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Catherine ring

I am a percussionist and pianist with a love of all things rhythm! Being a percussionist allows me to pursue my love of collecting and learning new instruments, of which I have quite a few…

 

I studied percussion at Guildhall School of Music & Drama after a scholarship at Junior Trinity College of Music, and have an ABRSM piano diploma. Over the last 10 years I have delivered samba workshops across the South of England, and my love of samba has taken me to Brazil 3 times so far. I also enjoy teaching West African Drumming and have a lot of experience in teaching private lessons in percussion, drum kit and piano, as well as being an ABRSM examiner.

Performing continues to be the heart of what I do. I am a member of three groups:

 

- The critically acclaimed Colin Currie Group (CCG): A virtuosic percussion ensemble that specialises in the work of Steve Reich. The group have performed in prestigious venues around the world including the Southbank Centre (London), Opera City (Tokyo), Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). 

 

- Ensemble Bash: A percussion quartet which explores classical, contemporary, jazz and music theatre styles with the music of West Africa at the core. We hold a residency at Guildhall School of Music and are soon to celebrate the ensemble’s 30th anniversary!

 

- Perhaps Contraption: A nine-piece alternative brass band. The group were artists in residence at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2016, and began a two year Open Space residency at Aldeburgh Open Space in 2017, culminating in a successful run of our theatre show ‘Nearly Human’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.

 

My freelance work includes West End shows such as the Lion King, touring with Rambert dance company, BBC Proms with Aurora orchestra and performances with Dionne Warwick, Imogen Heap and Katherine Jenkins. 

 

In my spare time I enjoy baking, horse-riding, surfing, and spending time with my three cats Binx, Lily and Tiddles.

John sandford

I am a Classroom Music Practitioner and Choral Music Director with over 20 years' experience running children's music and drama workshops, specialising in percussion activities, songs from around the world (particularly African call and response) and providing suitable music for dance dramas.  I hold a Certificate of Teaching from the Royal School of Music specialising in voice training and work with individuals and groups to improve their singing technique and vocal health.

I am also a keen instrumentalist who loves the challenge of learning to play new instruments. I have sung and played piano for many years but I have recently learned the piano accordion, bass guitar, a little bit of acoustic guitar and ukulele. I love trying out my playing skills on a variety of music genres including, classical, rock, jazz, blues and folk. And there is no reason why a classical piece of music cannot be reworked as a Reggae anthem!

 

I help to run the Bath Youth Folk Band where most of the music is learned by 'ear', ie no printed music is used. This is a great skill for musicians to learn - it can be scary at first, but is so liberating when you feel confident enough to play in a group without the notes in front of you. It is also the best way of learning how to improvise.

 

When I am not teaching Music, I am writing or playing it! I am a member of a folk/pop duo called Jiggidy and also play in a ceilidh band called Pipley. I run two adult choirs, one in Bath and one in Corsham. 

 

My proudest moment in music was to be invited to join a teacher's choir that took to the stage at a packed out O2 arena to sing a song as part of the Young Voices concert. Wow, what a thrill that was! The only thing that could top that is to play with Jiggidy on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, but maybe that's one gig too far!

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David Garcia 

I am a teacher, performer and conductor across many genres of music. I teach in both primary and secondary schools and lead ensembles and workshops across the South West, including conducting the Bath Youth Orchestra 'SPO' and various groups for Wiltshire Young Musicians. Working closely with Wiltshire Music Centre has allowed me to teach and play alongside some fantastic musicians including Adriano Adewale and Gwilym Simcock.  

I have pioneered and designed several new digital music projects in Wiltshire including whole class djembe Skype sessions, an online primary music curriculum digital platform and a maths and music boomwhackers programme. 

Having continually performed in groups with musicians that are much cooler than I am, I have tried just about every musical group going, including drum kit for a blues funk band who were billed alongside Supergrass and Fun Lovin' Criminals, cajon in a gypsy jazz band who enjoyed a residency at the Troubadour in London, and cello in various orchestras and string quartets. 

I currently play drum kit with a modern jazz trio and a vintage jazz band, bodhran with a ceilidh band and dust off the cello whenever I get the chance!

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