See below for our lead tutors for 2017. Our full tutor team will be announced in Spring 2017 so make sure to check back.


Our tutor team so far (more to be announced over the next few months):

Darren Bloom

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Described as ‘almost mystical… a genuine frisson’ (The Times), Darren Bloom’s music is noted for its combination of ‘evocative harmony’ and ‘raw power’.  His recent chamber symphony Dr. Glaser’s Experiment, commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra for their 2016 Futures Festival, was praised for creating ‘the impression of huge forces approaching and colliding from vast distances’ (the artsdesk.com).

Darren studied composition with Edwin Roxburgh at the Royal College of Music and Brian Elias at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded a Masters Degree with distinction and a DipRAM. Following his degrees, he became the first composer to hold the Manson Fellowship (RAM) for two years and spent a summer studying with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at the Dartington International Summer School.  In 2015 Darren was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for significant contributions to his field and in the autumn of 2015 he commenced an AHRC funded PhD at the University of Cambridge supervised by Richard Causton.

A much sought-after teacher, Darren’s students have won major prizes including the BBC Inspire Young Composer Award and the Sibelius Student Composer Award and many have gone on to top universities and conservatoires.


Joe Browne

Joe Browne is a saxophonist, violinist, composer, and music leader, based in London.

After completing a degree in English Literature, he continued to study jazz saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire and Berklee College of Music in Boston. During this time, he was lucky enough to learn from some of the greatest saxophone players on each side of the Atlantic, including Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, and Joe Lovano.

Upon returning from the US, Joe settled in London, where he now works as a musician and educator. He has a busy schedule as a sideman in various jazz, world, pop, and classical ensembles, and also performs original compositions with his own group, Last Summer’s Tealights, at venues across London and beyond.

Joe is also an active teacher and animateur. He has led workshops for a wide range of orchestras and educational organisations, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Wigmore Hall. His creative music projects range from small groups of young children to large scale, intergenerational, cross-genre orchestral projects. He has extensive experience working with participants with special educational needs and disabilities, and young people from challenging backgrounds. Although he works in a variety of contexts and settings, his creative workshops tend to focus on improvisation, group composition, and reactions to existing repertoire.


Gawain Hewitt 

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Gawain Hewitt believes music enables and liberates individuals, communities and society. The act of making music should be a participatory process that can bring people together and facilitates a unique form of communication.

Gawain’s ideas start with people and/or place, which remain at the heart of his creations. From these foundations, he seeks to create something that is true and representative of the people, place and ideas he is working with. Gawain is a collaborator, constantly seeking connections between art, technology and music: as a consumer, or audience and as a creator, whether composing, building, coding, photographing or teaching.

Gawain makes sound art which include sonic sculptures, sonic pictures and sonic tapestries. He also composes music as well as working with other artists on sound design for theatre and shows. His work has featured at numerous festivals and venues, including Ice Music Festival, Spitalfields Festival, City of London Festival and The Roundhouse. 

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