Molly Hollman - Head of Subject
Molly began studying recorder and then piano from age 5 and won many prizes in county music festivals on both instruments. She took up percussion at the age of 14 and aged 16 won a place in the Buckinghamshire County Youth Orchestra, who she performed with as timpanist and principal percussionist for 5 years.
She read music at Bristol University, with Baroque recorder as her recital instrument, and developed a passion in particular for music history and analysis. She specialised in conducting with Dr Alan Rump and conducted several ensembles, including the University Wind Orchestra. In her final year she was president of the University Music Society.
She studied for her teaching qualification in London at Goldsmith's College, and moved straight from there to sunny Ramsgate and Chatham House School. She has taught at the school for 15 years, and established the community music group Percussion School 12 years ago. She performs regularly as a percussionist with local orchestras and choral societies.
Annalee Gibbons - Teacher of Music and Head of Music Technology
Annalee began playing the piano from age 6, shortly followed by the flute. At the age of 12 she played for the county wind band and soon progressed to The Three Counties Wind Band and Orchestra where she became principal flute at the age of 16. With a Welsh background she frequently competed in the Urdd Eisteddfod and won many prizes in county music festivals. She took up Alto Saxophone at the age of 16.
She read music at Royal Holloway, University of London with Flute as her recital instrument. Annalee played Saxophone in ensembles during her time at University and developed a love of Singing, leading her to many professional performances in a variety of venues. Before becoming a teacher she cemented her love of Music Technology by working as a DJ and was also a vocal coach at Kent Youth Theatre.
She studied for her teaching qualification in Canterbury at Christ Church University, and has taught at here since 2007.
Oskar Gibbons - Teacher of Music Technolgy and Sound Engineer & Technician
Oskar began piano lessons aged 8 and then took up drums at the age of 14. He is also an accomplished guitarist and has recently started to play the Saxophone.
After studying Music Technology here at Chatham House, he went on to study Popular Music and Technology at Christ Church University, Canterbury.
He has performed with numerous bands, particularly on the local gig circuit and while at University spent two years performing on cruise ships and at ther music venues and holiday parks (as well as his shameful stint as a wedding DJ!).
Oskar has been working in and running studios for 10 years now and has worked as a live sound engineer all over the country.
He teaches Music Technology at CCFG and is also the Music, Media, and Drama technical support hero!
Chris Randall - Teacher of Piano and Electronic Keyboard
For over 25 years Chris has been a professional musician playing keyboards, recording, writing and conducting at venues ranging from the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, to the Royal Albert Hall. He has worked alongside some of the country's finest musicians including top session saxophonists Dick Morrissey and Tony Coe, and has been privileged to entertain both HRH Prince Edward and HM the Queen. Many of his recordings have been released worldwide.
Whilst musical director for the Winter Gardens, Margate, Chris wrote for a host of top stars including Norman Wisdom and Des O'Connor. He modernised the musical arrangements for well-known sixties singer Tony Velona’s comeback, also wrote and played keyboards for international singer Paul Roland, whose chart-topping albums gained cult status in Germany, Holland, Italy and Spain. Chris has been responsible for the music on a number of UK chart hits including West Ham U.F.C.'s single "Bubbles" in 1981. In the same year he directed a cockney-style show at the Theatre Royal in Stratford, involving Hugh Lloyd, Kate Williams and cast members of ITV's 'Carry On' series.
In 1984 he was organist/arranger for the BBC Songs of Praise programme and in 1993 entertained top international golfing celebrities at the British Open Golf Championship, Sandwich. In 1999, as part of Tesco's "Computers in Schools" advertising campaign, Chris was commissioned to write a rap for schoolchildren, "SchoolNet 2000", which was performed at the O2 Arena and subsequently adapted as a TV commercial. More film work came in 2004 when Chris was asked to provide the backing for a BBC Wales documentary on the D-Day Landings, directed by war veteran Simon Weston.
More locally, Chris has been accompanist for Thanet Festival Choir, Thanet Male Voice Choir and Snowdown Male Voice Choir (whom he accompanied on several tours of Holland and Belgium), and plays regularly for Margate Operatic Society. When time permits, he is also resident organist (and former choirmaster) at St Mary’s church, Minster.
Since 2006, Chris has been involved with various arts festivals, notably the Cork Jazz Festival. Between engagements as cocktail pianist and bandleader on ships, Chris teaches piano at Kent College, Canterbury, as well as here at Chatham House.
