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Instrumental and vocal teaching staff

Our students receive the highest number of individual music lessons of any Russell Group university music course. They receive lessons from leading instrumentalists and singers with extensive professional experience who are able to provide advice on future careers. Tutors work together with our heads of studies and visiting artists to provide an outstanding experience of practical music-making while at university, which includes regular performance classes, workshops and one-off performance projects.

Julian Poore
Julian Poore


Head of Performance (Classical): Professor David Owen Norris

Keyboard and Percussion

Organ: John Challenger
John Challenger is Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, where he is responsible for the accompaniment of the Cathedral's liturgy on the great Father Willis Organ. He was a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, and an organ scholar at St John's College, Cambridge. In addition to his duties at Salisbury, he pursues a freelance career in teaching and as a recitalist. Between January and March 2017, John is acting as Director of Music at St John's College, Cambridge.

Percussion: Daniel Priest
Royal Northern College of Music Junior Dept; NYO; Birmingham University BMus(Hons); Bournemouth University, MA Music for Film & TV; Greenwich University PGCE; professional performing work for last 20 yrs with orchestras including Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Southern ProMusica; bands, function bands, musical theatre groups, brass bands; former Director of Panelinha do Samba; Lead World Music tutor for Hampshire Music Service

Sylvia Bowden
Royal Academy of Music, LRAM teaching diploma; scholarships and prizes including RAM Leverhulme Scholarship, RAM piano prizes include the Leslie England, Else Cross, John Nevil, Cuthbert Whitmore, Grover Bennet awards; Duo & Trio awards; other prizes include"Outstanding Young Musicians"- Incorporated Society of Musicians , "Young Musicians"- London Arts Association , first prize Martigny International Competition in Switzerland. Recitals include Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Radio 3.

Samantha Carrasco
Royal College of Music BMus (Hons); ARCM Teaching Diploma; Mmus Performance (Distinction) University of Southampton; PhD University of Southampton. Orchestral Pianist with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Trainer and Examiner for Classical, Jazz and Diplomas for the ABRSM. Performances on Radio 3, Classic FM and BBC 3; winner of the ensemble prize Royal Overseas League Competition; solo and chamber music performances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and other major venues.

Helen Cawthorne
Royal Academy of Music, LRAM; many RAM prizes and awards for solo performance and piano accompaniment; freelance recitalist including BBC broadcasts, South Bank, Wigmore Hall. Ensemble player, chamber music, accompanist of singers; audition and rehearsal pianist including RAM, RCM, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields; repetiteur and coach; piano teacher and chamber music coach at Junior Academy of RAM; International Panel of ABRSM examiners and diploma examiners.

Duncan Honeybourne
Concerto debuts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, 1998. Recital debuts in London, Dublin, Paris and Bern; and at the Miry Concertzaal in Ghent, Belgium, during the international piano festival Gentse Vleugels. Extensive concert tours as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in UK, Ireland, France, Belgium and Switzerland, including appearances at major venues and festivals. Frequent soloist on BBC Radio 3, RTÉ Lyric FM (Ireland), France Musique, Swiss and Finnish Radio, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Radio New Zealand Concert. Many acclaimed solo CDs on several labels including many premiere recordings of 20th century English and contemporary works. Dedicatee and first performer of piano works by celebrated composers, including Andrew Downes, John Joubert, Sadie Harrison and Peter Reynolds. Piano Tutor, University of Southampton, since 2013.


Trumpet: Julian Poore

Julian was taught to play by John Knight, the founder of the Hampsire County Youth Band. With additional help from Ernest Piper and Chris Kennett he qualified for study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Horace Barker, Ray Simmons and John Miller.

In 1982 he became a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, a post which has taken him all over the world. Highlights have included 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.

His 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.

French Horn: Rob Harris
Rob Harris has been a member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for 30 years, touring nationally and internationally. Apart from playing, he teaches, coaches youth orchestras, amateur orchestras and is involved in the BSO education department, taking music into schools and the community across the South West of England.

Trombone: Huw Llewellyn
LTCL Trombone, LWCMD Bass Trombone, GSMD (A), Cert. Ed. 30 years teaching experience in brass instruments and trombone as a private teacher and with Music Services. Freelance Trombonist in leading orchestras including Bournemouth Symphony, Southern Pro Musica and Mantovani Orchestra. Theatre orchestras for numerous shows and Brass Quintet work.

Tuba/Euphonium: Andrew Cresci
Principal Tuba Bournemouth Symphony Orch.; Professor of Low Brass Royal Marines School of Music; Tuba Tutor for the" I Culture Orchestra"(Eastern European Youth Orchestra).

