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. 

Mrs. Mabel Jones studied piano from the age of five, received her Master’s in Music Composition for Media at the University of Hertfordshire and obtained her BA in Music (Hons) from Kingston University. She has joined various music competitions and concerts. Other than the music studies, she also received a PGDE (Special Educational Needs) at The University Of Hong Kong, MSc in Psychology at the University of East London and MA in Guidance and Counselling at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is a graduate member of The British Psychological Society and an individual member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Mabel has been teaching piano and music theory since 1996, enjoys working with students of all ages with different levels and abilities. Apart from the experience of the private piano and music theory teaching, piano accompaniment and counseling volunteering, she also has 6 years of full-time qualified teaching experience in mainstream and special schools in Hong Kong. These teaching experiences have enhanced her skills in the teaching approaches for special education including social stories, TEACCH, PECS, and others. Conducting the school orchestral bands and choirs in the music competitions and school concerts, running the music therapy classes with the music therapists were her main duties. She focuses on providing effective and joyful lessons for all students according to their needs. She is DBS checked and can teach in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin).

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.

All of our teachers are DBS checked.

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