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 (hons) 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 Yale School of Music, USA, and a year later, the Banff Arts Centre Canada.
Luisa has performed throughout the UK and abroad with professional orchestras, chamber groups, and as a concerto soloist. Alongside her performing, she has always been actively involved in music education. She was previously Head of Woodwind and Percussion at Solihull School, and is delighted to be back at The Hall in its unique and thriving music department.
Anna studied bassoon at the Royal College of Music and, after graduating, enjoyed a busy freelance career, performing with orchestras, such as the Halle, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Ulster Orchestra and English National Ballet. Alongside performing work, she taught woodwind in independent and state schools in London and Hertfordshire. After completing a primary PGCE, Anna began to pursue a career as a primary music teacher, with a special interest in early years music, taking up roles in Haringey and Camden. Anna recently returned to the Royal College of Music to undertake a Master of (Music) Education degree, which she passed with distinction.
Michael has spent much of his musical career immersed in both choral and church music, freelance performance, and music education. He has a long association with Trinity Laban London (formally Trinity College of Music), as a student and member of staff, both at the Senior and Junior Departments. As church musician he studied the organ with Dr Harry Gabb CVO and has been Director of Music and Organist at several churches in London (and Surrey). In September he became Director of Music as St Margaret’s Church, Putney having previously been the Cathedral Organist (Director of Music) at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Gibraltar. He has a wide range of choral conducting experience from children’s opera to youth choirs, including directing many school choirs, notably the boys’ choir, The Junior College Singers, from King’s College School, Wimbledon. Additionally, he has conducted many adult chamber choirs and is particularly known for his work with the Epsom Chamber Choir (PRS Award Winners), with whom he gave numerous first performances and produced several recordings. Having been Director of Music at several leading schools, including the choir school for King’s College, Cambridge, his work in education continues to be varied and now he divides his time between freelance work and his teaching commitments.
Victoria read Music at King’s College, London, and received her LRAM diploma in singing teaching from the Royal Academy of Music. She then gained a Masters with Distinction in Vocal Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; during her time at Trinity Laban she was awarded the Elliot Rosenblatt Memorial Scholarship and the Eva Malpass Scholarship, as well as winning the Paul Simm Opera Prize, the Linda Hirst Prize for Excellence in Contemporary Vocal Music, and the English Song Duo Prize (alongside pianist Francesca Lauri). This year, Victoria was a finalist in the inaugural New Voices Singing Competition at the Northern Aldborough Festival. She has sung in operatic productions for companies including Barefoot Opera, Opera Loki, About Turn Theatre and the New London Opera Group, appearing at the Tête à Tête, Grimeborn and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and is equally at home on the concert stage, where she has performed as soprano soloist in oratorios including Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Fauré’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah as well as appearing in recital across the UK. As well as her solo work, Victoria sings regularly with the professional choir of St John’s Wood Parish Church. She is also a keen composer and improviser; she debuted her first semi-improvised song cycle, Ave Femina, in May 2022 and is currently working on a second. Alongside her performing and teaching career, Victoria enjoys choral conducting, and is one of the two founders and directors of The Lyra Singers, an amateur chamber choir based in Knightsbridge.
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.
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.
Sheida began learning the cello at the age of four and her teachers have included Joan Dickson, Florence Hooton, David Strange and Stefan Popov. She graduated with first-class honours from the Guildhall School of Music, then completed a year of study at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Maria Kliegel and a Master of Music at the Eastman School of Music, USA (Steven Doane). As a chamber musician Sheida has performed abroad and in the BBC Martinu and Spitalfields Festivals in London. Recent performances include in the Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, St. James’s Piccadilly, the National Portrait Gallery and on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune”.
Alongside her performing career, Sheida teaches for the charity Music Masters, and at the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Inspired by her love of chamber music, the children she teaches and with the encouragement of her own teachers and fellow musicians, Sheida set up Cellos/Strings Rock! courses in 2008.
