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Our Coaches

Our coaches are all experienced musicians with many years of performing, practising, rehearsing and theory behind us, as well as classroom and peripatetic experience. We believe that a music education is a must for all children, and that the benefits of learning an instrument and learning to read music are far-reaching.

Our coaches are qualified in their chosen instruments to at least Grade 6 and above, with Grade 5 theory and higher. All have several years of teaching experience – with adults and children – in their chosen specialisms. All coaches regularly undertake CPD, and are trained in Safeguarding and First Aid, as well as having an enhanced DBS through Primary Music & Education.

Fay Nelmes

Fay is the Managing Director of Primary Music & Education, which she started as a result of identifying the need for children to have a much more structured and varied musical education whilst in primary school, with the opportunity to play musical instruments, learn to read music and listen to a range of musical styles.

Fay started playing the cello at the age of seven and rapidly progressed through the formal grades, as well as being lucky enough to experience the outstanding peripatetic service in Coventry, which enabled her to tour Russia, Germany and the Czech Republic with the Coventry Youth Orchestra. She then was accepted as a student at the prestigious Centre for Performing Arts before taking a Music Degree at Liverpool University, majoring in performance, composition, film music and studio technology.

Fay has gained a reputation as an excellent cellist and has played in such venues in the UK as Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and the SECC in Glasgow, as well as the British Embassy, the Embassy to the Holy See and San Paolo entro il Muro in Rome and Wenceslas Square in Prague. As well as more than 22 years of experience as a peripatetic teacher of cello, voice, guitar and piano, Fay has also been a primary school teacher for the past twenty years. Fay is the founder of a local string quartet, the River Exe Quartet, and plays in local orchestras and ensembles.

Stephanie Hawker

We are delighted to introduce the newest member of our Primary Music team, Stephanie Hawker!

Stephanie is a performer, accompanist and lover of all things music. Since she was a child, she has become a competent pianist and sight-reader alongside learning to play the tenor horn and vocal training throughout her years at school. She holds Grade 5 Music Theory and Grade 5 Singing.

With a childhood and strong background in the Salvation Army, Stephanie learnt to read music at a young age while playing in and accompanying for ensembles far her senior, and as such has used her skills in a variety of different situations and environments.

She also wrote and led the music programme for a summer camp in New York throughout Summer 2019 and highly benefited from this opportunity. Stephanie is determined to make music accessible for everyone and strives to make this a unique, exciting and positive experience for each child.

Stephanie will be leading the music programme at several of our schools from September.

Ellis Holt

Ellis is the newest member of the team! He started learning piano at the age of 5 and the trumpet at aged 7. He progressed through formal grades over his youth and performed in a huge variety of bands (wind, brass, orchestra, swing and jazz), venues and locations including The Royal Albert Hall and tours of Austria and Ireland. He was lucky enough to attend the Berkshire Young Musicians Trust where he progressed to Principal Trumpet of the Berkshire Youth Orchestra.

Since moving to to South West in 2016, he has taken up the position of Musical Director of the Burnham and Highbridge Band and plays Soprano Cornet for the Lyme Regis Town Band while helping many other local brass bands in his spare time!

He has taught brass, piano and drums privately and in whole class settings and is very excited to combine his passions for music and education (as a qualified primary school teacher) together in schools.

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