Senior teachers

Jane Gillie
Senior Teacher - Violin, Viola 

Jane has an AGSM in violin from the Guildhall School of Music and a Diploma in viola from the Salzburg Mozarteum (as well as an honours degree in Humanities from the Open University). She has spent most of her working life as a performer, playing violin, viola and baroque violin and viola with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English Baroque Soloists, National Orchestra of Wales, Peterborough String Orchestra, Orchestra of English National Opera & Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. Jane has always taught alongside playing, and has an instinctive sympathy with DaCapo’s approach of finding the source of all music making in the human voice.  She also enjoys the team work and discussion that is an intrinsic part of DaCapo. Here, she teaches one to one lessons. She also teaches at Eleanor Palmer Primary School, where all children play strings from year 3 upwards and at Wren Academy as a peripatetic violin teacher under the auspices of DaCapo. She also takes private pupils, and is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Elizabeth Menezes
Senior Teacher – Violin

Liz studied violin with Roy Gerrard (who was taught by Leonard Hirsch). She studied at St John’s College, Oxford, graduating with an MA Hons in Classics and French; at Trinity College of Music where she gained a PGCE and an MMus; and at the Poor School where she completed the two year acting training. As a professional singer, with Carl Rosa Opera, Charles Court Opera, Minotaur Music Theatre and others, she has performed in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Ireland, France and all over the UK. She is leader of the Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra. Liz has been working with DaCapo since 1998, taking one to one lessons and ensembles at the Saturday Centre, and teaching violin at a number of primary schools; she has also played the violin in a number of performances of DaCapo’s Farmyard Suite. The training and experience she has received at DaCapo has helped to support her in her busy private teaching career, working in many schools in North London, with individuals, small groups and whole classes, and running choirs and orchestras.

Lucy Gwynne-Evans 
Senior Teacher – Piano & Musicianship Early Years/Reception

Lucy has been teaching with  since 2007. She came across DaCapo when looking for an organisation to teach her own children music and was so impressed that she decided to train in their approach so that her home pupils could benefit too. Lucy has performed throughout her life; instrumentally, singing, acting and dabbling in comedy, all of which feed into her teaching. She believes in the DaCapo approach of breaking difficult things down into manageable, accessible and imaginative chunks so that everyone can enjoy the magic that is music.

Josh Geffin
Senior Teacher – Guitar

Josh graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a BA (with first class honours) in composition. In 2018 he completed a 10-day cross arts collaborative residency – Other Lands, Other Sounds – in Gois, Portugal. As a professional musician, Josh has performed in many venues including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, City of London Festival and for the BBC. He has released several albums and EPs. His latest album is Hum and Glow, released in 2018. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre, Josh teaches one-to-one lessons and ensembles, and is a mentor for other teachers. He teaches guitar ensembles and one-to-one lessons for DaCapo at Wren Academy, and also teaches at Christ Church Primary School, Chelsea.

Greg Monk
Senior Teacher, Choir

Greg graduated with a BMus (Hons) from the University of Birmingham and also studied at the British Kodaly Academy Summer School. He has taught with DaCapo for many years, including 1:1 lessons, ensembles and classroom music. After gaining a PCGE from UCL, he is now a full-time Teacher of Music at Enfield Grammar School, but continues to conduct the adult choir at the DaCapo Saturday Centre, as well as sometimes working with other groups. Outside of teaching he has enjoyed performing with the London Contemporary Voices and also sings with an A Capella Chamber Choir singing both popular English and liturgical Jewish Music.

"Working for DaCapo and learning about the Kodaly approach has undoubtedly improved my own musicianship… Not only can the approach allow anybody to take part in musical activities – regardless of their experience – it allows them to understand and break down the language of music. The grounding DaCapo has given me is invaluable in my work now as a Secondary Music Teacher.”

Louis D’Heudieres
Senior Teacher - Piano, Brass, Musicianship

Louis graduated from Kings College, London with a BMus (first class honours). He went on to study composition as a post-graduate, gaining an MMus from the Royal College of Music, and studying for a PhD at Bath Spa University. He has also taught on the BMus programme for all three institutions. As a composer, Louis has written a wide range of works. His music has been performed in the UK, US and Europe, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Resonance 104.4 FM and Danish national radio.

