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.

Livvy Hylton-Smith

Livvy is an extremely talented singer/songwriter, with a passion for music since she can remember. She performs in a duet, band and as a soloist, ranging through jazz, soul, funk, blues and folk. Livvy says, 'Music is important because it gives us a tool to express ourselves, its a form of therapy like no other and it can unite people from every background.' Coming from a musical family, singing, performing and composing has been a part of her life since she was a young child.

Harry Dearsly

Harry is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter who has been learning and performing music from a very young age. He is confident on many instruments including: Clarinet, Drum Kit, Mandolin and Bass Guitar and has also achieved grade 8 on both his main instruments, Guitar and Piano.

At the age of 18 Harry joined the Royal Marines Band Service where he trained for 2 years before leaving to pursue a degree in Professional Musicianship where he graduated at Bristol Institute of Modern Music.

Harry is also a vocalist/guitarist for Devon based Progressive/Dub/Reggae band The Barefoot Bandit with whom he has played countless shows all over the UK and Ireland including numerous festivals such as headline performances on small stages at Glastonbury Festival and Boomtown Fair.

Harry has a very strong belief in the importance of music and creativity in the school environment and feels that every child should have the opportunity to access and use music as a means of expressing themselves and to experience the benefit of its therapeutic qualities.

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