Thetford Music Project Thetford Music Project is a community charity which exists to encourage and generate young people’s interest in music.
Director: Ann Smith
Chairman: Robert Rickard
Robert Rickard (Chair, TMP) co-founded the charity in 1999, as part of an initiative uniting all the Music Coordinators in every school in Thetford, alongside Town, Breckland and County Councillors, Norfolk Music Service (now Hub) and other interested parties – in order to develop much-needed instrumental and ensemble music education, at low cost, for all interested young people in and around Thetford.
He deeply loves music, but has never got beyond beginner piano, but taught English in secondary schools (including in Thetford from 1995-2002), colleges, universities, and even a prison, since 1983; and has inspected and consulted on post-16 education nationally, and abroad. Since 2015 Robert has helped oversee all the sixth forms and colleges of Norfolk, in his post as 14-19 Adviser for the County Council but continues to support TMP as Chairman and a Trustee.
Woodwind/ Singing: Lydia O’Gorman
Strings: Frances Levy
Frances Levy LLCMTD, ALCM
Violin and ‘cello teacher.
Studied in London. Played in various orchestras and at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.
I teach privately and for the Norfolk Music Service.
I teach all ages from 4 years old up to adults and how nice it is to see them all enjoying making music!
Piano and Keyboard: Keith O’Gorman
Singing: Andrés Hernández-Salazar
Singing: Louise Barton
Certified by the International Alliance of Holistic Therapies and the Complementary Medical Association, Louise Barton is a certified Music Therapist and Voice Coach endorsed by the New York Singing Teacher’s Association, Board of Directors. Aprofessional Performing & Recording Artist, Louise is the founder and director of Creative Singing Studios, where she and her students regularly work with and alongside BAFTA, ARIA, TONY & GRAMMY AWARD Winning Writers, Performers & Producers within the Professional Music Industry (globally). Louise’s clients have achieved international levels of success, gaining leading roles in Television Productions such as (but not limited to): ’Neighbours’, ‘Once Upon a Time’, and ‘Reign’, as well as obtaining Recording Contracts with labels such as SONY/BMG, Colombia, and Universal Records. Most recently, Louise had a client perform at the opening for New York Fashion Week (2018), which was featured in OK News
Drums: Jeff Halpern
I have been playing drums and gigging for over 40 years. I have been teaching drum kit and Djembe classes for over 20 years. I have had several week long intensive drumming courses taught by some of the worlds best drummers like Thomas Lang, Jojo Mayer, Ash Soan and Billy Ward. Those top world class guys have given me a wealth of information and inspiration that I would like to pass on to young ambitious drummers.
My classes are relaxed and are catered to suit each individual student’s needs and plans. You would be learning how to read drum music, 4 way independence, different styles of drumming, rudiments, linear drumming, performance, timing, proper techniques including traditional grip and matched grip and so much more. If you’re a beginner, you will get a solid foundation to work from to become a great drummer. If you’ve been playing drums for a long time, I can help you improve to the next level.
Guitar and Ukelele: Sam Ward
Guitar: Marty Drew
Guitar and Singing Group: Jon Settle
Guitar and Brass: Jonathan Cushion
Jonathan started playing Tenor Horn in the Salvation Army at 9 years of age and moved onto French Horn whilst studying for A-levels.
During his degree he studied with both Jim Brown and Huw Jenkins on Horn and studied Classical Guitar as his second instrument.
Jonathan was a class music teacher for 18 years but decided to have a slight change in direction in 2015 to enable him to perform more. Over the last 3 years, he has performed both on Horn and Bass Guitar for a number of shows for Sound Ideas Theatre Company. These have included ‘Into The Woods’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’ .
Jonathan has also been part of a brass quintet during this time and also has played for many orchestras and brass bands over his career.
Jonathan teaches instrumental lessons, one to one, in 9 schools around the whole of Norfolk. Brass, Classical Guitar and Bass Guitar being his main teaching areas.
Flute, Singing and Musicianship: Natalie O’Sullivan