royal Overseas League Competition. In 2009 Sarah began a two-year fellowship with Carnegie Hall during which time she performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and taught in inner-city New York state schools. Sarah has participated at the Marlboro Music Festival, Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music, Italy’s Spoleto Festival and the Lucerne Festival. Sarah collaborates regularly with string quartets and chamber ensembles and has had the privilege to perform with artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Radovan Vlatkovic, and Peter Wiley. Sarah is a founding member of Decoda who is the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall and Resident Ensemble in Creative Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Sarah has been generously supported by a number of UK music foundations including the Hattori Foundation, Worshipful Company of Musicians, Musicians Benevolent Fund, Martin Musical Fund and the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe.
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.
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.
Owen Dawson is a London based musician with a career including highlights such as performances with the John Wilson Orchestra, Hermeto Pascoal, the BBC Big Band and on the West End in productions of 42nd Street and Sinatra: the Man and His Music. Educated on the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Jazz programme and a former member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain (NYJO), Owen now collaboratively runs a band called Big Bad Wolf and is a member of the John Warren Nonet and the Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra, with whom he recorded “A New Start”.
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.
Clare Hoskins read music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she was a choral exhibitioner. Having then trained and worked as a primary school teacher, she left teaching to become a post-graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied the oboe with Tess Miller and the cor anglais with Christine Pendrill for two years. Clare has worked extensively as a freelance player, including many years with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as performing as an extra player with English National Opera, the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Clare still works in education, teaching for Camden and Haringey Music Services and taking part in music workshops and outreach projects for orchestras with which she plays, and for Create Arts, a charity which aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged people through the creative arts.
Eri Konii studied violin at the Royal College of Music with Leonard Hirsch and Maria Lidka and then continued her studies with Prof.Max Rostal OBE. She also had masterclasses with Franco Gulli and Trio di Trieste in Sienna, and the Borodin Quartet in Sermonetta. She has always combined a busy performing career as soloist and freelancer in the UK and abroad, together with her teaching, both privately and at the Royal College of Music, Junior Department. She particularly loves both to play and teach chamber music and other smaller ensembles, and also enjoys accompanying her violin pupils on piano.
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.
Michiko is originally from Japan, where she started playing the violin at the age of three with the Suzuki method. Since moving to the UK, she has won many prizes and awards at music festivals. She later studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where on graduation she received the Music in the Community Award for her outreach work in schools. Michiko has enjoyed a dual career as performer and teacher. She regularly performs with many orchestras and chamber groups, as well as giving solo recitals. In 2007, she joined the Music Department at North London Collegiate School where she has taught girls from beginners to post-diploma standard. She is currently actively pursuing her interest in Suzuki method teaching.
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.
Half Venezuelan, half English, Ruth was raised in the Lake District where she started learning the bassoon during her studies at the Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School. She went on to study bassoon with a scholarship at the Guildhall School of music and drama and in Hamburg Musik Hochschule. As a freelancer, she has plays regularly with orchestras such as the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC symphony orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra and various others. Ruth is also an animateur and has presented concerts and led workshops for orchestras such as the Royal Northern Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia and the Britten Sinfonia. Ruth is very passionate about music and is very lucky to have a career performing, workshop leading and teaching.
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’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.