Peripatetic Music and Drama

Instrumental Music

Mr Nick Cartledge - Flute, Piano & Theory

Nick Cartledge is regarded as one of the most versatile flute players of his generation, having won outstanding reviews of his solo performances in classical, jazz, pop and commercial music. He studied the flute at the Royal College of Music in London, winning a dozen awards and graduating with first class honours. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician across the world, including performances at London's Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland as well as in the US, Russia, Canada and Europe. He is also in demand as a session flautist for films, TV and albums. Nick regularly records at major London studios such as Abbey Road, and appears on the soundtracks of many films, including "The Theory of Everything", "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", as well as the "Darkest Hour" and "Paddington 2". He is a composer and arranger and his works have been heard on TV and Radio across the world and have been used as themes for several series.

Mrs Rebecca Cartledge - Oboe

Rebecca Cartledge thoroughly enjoyed working for several years at Farnborough Hill as a teacher of music, music technology, oboe and piano. She is also an experienced accompanist.

Rebecca left Farnborough Hill in 2011 to embark on a happy journey of motherhood. Whilst based at home, she has continued to teach oboe and piano and accompany for a variety of occasions. She is also an illustrator and has her own greetings card company. She continues to take private commissions and enjoys juggling her passions for music, art and raising her two children. 

Mr Vernon Dean - Violin

Vernon Dean joined Farnborough Hill full time in January 2018. As well as teaching violin, he also works as a freelance violinist with a variety of orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert as well as West End shows and opera.

Vernon's playing has taken him all over the world and given him the opportunity to work with great musicians ranging from Yehudi Menuhin and Bernard Haitink to pop acts like Sting and Take That.

Mrs Helen Downes - Piano

Helen Downes graduated with a BA(Hons) in Music and English from Lancaster University before completing a PGCE in Secondary Music Education at Reading. An accomplished pianist, she has achieved her ATCL Trinity College Performance Diploma and LRSM Performance Diploma.

As well as teaching 75 piano pupils a week, Helen provides accompanying services for music examinations, working with both the ABRSM and Trinity exam boards. She has also accompanied various ensembles from large choral societies to smaller chamber choirs and teaches Theory of Music up to Grade 8 level.

Mrs Catherine Evans - Piano

Catherine Evans has had wide experience teaching all ages and grades from young beginners to post Grade 8.  She has also trained as a Suzuki method teacher and uses several of the techniques in her teaching while embracing all styles of music.

In addition to her work at Farnborough Hill, Catherine teaches at Lord Wandsworth College, Eagle House School and privately. She also accompanies extensively for soloists and choirs at festivals, concerts and grade examinations. Her daughter was at Farnborough Hill before going on to study music at Birmingham University.

Christine O’Neal studied recorder, piano and viols at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 1984.

Alongside her years in administrative roles at the London College of Music and the Royal College of Music Junior Department, she taught individual piano and recorder privately, having accumulated over 30 years experience. Pupils entered for ABRSM exams over this period have performed consistently well, with nearly all gaining Merit or Distinction. 

Mr Neil Hickling - Clarinet & Saxophone

Neil Hickling studied at London's Trinity College of Music and the University of Surrey. He works as a clarinettist and saxophonist both as teacher and performer. He holds a number of regular teaching appointments in and around Surrey and Hampshire, and he is also a deputy clarinet tutor and ensemble coach for the Royal College of Music Junior Department. 

As an orchestral musician Neil has worked with many leading conductors in symphonic, opera and theatre settings, and as a founding member of the clarinet quartet, Ensemble 4, he has performed across the UK and abroad. 

Mr Austin Pepper - Brass

Austin Pepper studied horn at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall and subsequently joined the band of the Royal Corps of Transport. Whilst in the band he travelled the world extensively and performed in all the major UK concert venues. As a member of the band he made regular recordings and broadcasts on both radio and television.

Since leaving the army in 1993 Austin has been a freelance French horn player and plays regularly for musical shows and as an extra player in various orchestras. He also runs a successful brass quintet. Austin is a busy brass teacher in local independent schools and colleges and has been the horn tutor at Surrey University.

Miss Caroline Smith - Singing

Caroline Smith studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and also at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning numerous prizes and awards. She then pursued a performing career mainly in the field of oratorio and recitals throughout Wales and the Home Counties.  As well as a performer and teacher, she founded and conducted the Hook Choral Society, conducted the Hart Choral Society and founded and conducted The Brook Singers.  She has been a specialist vocal examiner for the Guildhall and is invited regularly on the adjudication panel for the Rotary Young Musician Competition. 

A few years ago Caroline started learning to play the oboe and plays with The Dean Sinfonia.  As well as teaching singing, she continues to perform as a soloist, is an avid fan and season-ticket holder at Reading FC and is passionate about vulture conservation and has recently started working as a volunteer at the Hawk Conservancy Trust.

Mr Richard Veitch - Guitar

Richard Veitch started guitar lessons aged 15 years and quickly became totally immersed in anything associated with the world of guitars.  Daily practice over the next few years led him to gain a Distinction at Grade 8 before going on to study full time at the Trinity College of Music, London, where he attained a Performance Diploma in Classical Guitar. With over 25 years of experience teaching at local schools and from his home in Ash, he has a flexible adaptive approach to teaching and has pupils of all age ranges and ability.

Richard regularly performs as a solo artist at weddings and corporate events, providing atmospheric background music. He has a large, diverse repertoire including his own transcriptions of popular songs, jazz standards and film music.

Mr Tom Vincent - Drums

Tom Vincent is a graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music at Guildford and has been teaching percussion and drum kit for almost 20 years. He performs regularly with a number of artists in a variety of musical styles. He has a varied CV, having performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and for BBC television as well as completing several national and international tours. He has performed as an opening act for Jools Holland, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.  

A well-regarded teacher, Tom has a passion for drumming and helping his students develop as musicians.

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Mrs Yvonne Cullen

Trinity Drama