Early Music

Harpsichord: Jane Chapman

Recorder: Rebecca Miles 

Baroque Violin: Caroline Balding
ARAM; 1st violin for chamber ensembles Lontano, Gemini, Exposé; premiere performances of many works by composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy; broadcasts on BBC radio and television. As a baroque violinist, guest leader English Concert, Florilegium, Hanover Band, Army of Generals. Extensive discography of solo and chamber music from 17th-21st centuries.

Viola da Gamba: Jonathan Manson

Cellist and viol player Jonathan Manson was born in Edinburgh and received his formative training at the International Cello Centre under the direction of Jane Cowan, later going on to study at the Eastman School of Music in New York. A growing fascination for early music led him to Holland, where he studied viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken. For ten years he was the principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, with whom he performed and recorded more than 150 Bach cantatas and, together with Yo-Yo Ma, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos. Nowadays Jonathan specialises mainly in chamber music, performing repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the Romantic. He is a founding member of the viol consort Phantasm, which has toured worldwide and won two Gramophone Awards. Jonathan is also the cellist of the London Haydn Quartet, whose latest recording, of Haydn’s op. 54/55 quartets, has just been released on the Hyperion label. Other recent highlights have included recitals with Elizabeth Kenny, Carolyn Sampson and Steven Devine, being invited to play the solo viol part in George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin at the Royal Opera House, and concerto appearances at the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre. He lives in Oxfordshire and is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music.


Folk Violin: John Dipper

Violin: Caroline Balding
ARAM; 1st violin for chamber ensembles Lontano, Gemini, Exposé; premiere performances of many works by composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy; broadcasts on BBC radio and television. As a baroque violinist, guest leader English Concert, Florilegium, Hanover Band, Army of Generals. Extensive discography of solo and chamber music from 17th-21st centuries.


Steve Wright
Violin and viola study at the Royal Academy of Music under Carmel Kaine and Gwynne Edwards where he won several prizes and scholarships, and later continued his studies with Frederick Grinke and David Takeno. Founder member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has appeared as principal or soloist with leading UK orchestras, and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. As a freelance musician,plays for shows, film scores and pop music with major orchestras and ensembles.

Sophie Renshaw

Cello: Paul Cox

Double Bass: Mark Frampton

Guitar: Vincent Lindsey-Clark
Studies at London's Centre for Young Musicians and the Royal College of Music. Won the Lanchester International Guitar Competition at 16 years old; London solo debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1983, with subsequent Wigmore appearances as well as the South Bank and Barbican. International performances including Italy, Israel, Holland, South America, Hong Kong and Australia; regular performances on stage at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden for The Royal Ballet. Compositions for students used by all examination boards continuously for the last 30 years; compositions for professionals performed all over the world by players such as Graig Ogden, Berta Rojas, Amanda Cook, David Russell and many others. Member of the Segovia Guitar Trio for 25 years and The Modern Guitar Trio for 12.

Harp: Kate Ham
At age 7, youngest junior scholar to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama; professional studies in London with Sioned Williams, principal harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and BMus from Trinity College of Music. As soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player has performed at Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Opera House; performs and records with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra. BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert 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. Teaches both the concert harp and the clarsach (celtic harp).


Keith Davis

Keith continues to enjoy a varied and interesting musical journey. Starting as a boy chorister in Holy Trinity Church Chelsea London SW1, then Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music London. Later whilst still a senior student at the RCM, he was appointed to the professional choir of Westminster Cathedral. During these formative years being a member of the famous Early Music vocal ensemble Pro Cantione Antiqua was a fantastic learning experience, helping improve his sight singing and getting to know the emerging mediaeval repertoire.  By way of luck and networking Keith was fortunate to perform with some amazing musicians from the UK and Europe; internationally renowned singers such as Arleen Auger, Barbara Bonney, Elly Ameling, Anthony Rolf Johnson, Ian Partridge, and conductors  Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Phillip Herreweghe, Armin Jordan etc.    

