Leehurst Swan School


Independent Co-Educational Day School

Tel: 01722 333094

Peripatetic Music Timetable

 Peripatetic Music Timetable


Instrumental Lessons at Leehurst Swan

Individual Instrumental and LAMDA Letter

The music department is delighted to offer lessons on a variety of instruments. Please see the list below to find out more about our current teachers.

If your child decides they’d like to have lessons please contact Mr Sutcliffe (senior music teacher) stating your child’s name, year group and which instrument they’d like to learn (t.sutcliffe@leehurstswan.org.uk).  Mr Sutcliffe will pass on your details to the relevant teacher.

We offer one free ‘taster’ lesson and after that lessons are paid for in advance of each term (2 payment options). Teachers will send over a contract for you to sign.

We have some instruments that can be hired but these are limited and offered out on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • 30 minute lessons
  • 30 lessons per academic year
  • Play for fun or work towards an exam!
  • Fees vary depending on teacher


Laura Barker

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone


Laura studied Music at the University of Southampton where she completed her degree and masters qualifications. She continued her studies at the University of Gloucestershire, completing her PGCE specialising in Music (Secondary School). She was awarded a Distinction grade, confirming that sharing her passion for music was her purpose in life. Laura started her career as Head of Music at Pershore High School in Worcestershire and then at John O’Gaunt School in West Berkshire. Her teaching was consistently graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Laura became the Director of Music at Great Bedwyn Primary School in Wiltshire. She taught all the children the Kodaly method, providing them with an excellent foundation for understanding and appreciating Music.

She launched her business ‘Moving Music’ in 2013 and provides a wide range of musical tuition in flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, singing, music theory and aural. Laura embraces a range of different music styles and prepares students for ABRSM, Trinity and Rockschool exams, recognising the importance of personalising the learning to best suit the student. She is an associate of Wiltshire Music Connect and a member of the Musicians’ Union.

Laura also supports students with GCSE and A Level. She has been an examiner for AQA GCSE and is currently an examiner for Edexcel GCSE.

Outside of Leehurst Swan School, she teaches in six other primary and secondary schools based in the Marlborough area, many of them forming part of the Excalibur Academies Trust. She directs a range of extracurricular ensembles, encouraging students to apply their skills outside of her lessons, learning how to perform empathetically with others, understand how parts fit together and develop confidence.

Laura greatly enjoys performing and before Covid was regularly playing at wedding ceremonies. During Covid, she has been working collaboratively with other professional musicians using the app. ‘Acapella’. Laura also loves composing and arranging Music using Sibelius software and has taught modules in composition at Marlborough College Summer School.


Daniel Cane LAMDA

Daniel trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Birmingham School of Acting. He made his West End debut at the tender age of 12 in the role of 'Dipper' in Oliver, alongside Robert Lindsey. Since then, Daniel has appeared in numerous productions in London and regionally, including: Spamalot (UK Tour), The Country Wife (Southwark Playhouse), Will Harvey's War (Cheltenham, Everyman), A Christmas Carol (Blackpool Opera House). Daniel has just recently finished filming for the new ITV Drama Professor T in which he plays the role of Dennis Banks. 

Daniel has taught in many schools across the country, running Acting workshops and leading Performing Arts masterclasses. He has also taught peripatetically for over 15 years, taking students through LAMDA exams. Before moving to Salisbury, Daniel was a classroom Drama and Music teacher at Ark Greenwich Free School and is thrilled to be working with the students at Leehurst Swan. 

Oliver Flanagan



I'm really excited to let you know that I'll be teaching the guitar at Leehurst Swan this term. As an RSL awards teacher, my goal is to help young people learn contemporary music styles and to guide them towards taking graded music exams. The RSL Rockschool is a fantastic system that encourages young people to learn popular songs by artists like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift while also providing a solid basis in the fundamentals of guitar playing, with each grade requiring them to learn a mix of scales, chords and performance pieces. I teach electric, acoustic and bass guitar and so far I have a 100% pass rate. Below is a link to my website and also to the RSL website. Please do get in touch for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!



Rachel Luton Violin/Viola

Rachel was born in London and began the violin at the age of three with Barbara Willis. Aged eleven she went to the Royal College of Music, Junior Department where she studied Violin and Viola with Gemma Farmer. Rachel also studied Piano with Harold East, Chamber Music, Music Theory to Grade 8 with Geoffrey Govier and played with the Symphony Orchestra and has performed at St. John’s, Smith Square. She also sang with the Chamber Choir and was among eight selected to sing with the Senior College under the baton of Sir David Willcox. Whilst at the City of London School for Girls, Rachel was the Viola player for the School Quartet who performed at a number of City Livery Dinners and Functions including at The Guildhall and The Barbican.

At eighteen Rachel moved to Cardiff to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Prof. Dona Lee Croft where she gained a BA in Music and an Advanced Performance Diploma. While there she was Principal Second and Co-Leader of the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, performing under many distinguished conductors. Rachel was Principal Second for the Opera Orchestra under John Price Jones.

Rachel spent time freelancing in Wales with various orchestras and bands for Musical Theatre and Operas. She was the Viola Player for The Medley Quartet performing for Weddings and Dinners, before returning to London to work at St. John’s, Smith Square. Whilst in London she was the lead Violinist for The Archer Quartet who performed for Weddings, Dinners and Celebrations. She also taught both Violin and Piano. Rachel also played for the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra. Rachel moved to Chippenham in August 2013 where she taught privately and performed with the North Wiltshire Symphony Orchestra and Bath Symphony Orchestra. She also performed with The Goya Ensemble. In the summer of 2017 Rachel moved to Salisbury where she continues to teach privately and perform various Ensembles.

