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.
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.
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.
Anneli studied Music at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, when it was part of the University of London. She taught at various schools whilst completing her studies, and continued to do so after she graduated. She has taught piano, singing, clarinet, saxophone, ocarina, fife, musical theatre and music theory in state and independent schools, as well as in music schools and privately. She was Director of Music in schools for several years, where she enjoyed running choirs, orchestras, rock bands and school productions. Her choirs competed in several music festivals, often placing highly or winning. Anneli is also a Church organist.
She has taught people of all ages, ranging from 5 year olds to adults, and beginners through to diplomas. She has a high success rate with her pupils in both ABRSM and Trinity College London exam boards, many of whom achieve a merit or distinction.
Anneli believes that the skills learnt through music go on to help children in many aspects of their life. Whilst achieving exams can be a huge accomplishment for many children, the little successes achieved through hard work can be just as rewarding. She has taught both ambitious and talented children, those happier with increasing repertoire who use music as an 'escape' or pure enjoyment, and children with Special Educational Needs using various Music Therapy techniques.
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