Staff and Instrumental Tuition

Staff Members

John Bowley, M.A., (Cantab) A.R.C.M
Director of Music

Anne Reece, M.A., (Cantab) L.R.A.M, P.G.C.E
Assistant Director of Music (Instrumental)

Ed Coleman, B Mus, M Mus, A.R.C.O, A.L.C.M
Head of Academic Music, Organist

Justin Myers
Head of Music Technology

Nicki Kennedy, B.A., R.S.A.M.D, A.R.C.M
Head of Singing

Chris Cooper
Studio

Fiona Ross
Department Administrator

Instrumental Staff:

Caroline Bishop Violin
James Boyd Guitar
Rod Caird Bagpipes
Ed Coleman Organ
Chris Cooper Jazz piano
Simon Durant Guitar
Keith Hobday Violin/Viola
Graham Hollingworth Drums
Sacha Howard Flute
Becci Hunt Singing
Nicki Kennedy Singing
Chris Knights Clarinet/Saxophone
Simon Limbrick Tuned percussion
John Mudd ‘cello
Just Myers Bass Guitar, Music Technology
Anne Reece Piano
Mary Worrall Singing

Individual lessons

Music lessons take place throughout the school day.  Year 11 and Sixth Form pupils do not miss academic lessons, and pupils in Years 9 and 10 are rotated, to avoid impacting on particular subjects.  Click on the Terms and Conditions link below for further details.  Please contact the Administrator Mrs Ross to arrange lessons.  Individual lessons may be arranged to learn the following instruments:

Terms and Conditions – Individual Music Lessons

Voice Bassoon
Violin Saxophone
Viola Trumpet
‘cello Trombone
Double Bass French Horn
Harp Piano
Guitars Organ
Flute
Bagpipes
Clarinet Music Technology
Oboe

Aural, sight reading, theory and accompaniment

To support our musicians, we offer free aural, sight reading, theory and accompaniment sessions, so that our young musicians develop as all-round, capable instrumentalists and singers.  These take place throughout the week.  The Britten Building is open and rooms are available for pupils to practice at times convenient for them throughout the week.

Performance opportunities and concerts

Pupils at Gresham’s are very fortunate to be able to perform frequently as individuals and in their various ensembles, both at school and in the surrounding area.

A regular slot in the music timetable is the weekly Music & Munch, which takes place every Thursday in the Britten building café, Tig’s. Members of the public are invited to come along and enjoy a sandwich lunch and listen to the pupils perform. This relatively informal venue provides invaluable performing experience for Gresham’s musicians and a chance for them to showcase their talents.

Our Ensembles regularly perform in the local area, and further afield.  Performances in the last year include concerts at Binham Priory, Holt Community Centre, St Margaret’s Church – Cley, St Nicholas’ Church – Blakeney,  St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Bury St Edmunds.

Ensembles and Choirs

There are a large number of orchestras, choirs and ensembles of all kinds to suit all our musicians, including:

Orchestra String Ensemble
Brass Ensemble Concert Band
Percussion Ensemble Jazz Ensemble
Girls’ Choir Boys’ Choir
Concert Band Brass Ensemble
Chapel Choir Schola Cantorum (Chamber Choir)
Crickets (Close Harmony) Choral Society

In addition to this, pop bands form and perform throughout the year. Every Michaelmas term the music and drama departments combine to put on a musical. In 2016 we performed Guys and Dolls, and in 2017 we performed How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. In 2018 we put on Grease!

The Choral Society made up of parents, staff and pupils perform once a year, in the Lent term. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings. In 2016 we performed Brahms’ Requiem, and last year performed Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Haydn’s Paukenmesse.

House Music

Gresham’s House Music Competition is a huge event in the school year.  It comprises several sections; House Unison Song (in which every member of the school takes part), House Part Song, House Instrumental Ensemble, and Individual Instrumental and Voice rounds.  Held in the Sports Hall, this is definitely an occasion to get into your diary! Read about this year’s competition here.

All performances are all listed on the School’s online calendar.

Subscription Series

In addition to the busy schedule of concerts, Gresham’s hosts a Subscription Concert Series at the Auden Theatre which brings internationally acclaimed musicians to the school.  In this, the 21st year of the series, we have a terrific series of concerts: please visit the Auden Theatre website for further details.

Masterclass Series

Following the Subscription Series concerts, many of our visiting artists stay and present a masterclass to Gresham’s pupils, and talented pupils from across Norfolk.  In the autumn term we welcomed distinguished Music Theatre performer, and Old Greshamian Emma Lucia  who gave a masterclass to our talented singers.

Britten Music Course Page 

Since 2010, the Britten Music Course (BMC) has given opportunities to talented young musicians to develop their skills, learn new repertoire and perform at the highest standards while experiencing boarding life at Gresham’s with like-minded children. Named after Gresham’s most famous musical Old Boy Benjamin Britten, the BMC is a residential music course for passionate, young musicians between the ages of 8-13.

Amid much music-making, quizzes, pizza nights, trips to the beach, games time and a trip to the Red House in Aldeburgh, former home of Benjamin Britten, we ensure the children have an action-packed week. BMC participants enjoy a mix of orchestral and choral workshops, with opportunities to perform in both solo and ensemble concerts, making full use of our new state of the art Music School, The Britten Building. The course culminates in a concert on the Saturday afternoon which showcases the results of the week’s workshops.  Watch this space for the date for Summer 2019, which will be out soon!