Tutors

Tutors

Becky Dell

BMus (Hons) – Piano, voice, percussion, drum kit, music theory & GCSE tuition

I graduated from Trinity in 2002 and joined the cast of Stomp! where I performed in both the West End & European shows. I then went on to be in a band, had a record deal, played Glastonbury and had many wonderful adventures. I recorded with the BBC, did started teaching students including Jools Holland’s daughter and Hugh Laurie’s kids as well as a whole host of other fabulous and lovely people around Blackheath.

I love making music fun, from wonky dubstep to majestical Rachmaninoff. I also have a personal interest in pedagogy, the science of teaching, and love sharing what I’ve learnt. I have undertaken disability training and happily welcome applications from disabled/dyslexic/dyspraxic students. I firmly believe anyone can be taught with the right approach and tools.

I am a BBC Ten Pieces Champion, a nationwide project aimed at encouraging children to fall in love with and understand classical music and have recently filmed for CBeebies through that initiative. I have also been interviewed as an “expert opinion” for news articles on music for the BBC and have been named one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in 2019. More recently, I have helped start up the Citizen’s of the World Choir, a choir for refugees and friends, for which I am musical director and conductor. My favourite cake is a triple layer chocolate fudge cake; now you know how to bribe me!

“Becky is someone who instantly put a smile on my face when we had our lessons (even if I was in the middle of exams!). I’m so grateful that she was able to encourage me to take my singing further whilst also making me feel more confident! Not only has Becky been a brilliant singing teacher, but she’s also much more than that to me, so I wish you all the best Becky and can’t wait to keep in contact. Thank you for everything, I’ll miss you!” -Joanna, graduating student.

Fraser Bowles

BMus Hons, MMus – Cello and piano

Hi, I’m Fraser and I teach cello and piano for the Becky Dell Music Academy. I started learning cello at the age of six and loved it so much that I went on to study at the Kent Music Academy and then at both Trinity (BMus) and Guildhall (MMus).

Chamber music is my thing. I’ve performed at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Southbank Centre, and the Barbican. I was also awarded the ABRSM Marguerite Swan memorial prize in both 2003 and 2010 and was a finalist in the Vera Kantrovich competition in 2015.

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. As a member of Parallax Orchesta, I’ve played with Eminem, Alter Bridge, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Bring Me The Horizon, Jennifer Ann, The Irrepressibles, dodie (the YouTube star) 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.

When I’m not hanging out with Eminem or playing at Wigmore Hall, I am partial to a slice or two of Red Velvet cake!

Connor Roff

Piano, guitar, voice & songwriting

Hello! My name is Connor and I teach piano, guitar, singing and songwriting. As a British/Canadian hybrid, I was born in Kent, moved to Vancouver Canada at the age of 8 before moving back to London for musical pursuits at 23. I was classically trained on piano for 10 years and self-taught on guitar. As well as my classical background, I’m a big fan of popular and contemporary music – especially folk, soul and indie rock/pop. I’m a singer-songwriter and member of the London Contemporary Voices alternative choir. Having played hundreds of gigs to date, I have a lot of performing experience and I love sharing this in my teaching and watching my students progress and grow on their own musical journey.

In my spare time away from music (which isn’t much at this point), I enjoy nature walks, visiting craft coffee shops, and yoga/swimming. My favourite cake is blueberry cheesecake! You can’t go wrong with a cheesecake.

“Our children love their piano lessons with Connor. He is an enthusiastic and patient teacher, always willing to praise our son and daughter when they get things right. Connor’s lessons are full of fun exercises that keep the children engaged. He encourages their learning through games and is able to keep the children motivated and willing to practise during the week. Both my children and I would highly recommend him is a teacher!” – Parent of students

Grace Butler

BMus (Hons), MMus – Violin, viola and piano

Hi! I’m Grace and I teach violin, viola and piano. I grew up in Wales and when I was four started learning violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Department. Growing up I was part of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for seven years, and part of Cardiff County ensembles for over twelve years. I then moved to London to study for a Bachelors Degree at Trinity Laban. After four years in London I decided to move to Sweden for two years, to study for a Masters at Gothenburg University. I loved living in Sweden, but am very excited to be back in London!

I love playing all sorts of music, but especially big orchestral pieces and musical theatre. Most recently I was back in London performing in the band for West Side Story at Bishopsgate Institute. I also love chamber music and am looking forward to a series of summer concerts in the South of England with my duo, Flö.

In my spare time, I love hiking, dressmaking and eating cake. My favourite is carrot cake!

Jess Thayer

BMus (Hons) – Voice and piano

Hello, my name is Jess and I graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2016 where I studied classical singing and opera. Prior to this, I attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. I love all kinds of music but am particularly passionate about Opera and regularly perform as a soloist in concerts and productions across England. I most recently performed as a gypsy (think big beehive and huge hoop earrings) in Blackheath Community Opera’s production of Carmen.

