Music is a valued part of the taught curriculum during Years 7 and 8 and is a popular option at GCSE. The chief contribution of music to school life occurs outside the classroom, however, and a large proportion of boys learn an instrument at school.
Opportunities for performance abound for beginners and experts alike, whether as individuals or members of one of the growing number of ensembles and bands that flourish within the school.
Mr G Holden
Director of Music
BMus Performance London College Music
Mr Holden is a London based singer-songwriter who studied at The Ian Tomlin School of Music in Edinburgh before completing his degree at the London College of Music specialising in vocal performance. Mr Holden has enjoyed a full and active life as a musician. Some highlights include; TV appearances, live radio broadcasts as well as headline shows at top London venues, such as Camden Proud Galleries and Ronnie Scott’s. Mr Holden has since gone on to perform at some of the UK’s most prestigious music festivals, including Latitude, Secret Garden Party and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Mr Holden writes musical arrangements and original compositions for popular TV commercials. His portfolio includes the unforgettable Priority Moments campaign for O2 and Whispers and Stories, a touching ballad specially commissioned by Volkswagen for their emotionally charged VW Polo Dad worldwide TV advertising campaign. In recent years, Mr Holden has been busy with teaching music at The Cedars and overseeing the exciting expansion of the department.
Dr I Bonicci
Music Teacher Orchestra Leader Choir Leader and Violin Teacher
PHD / MPhil Composition Oxford University Royal Academy of Music
Dr Bonnici completed a music degree at Oxford University (Worcester College) where he studied composition under Dr Robert Saxton. He won an orchestral competition which resulted in his piece Three Movements for Chamber Orchestra being performed by the Oxford Sinfonietta in 2007. He also conducted a performance of Mozart’s Requiem and trained the chorus for a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Dr Bonicci was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award to study at the Royal Academy of Music where he is in his second year of the Master’s programme in composition under Professor Simon Bainbridge. During the first year of the course he was commissioned by the chamber ensemble Azalea to write Flight of the Phoenix, in 2009 Dr Bonicci’s Musical Space & Synergy was performed by London Sinfonietta at the Purcell Room, and Eternity for soprano and cello was performed at the Royal Academy of Music.
In summer 2009 he was awarded a Ralph Vaughan Williams Award to attend an advanced composition course at Dartington International School of Music, led by the Japanese composer Somei Satoh.
Mr K Daly
Music Assistant for Choir and Orchestra
Mr Daly is the most recent addition to the music department helping to run the Year 7 choir and playing cello in the school orchestra. His musical background is in singing and he provides invaluable assistance to the running of the school ensembles both large and small.
Mrs M Arakawa
MA Music Piano Performance University of Tokyo
Mrs Arakawa started to play the piano at the age of 4 and was chosen to perform in an open master class with Japanese composer Yoshinao Nakada at the age of 7. She received her BMus and PGCE in Music with distinction in Tokyo and gave numerous voluntary concerts during her studies. She furthered her studies in London where she was awarded a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Mrs Arakawa is a very experienced teacher and currently has 50 students.
Mrs I Korfker Neal
BMus PGDip MA Preparatory Opera Royal Academy of Music
Mrs Korfker Neal (soprano) studied on the MA Preparatory Opera course at the Royal Academy of Music with Ryland Davis and Elisabeth Ritchie, where she was a prize-winner in the Joan Chissel Prize for Singers 2012 and was ‘Very Highly Commended’ in the Isabel Jay and Bluth-Guest Opera Prizes 2012. She participated in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series and was supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. She attained her BMus and PGDip at Trinity College of Music, studying with Alison Wells, achieving distinction for her final recital. There she received the Eva Malpass Scholarship and the Paul Simm Opera Prize.
