The Portsmouth Music Service Team


Senior Leadership Team

 

Sue Beckett

Head of Portsmouth Music Service

Sue has worked in Portsmouth for over 12 years and is Head of Portsmouth Music Service as well as CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub. She has worked as a peripatetic instrumental teacher and taught music from early years to Key Stage 4 as well as working with adults and corporate groups providing team building and training using music to enhance communication skills. Sue has worked as a Music Adviser in Devon, Hampshire and the Channel Islands. She was Deputy Director of Southampton Music Service before coming to Portsmouth and has worked as an OfSTED Inspector, Music Service Evaluation Partner, Arts Award Adviser and Creativity Consultant. At one stage Sue even worked as a Tweenies Trainer for the BBC! Sue has written a number of books and publications in the music education field, including the Music Works series which is distributed internationally. She plays a wide range of instruments and is particularly passionate about playing the oboe.

 

Catherine Brentnall

Senior Leader

Catherine has been working for Portsmouth Music Service since September 2003 and became a Senior Leader in September 2009. She manages instrumental and curriculum staff and is responsible for the Ready 4 Music Whole Class Ensemble Teaching programme. Catherine provides support to Heads of Music at secondary schools and colleges and organises showcase performances for their pupils. She also composes children's songs and is responsible for compiling and editing the Hub's award winning songbooks. Prior to joining the Music Service Catherine gained a BA Music and MA Musicology at the University of Exeter, and studied with some of the UK's leading classical saxophonists.

 

Patrick Nicholls

Senior Leader Vocal Strategy

Patrick has been working as a Senior Leader for Portsmouth Music Service since October 2008. He works with Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 and as part of his role and responsibilities within the service he provides training for schools, leads workshops, conducts large-scale vocal events, manages instrumental and curriculum staff, leads choirs and provides training for graduate teacher trainees. Prior to joining the Music Service Patrick worked as a professional musician, workshop leader and composer in London including for the Bayliss Programme at the English National Opera for whom he composed a children’s opera.

 

James Pinney

Strategic Development Officer

James Pinney joined in March 2015 and delivers strategic planning for the organisation. He has worked in major businesses around the country, focussing on public relations, marketing and event management.

 

Emily Rennicks

Administrative and Events Officer 

Emily is the Administrative and Events Officer for Portsmouth Music Hub. She manages the day to day operation of the organisation, liaising with Schools, local Government and Hub Partners. Originally from the West Midlands, Emily studied Music at Bath Spa University and graduated with a MMus in Performance in 2014.



Peripatetic Staff

 

Rachel Andrews

Rachel has been working as peripatetic music teacher for Portsmouth Music Service since November 2008. She works with Key Stage 1, 2 and 3, as well as Early Years Foundation Stage, and as part of her roles and responsibilities within the Service she teaches music curriculum lessons to Key Stage 1 and 2, and Early Years Foundation Stage. She also teaches whole class wider opportunities, and individual/small group tuition, teaching children violin, viola, clarinet, flute, djembe drums and recorder. Rachel is also the Director of the Beginner Orchestra, and the Assistant Director of Portsmouth Plays. Prior to joining the Music Service Rachel worked as a class teacher across the Primary age range, where she was also responsible for co-ordinating music in the schools and running musical clubs within the school. 

Christopher Armstrong

Christopher is a qualified secondary school music teacher and has been working for Portsmouth Music Service as a primary curriculum music teacher since September 2015. He also works for Park Community School as a drum and guitar teacher, and supports Key Stage 3 and 4 music lessons. Christopher is a proficient musician, playing drums, percussion and guitar to a high standard and in a variety of styles including Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, World Music, Acoustic and Metal. Prior to joining the Music Service in 2015 Christopher worked at Priory School and The City of Portsmouth's Girl School. 

Kate Barrett

Kate has been working as music teacher for Portsmouth Music Service since September 2015. She works with Key Stage 2 and as part of her roles and responsibilities she teaches curriculum music and whole class ukulele. She also directs a number of choirs. Prior to joining the Music Service Kate worked as Music Manager and class teacher at a local Primary School.

