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Music Staff

Helena McKillop (Head of Music) was educated at the Birmingham Conservatoire and subsequently at the Sweelinck Conservatoire, Amsterdam.  She has gained a reputation for developing, expanding and enhancing music departments.  Her determination to provide music education for all has led to her leaving a legacy of music departments which are now flourishing and highly successful.  Her reputation is such that she regularly leads nationwide seminars on the management of music departments.

Kathryn Birtles has been a finalist of several competitions resulting in concerto performances and was on placement with the BBC Concert Orchestra's Mentor Scheme while at Trinity Laban.  Last year Katherine was a winner of Making Music's Scheme for Young Concert Artists which provides professional engagements round the UK.  Katherine enjoys a career of education, recitals and chamber music.

James Crackle is the flute and recorder peripatetic teacher, along with teaching A Level music.  After graduating he decided to continue his research in the form of a postgraduate Masters.  As a musician, Mr Crackle has performed in a wide variety of ensembles including orchestras, wind quintets, wind bands, instrumental and vocal choirs and flute quartets.

Jamie Cranfield has been playing guitar for 25 years, having studied at Reading University, Thames Valley University and The Guitar Institute in Acton, London.  On returning to Peterborough he gained the DTTLS qualification (DIploma in the Life Long Learning Sector).  Jamie teaches a number of styles including classical, jazz, rock, country and blues.

Steve Hamper studied percussion at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, and currently directs The Peterborough Percussion Group and Jazz Band/Ensemble as well as teaching individual percussion.

George Haynes (Assistant Director of Chapel Music) is currently a lay clerk in the Choir of Peterborough Cathedral.  He gradulated from the University of York wiht a degree in music and has sung in the professional choirs of York Minster and Wells Cathedral.  He has a wealth of experience conducting, singing and accompanying, most recently he began directing local chamber choir 'St Peter's Singers'.

Martin Jewkes teaches piano, saxophone and clarinet.  He teaches a variety of styles in cluding jazz, rock, pop and classical.

Anthea McAuliffe studied under Howard Davies.  Since then she has gained ten years' experience in teaching the violin to all ages.  She is passionate about making violin learning fun whilst teaching the highest standards of fine technique.  Anthea maintains an active professional performing career through her post as founder member and leader of the Intermezzo String Quartet.

Rosamund Ochala-Greenough has over 16 years' teaching experience and still enjoys performing on a regular basis.  Following her degree she joined the Carl Rosa Opera Company touring the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  She is also a qualified Music Therapist.

Annette Peters was a Solo Cornet/Trumpet player whilst serving in the Women's Royal Army Corps, attaining the rank of Warrant Officer with the appointment of Band Sergeant Major.  One of the main highlights for Miss Peters was having the privilege of playing the Last Post at St Paul's Cathedral in the presence of royalty.

Louise Reid (Director of Chapel Music) began her professional career as an organist and church musician.  She read music at Oxford, was the Organ Scholar of Lincoln College and subsequently studied organ and choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.  Whilst in London she also held the post of Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey.  Louise studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music and was a member of the Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Westminster Abbey Special Service Choir and Philharmonia Voices.

Emily Smith teaches cello and piano and accompanies ballet classes, choir and the School Musical Production.  She studied piano and cello at the Royal College of Music in London.  She also accompanies ballet externally and often plays with the Intermezzo String Quartet.

Ian Stafford has been a member of staff at The Peterborough School for many years.  As well as teaching piano he accompanies Prep Choir.  Mr Stafford is also a lay clerk at Peterborough Cathedral.