Martin Rendle - Singing teacher
Martin Rendle attained his performer's diploma of Licentiate at the London College of Music, is a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers and a Fellow of the Academy of Saint Cecilia. He is a regular performer of Opera, Operetta and Oratorio. He has toured nationally and internationally including the Far East, Asia, Middle East, Europe and the USA, working with companies such as, Glyndebourne, Opera Box, Columbia Artists, European Chamber Opera, London City Opera and Raymond Gubbay ltd. In 2011 Martin performed at the Royal Albert Hall in Madam Butterfly and is returning in 2012 to sing in Verdi’s Aida.
Martin is the Musical Director for the Thanet Male Voice Choir and the Kent Police Male Voice Choir and also works as a freelance workshop leader and vocal animateur. He has worked on a number of education and outreach projects both in schools and in the community for Glyndebourne Opera, East Sussex Music Service, Mencap, and Canterbury Christ Church University.
In addition to Chatham House School, Martin also teaches at Duke of Yorks Royal Military School Dover, and Wellesley House Broadstairs.
Lorraine Baker - Drum Kit and Percussion
Lorraine has recently completed her studies at Trinity College of Music from which she received First Class Honours. During this time she has played at prestigious venues including the Vortex Jazz Club, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Tokyo Opera House, Isle of Wight Jazz Festival, Big Sky Jazz Festival, amongst may more, as well as recording for BBC Radio One’s “Live Lounge” and BBC Radio Four’s “Sunday Worship.” Originating in Kent, Lorraine regularly performs with professional outfits such as the Kent Concert Orchestra, and gigs regularly with local orchestras, Ceildh and Salsa bands to name a few!
She has been mentored by top international jazz drummers Dave Wickins, (Kirk Lightsey) and Gene Calderazzo, (Partisans) and played with Boris Koslov, (Mingus Big Band) Uri Caine, Hein Van Der Gein, Julian Siegal, Mark Lockheart, Christine Tobin and many more.
Lorraine takes great pleasure in tutoring on the Mediterranean Jazz Summer School, East Kent holiday music school, and the Trinity Summer School, as well as teaching in various schools in South East London. She enjoys sharing her passion for music with others through teaching, and is proud to be teaching at Chatham House Grammar School.
Phil Smith - Saxophone
Phil aka The Sax Smith started playing clarinet at the tender age of 7. He achieved grade 8 by the age of 15 and performed in many concert and full symphonic wind orchestras at local and county levels, representing his country on tours in Canada U.S.A and Europe. As a youth he performed at all the south bank venues and other major venues such as the Free trade hall Manchester.
He later moved over to Saxophone as his main instrument and again played in many ensembles from blues pop and rock, playing lead alto for the Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra for many years.
Phil`s professional career started with his first paid engagement at the age of 13. He progressed to play in many ensembles of wide genre range including gigs at the Mean Fiddler, Half moon and 7 stars Putney, Bulls head , Pizza Express Soho and Jazz Cafe Camden. Including various radio, tv and festival concerts performing to crowds in excess of 12,000.
Along with gaining much knowledge about the music business and criteria needed to survive in the entertainment business Phil has worked with many acclaimed artist such as Dick Morrissey, Jim Mullen, Paul Booth and other fine and established side men both as a soloist and in differing brass sections. Phil has supported such artist as Gary Moore, Jack Bruce, Gary Husband, Boy George etc.
Phil also has a vast experience of recording session work including work for music factory and Steve O in many genres from pop, rock, dance etc.
Phil has been teaching for over 15 years both individual and group and was the tutor instructor for the now defunked Yamaha sax encounters. He acquired the Christchurch Advanced certificate in post compulsory Education and promptly started work as a classroom teacher in one of the country’s most failing schools. Having turned the department round he instigated a scheme where pupils where taught to learn national curriculum by learning 3 instruments in groups.
Phil also teaches for both Canterbury Christchurch College University campuses and other local schools including The Simon Langton Boys Grammar.
Having two boys aged seven and twelve also allows Phil an understanding of most age groups from 0 – 80 in terms of commitment , learning styles and social demands.
