Sue Nicholls

Sue Nicholls is a successful primary music specialist and Advanced Skills Teacher. She was music consultant for the BBC radio programme ‘Music Box’ and is an active member of NAME (National Association of Music Educators), on the Representative Council as co-chair of the Early Years and Primary Focus Group. Since 2007 she has lectured to PGCE students at the University of Northampton and at the University of Leicester.

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Sue will be giving expert feedback to all choirs at the 2017 Festival.

Kwesi Edman

Kwesi Edman graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. He performs regularly across the world as a soloist, chamber musician, pop musician and conductor and has collaborated with players from the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields, Southbank Sinfonia, the Royal Opera Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has worked alongside artists such as Shirley Bassey, Damon Albarn and Elton John and even played on a bus next to David Beckham at the Beijing Olympics.  He teaches privately in North London, closely monitored by his elderly cat Cindy.

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Kwesi will be giving expert feedback to all String performers at the 2017 Festival.

Julian Hellaby

Julian Hellaby BMus, MMus, PhD, LRAM, ARAM studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and has performed as solo pianist, concerto soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in continental Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and throughout the UK. Julian is an ABRSM examiner, trainer, moderator and public presenter, as well as a mentor for the ABRSM’s Certificate of Teaching course. He has extensive experience of piano teaching at all levels, and is currently Associate Research Fellow at Coventry University.

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Julian will be giving expert feedback to all Piano performers at the 2017 Festival

David Powell

David Powell plays the tuba. He studied at London University and the Royal Academy of Music, David has played as an extra with all of the London orchestras, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Sinfonietta, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and London Brass. He has played on albums by Eric Clapton, Heaven 17, Madness, Marc Almond, Van Morrison, Kanye West, and Peter Gabriel (with whom he has toured widely). His own band “Kermesse” has played on radio; he currently plays with “Balkanatics”, playing music of eastern Europe.

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David will be giving expert feedback to all Orchestras, Wind Ensembles and Bands at the 2017 Festival.

Nick Walker

Nick Walker studied classical guitar at Trinity College of Music. He is a widely respected guitar teacher and is co-author of the popular, ‘Guitar Basics’ series of books for children published by Faber Music. He currently teaches and coordinates whole class music in Haringey, North London where he is also the Deputy Head of Service.  He lives in Norfolk.

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Nick will be giving expert feedback to all Guitar performers and our Whole Class Ensemble Tuition performers at the 2017 Festival.

Jeffery Wilson

Jeffery Wilson is perhaps best known as a composer. He studied at the RCM, Cambridge and Paris and numbers among his teachers John Lambert, Herbert Howells, Gordon Jacob and Olivier Messiaen. His performances and recordings range from pop and jazz to classical and contemporary and he performs regularly with ‘Saxology’ and his own band ‘The Reduced History of Jazz’.

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Jeff will be giving expert feedback to Jazz, Pop, Rock performers at the 2017 Festival.


Sally Adams

Sally Adams’ interest in music was fired at the age of 7 when she was offered riding lessons if she passed Grade 1 piano. Thanks to her pony redesigning her front teeth a few years later, she ended up playing the flute. Sally has worked as an advisor for both the Associated Board and Trinity Guildhall examination boards. She was involved setting up the Music Medals exams for both Flute and Recorder. She is an advocate of the Simultaneous Learning approach to teaching.

Sally will be giving expert feedback to all Woodwind performers at the 2017 Festival.

Chris Nall

Chris studied Timpani & percussion at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. During the 1980s Chris worked extensively in London’s West End both as a percussionist and conductor. As well as theatre work, Chris has played with many of Britain’s leading orchestras and ensembles and is currently Principal Timpanist with the Orchestra of St. John’s, The English Festival Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. He holds teaching posts at Eltham College, Trinity School Croydon, The Kings school Canterbury and the internationally renowned Bromley Youth Music Trust.

Chris will be giving expert feedback to all Percussion performers at the 2017 Festival.