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Paul Bartholomew

Saxophone tutor
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Paul Bartholomew M.Mus has worked with a huge variety of musicians in many different styles and describes his musical interests as “too wide for his own safety” (from Ellington, Beethoven and John Cage to Charlie Mingus, Gil Evans and Pepper Adams).

As a studio and concert arranger/ MD he has worked with the RPO, Terry Riley, Pulp, numerous choirs and big bands and for a decade toured with Jools Holland as Baritone Sax player and arranger, performing with artists including Sting, BB King, Barry White, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Kylie Minogue, Lemmy (of Motorhead fame) and Chaka Khan. Recent large-scale arranging projects include working with the Puppini Sisters on their Moscow and Germany visits with full symphony orchestra versions of their material.

He has composed for film, TV and contemporary dance, as a sax player has performed on and worked as an arranger for all the Major TV channels and for 10 years ran Mbawula, a multi-cultural ensemble celebrating the fusion of South African song and European Big Band Jazz, with a strong community engagment focus.


Paul has taught at every level from beginner’s workshops to post-graduate composition at universities and conservatoires including the Department of Music at Goldsmiths (Analysis, History, Techniques and Arranging In Jazz); Royal College Of Music (C20th Music); Birkbeck College (Harmony and Counterpoint); City Lit. (Township music, Big Band); and Trinity Laban Conservatoire (C20th Studies, Making Art Happen, Engaging Audiences, Arranging and Musical Direction, Composition,Colab).

At Goldsmiths Paul currently teaches Saxophone, Arranging in Jazz,Techniques in Jazz and Performance, supervises Creative Research Project students and runs the department’s large Jazz Ensemble, Contemporary Jazz Ensemble.

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Alina Bzhezhinska

Harp tutor
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Alina Bzhezhinska has become one of the most innovative harpists in the UK, teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Goldsmiths University London and performing imaginative programmes featuring leading mu-sicians like Django Bates, Tony Kofi, Shabaka Hutchinson and The Glasgow String Quartet.

Alina studied at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland (Masters in Arts), and The University of Arizona, USA (Masters in Music Performance).

Her appearances include The Queen’s 80th Birthday Celebration at Balmoral Castle, Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London, National Theatre in Warsaw, Live Shows at BBC Radio 3, London Jazz Festival and the World Harp Congress in Sydney.

Alina has recorded a solo album Harp Recital and has appeared at recordings of the American harp ensemble Harp Fusion and Scottish jazz group New Focus (Whirlwind Records). Her newest album Inspiration (Ubuntu Music) was released in June 2018 and was represented at the Barbican, The Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

She is a winner of The PRS Women Make Music Award, and her new music sheet book Steps to Excellence is published by Creighton's Collection.

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Samuel Crowe

Piano tutor
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Sam is the piano tutor for the Department of Music.

Sam grew up in Bristol. He immersed himself throughout the 90's in the trip-hop and drum and bass scenes. Simultaneously he was learning classical piano. He moved to London in 2001 to study Linguistics at UCL before deciding to study Jazz at Trinity College Of Music. He graduated in 2006 and went on to release 2 highly acclaimed jazz records under his own name.

He has toured the world performing at venues such as Sydney Opera House, Coachella, Glastonbury and many others with artists including The Cinematic Orchestra, Rosie Lowe, The Invisible, Matthew Herbert and Valerie June. 

Apart from playing keyboards for an array of artists, his main focus is writing and producing for his own group Native Dancer.

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David Corkhill

Percussion tutor
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David has taken part in a wide range of performances, through a multifaceted career.

His performances include Panufnik's Concertino for Percussion with Evelyn Glennie to Stockhausen's Refrains and Zyklus at the Aldeburgh Festival, and he was invited by Sir George Solti to perform, film, and record for CBS Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Solti, Murray Periah and Evelyn Glennie, a recording that subsequently won a coveted Grammy award.

David also played in Britten's chamber opera The Turn of the Screw under the composer's baton, the composer subsequently adding a specially composed timpani and percussion part to his cantata Rejoice in the Lamb for him as well as the timpani part his last opera Death in Venice.

David teaches timpani and conducting at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and amongst many ensembles he has directed the English Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa and the London Concert Orchestra, as well as engagements in Vienna, Milan, Zurich and elsewhere, and is in addition Staff Conductor at the Guildhall School of Music, Assistant Conductor of Southbank Sinfonia, and Musical Director of Orchestra of the Arts.

Arthur Dick

Guitar teacher
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Arthur Dick is a professional guitarist, who has worked for over thirty years in West End theatre productions and session work, including session work for artists Cliff Richard, Chris Rea and Berni Flint, plus playing on many film and TV production soundtracks.

