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Teaching Staff

Dr Burton (Director of Music)

Dr Burton is a graduate of King’s College London where she became enthralled by opera, film, and the myriad relationships between music and other expressive art forms. In 2022, Hayley completed her PhD in Historical Musicology at Harvard University, during which time she worked with students as a Teaching Fellow and a Resident Tutor. Her PhD thesis analysed the main complex and provocative relationships between puppetry and music. Hayley trained at the King Edward’s Consortium in Birmingham, and is especially interested in the critical thinking skills a music education can promote.

Dr Clayden

Dr Clayden is a graduate of the Universities of Surrey and Nottingham, where he studied for his MA in Music Analysis. He also received his DPhil from University College, Oxford, which explored the prominent role of timbre in the analysis of Viennese music at the turn of the twentieth century. As a performer, he specialised in piano accompaniment and currently enjoys conducting the school’s various wind ensembles.

Mr Hann

Mr Hann joined the school in 2011 having studied vocal performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and for a Masters in Choral Conducting at The Royal Academy of Music. In 2021 Chris was honoured to be made an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his work in music education. In addition to his teaching on the Year 7 programme and with individual pupils, he has transformed choral singing here so that pupils have the opportunity to perform challenging repertoire at a range of school events. Many boys stay in the school choir throughout their years at the school, and some have gone on to sing with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Genesis Sixteen in addition to gaining choral scholarships at Cambridge and Oxford.  Chris is currently training to become a qualified classroom teacher at Wilson’s. He is also Musical Director of Reading Phoenix Choir.

Mr Kramer

Mr Kramer graduated from the University of York in 2011 and has taught in schools across London. He is a percussionist and guitarist with a wide range of musical interests and adopted disciplines – from musical theatre performance to jazz composition and music production. He has composed and released music in the traditional folk and progressive rock genres. He conducts the Young Musicians’ Orchestra for Sutton Music Services, and is the director of the Jazz Bands at Wilson’s School.

Mr Lissimore

Mr Lissimore is currently Acting Head at Wilson’s, where his responsibilities include teaching and learning across the school. He has studied at the Universities of York and Oxford and trained to teach in South London on the innovative ‘Musicians in Education’ PGCE at the University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, before teaching for several years at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. He is an experienced accompanist and examiner with a particular interest in the teaching of composition at GCSE and A level.

Instrumental teachers

Ms L Ableman (Piano)
Mr D Emson (Bassoon, Year 7 Programme)
Mr S Ashworth (Piano, Keyboard)
Mr P Aslangul (Cello)

Mr I Barcia del Corro (Guitar, Director of Guitar Ensemble)
Mr D Cox (Clarinet, Saxophone)
Ms H Dennis (Oboe, Piano, Director of Double Reed Ensemble, Year 7 Programme)
Mr N Franks (Flute, Director of Flute Ensemble, Year 7 Programme)
Mr J French (Percussion, Director of Percussion Ensemble, Year 7 Programme)
Mr C Hann (Voice, Choral Director, Year 7 Programme)

Mr C Kimber (Percussion)
Mr J Marshall (Trumpet, Year 7 Programme)
Mr D Molyneux (Guitar)
Mr P Sanders (Clarinet, Saxophone, Director of Clarinet Ensemble, Year 7 Programme)

Mr T Scaife (Trombone, French Horn, Director of Brass Ensemble, Year 7 Programme)
Ms C Taylor (Violin, Viola)

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