TMP is staffed by a team of dedicated and experienced Tutors, managed by the Director and supported by the Trustees. Our Volunteers (often parents of TMP members) are a valuable part of our team, from Front of House to helping out in concerts and on trips.
The Project operates from its host venue, Bishops CEVA Primary School, Thursdays in term time, from 4.00 – 6.30pm.
Our members are drawn from as many as twenty-five different primary, junior and high schools, ranging from Thetford to as far as Diss, Bury St. Edmunds, Mildenhall and Mundford.
Visitors are always welcome- see Visit Us for information on how to get in touch.
David O'Neale MBE
David was TMP's first Director and became our first Honorary President in 2012 . He was awarded the MBE in 2013. David provides the key facts of the musical side of his fruitful career:
"I studied for a BMus, PGCE and MMus at Goldsmiths College. and taught high school music in Bromley and Croydon.
In 1998 I went freelance. I organised the Thetford Pageant at the Priory, celebrating 800 years of Thetford's Mayoralty, then set up TMP and joined Norfolk Music Service.
Director: Ann Smith
Music has been a big part of Ann’s life since the age of 8. She now works for Norfolk Music Service as a peripatetic brass teacher. Ann is involved in several of the Music Service ensembles including the Intermediate Youth Orchestra, the Norfolk Schools Brass Band and the Norwich Schools Wind Band, often organising Workshops and residentials for children of all ages. She is principal horn for the Wymondham Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Norwich Pops Orchestra and plays for numerous orchestras and bands around Norfolk.
Natalie O'Sullivan: Flute
Natalie has been a music teacher for twenty years, teaching all ages from two to retirement as instrumental and classroom specialist.Currently she delivers the whole schol music curriculum at Lakenham Primary School in Norwich, directs two community choirs (Singers Inspired in Downham Market and 2’s Company, 3’s a choir in East Harling), leads The Unfolding Voice Workshops and is creating an effective thinking and communication course for 14-19 year olds.
Lydia Pearce: Clarinet, Saxaphone
Lydia has a degree in music performance and has been working as a professional musician/music tutor for over 10 years. She teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute and voice and performs professionally in theatre bands, as a session musician as well as in her duo, Round Midnight Sax and Piano duo, right around the continent. She also runs a children’s choir, SingStart. Aside from music, Lydia loves travelling, walking her dog and drinking tea!
Dave Scragg: Brass
Dave Scragg studied Trombone at the Royal College of Music and worked for Essex Music Services for 15 years until taking a change in career, working in a therapeutic community for emotionally disturbed young people. On moving to Norfolk in 2001, he gained a degree in Music at UEA and went on to work for Norfolk Music services until 2011. Dave is well known as a performer in East Anglia, playing many styles of music from folk to Opera.
Keith O'Gorman: Keyboard, Theory
Keith O'Gorman studied piano, accompaniment, musical direction and conducting under a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music. He is a professional pianist and musical director, working mainly in theatre and choral groups, as well as a freelance piano, singing and music theory teacher. Keith is a member of Round Midnight, saxophone and piano jazz duo, and is accompanist for SingStart!
children's choirs. In his spare time he enjoys films, travel and country walks
Frances Levy: Strings
Frances studied violin, piano and cello in London at the Centre for Young Musicians and played in the LSTO before moving up to Norfolk and joining the Norfolk Students and the Norfolk Symphony Orchestras. She studied at the London College of Music for a further three years before coming back to Norfolk and now teaches strings for the Norfolk Music Service and privately. As a violinist, Frances has played at the Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds for various musicals.
Andres Hernandez-Salazar: Voice
Andrés began his musical studies in Venezuela and was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, before obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma from Trinity College of Music. He has performed extensively in both the UK and in continental Europe, as well as in South America and the Middle East, and is also in demand as a singing teacher and music history lecturer. www.ahsmusic.co.uk
Sam Ward: Guitar, Rock Band
Hi, I’m Sam. I started teaching guitar at the age of 15, teaching some of the younger children in my village. I studied music for my A levels, helping twice a week in Year 7 music lessons and was going to university to for a BA Hons in Education and Music. The job I found in my gap year was for the Norfolk Music Service which got me a job I loved without a student’s debt so I’ve done it ever since.
Jeff Halpern: Kit Drums
I've been playing drums for 35 years, and teaching for 15 years. I have been interested in the drums since the age of four and I always strive to be the best drummer/musician I can be. I have performed in marching bands, orchestras, rock/blues/pop/country/ska bands, and play drums for theatre shows. I continue to gig on a regular basis in a rock band and I'm always eager to listen to new music. I also create original songs with my brothers in our band ShiFty Mack.
Glyn Griffiths: Guitar
I first started playing age ten. By the time I left school i was already working semi professionally and I was playing full time at the age of 21. I have played in Folk, Rock,Blues and country bands.
I began taking lessons in musical theory when i was in my forties and became so engrossed that I stopped playing for four years and spent that time teaching. I teach privately and as a peripatetic teacher in schools.
Geraldine Evans: Jazz Band Leader
Geraldine has been involved with music for nearly all her life, learning violin and flute, studying at the London College of Music. She has worked with jazz luminaries from the National Jazz Collective such as Nikki Illes and Nick Smart and plays flute, clarinet and saxophone in pit bands across Norfolk. Geraldine works as a woodwind tutor for Norfolk music service. She conducts Norfolk Training Wind Band and Norfolk Students Big Band and took Norfolk Students Jazz Orchestra to the Music for Youth finals in Birmingham.
Ronnie Hatt: Bass guitar
I've been playing bass guitar for almost 10 years and have been teaching for the last three.I'm very active in the local music scene gigging most weekends. I began teaching to pass on the knowledge I have gained to the younger generation.
Jon Settle: Guitar
I started learning guitar at the Thetford Music Project when the project first began. After number of years, I began teaching guitar while studying in the sixth form. It didn’t take long before I gained more students, and returned to the project as a tutor! Music is a huge part of my life and I'm proud to be able to give back to a project that helped me become the musician I am today!
Tracey Taylor: Djembe drumming
I have been drumming for five years. I trained with John Bowker, Ireland's leading drum facilitator, and spent four weeks in Mali with Matze Traoire, master drummer.I have been teaching African drum for over three years with various organisations including the Avenues School in Norwich, Chapel Road School in Attleborough and Break.I play regularly with a women's Djembe group, The Dead Goat's Appreciation Society.
John brings the experience of over 35 years of school drama and music theatre as well as performance in folk groups and amateur choirs to his work with TMP. Productions include Bugsy Malone and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; writing credits include a musical about A A Milne and a Masque for HM the Queen. He was the founding director of the Oakham Festival in Rutland and is the Administrator of Thetford Voices.
Left to Right: John Weeks (Vice Chair), Robert Rickard (Chair),
Colin Armes (100 Club Promoter) and David Watkins (Treasurer)
Rebecca Greathead & Sharon Godfrey