Director: Ann Smith

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Ann has been a dedicated Director for TMP  for a few years now.
She started her musical path at the age of 10 with learning to play the piano followed by brass and woodwind instruments.
Ann has played in many local orchestras, windbands and brass bands over the years. Encouraging musicians of all ages by running workshops and residentials plus teaching in several schools around Norfolk.

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.

Jane McCreedy

Jane is a volunteer parent and helps with Ukulele group every Thursday. She is better known for her fudge making and running the tuck shop! Trying out different flavoured fudge for TMP members and staff from Thetford Academy. The summer residential course would not be the same without her energy and enthusiasm!

Woodwind/ Singing: Lydia O’Gorman

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Lydia studied Music and Professional Practice at Coventry University with Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute as her main instruments. Her background is Musical Theatre where she works as both a musician in the orchestra but also directing the singing as a Musical Director. Lydia plays saxophone in a Sax and Piano duo with her husband at weddings, corporate parties and restaurants. She travels across South Norfolk to lots of schools teaching woodwind, singing and beginners piano, but also specialises in running musical therapy sessions for dementia patients across Norfolk and Suffolk. She also enjoys running various community adult and children’s choirs. http://www.roundmidnightmusic.co.uk


 

Strings: Frances Levy

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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

 

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Keith O’Gorman studied piano, accompaniment, musical direction and conducting in London under a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. He is a professional pianist and musical director, working mainly in theatre and choral groups, as well as a freelance piano, singing and music theory teacher. Keith is also a member of Round Midnight, a saxophone and piano jazz duo and is an accompanist for ABRSM Music Exams. http://www.roundmidnightmusic.co.uk

 

 

 

Singing: Andrés Hernández-Salazar

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Andrés began his musical studies in Venezuela and was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, before obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma from Trinity College of Music, and a BA with the Open University. He has performed extensively in both the UK and in continental Europe, as well as in South America and the Middle East. Andrés is in demand both as a singing teacher and music history lecturer. He is currently running Musical Theatre courses at The Garage and Norwich Theatre Royal.  http://www.ahsmusic.co.uk

Singing: Louise Barton

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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

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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

Marty started playing guitar at the age of 12 he has played in a number of bands, been live on TV and radio and has vast studio and session experience. His playing experience spans over 30 years and his performing 26.He is incredibly passionate about music and really enjoys seeing the progression of budding and frustrated musicians. Music being second nature in his life Marty has a comprehensive knowledge of music theory and a fantastic sense of enthusiasm while he is playing so has developed his teaching to pass his knowledge and enthusiasm on. Marty gained a very respectful Distinction in the RockSchool ‘Music Educators’ programme (equivalent to five ‘A’ levels) in 2009, also achieving a PTTLS qualification at the same time. He has continued live performances, worked with The NR5 project, with Access-2-Music, Norwich, Thetford Academy and now proud to work with TMP.

Guitar and Singing Group: Jon Settle

Jon is a guitar teacher at TMP and at Thetford Grammar .
He runs the activities on the summer residential course .

 

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