Meet our Music Department
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Meet the Music Department (ID 1317)
Jason TaingActing Head of Music
Jason TaingMusB (Hons) in Music - The University of ManchesterPGCE in Music with Specialist Instrumental Teaching - Manchester Metropolitan University and the Royal Northern College of MusicLTCL (Distinction) in Piano Performance - Trinity College LondonI joined Hatcham College in September 2023, and I am proud of our music specialism and the support and focus for music across the whole school. I have always been a keen musician, regularly conducting orchestras and choirs and performing on the piano. I have taught in schools and music institutions in Manchester, Kent, South London and Central London, and most recently was Deputy Head of Music at an all-through school with music specialism. I am currently completing the National Professional Qualification in Leading Teaching (NPQLT) at UCL The Institute of Education and a Music Education MA at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Outside from school, I am an Examiner for Eduqas and Pearson, Founder and Artistic Director of the Brixton Concert Series and am a Mentor for Black Lives in Music.In my spare time, I enjoy going to see live music and theatre, and enjoy travelling. I also enjoy reading the latest ideas in Teaching and Learning and music updates to help support the curriculum, alongside reading non-fiction.
Issy McMichael2 i/C Head of Music
BA (Hons) in Music - The University of Southampton.
PGCE Music - UCL Institute of Education.
I’m Miss McMichael, the Deputy Director of Music at Hatcham College and teach across KS3, 4 & 5.
Before teacher training, I studied a bachelor's degree in music at The University of Southampton specialising in classical and Jazz voice performance. My dissertation centred around children's identity in music pedagogy leading to my PGCE in secondary music at UCL’s Institute of Education.
My love for music stemmed from my own schooling, where I first joined my school’s Chamber Choir. Since then, I have performed with choirs and jazz ensembles noticeably at Montreux Jazz Festival, Turner Sims Concert Hall and Greenwich Royal Naval College Chapel. I also love playing the piano and since joining Hatcham I’ve been inspired by our own Band Project to pick up the bass guitar and drum kit (and no it’s never too late!).
Jenetta HurstTeacher of Music and Associate Assistant Principal
MA (Leadership) - UCL Institute of Education. PGCE Secondary Music - Birmingham City University. BMus (Hons) - The Birmingham Conservatoire. HonBC - The Birmingham Conservatoire. NPQLTD.
I am a flautist by training and play a range of instruments. I joined Hatcham College in my 17th year of classroom music teaching and leadership, and started my career as instrumental teacher and ensemble leader, for Birmingham Music Service and Aston Performing Arts Academy.
I directed the Aston Performing Arts Inner City Orchestra, working side by side annually with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) over a ten-year period and am an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Conservatoire.
I have long held a keen interest in continual professional development, have written for and appeared on Podcasts for publications such as SecEd and Music Teacher Magazine, and work at Hatcham as the Associate Assistant Principal for Staff Development.
Catriona BourneTeacher of Music
BA (Hons) in Music – The University of Oxford. PGCE and MEd in Music – The University of Cambridge.
I am a professional flautist, specialising in both contemporary and Baroque music. While at school I was a UK Finalist in the Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition, and went on to receive an Ensemble Isis Scholarship from Oxford and Instrumental Award from Cambridge. I have performed as a concerto soloist on multiple occasions, including with Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra in March 2019, and has been a winner and finalist in competitions including the Harold Clarke competition and Carne Chamber Competition.
I also write musical compositions for my electroacoustic harp in a jazz-folk fusion style, and lead my own band, playing in London Jazz Festival and soon releasing an EP. I am also a Choral Scholar at the Old Royal Naval College and freelance as a singer around London. I have taught previously at secondary schools in Cambridge and Sydney, Australia, in addition to acting as musical director for school productions and directing choirs.
John HumanInstrumental Music Coordinator and Teacher of Piano
BA (Hons) in Music - The University of Sussex, Guildhall School of Music and Drama. MA Language, Art and Education - The University of Sussex.
I am a pianist of Indian heritage with a passion for exploring the extraordinarily diverse capabilities of the instrument, playing the standard classical repertoire as well as improvised genres. I was drawn to the piano as a child having heard Ashkenazy playing Rachmaninov and Oscar Peterson playing C-jam blues and realising that the journey towards mastering the instrument would never be accomplished but would always be stimulate and engage me. As a teacher I seek to instil this sense of constant development, alongside creativity and technical discipline in my pupils.
I have examined for 20 years, A-Level Performance for OCR and for Trinity College of Music assessing on both Classical and Jazz, and Rock and Pop panels throughout the world. I have worked on syllabus development and as a composer and arranger I currently have 7 pieces included in the new Trinity Piano Exam syllabus. I am also the Pianist for the fusion group Electric Alchemy.
I have taught at Haberdasher’s since 2018, and became Instrumental Music Coordinator in 2023, working to cement and enhance the rich musical specialism legacy of the school. I have had 3 children attend the school, and in my spare time enjoy attending live music events, travelling and following Arsenal FC.
