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.

Senior Music Centre

Hannah Caldecott
Hannah CaldecottHead of Senior Centre
Hannah Caldecott is a diverse Freelance French horn player and Teacher based in Bristol. Following a Distinction in her Master’s Degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, Hannah divides her time between teaching, performing and outreach work.

She teaches with South Gloucestershire Music Hub, North Somerset Music Service and has also worked as a Horn Tutor with the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain.

Orchestrally, Hannah performs with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Welsh Sinfonia and British Sinfonietta.

As well as performing, Hannah prides herself in her commitment to educational work and looks forward to promoting the French horn and other Brass instruments to new audiences in and around the South West.

She also enjoys a challenge and is currently undergoing a new project involving theatrical solo performance, along with starting her new Administration Role as Head of Senior Centre with South Gloucestershire Music Hub.

David Pagett
David PagettSouth Gloucestershire Wind Orchestra
David Pagett studied clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music with Sidney Fell and Janet Hilton.

He has worked extensively throughout the UK with some of the country’s leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. As well as working as an orchestral musician David has played in West End Productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, 42nd Street and West Side Story. As a regular member of the Bristol Ensemble, David has performed numerous chamber works and concertos by Mozart and Christopher Ball.

He has also been involved with South Gloucestershire Music service training and conducting the Senior Wind Band at Yate Music Centre. David has conducted the South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra for the last four years, conducted them twice in Symphony Hall as part of the National Festival of Music for Youth.

Roger Sansom
Roger SansomSouth Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra - SOGYJO
Rog Sansom (BA Hons) studied Music at Kingston University, before working as a Professional Musician in London and Europe . He then returned to Bristol and has been involved with Music Education for the past 18 years, working full time for North Somerset Council as a Music Peripatetic Teacher. He is currently conductor of North Somerset Concert Band, and Senior Tutor for Worle Centre, conducting North Somerset Jazz Ensemble, and The Tutti Orchestra, and has recently been on a course to be involved in the ‘Open Orchestra’ project.

Still involved on the local music scene, he plays for ‘The Mike Hoddinott Blues Allstars’ and ” Traps” and is beginning to write more arrangements for education purposes.

Rog is the co-founder of SOGYJO, being its Director since its inception and strives to find new, and exciting repertoire and venues for the ensemble to perform.

Richard Jones
Richard JonesSouth Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra
Richard Jones was educated in Newtown, Powys and is a graduate of York University and UCNW Bangor. His MA in Applied Educational Studies focused on the impact of extra – curricular music on students and parents. He is about to embark on EdD research into aspects of youth music making and teacher training.

The bulk of his work in the classroom was at Richmond School, a large rural comprehensive in North Yorkshire. As well as sending a constant stream of young musicians into the music profession and teaching world Richard is renowned for his work with school wind bands worldwide, sharing his expertise in the Netherlands, USA, Canada and Australia.

No stranger to the orchestral podium he conducted his school orchestra in a performance of the Die Fledermaus Overture in the Schools Proms North and was conductor of the Richmondshire Orchestra and the Keynsham Orchestra.

Prior to his appointment to South Gloucestershire in 2011 Richard was a national arts education adviser and was a member of the Government Music and Dance Programme Boards, Music and Dance Scheme Expert Panel, Sing Up Reference Group and the Executive Committee of the Music Education Council.

Richard has conducted the Youth Orchestra for the last four years in which time the repertoire has grown and regularly features concertos performed by principals of the orchestra.

Simone Willis
Simone WillisStrings Coach
Simone Willis began learning the violin from the age of six and attended the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department. Following this, she studied the violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she was able to develop her performance and pedagogy skills. During summer 2011 Simone participated in the RWCMD International Exchange Programme and studied at the University of Auckland in New Zealand with Elizabeth Holowell. Simone graduated with a BMus (Hons) in 2014, and is currently an MPhil/PhD candidate at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her research interests include musicians’ psychology, and she is particularly interested in the areas of musicians’ health and wellbeing, and developing strategies that will enable musicians to realise their full potential. Simone is currently an advisory board member for the Music Education Expo 2017.

Currently, Simone teaches the violin and flute for South Gloucestershire Music Hub, as well as several schools in Wales and the South West. She regularly performs with orchestras, and has recently performed with the British Sinfonietta, Cardiff Sinfonietta and the Welsh Session Orchestra.

Simone has been working with the Senior Centre since 2014, and particularly enjoys coaching orchestral repertoire. She has enjoyed working on ensemble skills with the string section and developing the orchestral techniques required to allow the string section to express their musical ideas.