Biographies

The tutors on the course.

Derek Boyne (Course Director) is the Co-ordinator of Swale Music Centre and Founder/Musical Director of Opus 32. He plays the bass; violin; and piano; is the accompanist for Highsted Grammar School Choir; and tunes/repairs pianos across Kent.

Miles Attwell (Orchestra) After 10 years in the Royal Marine Band and Exeter University, Miles became Director of Music at Elizabeth College Guernsey. There he founded the Guernsey Summer Course now in its 40th year. He teaches strings in Sittingbourne.

Gail Sugden (Junior Strings accompanist) teaches music at Minterne Junior School. She helps on the course as accompanist.

Antony Dennant. Antony studied violin from an early age, and by his late teens, had also started conducting. He moved to London – initially for postgraduate conducting studies at the Guildhall, but subsequently working in the capital as a freelance violinist. Around the same time, he set up The Lydian String, a pool of London professional string players. The administration of this group still takes up a lot of his time, though he continues to do freelance work, both in London & Kent, where he now lives. More recently, he has collaborated with friends to form The Preston Ensemble, a Faversham based piano quintet that occasionally morphs into other ensembles.
Besides music, Antony’s other lifelong interest is architectural history. Ten years ago, when The Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust turned their attentions to saving the remaining parts of Sheerness Royal Dockyard on the Isle of Sheppey, Antony used the opportunity to acquire one of the evocatively decaying late Georgian town-houses there. It is now his well-loved home, in which restoration will likely take most of the next 20 years!

Adam Swift: (Junior Band) Gained a BA Honours Degree from Plymouth University in Music: Member of the Prince of Wales Regimental Band and Maidstone Symphony Orchestra. Currently teaching Clarinet and Piano in Primary Schools in Swale and studying for his PGCE: Organist at Teynham Village Church: Sings with Opus 32.

Joanna Saul is a violinist and performs with the Adelaide, Preston and BowBelle Quartets, and The Preston Ensemble recently performing Dvorak, Brahms and Schumann piano Quintets. Joanna plays with Ashford, Gravesham, and Rochester choral societies and local orchestras, and is actively involved in developing youth Music in Faversham teaching in schools and organising local concerts. Joanna studied Music at Southampton University and Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is involved in school community projects at the Marlowe Theatre, and runs music therapy sessions for the charity Holding On Letting Go which supports young people who have been bereaved.

Marina Thomas: Marina Thomas studied violin making at The London Guildhall University and violin restoration and repair at Merton College London. After working in a variety of violin workshops in London and the South East, she set up Faversham Strings; a specialist violin workshop at Creek Creative Studios in Faversham where she undertakes all aspects of restoration/repair/set ups/sales and bow rehair on all instruments of the violin family.
She has played the cello since the age of 14 and teaches the cello to Faversham primary and secondary school children, she also gives lessons from her workshop.