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Instrumental and vocal teaching staff

Our students receive lessons from leading instrumentalists and singers with extensive professional performance and teaching experience.

Tutors work together with our Head of Classical Performance Professor David Owen Norris and Head of Jazz and Pop Performance Dan Mar-Molinero to provide an outstanding and innovative performance curriculum.

Some of our instrumental and vocal teaching staff may change each academic year. If there is a particular tutor you would like to receive lessons from, please contact us via to discuss availability.

Classical and Early Music

Classical Voice

Jennifer Samuel

Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts


Robin Browning


Barbara Brown


Andrew Knights


Ian Peters


Emma Selby

Classical Saxophone

Caitlin Jeffery


Rebecca Miles

French Horn

Ruth Spicer

Timothy Ellis

Trumpet & Tenor Horn

Julian Poore


Robb Tooley

Low Brass

Adrian Cleverley


Sylvia Bowden

Helen Cawthorne

Duncan Honeybourne

David Owen Norris

Yshani Perinpanayagam

Valentina Seferinova


Jane Chapman


Claudia Grinnell

Classical Percussion

Joley Cragg

Classical Guitar

Vincent Lindsay-Clark

Harp and Clarsach

Kate Ham

Violin and Baroque Violin and Viola

Caroline Balding


Caroline Balding

Sophie Renshaw


Nicola Heinrich

Double Bass

Mark Frampton


Jazz, Pop & Musical Theatre


Annabel Barlow

Nichola Christie

Emilia Martensson

Hannah Williams


Currently recruiting


Dan Mar-Molinero


David Smith


Olli Martin


Andy Daniels

Steve Pringle

Electric Guitar

Jon Gingell

Electric and Double Bass

Bastien Terraz

Drum Kit

Noam Lederman


Robin Pearkes

Selected Biographies


Barbara Brown has played with most major London and regional orchestras and was a member of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1991 to 1999. She now freelances with orchestras including Welsh National Opera and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and teaches Teaches at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is an examiner for the ABRSM.


Andrew Knights studied at the Royal College of Music, then in Paris at the Berlin Philharmonic Academy. He has performed with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lyon Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra and was principal of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta from 1983 until 1999. He played all the major oboe solos while a member of the Sinfonietta and has been invited as a soloist to play in France, Germany and Italy as well as in many South American countries.

Andrew is the author of a large study book for oboists, "The Oboist's Practice Companion” and has an extensive range of teaching experience from his time at Trinity College of Music and at Southampton. Away from the oboe Andrew specialises in working, through music, with those living with dementia.


Ian Peters has been the clarinet tutor at Southampton since 1985 and was until recently Head of Woodwind studies, so brings to his teaching a breadth of experience and expertise.  Ian’s approach to teaching is holistic, in that he pays equally strong attention to both the developing musician and improving instrumentalist. Ian has previously worked extensively as a clarinettist with orchestras such as English Festival Opera, B.S.O., London Festival Orchestra, London Theatre Orchestra and Vienna Opera touring company. He is also a fully trained woodwind technician, operating an established workshop, and has considerable experience as a conductor and music director of music-theatre.


Rebecca Miles is one of the UK's leading Baroque Recorder specialists. She has performed and recorded well over one hundred discs with almost all of the leading London period instrument orchestras, appearing throughout Europe, as well as South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. She has worked with orchestras including The English Concert, The Sixteen, The Academy of Ancient Music, Collegium Musicum 90 and The Gabrieli Consort. A former Professor of Recorder at Trinity College of Music, she now teaches at Winchester College as well as giving lecture recitals and master classes.


Julian Poore became a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1982 following studies at the Guildhall School of Music. This post, which he still holds today, has taken him all over the world with highlights including Beethoven cycles in Salzburg and New York with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Schubert cycles in Salzburg and Japan with Claudio Abbado, Rossini operas with Abbado, Sibelius cycles in Edinburgh and Finland with Paavo Berglund, a Beethoven cycle with Sir Bernard Haitink, and the many world-class soloists he has had the privilege to accompany.

Julian’s solo repertoire includes Haydn, Hummel, Vivaldi, Neruda, Copland, Aratunian, and Shostakovitch, including a recording of the Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings with pianist Steve Robbings and the New English Orchestra.

Julian is Head of Brass at Peter Symonds College,Winchester, teaches at Winchester College, Pilgrims School, and participates in the Oratorium projects in Cluj, Romania and the Crescendo Summer Institute in Hungary.

