EJMS Staff

Ealing Junior Music School have some 50 teaching staff and offer tuition in all orchestral instruments, recorder, singing, guitar and percussion. Come and meet them all.

Music Directors
Felix McGonigal

Felix McGonigal

Music Director

Felix McGonigal is a graduate of The Queen’s College, Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music where she studied conducting with Colin Metters, George Hurst and Sir Colin Davis.

She currently also holds the post of Director of Music Specialism for the Twyford CofE Academies Trust (Twyford CofE High School, William Perkin CofE High School, Ealing Fields High School and Ada Lovelace CofE High School). She is involved with many educational and community music organisations, including W11 Opera for Young People, Spode Music Week and the Choir of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Chelsea.

Felix organises and conducts many Ensembles at EJMS. These include: Elementary Wind Band / Big Band / Ealing Childrens’ Choir.

Elinor Corp

Elinor Corp

Assistant Music Director

Elinor Corp has been a professional conductor for 25 years and has made a speciality of working with children and amateurs. After reading music at Bristol University she studied conducting with Alan Hazeldine of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama while doing an academic postgraduate course at City University and conducting Goldsmiths Youth Orchestra. She has recorded film music and conducted incidental music for plays as well as conducting operas, musicals and particularly Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

Elinor is music director of Fever Pitch, a small chamber choir and she is the Deputy Director of Music at James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich. Having spent her youth playing the oboe in orchestra on Saturday mornings for three hours every week she is a firm believer in Saturday morning music making, as are her three children and jazz trumpet playing husband Mark Armstrong.

Strings
Francisco Jimeno

Francisco Jimeno

Violin Teacher

Francisco is an Expert in Music Analysis and Interpretation by the University of Oviedo and holds a Master’s degree from Trinity Laban, under the direction of the prestigious violinist Mayumi Fujikawa. For two years he studied with Yossi Zivoni. He is a sessional music teacher for the Ealing Music Service and is looking forward to joining EJMS in September 2019. Francisco has previously taught at EJMS as a dep teacher. He also helped EJMS at the ‘Come & Play Day’ in Pitshanger Park in June 2019, so is no stranger to the musical ethos and standards that EJMS requires.

Francisco is a great enthusiast and promoter of the contemporary repertoire and has been working with several composers in the creation and premiere of new works for his instrument. He premiered the violin concerto dedicated to him by the Catalan composer David Bozzo at St James Piccadilly and recorded two CDs, one with Bozzo’s solo violin music and another one with his pieces for string quartet with the London City Quartet, that Francisco leads.

Francisco has been leading several orchestras, such as the London Classical Soloists and the London City Orchestra. In Spain he is the concertmaster of the orchestra Symphonia Orbitalis and performed the double violin concert of Malcolm Arnold with them.

Francisco holds a BA in Humanities from the Universitat Jaume I, where he taught Spanish Contemporary History. He was a visiting PhD research fellow at Queen Mary University of London and is finishing his PhD.

Alice Pratley

Alice Pratley

Violin Teacher

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Ruth Ferguson

Ruth Ferguson

Violin Teacher

Ruth Ferguson was accepted into the Chapelle Reine Elisabeth in Belgium at the age of 17 where she studied with Andre Gertler. She was awarded the Martin Musical Scholarship for five years to support her studies. Previously to this, she played in the National Youth Orchestra and at the age of 14 she performed Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor with them.

At the age of 20, she was appointed Sub-Principal first violin of Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet (now known as Birmingham Royal Ballet). Following this, she joined the BBC Radio Orchestra and played with them for 10 years. As a freelance orchestral musician, Ruth worked regularly with the London Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Major influences in Ruth’s musical development were Bela Katona and Henryk Szeryng. Since having a family, Ruth devotes her time much more to teaching. She has found a passion for nurturing young talent and believes that every child should have a musical education and deserves music in their lives.

Kate Agostino

Kate Agostino

Violin Teacher

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Alice Evans

Alice Evans

Violin Teacher

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Costas Manoras

Costas Manoras

Violin Teacher

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Deevarna Verik

Deevarna Verik

Violin Teacher

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Aneesa Verik

Aneesa Verik

Violin / Viola Teacher

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Sharada Mack

Sharada Mack

Violin / Viola Teacher

Sharada grew up and discovered her love of music in Ealing and after studying at the Royal College of Music she was appointed to the Viola section in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Since 1990 Sharada has pursued a freelance career based in London. Her experience covers all genres of Music and she plays with many of the leading UK Orchestras and with Soloists and Conductors of world renown.

