David Clement-Smith BMus (Hons)
Piano and Jazz Piano
David studied piano under Clive Williamson and Sebastian Forbes at the University of Surrey, Guildford, where he honed his skills as both a versatile accompanist and soloist, graduating with the Robert Naylor prize for the most meritorious degree recital. He has since performed worldwide in a variety of different ensembles: function bands, a jazz trio, classical group "Sinfonia Viva," and a folk/rock band! He is also in demand as an arranger, with recent credits including hit musical 'Dreamboats and Petticoats' and the Neil Sedaka biopic 'Laughter in the Rain.'
David has been teaching at Thornbury for over eight years now. He likes to combine his classical training with his love of jazz, incorporating song writing, and improvisation into his lessons and actively encouraging as much ensemble playing as possible. David mostly teaches the advanced pupils at Thornbury Music (Grade 6 - 8's) and is an inspirational and very popular teacher for those pupils wishing to play classical or Jazz piano.
Kathryn Leeke MA (Oxon) DipABRSM ARCO
Kathryn started playing the piano at the age of four, learning from her school music teachers at Micklefield and Sutton High Schools and from ‘Surrey Youth Music’, performing as a teenager on recorder and cello in County ensembles.
Kathryn went on to gain a first-class degree in music from Merton College Oxford, where she was Organ Scholar. Kathryn’s inspirational teachers have included Robert Munns, Ian Curror, Stephen Farr, and David Goode.
Kathryn has held posts including Director of Chapel Music at Shrewsbury School, Director of Youth Music at St Chad’s Civic Church Shrewsbury, and Director of Music at University College Oxford.
As a performer, in addition to recordings and recitals, Kathryn has appeared on BBC ‘Songs of Praise’ several times as a singer, piano accompanist and choral director. Kathryn is also an experienced examiner for the ABRSM and the Royal School of Church Music, through which she met her husband, David Leeke.
Lucy Joyce BMus, LRAM, Dip RAM, ARAM, Dip Mont Ed
Clarinet, Sax, Piano
Lucy Joyce began learning the clarinet at the age of 10 and was soon awarded a place at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Whilst there she won the Peter Morrison Concerto Competition and performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in her final year.
Lucy went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and whilst there won many competitions, including the Boosey & Hawkes Woodwind Award. She also had the opportunity to perform Finzi & Weber's Clarinet Concerto in London and at the Edinburgh Festival.
After leaving college Lucy was principal clarinettist with the Gustav Mahler Orchestra touring through Europe under world-renowned conductors, such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Daniele Gatti.
Lucy continued her career in London as a freelance musician, performing in orchestras and chamber music ensembles as well as recording for the BBC.
Lucy is also a well respected teacher and runs her own music school in Surrey called 'Thornbury Music'. Thornbury music has 15 talented teachers and performers working there teaching over 200 children each week. It is a highly regarded music school in the area.
Joanna Hadden BA (Hons) Mus, Dip Mus
Flute, Piano and Voice
Joanna Graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Music.
She has performed at a variety of festivals, shows and local events across West Sussex, Surrey, Bath, Bristol and Somerset. Joanna has also performed at the Barbican Centre in London and for the BBC with James Gallway. She has played flute and piccolo in various orchestras and ensembles for concert performances, operas and musicals as well as solo recitals in competitions, festivals and master classes, taken by William Bennett, Trevor Wye, Robin Solden and Anders Ljungar-Chapelon.
Joanna currently performs as part of the Hadden and Becher flute and guitar duo, founded through collaborations at Thornbury Music Studios.
After completing her Music Degree in Bath, Joanna performed with Trio Mistrale and the Minerva Duo at venues across the South East and South West of the country.
In 2004, Joanna studied voice and Jazz flute and performed as a guest flautist and singer for a Jazz trio and a Folk Rock group as well as singing classical soprano in local choirs, at major venues across the South East and South West.
Joanna has received tuition from various professional flautists over the years, including Nicholas Vallis-Davies, Katey Thomas and Richard Dobson and attended flute performance courses where she received further training from Trevor Wye, Robin Solden, Peter Lloyd and Anders Ljungar-Chapelon.
