I am passionate about using helping musicians, composers and songwriters find their own individual voice as creative writers of music. I work in a way that facilitates and encourages creativity as well finding way to apply the most appropriate and useful music theory into creative work. I use notation software (Sibelius) , sequencing software (Logic Pro) and other music-specific tools to create a bespoke and personalised programme of development for my students, starting with their goals in mind.
I am a multi-award winning composer and Ivor Novello Composer Award nominee (2020). I have been a music teacher since 2004 and have taught at Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education levels.
I have a degree and masters degree in music composition and have a post-graduate certificate in post-compulsory education and training from the University of Warwick
£35 per hour flat rate.
Lessons are 1hr or more.
Travel to student's home:
Up to 5 miles = no charge
Over 10 miles = £0.40p per mile
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
The Norwegian Academy of Music (2014-2015)
International ‘Continuing Studies Programme’ in Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble.
The University of Warwick (2004-2006)
Post Graduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education & Training (PCET)
The University of Salford (2001-2003)
MA in Music Composition, achieved with Distinction
Coventry University (1998-2001)
BA in Music Composition & Professional Practice, achieved with First Class Hons.
EMPLOYMENT IN MUSIC EDUCATION
2019: The Leeds College of Music
Guest rehearsal director, conductor of the Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
2014 to Present: Freelance Instrumental / Ensemble Tutor & Community Artist
Contracts and projects for instrumental / theory / composition tuition, workshops and performances with; Coventry Music, Coventry Work-Related Learning, Coventry Positive Youth Foundation, Totally RAD Music, Cardinal Newman Catholic School.
2004 to Present: Stratford upon Avon College (F.E / H.E)
Lecturer in Music & Music Technology (level 2 to 5)
Vocational Qualifications (BTEC, Rock School & UAL), AS and A2.
Sessional (2017 - Present), Part-Time - Permanent (2013 - 2015), Full-Time, Permanent (2004 - 2013)
BTEC Lead Internal Verifier (2011-2013)
2004: Coventry University (H.E)
Sessional Music Composition Tutor on BA degree course
2002: The University of Salford (H.E)
Sessional Lecturer in Music on foundation degree course
COMPOSING / ARRANGING AWARDS
2020: Ivor Novello Composer Award – nomination
Nominated finalist in the jazz composition for large ensemble category for ‘A Tall Tale’
2020: The 16th Scrivere in Jazz Award (Sardinia)
Winner with the arrangement for Jazz Orchestra of ‘The Third One? The Best One’ (Bruno Tommaso)
2019: The Barga International Jazz Composition Award (Italy)
Winner with the original work for Jazz Orchestra ‘Cats Out The Bag’
2018: The 15th Scrivere in Jazz Award (Sardinia)
Winner with the original work for Jazz Orchestra ‘A Tall Tale’
2017: The 4th Annual European Jazz Composer Award (Denmark)
Winner with original work for Jazz Orchestra & Vocal Quartet ‘Elegantly Ella’
2015: The Barga International Jazz Composition Award (Italy)
Winner with original work for Jazz Orchestra ‘Yitzoid’
2014: The Eddie Harvey Jazz Arranger of the Year (UK)
Winner with original work for Jazz Orchestra ‘Mystery Dog (Mr E.Dog)’
2013: The Duvel Jazz Award & The Bose Audience Award (Belgium)
Winner of with original work for Jazz Orchestra ‘Whistleblower’
2018 – Present: The Ivors Academy (formerly known as BASCA)
Member of the Jazz Committee
2019: The Ivors Composer Awards (formerly known as The British Composer Awards)
Member of the 2019 judging panel for categories ‘Small Ensemble Jazz’ and ‘Large Ensemble Jazz’.
2020: ‘Cast Away’
Bespoke music and sound score for outdoor performance commissioned by Highly Sprung Performance Company [Funded by Arts Council England, The Rivers & Canals Trust, Coventry City Council and The Coventry City of Culture Trust.]
New music for the Oslo Jazz Ensemble. Commissioned / Funded by the East Norway Jazz Centre.
Bespoke music and sound score for outdoor / community arts performance Commissioned by Upswing Aerial Arts, Highly Sprung Performance Company [Funded by Coventry City of Culture Trust, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.]
2017: ‘Sent to Coventry’
Bespoke music and sound for dance film Commissioned by Ascension Dance / Touch-Type Films [Funded by Coventry 2021 City of Culture bid.]
Original score for live jazz octet for dance work by choreographer Jamie Neal. Commissioned / Funded by the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain.
2021: Solo Piano Recordings by Tomas Wilhelm
Self-released music under the alias Tomas Wilhelm
2021: Rob Lee Thompson – ‘Reflection’
Co-songwriter and drummer in jazz quartet
2017: Tom Haines & The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra: Live’
Composer and director of original music for Jazz Orchestra
2017: Jay Riley – ‘Light from Dawn’
Drummer in jazz / funk quartet
2019 – 2020: Developing Your Own Creative Practice (Arts Council England)
Grant received to carry out self-designed development plan involving research and development trips to Hamburg (with Geir Lysne, composer, arranger and chief conductor with the NDR Big Band) and Oslo (with Helge Sunde, composer, arranger and director of the Norwegian Academy of Music Big Band) and the development of new, original compositions for jazz orchestra through workshops and rehearsals with The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. Works to be premiered in Summer 2021.
2016 / 2020: The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra
Guest conductor / ensemble director (two projects / performances)
2019: The Leeds College of Music Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
Guest conductor / ensemble director (one project / performance)
2013: The Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Guest conductor (one project / performance)
1998 – present: Freelance session / function musician for regular pop and jazz engagements.
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