About The Tutors

Sound and Music Summer School 2017

About The Tutors

Alongside the Key Tutors, professional musicians and composers work within the Tutor Groups to further assist students and perform the student's pieces at the end of the week. They offer essential guidance to the students, notably around how they should appropriate their written scores to suit the capabilities of the performer and their played instrument.

Below are just a handful of the tutors that will be attending the Sound and Music Summer School 2017. As you will find out, they are all accomplished individuals who have a wealth of experience to offer our young composers!

Edwin Hillier

Edwin Hillier (b.1988) read Music at Cambridge University, before completing a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at the RCM under the supervision of Jonathan Cole. Edwin’s music has been performed internationally, including premieres at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2014, 2015), L’Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg (2015) and Royaumont Festival, France (2016, 2017), and by artists and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Lore Lixenberg, LUCILIN (Luxembourg), Tête à Tête Opera, the Fournier Trio, Trio Aporia, members of EXAUDI, Talea Ensemble (US) and conductors James Baker and Gary Walker. His work hibeh features on the NMC Record Label. Edwin has been selected for composition programmes including Voix Nouvelles (Royaumont), Dartington International Summer School, and Sound and Music’s Next Wave initiative. He was Composer-in-Residence at Handel House Museum from 2014-15.

Website: www.edwinhillier.com

Music Link: Serpentine ­– A chamber opera in one act: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Eh8RO-ouUI

Joe Richards

After two years of training at the prestigious Purcell School of Music, Joe was awarded a scholarship at the Royal College of Music. Having graduated with First Class Honours, he continued his studies for a Masters in Performance, receiving a Distinction as an Ian Evans Lombe and Mary Dobson Scholar. Joe has performed all over the UK and abroad in a huge array of musical contexts; ranging from work as a contemporary solo artist, to that of an orchestral, chamber and West End musician. He has appeared with numerous ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta, frequently featuring on national radio and television. These projects have seen him working with such internationally renowned musicians as Diego Masson, Vladimir Jurowski, Bernard Haitink, Sir Roger Norrington, Deep Purple, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Mark Ford, Daniella Ganeva and Nebojsa Zivkovic amongst many others.

John Hirst

John Hirst is a UK-based drummer who attended Berklee College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire. He's studied with Jeff Williams, Andrew Bain, Joe Lovano, John Taylor, Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard and has won the Berklee Steve Gadd Scholarship and The Birmingham Conservatoire Tony Levin Drum Prize. He currently performs with a number of different bands, teaches privately, and composes.

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2005, and has since established himself as one of the most versatile, creative and hard-working bass players on the UK jazz scene. Notable credits include the 'MJQ Celebration', Darius Brubeck Quartet, Michael Garrick's big band/quartet/lyric ensemble, the Ant Law Trio/quintet. He has performed internationally and at London’s most prestigious venues such as the Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s, Dean Street Pizza Express Jazz Club, King’s Place, the Barbican main stage, and the O2 Arena.

Mick Foster

Mick Foster studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He has since worked extensively in the fields of jazz, commercial and classical music as a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer. He has played and recorded with a wide range of musicians including Stan Sulzmann, Michael Garrick, The London Jazz Orchestra, Issie Barratt, La Banda Europa, Digby Fairweather and the Back To Basie Orchestra.  He has also worked with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Mark Lockheart, Guy Barker, Ginger Baker, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera, as well appearing on many film and TV soundtracks. As a composer, Mick has written for various jazz and classical ensembles and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Mick teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Goldsmiths College and is a tutor for the National Youth Jazz Collective.

Jordan Black

Jordan Black has appeared as Guest Principal with the Philharmonia, London Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also worked for the Royal Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.  As soloist, Jordan has performed with Orchestra of the Swan and the London Mozart Players. He also competed as a Woodwind Finalist in the BBC Young Musician 2012. A passionate chamber musician, Jordan has made appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Clarence House, St Martin in the Fields, the Purcell Room and Brazil's Festival de Inverno.  Jordan trained at the Purcell School and as a full-scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, where he also held a Chamber Music Fellowship. More recently, he has studied with Yehuda Gilad in Sweden and Los Angeles. Jordan is currently a chamber music coach at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department.

Anna Hashimoto

Anna Hashimoto made her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen playing Weber with the English Chamber Orchestra at Barbican Centre. She has since been invited regularly as a soloist with the orchestra, most recently in Norfolk in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. She was the winner of the International Clarinet Competitions in Kortrijk (Belgium) in 2010, in Carlino (Italy) in 2009, and the Young Clarinettists Competition in Tokyo in 2003.


Hannah Grayson

Hannah Grayson is a London-based freelancer, engaged in a variety of projects from orchestral and chamber work, to cross-arts composition and education workshops. As an extra player with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and a member of the Multi-Story Orchestra, Hannah’s greatest love is performing under some of the world’s greatest conductors all around the world. With a particular interest in exploring a diverse range of creative avenues, Hannah is Co-Director of “Music Off Canvas”, plays with the innovative flute trio “Tempest” and also works for the education branches of LPO, ‘Trinity Laban’, RCM, RAH, Multi-Story and ‘Live Music Now’. 

Music Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKM3eMI0dE8


Hirst is a UK-based drummer who attended Berklee College of Music and
Birmingham Conservatoire. He's studied with Jeff Williams, Andrew Bain, Joe
Lovano, John Taylor, Dave Holland and Jeff Ballard and has won the Berklee
Steve Gadd Scholarship and The Birmingham Conservatoire Tony Levin Drum
Prize. He currently performs with a number of different bands, teaches
privately, and composes.

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