Our Faculty

We have a strong faculty in our School.  They are renowned UK Musicians and Music Teachers in leading Conservatoires and Music Schools.  Chinese Musicians will be invited to join our Faculty shortly.

At our Autumn Shipley Arts Festival - Chapter Concert Programme, we invite the UK students to come to Hong Kong or China to play concert with Hong Kong or Chinese students.

Andrew Bernardi

Violin Viola and Director

Graduated from Leeds University and was the Lebel Scholar leading all the Orchestras at Trinity College of Music.   

He has progressed to become one of England's most versatile and successful violinists.  He regularly performed with Guildford, the Royal Philharmonic and currently London Concert Orchestra whilst forming Bernardi Music Group.

Jonathan Few

Cello

Jonathan started playing the cello aged six and as a teenager attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. He then went to study with Joan Dickson at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded a number of chamber music prizes. He continued studying after College at UCLA the Banff Center and finally the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf with Johannes Goritzki.

Maria Marchant

Piano and ABRSM examiner

British pianist Maria Marchant gave her Wigmore Hall and Southbank debuts in 2010 to critical acclaim after being selected as a young artist on the Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Tillett Trust schemes.  Since then, she has been much in demand as recitalist and has performed in numerous festivals such as the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Cheltenham International Music Festival, ‘John Ireland in Chelsea’ Festival, King’s Lynn Festival, the Proms Plus Series and the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival.  She has also given recitals for many music societies including the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Bishop Auckland Music Society, City Music Society, Darlington Piano Society and the Harris Music Club.

Belinda Jones

Piano

Described by the Times as “outstanding” Belinda Jones is a pianist based in London.  She has performed at some of the world’s most important venues including the Wigmore Hall,  the Moscow Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, St John’s Smiths Square and Southbank Centre and has worked and performed with artists including Marin Alsop, Alfred Brendel, Jarvis Cocker, Guy Johnston and BBC Concert Orchestra. Past Competition successes include the 2011 Megan Foster prize at the Maggie Teyte competition, prizes at the Porto International Piano, Lies Askonas, Major Van der Pump and RCM Schumann competitions and alongside these she is both a Samling and Making Music Recommended Artist.  She works regularly as a pianist for ENO and Southbank Centre and has appeared on Radio 3’s In Tune and Record Review programmes, and made recordings with the Foundry music label. She is currently a member of teaching and piano staff at the Royal College of Music, Junior Trinity and South Hampstead High School. 

Zoë Challenor

Vocal Coach and Conductor

Zoë won the Norma Greig French Song Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has sung as a soloist throughout Britain and Europe, including the première of Galuppi's Confitebur Tibi, Domine with countertenor James Bowman, Fauré’s Requiem with Christopher Maltman, and Handel’s Messiah in Germany as part of Expo 2000. Opera roles include the Britten Festival, Snape, Opéra Studio de Genève, and the Grimeborn and Tête à Tête festivals.

Andy Laing

Violin

Andy was born in Aberdeen. He started learning the violin when he was five years old and by the age of sixteen was appointed leader of the National String Orchestra of Scotland. He then gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied violin with David Martin and later with Frederick Grinke. 

Nic Pendlebury

Viola

Nic is Head of Strings at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and leads one of the most vibrant string departments in Europe. As well as his managerial responsibilities he also conducts many of the conservatoires ensembles and has collaborated with many international soloists both in the concert hall and the recording studio.

Nic is also the violist and founder member of the Smith Quartet. 

Victoria Greenwood

Viola

Victoria is a graduate of Trinity College of Music, where she studied for both a MMus and BMus in Viola Performance under the guidance of Head of Strings, Nic Pendlebury.   She has been a member of staff on the String Time programme at Junior Trinity since the programme began, teaching the Viola and Violin.   Victoria particularly enjoys teaching younger pupils, and has taught individual and group classes at a variety of schools in the U.K. and also on music courses in France.  

Dan James

Cello and Double Bass

Dan has played his cello from Brighton to Bangalore. He completed his Masters in Orchestral Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with Pierre Doumenge. Prior to this he gained his Bmus Hons at Trinity College of Music under the tutelage of Naomi Butterworth.

Aside from his orchestral work, which includes working with the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyle Future Firsts Scheme, Dan has performed as soloist in Saint Saens A minor cello concerto in both St Johns Smith Square and abroad in Germany and Switzerland.

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