Instrumental and Vocal Teaching Staff
We are very lucky that our students receive lessons from musicians with extensive performance and teaching experience.
Drums – Declan Sanderson
Guitar – John Norton
Mr Norton is full time musician a part time session guitarist based in the North West of England. He has worked with various record labels and performed within high-end musical theatre pit bands. He is a PGCE Certified teacher with a background in high school education and studied at Bristol Institute of Modern Music where he achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance.
Mr Norton regularly performs corporate functions and weddings. Mr Norton’s areas of expertise range from Jazz and Country to Fusion and Rock. He is a music theory teacher and experienced with ABRSM, RGT and Rock School exam boards.
Piano – Craig Smith
Mr Smith started taking piano lessons at the age of 12, and was playing professionally by the time he was 17.
He trained as a session musician and musical director at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), going on to MD various theatre tours and share stages with several platinum-selling and UK chart-topping artists. He even found himself recording for Bryan Adams one freezing Manchester morning after a concert at the M.E.N.!
Now a dad of 3 boys, the majority of his work is slightly tamer, as a specialist wedding and event solo pianist playing over 100 events a year across the country and teaching at The Hollins and another school. He still tours, currently as the musical director for The Vintage Boys Rock ‘n’ Roll Show UK tours, playing keyboards and guitars; pianist for international classical crossover performer Gemma Louise Doyle; and keys player for band Jessicas Ghost.