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Sam Ryall ? Piano, Guitar and Ukulele

Sam has had a varied and busy professional musical career, having worked on cruise ships, as a rehearsal and auditions accompanist for Walt Disney in the West End on movie preshows like The Lion King, Aladdin, and has accompanied Willard White.

Sam is based in Blandford and plays keyboards for five separate bands. He teaches piano, guitar, music theory and music technology and plays at many other locations for functions and weddings, restaurants including River Cottage, and runs his own recording studio. He also works as Musical Director for theatre shows, choirs and pantos as well as arranging new shows. For more information go to Sam's website at www.musicalsam.com.


Chris Page - Drums

Chris has been a professional drummer since leaving school, playing in bands and freelancing for numerous acts of diverse styles (Psychedelic-punk to shows and cabaret). He has played all over the world with some of the finest musicians and professional acts in the business. Chris has vast experience in both studio and live recordings and can list many live albums and radio sessions, along with several TV appearances.

He has toured the USA, Middle East and Scandinavia several times over and has had many European engagements, including Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy and Ireland. Chris has also played in many of the most prestigious and famous venues including 'The Whisky A Go-Go' (LA), CB-GBS, The Cat Club, Limelight (New York), The Good Morning Club (Paris), 100 Club, The Marquee, etc. Festivals include Cork Jazz and Blues Festival, Wembley Country Festival, Glastonbury, The More Blues Festival. Acts include Max D Barnes (7 US country no. 1's), Albert Lee - Tammy Jones (UK no. 1), Ricky Valance - Steve Simpson (Meal Ticket), Bernard Manning Phil Guy, Ben Waters Electrasy, Rocket 88, Diz Watson, Robbie McIntosh (P. McCartney, Pretenders), Big Bill Morganfield (Muddy Waters' son) Eddie Kirkland (John Lee Hooker), Phil Guy (USA), Jack Johnson & The Oilers (USA), Colin John Band (USA), Ben Waters, Paul Howard and Tender Trap, Orange, The Little Angels and Kevin McDermott

David Ansell ? Brass

David Ansell grew up in Dorchester, playing in schools music groups, the Durnovaria Silver Band and many other local ensembles. He went on to study horn and piano at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music. He spent some years teaching, and playing professionally in orchestras (on horn), jazz orchestras (on horn and trumpet), a salsa band (on keyboard), a samba band (with a drum), and many other ensembles.

He is now once again resident in the Dorchester area teaching all brass instruments and piano, as well as conducting and performing; - often with the groups he was involved with as a youngster.




Heather Reed G.R.N.C.M., L.T.C.L., P.G.C.E. - Piano

Heather studied Composition and Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and did her P.G.C.E. training at Exeter University (St. Luke).
As well as teaching the piano within DASP Music and privately from home and accompanying for music exams , she is the  Honorary Local Representative for ABRSM exams in Dorchester.

Heather is Director of Music at the United Church in Dorchester and Accompanist for Dorchester Choral Society.
She is also the Musical Director of the award winning ?WOW Youth Music Theatre? in Weymouth.

Heather also plays the organ, violin ,harp and euphonium as well as playing the flute as part of ?Flutecakes?! When not being musical, Heather enjoys sewing, knitting, swimming and gardening, assisted by her two basset hounds, two cats and Charlie the tortoise!



Johanna Wolff ? Violin

Johanna learnt the violin from the age of three with her father and later with Dr Robert Jacoby. She has a degree and a Masters in Music from Nottingham and Sussex.

She performs with a variety of ensembles and orchestras, teaches the violin in the following Dorchester schools: Damers, Prince of Wales, St Mary's Catholic, Dorchester Middle School and The Thomas Hardye School and is also the director of the THS String Group and The Middle Schools Orchestra.




Kathie Prince - Singing

Kathie trained as a woodwind player before teaching music in London secondary schools and then going into music theatre. Organisations she has worked with include the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Opera Northern Ireland,Opera Theatre Company, Dublin, The National Theatre, London and Druid Theatre, Galway.

It was whilst working as an actor musician that she discovered the wonders of singing! She now teaches singing in schools, directs VIVA! The Dorchester Community Choir, runs singing workshops, "Full-bodied Voice Workshops" with yoga teacher Sharon Cox and is currently setting up, "Singing on Prescription", an Arts and Health project in the South West of England. Kathie is a firm believer that music-making should be accessible to everyone and is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network.