I have been working with children for many years, particularly children with special needs and physical disabilities and I enjoy running workshops for all ages and abilities. I love teaching and am passionate that music should be taught in a fun and encouraging environment.

Aside from music I enjoy cycling, netball and cooking (I’ve recently discovered the joys of a slow cooker)! Hands down my favourite cake has to be a big slice of carrot cake!

“Maya loves her piano lessons since she started with Jess, and that is the first time I can say that (3 piano teachers later!!). Jess is energetic and enthusiastic and has a very gentle way of encouraging Maya, which has helped Maya’s confidence a lot!” Bushra, Parent.

Glenda Allaway,

BMus (Hons) – Harp, violin, advanced piano & theory

Hello! I’m Glenda and I teach harp, piano and violin. I grew up in a tiny town on the Welsh borders before moving to Manchester to study at Chetham’s School of Music and then to London to go to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

My musical life is very varied, taking me from concert halls to festival stages, the classroom to secret gigs across the country – I’ve even braved taking my harp onto the Queen’s rowbarge, the Gloriana! My favourite thing is to keep my love of music central to everything that I do and I aim to help my students to do the same.

I’m a bit of a funny one when it comes to cake… Courgette cake anyone?!

“Glenda is a very positive teacher and always keeps the students happy during lessons.  My old teacher can not be compared to Glenda, for example she can’t be compared by her jolliness and helpfulness. […] I cannot say more she is an amazing teacher and I recommend her to all little girls and boys that play the harp and need help playing…” – Amelia, age 10, student.

 

Llinos Emanuel

MMus (Hons) and BMus (Hons) - Voice, flute, piano & songwriting

Hi, my name is Llinos, (I know, it’s really hard to say) and I’m from South West Wales. I completed a Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in jazz voice following an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University in classical singing. In addition to classical and jazz, I enjoy singing traditional Welsh music and compete regularly at the Welsh Eisteddfod festivals and I am also in an all female vocal quartet called Archie Band! My love of world music has led me to travel, the most recent place being Gboloo Kofi in Ghana where I was able to teach and in return study the village’s music and culture. Outside of music my hobbies are running and cooking.

My favourite cake is chocolate orange and I have never met anyone who makes it as well as my gran.

Archie Band

Meg Ella Brookes

BMus (Hons) - Voice, piano, cello, theory & songwriting

Hi! My name is Meg (no, it is not short for Megan!) and I am from West Wales by the sea.

I graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2016 where I studied classical cello and jazz voice.

I get to play all kinds of music, from classical to popular, and do all kinds of projects, from composing and performing for theatre and circus, doing recording sessions, performing on radio and tv and in big venues! I am also a singer songwriter and love teaching my students how to explore their own musical voice.

When I’m not playing music (which isn’t very often, perhaps I need more hobbies…) I like going on long, windy walks with my collie and cooking! I love to bake for other people and will happily eat any cake under the sun, but my real weakness…pastries.

*sigh*

“Meg is bubbly, encouraging and can bring out the best in anyone. Her goofiness and kindness makes you feel totally at ease and her love of music is obvious and translates into every piece- lessons go by in a blink!” – Anna, student

Meg has been doing a great job of taking care of us. Orla loves her lessons and seems to be progressing well. Getting ready for Grade 5 piano and Grade 6 singing and she seems to have rediscovered her love of piano now that Meg is teaching her…which is fab! More songs being written too…I think one is really good.” Elaine, Parent

Petra Hadjuchova

BMus Hons - Piano, harpsichord and organ 

Hi, I’m Petra and I teach piano, theory, harpsichord and organ! I completed my studies in 2011 at Trinity Conservatoire of Music, London and was awarded a TCM Trust Scholarship and the Raymond Russel Prize.

Prior to coming to the UK, I was active on the continent as an accompanist and organist in Salzburg, having the rare privilege of being Mozart´s successor at St Peter´s Church.

Since arriving in the UK, I’ve been in high demand as a soloist, accompanist, orchestral and chamber musician and have done numerous radio and television broadcasts – most recently, aside from live broadcasts on Radio 3, recording the soundtracks to the BBC series Wolf Hall and ITV series to Victoria! I am also a member of Prima Vista (flute and harpsichord duet), winners of the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2012.

My favourite cake has to be Victoria Sponge, or sticky toffee pudding – yum!

Rob Griffin

BMus Hons - Woodwind and pop/jazz piano

Hi, I’m Rob and I teach woodwind (saxophone, clarinet and flute) for the Becky Dell Music Academy. I recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire with a 1st Class degree and was awarded the Trinity Laban Jazz Achievement Award in 2016! I have played at venues all over London and the rest of the UK including Ronnie Scotts, Kings Place, Royal Festival Hall and many more.

