Dean of Crossover

Geoff Westley

Geoff has been Music Director for The Bee Gees,  major West End musicals & Sanremo Festivals.
Collaborations include:  The Carpenters, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Leo Sayer, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Everly Bros, Vangelis, Gerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, Marvin Hamlish, Henry Mancini and James Bond movies.
As arranger/composer/conductor he has worked with the LSO, RPO, Philharmonia, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma, Brno Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony Orchestra and many others.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Cello Professor

Ayanna is a composer, songwriter and cellist.
She studied Classical Composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and MA at Manhattan School of Music in USA.
She is winner of the Apollo Theatre’s famous Amateur Night, whose previous winners included Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix.
Notable performances include opening for the MOBO Awards “Pre-Show” in 2016, and playing the Royal Albert Hall. Toured with Anoushka Shankar and Courtney Pine, recorded with Akala and composed for the London Symphony Orchestra.

Ayoub Sisters

Violin & Cello Professors

Sarah and Laura Ayoub are a multi-instrumental musical duo that arrange and perform instrumental versions of well-known pop and classical works.
Their debut album reached No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart and were nominated for Classic Brits and Global Awards.
They have performed concerts across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia, Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Cairo Opera House and Dubai Opera.
Both have had solo performances with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and many others.

Beibei Wang

Percussion Professor

Beibei is an international soloist and composer for classical, contemporary, experimental, traditional, improvisation, electronic, jazz, pop.
She tours in the Edinburgh International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Bach Academy Musikfest Stuttgart, Colour Scape Music Festival.
She has collaborated with BBC Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Germany), Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Italy), Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
She has a MMus at Central Conservatory of Music (China) and the Royal Academy of Music (UK).

Benet McLean

Violin Professor

Benet is pianist, guitarist, vocalist, violinist, writer, arranger and producer.
He studied classical violin at Royal College of Music.
He has recordings with Partikel, Laura Mvula and Mahalia, Andy Davies, Benjamin Croft, Nathan Britton.
He toured with Omar, Julian Joseph, Sir Simon Rattle, Dave O’Higgins, TY, Steve Williamson, Carleen Anderson, Jean Toussaint, Tommy Smith, Cleveland Watkiss, Yellow Station Blue, Phillip Bent, Orphy Robinson, Kevin Haynes, Roachford, Maxi Jazz and Loose Tubes.

Carleen Anderson

Voice Visiting Professor

Carleen is a composer, writer, music dramatist, producer and performer.
She has bi-annual residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, Choir Director for the BBC Singers and UK Vocal Assembly at the Royal Albert Hall.
She was nominated for JazzFM Innovation of the Year.
She studied classical and jazz music performance at Los Angeles City College (LACC) and the University of Southern California (USC). Anderson also studied Creative Literature at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

Chiara Angella

Voice Professor

Chiara has had leading roles at “La Scala” in Milan, “Comunale” Theatre in Bologna, “C.Felice” Theatre in Genoa, “La Fenice” in Venice, “Opernhaus” in Zurich, “Capitole” in Toulouse.
She studied at “Verdi” Conservatoire in Milan and with Magda Olivero, Maria del Fante and Luciano Pavarotti.
She specialised in production and dramaturgy at the Stabile Theatre of Veneto.
She is winner of Circle Dordoni Brescia, “best singer 2006” and “Gold Mascagni 2007”, Winner of “Amici del Loggione” of the La Scala in Milan.

Corrina Silvester

Percussion Professor

Corrina has been Percussionist for Tina, The Tina Turner Musical, Aldwych Theatre, London West End. 20 years extensive work experience as a percussion chair holder within London’s West End theatres, Shakespeare’s Globe and National Theatre.
She regularly plays with Yazz Ahmed Family Haflas, Mo Foster Band and in percussion sections at recording studios in London for film or tv.

Dudley Phillips

Bass Professor

Dudley has collaborated, toured and recorded with major artists from UK, Canada, Kenya, Japan, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Norway and the USA, including Robert Wyatt, Bill Withers, Mark Knopfler, June Tabor, Cedar Walton, Marc Almond, John Harle, Tim Robbins, and Amy Winehouse.
He has albums released by Blue Note label to EMI classics.

James Brandon Lewis

Saxophone Professor

James is a saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator.
He has played with Ken Filiano, Darius Jones, and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett , Hamid Drake , Ravi Coltrane , Jimmy Heath Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman among the others.
He leads numerous ensembles, Founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders.
He studied at Howard University, MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Filomena Campus

Voice & Theatre Professor

Filomena is a jazz vocalist, Theatre Director and Academic.
She has collaborated with top jazz artists, including Orphy Robinson, Rowland Sutherland, Cleveland Watkiss, Huw Warren, Byron Wallen, Jean Toussaint, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Guy Barker, and the London Improvisers Orchestra,
She has a MA in Theatre Directing. She has been a visiting lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, East15 Acting School, University of Essex, Kingston University, Bucks New University, and UCL.

John Beasley

Composition Visiting Professor

John is a Grammy nominated composer, pianist, arranger, music director, producer.
He is a composer in film and television, including the Oscar nomination for “1917”.
He is founder of the group MONK’estra with performances at SFJazz, Walt Disney Hall, Ford Amphitheatre, Jazz Standard, LACMA.
He has five Grammy nominations for his recordings and an Emmy nomination for “Jazz at the White House” and four Grammy nominations for his albums MONK’estra Vol 1 + MONK’estra Vol 2.
He has worked with artists such as Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, Darryl Jones (Rolling Stones) and Ndugu Chancler (Michael Jackson).