Sharada teaches Viola at Tonbridge School and both Violin and Viola at Hobbayne Primary School. She has taught at Royal College of Music Juniors, Junior Guildhall, Benenden School and QYMC. Many of Sharada’s pupils join Ealing Youth Orchestra and some have gained places in the National Youth Orchestra.

Learning a musical instrument demands discipline, perseverance and commitment and the Violin/Viola require complicated skills to be learned at the outset for the voice of the instrument to be heard. In playing a string instrument we learn patience and self-control and develop will-power. Playing music stimulates connections within the brain so supporting academic success, coordination and health and wellbeing. Learning a musical instrument is fun, and it is inclusive, and the friends we make during the highs of making music remain our friends for life.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Violin / Viola Teacher

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Andreas Manoras

Andreas Manoras

Cello Teacher

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Corinne Morris

Corinne Morris

Cello Teacher

Corinne Morris enjoys a varied musical career teaching and performing all over Europe. She was appointed cello teacher at EJMS in Spring 2006 and enjoys the varied approach needed to teach cello students from age 5 to 18. Ms Morris also teaches cello at Durston House in Ealing since Spring 2018.

Recently, Corinne Morris performed and recorded as soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra releasing her latest album ‘Chrysalis’ (Linn Records) which reached the top of the Classical UK Charts. She also gave the world premiere of a new cello concerto written for her with the BBC Philharmonic in June 2018. Corinne Morris is a graduate from the Royal College of Music, London and Paris Conservatoire.

Ariane Zandi

Ariane Zandi

Cello Teacher

Ariane is a young and dynamic cellist who demonstrates a versatile and passionate approach to both her playing and teaching. She has performed in venues such as St Martin in the Fields, St John Smiths Square, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican and Cadogan Hall. And has performed as Co-Principal under Bernard Haitink and Gustavo Dudamel as well as John Wilson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rafael Payare and Vladimir Jurowski.

Orchestrally, she was Principal and Co-Principal during her time at the Guildhall and the Royal College of Music and was invited to perform in Southwell Music Festival alongside players from both the Aurora and Philharmonia orchestras. Ariane has been the recipient of several awards including the Director’s Prize at Guildhall, the National Music and Dance Scheme, the Wolfson Foundation and the holder of the Jacqueline Ward Award at the RCM.

Despite her young age, Ariane has a lot of teaching experience on both the cello and the piano, privately and in schools. She is particularly interested in outreach work, through which she has worked in collaboration with the English Touring Opera. From a teaching perspective, Ariane draws a big influence on her methodology from her cello professor of many years, Melissa Phelps.

Sam Rice

Sam Rice

Double Bass Teacher

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Woodwind
Tim Osbourne

Tim Osbourne

Flute Teacher

I am a friendly teacher with almost twenty years of teaching experience and a music graduate of Goldsmiths’ College, London University.

I currently teach at the City of London School and Ealing Junior Music School, and am fully CRB checked and a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).

Stephen O’Regan

Stephen O’Regan

Flute Teacher

Stephen is an enthusiastic, energetic and positive teacher with vast experience and a proven track record of success with students of all ages and abilities. He currently teaches at Latymer Upper School, St Paul’s School, Barnes and Notting Hill and Ealing High School for Girls. He has directed specialist courses for wind players at Hindhead Music Centre and has run workshops and adjudicated competitions at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, The Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and the King’s School Canterbury.

He studied at the RCM with Susan Milan where he won the Geoffrey Tankard and Allen John Warren prizes for wind playing. Whilst working as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, he continued his studies with Mary Karen Clardy and Jim Walker.

As a performer he has worked as a freelance flautist with many of the UK’S leading ensembles and orchestras including the CBSO, the Philharmonia and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Anna Belei

Anna Belei

Oboe / Recorder Teacher

I started teaching oboe and recorder at EJMS in September 2015. I am also an instrumental and curriculum teacher at William Perkin and Ada Lovelace Church of England schools. I studied at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. As well as teaching I have a busy performing career including performing onstage in the National Theatre’s production of Amadeus from 2016-2018 and recording for the soundtrack of National Theatre’s Angels in America. I have held two orchestral jobs abroad both in mainland Portugal and as principal oboist of the Madeira Classical Orchestra. Other freelance work includes London Contemporary Orchestra, English Touring Opera, Chroma Ensemble, Multi-story Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia and London Concertante.

