Dave is the founder of TW Music School and the author of both the Backbone Drums Syllabus and the Drumables book. He studied at London’s prestigious Drumtech Drum school and has studied with some great teachers including the UK’s top drum educator ‘Bob Armstrong’. He only teaches on Wednesdays, but will sometimes be seen around the school covering lessons.
Having started out drumming at the tender age of 6 years old, Dave has dedicated his entire life to music and drumming. Having turned professional in his twenties, Dave has since toured extensively worldwide in places such as the USA, Australia, Columbia, Brazil, Canada and most of Europe to crowds of up to 50,000 people. His passion now is sharing his experience and knowledge onto others that share the love of drums.
Dave has had many career highlights and is proud to have played at festivals such as Download, Sonisphere and Slovakia’s Exit Festival. He has been lucky to play and tour with bands such as Motorhead, Metallica, Rancid and many others, but it’s the people he has met along the way that make the journey so special.
Daniel studied at Drumtech and received the coveted ‘Top Performer’ Award. He then started working with local London artists during which time he shared bills with Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran.
He was a member of Flash Fiktion with whom he made an album released by Vinyl Junkie Recordings and published by Chrysalis BMG. The album was critically acclaimed by national mainstream media; The Sunday Times gave the band 'Single Of The Week' and NME rated the album 8/10, calling the songs "vivacious, glam crackers"! The album gained lots of support from BBC Radio 1 and XFM Radio which listed the album as one of the best British Debut Albums of 2012. Daniel worked with Tim Muddiman, Gary Numan’s long term guitarist on his debut album and live shows. Around this time he was also involved in music projects for fashion label Burberry and Gordon’s Gin. He played drums for Brandon Flowers of The Killers on his UK/EU tour for the number 1 album ‘The Desired Effect’. He also performed in Hyde Park supporting The Killers, Elbow and Tears for Fears with Joel Stein’s Glassmaps.
He is currently working with BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominated multi-instrumentalist MC Lord Magrão and internationally recognised photographer Suzie Blake.
David has been involved with music since a very early age, trying out all kinds of instruments, finally settling on the drums in his early teens. He gained his first class honours degree from The Academy of Contemporary Music in 2008.He divides his creative time between his own electronic-pop group ‘Dead Ceremony’ and session work for other acts; credits include UK R&B singer Azekel, who he played for during his debut album release and was the musical director for the performance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2015. He has had experience performing live on national radio and TV, and recording studio experience at Real World, AIR studios, BBC Maida Vale, and Abbey Road.
Hannah Sawle studied at Chethams School of Music as a cellist, pianist and singer before heading to London to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she completed her BMus(hons) and MMus in vocal studies. She then spent a year on English National Opera’s Opera Works Course and is currently studying with Caitlin Hulcup. As an opera singer she has covered principal roles at the Royal Opera House and sung in companies all over the Europe. Recent roles include singing in George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence at the Hamburg Staatsoper and Opera de Lyon and covering Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina and the soprano roles in Britten’s Death in Venice, both at the Royal Opera. Forthcoming roles include reprising her Lessons in Love and Violence roles with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra is Germany and at the Teatro Real Madrid and the Théâtro du Châtelet in Paris.
She has been a piano and singing teacher for 12 years and loves the variety of repertoire and people she has come across through this. From classical to musical theatre, folk, jazz and pop and pupils ranging from 3 to 63! She has taught in schools and privately and loves exploring new pieces and new music with each pupil whilst giving them skills for the future and having a lot of fun.
Hannah is now the head of Music at TW Music school, and teaches on Mondays Fridays and Saturdays.
Harriet studied music at the University of East Anglia, focussing on vocal performance and contemporary composition. Since University she has worked as a professional musician with experience singing and playing keys/guitar in styles spanning soul, funk, pop, jazz, folk and classical.
She is the lead singer and synth player in jazz/soul band, Kanna and co-lead singer in funk/hip-hop band, Top Cat Collective. She provides backing vocals and lead guitar for alt/folk artist, Freya Ward, and has worked with a number of artists as a session vocalist.
