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Meet the LEYMN Apprentices

 

Aly Jones

Aly Jones

Alys is from South Wales and graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2018. She is now freelancing across the UK, enjoying a varied career of performing and educating, as well as being a student of Jonathan Lipton. Whilst studying, Alys was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and Wind Orchestra of Wales and the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra, performing across Europe, whilst studying with Tim Thorpe, Angus West and Anneke Scott (Natural Horn).

Since graduating, Alys has been a finalist in the Charlton House Lyrical Brass Competition, and has undertaken tours and workshops with the Berkeley Ensemble and Opera Holloway, among others. She has performed with Welsh National Opera, Opera North, the British Sinfonietta and regularly performs with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, where she can be heard playing on the upcoming album ‘Lucie Jones: Live at the Adelphi’.

As a workshop leader and music educator, Alys is beginning her studies at UCL this year in Music Education, as well as being an Apprentice with the London Early Years Music Network. She has led workshops across the UK including in South Wales schools and Gunnersbury Park Museum, London. Alys specialises in Early Years work and SEND, although she teaches Brass to students across London too!

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Daniel Floyd

 

Biog coming soon!

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Irani Grecco

Irani Grecco

Hello everyone!

My name is Irani and I am a Music Educator for Early years. I have more than 10 years of experience in different countries such as: Brazil, Italy and the UK, bringing the joy of music.

“I’m a firm believer that music can give the little ones the best start in life.”

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Nicola Tagoe

Nicola Tagoe

Nicola is a classically-trained flautist and music educator with over ten years’ experience working together with families, children and young people. Alongside running a private flute teaching practice, Nicola is the lead tutor for Wandsworth Music’s Key Stage 1 ‘SoundStart’ programme, and has worked in partnership with Open Up Music and Ealing Music Service to deliver a year-long creative project for children on the Autism spectrum.

Nicola has led early years and musicianship sessions with organisations including Greenwich Music School, Fulham Children’s Choir, Beanstalk Arts and Blackheath Conservatoire, and plays in a flute, harp and cello trio as part of Wigmore Hall’s ‘Chamber Tots’ programme. Nicola is delighted to have the opportunity to develop her professional practice in early years music through the LEYMN Apprentice Scheme 2020/21. Particular areas of interest include approaches to co-creating music with families and young children, diversity and cultural relevance, and facilitating child-initiated learning during early years music sessions.

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Sunshine Lo

Sunshine Lo

Sunshine Lo is a passionate workshop leader, harpist and teacher. She frequently plays the harp in community projects, including those that took place in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall and London Coliseum. She regularly works with children, hospital patients, and individuals with dementia or learning disabilities. She is a London Early Years Music Network Apprentice in 2020-2021, and an Open Academy Fellow (Royal Academy of Music community music) in 2018-2019.

Sunshine has completed her Bachelors and Masters of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Karen Vaughan. As a soloist, she was invited to perform in prestigious harp festivals across the globe, including the USA International Harp Competition and the World Harp Congress.

With the most generous support from the Hong Kong Harp Chamber, Sunshine has released her album ‘How Sweet the Sound’ in 2018, featuring her own compositions and arrangements on worship music.

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Susanne Simma

Susanne Simma

Austrian- born bassoonist Susanne Simma graduated from the Royal College of Music both with a Master of Performance degree and a Master of Science in Performance Science, as well as a Bachelor degree from the Mozarteum Salzburg. She studied under the tutelage of Julie Price, Martin Gatt, Andrea de Flammineis, Martin Field, as well as Allen Smith and Irina Puryshinskaja, as well as in masterclasses with Richard Galler, David Seidel, Lyndon Watts, Daniel Jemison, Martin Gatt and Frank Morelli. Her studies were generously supported by the Lions Club Vorarlberg, Impuls Privatstiftung, RCM scholarship as well as scholarships from the county Vorarlberg. For her final year at RCM, Susanne received the honour of being awarded the prestigious “Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship” as well as being named “Rising Star”. She was Co – Principal Bassoon of Southbank Sinfonia in 2013 and has performed with various orchestras in the UK and abroad.

In 2016, Susanne joined the teaching staff at the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music as Bassoon as well as teaching at North London Collegiate School, Haberdasher’s Aske’s School for Girls and Tower House School. She is an examiner for ABRSM and has a keen interest in the informative research supporting musicians in their profession.

Over the last years, her interest in music and its impact on social transformation resulted in accepting a place on the Ivy – League curated Global Leaders Program in 2018/19. Susanne was invited to give masterclasses for Bassoon and chamber music coaching in Europe, South America as well as working in Pro Corda’s SEND program. Keen to refine her expertise as a music animateur, she was offered a place in the Music Education Academy of the Philharmonie Luxembourg in 2018 and the Skill Lab by Spitalfields Music. For 2019/20, Susanne has been accepted a place as an Early Years Music apprentice at Sound Connections, allowing her to broaden her knowledge in early year music settings.

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