Brass and Woodwind Teachers

Bjorn McAteer Dahlberg

Björn is a Swedish born musician, educator and award winning composer. He gained a Masters of Education in jazz saxophone at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. As a jazz musician he has recorded albums with his own groups as well as with Mick Jagger, Barry Adamson, Arthur Brown, Lucy Rose and many more. He has also toured worldwide as a keyboard player with The Show - A Tribute to ABBA for almost 20 years, with the highlight of playing to 80,000 people in São Paolo, Brazil. He recently stopped his touring life to join East Sussex Music in 2019. He is a teacher of saxophone, clarinet, flute and keyboard as well as also leading the Jazz and Funk Band at Hastings Music Centre.

Christina Clay

Since completing a degree in music specializing in performance and qualifying with a PGCE in secondary education Christina has been teaching the flute. Christina joined East Sussex Music in 1999 and has an excellent record for pupils attaining distinctions and merit in ABRSM exams up to and including ABRSM performance diploma.

Christina’s students are successful in gaining places at specialist music schools, conservatoires and independents schools on music scholarships, recently these include Purcell School, Roedean and Eastbourne College. Christina passionately believes that every child should have the opportunity to learn an instrument and discover the joy being a musician brings


Peter Cowlett

Peter started playing the euphonium with the City of Oxford Silver Band in 1968, before taking up the trombone. He later played with the National Youth Orchestra for three years, and read Music at Cambridge University

For over 25 years, he has been principal trombone with the Sussex Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo trombone with the major brass bands in the county. Peter also leads a ten-piece orchestral brass ensemble called “Harvey’s Brass”, together with a trombone sextet called “Slideshow”. He can also be regularly found in stage musical show bands and various big bands

Peter joined the Music Service in 2014 and tutors the South Downs Youth Orchestra brass sections during term times


Sue Gregg BA (Hons) | LTCL

Since completing a music degree at Exeter University Sue has been involved in flute teaching and performing in Sussex for over 20 years.

Sue plays professionally for Opera South East and other Sussex-based orchestras and regularly performs concertos with many local Orchestras. In recent years Sue has given frequent recitals with the quintet Sussex Flutes (including two cruises!) and in a Flute/Guitar duo with another East Sussex Music Teacher, Maria Gibson.

‘Sussex Flutes’ play all sizes of flutes from bass to Piccolo and organise Flute Days in Brighton for players of all ages. In addition to her work with East Sussex Sue teaches at Moira House Girls School, Bedes Senior School and Cumnor House School


Vicky Freeman BMus(Hons) | GRNCM | ALCM | PGCE

Vicky Freeman began learning the Clarinet at the age of 13 at her secondary school, and took up the saxophone soon after. She enjoyed playing with the Wind Bands, Orchestras and singing with choirs so much at school and with her local Music Centre that she decided to make Music her career. Having gained a performing diploma with the London College of Music before she left school, Vicky then went on to study the Clarinet and Saxophone at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she was able to take part in many masterclasses with eminent clarinet and saxophone players, as well as perform at the Proms, take part in many live radio broadcasts for the BBC, and play on several commercial recordings.

Music has taken Vicky all around the world, studying in Canada, and performing in America, Canada, Japan, Italy, Norway to name but a few! She graduated with a performing diploma and a BMus Honours degree and later also gained the teaching qualification PGCE (she now has more letters after her name than in it!)

Vicky has over 20 years of teaching and performing experience. She began her teaching career in the Berkshire, and has worked as a Woodwind teacher in the Channel Islands and Oxfordshire before settling in East Sussex where she has held the role of Assistant Area Head in Crowborough, and Curriculum Manager of Crowborough Music Centre. She is currently Curriculum Leader of Woodwind and Brass at ESM.


Max Hale BMus | GRCM

Max Hale is a professional musician and teacher. Max started learning the Violin aged 7 and later took up the saxophone aged 11 through East Sussex Music. He went on play in various ensembles on both instruments such as the East Sussex Youth Orchestra and the East Sussex Wind Sinfonia.