I am passionate about my teaching and love being part of the EJMS community. It is such a supportive, caring environment in which students are encouraged to develop a strong sense of dedication and commitment to music from a young age. This will help to build confidence and maturity in all areas of their lives even if they don’t continue to learn an instrument as an adult.

Mafalda Ramos

Mafalda Ramos

Recorder Teacher

I am a historical flautist based in London, United Kingdom.

An alumna of the Royal College of Music, I have graduated their BMus (Hons) degree with first class in 2016 and their MMus degree with a distinction in 2018. There I studied Historical Flutes with Rachel Brown and Lisa Beznosiuk and participated in the RCM Baroque Ensemble, where I played in multiple concerts and had the honor of being a soloist in their performance of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in 2016. I was a scholar at this institution, where i had a Kyra and Douglas Downie Award, a Kirby Laing Award, a Barry Shaw Award and St, Marylebone Educational Foundation Scholarship.

In the past few years I have also learnt from Olavo Barros, Wilbert Hazelzet, Ashley Solomon, Claudio Astronio, Adrien Butterfield, Jane Chapman and Carla Rees, amongst other prominent musicians of the Flute and Historical Performance scene.

My repertoire ranges from the late seventeenth to the late nineteenth century and I am especially interested in the music making in the home of the eighteenth century France.

I am very happy to take part in the Handel House Talent Scheme 2018-2019 at the Handel and Hendrix Museum in London.

Past highlights from my career include playing with the London Handel Orchestra, The Brook Street Band, Casa da Música Baroque Orchestra, and the continuous work with Aidan Phillips (Harpsichord) in Ensemble Tircis and with Luke Challinor (Viola da Gamba), Abel Balazs (violin) and Madeline Claire de Berrié (Soprano) in Grand Siecle.

Teresa Wrann

Teresa Wrann

Recorder / Fun Theory Teacher

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Helen Pierce

Helen Pierce

Clarinet / Saxophone Teacher

After graduating from Goldsmith’s University Helen studied at Trinity College of Music for a Master’s degree which she passed with distinction. In 2001 Helen was awarded the Wilfred Hambleton prize for clarinet playing and went on to study in Germany and also Italy with Hans Deinzer. As a member of the clarinet quartet Clariphonics she won a Park Lane Group Young Artists Award, which included a performance at the Purcell Room.

Helen is co-principal clarinet with St Paul’s Sinfonia and has worked with orchestras such as Ensemble Modern, Darmstadt Staatstheater Opera Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Sinfonia and Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Recording sessions include Miguel D’Oliveira’s score for The Prosecutors, BBC 4 and Suzy Klein’s ‘Our Classical Century’, BBC 4.

Most recent solo engagements include a thrilling performance of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto with the Wallace Ensemble for Mill Hill Music Club in April 2019. Helen teaches Clarinet at the London Oratory School and Hill House International School. As a bass clarinettist and saxophonist Helen is a regular visitor to Cornwall every summer for the St Endellion Festival.

Lucinda Dunne

Lucinda Dunne

Clarinet / Saxophone Teacher

Lucinda Dunne is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she studied both saxophone and clarinet under professors Kyle Horch and Janet Hilton. She previously studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Andrew Wilson. In 2012, Lucinda reached the woodwind category final of BBC Young Musician of the Year.

She has gained orchestral experience playing with groups such as the National Youth Orchestra, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Vitae, performing at notable venues including The Sage Gateshead, St John’s Smith Square and Royal Festival Hall. Lucinda debuted as a soloist with the RCM Film Orchestra and later performed Benson’s ‘Aeolian Song’ with the RCM Wind Ensemble. She most recently performed Weber’s Clarinet Concerto (No 1) as a soloist with the Portobello Orchestra.

Lucinda also enjoys instrumental tripling (playing saxophones, clarinets and flute) and being part of pit orchestras for musical theatre. Some shows she has recently performed in include The Wizard of Oz, A Little Night Music, Top Hat, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls.

