Owain plays the organ and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, the highest qualification the college awards. He was Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he moved after Wells.
He still sings and was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain which led on to him becoming the assistant conductor of the Royal School of Church Music’s Millennium Youth Choir. Many of his compositions have been performed with the top choirs in the country, including Tenebrae and the choirs of Wells Cathedral and Trinity College in addition to being broadcast in this country, on Radios 3, 4 and Classic FM and from Australia to Sweden via America and Germany!
Last summer Owain was appointed as the new director of the prestigious Cambridge Chorale and has led several very successful educational initiatives for the children of Cambridge in Trinity College.
Music is giving Owain a wonderful life which he is keen to share with the young people coming on the course.
Zak lives in Bristol and in 2016 was a category finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the year. He plays with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and lead trumpet of the National Youth Music Theatre. He has theatre experience in West End musicals and recordings from R&B to brass bands.
At school he was head chorister at St. John's College for two years and made a solo CD with Naxos in 2002.
Now he sings with jazz, rock and funk bands around Cambridge. He writes his own music and now leads the jazz ensembles at St. John's College School.
Showing a precocious talent, she won numerous awards and prizes including, in 1999, a scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music in UK under Maciej Rakowsky.
She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a BMus (Honours) in 2005 and an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in performance in 2007.
Victoria has performed in many prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, St. James's Piccadilly, St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. She has given performances in Africa, Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and has performed in many festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Commonwealth Resounds Arts Festival which took part in Uganda, as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
She has also recently become involved with charity work and has donated several recitals to help raise money for different organisations and trusts such as Action on Addiction.
Victoria plays on a fine instrument by Andrea Guarneri made in Cremona in 1680.
While still at Music College James formed 'Drum-ology' - an education group who travel extensively, giving workshops and group recitals. To date he has been into more than 500 schools. Taking percussion to the younger audiences.
For the last 5 years James had the roll of Musical Director for the acclaimed percussion show Noise Ensemble and more recently has been touring the UK and much of Europe with the new drum show – DrumChasers.
James' freelance playing has enabled him to work with a diverse range of orchestras including:
The Sid Lawrence Big Band,
The John Wilson Orchestra,
and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
He has worked on the tours of Guys and Dolls and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and most recently the West-End show Signing in the Rain.
When not playing James is an Examiner for the Trinity Guildhall music examination board and is a keen instrumental teacher.
Whilst still at school, Hannah won several awards and competitions for her playing, including a Future Talent Gold Award, Regional 1st place and National 2nd place in the Lions International Music Competition and a runner-up prize in the Chethams Concerto Competition.
She has performed as an oboe soloist in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and at the Ryedale Festival, and has made concerto appearances with the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and Trinity College Chamber Orchestra.
As a Cambridge student she was principal oboe of the University Chamber Orchestra and held an Instrumental Award Scholarship for chamber music, playing in a wind quintet and an oboe quartet. Her quartet, 'Pirazzi', performed Mozart and Britten's oboe quartets in venues across Cambridge, including the historic Fitzwilliam Museum.
She has toured extensively and made several CDs with the world famous College Choir and has also appeared as a soloist with the choir of St John’s College, Cambridge.
Music education as a fundamental for all young people is at the heart of Hannah’s life and she is thoroughly looking forward to joining us as our woodwind specialist.
Whilst at Oxford she was a singer in the LMH choir, percussionist in the Oxford University Orchestra and was chosen to be one of 3 pianists from the University to perform in a masterclass with Alfred Brendel in the Holywell Music Room. Before going to Oxford she was a student at Chetham’s School of Music.
Her other theatre experience includes Associate Conductor for 'Jersey Boys' (Picadilly Theatre), Deputy Keyboard Player for 'Avenue Q' (Wyndhams Theatre), 'Cats' & 'Chess' (Stadium Tours).
She studied the Flute and Piano at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music.
Katharine has also set up "Stage by Stage Theatre Arts", a performing Arts school for young people in South West London.
Recent roles include first understudy for Mrs. Banks in the West End production of Mary Poppins and cast roles in the UK tours of Legally Blonde and Hello Dolly.
Hannah is also an experienced teacher for singing, choreography and stagecraft
More recently Chris has been a producer on the West End production of ‘The West End Men’ starring Lee Mead and Matt Willis, ‘Chess the Musical’ (The Channel Islands), ‘My Fair Ladies’ (London Workshop performance) and the world premiere of ‘When Darkness Falls’.
He was also a production assistant for Warner Bros., working on films such as ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘The Goblet of Fire’.
The NB Music Course
Orchestras for Advanced and Moderate Musicians.
Musical Theatre, rehearsing extracts from 3 West End shows.
Coaching from first class, professional performers and educators.
Daily mini concerts with chances to perform.
End of week full concert for parents.
Perfect for both experienced and 'first time' performers.