Lucy Broddle ? Piano, Keyboard, Flute and Ukulele

Lucy teaches piano, keyboard, flute and ukulele lessons within the DASP pyramid and privately. Lucy also runs a number of music groups including Uke Troupes, recorder and theory clubs and she co-runs the DASP Jazz Group and Rock School.

Outside of teaching Lucy is a regular performer and accompanist in the local area. She is one half of the vintage inspired ukulele duo 'Til There Was Uke with whom she has enjoyed many an odd and exciting gig, with more to come this year.




Peter Oakes - Double Bass

While at school Mr Oakes played double bass with the National Youth Orchestra, and was principal bassist for 2 years. He also played with the International Festival Youth Orchestra. After studying Maths at Imperial College London, he trained as a Maths teacher at Cambridge University, where he sang and played in the main university chamber ensembles. Then followed a period playing bass with many of the London orchestras.

A self-taught degree in Music, taken at London University, led to teaching Music at Hardyes from 1999. Although he doesn't find much time for bass-playing now, he does a great deal of piano playing, which, together with conducting The Thomas Hardye Singers, he finds to be a happy state of affairs.


Phil Humphries ? Trombone

Phil studied trombone at Trinity College of Music  (London) gaining a licentiate diploma and later became trombonist with the Andy Ross Band, which played for BBC TV?s Come Dancing. His teaching has included work for the London Borough of Enfield, Hertfordshire County Council, the I.L.E.A. and 24 years with the Dorset Music Service. His interest in early music led him to take up instruments including sackbut, ophicleide and serpent, with which he has performed and recorded internationally, including the BBC Proms, the New London Consort?s/Jonathan Miller production of Dido & Aeneas, and the Gabrieli Consort & Players, directed by Paul McCreesh, recordings of the Berlioz Requiem and Mendelssohn?s Elijah. He performs regularly with the Mellstock Band with which he has appeared in a number of films including the celebrated BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Phil?s interests include walking, which has taken him to the top of most of the peaks in this country and he has completed the 630 mile South West Coast Path. Also, the poetry of William Barnes, the Dorset dialect poet.  


Ralph Cree ? Drums

Since 1991 Ralph Cree has been playing drums and percussion from around the world (the Drumkit, African drums, Cuban, Brazilian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Body Percussion, and the Hang)

In 2004 he set up the company Magic Drum (www.magicdrum.org.uk), who provide drumming workshops in schools and for corporate teambuilding.

As well as drums, he is also a composer, producer and recording artist (familiar with most types of music software). He has played with Chris Martin (from Coldplay), the Ben Waters Band, and Lightning Head. He runs a 20 piece, local samba band called 'The Magic Drum Orchestra'.

Aidan Fisher - Violin

Aidan Fisher was born near Bath . He studied composition, viola and conducting at the Royal College of Music.  He was then appointed Composer - in - Residence at Charterhouse School, with funds from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust. 

In 1985 he was working in London as a freelance viola player, teacher (with The East London Late Starters Orchestra) and also as a composer.  He moved to Dorset in 1991, where he now teaches. He plays viola professionally with many local ensembles most notably with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as an extra player.




Sally Stell (Sally Flann) ? Cello, Piano and Double Bass

Described as having ?remarkable talent ? imagination and great facility? by the world-renowned ?cellist Johannes Goritzki, Sally is highly respected as a chamber musician and soloist. Sally began her cello studies at her childhood home in Dorset, and at the age of 12 she won a place at Chetham?s School of Music in Manchester.

She was awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and after graduating as the winner of a major ?cello prize she studied with Johannes Goritzki in Germany, where she appeared on live television and performed for Chancellor Kohl. Sally played solo Bach for the late King of Tonga at his personal request and has performed extensively throughout Britain and Germany. Now settled in Dorset, Sally gives regular concerts with Dorchester Piano Trio, and as a freelance cellist.


Southam ? Singing

Wendy was born in Dorset, and now lives in Charlton Down, Dorchester.  She studied Singing Flute and Piano at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Singing in 1993.

Wendy has taken part in Master Classes with Tina Ruta, Brigitte Fassbaender, Joseph Ward, Joan Hammond, Adele Leigh, Paul Esswood, and Ingrid Surgenor.  She has also taken part in a number of operas  including Friend of Senecca & Goddess in Montervedi?s Coronation of Poppea, Flowergirl & Chorus in Mozart?s Marriage of Figaro and an Ugly sister in Rossini?s Cenerentola, she has also taken part in a concert performance as Frasquita & Mercedes in Bizet?s Carmen, with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta.  Wendy has also performed in many of the major oratorios and done numerous solo recitals.  She now teaches Singing, Flute and Piano and sings with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus which have performed all the major choral works and many newly commissioned works and less know choruses, a number of which have been recorded.