Lucinda is a keen chamber musician and enjoys performing as the soprano saxophonist in the Kumori Saxophone Quartet, amongst other ensembles. Kumori Saxophone Quartet is comprised of graduates and students of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. The Quartet performs a wide range of music, from staples of the saxophones repertoire and transcriptions of classical works, to contemporary works. Its members hail from the UK, Sweden, and Canada, and have performed extensively in the UK and internationally. The Quartet’s name, Kumori, is from the Japanese word for “cloudiness”, an homage to Debussy’s Nuages (Clouds), a favourite work of the Quartet.

Laura Underwood

Laura Underwood

Clarinet / Saxophone Teacher

Laura has been involved with EJMS since 1999 as both a parent and then from 2005 as a teacher. Two of her daughters attended EJMS starting at about the age 7 and between them they studied the Violin, Cello and Flute.

Laura teaches the clarinet and saxophone and has led the Saxophone Ensemble and currently directs the Clarinet Choir. She finds EJMS very rewarding and gets great pleasure seeing her pupils progress, develop their musical skills and participate in the many ensembles and bands that EJMS has to offer.

She is a Music Education graduate of Kingston University studying under Daphne Down. Whilst an undergraduate she gained her Clarinet Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSM) and latterly completed a PGCE at the Roehampton Institute.

Laura also assists with the administration of EJMS one day a week during term time and her husband, Ross, is Secretary of the Friends of EJMS and also a Trustee. Over the years EJMS has become quite a family affair.

Sim Murray

Sim Murray

Clarinet / Saxophone Teacher

Sim studied jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has performed on BBC Radio 2’s Mark Lamarr Show and toured Europe with the Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra. He had his playing praised in a Musicians’ Union Magazine review of an album by jazz singer Julie Dunn.

Rosie Cow

Rosie Cow

Bassoon Teacher

I have been teaching bassoon at EJMS since 2005, and I am also the ensemble leader for the EJMS Double Reed Band. I studied at the Royal College of Music with Martin Gatt, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Meyrick Alexander and Gordon Laing.

I have a varied and exciting career playing both bassoon and contrabassoon in orchestras and ensembles, teaching, coaching ensembles, as well as making bassoon reeds to sell in the UK and abroad. I work with some of the top UK orchestras including BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and Welsh National Opera, as well as making regular trips to Northern Ireland and Dublin to play with Ulster Orchestra and RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.

When I’m not busy playing the bassoon I like to get out into the mountains – walking, trail running, climbing, skiing and ski touring. I have recently returned from a ski touring trip to Japan, and have successfully completed 2 expeditions to the Himalayas climbing Mera Peak (6,500m), Island Peak (6,200m) and trekking to Everest Base Camp (5,400m).

Brass
Ian Lynch

Ian Lynch

Trumpet Teacher

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Matthew Horn

Matthew Horn

Horn / Trumpet Teacher

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Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson

Trombone / Trumpet / Tuba Teacher

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Percussion
Feargus Brennan

Feargus Brennan

Percussion Teacher

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Justin Tambini

Justin Tambini

Percussion Teacher

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Hammadi Rencurrell

Hammadi Rencurrell

Percussion Teacher

Born in the musical heartland of Havana, Cuba, Hammadi studied classical music and piano for 15 years. He graduated from the world renowned Superior Institute of Art with first-class degree in percussion.

Over the years Hammadi has had the privilege to work and collaborate with many outstanding artists, including Chucho Valdes, Omara Portuondo, Robert Mitchell, Carlos Acosta, Irakere, Gustavo Dudamel, Mike Figgis, London Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras, to name a few.

He has been presented with the UNEAC (Cuban Union of Writers and Artists) prize at the “VII Festival Internacional Percuba.”

Guitars
Terrino Chan

Terrino Chan

Rock Guitar Teacher

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Alan Oliver

Alan Oliver

Classical Guitar Teacher

Alan Oliver is a professional classical guitarist based in and around London. Since graduating from the world famous Royal College of Music, Alan has built a successful teaching and performing career through dedication, reliability and the ability to satisfy any audience with the wide variety of music that he performs.

Alan regularly performs at weddings and functions in many different counties, if you would like to contact Alan regarding a performance please go to the contact page.

