everychildAt Ormskirk School, we are extremely lucky to have a brilliant team of highly accomplished musicians who deliver individual music tuition and also contribute to our exciting extra-curricular music programme. If you would like to learn flute/keyboard/piano/violin/drums/guitar/bass/singing/brass then we have a teacher for you! We also have a number of instruments which we can lend to your for FREE. Lessons take place during the school day and lesson times are rotated to avoid you missing the same academic lesson every week. We also offer a number of ensemble opportunities for brass, flute, rock instruments, strings as well as choirs, band and a keyboard and music ICT club. The brass, flute, rock and string group training are run for an hour a week by our instrumental teachers, free of charge. This means you not only receive a 20 or 30 minute lesson but also an additional hour of group teaching per week, at no additional cost. Students in receipt of free school meals receive a 50% discount on the cost of their lessons. So, why not take up a new instrument? You could be playing as part of one of our fantastic concerts, before you know it!

If you are interested in having lessons with one of our teachers, please read them information about them, below. Ask your parent/carer to read the information about prices. If they agree to the lessons then they will need to fill in the application form, or contact Mrs Wood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we will get you started right away!

'Rock' Instruments   -   Taran Harris

clefTaran Harris is a singer, guitarist, bassist, drummer and trumpet player based in Liverpool and teaches ‘rock’ instruments in Ormskirk School. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2013, having achieved both a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s Degree in Applied Music Technology and Musicology. He is a prolific performer, having performed in several prestigious concert venues around the country including London’s Festival Hall, The Wales Millennium Centre and Birmingham Symphony Hall to name but a few. Taran is a tenor in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, and the Liverpool Chamber Choir and was a member of the male voice choir ‘John’s Boys’ who made it to the grand final of BBC’s choir of the year 2016. Along with his wife Aimee, Taran has been the composer and musical director for MATE productions, in association with Shakespeare North, for the last three years, performing his own compositions across the north west and in Stratford Upon Avon. Taran has performed at the opening and closing concerts of the National Eistedfodd in Llangollen, including the world premiere of Karl Jenkins’ ‘Adiemus Colores’, conducted by the composer.

Guitar   -   Billy Buckley

clefBilly Buckley teaches guitar (electric and acoustic) and bass guitar at Ormskirk School. Billy graduated from Leeds College Of Music after winning the guitar prize in his final year. He has since taught at many different establishments: Bretton Hall University, Manchester College of Arts & Technology, LIPA, to name a few. Billy is now the external examiner for Leeds College Of Music for Undergraduate and Masters Degree performances. He has played and recorded with artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Richard Hawley, Cornershop, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and regularly with members of bands such as The Brand New Heavies, Zero 7, Morcheeba, The Cinematic Orchestra. Billy has recorded music for ITV programmes and BBC Radio 2, also appearing three times on Bob Harris' Late Night Show. Billy has played at festivals such as Glastonbury (twice), Montreux (Switzerland), Amiens Les Nuits Blanches, Manchester Jazz festival, London Jazz festival, Brecon Jazz festival and recently toured France. He is about to commence a Mphil leading to possibly a Phd in composition at Salford University.

Flute   -   Rachel Holt

rachel holtRachel Holt studied at the RNCM with Trevor Wye, and during this time was a prizewinner in the Young Artists’ Competition of the International Flute Association, held in the USA. She was the Principal Flute in the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years, and is currently Principal Flute with Sinfonia Viva.

As a freelance performer she has played with many of Britain’s leading orchestras, including the Halle, Manchester Camerata, Orchestra da Camera and the Philharmonia. Rachel also performs with the light music group Fourtune, and is a member of the chamber ensemble Zephyr. She is one half of Appassionata, a flute and harp duo which, in addition to performing at weddings and functions and giving workshops, has released a CD entitled ‘Music To Iron By’.

Rachel teaches at Chethams School of Music, Arnold School, Clevelands Preparatory School and Lancaster University, and she is a tutor for the National Children’s Orchestra. She has been the adjudicator for music festivals and has given masterclasses in association with Miyazawa Flutes.

Brass / Drums / Bass Guitar   -   Ben Knowles

Ben Knowles

Ben Knowles is fast becoming one of the most sought after brass musicians of his generation. His expanding career as a freelance multi-instrumentalist has lead him to work extensively throughout the United Kingdom and further afield with some of the finest ensembles in the world. He has been privileged to have toured to many destinations including Norway, Italy, Spain and the United States of America with various ensembles as well as having performed at many of the countries top venues including The Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and the Royal Albert Hall in London. He has won multiple prestigious awards ranging from individual accolades such as the Mortimer Award through to ensemble awards such as the British Open Championships and the National Brass Band Finals with the Foden’s Band based in Sandbach.

