Staff

South West Music School is staffed day to day by a small team, but supported by a large network of professional mentors, tutors and partners across the region.

Tracy Hill

General Manager

General Manager

t.hill@swms.org.uk

Tracy is the first point of contact for all queries relating to South West Music School and is currently developing new initiatives collaboratively with our mentors and students.

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Jennie Troup

Lead Mentor

Lead Mentor

This is a new role to South West Music School and was offered internally based on the existing knowledge within our current pool of mentors. The main purpose of the role is to provide support to the mentor network, and to act as lead contact between mentors, the General Manager and Trustees. Jen will also continue as Safeguarding Lead.

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András Droppa

Marketing and Social Media

Marketing and Social Media

a.droppa@swms.org.uk

András is a guitarist and songwriter of over 11 years, playing a range of genres and specialising in Classic Rock and Blues.

András first joined SWMS as a student in 2014, working his way through the Feeder and Feeder Plus programmes until he was accepted onto the Core Programme in 2017.

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Mark Stringer

Chair of South West Music School

Chair of South West Music School

m.stringer@swms.org.uk / trustees@swms.org.uk

Mark is a member of the senior executive team and director of music at Wells Cathedral School, one of the five DfE-funded specialist music schools and a co-ed school for 750 students from age 3-18.

Mark previously held senior teaching posts in London and lectured at the Institute of Education University of London; he was Adjunct Professor in Music of James Madison University from 1989 to 1998.

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David Butler

Trustee of South West Music School

Trustee of South West Music School

David Butler is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience. Having spent his early career as a corporate accountant with two Big 4 firms, he is now the Head of Charities at Bishop Fleming.

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Philip Springate

Trustee of South West Music School

Trustee of South West Music School

As a retired Director of Music in a large comprehensive school, and parent of a gifted young musician, Philip is aware of the need for challenging musical experiences whether working within a specialism, or importantly, in new and different disciplines.

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Oliver Leaman

Trustee of South West Music School

Trustee of South West Music School

Dr Oliver Leaman has been the Director of Music at Blundell’s School since 2014. His PhD in pedagogic composition was awarded by Brunel University in June 2011. Compositions and commissions have included pieces for The Southbank Sinfonia, Winchester Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral. He has also written two musicals on Quantum Physics and is a published author of analysis of symphonic works for the record label Naxos.

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Kerenza Hurr

Trustee of South West Music School

Trustee of South West Music School

Kerenza Hurr is a Civil Servant with a background in the arts and charitable sectors. Born and raised in Cornwall, Kerenza studied singing, piano and violin with South West Music School for seven years. This opportunity to access high quality mentoring and tuition, explore different genres, and work with like-minded young musicians was invaluable to her development.

Having studied A Level Music through SWMS, Kerenza took up a choral scholarship at St Peter’s College, Oxford, where she read Music and graduated with honours in 2019.

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Philip Dolling

Trustee of South West Music School

Trustee of South West Music School

Phil Dolling has a passion for music that has extended into every aspect of his career at the BBC where he became Head of Television Events; the department responsible for Remembrance Sunday, The New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Invictus Games, The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast and many other major national occasions.

He began as a trainee sound engineer working with artists such as Kate Bush and Duran Duran for Radio 1, while at the same time recording with Simon Rattle then at the CBSO. He was also lucky enough to work on programmes with the great American artists like Peggy Lee, Dave Brubeck and Andy Williams; and around this time he gave U2 one of their first opportunities to appear on TV.

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