Alan is now the author of the brilliant beginner series ‘The Great Guitar Guide’ which takes the student from a beginner to being able to start preparing for their grade 1 exam.

Singing
Carolyn Filak Royan

Carolyn Filak Royan

Singing Teacher

I am opera singer, Mezzo Soprano. I studied at Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University and received a Bachelor and Master’s of Music for vocal performance. I have sung my whole life.

I started teaching at EJMS in January 2016. I teach singing because I get same thrill out of teaching my students as I do performing in a great opera performance. It’s the passing on of all the good and happiness in music that was given to me. EJMS provides a positive, fun and creative atmosphere for musicians of all ages. I also teach in my own studio and at William Perkin High School.

I am passionate about my family, couture fashion, film, Netflix, Jazz, Pop Music, and Golden Retrievers. If I did not teach singing, I would love to be a cellist and electric guitarist.

Carolyn Filak Royan, Mezzo Soprano
B.M. M.M. Vocal Performance

Sandra Porter

Sandra Porter

Singing Teacher

Sandra has enjoyed teaching singing at EJMS for 8 years. It is a very rewarding part of her music life. She believes singing should be joyful and loves guiding young people into the habits of breathing well, communicating, good posture and diction – the basic building blocks for any style of singing. With encouragement, even the diffident can develop confidence in expressing emotion and musicality through singing.

An accomplished singer, Sandra has broadcast for Radio 3, been a soloist with ensembles, choirs and orchestras here and abroad including The Chamber Group of Scotland, BBCSSO, Sentieri Selvaggi. She has sung roles with ENO, London Early Opera, ETO, European Chamber Opera, Opera Holland Park and Buxton Festival

In addition Sandra teaches singing privately, is a visiting lecturer of vocal style and presentation at the Scottish Conservatoire of Music, has adjudicated at the Edinburgh Competitive Festival and at the RCS.

Musicianship
Yolande Williams

Yolande Williams

Musicianship Teacher

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Fenella Norman

Fenella Norman

Musicianship Teacher

Fenella teaches Musicianship classes at EJMS and loves it! Fenella is an actress and musician and has performed on stage across the UK and on TV and radio. She enjoys dividing her time between the theatre and Music teaching and she teaches Music at North Ealing Primary School as well as EJMS.

In Musicianship classes we aim to give very young children a fun and creative experience while fostering a love of Music through songs, instruments, drama, games and all sorts of musical fun: You might find us being musical dinosaurs or doing the Can-can or creating creepy sounds for a ghost story! We try to stretch our imaginations while learning to think in a musical way.

Fenella plays the piano and sings, and enjoys walking, swimming, reading and (when she has time) painting pictures. She lives in Ealing with her actor husband Chris Kent and two daughters Georgia and Clara.

Accompanists / Theory / Aural Training
Nina Leosawasthiphong

Nina Leosawasthiphong

Theory Teacher

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Katie Lodge

Katie Lodge

Theory Teacher

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Lydia Lallemant

Lydia Lallemant

Accompaniment / Senior Aural Teacher

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Matthew Hough

Matthew Hough

Accompaniment Teacher

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Cécilia Coullet

Cécilia Coullet

Accompaniment Teacher

French pianist Cécilia Coullet is a passionate chamber musician who collaborates with many talented musicians of her generation to perform in the UK and overseas. She is notably a member of Duo Silene, Trio Psyche and Trio Accroche-Coeur.

Alongside her performance activity, she enjoys sharing her musical experience at Ealing Junior Music School where she plays for the Elementary Strings Orchestra and Ealing Children’s Choir. Cécilia also gives coaching to the students preparing for their exams. She is also a dedicated piano teacher at Devonshire House School where she has 20 piano students.

Born in the South of France, she studied at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva, where she did her Bachelor and Masters in piano solo performance. Later on, she joined the Royal Academy of Music to pursue her Masters in Piano accompaniment, which she obtained with distinction in 2015.

Walid El Yafi

Walid El Yafi

Accompaniment Teacher

Walid was born in Middlesbrough and moved to Manchester to study at Chethams’ School of Music. He then went on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he obtained his BMus hons and MMus in Piano Performance.

Walid won many awards in both national and international competitions, appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Manchester Camerata and has performed in various solo and chamber festivals throughout Europe. Walid has adjudicated piano competitions and many of his students have won prizes and scholarships for musical education.