Laurie Higgins- Guitar

Laurie studied jazz at the City of Leeds College of Music and Middlesex University under Nikki Iles and Steve Berry. He also graduated with Honours in Music Design & Composition (BA) from Bournemouth Media School.

He has played bass guitar and guitar in a large variety of musical ensembles in the UK, Europe and the Middle East: from big bands to theatre shows, rock and pop gigs to acoustic trios. (And pubs).

Having taught privately previously, I'm into my sixth year teaching with DASP, and enjoying it!


Sue Burn ? Piano and Theory

Sue was born in Lancashire and read History and Music at Leeds University.  She has been teaching for 30 years, 10 of those with DASP. 

She occasionally sings with the Thomas Hardye Chapel Choir and her hobbies include sewing and walking.




Walter Brewster - Clarinet

Walter studied at the Royal College of Music with Sidney Fell where he won the coveted Frederick Thurston Prize for Clarinet. A period at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies led to playing with some of the world?s great conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel. This led to regular engagements with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras.

As a soloist he has performed at the Harrogate, Winchester and Fakenham festivals and particularly enjoys performing chamber music. In recent years he has performed the Mozart, Brahms and Weber clarinet quintets at the St. Stephen?s May Festival. A number of composers have written works especially for him including Martin Butler, Avril Anderson, Stephen Solloway and Rick Birley.

Walter is also active as a pianist, accompanying pupils and performance groups. He has a particularly strong interest in 19th century piano music and the golden age of pianists from that era until the present day. In his educational work Walter was Deputy Head of Service for Dorset Music Service and Director of Dorset Youth Orchestra for a number of years. Presently Walter works within a musical co-operative called Strawberry Music with his wife Jane. Together they provide a variety of instrumental tuition including ?First Access? classes. Walter also runs a web design service and is responsible for publicising Strawberry Music?s ensemble, The Camerosa String Quartet.

Jane Bultz - Violin

Jane started the violin at the relatively late age of 10 and progressed quickly, taking Grade 8 at 16. After sixth form, Jane studied for 4 years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Suzanne Rozsa and Isabelle Flory, gaining Diplomas in Performing and Teaching.

After leaving the Guildhall, Jane became a Professor of Violin at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and pursued a career in teaching and freelance playing. Jane has taught extensively in both the independent and public sectors with pupils gaining success in examinations. Some students have gone on to pursue a career in music as teachers and professional musicians and most recently two of her pupils were successful in gaining places at the world famous Yehudi Menhuin School.

Jane plays regularly in chamber music recitals and symphonic concerts and leads a local amateur orchestra with whom she has performed solo works. Being a practising musician is important to Jane as she considers that the experience gained as a performer is invaluable to good teaching practice.

Andy Grant - Guitar

 Andy Grant is a musical performer and educator with over 15 years of experience. He studied at London?s Guitar Institute where he was awarded ?Best Overall Guitarist? in the year 2000.

Andy teaches a broad range of guitar styles. His students have attained Grade 8 qualifications in both classical and rock guitar. www.andygrant.net



Stacey Hobday ? Singing and Harmony

Stacey Hobday is a vocal teacher and choir leader based in Weymouth. she runs the four DASP Harmony groups and co-directs DASP Rock School and Jazz Group. Stacey specialises in contemporary vocal styles including pop, rock, jazz and musical theatre.




Sue Massey ? Piano and Keyboard

Sue has taught music in Dorset for the whole of her working life, teaching in First, Primary and Middle Schools in Bournemouth, Poole, Wareham, Dorchester and Bridport.  For a while she organised  and taught music classes for babies, toddlers and preschool children in Dorchester and it has been lovely seeing these children continue to enjoy mudic through their lessons and ensemble work with DASP music. 

As a pianist she enjoys accompanying and play with Serenade, a group of friends who sing together for parties, weddings and other events.  She lives in Dorchester with her family all close by and she is loving revisiting the nursery rhymes the the newest members of her family.


