Introducing Our New Tutors!
Over the past few months as our academy has grown, we’ve been delighted to welcome seven wonderful new tutors to our happy team, six in London and one in Manchester.
We can’t wait for you to meet them, so here’s a little online introduction… If this has whetted your appetite, do get in touch with us!
Why not try a new instrument with our 4 lessons for £99 offer!
Bryony Purdue – BMus Hons – Singing and Piano, London.
Bryony has recently joined us as a singing and piano tutor. She has just graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a first class degree in classical singing, but is wonderfully diverse and sings all styles of music, capturing the hearts of audiences everywhere! She is also particularly gifted when it comes to tutoring younger students, with her bubbly personality and love for teaching. She is a big believer in keeping the fun alive when learning music!
“I have never been someone to express myself through anger or particularly through silent treatment/sadness. It has always been through music and my first singing teacher, Lesley, made the link between personal and musical inextricable. To be able to do what we do and sing or play in front of people, we have to be so sure of ourselves as people as well as performers, otherwise it is all too easy for nerves and fear to get the better of us. We are all human and having encouragement and FUN when learning and performing is so important (whether it be to family in your living room or in front of lots of people.)”
Check out her beautiful rendition of this Billie Holiday classic…
Fraser Bowles – BMus Hons, MMus – Cello and Piano, London.
Fraser has recently joined our London team as a cello and piano tutor. He has played with an impressive list of bands and ensembles…
“Although I love to play classical music, I’ve played with some pretty cool bands, too; Matt Emery, VLMV, Ben Laver, Taz Modi, Heather McClelland, and as a member of Parallax Orchesta; Eminem, Alter Bridge, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Bring Me The Horizon, Jennifer Ann, The Irrepressibles, dodie and Ardyn to name a few! I am also a founding member of the contemporary music group, Ret Frem. We are committed to the performance and promotion of music of exquisite craft by living composers – established, emerging or underrepresented.”
But hey, who needs a band when you can clone yourself and play four cellos at once!
Ian Sankey – BMus Hons – All Brass (Trumpet, Flugel, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba), London.
Ian is our newest member of the team, and has joined us with a rather incredible inventory of brass instruments, including a renaissance trombone called the sackbut!
“While at Guildhall I began playing the sackbut, which is the renaissance trombone, something I still enjoy to this day. Playing sackbut has taken me as far Toronto in Canada when a group of us joined forces with Girton College choir from Cambridge to record a CD of the music of Lassus out there.”
They’re very rare (and expensive!), but Ian has said that he’d be more than happy to let any of his new students have a go!
Have a listen to Ian playing Randy Newman’s “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story with Aeris Brass!
Joel Waters – Drums, London.
Meet Joel, our fabulous new drum tutor. He has already racked up an impressive teaching portfolio (he’s been teaching since the age of 15!) and has joined us recently to bring his drum expertise to your living rooms.
“Hi there! I’m Joel and I teach Drums. I have been teaching since I was fifteen and have been playing drums since I was five years old. Currently I am currently studying Jazz, at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I love all styles of music from heavy metal to classical and have worked with various different bands and artists across the UK. In my spare time I love to play table tennis and go running. My favourite cake has to be a good old Victoria sponge (especially with fondant roll up icing – I could eat that by itself!).”
Joel is incredibly diverse and can play all styles of music (check him out in the last video in this newsletter playing with one of Louise’s students, Tilda Hardy) and is a ninja with brushes!
Rob Griffin – BMus Hons – Woodwind and Piano, London
Rob has just joined us as a woodwind and piano teacher after achieving the highest mark in his year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – He was awarded the Trinity Laban Jazz Achievement Award in 2016!
Despite being rather brilliant, Rob is a fun and friendly chap who loves to teach students of all ages and stages.
Twm Dylan – BMus Hons, MMus – Guitar, Electric Bass, Double Bass, Piano, Singing, London.
Twm has recently finished his Master’s Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is now an official double bass master. But that’s not all – he is a multifaceted multi instrumentalist too!
Although he has only begun teaching for the Becky Dell Music Academy recently, he’s been a friend of the family for a long time and plays with our other tutors, Louise Balkwill, Llinos Emanuel, Joel Waters and Rob Griffin regularly. He’s also making quite a splash on the UK jazz scene with widely renowned band Maisha.
Check out this video of Twm playing the Billie Holiday heart melter “It’s Like Reaching For The Moon” with one of Louise’s students, Tilda Hardy, alongside two of our other new tutors, Rob (sax) and Joel (drums)!
Give them all a big, warm BDMA welcome!
Fancy learning with one of our amazing new tutors?
Why not try a new instrument with our 4 lessons for £99 offer in London!
From Becky and the Team x