Mike West - Brass, Piano and Drum Kit
Mike started playing the cornet at the age of six but soon changed to euphonium when he became he a member of the Kent County Wind Orchestra at the age of twelve. At the age of fourteen he changed to trombone and quickly established himself as first call for many orchestral, big band and brass band ensembles. He was a founder member of the ten piece group “Simply Versatile” and played for brass bands where he won soloist awards along with having the honour of playing under Walter Hargreaves. He was a member of the Canterbury based group that won the Jazz Group of the Year in 1993 and was offered a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. At 18 Mike was coerced into giving up his beloved Trombone to pursue a career as a commercial Trumpet player.
Mike has enjoyed a very successful career on trumpet for the past 18 years. He has studied under many people including Brian Rankin (BBC Big Band) and Dale Gibson (Syd Lawrence Orchestra) and has played for some of the UK’s most prestigious big bands along with off Broadway shows, touring shows, recordings and broadcasts. During his career he has played at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall London, The Festival Hall London, The Queen Elizabeth Hall London and The Royal Opera House London and for artists such as Birt Bacharach, Eric Hamlin (Protégé of Liberace), Elliot Finkel (MD Broadway version, Fiddler on the roof), Holly Lipton (Original Mary Magdalin, Broadway Version, Jesus Christ Superstar) as well as many others. Mike is currently working as a
freelance trumpet player and brass tutor and for the last twelve months has rediscovered his youth and returned to brass bands.
David Ruddock - Piano
David Studied piano for four years at the Royal College of Music in London, under Colin Horsley and gives many professional piano recitals at various venues throughout Kent.
He teaches at several other local schools and enjoys passing on his love of playing and inspiration.
Marc Eden - Guitar and Bass Guitar
Born in Margate, Marc started singing rock ‘n’ roll aged 15 before moving to London for more performance experience.
He was first signed in the ’90′s on Telstar with Matt Wallace-produced act ‘SEVEN’ (Radio 1, XFM, MTV) then went on to form 'DNA Doll' after the label went bust. Recorded an EP with Andy Gill and played 2nd Isle of Wight festival 2002, Glastonbury 2003.
He was personally invited by Slash to write/record in L.A. in 2003, resulting in 4, as yet, unreleased tracks – including an early version of ‘Slither’.
He then joined with Ariel Bender, aka Luther Grosvenor, (ex- Mott the Hoople/Spooky Tooth guitarist) and toured the AB Band, supporting Rod Stewart in 2007, and appears on the ‘Mott Fanily Anthology’ record (Angel Air), and Luther’s ‘If you Dare’ album (Angel Air 2011).
More recently Marc formed theband ‘Men & Gods’ with long-term Seven/DNA collaborator Alrick Guyler and signed to Pacific Records in 2011 - their eponymous debut is out now. He then formed ‘The Peckham Cowboys’ with Guy Bailey (Quireboys), and Dale Hodgkinson who signed to Cargo Records in 2011. ‘FLOG IT’ album released 2011.
On breaks from M&G & TPC, Marc plays the blues ’round the coast' in The Screamin’ Blue Scoundrels.
Micahel Dickinson - Piano and Theory
Michael started playing piano at the age of 5 and immediately showed a love for the instrument. He has since achieved his grade 8 piano and received his BMus Honors degree studying at Canterbury Christ Church University.
As a multi-instrumentalist Michael has performed at various events, weddings and parties over the years on piano, trumpet and voice, accompanying solo vocalists also. He also helps to lead a group of musicians every week at his church aiming for the best possible sound.
Since 2010 Michael has led primary school Ensembles across Thanet with a passion for giving younger children an opportunity to play together and develop their musical skills, preparing them for secondary school life. A big part of Michael’s teaching style includes using his own experiences and encouraging pupils to learn more about their own ability at young age.
Music theory, chord structure, and playing by ear are very much Michael’s strengths as well as taking pupils through their grades. He feels it’s important to keep a good balance of different music skills in the development of players.
Heather Nunn - Violin and Viola.
Heather studied with the violinist Amina Lucchesi and the renowned viola player Bernard Shore and went on to gain a music degree from the Royal Northern College of Music as a violinist. The was swiftly followed by a few years of freelance playing, teaching and classroom teaching, having gained a PGCE from Bretton Hall. Heather is currently working as a peripatetic violin/viola teacher for Kent Music (see the Kent Music website for details) and continues to play regularly as an orchestral player, undetaking a wide variety of work with quartets, orchestras, choral societies and shows. In her spare time Heather also 'fiddles' for a North West Clog Dancing Side.
Paul Shand - Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute
Karen Shand - Saxophone and Clarinet