Currently an accompanist at EJMS, Walid also works as part of the Twyford CofE Academies Trust whilst maintaining an active performing career.

Charles Economou

Charles Economou

Aural Teacher

I started learning music at the age of seven as a pupil at EJMS. After trying the violin for a year, I switched to the clarinet and appreciated all the opportunities for chamber and orchestral playing that EJMS offered. At the same time I was learning the piano privately and one of my teachers was Dawn Faure whom many current EJMS pupils will still remember as one of our accompanists who retired only recently.

On leaving school I went to Cambridge to read Mathematics but carried on giving concerts on the piano and playing a lot of chamber music, while my clarinet playing fell by the wayside for lack of time. After finishing my degree I decided to pursue music professionally. I have since done a lot of performing, both solo and accompanying, especially of singers. I’m also interested in composing, and in 2012 I wrote a piece for my friend the violinist Hugo Ticciati which we performed together in Stockholm and Amsterdam, the latter being broadcast on Dutch classical radio.

I started teaching the piano shortly after embarking on my musical career, and in 2006 I returned to EJMS as an Aural teacher and was pleased to ‘return to my roots’ so to speak and have the chance to help along the next generation of musicians.

Mairi Grewar

Mairi Grewar

Aural Teacher

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Additional Ensemble Leaders
Dominic McGonigal

Dominic McGonigal

Big Band / Brass Ensemble Leader

Dominic McGonigal’s work has been described as “confident writing for instruments and voices, great textures and a perfect sense of spacing and pacing.”

His powerful aural imagination has led to repeat commissions from Quartet Pro Musica and Philomel and premieres at impressive settings such as Southwark Cathedral, as well as being selected by the prestigious BBC Singers for work with Judith Weir. Dominic McGonigal has an enviable track record across composing, conducting, singing and playing.

Dominic organises and conducts: Big Band and Brass Ensemble at EJMS.

John Hudson

John Hudson

Adult Chorale

John Hudson has sung in church choirs from the age of 5. He learned the piano from age 7 and occasionally played the organ for church services. He went on to study music at the London College of Music in Great Marlborough Street, London, majoring on piano under Dr W R Pasfield and organ under Gordon Phillips, organist of All Hallows by the Tower.

John has run church choirs in both London and his native North East. He currently sings tenor in two local church choirs and with the RSCM Residentiary Choir in Cathedrals across England. John has directed the Adult Chorale since 2009, increasing membership from some eight adults to over 30. He has given choir members the opportunity to sing at prestigious locations such as the Royal Albert Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral. The choir have also appeared on BBC Radio 3.

John is also the Chair of Trustees.

Administration
Janine Neye

Janine Neye

General Administrator

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Aurélia Brambley

Aurélia Brambley

Finance Administrator

I have been a parent at EJMS since April 2010, when my eldest child started Musicianship classes, just a month shy of his 6th birthday. Since then, Saturday mornings have been a highlight of our family’s week. It has been a joy watching our children grow on their musical journey, one fan of Rock & Roll (guitar and drums), the other, more in the Baroque & Roll register (cello). Both of them have had the opportunity to develop their skills as musicians and most importantly, have played in ensembles and orchestras where they have covered thrilling repertoire and further honed their skills.

Besides the music which has been wonderful from my children’s perspective, I have met great people at EJMS (including the terrific teachers!) and have very much enjoyed the social aspect of my Saturdays: the warm community, the chats in the café and even the singing in the Adult Chorale!

When the opportunity came up, I applied for the role of Finance Administrator in a heartbeat and was delighted to become a cog in the EJMS machine in December 2017. I have a Business Degree and postgraduate qualifications in International Trade. The skills I use the most in my job are my Database and Excel skills (I do like a nice Pivot Table). But this is all child’s play compared to my colleague Janine’s timetabling jigsaw puzzle!

Asma Brice

Asma Brice

Accounts Administrator

Asma Brice MA (Cantab) is a qualified accountant (ACA) having previously worked in audit and assurance at for a leading global firm. She is currently responsible for the payroll and accounts for the music school.

Asma is a local mum whose children have attended EJMS since 2012. Her son is a percussionist for the Ealing Youth Orchestra and her daughter is a keen bassoon player.

