We have a variety of instrumental lessons available, these lessons are taught by our visiting music staff.

 

You can find out more about each teacher and the instruments on offer below:

 

Mrs Brammer

Helen Brammer- Woodwind

Helen is a multi-instrumentalist with over twenty years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages and abilities. She studied music performance, with flute and clarinet as joint first study instruments, at the London College of Music, graduating with a Masters degree.

 

Helen's performance experience includes freelance orchestral playing, as a 'doubler' in various musical productions, as well as with several chamber music ensembles. She is the Musical Director of the Broken Consort, a long-established amateur ensemble in Ealing, for whom she also arranges much of the repertoire they perform.

 

Whilst at school, Helen was a member of both her County Youth Orchestra, playing flute and piccolo, as well as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as Principal clarinet. She is keen to pass on this love of ensemble playing to the pupils of Kew College and produces bespoke arrangements of a wide variety of styles of music for the school Wind Band to perform.

 

 

 

 

Mrs StokesMrs Stokes- Strings


I am a professional violinist living in South West London. I have a wealth of professional experience playing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic orchestra and the London Contemporary Orchestra. I regularly perform at classical and operatic performances at Glyndebourne; the Royal Festival Hall; on international tours; the BBC Proms; and on education projects for schools.

 

I am also an experienced session musician and have recorded for Warner Brothers on a number of major film releases as well as appeared alongside popular artists such as Mumford and Sons live on Radio One and the One Show. I have also played with film live performances of Julia Donaldson's series of 'The Gruffalo'! 

 

I love teaching strings because it gives me a chance to share my love of music and expertise with the next generation. 

 

Instruments offered: Violin (first instrument), viola and cello

 

 

 

  

                                                                                     Ms Busby- Piano & Obe

Ms Busby 

Sue has been teaching piano and oboe at Kew College for 23 years. She has maintained a strong teaching base in her local area of Kew and, until its recent closure, was oboe professor at The Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall). Previous teaching posts included Charterhouse School.

 

She is a classically trained oboist and pianist, with her career taking her into many genres within the music profession. As an oboist, she has freelanced in many symphonies, opera and musical theatre orchestras. These have included West End productions, UK tours and various opera companies, such as Dorset Opera. She has also been involved in TV and film sessions.

 

Throughout her career, Sue has been a member of a wide variety of chamber ensembles. Recently she has joined with the Kew College guitar teacher, Gary Martin, to form the oboe and guitar duo Kuduo. As a performing pianist Sue enjoys playing background music for events and a local care home and accompanying students in exams.

 

 

 

 

 

James HayesMr James Hayes - Piano, drums & woodwinds

 

Jazz pianist, composer and arranger James Hayes has been teaching piano, drums and woodwinds for nearly 20 years. Classically taught, James has studied Jazz piano in Paris with American pianist and composer JeffGardner, composition with Mark Bassey at the CityLit in London and attended the Jamey Aebersold summer school with pianist Phil de Greg and sax player Frank Griffith.

 

In 2001, he decided to leave his City job and become a full-time musician. Since James has been playing in most London venues with some of the most talented Jazz musicians in the UK, sharing the stage with Tina May, Steve Waterman, Nigel Hitchcock, Art Themen and many many more.

 

James has released two CDs of his own music (search YouTube for the James Hayes Quintet) as well as being a sideman for numerous London-based big bands before becoming the MD of the Thames TV Big Band. James is also an active workshop leader within local schools. In recent years, he has been running a Jazz workshop (the JazzCats), keyboard club(the Orkeystra) and since 2012, the Richmond Music Academy, a holiday music camp for young musicians.