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Join in and be part of our excellent music activities!

Performing in front of an audience often involves a test of nerves, requiring an abundance of confidence and control. But the rewards can be great! At the Latymer School we have a history of musical excellence and we encourage our young people to practice teamwork and patience, while also experiencing the thrill of performing by taking part in the many extracurricular activities organised by the Music Department.

Opportunities are varied, seeing students perform and practice individually, as well as part of a vocal or instrumental ensemble. Calendar highlights include the annual large-scale junior and senior musical productions, held in collaboration with the Drama department, and the Senior Choir Carol Concert at Trafalgar Square.

Alongside peripatetic music lessons, students will have the chance to join one of our five orchestras, the Concert Band and various choirs, among other musical groups. These range in standard from Grade 3 to Grade 8, meaning that young people are able to move between groups as their learning progresses. Choirs and bands also try to cover a variety of musical styles, from classical and jazz to modern pop, in order to cater for all tastes and interests. 

The Latymer School's instrumental and singing lessons

We are fortunate to have a large team of visiting instrumental and singing teachers who deliver about 400 lessons each week. A selection of biographies illustrates the wide-ranging experience that the team brings to their teaching. One-to-one lessons take place during the school day on a rotating timetable. 

Stephen Aitken – Tuba, Trombone

Stephen studied Bass Trombone and Euphonium at the Royal Academy of Music, where he gained the undergraduate diplomas ARCM, LRAM & FTCL. He graduated with GRSM (Hons) and then followed the postgraduate DipRAM. He went on to work with many of the London orchestras and opera companies, and to freelance work in studios and theatres. Recording highlights include La Traviatta with Solti and Mahler's 2nd symphony with Mariss Jansons.

Stephen has taught at Latymer since 2003 and took over the Wind Orchestra in 2007. His teaching career spans over 30 years, and he currently teaches in a number of other schools. He conducts, arranges and composes for Wind Orchestras and brass groups.

Geoff Boynton DipRCM, ARCM, DipRCM(PG) – Drum kit, Orchestral percussion

Geoff studied at the Royal College of Music from 1987-92, studying with Michael Skinner and Janos Keszei. Since then, he has been working as a freelance percussionist performing and recording with many of the UK's professional orchestras. He is also a regular deputy on shows in London's West End, such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

Geoff has taught at Latymer since 2016 and also teaches in two other schools with pupils ranging from beginner to post-Grade 8 standard. Geoff is also a regular deputy at the junior schools of the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Aaron Burrows - Piano

Aaron is a collaborative pianist who has performed in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and LSO St Luke’s. As an orchestral and chamber pianist, Aaron has performed with London Symphony Orchestra Players in the LSO Soundhub Scheme, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, in the Multi-Story Orchestra, and with the University of London Symphony Orchestra.

Aaron is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was awarded a Guildhall Artist Fellowship in 2015-16 with a specialism in piano accompaniment and contemporary music. Passionate about education, Aaron has delivered music workshops with the East London Music Group, the WAM Foundation in Mumbai, and at the Jersey Academy of Music. He previously worked as a staff accompanist at Wells Cathedral School, one of five specialist music schools in the UK. Aaron now teaches piano at two schools, including Latymer where he is a staff accompanist and piano teacher.

Lawrence Durkin RCM PG DIP BMus (Hons) - Cello

Lawrence trained at the Royal College of Music as a Scholar with Leonid Gorokhov and Melissa Phelps. He is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He pursues an active freelance career as an orchestral and chamber musician, particularly with his ensemble, Trio Aquilon. Previous performances include recitals at the Cheltenham International Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Chichester University.

Lawrence has taught at the Latymer School since 2010 and also teaches at other schools and for Hertfordshire Music Service. He has been a tutor for National Orchestra for All since its foundation in 2010.

Sarah Drury - Violin

Sarah studied violin and piano at the Royal College of Music, where she developed a love of chamber music. She joined the Asturias Symphony Orchestra in Spain and, on her return to the UK, became sub-principal violinist of the London City Ballet orchestra combining this with a freelance career encompassing everything from tours, proms to playing in the West End. She has appeared on many recordings and radio broadcasts, including the “British Light Music Classics” series with the New London Orchestra and with the contemporary string ensemble Opus 20.

Sarah has always loved teaching and has held various positions in other schools before being part-time Head of Strings at Latymer. She frequently coaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and is a popular adjudicator. She has also both directed and coached many string orchestra courses of all standards. Sarah is a member of the Council for the European String Teachers’ Association.

Katy Ehrlich BMus (Hons) MA DipRAM - Flute

Katy performs both as a chamber and orchestral player throughout Europe. She is a founding member of Trio Aeolian and the award-winning quintet Cavendish Winds. Katy has performed in many orchestras, such as the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Nonclassical, the National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Vitae, Ensemble Eroica and the Euphonia Orchestra. As a soloist Katy has won numerous awards, including the Una Clark Young Artists Trusts Jellinek Award, second prize in the British Flute Society's Young Artist Competition, and for two consecutive years was a prizewinner in the Jonathan Myall Piccolo Prize.