As a member of London Contemporary Voices, Harriet has provided backing vocals for the likes of Wolf Alice, Elderbrook, Lewis Capaldi, Hannah Grace, Tom Chaplin (Keane), Deepa Nair Rasiya, Manu Delago, Amber Run, Deaf Havana and more.
As a tutor, Harriet aims to inspire her students to enjoy learning and creating music, by building their confidence and equipping them with the skills they need to progress as a musician. Harriet teaches at TW Music School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (online) and Sundays (in person).
A trained guitarist from the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. Justin has played with Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wilko Johnson from Doctor Feelgood and Ace from Skunk Anansie. He is an experienced teacher, performer and session player of many styles, holds a Higher Diploma in Guitar and is also an accomplished songwriter. Justin is able to teach all levels of guitar and bass, acoustic and electric, plus can teach ukulele.
A musician with 12 years experience in the music industry, Alessio boasts a wealth of professional experience. He has toured with a wide range of artists spanning across all genres, including Soul artist Tony Momrelle (Incognito, Sade), Muslim Pop Star Harris J and Grime giant Big Narstie. He has performed across the globe at events such as the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Blue Note in Milan, Hawaii, as well as national locations such as the Barbican and various large scale events such as Leeds and Reading festivals. This huge depth of knowledge and experience flows through every aspect of his teaching, enabling students to unlock their own confidence and unique techniques so that they may then apply them to their own live performances and in real, authentic professional situations.
Alessio also has ample studio experience. He has recorded drums at Abbey Road Studios, Air Studios and Real World Studios, as well as running his own home recording studio. Understanding that live performances and studio performances are worlds apart, Alessio provides a unique insight into bridging that knowledge gap for students, at whatever stage they may currently be and can cater to specific tutoring on this challenging area of musical performance.
Josh started playing the guitar at the age of 14, influenced by such artists as Nile Rodgers, Rob Harris and Mark Latteri. His passion lies in playing all styles of music that he can. Setting out into his musical career, Josh applied to West Kent College in Tonbridge where he started to begin to understand what type of work he wanted to do as a self-employed musician. After studying at Tonbridge for two years, Josh moved onto a private music school called Music Station where he began to hone his career as a session musician. Starting out in function bands, he played around the south-east circuit as a working musician. Josh then moved to London to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music, gaining contacts and finding his sound and style as a professional musician.
Josh has worked with such artists as Sophie Winter, Diascia and Studio 33. Performing live and in the studio for both acts, he has accumulated various skills in recording, producing and performance.
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Jasons's first (contemporary music) gig, at the tender age of 13 was performed in front of the legendary Sir George Martin (most famous for his heavy involvement with The Beatles earning him the title of the fifth Beatle). Since then Jason has played in many bands both originals and covers. He was signed to Wiiija in the late 80’s. He has played and toured extensively, playing with artists including Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and John Lodge (The Moody Blues), Slaves, The Skints, Foals and Wolf Alice to name but a few. He has also had the pleasure of playing many festivals from local festivals to Glastonbury.Jason is a prolific song writer (writing both music and lyrics) having written and recorded well over 100 songs. He has appeared on radio many times including live performances and notably being played by the late great John Peel.
Jason also plays and programs keyboards and drums and he produces and mixes music. He has also sound designed and engineered for many bands. He loves to have a creative and positive effect and works on projects large and small from EDM to Hardcore Punk. He has also been composing for several years from short jingles to orchestral scoring. Working on projects from jingles for E cards to scoring entire productions. Jason is also an accomplished actor and has been in many productions; from playing Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific and Officer Crabtree (The Policeman) in ‘Allo ‘Allo to a vitriolic vulture in pantomime. Jason currently heads up our band classes, groups sessions and music production courses.
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Olly is a professional musician with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Having studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music he went on to achieve a degree in Popular Music Performance at the University of Kent.
