Our 2017 Tutor Team
- Darren Bloom
- Joe Browne
- James Collins (Lazy Habits)
- Cate Ferris
- Gawain Hewitt
- Fiona McLean-Buechel
- David Ogle
- Ollie Tunmer
- Lilli Unwin
- Miriam Wakeling
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 Master's 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 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.
James Collins is a vocalist, musician, composer and music supervisor for TV commercials and feature films.
As a front man and founding member of London band Lazy Habits he has written and released 2 studio albums, both charting in the top 20 on ITunes Hip Hop Charts, touring the UK, Europe and Asia extensively. The band have achieved a cult following, leading to James writing and producing for other artists, such as the Asteroid Galaxy Tour (Sony/BMG) and Josh Whitehouse.
Originally setting up label Run n Jump Records to release the Lazy Habits’ first record, this is now home to releases by High Cross Society, More Like Trees, Josh Whitehouse and Fjokra.
As a composer he also works on commercial campaigns for the likes of EE and Casio G-Shock, whilst tracks from Lazy Habits also appear on numerous feature films.
Most recently he has been working as a music supervisor on a UK/Taiwan co-production feature film 'The Receptionist', which features music by MGMT. The film was executive-produced by Bafta Award winning producer Damian Jones and is due for cinema release in late 2017.
While it would be easy to label Cate Ferris as just another singer/songwriter, this would be selling her short as the ingeniously crafted sonic jewels she embellishes her songs with clearly testify.
Armed with a simple musical arsenal that includes guitar, flute and keyboard, Ferris is also not averse to using old school technology in her performance such as a cassette recorder, megaphone and a charity shop found FX box. To this set-up she also adds samples of her own live playing and vocals, steadily building up intricate layers of rhythm, reverb and electronic chorusing that creates the illusion of an imaginary band echoing behind her.
Ferris’s special talent is partly in the tradition of such noble singer/songwriters as Kevin Ayers and John Martyn – while still retaining her own unique vision that is bristling with humanity and bold invention.
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.
Fiona teaches violin and viola at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for the Junior Music Department in their Main and Stringtime programmes. She is a founder member of National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and an alumnus of St Mary's Music School. On leaving St Mary's, she trained at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow and the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has a passion for music in all forms, combining a busy career as a performer with writing creative and collaborative national and international performance projects. Whilst on the staff at Junior Guildhall School of Music, she became a proactive member of the school’s external examination and development team. She also lectured and was a professor at Colchester Institute, Goldsmith’s College, was a visiting tutor for the National Children’s Orchestra and Head of Strings for London Borough of Bexley.
In 2005, Fiona co-founded and was course director for a collaborative venture with the Dartington International Summer School: the Dartington Plus Summer Youth Strings Programme. She subsequently founded and is Creative Director of Southwest Camerata and the registered charity JUTP MUSIC whose work was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society for Education and a cover story for ESTA. Her ensembles are frequent performers at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and make regular concert appearances across the UK. She has been a visiting professor of violin at Dartington College and Cardiff University, lectured for the European String Teachers Association, Cardiff University, South West Sound and U3A. Her string quartet are recording artists featuring regularly in shows for BBC.
Fiona is qualified to deliver the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme and has devised a series of workshops and seminars on the principles of Mindfulness for musicians and delivered a session on Mindfulness for performers and educators at the 2016 Music Education Expo on behalf of the Federation of Festivals.
David is from the Isle of Man and began his studies at London Studio Centre in Theatre Dance before auditioning for Trinity Laban’s Transitions Dance Company. David has since worked with a range of companies and performed both nationally and internationally.
David tries to diversify his career and has assumed many different roles within his work, ranging from a company dancer learning repertoire, to a collaborator on a light/movement installation piece at a Design Festival. His passion for collaboration led him to work with Anna Meredith.
David began working with Anna as a choreographer on Handsfree during their time with the National Youth Orchestra in 2012. Since the success of that work, they have worked on creating other pieces including Connect It for the BBC Ten Pieces initiative in 2014, which was also performed at the Royal Albert Hall with Trinity Laban students for the BBC Proms.
For more information, please visit David Ogle's website.
Ollie Tunmer is the Director of Beat Goes On, which delivers percussion workshops in schools and at teachers' conferences and corporate events throughout the UK and internationally. He is a former cast member of the hit show STOMP and a qualified music teacher. Visit the website of Beat Goes On for details.
Lilli Unwin is an enchanting young singer, composer and arranger with an authentic sound, a playful and evocative stage presence and a penchant for thought-provoking lyrics. She graduated with a BA (Hons) from London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she was awarded a first for her final recital and the TCM Trust Silver Medal in Jazz. Lilli is a member of the London Vocal Project, recent highlights include performing Jon Hendricks' Miles Ahead produced by Quincy Jones.
Miriam Wakeling is kept busy as a cellist, teacher and creative workshop leader. She currently works for organisations Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Blackheath Conservatoire, ShareMusicSouthWest and Soundcastle working with families, adults with disabilities and teenagers in a variety of settings to create new music.
Miriam has led the strings on LPO/Trinity Laban’s creative orchestra, Animate Orchestra East and West 2013-2015, and now assists as an artist on the larger scale project Animate Artists, a music and dance collaboration.
She is currently the music mentor and Arts Award assessor for Lewisham Live music and dance festival, mentoring the creation of schools' performances in the upcoming 2017 festival.
As a cellist, Miriam has performed with the likes of Tom O’Dell on BBC1, Nitin Sawhney, The Cure’s Roger O’Donnell, The Sex Pistol’s Glen Matlok and Paper Aeroplanes, and recorded sessions with 2017 NME award winner Dua Lipa among others. Miriam enjoys collaborating with artists and in 2015 performed with acclaimed folk musician Elise Yuill at Glastonbury Festival. Following this, she co-arranged and recorded the strings on Elise Yuill’s debut album in 2016.
Miriam is in high demand as a chamber musician and regularly works with the Edison Ensemble, a contemporary group performing new works for piano, cello and electronics, and with Bedriska Trio and Quartet Volute, which she co-founded. Since 2011, Bedriska Trio have been awarded 1st Prize in the Cavatina Chamber music competition, The Tony Dale Legacy Bursary, and The John Thompson Prize for Chamber Music. In 2016, Bedriska Trio premiered Chris Brammeld’s Piano Trio Op. 6, presented by the Piano Trio Society.
After graduating from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2010 with a BMus (Hons) under the tutorage of Richard May, Miriam continued her studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2011 to gain an MMus. At Trinity Laban, she held the Ludwig Lebell Scholarship and Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Scholarship. Miriam studied cello with Ricard Markson and Natalia Pavlutskaya. In 2012, Miriam won first prize in the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Duo Competition for strings and piano with pianist Panaretos Kyriatzidis.
Miriam is in high demand as a cello teacher to a number of students from children to adults at The Conservatoire, Blackheath and privately in London.