Jessica BerryTeacher of Music, Teacher of Piano and Band Leader
Manuel FilgueriasBand Leader
Sami AndariMusic Technician
In my early teenage years, I would listen to electronic music obsessively and became inspired to start producing myself. I have been a bedroom producer since secondary school and have worked extensively with DAWs such as Logic Pro and Presonus Studio One. Now on my free days I spend my time writing, producing and recording my vocals on alt-pop songs. In 2023 I also spent a number of days in the Platoon 7 studio in Tileyard where I wrote songs with other artists, and I was involved in two showcase events organised by CLOCK Your Skills during which I played piano, guitar and sang some originals.
Noam GrenbergTeacher of Piano
David HolmesTeacher of Percussion and Drum-Kit
Leslie Wynn JonesTeacher of Clarinet and Saxophone and Jazz Band Conductor
Leslie Wynn Jones
Licentiate and Advanced Perfomer's Certificate - The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
After full-time studies at the RWCMD, I went on to study at Trinity College of Music, London. As a freelance musician, my interests were in the fields of Contemporary Music and Jazz. I have worked for the BRIT School, Kent Music School and BYMT. I have taught Clarinet/Saxophone at the City of London School for Girls, James Allen's Girls' School, Old Palace of John Whitgift School and St. Dunstan's College. I devised and organised a youth music event for the Millennium Festival - the 'BBC Proms Millennium Youth Day', which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on 12th August 2000. I am a former Member of the Board of Directors of NYJO. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, I take great interest in the arts in general, and music education in particular.
Kim ReillyTeacher of Flute
BMus (Hons) - Trinity College of Music. PGCE in Music - The University of Sussex.
I've been the flute teacher at Hatcham since 2021 and have been teaching since 2006.
I studied at the Purcell School, Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity College of Music and The University of Sussex.
I teach for Bromley Youth Music Trust, James Allen's Saturday School for the Performing Arts, Elmgreen Secondary School and Blackheath Prep School.
I am a freelance flautist but I also hold the position of Principal flute with the Docklands Sinfonia. Recent engagements include recording sessions at Angel and Air studios, performances and collaborations at the Cadogan Hall, Fairfield Halls, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace and a UK tour with the band Hawkwind.
Peter PooleTeacher of Violin and Viola
Stephanie StahlmannTeacher of Violin
BA (Hons) in Music - The University of Liverpool.
Associate of Trinity College London - Violin Recital Performance Diploma.
I joined Haberdashers' Hatcham College as a Violin Teacher in January 2022. I have over 10 years experience of teaching Violin in a variety of educational settings. In addition to working at Hatcham College, I am a freelance Violinist and Violin Teacher. I particularly enjoy playing in educational projects, such as co-leading the Cinematic Syncopations Orchestra, which includes interactive film music concerts for young people.
I believe that every young person should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, and try to make learning the violin a possibility for everybody, regardless of background and experience. I have high (and realistic) expectations of my students, and love seeing their hard work and determination pay off. Every young musician is different, and I adjust my teaching style and repertoire to reflect this.
Outside of school, I enjoy swimming (especially outdoors), exploring Europe, and tackling high ropes obstacle courses.
Marianne RistTeacher of Cello
Cello and Chamber Music Diploma - Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatoire, France.
Cello Teaching Diploma - Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria.
I graduated in Cello and Chamber Music at the Conservatoire Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt, France. I was then awarded an Austrian Government Scholarship to study at Vienna Hochschule für Music with André Navarra and at Salzburg Mozarteum with Heidi Litschauer, where I obtained my Cello Teaching Diploma.
In England I was a Cello Teacher for the Tower Hamlets Strings Project led by Sheila Nelson, and joined Bromley Youth Music Trust in 2006. I have taught Cello at Hatcham Temple Grove since 2013 and joined Hatcham College in 2016.
My teaching is inspired by many great teachers of the past and present. I enjoy playing Chamber Music and have played with the Vanbrugh Ensemble since it was created in 2013.
Thomas StoddartTeacher of Voice
Arthur BentleyTeacher of Guitar
Mihael MajeticTeacher of Guitar
Siân CollinsTeacher of Brass
BMus (Hons) in Instrumental Performance - Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
MPerf in Orchestral Artistry - Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
I have been playing the French horn for over 20 years, and regularly perform with world-class orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera House. I am also a busy commercial player with the Guildhall Session Orchestra. I am a keen amateur aerial circus artist, with a particular interest in trapeze.
Benjamin DayTeacher of Brass
BMus (Hons) - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
MPerf - Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Guildhall Concert Recital Diploma
I have a varied career in Trumpet performance and teaching. I have a trained and performed with some of the countries’ leading orchestras including English National Opera and London Symphony Orchestra. My career also sees me performing in more commercial settings such as musical theatre pits and function bands.
Desrine NelsonTeacher of Steel Pans
Una BirtchnellSymphony Orchestra Conductor