Glyn Bush

Glyn Bush is a professional musician, composer/producer and music leader, specialising in guitar tuition and drumming workshops. As part of Magic Drum he provides rhythm-based training, African and Samba drumming workshops for both educational and business clients. He also co-leads the Magic Drum Orchestra, a 20-piece percussion group which performs at festivals, street events, parties and club venues.



Gillian McCourtie ? Recorder, Flute and Piano

Gillian in a qualified class music teacher ? she taught in first and middle schools. She teaches flute, piano and recorder (especially to beginners and young children) and also enjoys teaching in middle school too.

She enjoys playing her flute in the DMS orchestra and flute ensembles and also keyboard and/or flute in her church music group. She plays for school Taize services and is married, with four children ranging from 9 ? 17!



Helen Mullender ? Clarinet and Saxophone

Helen started to develop her musical interests at the age of 8 playing the recorder. She soon progressed to clarinet and piano, and passed her Grade 8 with distinction in Year 10. Helen gained a place at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music in London and studied under Professor Anton Weinberg for three years. At this time she also added saxophone and flute to her instrumental interests. After her A levels, Helen studied for four years at Trinity College of music, and gained an LTCL (TD) and FTCL qualification. Helen has performed extensively in theatre productions, orchestras, jazz groups, woodwind ensembles and bands, and has toured Holland, Belgium, Germany and Algeria. Helen has continued to perform and teach woodwind since leaving Music College, and currently also delivers curriculum music to KS1 and KS2. She has been Musical Director for numerous school productions and leads a choir and recorder club.

Wendy Pinkney ? Clarinet, Flute and Saxophone

Wendy has lived in Poole all of her life.  She studied Music Theory, Performance, Composition, Technology, Sound Recording, Theory, and Aural Perception and after achieving her Diploma she went on teach the flute, clarinet and saxophone to children of primary school age up to her eldest private student in their 60?s.  Wendy has taught in many schools across Dorset to ABRSM Grade 8.  She worked for the Dorset Music Service for approximately 10 years and now teaches independently at St Marys Middle School Puddletown, Bournemouth School for Girls and Epiphany Primary School in Bournemouth.  She has played in Soul and 70?s bands, Swing bands, saxophone quartets, ensembles and recording studio session work.  Current hobbies include competitive sailing at Poole Yacht Club, swimming and cycling.




Tim Rose ? Clarinet and Saxophone

Tim Rose has been a musician for well over 50 years, playing clarinet and saxophones in cabaret, dance bands, theatres, night clubs, military bands, operatic society pit orchestras, hotels, holiday camps and for weddings/functions/corporate hospitality, etc. He has shared the stage, or been "in the pit" with many well-known people from Shirley Bassey to Michael Jackson. He has been teaching his instruments for nearly 30 years, and covers classical, jazz, rock and popular music. He taught himself the saxophone.

Tim also used to work for the National Health Service for more than 25 years, and, on paper, is still a qualified Health Service Manager. He currently works on a voluntary basis with the NHS to try and get better health services for those with a learning disability.

Steve Wilson ? Guitar

After getting his first guitar at the age of thirteen, Steve was soon writing songs and performing with his school friends Tommy Crawford and Paul Fleming. Following their first recording session, aged sixteen, Steve (Bass) and Tommy (Vocals) went on to form The Little Green Men in their hometown of Corby, Northamptonshire. After two years of gigging together locally they, along with fellow members Ricky Stevenson (Drums) and Eddie O?Keefe (Guitar) headed for the continent.

In 1993 the band split and Steve went to College and studied Jazz And Popular Music, plus Music ?A? level. Then, as a mature student he went to study Performing Arts (Drama) at Middlesex University, playing various roles from Richard III to a brummie Elvis impersonator.


Barney Stevens ? Drums

Drum teacher and co founder of DASP Jazz and Rock clubs. Barney started playing drums age 12 under the guidance of ex BBC percussionist John Cave. 

His passion for music fuelled his desire to pursue a career in Music and in 2004, he graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Music Design.  Since graduating Barney has performed all over the UK with many artists covering a variety of genres from Pop to Musicals




Richard Abrahams ? Piano and Keyboard

Richard is a piano, jazz piano and keyboard teacher for DASP. He has worked as a gigging musician for many years and has his own jazz band.

Richard is also a composer and managed to get one of his songs to the final 12 of the British sing-off for the Eurovision Song Contest!