Appointed as professor of voice at The Royal College of Music  1981-86), Keith introduced Qi Qong breathing and TaiChi techniques to underpin the support system for the voice and alleviate performance anxiety.   Hobbies: Archery Small bore rifle photography martial arts.
Keith is vocal coach at the University of Southampton and founder & Director of Cantores Michaelis the University of Southampton Choral Scholars

Ian Caddy ARAM, ARCM (Hons), LRAM, RAM Dip

Ian was a prize-winning student of singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London (where he also studied piano). Later, he studied with Otakar Kraus. He has appeared as a principal soloist in a wide variety of operas and concerts with all of the major British opera companies and orchestras, as well as with Opera La Fenice, Houston Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opéra de Nantes, Opéra d’Angers and engagements with international festivals, orchestras and ensembles, Radio and TV around the world, in Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Manaus, Paris, Reykjavik, Rome, St Petersburg and Washington, among other cities. Ian Caddy has adjudicated for Hampshire Singer of the Year and the Bernadette Greevy Bursary for Singers, Dublin.; he has also examined and adjudicated at the Royal Academy of Music, London and at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Juliet Brown

Juliet studied singing and harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating she joined the BBC Singers. As a soloist, her repertoire spanned oratorio, opera and recitals, and in contemporary music she worked with composers such as Boulez and Steve Reich. She also sang with The Sixteen, the Groupe Vocale de France and regularly as a member of the Royal Opera House chorus. Before she moved to Somerset she took her Honours degree in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. She has taught and coached singers for many years and is a Visiting Professor at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. This year she completes an MA in History of Art at the Open University.



Barbara Brown
Bmus, Kings College London; played with most major London and regional orchestras; member of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra 91-99; now freelances with Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Teaches at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is an Associated Board examiner.

Bass Clarinet: Helen Paskins

Clarinet: Ian Peters
Ian has been the clarinet tutor for Southampton University since performance was introduced into the degree course in 1985, 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 to the improving instrumentalist.

Ian’s own playing experience started with an Exhibition Scholarship to the R.C.M., gaining his A.R.C.M. diploma whilst still a junior there.  He went on to study with John (Jack) McCaw and then entered the professional freelance world.  Ian was principle clarinet for English Festival Opera for 10 years and regularly picked up extra work with the B.S.O., London Festival Orchestra, London Theatre Orchestra, British Philharmonic, Moldova State Opera and Ellen Kent Productions, amongst many other organisations.  He also enjoyed joining tours around the continent as an extra for the Vienna Opera touring company.

Ian is also a fully trained woodwind technician, operating an established workshop alongside his career as a clarinetist. He therefore has a complete understanding of how wind instruments work, leading on to research in aspects of woodwind acoustics, which help explain why some students have difficulty in sound production.  This knowledge helps him pay close attention to resonance, ease of access to all registers, dynamic range and response when articulating.  As a result of these wider interests in woodwind playing, Ian undertook the role of Head of Woodwind Performance Studies for the University of Southampton from 1998 -2018, managing a complete woodwind performance course.

Ian also has considerable experience as a conductor, helping to form the University’s Concert Band in 1992. He has directed many student ensembles through larger scale wind chamber works, as well as coaching a complete chamber course for woodwind players, as an additional contribution to their degrees.  Outside of the University, he has had periods as a woodwind coach for the National Youth Wind Orchestra, Surrey Youth Wind Orchestra, and assistant conductor for Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra and the Southampton Pops-inc. Orchestra.  Ian also directs many music-theatre regional premieres and productions, with several of these achieving national awards for musical excellence.

This broad experience and range of interests makes Ian ideally suited for engaging with students from many different musical backgrounds and interests, helping them develop as both a musician and clarinetist through their degree experience.

Andrew Knights
Studied at the Royal College of Music, then in Paris at the Berlin Philharmonic Academy with a scholarship from the Karajan Foundation. Performances with Berlin Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lyon Opera and BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as distinguished service as Principal Oboe of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta, for which he has appeared as soloist more than 100 times. He played all the major oboe solos while a member of the Sinfonietta, and most recently recorded the Mozart Oboe Concerto for Guild Records. Many prizes including Prague International Oboe competition and the Leeds International Instrumental Platform. He has been invited as a soloist to play in France, Germany and Italy as well as in many South American countries. He played a solo for the Queen Mother's 90th birthday concert that was broadcast to an audience of fifty million on the World Service and Radio 2. During the past year he has worked with the Hilliard Ensemble in many concerts devoted to the music of Arvo Part. Author of a large study book for oboists, "The Oboist's Practice Companion".

Saxophone: Angela Space
BSc University of Massachusetts (double major music education and sax performance), MMus Ithaca College, DMA University of Miami. Dr. Space has performed with the Florida Philharmonic, the South Bend Symphony, The Temptations, Ensemble X, and the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, and as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. She was a finalist at the 2000 North American Saxophone Alliance Competition, and has taught atf Florida International University, University of Miami, Indiana University, and the State University of New York at Oswego where she directed the concert band. From 2007 to 2010 Angela was the Head of Performance Studies at the University of Southampton, UK, where she continues to teach classical saxophone.


