Alex is an experienced music teacher of over twenty years with experience of classroom and instrumental teaching in multiple sectors. Alex has taught music at Notting Hill and Ealing High School and has worked as a university lecturer for fifteen years, teaching in universities such as Oxford, Bristol, and Oxford Brookes. She currently runs performance classes as part of her role at St Hilda’s and St Anne’s (University of Oxford) and has acted as an external performance examiner for several universities (including Bristol and Oxford Brookes).
As a performer, Alex plays the flute, piano, and sings. She was a student at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School and has much solo and orchestral experience. Alongside youth orchestras, she was also a member of the European Youth Vacation Chamber Orchestra, Midlands Youth Orchestra and played for New Chamber Opera for many years. Alex enjoys imparting her wide knowledge of music to students and has successfully coached students through instrumental and theory exams.
Alex has experience of observing peers and trainee teachers and wrote her dissertation on the observation of teaching for her Higher Education Diploma in Teaching. She has also published on how to observe peers with sensitivity and good outcomes. In this, she showed the importance of constructive and descriptive feedback to improve learning and teaching outcomes and as an important tool to ensure good teaching and quality assurance.
In the area of governance, Alex helped Tiffin Girls’ School to create and implement their school development plan and, more recently, she has worked with the Music Faculty at the University of Oxford, as they update their curriculum, implement new diversity and inclusion training, and establish working groups to support Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. This has created a more inclusive music degree and given her valuable experience, which she is looking forward to applying in this role.
Responsible for the strategic leadership of Ealing Music Service and the development of effective and sustainable partnerships with a range of providers for the benefit of children and young people in Ealing.
Yogesh has over 20 years experience teaching music in a range of contexts, including instrumental provision in schools, local authority music services & community organisations and management of an all through school-based music department.
Yogesh has developed teaching strategies and resources for the teaching and learning of Indian music, which combine the very best of current pedagogical methods to keep children motivated whilst making sound progress from the start.
Whilst Yogesh enjoys receiving compliments by people who notice his T4BLA registration plate on his VW, he is open to all offers in excess of £100,000 for it!
Responsible for Finance, Marketing, Administration and Operations.
Rita’s qualifications are at further and higher education level in Business, Finance & Marketing Management. Her roles in the last 15 years have included Equality and Diversity Officer, School Business Manager and Head of Children’s Centre.
Rita played the Harmonium in Primary School and participated in the School Choir in High School where she was awarded by Ealing Music Festival.
Responsible for overall management of school provisions & liaison with school-based teachers including secondary, primary, singing strategy, early years, CPD and ensembles.
Lee has over 15 years of experience in music education working for Dorset Music Service on the sunny south coast as well as Bournemouth University and Brockenhurst College, this has included instrumental and whole-class teaching, running ensembles, as well as delivering world music and classroom percussion workshops.
Lee is in great demand as a conductor of orchestras, choirs and musical theatre and is also involved with project managing large scale musical events, concerts and tours.
He plays Double Bass, Bass Guitar and Percussion and in his spare time is partial to a spot of Karaoke, cooking and playing golf.
General administrative support for Ealing Music Service, and main point of contact for school and teachers.
Sola has been involved in various musical groups and ensembles since picking up the flute during her primary school years, a decision made based on the unmatchable beauty of the instrument. Whilst she did not pursue flute playing to a professional level, joining EMS full-time in October of 2021 has allowed her to demonstrate her passion for music education.
Sola enjoys discovering new music, particularly in the Christmas genre, and using her free time to travel the globe.
All-round support with a focus on Projects, Resources, Events and Media.
A self-confessed music addict, Roger began frantically playing Guitar at the age of 16 and later went on to study at the ‘Academy of Contemporary Music’ in Guildford. He has performed in many bands over the years and currently pumps his musical enthusiasm into varying ventures both on and off the stage.
Roger began working at EMS through a 2 year apprenticeship placement with Ealing Council back in 2008. Being unable to convince him to leave upon completion, Roger stayed on as a temp and successfully secured his current full-time role in 2013.
Roger has a ‘healthy’ obsession with quoting movies, doing accents and is a keen air drummer.
Mariana studied recorder and singing at the Lisbon Conservatoire in her native Portugal before completing a Bachelor in Musicology at Lisbon Nova University, followed by a Masters in Recorder Performance from Castelo Branco Institute.
She began teaching in Portuguese conservatoires 6 years ago, and is now a teacher for 3 separate London entities, covering children and adults, classical music and musical theatre, instrumental and singing classes across the city.
Onstage she has performed extensively with various chamber groups and sung in symphonic, chamber and opera choirs. Since moving to London, she has joined the London Philharmonic Choir and become a regular at the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall.
Since coming to the UK, Mariana has found joy in scandalising Brits by telling them she hates tea.
Caroline studied flute & piccolo for 3 years at the London College of Music and played in many amateur orchestras in London before coming to work for Ealing Music Service. Music education has always been important to Caroline. Before going to University she was heavily involved in county ensembles in Derbyshire; this is what inspired her to become a music teacher. Caroline believes that ensemble development is very important in Ealing. Having got so much out of her own experience when she was younger she knows that this is a service that every child can benefit from.
Performance is still a very big part of Caroline’s life. She plays for Ealing Symphony Orchestra in West London which, along with swimming, scuba diving and baking, keep her very busy!
Nicola is a flautist and music educator with over ten years’ experience of working together with families, children and young people across London. Nicola is the Access and Inclusion Development Lead for Ealing Music Service, and was the music tutor for the recent Open Orchestra project at Springhallow School, a creative music project for children on the Autism spectrum. Nicola is working to expand Early Years Music within Ealing Music Service and has recently launched ‘Musical Horizons,’ a brand new online project for 3-4 year olds and their parents/carers.
Nicola runs a private flute teaching practice for students of all ages, and teaches flute, piano and musicianship at the Wandsworth Music Academies. She has led Early Years sessions with organisations including Fulham Children’s Choir, Beanstalk Arts, Greenwich Music School and Blackheath Conservatoire, and has played in a flute, harp and cello trio as part of Wigmore Hall’s ‘Chamber Tots’ programme.
Nicola graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2010 with BMus in Solo Performance and MMus in Ethnomusicology. She is committed to widening access to music and the arts, and is currently studying for an MA in Music Education from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.