I have been teaching students of all ages for a long time and although my favourite genre is jazz, I love to teach pop, classical and some funkier stuff just as much!

Joel Waters

Drums, percussion & band coaching

Hi there! I’m Joel and I teach Drums and Guitar. I have been teaching since I was 15 and have been playing drums since I was five years old. 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!

Tom Savage

BA (Hons) – Piano & band coaching

Hi there! I’m Tom and I  graduated from the University of Nottingham with an honours degree in Music. At University I specialised in Classical and Romantic Piano performance, but have also played many other styles for a number of years, including Jazz, Rock, Pop and Blues. Since I graduated I have been working as a piano teacher both privately and in schools, and also work part time in Artist Management (trying to find us poor musicians some gigs!). Outside of music, I am a great fan of travel and last year I spent four months hiking in New Zealand. My favourite cake is Cheesecake, but I don’t like Lemon Cheesecake. Is that weird?

“My son Sasha loves his piano lessons with Tom.  In fact, if we ever have to cancel a lesson, Sasha is disappointed!  I asked Sasha why he loves his lessons so much and he said it’s because Tom ‘gets him’.  He also said Tom is fun, makes the lessons interesting and he listens to what Sasha need.  We are very happy with Tom and would recommend him to anyone looking for an inspiring piano teacher.” Neeta, parent.

Louise Balkwill

BMus (Hons) - Voice, guitar & double bass

Hey! I’m Louise and I teach singing, guitar and double bass. I’ve been brought up surrounded by music – I picked up my first instrument when I was six and have been teaching and performing all over the place since I was sixteen. I’ve just finished studying BMus Jazz Voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and I loved every second of it! I get on really well with children (I used to be a Redcoat at Butlins!) and I think that the best gift you can give to anyone is inspiration. I have also taken disability training. If I had to confess to having a weak spot, I’d say it would be for a slice of homemade carrot cake. Yum!

“Louise is an incredibly creative music teacher and is great with young children. She’s been a huge inspiration to our daughter Matilda who has loved learning to sing jazz songs. Louise now also teaches Matilda the double bass. Louise encourages improvisation and also focuses on developing a student’s unique style. From Day One she encouraged Matilda to tell a story through the pieces she sings and this approach has worked brilliantly in keeping Matilda engaged. Matilda has also had the privilege of singing with Louise’s Jazz band – quite a perk!” Carly, parent.

Daniel Kemshell

BMus (hons) Jazz Guitar – guitar, ukulele, drums & band coaching

Hi, I’m Daniel Kemshell and I teach guitar and drums! I am a guitarist originally from Aberdeen, Scotland. I’m a recent graduate from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s jazz programme, and have moved to London recently to engage with the city’s vibrant creative scene whilst also working as a performer and composer. I am an active musician, with recent performances at the EFG London Jazz Festival, BBC Proms, Cambridge Jazz Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
 
I’m a big fan of jazz and improvised music, and as a teacher hope to determine my students’ personal passion so that they can develop and thrive in the best possible way, all whilst enjoying themselves. My favourite cake has to be either Red Velvet or Pandan Cake!

Laura Guarch

MA Performance Making, BA Music Pedagogy & Modern Singing (Hons) 

Hi! My name is Laura and I work as a music tutor, choir leader, singer, songwriter, composer and performance maker, creating sound installations and immersive cross-disciplinary performances. I love discovering new places through music: I toured Street Vocals, my live-looping a cappella solo project in 10 European countries, being featured in major buskers’ festivals.

Back in Barcelona, I took part in a national TV choir contest with ‘Barcelona Gospel Messengers’, we got awarded the second position and went on an exciting national tour. Now in London, I sing with the high-profile choirs ‘London Contemporary Voices’ and ‘ACM Gospel Choir’, sing and play clarinet in the folk-jazz band ‘Periscopi Invertit’ and write my own songs for my trio ‘Laura Guarch New Ensemble’. I also run a community adult choir in Greenwich part of the Singology Choirs project. Last year I took part in a female a cappella quartet residency awarded by Spitalfields Music and I have recently created an audio-walk alongside the Woolwich Foot Tunnel for Totally Thames Festival.

My favourite cake is strawberry cheesecake!! Yum!!

IAN SANKEY

BMus (Hons) - All brass (trumpet, flugel, trombone, euphonium, french horn, tuba)

Hi, My name is Ian. I teach Brass for the Becky Dell Music Academy. Having spent my young life in Sheffield where I began learning Euphonium (Because I was told my arms weren’t long enough for Trombone). I moved to Nantwich, a little town in Cheshire, a few years later where I then swapped to trombone before moving to a music school in Scotland called St. Mary’s. Having spent six years in Scotland I now still love it to this day and try to go back as often as I can. Some of the groups that take me back up to Scotland are the Aeris Brass trombone quartet and the Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra.

