Meet our tutors

Head of Service 

Ruth O'Keefe

Secondary Music Provision Coordinator 

Graham Smith

KS2 Provision Coordinator

Jane Brammall

About Jane :
I’m a violin teacher and ,as well as teaching  in Trafford schools, I conduct Trafford Junior Strings, and teach violin at Monday Infant Night. Away from work I love being outside on my allotment and enjoying an outdoor brew there!

What are you listening to at the moment?
I spend quite a lot of time driving and on my commute I like to switch between Radio Manchester and CDs. At the moment I’m listening to Pete Tong with The Heritage Orchestra and also I’m enjoying  Hacienda Classical too.

Instrumental Music Provision Coordinators

Laura Cosgrove

About Laura : I am originally from Northern Ireland and I moved to Manchester to study music at the University of Manchester then the Royal Northern College of Music to study the oboe. I enjoy travelling and reading.

What are you listening to? Currently I am listening to a lot of Radio 1 while travelling to work and from different schools but my favourite artist to listen to is Beyoncé.

Suzanne Waller



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Denise Beynon
Nick Concannon Hodges

About Nick :
I am an orchestral conductor who has studied violin, viola, piano and keyboard harmony along my musical journey. I love exploring classical music with anyone who wants to learn and discovering new works and ideas as I go.

What are you listening to at the moment?
Gershwin's An American in Paris - such a fun piece: taxi horns included!

Robert Guy

About Robert :
I am from North Wales and work in music and education across North Wales, Trafford, Manchester and Huddersfield. So I do quite a lot of driving!

What are you listening to at the moment?
I am currently listening to music by Brahms and Coldplay!

Ben Kearsley
Alison Lansdown
Litsa Levendis
Helen Riley
Emily Sharratt


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Rebecca Doyle
Simon Fitton

About Simon:
I am a brass and curriculum teacher for Trafford music Service. I play trombone in various groups and enjoy playing in the pit bands for musicals around the North west.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I am currently listening to Tower of Power and Earth, Wind and Fire!

Alistair Gibson

About Alistair:
I am a Trombonist who teaches Brass and a variety of other whole class music. I play Trombone in the Band of the Yorkshire regiment as well as a variety of other ensembles in the North West

What are you listening to at the moment?
I am listening to Tower of Power, Berlioz and Philip Sparke

Becky Jones

About Becky:

I am a brass, piano and vocal teacher for the music service, specialising in upper brass and Musical Theatre, I help run the Junior Brass Band and Wind Band. In my spare time I like to keep fit and read.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I am currently listening to Whitney Houston's Greatest hits (my all time favourite), anything Beyoncé, the Original Cast Recording of Elf the Musical and my favourite musical of all time Annie Get Your Gun.

Graham Smith


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Sarah Byron
Mark Burton
Laura Cosgrove
Alex Kane
Laura McPheely

About Laura:
I am one of the woodwind and curriculum tutors at Trafford Music Service, which I am completely convinced is the most fun job in the world! My specialist instrument is the flute which I play both in the classical style and with the ‘fluteboxing’ technique (to sound like a drum kit). My current project is developing my fun, educational YouTube channel “Miss McPheely” for students to practise their pieces and choose music to play or sing. When I am not busy with all of this I like to be baking in my kitchen or outside walking and looking after my furry friends.

What are you listening to?
I enjoy listening to lots and lots of different types of music. I like pop, classical and folk the best. My favourite composer is Aaron Copland, my favourite album is ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ by Stevie Wonder, but at the moment I am listening to my Christmas album round and round to choose pieces for our December concerts! What’s your favourite?

Helen Pillinger
Adam Robinson

About Adam:
I run the rock academy here at Trafford Music Service, I love playing guitar, bass and drums but my specialist instruments are actually the clarinet and saxophone. I own over 50 musical instruments including 3 guitars I built from scratch. I'm a massive foodie and absolutely love cooking.

What are you listening to at the moment?
The music I listen to is rather eclectic, I like melodic metal so the new Trivium album is up there, also Toto and a band called The Maine. If I want to chill out I listen to modern jazz like Snarky Puppy or Marius Neset.

Helena Summerfield

About Helena :
I am a woodwind teacher with a particular interest in jazz music. Alongside my teaching I like to compose music and play in bands including the saxophone quartet HSQ.

What are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I'm listening to music by Charles Mingus and Mammal Hands.

Suzanne Waller
Charlotte Walls


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Clare Cooper
Simon Fitton
Liz Harwood
Paul Harding
Jane Shepherd

About Jane : I am the lead teacher for Infant Night at the Music Service and I love working with EYFS and KS1. Outside of work I love gardening and growing fruit and vegetables on my allotment.

What are you listening to? I don’t listen to music at home, I prefer to listen to the radio and I am an avid fan of The Archers on Radio 4!’

Sara Williams
Joe Wilson


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Ben Bersten
Vicky Hodder
Tom Payne
Antonia Phillips
David Platt
Karen Shearsmith
Carolyn Turner


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Brad Edmondson
Richard Haslam
Paul Harding
Peter King
Aidan Maier
Simone Manunza

About Simone :
I have been working with TMS since I moved from Italy five years ago. I started to teach guitar in Italy  more than 25 years ago.

What are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment  I am listening to the late Afroamerican pianist Geri Allen cd 'The Life of a Song'.

Nicky McCallan
Will Rogers
Joe Wilson

Drums / Percussion

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James Fallon
Leman Mirazi
Neil McMinn

About Neil :
Started drumming at 16 and studied at Salford University. Played in a rock band afterwards touring Europe, USA, UK and Japan for ten years. Freelance drummer and teacher in Manchester now!

What are you listening to at the moment?
Listening to all sorts of stuff but mainly Nirvana and other bands from my youth!

Stevie Oakes
Scott Parkinson


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Mariel Vasilev
Sara Williams

Choirs / Vocal 

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Margaret Curzon
Oliver Gildea
Cheryl Smethurst
Kate Shipway
Suzanne Waller


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Laura McPheely - Flute Collective
Leman Mirazi - Drumming Club

Becky Jones – Junior Wind Band
Simon Fitton - Junior Brass Band
Alistair Gibson – Intermediate Wind Band
Helena Summerfield - Jazz Collective
Clive Gandee – Concert Band

Jane Brammall  -  Junior String Orchestra
Alison Lansdown - Intermediate String Orchestra
Helen Riley - Youth Strings Orchestra
Ben Madden - Sinfonia
Andrew Levendis – Philharmonic Orchestra

Will Rogers - Sale Guitar Ensemble (Friday)
Brad Edmondson - Sale Guitar Ensemble (Saturday)

Leman Mirazi - Trafford Youth Chorus
Suzanne Waller - Trafford Youth Choir
Cheryl Smethurst - Trafford Senior Youth Choir