Katy is also a teacher and workshop leader. She is passionate about sharing her love of music with people in her local community. Katy works regularly with Wigmore Hall Learning, Create, Involuntary Movement and the BBC Proms. Katy graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded the Academy's prestigious DipRAM for an outstanding final recital.

Kate Fun BMus MMus MSTAT – Singing, Alexander technique

Kate, mezzo soprano, read music at Birmingham University and went on to study singing at Trinity College of Music, where she was awarded the Beatrice Taylor Scholarship. She is the alto soloist at The Annunciation Marble Arch and deputises regularly at Ealing Abbey, St George’s Hanover Square and Belsize Square Synagogue. She has appeared as an oratorio soloist with various ensembles, including Cholmeley Choral Society, Thurrock Choral Society, Welwyn Garden City Music Society, Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society, Harpenden Choral Society and The London Ripieno Society.

Kate is also a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique and uses the technique to inform her teaching of singing, in particular posture and breathing. She has taught at Latymer since 2003 and also teaches singing and Alexander Technique at another school in Camden.

Julian Haggett MMus BA (Hons) ARCO - Organ

Julian studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and at the College of St Hild & St Bede University of Durham. He has taught at The Latymer School since 2019. Julian is a consultant at the Royal College of Organists, and has a busy freelance career as an international concert artist and tutor. Concert appearances include at festivals in Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. He has performed around the UK from Aberdeen in Scotland to Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, including at the prestigious Three Choirs Festival and the Mayfair Concert series in London.

Julian is an examiner for organ performance at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is a tutor and syllabus coordinator for undergraduate organ performance studies. As an organ tutor, he teaches students from beginner to undergraduate level including preparing students for entry to Oxbridge and conservatoire. He is also an experienced church musician.

Kate Hannent BMus (Hons) - Flute

Kate graduated from Kings College with a BMus (Hons), having specialised in Performance. She received lessons with Richard Taylor at the Royal Academy of Music, and played principal flute with the University of London Orchestra. After a Secondary music PGCE, and a few years classroom teaching, she undertook a Postgraduate diploma in Jazz & Studio music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she played with the Guildhall Big Band, and continues to be extensively involved in jazz education projects.

Kate worked for Camden Music Service for many years, and has directed the award-winning Camden Youth Jazz Band since its inception. She has also worked for Newham Music Trust as Head of Woodwind, Brass & Percussion, and Enfield Music Service, teaching flute and setting up, directing and arranging for numerous ensembles. Kate has also led A Level and GCSE music cohorts, and divides her time between classroom teaching, flute tuition, ensemble-directing and freelance performing with her classical flute & harp duo, and own jazz trio.

Jane Hopkins BA (Hons) - Piano

Jane attended the Royal Academy of Music as a Junior Exhibitioner studying piano and flute. She read French and Music at the University of Sheffield, then went to the Royal College of Music as a repetiteur and instrumental accompanist. Her work includes accompanying instrumentalists and singers for concerts, festivals and competitions, as well as teaching piano and coaching singers. Recent engagements have included performances for the award-winning Bach to Baby concert series, a recorded concert with composer Paul Ayres and a concert at The Round House.

As well as performing as a pianist, Jane is artistic director of the chamber choir Voxcetera whose performances includes concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Stephen Walbrook, the South Bank Centre, tours to Germany and Ireland and a recording for UNICEF by Carly Paradis. Her teaching commitments include working at the Latymer school and another London school.

Graham Instrall - Orchestral percussion, Drum kit

Graham began his journey at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with David Corkhill. His love of the drum kit led him to study with the great Bob Armstrong - arguably the UK's finest teacher. He has performed across Europe and America with many different orchestras and choirs, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Chamber Orchestra of London and the English Pops Orchestra.

Graham joined the Latymer music team in 1997 and also teaches at another college. In addition to his work as a percussionist/drummer, Graham co-directs Cantate (one of the UK's finest youth choirs) and dabbles in the art of film-making.

Geoffrey Irwin – Violin, Viola

Geoffrey studied the viola at The Royal Academy of Music and at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a performer he has appeared with many well-known orchestras, and appears on many CDs as orchestral player, chamber musician, and soloist. His musical interests range from early music played on authentic instruments to the avant-garde and to folk music. 

David Kirby MA BA (Hons) LRSM – Clarinet, Saxophone

The multi international award-winning clarinetist, David Kirby, has taught the clarinet and saxophone at Latymer since 1993. He studied at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, and at the Royal College of Music where he is currently researching early Twentieth Century French music and holds a scholarship for his work.

