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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. 

Head of Music and Drama

Specialist Instrument - Piano

Mr M Keil MSc

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.

 

Beginning his educational career in 2014, Lloyd worked as a teaching assistant and behaviour specialist. He joined Morpeth as a student-teacher 2017.

Classroom Music Teacher

Specialist Instrument - Bass Guitar

Mr L Perry

Taryn grew up taking classical violin lessons and quickly realized that she loved violin but wanted to experience a wider range of genres. Throughout her childhood, Taryn played and competed with many fiddle groups and bands and was a violinist for the Youth Symphony Orchestra in her city. In her teens, she explored other instruments including guitar and drums and played bassoon in the high school band. While in university, Taryn busked on the street and played in pubs to help pay her tuition. She also got a job as a Front of House Manager at a local recording studio and venue. Here, Taryn gained an interest in live sound recording. During this time, she also had a significant role in the planning and execution of the Scotia Festival of Music- a classical music festival in Canada. Taryn graduated with a degree in Music and Religion from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. In more recent years, she really enjoys organizing and hosting open mic charity events. In 2015 and 2016, Taryn was the Director of Music for the school musicals (Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Tempest) at Ridley College in Ontario, Canada. Taryn loves many different genres of music but mostly listen to and play North American folk and Irish Trad tunes. ​

Classroom Music Teacher

Specialist Instrument - Violin

Ms T McKenna

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 and 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 for the last few years where his music has been used by the BBC, Channel 4, Dave, 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 as well as 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.

Music Department Manager

Specialist Instrument - Guitar

Nick Robinson

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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.

Peripatetic Music Teacher

Specialist Instrument - Saxophone

Simon Henry

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Susie Blankfield is a London-based cellist who is experienced in performing in an eclectic mix of styles from classical to hip-hop, jazz, pop and folk music.​

She is a graduate of Bristol University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where her Masters involved a solo recital as part of the Square Mile Music Series, a project on the benefits of Dalcroze-Eurhythmics on young children in instrumental teaching and a dissertation on nineties hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest.

From 2017-2018, Susie was part of Biffy Clyro’s live band, writing cello parts for their MTV Unplugged album and performing extensively across Europe. Her arrangements have been performed in prestigious UK venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Camden Roundhouse, St. David’s Hall and Manchester Opera House, as well as abroad at venues including Paradiso (Amsterdam), Bataclan (Paris), Philharmonie am Gasteig (Munich), Teatro del Varme (Milan), Laieszhalle (Hamburg), DR Koncerthuset (Copenhagen) and Oslo Opera House.

​Susie’s cross-genre interests have led her to take part in a variety of exciting projects. Artists she has recently worked with include James Arthur, Dermot Kennedy, Winnie Raeder, Samm Henshaw, Freya Ridings, Grace Carter and Jade Bird, as well as Australian comedy improv duo The Bear Pack and folk band Me & My Friends (cello and backing vocals). As a member of the Outlook Orchestra, she has performed with artists across the reggae and grime spectrum including Julian Marley, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest and Newham Generals, as well as with legendary dubstep producer Mala. As a session player, she has recorded for BBC Radio 1 (Live Lounge, Annie Mac & Huw Stephens shows) and 1Live Radio Germany and has arranged strings for Channel 4. TV appearances include Top of the Pops, The BRIT Awards, The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, The Sara Cox Show (ITV1) and Late Night Berlin. Susie made her theatre debut as onstage solo cellist in Watford Palace Theatre's 2018 revival of Arthur Miller's Broken Glass. She has been part of VR installations at the National Theatre and Raindance Film Festival (2019).

​​Susie is committed to music education. She has taught Early Years music whole-class strings and piano for the Tower Hamlets and Camden music services, assists in weekly workshops for Soundcastle and is Community Ambassador to the London Symphony Orchestra. Susie often combines her performance and teaching skills to create lively and exciting projects.

Peripatetic Music Teacher

Specialist Instrument - Cello

Susie Blankfield

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John was born in Fulham. At fifteen, John started to learn the trombone and went to his first jam session at the Station Hotel in 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.

Peripatetic Music Teacher

Specialist Instrument - Trombone

John Bennett

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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.

Peripatetic Music Teacher

Specialist Instrument - Bass Guitar

Carl Stanbridge

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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. 

Peripatetic Music Teacher

Specialist Instrument - Vocals

Kirsty Cherrett

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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. 

Peripatetic Music Teacher

Specialist Instrument - Trumpet

Sam Warner

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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.

Peripatetic Music Teacher

Specialist Instruments - Drums

Ross McDouall

Born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Gouri Choudhury is a singer and music teacher who is today one of the UK's most popular Bangladeshi performers. "I started singing at the age of seven in a cultural organisation for young children." she recalls. "I sung Bengali folk songs and my parents encouraged me. My father played harmonium and sung religious music, so I was surrounded by music from a very early age."

Gouri studied for ten years at a musical academy. She won the first of many national prizes in 1979 at the age of 11, and at 12 was selected as an artist for Radio Bangladesh. By the time she was 16, she also had a regular job as a music teacher, with pupils aged between five and thirteen.

She was invited to sing in London in 1988 and loved it so much that she stayed in Britain. Since then she has been performing in the evenings and working by day as a music and language teacher in various London schools. She has performed all over Britain as well as Canada, France, Belgium, Sweden and Germany.

In 1997 Gouri appeared on BBC television alongside Ravi Shankar and other top names in a special concert to mark the 50th anniversary of partition as well as singing on Kula Shakers big chart success "Govinda". She has recorded 6 albums, one of Hindi music and one of Bengali music. Her ambition is to take her music outside the Bangladeshi community and to expand her educational work.

Peripatetic Music Teacher

Specialist Instruments - Vocals and Harmonium

Gouri Choudhury

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