I studied at the Guildhall and graduated with first class honours. While I was there I enjoyed pursuing my love of chamber music as part of the Elysium Brass quintet, winners of the June Emerson Launchpad Prize in our third year, and the Aeris Brass trombone quartet. As a soloist I came second place in the Ian Bousfield Tenor trombone Competition, run by the British Trombone society. I was placed as runner up for the International Trombone Association Alto trombone competition.

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.

I now live and work in London and enjoy the variety of life after college, the good bits and the bad bits! My taste in cake changes with my mood – I love carrot cake but am partial to chocolate cake on a rainy day (as long as it’s not Black Forest Gateau – Yuck!).

Twm Dylan

BA (Hons) – Double bass, bass guitar, guitar & band coaching

Hi, my name is Twm (short for Tomos strangely enough) and I’m from Aberystwyth, West Wales. I started playing double bass when I was 10 and have barely put it down since! My double bass is called Ruby, and very fittingly my favourite cake is Red Velvet. When I do put my double bass down, I pick up the guitar and learn something new everyday.

Being able to play different instruments, as well as sing, has exposed me to all sorts of different music and cultures that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. At present I play in a Jewish klezmer band, jazz groups, an afro spiritual outfit, an English folk duo and a whole host of other things. I love sharing knowledge and learning even from my students. I am of the firm opinion that you never stop learning and there’s no one that you can’t learn from.

Eva has been working really well with Twm, she thinks he is brilliant and fun [and] he challenges her to some fun exercises. She is also learning a few chords as well as continuing with the classical – she loves how Twm can do both! We watched a YouTube of him in a gig and loved that. He has been inspiring and [she is] actually remembering to practice on her own! Great teacher for Eva, thank you!” Bo, Parent.

Emma Bassett

MA Music (Hons) and BMus (Hons) – All brass, flute & jazz voice

Hi my name is Emma and I trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, principally studying trombone. I have been keeping busy touring the world with artists like Adele and Bastille as well as with major orchestras and performing in the pit bands West End shows! I am also a Live Music Now performer and am currently playing with the Hackney Colliery Band.

“Anna is delighted to have Emma as her teacher and is always enthusiastic to have a lesson. Her siblings are often hanging around the door hoping to be invited in too to participate! She has managed to make Anna’s ‘can do’ confidence increase whilst gently exploring ability.” Antonia, parent.

Nicole Johnson

MA Music (Hons) and BMus (Hons) - piano, voice, theory and BDMA accompanist.

Nicole is a Yorkshire-born pianist and accompanist, recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Masters degree in Piano Accompaniment. She gained a first class BMus (Hons) degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (classical piano) in 2017, where she was awarded the Dave Gosling Prize for Piano Accompaniment. 

Nicole works extensively with vocalists and woodwind players, bridging both classical and musical theatre genres. As a vocal accompanist, she was awarded the Accompanist’s Prize at the Association of English Speakers and Singers, sponsored by Patricia Routledge (June 2018) and won 2nd place at the John Kerr English song competition (February 2018) with mezzo-soprano Emily Gray. Nicole is a regular repetiteur for composer Louis Mander, whose operas have been performed at the Arcola Theatre, Kings Place, and the Oslo opera house, and also enjoys working in musical theatre, as a vocal coach/assistant MD/rehearsal pianist with the London Studio Centre, South London Youth Theatre, GSMD Acting department to name but a few!

Nicole is a strong advocate of musical outreach and education projects, and has an extensive teaching practice in South London. 

Mini Maestros - for our little brothers and sisters...

For children ages 3-6. 

Lessons aim to:

- introduce and familiarise your child with musical themes - singing, rhythms, dynamics

- build your child's confidence and communication skills through performing 

- give your child an after-school activity they're not "too young" for 

- encourage and inspire their creative minds 

- discover the amazing world of music!

If you would like more information about how you can start Mini Maestros, get in touch today!

 

Greenwich, London - contact Louise: louise@beckydellmusicacademy.co.uk 

Blackheath, London - contact Meg: megella@beckydellmusicacademy.co.uk 

 

And for your even littiler ones...

We are proud to support other musical establishments in the local area and we have forged a relationship with a wonderful local company, Boppin’ Bunnies, winner of the prestigious 'Whats On 4 Little Ones' award that offers exciting music classes for under 5s, led by professional musicians.

Perfect for those extra enthusiastic little ones who simply can't wait until they can start lessons!

 

Running across the South East, for families, nurseries and schools. Weekly music classes taught by experienced, live musicians.

Click HERE to see more!

 

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