Louis is a key member of the DaCapo Saturday Centre team, teaching one to one lessons and ensembles and mentoring other teachers. As leader of the teens’ musicianship group, he has been responsible for some inspirational end of term performances, and has been a key teacher at the DaCapo Summer School. He also teaches singing, piano and brass for DaCapo at Wren Academy.

Rachel Groves
Senior Teacher – Early Years, Double Bass 

Rachel was taught Double Bass by Jane Cutler and then went on to study at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. She studied Music, and then Primary Education, at Middlesex University, graduating with a BEd. Outside Da Capo, she works as a class teacher at Malorees Infant School in Brent. Rachel takes the toddler and early years classes at the DaCapo Saturday Centre, and at the Summer School. She has had a major role in developing the DaCapo toddler programme, and wrote / co-wrote many of the songs for the DaCapo toddler songbook.

William Dollard
Senior Teacher – Trumpet, Musicianship 

Will started his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral Choir School. He was a music scholar at his secondary school and went on to read music at the University of Glasgow, graduating with an MA Mus. He is composer and Musical Director at the Goblin Theatre, London. Will describes DaCapo’s methods and philosophy as having inspired and enriched his music teaching, and he now works with DaCapo in a number of contexts. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre, he takes one to one lessons, leads ensembles, and mentors other teachers. He takes a major role in the Proms at St Jude’s education concert, established in collaboration with DaCapo, where he trains and leads a choir of children from 10 local primary and secondary schools. He is also a classroom music teacher and choir leader for DaCapo at Wren Academy, as well as leading the music department at Christ Church Primary School, Chelsea.

Sally Russell
Senior Teacher – Cello, Musicianship

Sally studied at Chetham’s School of Music under cellist David Smith. He read Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde, studying with Mark Bailey, Betsey Taylor and Rachel Lee, and graduating with a first class BMus. He went on to do an MMus in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, where he specialized in Klezmer, taking lessons with Merlin Sheperd and Ilana Cravitz. He also took the Community Music Workshop Leader Programme with PTLLS. For DaCapo, Sally teaches one-to-one lessons and ensembles at the Saturday Centre, and cello and classroom music at a number of primary schools.

Neil Pardoe
Senior Teacher - Bassoon, Clarinet, Piano, Musicianship

Neil graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied Bassoon with Meyrick Alexander, Robin O’Neill and Ian Cuthill, and Contra Bassoon with Gordon Laing. He has a varied performing career, playing in orchestras, chamber groups, recording sessions and music festivals. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre, Neil teaches one-to-one lessons and ensembles and is a mentor for other teachers. He is a key member of the DaCapo team at Wren Academy, teaching classroom music, one to one lessons and conducting the primary and senior orchestras. Outside DaCapo, he has some private students and also works with Haringey Music Services, leading whole class instrumental group.


Camilla Cutts

Camilla studied at Trinity College of Music and now trains with Arwel Treharne Morgan. She has performed extensively as an opera singer (working with Scottish Opera and National Reisopera, Netherlands) and on the concert platform. She has sung with the Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra and appears as a soloist on their CD ‘Happy Frog and Hot Canary.’ She teaches singing at DaCapo on Saturdays and in several Barnet schools during the week.

Bert Page 
Piano, Guitar, Voice 

Bert spent 5 years as a chorister in the Norwich Cathedral Choir, and graduated with a BMus (Hons) from Goldsmith’s College. At the DaCapo Saturday School he teaches one to one lessons and ensembles and teaches piano for DaCapo at Wren Academy. He has a number of private pupils. He is the organist and choir master of St John’s Church, Deptford.

Fábio Fernandes

Fábio started learning the guitar aged 11 with Francisco Gomes. He gained a BMus (Hons) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2018, where he is currently on a Masters in Classical Guitar Performance under the guidance of Robert Brightmore and David Miller. Fábio's studies are kindly supported by Help Musicians UK and Adele Kramar-Chappell Trust. Fábio obtained several prizes in national and international competitions in Portugal and has performed many solo and ensemble concerts in Portugal and England and several in Czech Republic and Poland. Besides the guitar, Fábio also plays the lute and the theorbo. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre, Fabio teaches one-to-one lessons and ensembles.

Alex Western-King
Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Alex gained a BMus (with first class honours) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also studied clarinet and flute as a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School. He has an active performing career, playing with Down for the Count Swing Orchestra, the Alex-Western King Quintet, Alexander’s Dixieland Band, Bella and the Bourbon Boys, and the Lady Gatsby Jazz Band. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre Alex teaches one-to-one lessons; he also teaches classroom music for DaCapo in a number of primary schools.

