Senior Teacher - Bassoon, Clarinet, Piano, Musicianship
Neil has been teaching for DaCapo for 15 years. Neil is a key member of the DaCapo team at Wren Academy, teaching classroom music in the Primary School, one-to-one lessons on bassoon, clarinet, saxophone and piano, and conducting both the Primary and Secondary Orchestras. At the DaCapo Saturday Centre he teaches one-to-one lessons and ensembles and is a mentor for other teachers.
He graduated from the Guildhall Hall School of Music & Drama, where he studied the bassoon with Meyrick Alexander, Robin O’Neill and Ian Cuthill. He has a varied performing career, playing in orchestras, chamber groups, recording sessions and at music festivals. He has also worked in music-education publishing as a Music Education Editor for Bloomsbury Publishers, Boosey & Hawkes and Music Sales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Kostas has studied the Double Bass with H.Pegiazis in Greece and C.Elliott in the UK and holds a BA in Music Performance by Middlesex University (first class honours). He works as a freelance double bassist with various orchestras in London and is the principal double bass of the Fidelio Orchestra. He teaches one-to-one lessons at the DaCapo Saturday Centre and is a member of the DaCapo team at Wren Academy. He also teaches the Double Bass at Aldwickbury School, Bird College and privately.
Rocío is a versatile clarinettist specialised in contemporary music. She completed her Postgradute studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Distinction followed by a Junior Fellowship and the International Artist Diploma, supported by Buffet Crampon. She also studied for a year a Specialised Masters in contemporary music performance at the Hochschule der Künste Bern with Ernesto Molinari. She is a founding member of Distractfold Ensemble, which has been a visiting ensemble in residencies at Harvard University and Stanford University as well as being ensemble in association at Brunel University.
She has worked as a freelance with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC Sym-
phony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Liverpool Phil-
harmonic and Hallé Orchestra in the UK and Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid in Spain.
Melody started singing and playing the flute at the age of 13 after joining Camden School for Girls School choir. Melody received a Prince's Trust Scholarship to study vocal and flute studies at the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music. In 2003 Melody graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Melody has continued in her flute studies for many years and has taught both piano and recorder to adults and children.
Agnieszka is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Poland. She has a professional diploma in classical piano performance and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Musicology from Wroclaw University. In 2015, she moved to Central Java, Indonesia, to study traditional Javanese singing, music and composition at the Institute of Indonesian Arts in Surakarta on the prestigious Darmasiswa art scholarship. In Indonesia, she performed across the country as a pianist with Experimental Shadow Puppetry Project “Gnayaw Puppets” and numerous music collectives. She graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London with a Master’s Degree in Music with distinction in performance and composition, where her research about female music traditions in Central Java was awarded the John Taylor Music Travel Grant.
Currently, she teaches classical piano, singing and music theory in London as well as performing both as a solo artist and with Southbank Gamelan Players, an ensemble in residence at the Southbank Centre.
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.
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".