WHERE MUSIC EDUCATION MATTERS
Music plays an important role in daily life at Morpeth School, with all pupils being encouraged to participate in music-making and fostering musical ability at the highest level. With concert bands, an orchestra, small chamber ensembles, rock bands, choirs, numerous music projects with outside agencies and 13 specialist music staff, the Music Department is one of the busiest and liveliest in the borough.
Our facilities include 2 state of the art ICT suites, a large recording studio with a separate control booth, additional smaller recording rooms, numerous practise rooms, classrooms with breakout spaces and a large performance theatre-making us one of the biggest and most up to date music departments in the country!
We offer free instrumental tuition, numerous bands, choirs, and ICT programmes to join, plus FREE additional support for courses. Extra-curricular experiences include overseas trips, seminars and masterclasses.
Over the past decade, strong links have been formed with various outside agencies including Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Barbican Creative Learning, DRUMWORKS, NYJO, Musical Futures, SERIOUS, THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service) CM Sounds, local primary schools and the Institute of Education. These links are enhanced through industry support from Korg, Roland, Hofner, Taylor Guitar and Yamaha.
Meet The Team
With 12 dedicated music and instrumental teachers Morpeth is one of the liveliest and busiest music departments in the country.
Matt is a composition and technology specialist having studied for his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the University of Hertfordshire. He has worked on numerous short film-scoring projects in the UK, USA and Australia before joining Morpeth. He has released several albums ranging from instrumental piano works to electronic and synthesiser music. He is also a photographer, and his work has been showcased by the Metro, Panasonic, and Apple.
Matt joined Morpeth School in 2010 and has held several posts including the Lead for Creative Media Production and Head of Year, before becoming Head of Music in 2017 and Head of Music and Drama in 2019.
Director of Music
Specialist Instrument: Piano
Nick is a music performance specialist who has worked as a conductor, choir director and singer. He also plays piano and viola as well as taking up the guitar at Morpeth. His musical interests range from Renaissance to R’n’B and he is passionate about introducing people to great music and new musical genres.
After doing a PGCE placement at Morpeth in early 2020 he was delighted to join the staff of Morpeth School during the autumn term.
Classroom Music Teacher
Specialist Instrument - Choir Leadership and Voice
Lloyd is a live performance and technology specialist. After earning a degree in Music Production at the Academy of Contemporary Music he has since worked as a graphic designer and video editor for a wide number of brands and event companies.
Music has always been his main passion and has recorded, gigged and toured with several bands across the UK and internationally.
Assistant Director of Music
Specialist Instrument: Bass Guitar
At an early age, Nick chose to learn the trumpet. This saw him join the school Orchestra as well as the Harrow Youth Concert and Marching band led by the highly regarded female trombonist Maisie Ringham. They performed regularly including the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Later, Nick took up the guitar, joining and forming many bands with friends at school. His professional music career started at 20 years old when he was signed to A&M Records and Rondor Publishing with rock band Stone Bird. They toured the UK and Europe supporting Rock Legends such as Motorhead, UFO and Saxon. Since then he has worked as a session musician with artists such as Gabrielle, Nelly Furtado, Stacie Orrico, Jack McManus, Kym Marsh and Laura Michelle Kelly plus many record and management companies including Universal, Virgin/EMI and Simon Cowell. Highlights for Nick were playing the Royal Albert Hall with Gabrielle supporting the legendary Al Green as well as performing at Hyde Park in front of 50,000 people with Nelly Furtado.
Nick has also been involved in writing for a number of library companies. His music has been used by the BBC, Channel 4, Dave, Netflix, The Discovery Channel and can be heard all over the world.
As well as sessions he also runs a number of very successful function bands and an entertainment agency. This has seen Nick perform in many prestigious venues the world over for clients such as British Airways, F1, Tesco and Sony.
Nick joined Morpeth School in 2009 as a peripatetic music teacher before becoming department manager. He is an Apple Certified Pro in Logic Pro Music Software.