Now an active musician in London and the South East - Olly is the resident guitarist for Studio 23 in North London - he plays for many different artists including Sharky, Speakman Sound and Top Cat Collective. In addition Olly works for high end function bands including 'The Honeymooners' and 'The Fulfillments’.
Having played at many prestigious venues such as the Jazz Cafe, New Orleans Jazz Museum and O2 Academy amongst an array of music festivals including Brainchild, El Dorado, French Quarter Fest (New Orleans) and Lounge on the Farm, Olly has plenty of experiences to draw from when teaching.
Hannah Wildes studied BA Honors in Professional Musicianship specialising in vocals. She has 15 years worth of industry experience starting her career as an artist age 16 writing, recording and performing her own material. This led to opportunities writing for sync companies under the umbrella of Warner music and success as a songwriter for pop acts across Spain and the UK.
Hannah has performed at many prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. Hannah appeared on 'The Voice' in 2015 which has led to work as part of ACM Gospel Choir filming for the BBC. Alongside this Hannah has toured throughout the UK performing at festivals such as Reading, Leeds and Wireless and has also been fortunate enough to perform across the continent in places like Hawaii.
Hannah has been teaching vocals for 6 years across London and the South East, she specialises in building confidence and vocal technique she has a passion for singing and believes that everyone has a voice it's about finding it.
Tom is from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. He graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2015 with a 1st class BA (Hons) Musical Theatre. He is a Grade 8 Pianist, Vocalist and a self-taught Guitarist. Tom is currently obtaining a AFHEA at the University of Surrey and is TEFL certified.
Theatre credits include covering and playing Chris in Miss Saigon (International Tour); Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour); Jack in The Dreamers (Abbey Road Studios); Policeman in CinderELLA (NST); Matt in Bare: A Pop Opera (The Vaults) and Chuck in the actor-musician production of Footloose (UK tour). Tom has also toured nationally with Classical Brit Award winners Only Men Aloud (UK tour) and featured in Bryn at 50 (Royal Albert Hall). Tom also performs worldwide with Welsh of the West End, a critically acclaimed group that has received over 11 million views on Youtube.
His Voice credits include BBC; Radio Cymru; Only Men Aloud, Sky 1. He has a strong Welsh accent and has a relatable, versatile & youthful tone. He voices a wide range of characters for video games and animation, demonstrated in his Animation montage. He's a highly-skilled singer and is a competent musician with experience in composing original songs and jingles for a variety of projects.
His Television & Audio credits include I Can See Your Voice (ITV Christmas Special); Brotherhood (Commercial, Sky Bet William Hill), Go Tell It On The Mountain on Favourites: Only Men Aloud (Album); Stella (Tidy Productions, Sky 1); The Ashes Opening Ceremony (Sky Sports) & featured artist On The Road, Only Men Aloud (Album).
Workshop credits include Tiger Bay The Musical; Boy Next Door and The Devil's Advocate. Credits whilst training: Busker in Lift; Kester in The Other School; Riff in West Side Story; Bill in Me and My Girl and Leontes in A Winter's Tale.
Alongside his career, Tom is a member of faculty at the Guildford School of Acting and teaches students at Italia Conti Academy. He also runs his company @musicaltheatrevirtual which provides west end workshops in schools and coaches students privately in preparation for Drama School auditions, currently holding a 100% success rate in obtaining places in the UK.
Joe is an experienced professional guitarist, working as a performer and teacher in a variety of styles including Funk, Soul, R n’ B, Pop, Rock, Blues and Americana. Throughout his career he has performed with artists including James Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamie Cullum, Altered Images, Hamish Stewart (Average White Band), and Matt Berry. Joe is also the guitarist for David Migden & The Twisted Roots who have gained critical acclaim for their albums and live shows in the UK and internationally.
Joe has performed and toured in London and all over the UK as well as internationally with venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Café, KoKo, Clapham Grand, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Edinburgh Festival and the Canadian Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival.