Richard James was raised in Aberystwyth and gained a Bachelor of Music degree from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is currently studying his masters at the Royal College of Music.
Richard began singing and playing piano from a young age, winning national competitions, such as the National Eisteddfod and was awarded a young musician’s prize and the Brecon singer prize whilst at Christ College Brecon. More recently whilst at the conservatoire a finalist in the Corton-Hyde early music prize, John Ireland prize, Edward Brooks Lieder Prize and American song prize where he was highly commended.
He appeared as a soloist on the English music CD, released in 2016. In 2015 he also sang with the choir in the English song festival at Ludlow where he was a soloist and the performance broadcasted on radio 3.
Richard has also had extensive experience in teaching both the voice and the piano. As well as teaching he often accompanies young choirs in Concerts.
He is a strong believer that teaching music should be not only educational but also fun. He teaches music in a very interactive way including games on and off the bench for the little ones, and confidence-building for the older students.
Didem was born in Istanbul, into a family of performing artists.
She started singing in various children’s choirs at the age of 5, taking piano lessons when she was 8 and ballet classes at the age of 10. Shortly after turning 18 she started her career as a professional dancer.
She studied music and acting which allowed her to become the triple threat performer that she always dreamed of. She has a BMus (hon) degree in Rhythmic, (Rhythmic is an education method based on perceiving the information physically, then defining this naturally learned information theoretically) and a Master’s degree in Jazz. She is a Musical Theatre graduate and she also completed postgraduate studies in Music Theory.
During her studies, she realised how lucky she was to be taught by such established and inspirational teachers at institutions defined by artistic excellence. She’s been teaching singing, piano, music theory and solfeggio since 2007.
Sam Wray is an experienced pianist, guitarist and singer working with both mainstream and ASD students. He has performed in top London Venues such as The Spice of Life, Camden Assembly and Cargo both with his own groups and supporting others. He has also worked to write and record songs for himself and other artists and has enjoyed national radio airplay.
At university, Sam taught guitar and piano to undergraduate students and also tutors academic school subjects to students of all ages. Sam enjoys working with both children and adults.He brings his teaching experience, performance expertise and passion for music to all of his sessions to aid musical development in a friendly and encouraging manner.
Giovanni started playing the guitar since he was 6 years old. He advanced quickly and started playing live when he was 14 years old. Giovanni had the exclusive opportunity to participate to an Italian talent show broadcast on Canale 5 (an Italian television network). In 2016 Giovanni moved to London to study music performance and has completed his studies in May 2019 at ICMP (The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance). In the mean time Giovanni has started working on few musical projects in London, incorporating his versatile musicianship. Giovanni is open to mixing different genres of music and collaborations. He is a strong believer in the use of technology while making music, hence he is updated his gear in order to achieve a modern and competitive guitar sound.
Eddie Giffney received his Masters of Music with Distinction, majoring in Performance Piano at the Royal College of Music, with Ashley Wass. He has achieved considerable success on several instruments: piano, early keyboards, and piano accordion. He recently won the Mitchell Prize after four rounds of the Royal Overseas League Competition, and reached the semi-finals of the Jean Francaix International Piano Competition. Other performance highlights of the last season include solo recitals at St James’s Piccadilly and Princess Alexandra Hall, for the London Chamber Music Society at King’s Place, and presenting at the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival. He also gained 12th place in the Accordion World Championship in Shanghai, and has twice been the South Pacific and NZ Open champion on the classical accordion. He has been teaching piano for the last decade, and loves working with students of all ages and ability levels.
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