Her roles include Violetta La Traviata, Rosalinda Die Fledermaus, Michaela Carmen, Queen of the Night and Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Madame Herz Der Schauspieldirector, Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Marcellina Marriage of Figaro, Fiordigili Così Fan Tutte and Blanche Les Dialogues des Carmelites. She has sung with companies including Opera a la Carte, Tête à tête, BYO, White Horse Opera, Co-Opera-Co, Opera at Home, Hampstead Garden Opera and Opera Loki among others.
Other solo performances include Elijah with Dartford Choral Society, Beethoven Mass in C, with Surrey Voices in St James Piccadilly, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the orchestra of St John’s in Kings Place, the Four Last Songs by Strauss with the Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem (St Martin in the Fields) and Rütti’s Till Earthly Passions Turn with the Cheltenham Bach Choir.
Mrs Korfker Neal is also an accomplished choral singer, working with many top London Church Choirs like Westminster Cathedral, The London Oratory, St Bride’s Fleet Street and Farm Street Church. She has also recently toured and recorded with the Capella Nova ensemble in Scotland with a programme of contemporary music. In the last few years, Mrs Korfker Neal has dedicated herself more to teaching and is delighted to be part of the visiting music staff at The Cedars School.
Mr K Lousley
Drums and Percussion
BMus Performance ICMP – Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Mr Lousley has taught drums for many years covering all genres and styles including Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Funk, Bossa Nova, Samba, Soca, Songo and Zydeco. He teaches Trinity Guildhall, Trinity Rock and Rockschool examinations. To date, he has taught over 200 pupils! Mr Lousley has been involved in Rock/Pop bands, backing musician for singer-songwriters and plays in a variety of function bands. He is also a session musician who has performed on numerous albums for established artists over a 12 year period including recording sessions at Universal Music. Mr Lousley has toured and played festivals in the UK and throughout Europe most recently headlining at Rockwave which is Greece’s main music festival.
Mr M Maguire
MA Orchestral Studies Guildhall School of Music
Mr Maguire is a professional trumpet player and teacher with ten years’ experience as the Co-Principal Trumpet of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra prior to moving to London where he regularly plays for most of the London Orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Mr Maguire’s career highlights include live broadcasts and many performances at the BBC Proms. Mr Maguire teaches both the Associated Boards and Trinity Guildhall syllabuses.
Mr J Majin
BMus Performance and Composition LTCL Diploma in Music Education Goldsmiths College
Mr Majin began learning piano at school and took part in house music competitions and school productions. He studied music at Goldsmiths, University of London including Jazz Performance and Composition, and after graduating with a BMus in 1995 continued to play professionally. After his degree, Mr Majin took an LTCL diploma in Music Education, and taught piano courses for adults at SCOLA. Career highlights include performances at Buckingham Palace in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
Mr R Muscat
BA Hons Jazz Middlesex University
Mr Muscat teaches saxophone, flute and clarinet. He graduated from Middlesex University in 2014 in Jazz and has learned from the best in the Jazz music world such as Rob Townsend, Nikki Illes and Chris Batchelor. He also studied in New Orleans for 6 months which proved to be a musically life-changing experience. Mr Muscat travelled around the world performing in a variety of ensembles and settings and is now living and working in London where he teaches part-time and gigs extensively at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Ivy, Royal College of Arts and The Four Seasons.
Mr M Sear
MMus FLCM / RGT LRSM
Mr Sear teaches guitar and is also an exciting performer and composer. He gave his London classical guitar debut in 2006, at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden and has since performed at concert venues that include Wembley Stadium, St James’ Piccadilly, St Martin In The Fields with New Music Series for young composers, and St John’s Smith Square.
Mr Sear has also performed internationally in Edinburgh, Toronto and Adelaide fringe festivals, as well as additional performances in concert venues across Europe and North America. His work has been reviewed in music magazines like Classical Guitar UK, and Fanfare USA where they described his performance as having, “the measure of the music… a fine guitarist and composer with a chameleon-like talent…” Fanfare 2014.
In addition to giving public recitals, Matthew is also a proud member of Music in Hospitals, a charity that provides live music for all ages, in a hospital environment.