Hilary Bishop

Hilary has been working as a singing teacher for Portsmouth Music Service since September 2014. She works with Key Stages 3 and 4 and as part of her roles and responsibilities within the Service she prepares students for performances. Prior to joining the Music Service Hilary worked for the BBC Singers and she has also recorded solo performances for the sound track of Inspector Morse.

Jonathan Booth

Jonathan has been working as peripatetic music teacher for Portsmouth Music Service since September 2014. He works with all ages and as part of his roles and responsibilities within the Service he teaches Woodwind, Keyboard and Violin. Prior to joining the Music Service Jonathan was a member of the Royal Marines Band Service, and performed all over the world including, Canada, Dubai and Switzerland. He also performed closer to home in the Royal Albert Hall and at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Stu Brewer

Stu has been working as a peripatetic music teacher for Portsmouth Music Service for more than 10 years. He works with Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 and as part of his roles and responsibilities within the Service he teaches guitar, ukulele, drum kit and is the Ensemble Director for the Music Hub Rock Bands.

Faye Clinton

Faye has been working as a keyboard and cello teacher for Portsmouth Music Service since March 2004. Since receiving her Performance Diploma in Cello from the Guildhall School, Faye has appeared as soloist at St John Smith Square, Portsmouth Cathedral and other venues around the South. Prior to joining the Music Service Faye was teaching privately and has performed in the South of England, Cyprus and Trinidad.

Jack Davies

Jack has been working as a visiting piano, keyboard and voice teacher for Portsmouth Music Service since March 2014. He works with all ages and stages across the academic curriculum and as part of his role within the Service he regularly performs as an accompanist, soloist and acts as vocal coach for school productions. As well as working for the Music Service, Jack enjoys running a private music studio, accompanying exams for the ABRSM and is currently in the process of writing a beginner tutor book for the piano.

Dan Franks

Dan has been working as a guitar and violin teacher for Portsmouth Music Service since 2005. He works with children and young adults at primary and secondary schools and has been involved with jazz and orchestral ensembles for the Music Service. Prior to joining the Music Service Dan worked for Holland America Cruise Lines travelling the world playing music. He regularly performs in various shows, musicals and bands across the south of the UK and has recently completed a PhD in Jazz History.

John Hanchett

John has been working as a brass teacher and Ensemble Director for Portsmouth Music Service since September 2014. He works with Key Stage 2 students and as part of his roles and responsibilities within the Service he teaches brass lessons, delivers Ready4Music tuition and ensemble leadership. Prior to becoming a music teacher John worked and performed as a Euphonium player and Cellist in the Royal Marines Band Service.

Lara Jelliff 

Lara has been working as Assistant Musical Director of Portsmouth Wind Band since May 2014.  The role largely involves working with young players from early KS2 to KS4. Lara supports the Musical Director in selecting and preparing repertoire and supporting players in the course of each session to access the music and develop their skills. Lara is Deputy Headteacher at Purbrook Infant School. Lara plays a wide range of woodwind and percussion instruments in local orchestras, orchestra pits and for the Royal Marines Association Concert Band, and among many prestigious concerts and performances Lara has performed for members of the Royal family.

Ed Walsh

Ed has been working as a music teacher for Portsmouth Music Service since September 2011. He works with Key stage 1 and 2 and as part of his roles and responsibilities he teaches Woodwind, Keyboard, Ready4Music, Curriculum and is also a choir instructor. Prior to joining the Music Service Ed Walsh worked as a Music teacher for West Sussex Music service and also as a solo performer, performing at venues, functions and events on woodwind, piano and vocals. 

Pip Wootton

Pip has been working for Portsmouth Music Service as a PJMP festival leader since September 2006 and a music teacher since September 2008. She works mainly with Key Stage 2 and as part of her roles and responsibilities she leads PJMP festivals, teaches curriculum music and Ready 4 Music flute. Prior to joining the Music Service Pip worked as a Primary school teacher. Her main instruments while studying her degree were the flute and piano, but has also enjoyed many years playing steel pans at Adult education classes.