“Into the street the Piper stepped,
Smiling first a little smile,
As if he knew what MAGIC slept
In his quiet pipe the while”
Robert Browning 'The Pied Piper of Hamlin'
I can still remember how much I enjoyed playing my first recorder...
At the age of seven, playing my recorder sparked a lifelong love for making music and I wanted to recreate this sense of excitement for young school aged children and help them get started with playing an instrument too.
I wanted to create a music group specifically for 5 – 8 year olds who often don't have anywhere to go between
pre-school music classes and learning band or orchestral instruments when they are older.
The group would be a springboard for young children to start their musical journey with friends in a way that is
fun and exciting, rooted in solid music principles and completely in touch with modern life!
Bring together expert musicians and composers, fantastic skill building games, inspiring music tracks, online 'play at home' activities and the RECORDER! (one of the most accessible and versatile instruments for young children) …
.....and our Pied Piper's story has begun.
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Director & Pied Piper's Session Leader
I have always known that I wanted to teach music. I trained at the Royal Academy of Music and gained my PGCE with specialist instrumental teaching from the Royal Northern College of Music two years later. Since then, I have been kept busy with a variety of teaching roles in state and independent schools, including several senior leadership roles with a local Music Education Hub; inspiring children to explore everything that music has to offer.
I have worked as a professional performer and music educator and led creative music workshops across the UK with the organisations like the National Youth Orchestra and Royal Albert Hall. This has enabled me to create an innovative new approach to learning the recorder with the joy of group music making at its heart.
Our Pied Piper's RAINBOW stages guide and support children on their first musical journey with the recorder and I am proud of how Pied Pipers can prepare children for whatever their musical futures have in store. I am so lucky to be able to work with expert musicians, composers and teachers to bring the Pied Pipers experience to life and am excited about bringing Pied Piper's music sessions to a community venue near you soon!
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I began my musical life as most musicians do by playing the recorder and then I went on to play the trumpet and the trombone before joining the army at 15 as a trombonist. I quickly rose through the Junior Army Service and went onto Kneller Hall in London where I was lucky enough to have lessons with William Teskey, principal trombone of the Govent Garden Orchestra, and Dennis Bayton from Taverners Big Band.
I started to compose when I joined the Queens Royal Irish Hussars while playing solo trombone with them for 9 years. I loved being surrounded by all sorts of amazing musicians and had a thirst for the knowledge of how other brass and wind instruments played. After leaving the army I performed professionally throughout the southcoast in big bands, jazz bands, brass ensembles and....recorder consorts!
I currently teach Music at Thorngrove School and am the musical director of The Allegro Wind Band and Andover Light Orchestra where I regularly write music for the ensembles. Caroline and I met while directing ensembles for a local Music Hub and I'm delighted that my original compositions will play a starring role in the Pied Pipers Beginner Recorder course. I can't wait to hear the performances from the children as they take their first steps in their musical journey and am sure there will be more new pieces in the pipeline before long...
*Kevin 's music is played worldwide and he has written for The Octava Chamber Orchestra, Seattle and twice been a featured composer at the Hastings International Composers Festival. His music is published by Safe Music, Kistner and Siegel.