Robin Browning

Jazz and Pop

Head of Performance (Jazz and Pop): Dan Mar-Molinero

Jazz Electric and Double Bass: Bastien Terraz
BA (Hons) and MA Music Performance from University Of Southampton; freelance performer and teacher since 2001; double bass player with gypsy jazz outfit The Manusa Project; Manusa Project album ‘SOS'; co-founder of Southampton Modern Jazz Club

Drums and Percussion: Dan Priest
Royal Northern College of Music Junior Dept; NYO; Birmingham University BMus(Hons); Bournemouth University, MA Music for Film & TV; Greenwich University PGCE; professional performing work for last 20 yrs with orchestras including Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Southern ProMusica; bands, function bands, musical theatre groups, brass bands; former Director of Panelinha do Samba; Lead World Music tutor for Hampshire Music Service

Electric Guitar: Jon Gingell

Jazz Flute: Gareth Lockrane
Professional career as key member of the late great Bheki Mseleku's group from 2005 to 2008 and with Phil Robson's IMS Quintet featuring Mark Turner, Laurence Cottle's Big band, Michael Kiwanuka, Xantone Blacq, Kate Williams, Patrick Cornelius, Simon Woolf Quartet and Sextet, Incognito, Georgia Mancio, Nia Lynn's Bannau Trio, The JTQ, Hans Koller, Sirius B, Anita Wardell, Natalie Williams, Paul Booth, Gwilym Simcock Nonet and Big Band, Tom Richards Jazz Orchestra, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and many more. Heavily involved in the music educational world, as course director of the junior jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, as well as regularly teaching at degree level at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music&Drama and Trinity College of Music, and teaching flute at Kingsdale School in Dulwich. He also teaches regularly on the residential Loire Summer School in France, and on the Jazz Academy courses at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Jazz Piano: Andy Daniels
BA University of Huddersfield; MA Sussex University. Ricordi prize for composition; Stockhausen Foundation Award; Prize for Music Worldfest Houston; London Sinfonietta at the Barbican; jazz pianist for various tours and groups incl. the Andrew Daniels Ensemble; London Jazz Festival; Vortex Jazz Club; 606 Jazz Club; played at many other jazz clubs and festivals in UK and abroad. Classical, jazz and film composer.

Saxophone: Dave Bitelli
Studied sax at Leeds College of Music with Bill Charleson; lessons with the late Gary Windo and mentored by the late Elton Dean. Wide experience on saxes in jazz, pop, funk and RnB from pubs to Madison Square Gardens to session work. Founder member of GRES Unidos de Londres - London School of Samba; plays and arranges for The Yiddish Twist Orchestra; membership of  3 Mustaphas 3 focused his interest  and expertise in clarinet and sax folk styles. Has taught at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Middlesex University, Westminster University, the London College of Contemporary Music and Dartington Summer school; consultant and arranger for ABRSM Jazz and  the Rock School exams.

Trombone: Steve Hayes
BA, PG Dip, LGSM, Cert. Ed. Music examiner for Trinity Guildhall, musical arranger and director of the university big band at Bournemouth University since 2002.

Trumpet: Trevor Walker
BMus Hons (Jazz), Royal Academy of Music; Scott PhilBrook Award to study in New York, Royal Academy of Music; Second in UK Perrier Jazz Awards; professional work includes Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Dean Street, WOMAD (England, Gran Canaria, Spain,), V fest, Bestival, Isle of Wight Festival, Hamburg Jazz Festival.

Voice: Nichola Christie
Trained Royal Academy of Music, where awarded 3 scholarships including the Monica Hayton Scholarship. Founding singer, String of Pearls; Madame Giry, Phantom of the Opera (Haymarket Theatre); star singer, Friday Night is Music Night. Multi media/ contemporary performance including work with Sachi Kamuri (Clod Ensemble) -Andriessen- De Staat at Aldeburgh and Radio 3; Pierre Boulez- Visage Nuptial at the Theatre de Champs Elysee; Berio - Folk Songs and the Soldiers Tale with the Kokoro Ensemble Turner Sims, Henley Festival,Lighthouse;Opgang 2 (Denmark) Carmen Quieta/ Still Standing. With director Gareth Malone (Military Wives) experimentation/improvisation with language, sound, and physicalisation leading to new theatre; with writer/director Rikki Beadle Blair (Channel 4 and American TV) appearing in Exposures as part of his Metrosexuality season at the Tristan Bates Theatre London. Most recently Nichola appeared in award winning director Jackie Oudney's feature film - French Film (Hugh Bonneville, Eric Cantona). Nichola has written and directed music for Forest Forge Theatre including The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Musicians (Patrick Marber).

Bastien Terraz
Bastien Terraz

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