Joanna's vocal training has been with Ian Gardener, Angela Hobden, Rachel Bickerton and Fiona Shelfer.
Joanna studied piano with Elaine Woodford and Peter Blackwood.
Outside of performing, Joanna has taught flute, voice, piano and clarinet both privately and through County Councils for over 20 years. She has also been involved with Arts Administration, Arts Marketing, Concert Managing and Stage Management for various orchestras, festivals and venues.
Louise Kaiser BA (Hons)
Piano, Saxophone and Clarinet
Louise began learning the piano at the age of 10 quickly followed by the clarinet and saxophone. She studied music at Bath Spa University and studied saxophone under Will Gregory.
Louise has 20 years of teaching experience covering beginners to advanced students, from the very young to more mature.
Although she is classically trained her love of jazz and big band music became evident when she co-founded the ‘Pink But Spotted Jazz Band’ at the age of 17.
Louise moved to Ireland in 1999 and has played with various swing bands including the Route 66 Big Band of which she was Musical Director for 5 years. During her time in Ireland she worked for various music schools and primary schools and also worked as an accompanist for choirs and soloists.
She has recently moved back to West Sussex where she is originally from and is settling back into the local music scene.
Karina started playing the piano at the age of eight and was soon performing as a young teenager in a Surrey County trio around the South-East and rehearsing at the Yehudi Menuhin School. After a break from music Karina returned to playing in her 20’s under the Australian pianist Sally Mays who brought back her inspiration to pursue her music and play again. During this time she was also involved with Fine Arts administration for Christie’s and more recently as a Regional Director for a national educational charity.
Karina has been teaching privately for ten years from young and adult beginners up to more mature students.
Suzanne Cacciottolo B.Ed (Hons.) LLCM
Suzanne Cacciottolo has taken all her musical education in Malta, where she was born and raised, learning piano from a very young age. She acquired her Bachelor in Education in 1993 and Diplomas in piano teaching (ALCM, LLCM) in 1987 and 1990.
With nearly 30 years of experience, teaching piano to young learners and adults, she has had the opportunity of teaching various students, not only how to play piano but also instilling in them the love of music. For the past few years, she has been teaching music appreciation and singing, to Primary School children too.
Music is a big part in the lives of the Cacciottolo household. With both children playing stringed instruments, Suzanne enjoyed countless hours playing with her children, before attending University and has always accompanied them at exams and festivals. She is now the official accompanist at Godalming College, accompanying students during their A Level Music performance exams.
Since January 2017, Suzanne has been encouraged and supported by her husband to start a series of classical music concerts providing a performance platform to those students studying music at University and Music Colleges, like her children. These concerts have been taking place once a month in different churches in Godalming and they have been hugely welcomed by both the Godalming community and the growing, supportive audience from neighbouring towns and villages too.
Kate Ferry-Swainson BA (Hons)
Kate had her first piano lesson age 5 and gave her first piano lesson age 16. Having had a career in publishing, and after growing her own family, she has been passionate about children’s musical education for over 20 years. She set up and ran her own weekly music group ‘Scherzo’ for young children in Chiddingfold; produced and directed musical shows with Brownies and the Guildford home-education group of which she was a leading member; taught her three young children the piano and recorder, and years later continues to rehearse with them for instrumental exams and performances (between them they play over a dozen different instruments!). In addition to teaching the piano at Thornbury Music and from home, Kate also rehearses and accompanies children and young people in instrumental and singing exams and performances.
Kate loves embarking with children on their piano adventures, as well as extending the skills of more advanced pupils. She appreciates that the 30-minute piano lesson is a special part of a child’s week: time for a warm, one-to-one relationship between an encouraging and skilled teacher and a musical child, be they enthusiastic or tentative. Kate particularly enjoys helping children develop a life-long love of and response to music, as well as confidence and pride in their own abilities and musical achievements (her Well Done handshake is much appreciated by little people!). Kate also teaches adult beginners and relishes their enjoyment at mastering a new skill and realising a lifelong ambition.
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