Thomas Sutcliffe

Senior Voice and LAMDA


Thomas began vocal studies as a chorister at his local church in Somerset and later undertook classical voice lessons with Stars of the West End’s Mike Sterling. He has a First-Class BA (hons) degree from the GSA Conservatoire in Music Theatre and whilst at drama school trained under Royal Academy of Music’s Ross Campbell. He has a background in both Estill and SLS vocal technique and is happy teaching a range of styles.

Thomas works professionally as an actor-musician and has performed in numerous productions around the world including: Wicked (West End), Dirty Dancing (West End), Kiss Me Kate, The Light Princess (Royal National Theatre) The Immortal Hour and Jersey Boys. Thomas also plays the flute (ABRSM Grade 8), piano, clarinet and saxophone. Thomas is a composer and was a finalist in the Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Award (2020) and Best New Musical award (2018) with his musical The Mill on the Floss, based on the novel by George Eliot.

Thomas is a passionate music educator and has taught in a range of schools/drama schools across the county, leading lessons/workshops in drama and musical theatre. He’s also taught peripatetically as a piano, singing and LAMDA teacher and worked as a classroom drama and music teacher - most recently Acting Head of Music at Ark Greenwich Free School. 

Mr Hurn

Cello - Currently teaching remotely


After my degree, I gained a teaching diploma and a postgraduate qualification in orchestral training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I have since developed a successful and varied career; teaching in schools and private practice, conducting and coaching orchestras and chamber ensembles.

In my current teaching practice I have students ranging in age from 7 to 85. I particularly enjoy the diversity of people and ages I meet and how varied my approach needs to be to meet each individual's needs, from beginners to diploma students. I have a friendly, patient and relaxed approach and I believe the development of the teaching relationship to be an important factor as well as students' progress and development. With over 30 years of experience I am able to adapt my teaching method to prepare students for exams from the initial grades up to diploma standard and also teach with good progression for those who do not wish to go down the exam route.

In the early 1990’s I formed “Two Cellos” with a colleague and performed regularly at events, functions and concerts. I enjoyed many years of performing with the duo but, sadly, when I moved out of London the distance was too great for me to carry on. I currently perform as a freelance cellist in orchestras, shows and recitals. In recent years I have been involved in projects playing with the African Kora and Middle Eastern music and I am currently a member of the group “Nectarion” performing mainly Cretan and Turkish music, and have performed at the Newton Abbot Arts Festival and in the Frome Folk Festival. I joined my local orchestra, Frome Symphony, in 2008 and have been principal cellist since then and have had the fortunate opportunity to perform a number of concertos as soloist.

Brian White

Prep & Senior Piano


Brian White is an experienced musician with wide-ranging skills, specialising in piano and composition. He has well over 20 years of teaching experience, helping all ages and abilities to achieve their musical ambitions, be it preparing for exams and performances, writing their own music, improvising, or just playing for fun, in classical, jazz or contemporary styles. He is frequently working as an accompanist, playing in a variety of groups in a variety of settings, and is also engaged as an ABRSM examiner working internationally and domestically, on both the main and jazz panels

Mr Newman-Wren



When I was about four years old, I discovered a battered old bugle in my Grandfather's house. He let me take it home, probably to preserve his own hearing. The noises I made were not very well received by my Mother either, who told me to "go and play it outside!"

So in the middle of the field next to our house I blew and blew...and blew! And much to my amazement a whole herd of cows came stampeding across the field...I was speaking their language! I was hooked!

So, following on from Music College in London I have been teaching brass instruments in local schools and privately for many years now, but still trying to inspire that spark of enthusiasm that comes from acheiving musical goals; many pupils have taken their music into further education and to a professional level.

I'm very happy to help candidates with instrumental grades (or theory of music) or equally to work on pieces purely for pleasure, and in any musical style. Music should be fun after all!

If anyone would like a free trial lesson I am very happy to accommodate, and you won't have to stand in a field!

 Jack Whitton



Jack works professionally as a drummer and percussionist and is a very experienced performer in a variety of styles.

Jack has performed in many of the UK’s best venues and has also played for a number of West End Shows including ‘Miss Saigon’, ‘Stephen Ward’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’. Jack’s work as a session drummer has seen him record in many studios around the UK including Abbey Road Studios in London.

Jack plays for originals band ‘The Fool’s Paradise’, writing and recording music which they perform in venues around the UK as well as releasing music on Spotify and Apple Music.

Orchestrally, Jack is the principal Timpanist for the ‘Questa Musica’ Symphony orchestra as well as percussionist for a number of Orchestras in the South of England.

A committed and passionate educator, Jack is an experienced teacher of all ages having been the Director of Percussion at the Christchurch Music Centre as well as running workshops around the UK. Whether working with students on a one to one basis or as a group, Jack carefully plans lessons and tailors each lesson to suit the student or ensemble. Jack has studied with the best commercial music, jazz and recording drummers in the world and uses his inspiration from this to guide students in their chosen style or direction in music.


Amber Tyrrell

Prep Voice


Amber is the Prep music teacher at Leehurst and offers singing lessons to Prep school pupils. Please get in touch with her for more details.