Composers

Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley

I began my musical life as most musicians do by playing the recorder. This led onto the trumpet and then the trombone .At the age of 15 I joined the Army as a trombone player quickly rising through the playing ranks of the Junior Army Service and then onto Kneller Hall in London. Here I studied trombone under Mr William Teskey(Principal trombone Covent Garden) and Mr Dennis Bayton(Taverners Big Band). 

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Composer Gavin Brown has been at it since 1980. Writing mostly music for solo piano, he has a style that shows its roots in ragtime, classical, and jazz idioms. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to intermediate-advanced, his music is fun for students and a good choice for teachers looking for something fresh. 

 

Gavin Brown

Gavin Brown

Maria Ljungdahl

Maria Ljungdahl

"Maria Ljungdahl studied (B.A. in Musicology) music theory, music history, ethnomusicology, philosophy, music technology and composition at the universities in Gothenburg, Lund, Uppsala and Stockholm, and also has a background from science, IT and engineering studies. 

 

Born in 1956 in Bolton Studied maths and music degree at Manchester, followed by a PGCE at Didsbury and then became a music teacher in the Wigan area. I fell in love with the tuba at age 11 and have been playing ever since. 50 years of experience as a tuba player. Started composing at university and taught in schools up to A level for 23 years. I have played with several bands, including Eagley, Eccles Borough, Orrell Silver and Old Hall Brass. I went back to Eagley in January 2008 and bounced back to Old Hall in 2016.

I still do lots of arranging for bands and lately for woodwinds - it's what happens when your colleagues play squeak-oids  and now I'm adding choral music to my bow.

I retired from teaching in 2012 after a 25 year career and now spend my time playing, singing, composing and arranging. 

 

Mike Lyons

Mike Lyons

Jeff Thorpe

Jeff Thorpe

Jeffrey has been a musician since age 9 and a performer in bands from age 11 to current including a number of years as a touring and resident musician performing with many of the ’names’ of the Australian music industry. 

He trained as a Secondary School Music Teacher and worked in education in this role until promotion saw him eventually spend 16 years in school administration. During this time he was awarded a 2001 Australia Day award for outstanding service within Education Queensland. 

Jeff wrote his first compositions when in his first year of primary school and continues to compose some sixty plus years later. He is a published, recorded and performed composer/arranger in Australia, USA, New Zealand and the U.K. having had one Top 40 hit, Albert, written a number of musicals and music textbooks and played a range of instruments in the pit bands of over 50 musicals, of which he was Musical Director for many. 

He spent a year as a composer in residence and, just be totally different was also the MD and lead guitar and later President of a country music club. 
He is co -founder and musical director of the Bribie Big Band in which he plays and for whom he has written over 100 arrangements and compositions 

Jeff is proud to be a member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia where he is a member of the National Executive.

Tapio Sayppo – born in Helsinki, Finland, living in Esher, England – is a composer, arranger, choir conductor, music teacher (many instruments and all music theory subjects from basic theories and for example writing and playing of figured bass to harmony, counterpoint, arranging, orchestration, composing etc.), cantor-organist, pianist, bass singer, and specialist in and trainer of information, music, sound and studio technologies at MSTS Music Studio. He studied 1973–1988 at Helsinki Conservatoire, Lahti Music Academy, Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), Klemetti College of Music and Art (Orivesi), and Music Science Faculty of Helsinki University main subjects and lines of study being piano, church organ, solo singing, choir conducting and composing. 

As a composer, Tapio Sayppo writes music for any kind of orchestras, ensembles, instruments, choirs, singers and combinations of these in any style from baroque and "traditional classical"​ to romantic, impressionistic, atonal and "modern"​ (a word Tapio doesn't like, that's why in quotes) contemporary music of our time. No instrument and performance machinery or style limits, that is. Tapio gave his first composition concert in the year 1983 (the main composition performed was his Swedish-language 130-page cantata for two solo singers, mixed choir, chamber orchestra and continuo). He has composed roughly 600 works of music.