He currently can be found performing as a session musician with many big-bands, function bands, brass bands and national orchestras as well as having worked commercially, appearing at multiple festivals and on national tv and radio with The Unthanks, British Sea Power and numerous Musical Theatre Productions such as Boogie Nights, Legally Blonde, White Christmas and Les Miserables."

Singing / Piano / Keyboard   -   Catherine Whitehall

Catherine WhitehallCatherine Victoria Whitehall is a singer, pianist and music tutor with fifteen years professional experience.

Catherine began singing and playing piano aged seven and at fifteen years of age had gained her Grade 8 ABRSM in both instruments progressing to gain her associate diplomas. As well as music, Catherine's other passions were acting and dancing and after a years of training, Catherine started her professional performing career aged eighteen as a triple threat performer in singing, acting & dance, performing for celebrity audiences including Bruce Willis, Britney Spears and Destiny's Child to name a few at Disneyland Paris where she played the Disney princess principal roles of Cinderella, Ariel and Alice in Wonderland. After many years touring the UK and abroad, performing at both intimate venues and large stadium venues to over 66,000 people, Catherine returned to the North West to complete her music degree gaining first class honours at The University of Liverpool and was honoured to receive the Evans Memorial Prize after graduating.

Catherine now performs as a piano vocalist, sings soprano with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and teaches piano, keyboard, singing and music theory lessons. Her students have
taken part in music festivals and numerous charity events including performing at the 02 Arena, London, The Echo Arena & St Georges Hall, Liverpool, appeared on BBC Children in Need, broke a Guinness World Record and have also been interviewed on local radio stations. Catherine often organises concerts and produces shows and is called upon to judge competitions.

Strings   -   Steph Kearley

Steph Kearley

Steph Kearley teaches strings at Ormskirk school. She has studied Jazz, popular and commercial music at Newcastle.

She has a great passion and enthusiasm for composing and arranging melodies. She currently plays as a session cellist for a number of up and coming musicians such as Nashville star Jenn Bostic, and Radio 2 favourite Emma Stevens.

She is very active on the Liverpool Music Scene, playing with a number of local artists. She has a great passion and enthusiasm for composing and arranging melodies for any type of musical ensemble. And regularly arranges and records for artists, recording studios.

She also plays Cello as a soloist or as part of a quartet for weddings and other social events.

She has taught for a local music authority for a number of years and has composed, arranged for and conducted a wide variety of groups, from beginner string groups through to youth orchestras.

She has experience in one-to-one teaching, music workshops within schools and has directed a number of ensembles. Steph is incredibly passionate about music and is believes it should be accessible to all, no matter what genre or combination of instruments.

Piano / Singing / Keyboard / Clarinet  -   Aimee Harris

aimee harris

Aimee Harris is a singer, violinist, clarinetist and pianist and has been teaching music for 8 years. Aimee studied music from a young age and reached grade 8 ABRSM singing before heading to university and gaining undergraduate and master’s degrees in performance and musicology from the University of Liverpool. Through the years she has performed in many notable concert venues around the UK and abroad. Aimee has performed in a number of exciting concerts such as the concert premier of Adieums Colores by Karl Jenkins, in Llangollen international Eisteddfodd, and a number of Operas including this year’s concert performance of Carmen in Llangollen with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Llangollen singers. She is a soprano in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, a member of Liverpool Chamber Choir, and a regular performer called upon to sing in Cathedrals around the UK and in Llangollen International Eistedfodd concerts. As well as performing as a soloist and chorus member Aimee has been co-musical director, composer, and performer for MATE productions for three years. The two most recent shows are Shakespeare's productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, both of which contained original music written by Aimee and were produced in conjunction with Shakespeare North and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

As a teacher, Aimee leads choirs and has had many students taking exams across a variety of exam boards from initial/prep test up to diploma level as well as helping students to prepare for GCSE, B-Tech and A-level performances.

Piano / Keyboard / Saxophone - Cathryn Lane

Cathryn LaneCathryn studied music from an early age starting both the piano and clarinet at the age of 8, achieving Grade 8 ABRSM in piano, clarinet and saxophone by the age of 15. She performed with the LSCB for many years, ultimately as ‘principal clarinet’ and toured each summer including trips to Denmark, Austria and the US.

Cathryn went on to study Music and Italian at Reading University, performing with the University Orchestra, Choral Society and local orchestras as well as teaching during her spare time. She then spent one year continuing her studies at the University of Siena in Italy. On her return, Cathryn taught privately before setting up and opening her own music business in Crosby in 2001.

Cathryn also now teaches piano and keyboard at Ormskirk School. She helps her students achieve superb results through her enthusiastic approach to learning and tailoring lessons to individual needs, thereby bringing out the very best in her pupils.


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