Lower Brass

Adrian Cleverley is a busy performer who can be seen playing with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London International Orchestra and the West End's 'Wicked'. Adrian has a wide range of experience teaching all lower brass instruments.


Sylvia Bowden studied Royal Academy of Music, winning a range of prizes for solo and ensemble playing. She has performed recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room.

Helen Cawthorne studied at the Royal Academy of Music, winning prizes for solo performance and piano accompaniment. Helen has performed at leading concert venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall and her partnership with baritone John Barker has included BBC broadcasts, recordings and recitals throughout the UK. Helen is an ABRSM examiner and has been teaching at Southampton since 1999.

Duncan Honeybourne enjoys a diverse profile as a pianist and educator and has taught at Southampton since 2013. He has toured extensively as soloist and chamber musician, broadcasting frequently for the BBC and radio networks worldwide. His many recordings reflect his interest in 20th and 21st century British piano music.

Classical Guitar

Vincent Lindsey-Clark won the Lanchester International Guitar Competition at 16 years old and made his London solo debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1983. International performances have including Italy, Israel, Holland, South America, Hong Kong and Australia and Vincent regularly performs on stage at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden for The Royal Ballet. He is also a long serving member of the Segovia Guitar Trio and The Modern Guitar Trio.

Vincent’s compositions for students have been used by examination boards continuously for the last 30 years and his works for professionals performed all over the world by players such as Graig Ogden, Berta Rojas, Amanda Cook, David Russell and many others.

Harp and Clarsach (Celtic Harp)

Kate Ham studied at Trinity College of Music with Sioned Williams and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Opera House. She has played with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician she performs with Duo Aurora (flute and harp), and as a session musician, she backed the pop band 'McFly' on their Wonderland Tour, playing electric harp for their debut Arena tour (and DVD) of the UK and Ireland. She has also performed on Strictly Come Dancing with Katherine Jenkins and Andrea Bocelli.

Violin and Baroque Violin

Caroline Balding has been described as a violinist of ‘virtuosic distinction’ (Gramophone) and as ‘a formidable soloist combining beauty of sound with infallible articulation” (La Nacion, Buenos Aires) and her extensive discography includes solo and chamber music from the 17th to 21st centuries.

As the violinist with the chamber ensembles Gemini and Lontano, amongst others, she has given recitals throughout the world at venues such as La Fenice in Venice, Wigmore Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. She has given premiere performances of many works by composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir, Harrison Birtwistle, Nicola Lefanu and Michael Finnissy.  As a baroque violinist she has appeared as guest leader with The English Concert, Florilegium and Hanover Band.

Caroline has wide-ranging experience in teaching and leading workshops and classes in the UK and abroad. 

Jazz, Pop and Musical Theatre Vocals

Nichola Christie: Works with the authentic and the sounding of the unique. Having trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Actors Centre a diverse and eclectic career unfolded: String of Pearls (TV and Radio); Phantom of the Opera (West End); Claustrofomia - BAFTA winning soundtrack. High profile Contemporary Music performance: Kokoro, Andriessen, Knussen, Boulez. Tilson Thomas. Collaboration with Sachi Kamuri of Clod Ensemble, Rikki Beadle Blair – Metrosexual channel4, and Gareth Malone led to experimentation/improvisation with language/vocal sounding/ and physicalisation in performance.

Extensive teaching/coaching experience includes London Records (Fine Young Cannibals) Goldcrest Films; English Touring Theatre Company; Really Useful Theatre Company. Alongside her work with undergraduate and postgraduate vocal studies at Southampton, Nichola is Coach for Universal’s Young Artists label Mercury KX, and is mentoring facilitators of voice within the industry.

Emilia Martenssen is a London based Swedish vocalist and composer of considerable repute. After her three latest album releases Emilia has built a well- deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK Jazz scene and she was awarded  ‘Vocalist of the Year-2016′ at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted within the folklore and countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist.

Electric and Double Bass

Bastien Terraz studied at the University of Southampton and has maintained a successful freelance performing and teaching career since 2001. Regular projects include the gypsy jazz outfit The Manusa Project and he Jonny Hepbir Trio and he also co-founded the Southampton Modern Jazz Club. Bastien is able to support the development of bassists in all styles from jazz to rock.

Bastien Terraz
Bastien Terraz
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