Anne Waddington

Anne has a BA hons degree in Music and French as well as an LRAM and DipRAM. She holds a level 1 Kodaly Certificate in Primary Teaching. Anne has toured the world with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also played in productions at the National Theatre and was a deputy in the West End production of ‘The Lion King’ for many years. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre, Anne teaches one-to-one lessons. She also teaches cello at The Hall School and Hereward House School.

Alice Purton
Cello, Musicianship 

Alice was a member of Bromley Youth Music Trust and the National Youth Orchestra. She gained a BMus with first class honours from the joint Manchester University and Royal Northern College of Music course, and a Master of Performance from the Royal College of Music where she studied under Melissa Phelps, Raphael Wallfisch and Karine Georgian. She has a busy performing career as a member of various ensembles, including Distractfold Ensemble who give concerts all over Europe, Trio Atem, and the Chagall Piano Quartet who have performed at St Martin in-the-Fields and the Wigmore Hall. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre Alice teaches one-to-one lessons and ensembles. She also teaches piano at Wren Academy.

Elliot Kendall
Piano, Guitar

Elliot gained a BMus (Hons) in Classical Music from Leeds College of Music, and an MA in composition from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He has studied with the virtuosic pianist / composer Lubomyr Melnyk. He composes for a wide range of media and styles, including film, dance, and concert space works. His work has been performed around the UK and in Australia. He is also a performing pianist, leading his own ensemble of musicians. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre, Elliot teaches one-to-one lessons and ensembles.

Daniel Garcia
Drums, Xylophone, Piano

Dan attended DaCapo as a student from the age of five and went on to study music, graduating from Leeds College of Music with a BA (Hons). He has an active performing career as a drummer. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre, Dan teaches one to one lessons and ensembles. He also teaches classroom music for DaCapo at a number of primary schools, and teaches drums at Christ Church Primary School, Chelsea.

Teresa Arede

Teresa graduated from Porto University with a Fine Arts degree. She studied music at the Conservatório Regional de Música Dr. José de Azeredo Perdigão, in Viseu, Portugal, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Susan Waters, with whom she still studies privately. She has a busy performing career as an opera and concert singer. She teaches singing at the DaCapo Saturday school.

Trainee teachers

Oktawia Petronella
Trainee Teacher - Violin

Oktawia studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department before going on to study at the University of Sussex, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Music with Italian. She has been a member of the London Symphony Chorus, The London Philharmonic, and Midsummer Opera, and has performed at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. At DaCapo, Oktawia currently has a small number of pupils and is assisting in several ensembles.  Oktawia has been finding that the DaCapo approach is both a natural and refreshing way of engaging children in making music and has been enjoying the journey so far. She also teaches at Gymboree Play and Music in Wandsworth.

Niall McCann
Trainee Teacher - Guitar, Drums

Niall gained a BMus (with first class honours) from Kingston University. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre he teaches one to one lessons; he teaches ensembles for DaCapo at Wren Academy and Wessex Gardens Primary School. Niall also teaches drums at Christchurch Primary School in Chelsea.

Tom Morley
Trainee Teacher - Brass, Voice, Piano

He has performed at Durham International Brass Festival; has written and recorded trumpet parts for contemporary and classical music projects; and has worked with community choirs for marginalised adults. He is currently developing a series of cross disciplinary creative workshops for adults. Tom teaches brass at the Saturday Music Centre and brass, piano and voice at Wren Academy.

"The DaCapo approach has opened up new avenues with my music teaching, making it easier to communicate musical ideas intuitively. I've become a better teacher and a better student and found it such an enjoyable way to learn music".

Maja Pluta
Trainee Teacher - Violin

Maja graduated with a BMus from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in violin performance, with second studies in composition and viola. She has been a Music Fellow at Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra. She is founder and manager of Kaleidoscope Ensemble, and a member of the Birmingham Conservatoire Learning and Participation Ensemble. As well as teaching at the DaCapo Saturday Centre Maja also teaches violin and piano privately in Birmingham. She is passionate about free improvisation, folk music and learning languages. She loves the holistic approach of the DaCapo method and the welcoming atmosphere of the Saturday Centre.

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