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

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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


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Chris began his musical career playing the Compton organ at the Granville Theatre, Ramsgate, whilst still at school, and took up his first appointment as church organist at the age of 16. After studying organ under Dr Allan Wicks at Canterbury Cathedral, he taught music in local secondary schools for some 13 years before setting up his own recording studio and record label.

For over 30 years Chris has been active as a professional musician playing keyboards, recording, arranging, 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. Cockney-style shows which he directed at the Theatre Royal, Stratford involved Hugh Lloyd, Kate Williams and cast members of ITV's 'Carry On' series. His arranging and playing skills were utilised by international singer Paul Roland, whose chart-topping albums gained cult status in Europe and the USA. Chris has also been responsible for the music on a number of UK chart hits including West Ham UFC's single "Bubbles" in 1981.

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, presented by war veteran Simon Weston. Recent film music has included “Medway Queen – Heroine of Dunkirk” (2014), “Feral in Margate” (2015) and the full-length feature film “A Century of Coal” (2017). Since 2006, he has been regularly involved with various arts festivals, notably the annual Cork Jazz Festival.

More locally, Chris has been accompanist for Thanet Festival Choir, Thanet Male Voice Choir, Snowdown Male Voice Choir (whom he accompanied on several tours of Holland and Belgium), and Margate Operatic Society. Between engagements as cocktail pianist and bandleader on ships, Chris taught piano at Kent College, Canterbury, for 9 years and currently teaches at Chatham & Clarendon House School, Ramsgate. He has been resident organist at St Mary's Church, Minster since 1999 and musical director for the Cantate Chamber Choir since 2013. 

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

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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.

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.

Jade Curran - Woodwind, Piano and the Steel Pans Club

Jade started her musical journey over 30 years ago when she received her first recorder lesson. Since then she has moved through the ABRSM grades on flute, clarinet, saxophone and piano. Having studied music at university, specializing in World Music and Music Performance, Jade then went on to complete a Masters in Music Performance and a PGCE teaching qualification in Music. 
Jade has worked extensively throughout Kent teaching music and delivering music workshops to various school. She also spent 5 years overseas teaching music at schools in Africa and the Middle East. As well as instrumental teaching, Jade is also a specialist in teaching the steel pan and runs the Steel Band at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School.
30 minute one to one lessons are available on piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone and cost £14 per 30 minute lesson. The Steel Band rehearses after school on Thursday and costs £4.50 per session. For more information visit
Jade Curran


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.

Abs Pascoe - BA (Hons),QTS, MISM

Since graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003, Abs has taught singing to all ages and has successfully entered her students for examinations (ABRSM, LCM and Rock School).  As well as teaching peripatetically, Abs has taught curriculum music in secondary schools KS3-5, including GCSE, A Level, and BTEC L2&3 courses.

Abs currently teaches singing both privately and in local schools, including Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, Herne Bay High School and Your Music School.  Abs covers many styles of singing, including Classical, Pop, Jazz and Musical Theatre.  She is very enthusiastic about the benefits singing can have on a student’s musical development, well-being and health. 

Abs has trained with Mary Burman, Tania Williams and Ava June.   At university, she specialised in vocal performance, winning first prize in the prestigious Alan Parnell Singing Competition and several prizes in The Kent Singing Competition. 

As an experienced singer and performer, Abs currently performs in several groups for weddings and events and is also working on writing and recording projects.



Paul Shand - Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute


Karen Shand - Saxophone and Clarinet