Television and video output

Film works include: The Damned UnitedHarry Potter and The Half Blood Princess, Channel 4's ‘Kid A’, The Magic RoundaboutThe Young Poisoner's HandbookRed Dust and The Girl with Brains in her Feet

Television productions include: Prime Suspect, Silent Witness, Blackpool, The Long Firm, The Street and Longford.

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Dr Devorina Gamalova

Violin and Viola Tutor
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Devorina Gamalova obtained her violin performance and teaching diplomas from the Music Academies in Sofia (Bulgaria) and Dresden (Germany), PG certificates from RCM and GSMD in London and in 2008 was awarded a PhD degree from the University of West London.

Gamalova performs as a soloist with various symphony and chamber orchestras and as a chamber musician with leading pianists around the globe. She has given masterclasses and lectures in many countries in Europe, Asia and America. She has recordings and publications in different languages and countries. She has also written music to her own lyrics and inspired a new form of musical compositions (concertos, ballades) for violin and viola performed by one soloist for which she is the dedicatee and first performer.

She worked as principal concertmaster of the current Elbland Philharmonie in Germany and later moved to UK focusing on solo performance and teaching (at Goldsmiths University since 1997, at Trinity and Royal Birmingham Conservatories since 2000, and at London College of Music since 2005). Her advanced students frequently achieve high results in their performance exams, win festivals and competitions and have successful careers as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestra players.

She also worked as a recitalist for Menuhin's 'Live Music Now' bringing live classical music to disadvantaged audiences, and continues to take forward transmitting this mission worldwide.

Gamalova has been Artistic Director of several educative projects, adjudicator of competitions and runs a Charity in aid of young musicians and children with diabetes.

Among her recent awards are the prestigious 'Crystal Lyre 2013' for “outstanding artistic achievements” and an 'Honorary Diploma' in 2014 from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.

Gamalova’s interpretation of Poulenc’s Violin Sonata on her first CD was described by Poulenc’s biographer Benjamin Ivry in The Yale Review Magazine (Volume 87, Issue 4, p. 171 ) as ‘the best case I have heard’ for this work.

Her recent ‘Treasured Classics’ CD, with favourite pieces for violin and her own transcriptions for viola, was highly commended by the Quarterly Review Magazine and received 5 stars from the Musical Opinion Magazine.

Her late Professor and leading violinist Grigory Zhislin (†2017) described Gamalova as "an outstanding musician who possesses an equal command of the violin and the viola. Her playing is characterised by beautiful and varied sound, excellent technical skills, cultured and disciplined musical thinking."

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Mikko Gordon

Producer and engineer
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Mikko is responsible for the running and development of the Goldsmiths Music Studios.

Mikko Gordon has worked as a Producer and Engineer since graduating from Goldsmiths, University of London with a degree in Music. During this time he has worked with artists such as Atoms For Peace, Gaz Coombes (Supergrass), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Fred Deakin (Lemonjelly), Buraka Som Sistema as well as brands such as Adidas, Intel, Nokia and Reebok. Between 2012 - 2014 Mikko worked for Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich.

He is responsible for the design of the Goldsmiths Music Studios and oversees the running and development of the facility.

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Dominic John

Piano tutor
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Dominic's artistry has won him several prizes in the UK and international piano competitions.

His achiements include a First Prize in the 22nd Brant International Piano Competition, British Music Society Awards, R.C.M. Chappell Gold Medal, a Director's Golden Jubilee Award at the R.C.M., Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition as well as a laureate of the Corpus Christi, U.S.A. International Competition for Piano and Strings. 

Performances in the UK include the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the- Fields, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Hall and the Barbican Hall. 

Overseas he has played in France, Holland, Poland, America, Korea and Japan.

Dominic is on the faculty of the Junior Department, Royal Academy of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London, and University College School, Hampstead. He also runs the “Notting Hill Concerts” Series.

He has recently performed concertos by Shostakovich, Brahms and Rachmaninov. His second album for Willowhayne Records will be released in 2017.

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Arnulf Lindner

Bass guitar tutor
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Based in London since 2000, Arnulf has played electric bass, double bass and cello as a long term collaborator for Ed Harcourt, KT Tunstall and Heather Nova.

He has performed in recording sessions for a host of well-known names including Tom Jones, Sia, Richard Ashcroft, James Morrison, Sophie Ellis-Bextor as well as bands like St Etienne and Stereophonics.

Billy Bragg, Cerys Matthews, Nick Mulvey, Roddy Frame, Paul Heaton and Emilia Mitiku are among the artists he has been on the road with.