Sheida previously taught at the Greycoat Hospital School and at specialist string schemes such as Stringwise, Musicale, the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and the Alexander Music School in Spain. At the City of London School for Girls and South Hampstead High School she established cello ensembles using her own arrangements of popular and classical music. She aims to encourage the development of group skills, which are essential elements of all string-players’ futures. Paying special attention to listening and rhythm, these sessions compliment what has been learned in individual lessons and provide a fun context in which these skills can evolve.
Sheida is a member of both the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the European String Teachers Association.
Serene Koh holds an Artist Diploma and Masters with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’hora, and was a scholarship recipient of The Eduard and Marianna Loeser Award. She currently teaches at Godolphin and Latymer School, The Hall School, and Norland Place School. Teaching is her focus and has been very inspirational when pupils make music in their own way. Apart from teaching, she also performs from time to time as a classical soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Serene has given performances at the Ribble Valley International Piano Week and concerts by The Maiastra Trust, The Westmorland Orchestra, The Elgar Society, Bluthner Concert Series, BBC Radio and others.
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.
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.
Victoria leads a varied career both as a performer and an educator. In addition to her solo engagements and her regular collaborations with pianist Eleni Mavromoustaki, Victoria is also a founder member of Isolde piano trio. Victoria has made both solo and chamber appearances in Europe, Africa and Middle East and has been on stage at some of the most prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. As a soloist she has performed with several orchestras including the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, and Oxford Philharmonic. Born in Limassol, Cyprus, Victoria began studying violin at the age of three with Andreas Konstantinou and made her début recital at the age of seven. She won numerous awards and prizes including, in 1999, a scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music in the UK with Maciej Rakowsky. She, later, went on to study at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Itzhak Rashkovsky. As well as being a Royal College of Music Scholar, she also received many awards including the MBF Myra Hess award, the Kit and John Gander Award and the Joan Weller Award. In 2006 she won the Philip Crawshaw memorial prize at the ROSL competition and in 2008 she received an award at the Carl Flesh International Violin Competition. Victoria is involved with many educational projects in London such as Music Masters UK and the Albert Hall ensemble “Alberts Band”. She has previously also held the position of teacher of violin at Junior Trinity. She is the founder of “Cyprus Music Makers” an organisation that aims to bring high quality performances and mentoring in Cyprus. Victoria is the founder of The Amaryllis Music Project, based in South London. Future engagements include performances with her sister Eleni as well as recitals with the Isolde piano trio in the UK and Cyprus. Victoria plays on a fine instrument by Andrea Guarneri made in Cremona in 1683.
Shelley Levy graduated from the University of Cape Town. She
was awarded a prestigious Swiss government scholarship to study at the
Geneva Conservatoire (‘Premiere Prix de Virtuosité’) before continuing at
the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her teachers have
included Oliver De Groote, Thomas Friedli, Walter Boeykens, Thea King
and Michael Whight. She won the Oudemeester Competition for Wind
Instruments, the Natal 75th Anniversary Prize for Orchestral Instruments
and the wind category of the ATKV Forte Competition in South Africa
and was a woodwind finalist in the Royal Overseas League Competition
in London. As an orchestral freelancer she has played with the Cape Town
Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. She has given numerous solo and chamber music concerts in South Africa, Europe and Canada, also giving concerto performances with all the major symphony orchestras in South Africa and chamber concerts at the Demetria Festival and Sani International Festival in Greece. Her UK performances include concerts in the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall. She has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 with Leto Ensemble. Shelley has recently released a CD of all Hans Gal’s works for clarinet and string on Toccata Classics record label,
which featured in Gramophone magazine with a glowing review. Shelley teaches at Camden School for Girls and Camden Music Centre. She has also given masterclasses at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
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.
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.
Ryan Williams completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Exeter and went on to study Master of Music degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Jazz Performance. Since graduating, Ryan has led a busy freelance career across live performance, television and radio. Ryan had worked in a wide variety of musical settings having performed and recorded with many diverse artists including Andreya Triana, Then Jerico, Martha High and The Horne Section. Ryan also teaches at The Godolphin & Latymer School alongside working as an examiner for Rockschool.