Kate Shortt

Cello Professor

Kate is a cellist, pianist, vocalist and workshop leader through varying genres.
She is the winner of Performer of the Year award at the London Palladium.
Artists she has worked with include Gary Kemp of Spandeau Ballet, Take That and Simon Le Bon, Jocelyn Pook, Christine Tobin, Jocelyn Pook, Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, Liam Noble, Roland Sutherland, Orphy Robinson and Beibei Wang.
Education work includes workshops with the London Symphony Orchestra and she performs her own show in renown cabaret venues including Edinburgh Fringe, Vortex Club, the King’s Head in Islington, Jermyn Street Theatre and the Covent Garden Festival Club.

Meg Morley

Piano Professor

Meg is a pianist, composer and improviser within diverse artistic genres (silent film, contemporary dance and ballet, solo piano, contemporary jazz ensembles and electronic music)
She studied classical music at the University of Southern Queensland, received a Postgraduate Diploma in Jazz Improvisation at Melbourne University.
She was awarded the “Exceptional Talent” by Arts Council England in 2018.

Omar Puente

Violin Visiting Professor

Omar studied classical music at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. He was former First violin of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.
He has toured with Buena Vista’s Ruben Gonzales, supported Tito Puente, Ibraham Ferrer and Omara Portundo.
He has collaborated with John Williams, Kirsty MacColl, Jools Holland and Eddie Palmieri, Winston Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, Simon Bolivar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Nigel Kennedy, Eddie Palmieri at Queen Elizabeth Hall, and with several members of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Rowland Sutherland

Woodwind & Flute

Rowland has an international career as a soloist, composer and arranger in jazz, classical, contemporary, pop and world.
Artists that he has collaborated with include David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Flora Purim, Carla Bley, Manu Dibango and Airto. rowland.htm

Shanti Paul Jayasinha

Trumpet & Composition Professor

Shanti has recorded with Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Watson, Tim Garland, The Brand New Heavies, The Stereophonics and Basement Jaxx.
He has performed in concert with members of the Buena Vista Social Club, including Ruben Gonzales and Cachaito, Frank Emilio Flyn’s ‘Los Amigos’, Wayne Shorter, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra.
He tours the UK and Europe with
Alex Wilson, supporting the Afro-Cuban Allstars, the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and recorded on Alex W’s CDs.

Silvio Zanon

Voice Professor

Silvio has had leading roles of Verdi’s and Verismo”s repertoire worldwide, including “La Scala” in Milan, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, «Staats Oper» in Vienna, “Liceu” in Barcelona, “Bunkamura” in Tokyo, “Megaron” in Athens.
He studied with Giuseppe Scandola and Luciano Pavarotti.
He is Founder and Director of the Opera Academy «Progetto Voce».
He specialized in production and dramaturgy at the Stabile Theatre of Veneto and is the winner of “Primo Palcoscenico” international competition people/1407/

Dele Sosimi

Keyboard, Vocal and Afrobeat Professor

Dele is a musical director, bandleader, rhythm keyboard player and keyboard soloist of Femi Anikulapo-Kuti and the Positive Force and former member of the Fela’s Anikulapo-Kuti’s Egypt 80.
He has toured and performed at major jazz festivals, from Montreux to the North Sea Jazz Festival to the Montreal Jazz festival.
He was Afrobeat music consultant for the London production of Fela! at the National Theatre.
He is an educator and instructor in Afrobeat (via his Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Foundation).
He is founder and leader of the 15-piece Afrobeat Orchestra.

Kuljit Bhamra MBE

Tabla & Indian Composition Professor

Kuljit is a platinum composer, record producer and tabla player.
He is the inventor of the Indian Drum Notation system, allowing musicians and teachers from other cultures to play and compose for Tabla, Dhol and other Indian drums.
He has composed and directed the music for productions at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Royal National Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre in London, Royal Festival Hall, Theatre Royal Stratford, Riverside Studios and Theatre Royal Windsor.
He was awarded MBE For services to Bhangra and British Asian Music, and an honorary Doctorate by the University of Exeter.

Talvin Singh OBE

Tabla & Composition Professor

Talvin is a producer, composer and tabla player, composer of fusion of Indian classical music and drum and bass; Indian and Asian electronica.
He has collaborated with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Björk, Madonna, Massive Attack, Blondie, DJ Spooky, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, Jay Z and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
He is winner of ‘The South Bank Prize’ and ‘The Mercury Prize.
He was awarded the OBE by the Queen for his service to the music industry.

Tania Chen

Contemporary Experimental Piano Professor

Tania is a grammy nominated sound artist, free improvisor, and interdisciplinary contemporary pianist and composer.
She has collaborated with artists including Steve Beresford, Andrew Poppy, John Tilbury, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, Rhodri Davies and film-maker Jayne Parker.
She has had concerts in the US, UK, Asia and Europe, at venues including Tate Modern, GaleGates (Brooklyn, NYC), The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (Berlin), the Purcell Room, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
She has been broadcast on KPFA radio, Berkeley and BBC Radio 3