MEET THE PEOPLE WHO KEEP BDMA RUNNING
Find out who is behind the scenes bringing you some of south east London's highest quality music lessons...
Becky Dell (SHE/HER) - Director
tel: 07889 365 297
Becky teaches piano, singing and theory at her academy as well as being the founder and director of BDMA.
Classically trained as a percussionist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Becky graduated straight into a role in the famous West End show STOMP! and worked as a free-lance professional musician before deciding to set up BDMA in 2012.
In her spare time, Becky acts as Musical Director for the successful Citizens of the World Choir, a choir of refugees and friends based in South East London. She was also nominated for and won an Amnesty International Suffragette Sister Award, for her humanitarian campaigning and was named one of the Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs in the UK.
She regularly appears on The BBC, performs live at venues including Shakespeare's Globe, Ronnie Scotts, Houses of Parliament and with the UNHCR and actively mentors the next generation of musicians and leaders.
Francesco PIO RICCI (he/him) - ACADEMY MANAGER
tel: 07704 916481
Francesco is our Blackheath and Greenwich manager! He is the one who will be taking care of you, helping set you up with the right tutor and anything else you need regarding your lessons.
When he's away from the office Fran is a singer-songwriter (under the alias Heren Wolf) & session singer.
Since he was 6 years old, he trained as a ballet and contemporary dancer in Italy but after a serious injury he devoted himself to music.
He moved to London in 2016 where he attained a Bachelor Degree in Songwriting and joined London Contemporary Voices and Citizens of the World choirs. He has performed with Stu Larsen, Ian Shaw, Basement Jaxx, Elena Tonra and more in some of London’s most prestigious venues.
With his own music he tries to raise awareness on political and social issues such as LGBTQIA+ and migrant rights, transfeminism, racism etc and writes wonderful cinematic, emotive music.
Jess Tomlinson (SHE/HER) - Accounts Manager and SAFEGUARDING OFFICER
tel: 07840 243 478
Alongside her work at BDMA, Jess has an active freelance career as a clarinettist and saxophonist, performing with orchestras and pit bands nationwide and in Europe. Most recently, she has performed for the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and with the BBC Philharmonic and Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the RNCM and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Jess is a Live Music Now artist with her award-winning chamber group Chameleon, a multi-instrumental woodwind quartet with a passion for making music accessible, immersive and engaging. She is also a music-for-health practitioner at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and is currently musician in residence at several SEND schools in the North West; she has recently had her own research in this field published in the journal "Approaches".
Outside of work, Jess loves adventures(!); seaside, mountains, countryside, you name it! As for her favourite cake, it has to be chocolate fudge.
Meg Brookes (SHE/HER) - Creative Manager
Meg teaches piano, singing, cello and songwriting at BDMA and also does a few bits here and there as our Creative Manager.
Outside of BDMA Meg works as a professional musician, working with artists including Elbow, Jools Holland, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Laura Mvula, Emeli Sandé, The Staves, Dermot Kennedy, Nitin Sawnhey, Charlotte Church, Marc Almond, Orlando Weeks and many more on some of the UK's biggest stages as well as live on national TV (BBC, The One Show) and radio (BBC Radio 1, BBC London, Virgin).
Meg also works as a composer and songwriter. She has sung her own song with a 60 piece choir (London Contemporary Voices) at Queen Elizabeth Hall, performed multiple times on BBC Radio London and has even ended up in a circus at the Roundhouse, playing a flying piano!
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