Managing Director of Music
Specialist Instrument - Guitar
SpecialIST MUSIC TEACHERS
London based violinist Rosie Judge has recorded and performed with various artists including Sigma, Jack Savoretti, Beverley Knight, Nothing But Thieves, You Me At Six, Becky Hill, Tom Chaplin, The Script, Sarah Connor and Raleigh Ritchie. She played at The Brit Awards 2020 with Dave and has appeared on The One Show, The Jonathan Ross Show and Radio 1 Live Lounge with Sam Fender.
Rosie regularly plays on West End hit "Wicked" at the Apollo Theatre. She has performed in the “Best of West End” concert at The Royal Albert Hall with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra for BBC Radio 2’s "Friday Night is Music Night". Other musical theatre work includes the ‘War of the Worlds’ tour with shows at the O2 Arena, "Honeymoon in Vegas" at the London Palladium and "State Fair" at Cadogan Hall.
A passionate orchestral player, she is the leader of The Sam Jewison Orchestra. Rosie and Sam have performed a number of recitals and concerts together including Valsolda Music Festival and The Jazz Cafe. She's a member of 1920's swing band The Alex Mendham Orchestra, who have recently featured on commemorative album "Keep Smiling Through" with Dame Vera Lynn. Rosie also regularly plays with Worthing Symphony Orchestra.
Alongside commercial and classical engagements, Rosie performs at weddings and corporate events with various acoustic and electric ensembles in the UK and overseas.
Rosie graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.
Violin Teacher - Thursdays
For over 20 years Carl has had a busy and diverse career as a freelance musician, working throughout the UK and Europe. After graduating from London College of Music / Basstech with a degree in music he then spent his student loan on the biggest bass rig he could fit into a Ford Fiesta. He soon found himself busy playing blues, funk, soul and gospel music most nights of the week, working alongside drummers Evan Jenkins, Troy Miller, Mel Gaynor and guitarist Matt Schofield.
In 1999 he was asked by Music director Craig Mcleish to join the Young Voices arena tours house band - something he feels very blessed to be a part of. Young Voices has grown over the years from 3 shows to 22 and still counting! Artists on the tour have included Beverley Knight, Alexandra Burke, Lemar, Jocelyn Brown and Katie Melua.
Over the years Carl has gigged and toured with various artists, including Gloria Gaynor, Mavis Staples, Jason Donovan, Ian Siegal, Gareth Gates and for a 5 year period played regularly on the West End show Blood Brothers.
Alongside his busy gigging schedule Carl has had the privilege of working in numerous recording studios. He has recorded with the likes of Paul Kelly, Marti Pellow, Rebecca Ferguson, Matt Schofield and Noel Robinson.
Bass Guitar and Guitar Teacher - Tuesdays and Thursdays
Sam took up the trumpet when he was 11. His school band won the Music For Youth competition, winning a spot to play the Royal Albert Hall. From there Sam studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama gaining a Masters Degree in Jazz Trumpet. He is now an active player on the London Jazz and commercial which has seen him playing with the likes of Plan B, Peter Andre, Tom Misch and Katy B. He has played at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, the o2 and the Vortex as well as venues in Asia and Europe. Sam is a long term member of Riot Jazz Brass Band who have played festivals world over and released 4 albums of original material.
Trumpet Teacher - Mondays
Richmond (whence the Rolling Stones also emerged!). He gradually started to play with the last of the rehearsal bands. He worked with Eddie Harvey's rehearsal band and people like the Scottish drummer, Tommy Cairns. John did a three-month season with the Cliff Bennett Soul Band in a hotel in the Bahamas, playing show music and jazz ballads and also played with Brotherhood of Breath and John Slaughter's Blues Band. As John's reputation grew, he worked with many well-known artists including The Temptations, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Vee, The Detroit Emeralds, Matt Monroe and JJ Jackson. He also recorded with some of Britain's top musicians. For example, he played on The Beatles recording of Let it Be, several albums with The Kinks, recordings by Alan Price and George Harrison.
