Music Centre Staff
Find out about the staff at our music centres. All members of our staff are experienced musicians in their own right as well as being excellent and inspiring educators.
Little Stoke Development Centre
Alice has many years’ experience as a secondary school music teacher and peripatetic brass teacher. She was Head of Yate Music Centre and the lower brass specialist for the South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra. Alice also conducted the Thornbury Castle Brass Band (now Thornbury Town Band) for many years.
Alice is now Head of the Little Stoke Development Centre and continues to teach brass for the South Gloucestershire Music Service. She also regularly performs with the Wallscourt Brass Quintet and the Veroneka Big Band.
Jo directs the Open Strings group at LSDC where children have the opportunity to play music that Jo has personally arranged to suit their individual ability and current level of learning. She firmly believes that music is essential to every child’s development both educationally and emotionally. She is very pleased to be teaching and promoting the musical learning journey within her South Glos schools and is very much looking forward to meeting the young learners and their parents.
Sharon studied and achieved a degree in Education with music as her main subject at Exeter University. Sharon’s teaching career began at Rodford and North Road Primary Schools as a teacher holding the position of music co-ordinator at both. With ten years’ experience of being a Music Centre string tutor she has a wealth of experience working with young players and instilling in them a love of string playing.
Sharon plays in the locally based orchestra CAMEO and is an accomplished athlete, having completed London and Dublin marathons.
During his time in Cardiff, Sam studied with several leading players of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera Orchestra, and lead the cello sections of the university symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, string orchestra and contemporary music group.
In 2012, Sam instantly made an impression with his concerto debut as a first year with Cardiff University String Orchestra, performing Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto along with Tania Drewitt, and in his final year, Sam was fortunate enough to be invited to perform the solo role of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor with Cardiff University Sinfonia, conducted by Andy Thompson.
Outside of his musical life, Sam enjoys exploring new cities, visiting friends and family in the New Forest and on the North Coast of Ireland, dog walking and Sudoku!
Jon undertook his professional studies at Trinity College of Music in London gaining a Bachelor of Music degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Performance (Leverhulme Scholarship) specialising in period performance on Sackbut (Renaissance Trombone) also winning the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble Prize in his second year at the historic conservatoire.
Jon joined Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in 1999 as Trombonist working on numerous of Royal Caribbean’s ships. He was promoted to Musical Director in 2001, a position he held onboard Voyager of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and finally the first Musical Director aboard Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world upon its launch in 2009. As Musical Director Jon worked with each ship’s management team enjoying the challenge of scheduling and managing the entire Live Music programme.
Since relocating back to the UK Jon, as a Freelance Trombonist, has been working with various Big Bands and Orchestras across the country including the Jay Craig Orchestra and Jeff Hooper’s Swing Easy Big Band.
Jon’s educational and teaching work primarily focuses on his passion for the Trombone as a versatile instrument in a wide range of genres from the Renaissance period to today’s contemporary commercial music. Jon is proud to be associated with the continuing work of the English Brass Academy for whom he has been a Trombone and Ensemble tutor on recent residential courses.
In 2009 I joined an AC/DC tribute band “ Hells Bells” and have since been enjoying success with gigs in various countries around the world. From the success of the band I was recommended to contribute to an online music tutorial website teaching lead and rhythm guitar of AC/DC songs.
I am also in an acoustic covers band called “ Midnight Tides”, gigging in and around Bristol and an original band called “Burn the Void” and we have just recorded our first album.