Meet the Tutors!
Hello, I’m Soo.
My name is Soo Bishop and I am a music teacher, singer and trumpeter. I began playing the trumpet when I was 12 because I really loved the sound. It also seemed much easier than the piano ( which I was already learning – it’s HARD!). I went to the Royal Academy of Music in London to study the trumpet when I was 18, then played in many different professional bands and ensembles around the country. I am now 1st Trumpet with the Central Band of the Royal British Legion. We play a huge range of music from films, TV, theatre, classical and jazz. I love playing with the band – my picture shows me in my band uniform! I also really enjoy teaching and I have worked for MMF for 15 years, running lots of choirs and choral projects with 1,000s of children in Merton schools. I am really looking forward to teaching at St Teresa’s.
Hi! My name is Tom and I’m the new djembe tutor at St. Teresa’s. I play all sorts of drums and percussion, from the drum kit, to Brazilian samba, to the African djembe that we’re learning together! Outside of school, I play a lot of jazz music and run two jazz clubs, The Ashtead Jazz Club in Ashtead and The Lantern Jazz Club in Raynes Park. Come along and hear us play sometime!
Guitarist, Educator and Performer
Joseph Howell studied Jazz Guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He has performed his own original music in venues across the UK, and was runner-up in the 2011 Budvar Jazz Competition. As an educator, he currently holds teaching positions in several South London schools, has coordinated whole class instrumental ‘wider-opportunities’ classes, and has supported the ‘rock styles’ ensemble workshops with Merton Music Foundation. He is currently working on the debut E.P for his new band, ‘An Endless Cycle’, which will be released in early 2017.
Wider Ops charts guitar