Visiting Music Staff
Children are able to learn a wide range of instruments in school with our talented visiting music teachers.
‘Cello - Victoria Beattie
Victoria was born in Adelaide, Australia and began playing the cello at the age of five. In 2000 she won a bursary to study cello with Genevieve Teulieres-Sommer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department. In July 2006 Victoria completed a BMus (Hons) degree at the Royal College of Music, London where she studied with Melissa Phelps and held a scholarship. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music on the Post Graduate Diploma programme where she was awarded the Orchestral Mentor Scholarship and studied under Thomas Carroll. During this time she was chosen to lead the cello section of the Royal College of Music Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra in numerous concerts under such conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerras and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since completing her degree in 2008 she has performed with numerous London orchestras including the London Concert Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Victoria is an enthusiastic cello teacher working in schools across London and Kent, including King's School Rochester.
Clarinet and Saxophone - Nicky Jenkins
Nicky works as an instrumental teacher and performer. She completed her musical education at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Since then she has taught clarinet, saxophone and piano and performed with many different ensembles.
Drums - Conor Williams
Conor Williams began playing drums at 10. He studied at the University of Kent, gaining a distinction in Performing Popular Music. Conor is a versatile drummer with skills in a vast array of styles such as Rock, Pop, Funk, Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop. He has performed at a number of venues including The Barfly, O2 Academy, Hop Farm, Boardmasters and Lounge on The Farm. He regularly attends live music shows, clinics and masterclasses, continuing to study and practise drums in order to become a better musician and teacher. Conor is highly in demand, providing drums lessons in schools across Kent.
Guitar - Georgie Combe
Georgie started playing guitar as a 10-year old and quickly found that musicality and reading music came naturally. She studied classical guitar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance in Greenwich, under the guidance of Graham Anthony Devine, performing solo and in chamber ensembles. Georgie has been awarded a licentiate in Instrumental Teaching, specifying classical guitar, alongside a BMus (Hons) in classical guitar performance. Georgie teaches the electric guitar, classical guitar and the ukulele to young learners, where she successfully balances the pupil’s fascination of learning, the instrument, and working hard to achieve goals. She is experienced in the Rockschool, Trinity and ABRSM examination boards. Georgie also has experience in musical theatre, playing electric guitar in popular musicals such as Rent, We Will Rock You, Spring Awakening and Les Misérables, as well as performing in pantomimes at London Bridge, during the Christmas season.
Piano, Flute and Recorder - Christopher Green
Having started the flute rather late at the age of 16 and achieving Grade 8 Distinction at 17, Christopher went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) and the Royal Academy of Music. As a freelance musician, Christopher works with various orchestras including BBC Concert Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, National Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Occasionally, Christopher performs as a concerto soloist. He is also an experienced pianist, undertaking work as a rehearsal-pianist and exam accompanist, as well as performing in shows and concerts. Christopher thoroughly enjoys his teaching work and holds the post of Instrumental Music & Ensemble Teacher (Piano) at Luton Sixth Form College in addition to his position at Russell House. Before moving to London, he worked as a Deputy Teacher of Flute and Chamber Music Coach for the Junior Conservatoire of RWCMD. He is proud to have successfully prepared many pupils for competitions, auditions for university applications and youth ensembles. Two of his pupils recently gained places at the RWCMD Junior Conservatoire.
Violin - Michael Joel
Michael studied at Otago University, New Zealand, where he completed a first class Honours degree in Music. He studied violin with Sydney Manowitz who was himself a pupil of Ivan Galamian at the Julliard School in New York. He has been teaching violin for 32 years in schools, music programmes and privately both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. As a performer he was Principal Second Violin in the Southern Sinfonia (now Dunedin Symphony Orchestra). He also plays viola, and was Rank and File member of Orchestra Wellington from 2007 to 2013. Since shifting to London in 2014 he has continued to work as a freelance musician, playing, teaching and conducting. He is Music Director of St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand and has worked as a staff conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Voice - Sandra Booer
Sandra Booer studied English at Cambridge and Singing as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music. Her performing experience was mainly as a concert singer: as a member of Tapestry (a clarinet, soprano and piano trio) she was involved in commissioning over a hundred new works. She has taught singing to people of all ages and musical persuasions. She taught Early Years music at Blackheath Conservatoire and has been a class music teacher in nurseries, primary and secondary schools. At Greenwich University, she taught students how to teach singing at primary school level. She has worked in Adult Education and has run several choirs, one for people with Parkinson’s. She is passionate about singing as a means of personal expression and a lifelong joy. Although experienced in preparing pupils for ABRSM and Trinity exams, the main aim of lessons is to find and nurture pupils’ individual voices and personalities. Sandra was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2018 for services to music.