Jon Pugsley ? Singing

Jon Pugsley studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. Where he performed the roles of Nick Shadow in The Rake?s Progress and Alidoro in La Cenerentola and won the James Martin Onken Song Prize, Alexander Young Award and the Concerto Prize to sing Mahler?s Ruckert Liederwith the College Symphony Orchestra.
Operatic roles include Lord Rochefort Anna Bolena and Elder Ott Susannah for English Touring Opera, Baron Zita Die Lustige Witwe for Scottish Opera on Tour, for Bangkok Opera he has performed both Schaunard La Boheme and the Sacristan in Tosca, Guglielmo (the Ryedale Festival), and Don Alfonso, (ECHO?s tour of the Far East).Cosi fan Tutte, Colline, La Bohème and Angelotti, Tosca with Opus 1, a double bill with The Goldberg Ensemble, (South of France) of La serva Padrona (Umberto) and Il combatemento di Clorinda e Tancredi (Tancredi, Monteverdi), Leporello Don Giovanni for EMFEB and for Opera 2005 on Tour (Cork)

Charles Mason ? Guitar

Charlie has been teaching guitar for the past twenty-five years. He teaches all styles of guitar to all age groups, both in schools and privately. He is also a senior examiner of guitar for the London College of Music. Prior to teaching he had a successful career as a session guitarist both in the UK and overseas accompanying many television and recording stars.

He was also Musical Director for a leading hotel/casino complex in Southern Africa for four years. Currently he continues to perform with various bands in a variety of styles.




Sarah Page ? Oboe and Bassoon

I read History at St. Andrew's University, completed a PGCE in primary education and was a class teacher in Wiltshire for 4 years before returning to my home town of Weymouth to study for an LTCL in oboe teaching. Since 1996 I have been employed by Dorset Music Service as a general woodwind teacher, specialising in oboe and bassoon, and I have enjoyed the challenge of promoting these 'endangered species'. I also teach piano, keyboard and recorder and currently visit 12 schools in the Weymouth and Dorchester area, as well as teaching privately at home. I have been a regular member of Dorset Chamber Orchestra for 16 years and undertake freelance work in the local area.

Helen Brind - Singing

Helen was appointed Musical Director of Weymouth Choral Society in October 2000

Helen is a choral director, singing and instrumental teacher who has lived and worked in Dorset and the surrounding areas since the mid-1980s. Helen studied Music at Southampton University, having previously attended the Royal College of Music (Junior Department) where she took lessons in singing, piano and trumpet. In 1985, on leaving university, Helen came to Dorset and soon became involved with several local musical organisations, as a performer, tutor or director. In addition to her teaching qualifications (CTABRSM and PGCE) Helen holds the LRSM in Choral Direction and the DipABRSM in Singing Performance. For several years she was a member of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus (Semi-Chorus) and the Bournemouth Bach Choir, a group with which she has also appeared several times as a soloist.

Helen is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors and has conducted in venues such as Salisbury Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.  She was appointed Musical Director of Weymouth Choral Society in 2000, and in recent years has held the post of Musical Director of Yeovil Chamber Choir, the Weatherbury Singers and The Dorset Singers (regular performers at the Stourhead Festival of the Voice).  Helen also directs The Dorset Youth Singers, young vocalists who perform solo and group items as guests with local adult choirs.

In addition to her choral appointments, Helen has a busy private teaching practice and has been a peripatetic singing teacher for the Dorchester Area Schools Partnership since 2003. She also holds regular singing workshops and has worked as a music tutor for Wiltshire Adult Education Service.

The following are documents of use to Instrument tutors

Music Bill Pro-Forma Word)

Blank Timetable form (PDF File)

Blank Timetable form (Word File)

Blank Instrumental Register (PDF File) Download and use 'Save as' to save work

Blank Instrumental Register (Word File)

DASP Music Headed Paper (Word)

DASP Music Handbook 2014-15 (PDF File)

DASP Music Handbook 2014-15 (Word File)

DASP Music Lesson Plan (PDF)

Offer of Music Tuition (Word)

Start of Lesson Slips (PDF)


**New** DfE Safer Working Practice Guidance

Safer Working Practice - Key Points

Keeping Children safe in Education


Parental Consultations

Parent Consultation Letter 2014 (PDF File)

Staff Info for Parent Consultation Letter 2014 (PDF File)


Reporting Documents

DASP Music Report 2013 (PDF File)

DASP Music Report 2013 (Word File)


Resources Available

The following downloadable list shows a range of music books, that can be borrowed from the DASP Music Office

Sheet Music Library


DASP Groups