It was during the early days with the rehearsal band that John Bennett got interested in writing. He started copying scores for bands and having harmony lessons. At about the age of 22, like Ronnie Scott before him, John spent a year working at Keith Prowse music publishers as a copyist. As the biggest company in London, dealing in records, instruments and sheet music, it served as a useful education. John studied with Graham Collier, who had just returned from studying jazz at Berkeley College, and began writing his own pieces. He wrote arrangements for big bands and Jack MacDuff recorded his soul compositions.
Trombone Teacher - Mondays
Kirsty trained as an actor and singer at the London School of Musical Theatre. She recently originated the leading role of Phoebe in the musical Goodnight Sweetheart based on the much-loved television series by Marks and Gran.
Other musical credits include The Matchgirls (Wiltons Music Hall), Redhead (Bridewell Theatre), Pinnochio (UK Tour), as well as workshops of Hair, Company and Pirates of Penzance.
Further credits include Feel More (Lion and Unicorn), Celestial Citizens (Theatre503), That Joke (Theatre N16) and Mismatched (Old Red Lion).
Kirsty has also performed as a vocalist at the BBC alongside international pop band Little Mix. She also has worked as a dancer, with the most high profile performance being the Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Kirsty teaches singing, drama and dance. Many of her students have been cast in roles in the West End, including The Lion King, School of Rock, The Bodyguard and Motown
Vocal Teacher - Thursdays
Ross is a London-based drummer, percussionist, composer, workshop leader and teacher, and Artistic Director of Drum Works.
Ross has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Asia, South America and the US performing and collaborating with musicians, dancers and artists. As a workshop leader Ross has worked for The London Symphony Orchestra, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, the Prince Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands, Peabody Institute in Baltimore and the Southbank Centre to name a few. Ross’s live performances have taken him all over the world and to some of the biggest music festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, the Big Chill, Wilderness and many more. Ross is currently performing and writing with UK Hip Hop group, Lazy Habits, who recently returned from a sell-out tour of Taiwan and Singapore.
Drum and Percussion Teacher - Tuesdays
Simon started learning piano at an early age, then, after a short break, resumed lessons at school - ABRSM grade repertoire mainly, Simon took up clarinet lessons and played bass in a couple of rock bands before buying himself an alto sax and teaching himself mainly by listening to records. While at Architecture college and after, Simon played sax in various bands and on various demos.
After college, he joined 80s pop band Haysi Fantayzee playing on their singles and the album. At the same time, Simon formed an 8 piece band and did a number of gigs and recorded various demos, as well as guesting with various other bands and performers. Later Simon joined indy pop band Jamey Wednesday (later Carter USM) performing numerous gigs and playing on their singles.
Simon then started an instrumental 7 piece band with improvised solos and ran a weekly jam session for a number of years. He also played regularly in a Big Band and then ran a Big Band at the Battersea Arts Centre, and later at the City Lit. Simon then decided yo take up the flute in order to “double” in the Big Band. He has a Diploma in Harmony and Counterpoint, Grade 8 piano, Grade 5 flute and grade 5 theory. Simon completed a PGCE (music) at Goldsmiths, then taught at Hackney Free, Battersea Technical College, Ilford County High School and City and Islington College before arriving at Morpeth.
Woodwind and Piano Teacher - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Jesse studied oboe and composition at Trinity College of Music in London and since graduating has worked in a variety of roles within the music industry and has performed with a wide and diverse range of ensembles and orchestras, regularly touring and performing in venues across Europe, India, the USA, Japan and the Philippines.
Jesse is an experienced music educator and believes passionately in the value of an imaginative and creative musical education. He has taught oboe, bassoon and recorder for almost 15 years and is driven to engage young people with music in inventive and meaningful ways. His lessons draws on his experiences as a young (and very keen!) music student and his enthusiasm for a wide range of different styles of music and have creativity at their core.
Alongside an active teaching schedule, Jesse pursues new platforms for contemporary music including composing, directing new music night Acoustic Figures and DJing. His music has been described as haunting and melancholic and draws from an eclectic musical palette. His music explores the common ground between contemporary classical music and more experimental, independent music; taking inspiration from artists such as Luke Bedford, Per Nørgård, Stars of the Lid and Sarah Neufeld.
Oboe and Bassoon Teacher - Tuesdays