Conductors and Coaches

TAMC Conductors and Coaches

Janet Lewis LWCMD, LTCL- Junior Strings

Studied at: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - LWCMD (Performance)
                  Guildhall School of Music - LTCL Teaching (Trinity College)

thornbury music centre staff - Janet LewisBrought up in a small village outside the Welsh coastal town of Aberystwyth, Janet found that she was involved in music making in one form or another throughout her school life. She was a regular competitor at the local and national Eisteddfods where she sang in choirs, played the piano, violin, recorder and tambourine. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for 4 years under the baton of Sir Arthur Davidson, and in 1982 went to the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff to study performance. This was followed by a year of orchestral studies and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Janet started her married life in Surrey where she balanced private teaching with bringing up two children. She also worked as a freelance violinist and led a string quartet which played at weddings and corporate functions. She has received chamber music coaching form the internationally acclaimed Alberni and Maggini string quartets. Since moving to Thornbury in 2001, she has been teaching both at home and as a peripatetic violin and viola teacher, and currently leads the Thornbury Orchestra.

Instruments played: Violin, viola, piano


Kate Robey - Senior Strings

Studied at: Bath Spa University - BA(Hons) Music
Cello studies at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Richard May.

Kate Robey - Senior Strings Tutor at Thornbury Music Centre - southglosmusicFrom a very young age, Kate got the bug for making music. She began learning the piano at the age of 7, and took up the cello at 10, and quickly went onto become the youngest member of West Sussex County Youth Orchestra. From the age of 12 Kate attended the Pro Corda National School for Chamber Music, and was granted a scholarshup from West Sussex County to attend the Junior Royal College of Music until she was 18. Kate went to Bath Spa University to carry on her studies in music, where she gained BA (hons) in Music. During her course, Kate performed a number of solo and chamber concerts, accompanied fellow students on the piano for exams and rehearsals, and held the position of Principal Cellist in the University Orchestra.

After completing her degree, Kate took up a professional position at Bath Spa University, teaching piano, piano accompaniment, and Principal Cellist in the University Orchestra. She also began teaching Cello in King Edward's School in Bath, and has over the years built up a private tuition practise. Kate often plays freelance for various orchestras around the South West, including Bath Philharmonia. More recently, Kate has returned to her educational career allowing her to study cello with Richard May at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Chamber music has always been Kate's first love, on either cello or piano. For a number of years Kate performed with the Bath Spa String Quartet, and has gone on to work with the Bristol String Quartet. Recent performances have been Elgar's Piano Quintet, and Schubert's String Quintet in C Major. Kate recently joined the Sulis Ensemble, and performed Dvorak's String Quintet in G major in the Corsham Festival. Kate also plays with Bristol sing-songwriter Phil King and has recorded two albums with him. She has also performed Gavin Thorpe and his new album 'Rollin' on' has recently been released, and Kate has now joined forces with another singer-songwriter Jane Taylor.

Instruments played: Cello, Piano

Trudy Monday BA(Hons), PGCE - Junior Wind

Studied at: Bath Spa University - BA(Hons), PGCE

trudy monday - thornbury music centre in south glosDuring Primary School, Trudy started learning descant and treble recorder and performed in the school choir; these ensembles often won awards in local festivals. Having got the bug for music she also started learning the electronic organ, performing at eisteddfods, community events and accompanying Scout Gang Shows. At Secondary School she began learning flute and received piano tuition.

During her A level studies, Trudy performed in the Avon Scouts Gang Show at the Bristol Hippodrome, singing and dancing; she later became Musical Director and arranged music as well as performing on keyboard with the pit band. Through Scouting she also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, St James's Palace and toured Prague with the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra

Trudy studied music at Bath Spa University College where she achieved a First Class degree in composition and performance, followed by a PGCE in Secondary Music. During this time she performed in the choir, wind band, orchestra, and contemporary music society, which she later directed

Since her PGCE, Trudy has taught music at primary, secondary and post-16 edtablishments in Bristol, taught privately, and also taught at the 'Curtain Up' Theatre School. Most of her teaching career has been developed through the South Gloucestershire Music Service, for who she also directed the intermediate Flutissimo flute ensemble and became the Head of Thornbury Music Centre. Trudy added saxohpne and clarinet to her instrumental skills which furthered her opportunities for teaching as well as professional show work which she continues to enjoy (including occasional engagements as Musical Director). She continues to compose and arrange music and currently plays keyboards for 'Bring Down the House' a 14-piece function band, and 'Fusion' a 5-piece function band, and performs on flute as part of the 'Flutessence' flute trio.

Aside from music, Trudy also enjoys keeping fit with running and cycling; she has raised money for St Peter's Hospice and the Meningitis Research Foundation through half marathons, the 2008 London Marathon, and completing a cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats in 2011; she is in the process of writing a book which reflects her training and journey experiences.

Instruments played: Flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano

Chris Sanders BA(Hons), PGCE - Senior Wind

Studied at: Bath Spa University - BA(Hons)

chris sanders - thornbury music trust - music in south gloucestershireHaving grown up in Hampshire, Chris started playing the trumpet at the age of 8 and soon after joined the North East Hants Area Schools Band.  A few years later, Chris was then invited to join the Hampshire County Youth Band, which, in 2002 won the BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of the Year award.  In 2003, Chris moved to Bath to study music at Bath Spa University where he specialised in performance and conducting.  He was given the opportunity to perform in and conduct many of the University ensembles during his time there, including, on three occasions, the University Choir in Bath Abbey.  Whilst studying in Bath, Chris also became a member of several ensembles including Yeovil Town Band with whom he performed on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2005.  Since leaving University, Chris has taken up a career as a peripatetic music teacher and musician and now teaches brass throughout Wiltshire and Somerset, as well as conducting and performing in a variety of different ensembles from big bands and function bands to classical and musical theatre orchestras. 

Instruments played: Trumpet, piano, brass instruments.

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Thornbury Area Youth Music provides musical activities in the South Gloucestershire area for children of all ages and abilities. It comprises a Junior Music Centre, Thornbury Area Music Centre, Let's Play instrumental lessons and the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra.


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