David has worked orchestrally throughout the country, with among many other orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and is in demand as a chamber musician, giving recitals throughout the world. He also finds time to take a woodwind quartet into schools to bring live music to thousands of children and adjudicates at music festivals. He is also a senior A Level examiner for OCR and Edexcel, examining performance and harmony, and has recently been appointed to the panel of ABRSM examiners.

Gerald Levy LTCL - Clarinet, Saxophone

Gerald studied at Trinity College of Music with Keith Puddy, Anne Cherry and Chris Gradwell. He has performed with various big bands, orchestras and ensembles and has recorded as a session musician for television and radio. He also teaches at other schools in Enfield, with pupils ranging from beginner to post-Grade 8 standard.

Daria Phillips - Bassoon

As a child, Daria began lessons on the mini-bassoon as part of a council-run project. She progressed through various music ensembles before joining the Junior Guildhall where she held the Bassoon Scholarship and, in her final year, received the Woodwind Prize. Daria has played with Chineke! Orchestra (an initiative that promotes diversity in classical music-making) and on numerous tours and recordings.

She was a Junior Artist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra mentored by the principal bassoonist, Jonathan Davies. Daria studied in The Hague with Gretha Tuls, Jaap de Vries, and Alban Wesly and has played in masterclasses to Sophie Dervaux, Robin O’Neill, and Vahan Khourdoian. She is currently completing her Masters at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Daria enjoys encouraging young musicians to explore the art form and regularly works as a music mentor.

Chris Royall - Singing

Chris sang as a boy treble in Rochester Cathedral Choir and then won a Choral Scholarship to St John's College Cambridge. He also studied singing at The Royal College of Music gaining an ARCM (Performers). Chris sang in St Paul's Cathedral Choir for 34 years and was a founder member of the vocal ensemble The Sixteen. Over the last 40 years he has been on many recordings and taught singing at various schools.

Juliet Snell LRAM - Violin, Viola

Juliet studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She pursued a busy freelance career in London before joining the first violin section of the London Symphony Orchestra as an associate member. She then worked with the Manchester Camerata, the Goldberg Ensemble and the Northern Chamber Orchestra where she was Principal Second violin for one year and Co-leader for a second. She also performed regularly with the Birmingham Ensemble and taught violin at Manchester University.

Juliet resumed a freelance career, working with orchestras such as the Orchestre Revolutionnaire at Romantique and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She was a member of the orchestra for two West End musicals: City of Angels and Crazy for you. She has been a member of the Rambert Dance Company Orchestra for over 20 years. Juliet currently teaches at our school and another London school.

Louise Tilley (GGSM PGCE)

Louise attended the Royal Academy of Music as a Junior Exhibitioner studying primarily Composition and Piano as well as Violin and Viola. She gained a GGSM at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently a PGCE. She has freelanced extensively on Piano, Keyboard, Violin and Viola. She has also worked as an arranger and Musical Director for various bands and shows both in the UK and abroad. She has been teaching in various schools including Latymer for over 30 years.

Michael Ughetti (LLCM (to) ALCM) - Guitar

Mike studied at the London College of Music. He has performed as a soloist, and ensemble player and in various musicals. Since 1983 he has taught in inner London and for the Enfield Music service in schools and in adult education. He has published music for guitar groups, and he initiated the first Enfield schools' guitar group which ultimately grew into three groups, all of which he directed. He regularly directs various guitar groups at Latymer. His arrangements and compositions have been widely performed in schools and in music festivals.

Catherine Wild BA (Hons) CT ABRSM Dip ABRSM - Oboe

After completing a degree in English and Music. Catherine began music teaching with the Hertfordshire Music Service. She is currently Head of The Broxbourne Music Centre and combines her management position with oboe and recorder teaching in various schools. She regularly tutors on county orchestral and recorder courses and organises double reed days.

Catherine is delighted to be part of such a thriving music department at Latymer. She has been able to generate many fine oboists and establish a double reed ensemble. Catherine thoroughly enjoys arranging music for double reed ensembles to perform as well as sharing her vast library of recorder ensemble music. Catherine performs regularly in many chamber and symphony orchestras as well as being a busy recital soloist on oboe, oboe d’amore, cor anglais and recorder.

John Young AGSM Hon ARAM - Trumpet

John studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and immediately embarked on a busy freelance career. His trumpet playing has taken him around the world performing with all the leading London orchestras; LSO, Philharmonia, LPO and the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestra. His studio work includes the film track to ‘Lord of The Rings’ and ‘The Blue Planet’ and numerous jingles for television.

John is a member of the City of London Sinfonia and is still a regular extra, playing with the orchestra of The Royal Opera House. John has enjoyed teaching alongside his playing career, including at Latymer where he is Head of Brass. He is also Professor of Trumpet in the Junior Department of The Royal Academy of Music.