Cello, Piano and Choral Coaching
We can offer chamber music coaching, cello and piano masterclasses, orchestral coaching/sectionals, choral coaching/choral conducting coaching.....in any combination.
Leonie Adams & Michael Higgins
Leonie is a ‘cellist who studied in Moscow, at the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music in London, and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. She was a scholar both on the Encuentro de Musica y Academia, Santander with Natalia Gutman and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi in 2006 and on the Toronto Summer Festival and Academy with Janos Starker in 2007.
Leonie has worked as principal with the Iceni Ensemble and British Philharmonic Orchestra and No.2 with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia and English National Opera. She has also performed live on BBC Radio 3 with her quartet, the Philharmonia and BBCSSO.
She is also an active chamber musician.
Leonie has been ‘Cello and chamber music tutor on the East Kent Holiday Music Trust, Fantasia Summer School & Chamber Players here in the UK over the past 12 years, and has run the improvisation course of various summer schools and so has a practical experience of working with young musicians. She also take 'cello sectionals for the UK Rehearsal Orchestra throughout the year and runs 'cello ensemble classes for them. She has also been involved in lots of education outreach projects with orchestras such as English National Opera and the Philharmonia and loves working with communities to make music happen.
Michael Higgins studied piano with Margaret Newman at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Julius Drake.
Abroad, Michael has toured with singers and instrumentalists in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Australia and New Zealand and regularly performs throughout the United Kingdom.
Recent performances include the European premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Animal Crackers, Volume II with the National
Youth Choir of Great Britain conducted by the composer, concerto performances with the New London Soloists Orchestra at St Martin in the Fields, recitals at Glasgow’s City Halls and accompanying a choir of Olympians live on BBC television.
Michael studied organ with Andrew Fletcher and is Director of Music at the Church of St John the Baptist, Wimbledon, where he has founded two thriving choirs for adults and children. He accompanies the Wimbledon Choral Society, the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and regularly works on projects with Gareth Malone from the BBC series ‘The Choir’, with whom he recently filmed for BBC Comic Relief.
As a composer, he has answered a number of commissions, including songs for a set of educational books published in Singapore, and many of his choral and organ works are published worldwide by Kevin Mayhew Publishers.
Michael was awarded the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust Scholarship and completed his studies with Kálmán Dráfi at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest.
Arts Practice Medium: Music
Topics or Genres of Expertise: Creative, contemporary dance
Languages Spoken: English
Target Age Group: Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary
Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)
Space and Resources Required: Hall space
Mode of Delivery: Masterclasses, Coaching, Performance, Workshop
Cultural Context: European, European
Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.
A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.
Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.
Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.
Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.
Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.
A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.
Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.
Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.
A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.
Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.
Multiple references available from UK schools- from teachers and pupils
Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No