Andy Rogers – Principal
Andy Rogers is a versatile music leader with more than 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and community groups in Buckinghamshire. As a conductor, Andy has led ensembles to award-winning performances at the National Festival of Music for Youth and the National Concert Band Festival. He has written more than 150 works for orchestras, bands and choirs and graced the concert programmes of the London Symphony Orchestra, RAF Central Band and Firebird Ensemble as well as numerous local ensembles. His suite for solo instruments ‘Switch on to Jazz’ can still be found in the dustier corners of a few remote music shops around the world. Away from music, Andy’s perfect day would be geocaching with his wife and two children before coming off the bench to score a last-minute winner for Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup Final.
Sally Stafford – Vice Principal
Sally has been inspiring young people to make music in High Wycombe for almost 30 years. After graduating from Royal Holloway College University of London and the London Institute of Education, she became Head of Music at Burnham Grammar School. As Advisory Music Teacher for Buckinghamshire she wrote “Sound Activities”, a book designed to encourage and facilitate non specialists in Primary classrooms. In 1990 Sally became Director of Music at Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire, conducting the school’s Symphony Orchestra in the finals for the National Festival of Music for Youth. Returning to Burnham Grammar School, Sally became Assistant Head of Mathematics in 2004. She was appointed Lead Primary Maths teacher at Wycombe High School in 2006, working on outreach to enrich mathematics in Primary Schools, and then became an Assistant Headteacher for Bledlow Ridge Primary School in 2011. Sally is very much enjoying her role as Vice Principal at the Chiltern Music Academy, conducting the Symphony and Junior Orchestras.
Charmaine Amodio – piano
Jean Ashford – piano
Jean is an experienced and popular local teacher. She teaches piano in schools and at home, to all ages and at all levels. She also plays oboe and recently started the cello. She has been helping guide young people through Grade 5 theory for twenty years. Just say, “Oh, I get it!” and you will make her day!
Sue Beach – woodwind
Sue graduated from the Royal Academy of Music GRSM (Hons) and LRAM, having studied Bassoon, Clarinet and Piano. Qualifying as a teacher at the Institute of Education she has taught secondary music in Berkshire schools for 32 years and just recently taken early retirement from full time teaching. At Cox Green School, Sue coached and arranged music for a variety of choirs and ensembles as well as directing many Musical Productions. Happily she has now become an experienced saxophonist too – had to do something at all those Jazz Orchestra gigs!
Guy Button – low brass
Guy is an experienced and well respected brass teacher and ensemble leader. His engaging personal style and ability to draw out the best in all students means that he is ideally suited to tutoring and directing beginners and advanced players alike.
Sheila Cornall – piano/composition
In 2011 Sheila was named Classic FM Secondary School Music Teacher of the Year in recognition of her amazing dedication to offering every possible musical opportunity to the girls she taught at Wycombe High School. “Never a dull moment” is a good description of life with the multi–talented Mrs C.!
Paul Craggs – percussion
John Davie – clarinet
John trained at the Royal Air Force School of Music and served as a clarinettist in the Central Band of the RAF and as an Instructor in the RAF School of Music. He was a founder member of the High Wycombe Music Centre and, during his thirty years’ service, was involved in setting up five wind bands, four of which are ‘still alive and kicking’. In recognition of “his distinctive contribution to the local community over many years and his work in the development of youth music locally” John was awarded an Honorary Master of Arts degree by Buckinghamshire New University in 2004. After thirty years of continuous service as a Music Leader within the church, the Salvation Army awarded him a ‘Certificate of Service’ in 2014.
Simon Davie – trumpet/jazz
Simon studied trumpet at Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Crispian Steele-Perkins, one of our patrons. His contribution as a brass and piano teacher is significantly respected in the region and he is currently working in a number of schools in the High Wycombe, Marlow and Maidenhead areas.
Alison Downie – clarinet/saxophone
Alison studied Clarinet at the RNCM with Sidney Fell working under conductors and players such as Philip Jones Neville Mariner and Sir Charles Groves. She continues to perform as a soloist and orchestral player. Under her direction her groups have been successful in achieving ‘outstanding ‘ awards at the NFMY and have been invited to perform in the School’s Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. She loves directing and conducting ensembles to a high standard, a passion which is closely rivalled by her love of dogs and shoes!
Bob Evans – horn/brass
Born in South Wales, Bob is passionate about music and rugby. He studied at New College, Oxford University gaining MA and M Phil degrees whilst studying both modern and natural horn with Anthony Halstead and gaining his ARCM diploma in Horn performance. He has played with, amongst others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle orchestra, in the West End and with all of the period instrument orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, London Classical Players, Hanover Band, English Baroque Soloists and the English Concert. He teaches at (amongst others) Eton College, Dragon School and the Centre for Young Musicians in London.
Jeremy Foster – oboe
Jeremy has played with some of this country’s most renowned orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and in Europe with the Oslo Philharmonic and the RTE Symphony and Concert Orchestras. He has taught the Oboe, as well as Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute, in Buckinghamshire for 15 years. Jeremy plays in several chamber ensembles, and much experience in tutoring young people in this field. He has a legendary sense of humour!
Matt Hansen – acoustic/electric guitar
Claire Haynes – harp/recorder
Martin Hellewell – horn/brass
Martin had a successful career with the Royal Air Force Music Services as a French Horn player and also gained his LRSM in conducting. In recent years he has pursued a further career as a peripatetic brass teacher and if you fancy a little more action during lessons he is also qualified to teach you to drive! Over the coming months, Martin will be developing CMA’s opportunities for adults in his new role as Adult Services Director.
Alex King – recorder
Alex is a firm believer in the importance of recorder ensemble playing for the development of serious chamber music skills and musicianship. She tutors and develops recorder ensembles at local primary and secondary schools on a voluntary basis, enabling young musicians of all backgrounds to explore ensemble playing. Having said that, her approach is anything but serious, and the CMA recorder ensemble has been described as “mega-fun!”
Kate Laughton – violin
Kate is a string specialist. Passionate about developing a love and enjoyment of music at all ages, she founded and directed a KS1 music initiative and her infectious enthusiasm for leading youth music projects has inspired many young people to get stuck in to music
Sara Lawson – vocal
Jonathan Lewin – percussion
Jonathan is a freelance performer and teacher of percussion, with many years experience. He has created and published tutor books in support of his extensive peripatetic teaching work, and arranges music for percussion ensemble. Jonathan’s usual performing home is behind the drum kit or timpani in a symphonic wind band or orchestra. However, he relishes the huge variety of music that involves percussion, and has played in theatre pits, rock bands, afro-cuban drumming groups, samba bands and more. At CMA, Jonathan teaches drums and percussion, and directs the Percussion Pioneers, which is the more junior of our percussion ensembles.
Caroline Maguire, Double Bass
While a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Caroline appeared on a BBC TV Master Class with the great American Bassist, Gary Karr, and after graduating she played with the Halle Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Glyndebourne Opera. In recent years she has appeared at music festivals in Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Gottingen, Vienna and Jerusalem. Caroline is particularly in demand as a specialist in Period Performance. She was principle Bass with the Hanover Band for many years and has recently appeared at the Proms and performed Bach in Dresden with the English Concert. After studying the Mini Bass teaching method, she has developed a special interest in teaching very young children on eighth-size instruments. Caroline has been the Double-Bass teacher at Haberdashers Askes’ School in Elstree since 1993.
Natasha Marsh – vocal
Natasha Marsh trained as an opera singer and has sung in many critically acclaimed performances across Europe. Her first album ‘Amour’ (EMI) topped the classical charts. She sings with major orchestras including the LSO, Royal Philharmonic and the Halle and with artists such as Jose Carreras, Russell Watson, Il Divo, and Paul Potts. Natasha is passionate about helping children find their voice and her vocal coaching work includes the National Youth Music Theatre, Oxford School of Drama and BBC Songs of Praise. She has 3 little boys who keep her very busy!
Anne-Marie Munoz – flute/piano
Anne-Marie is an enthusiastic and experienced music teacher who has been teaching in Secondary schools both in the UK and abroad for 16 years. She loves working with young people and has enjoyed directing them in a variety of ensembles including wind bands, choirs, samba bands and orchestras. Some of her most exciting experiences in schools include creating Singing festivals, band nights, arts festivals, and conducting the musicals Seussical, Chicago and Bugsy Malone. When she is not involved in music she loves spending time with her family and dancing.
Tamara O’Brien- musicianship
Tamara is an experienced teacher of the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education, previously having taught 3-10yr olds at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. She now teaches in five local nurseries and lectures internationally about this wonderfully practical and physical way of starting children off on their musical journey. You don’t know what fun music can be until you have experienced one of Tamara’s classes!
Kianush Robeson – guitar
Kianush undertook his studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music where he was awarded a Bachelors of Music with Honours First Class. There he studied with John Mills, one of the finest English guitarists of his generation and was awarded with the John Mills prize in 2016. He also had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses with John Williams, Graham Devine, Zoran Dukic, Berta Rojas, Benjamin Verdery and many more. Since graduating he has established himself as an expert tutor in Hertfordshire building a successful private practice and has recently founded the new Hertfordshire Classical Guitar Society. He continues to perform there regularly as well as running an innovative concert series.
Margot Rusmanis – violin
One of the most sought after string teachers in Buckinghamshire, Margot certainly gets results. She likes to open the lid and let the musician out, and her passion for folk violin broadens her appeal and brings a real sense of fun to her teaching.“Margot has progressed my playing further than I ever thought possible. I’m really pleased she’ll be at CMA, she’s great fun and inspirational to work with.”- Will Rose, student.
Simon Salisbury – flute
Since retiring as Head of Buckinghamshire Music Service in December 2013, Simon has redevoted himself to his first love – playing and teaching the flute. He is excited by the prospect of developing woodwind playing at the Chiltern Music Academy, and many young flautists will benefit from his experience.
Paul Speed – trumpet
Paul is a freelance trumpet player, teacher and conductor. Paul teaches at RGS and Wellington College as well as conducting Trinity Concert Band in Reading. Paul also enjoy’s running though unlike his name, not particularly fast.
Helen Turnbull – oboe
Helen is a vibrant and enthusiastic musician with a flair for teaching who needs to know when to say “No”!. Her youthful demeanour which exhausts everyone who works with her belies her years of experience from playing with professional orchestras to directing youth ensembles, with equal passion. She is dynamic and fun and ridiculously silly, children and young adults respond to her enthusiastic approach with incredulity and the music they produce is outstanding. One day all oboists will be made this way.
Kate Venvell – vocal
An experienced primary music specialist, Kate is well-known locally for her dynamic and enthusiastic leadership of children’s choirs in High Wycombe, appearing several times with them in the National Festival.
Tim Venvell – vocal/composition
Tim has been Director of Music at RGS High Wycombe since 1994. He directs all the large- scale instrumental and choral ensembles, regularly appearing with them at the National Festival. His passion for choral singing has led him to set up and direct a number of choirs, and he has until recently been conductor of the High Wycombe Music Centre Youth Choir. His RGS close harmony choir “Singers Limited” has been voted Youth Choir of the year and is representing the UK in a European competition in Munich. Good luck boys!
Ellie Walton- violin/viola
Mary Walton- cello
Mary is an experienced, qualified Suzuki teacher who particularly enjoys leading cello groups and string ensembles. Her cellos include 1/16 sizes for her 3-year old pupils, viola da gambas, 18th century baroque and 5-string cellos for more advanced players, and her ‘modern’ cello (made in 1690!), so she could be described as rather keen on the cello!