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Nick Ramm

Piano tutor
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Nick Ramm plays piano and keyboards and has performed on both the UK and International music scenes since the early nineties. His credits include recording and touring with The Cinematic Orchestra, Tom Jones and Adele.

Nick is also involved in education and teaches people of all ages and abilities to read, learn and improvise music, through understanding the art of practice.

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Audrey Riley

Cello tutor
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Audrey Riley is a cellist and composer active in contemporary and improvised music.

She is MD of the group Icebreaker, was ‘cellist for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company between 2001 and 2011, and has had many works written for her (Gavin Bryars, David Lang).
As an arranger and conductor she has been involved in the session industry for over three decades and manages her own session orchestra.
She is currently engaged in PhD research studies in performance practice at Leicester De Montfort University
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Heather Roche

Clarinet tutor
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Recently referred to as “The Queen of Multiphonics” and “a figurehead for contemporary music performance practice” on BBC Radio 3, Heather appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician at European festivals.

Born in Canada, clarinetist Heather Roche lives in London. Recently referred to as “The Queen of Multiphonics” and “a figurehead for contemporary music performance practice” on BBC Radio 3, she appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician at European festivals, including the London Contemporary Music Festival, Acht Brücken (Cologne), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Germany), Musica Nova (Helsinki), MusikFest (Berlin), BachFest (Leipzig), Manifeste (Paris), etc. She was a founding member the Cologne-based hand werk, and currently plays with Apartment House (London) and Mimitabu (Gothenburg). She has a longstanding duo collaboration with the German accordionist Eva Zöllner. She has also worked with the Musikfabrik (Cologne), the WDR Symphony Orchestra (Cologne), the London Symphony Orchestra, Alisios Camerata (Zagreb), and ensemble Proton (Bern), among others. She wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Huddersfield. Her blog on writing for the clarinet attracts 90,000 viewers each year. In 2014 she was the recipient of a Danish International Visiting Artist’s stipendium. She is also reviews editor of TEMPO, published by Cambridge University Press. Her debut solo CD, Ptelea, is out on HCR/NMC, and her CD featuring the clarinet works of Christopher Fox, Headlong, appears on Métier.

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Ashley Stafford

Vocal tutor
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Singer, Teacher and Osteopath, Ashley Stafford is passionate about the development of healthy, integrated singing habits.

He believes that to successfully tackle the technical demands of performance in the professional arena, now more than ever, the fundamental relationships of body-breath-mind-voice need to be discovered, explored and developed by each and every singer.

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Dr Rebecca Turner

Cello Tutor
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Rebecca is a cellist with research interests in popular and classical repertoire, exploring modern techniques and aesthetics in contemporary cello music.

A strong advocate of contemporary music, she has been the recipient of new cello works written by composers from the United States, Canada, Korea, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Performing worldwide, London venues include, the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.

Rebecca studied at the University of Canterbury (BMus), Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (MM) and Goldsmiths College, University of London (PhD), and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Alongside her teaching position at Goldsmiths, she is the owner and director of Creative Sounds Music Academy.

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Laura Zakian

Vocal tutor
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Although specialising in Jazz, Laura has studied with some of the top vocal teachers nationally and internationally, giving her an in-depth understanding of the techniques applicable to many vocal styles. She has experience of working with top laryngologists, speech therapists, osteopaths and physiotherapists all working in the field of vocal health.

Laura studied jazz and popular singing at Middlesex University and jazz singing with Nancy Marano from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Well established on the London jazz scene, Laura has released four well-received albums, each curating fresh and classy readings of the Great American Songbook alongside unexpected pop tunes. She now collaborates with composer Martin Pyne, writing original material for her recently released EP.

She regularly runs vocal clinics and master classes and also runs Jazz vocal workshops at the City Lit. Laura has been featured in an article in the Guardian Arts Section, giving instruction in the art of jazz singing and also in the Sunday Telegraph Lifestyle section, helping someone get over their fear of singing.

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Viktoria Zora

Violin tutor
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Viktoria Zora is a violinist with research interests in violin music and Russian music of the 20th century.

Viktoria studied music at the University of Athens (BMus Hons), violin performance at the Royal Academy of Music (MA) and has submitted a PhD thesis on Sergei Prokofiev's violin music at Goldsmiths.

Viktoria is a qualified music and violin teacher (QTS, LRAM) and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Viktoria has performed recitals in venues such as the Southbank Centre's Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall, and has published articles in The Strad and Three Oranges on the violin music of Sergei Prokofiev.