As a mum of two budding musicians she is a firm believer in the positive effects of learning and playing music from a young age and has seen her children grow in confidence, independence and resilience during their time at EJMS. Asma is present at EJMS every Saturday with her children so has very much been part of the EJMS family for many years.

Amanda Ferguson

Amanda Ferguson

Front Desk Assistant

Amanda has been a Front Desk Assistant and admin support at EJMS since 2015.

As an Ealing resident of many years, she knows the Ealing parent community well and is a bubbly outgoing member of the EJMS team.

Originally from Australia, Amanda is a graduate in psychology and has been living in London for 16 years. She is an active member of her children’s school’s PTA and a strong believer in giving back to the community. During the week Amanda is also a part-time office manager for a local family-run business.

Stephanie Radet-Kirby

Stephanie Radet-Kirby

Front Desk Assistant

Stephanie started working as a Front Desk Assistant on Saturday mornings in 2015. As an EJMS parent of 11 years, she is also involved with the EJMS Parents’ Association – The Friends of EJMS – and has been its Treasurer for four years. Her experience as a long-term EJMS parent has proved invaluable for working at the EJMS Front Desk and helping other parents navigate the EJMS’s ‘ocean of opportunities’. She loves being part of the EJMS community which brings Ealing children from varied backgrounds, nationalities and schooling environments together, through their common interest in music.

Stephanie is originally from France and has been a Londoner for 28 years – Actonian for 22. She enjoys contributing to the Acton parent community: previously, she was chairperson and secretary of her children’s primary school’s PTA as well as parent governor in her children’s local comprehensive secondary school.

During the week Stephanie is a French tutor and peripatetic French teacher in local schools. She is also currently studying part time for an MA in Applied Linguistics at Kingston University. Stephanie’s main passion is languages and she feels that one of her favourite quotes – “One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” (Frank Smith, psycholinguist) – is a fitting analogy for both the acquisition of foreign languages and learning to play music.

KayMaree Andersson

KayMaree Andersson

Honorary Assistant Secretary

I’m a local mum of 3 children, two of which have attended EJMS for 9 years. I don’t read or play music, but was so grateful to have found EJMS. We have had so much from EJMS so I wanted to help out and give something back.

The Café at EJMS is very important for students, teachers and parents. As well as being the Friends main source of income, the Café provides a comfortable place for parents to relax and is a lively spot where students refuel and socialise. It also offers free tea and coffee to our busy teachers to help keep them going throughout the morning. And money raised by the Friends is used to finance the purchase by EJMS of those instruments that are very expensive to buy

When the Chair of Trustees asked for a volunteer to organise the rota of parents to help at the Café, I immediately offered to help. I have good IT skills, and I knew I could organise the volunteer system in a way that would ensure EJMS always had volunteer helpers throughout the entire morning. This has worked very well and I am really pleased to be contributing to an organisation that offers so much to the children of Ealing.

Kathryn Robinson

Kathryn Robinson

Exam Invigilator

My family first engaged with EJMS in 2002 when my husband and I brought our daughter, then aged seven, to play her violin with the junior orchestra. She and we, were so taken with the spirit and quality of EJMS that it was immediately apparent how we were going to spend Saturday mornings from then on in. Music became our daughters first love and she took up piano and recorder, sang in the EJMS choirs, passed theory and practical exams, and we watched with pride when she played first violin at her final EJMS concerts. My husband ran the café and became The Friend’s Treasurer and I helped in administration. Over the years EJMS has been a hugely rewarding and enjoyable part of our lives.

I became the exam invigilator in 2006. I know I have the nicest job at EJMS. My key role is to instil a sense of calm as the students go into the exam room. This is never difficult as everybody else has done all the hard work, the supportive parents, the virtuoso music teachers, the accomplished accompanists and Janine the wizardly administrator who works out the devilishly difficult timetable and of course most importantly the students themselves, who I know will all have honed their pieces to perfection in readiness for the examiner.

In my other life I am a Chartered Town Planner MRTPI, with expertise in Listed Buildings and Conservation and have overseen major projects in many iconic buildings including the V&A, The Chelsea Hospital and the Richmond Theatre. I am also a student again, at Oxford University studying for a degree in History of Art. I remain enthused by the dedication of staff and students at EJMS and feel privileged to play a very small part in their achievements.