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Music Staff

Helena McKillop (Head of Music) was educated at the Birmingham Conservatoire and subsequently at the Sweelinck Conservatoire, Amsterdam.  She has gained a reputation for developing, expanding and enhancing music departments.  Her determination to provide music education for all has led to her leaving a legacy of music departments which are now flourishing and highly successful.  Her reputation is such that she regularly leads nationwide seminars on the management of music departments.

Anthea McAuliffe studied under the renowned RAM professor Howard Davies.  Since then she has gained nearly 20 years' experience in teaching the violin to all ages.  She is passionate about making violin learning fun whilst teaching the highest standards of fine technique.  Anthea maintains an active professional performing career through her post as founder member and leader of the Intermezzo String Quartet and uses this inspiration to fuel a passion for ensemble playing in all her students.

Katherine Birtles completed her Masters degree with Distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music on the flute. During this time she was on placement with the BBC Concert Orchestra's Mentor Scheme, and was a winner of Making Music's Scheme for Young Concert Artists. Katherine enjoys a career of education, recitals and chamber music.

Richard Brain (Director of Chapel Music) is a Conductor based in North London, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.  In addition to his school duties he is Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate, and Musical Director of Barnet Choral Society and Bishop's Stortford Choral Society. Richard directs hundreds of singers every week, exploring sacred and secular music from the Renaissance, through the great Baroque and Classical oratorios, to works for children's choirs and modern commissioned works.

Jamie Cranfield has been playing guitar for 25 years, having studied at Reading University, Thames Valley University and The Guitar Institute in Acton, London.  On returning to Peterborough he gained the DTTLS qualification (DIploma in the Life Long Learning Sector).  Jamie teaches a number of styles including classical, jazz, rock, country and blues.

Robbie Haylett is a singing teacher and opera singer, having obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Education from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a BA in Music from the University of Cambridge. At the Peterborough School he has also taught theory and aural, and has supervised and aided rehearsals for various extra curricular music groups.

Martin Jewkes teaches piano, saxophone and clarinet. He teaches a variety of styles including jazz, rock, pop and classical and uses exam syllabuses from the Associated Board, Trinity and London College of Music. Martin performs regularly with a variety of bands up and down the country including tribute acts, function bands and jazz ensembles.

Emily Smith (School Accompanist) teaches cello and piano and accompanies ballet classes, Chapel services, choir and the School Musical Productions.  She studied piano and cello at the Royal College of Music in London.  She also accompanies ballet externally and often plays with the Intermezzo String Quartet.

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