Max completed his Master of Performance degree, studying Saxophone, from the Royal College of Music (RCM) in July 2017, graduating with Distinction, previously completing his BMus (Hons) undergraduate degree also at RCM.

While studying at the RCM, Max performed in the Philharmonic Orchestra, Big band, Saxophone Ensemble, as well as many other chamber groups and masterclasses, performing in a variety of ensembles in venues around London, including Royal Festival Hall. Max undertakes private engagements and for the last three years has been teaching Saxophone, Clarinet, Violin and Piano throughout London and Sussex


Paul Lacey LGSM

Paul learned trumpet at school and played cornet in the local brass band before studying on the Leeds College of Music Jazz course where he also gained an LGSM.

A professional trumpet player for more than 30 years, Paul has toured extensively throughout the UK playing at major theatres and concert halls from Cornwall to Edinburgh. He has also toured Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East with many of the best known names in British traditional and mainstream Jazz. Paul played many times on the Cunard liner QE2, live on BBC Radio 2, and his recordings have been featured on Radio 2 and Radio 3. Paul is the musical director of the Back To Basie Orchestra, voted best
British Big Band in the British Jazz Awards – six times.

Paul began teaching in London, before moving to the Tunbridge Wells area where he has successfully prepared hundreds of children for grade exams. He has had considerable experience in running bands for children including school big bands, jazz workshops, brass and wind bands. He joined East Sussex Music in 2016 teaching brass for the Crowborough area, and at the Wealden Music Centre where he directs the Brass Roots training band.

He firmly believes in the positive value of music and performance for children.


Clare Moisan BA(Hons) | LTCL | PGCE

Clare has been a professional Clarinet & Saxophone player & teacher with East Sussex Music for over 30 years. She conducts LYCB – Lewes Youth Concert Band and teaches Woodwind pupils from Year 3 – Year 13

Eira Owen

Eira studied at the Royal College of music, Horn with Julian Baker and Simon Rayner and Piano with Raymond Fischer and has been playing and teaching Brass for ESM for over 25 years.

Eira enjoys enthusing young brass players and leads a busy teaching and playing career. She also enjoys doing recording sessions;

most recent credits include Oysterband and David Gilmour.


Marcus Plant

Marcus’ first trumpet teacher was his father, himself a professional trumpet player. He continued his trumpet studies with Jonathan Bailey and then with Colin Clague (ENO), John Wallace and James Watson at Kingston University and The Royal Academy of Music in London.

He has performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States of America in many of the world’s finest concert venues, such as; The Royal Albert Hall, St Johns Smiths Square, The Barbican, Festival Hall and St Martins in the Fields in London, as well as Glyndebourne Opera House, Stirling Castle, The Winspear Centre in Canada and The Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall in New York. Marcus has enjoyed performing on ‘Top of the Pops’ on television and on BBC Radio 3 including a world premier for HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Marcus continues to perform throughout the year in orchestras, chamber groups, at weddings and at other events. He even finds time to conduct the local brass band! Marcus established his own brass quintet ‘Inspiritus Brass’ many years ago and this continues to be in demand throughout the year.

Marcus balances a busy performing schedule with his love of teaching the next generation of brass players. He has taught for East Sussex Music for 22 years regularly leading ensembles and bands including the East Sussex Brass Band, arranging concerts, tours and music centre classes. With over 25 years’ experience teaching the whole range of brass instruments from beginner upwards, many of his former pupils have gained multiple places at leading music conservatoires and into the music profession.


Duncan Purvey

Duncan is a clarinet and saxophone specialist. He studied in with clarinettist David Campbell at the London College of Music, and studied PGCE at Middlesex University. Duncan joined East Sussex Music full-time in 1992 and has taught and conducted a number of ensembles for East Sussex which includes projects with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Duncan’s students have been accepted into top colleges such as Royal College Of Music, Royal Northern, Royal Academy and Trinity Laban.

Duncan is the leader of the largest Youth concert band is Eastbourne at the Music centre and enjoys every moment of it.

Malcolm Warnes MMus | BMus | LGSMD

Has been a professional trumpet player and teacher for over 30 years and is the Lewes Music Centre Leader

John Thompson

Danielle Flarty