Meet the Musicians!

  • Pauline Brandon

    Programme Leader

    Pauline is the Programme Leader for In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead. She is from Wallsend, and began learning violin aged eight at her local primary school. At the age of 16, she received a scholarship to study at Purcell School of Music in London, and Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Before setting up the In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead Programme in 2012, Pauline enjoyed teaching violin across the region. When she isn’t working with the children at school, she performs in a range of settings from Newcastle’s Utilita Arena to Operas in Italy and the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

  • Abigail Brierley

    Brass Tutor

    Abigail began playing brass at the age of six in her local brass band in Lancashire. She eventually came to Newcastle to study music at Newcastle University and spent one of those years studying abroad in Hong Kong. Abigail began working for In Harmony in 2018 and also teaches privately, in schools and for music centres in and around Newcastle. When not teaching Abigail is involved in numerous different projects around Newcastle in which she writes, records and performs music on the trumpet. She enjoys playing a wide range of genres and settings which include musicals, session musician work and jazz. She will usually say yes to playing anything!

  • Katrina Buzzard

    Clarinet Tutor

    Born in the North East, Katrina completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in clarinet at Newcastle University, and has since established a busy teaching and performing career in the region. Aside from her instrumental teaching, she has also founded a number of ensembles for young musicians in Newcastle and North Tyneside.
    Katrina has been working with In Harmony since the project began in 2012. At Hawthorn Primary School, she currently leads the Debussy Woodwind Ensemble, as well as working with Reception and after school groups.

  • Clare Crinson

    Flute Tutor

    Clare is the flute tutor for In Harmony as well as teaching the flute to students of all ages throughout the region-including undergraduates in Durham University’s Music Department. She is also the Director of Instrumental Music at The Chorister School, Durham and helps run Durham Cathedral’s Outreach Choir programme. She performs regularly as a freelance flautist and choral singer.

  • Mark Edwards

    Percussion Tutor

    Originally from Scotland, Mark trained as a percussionist in Edinburgh and Newcastle. His work as a conductor and percussionist takes him across the country and further afield to work with orchestras, choirs and Indian Street Bands! After starting musical life on the recorder and violin, he quickly switched to percussion after a concert playing the triangle!
    Mark is currently undertaking further study with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at the Royal Northern College of Music which includes being the assistant conductor for projects with BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Psappha ensemble.

    Earlier this year he founded the Northern Percussion Ensemble who perform concerts, recitals and workshops across the region.
    He is currently Director of Music for New Tyneside Orchestra, Hexham Orpheus Choir, Felling Male Voice Choir, workshop leader for Streetwise Opera, lecturer in conducting at Newcastle University and associate conductor for 'Voices of Hope' who recently won the BBC Choir of the Year Competition

  • Annie Francomb

    Clarinet Tutor

    Originally from Bristol, Annie took up the clarinet at the age of 8 and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After graduating, she worked for BBC Radio 3 before moving to Newcastle. She has played in many orchestras including Royal Northern Sinfonia and taught woodwind, but predominantly Clarinet, throughout the region. Positions include Programme Leader for wind and brass for the Step Up programme at Sage Gateshead and she has been involved with In Harmony since its inception. Annie enjoys travelling and cooking and going to visit her two grown up children.

  • Charlotte Kennedy

    Violin Tutor

    Charlotte grew up in Northumberland and began learning the violin at school before joining Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training. From a young age, she knew she wanted a career in which she could help others enrich their lives through music, so she went on to study music at the University of Durham. Since graduating with First Class Honours in 2015, she has enjoyed a varied career as a musical educator and performer, and joined the In Harmony team in 2018.

  • Jo Montgomery

    Violin Tutor

    Northumberland born, Jo Montgomery started playing the violin at the age of 4 and studied at Chetham’s School of Music from the age of 13. She went on to study in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she performed in string quartets and on West End shows whilst still a student.
    Jo has a varied musical life combining teaching with string quartet playing and orchestral work, having performed and recorded with the BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company touring company playing an on stage role in the Taming of the Shrew.
    Jo has been teaching at In Harmony for the past 6 years, highlights have been.... team teaching with Andrew Lloyd Webber, taking the children to perform at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool and working with the reception children, who are so fabulous.

  • Peter Richardson

    Cello and Double Bass Tutor

    Born in Corbridge, Peter began Cello lessons aged 8 at his local school in Ashington. He studied under Alexander Baillie at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
    He enjoys a varied career performing and recording all sorts of music on the Cello and Electric Guitar. He especially enjoys arranging music for the many ensembles he directs as well as conducting Youth Orchestras. His favourite band is Radiohead and adores the composers Shostakovich, J.S.Bach, Thomas Newman and Debussy.
    As well as enjoying teaching at Hawthorn Primary School, Peter teaches at The Royal Grammar School and Kings Priory, Tynemouth. He is a keen Mountain Biker, loves renovating property and has two Cocker Spaniels called Milly and Maya.

  • Chrissie Slater

    Viola Tutor

    Chrissie grew up in Belfast and studied viola at the RNCM, graduating in 1999. After freelancing for a year with many of the country’s leading orchestras, Chrissie took up a post with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales lasting 6 years, before relocating to the North East.
    She now plays regularly with Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) on a freelance basis and with various chamber groups, including Trio Northumbria.

  • Hannah Tattersfield

    Viola Tutor

    After growing up near Sheffield, Hannah studied music in Newcastle and then travelled to Sweden to train to be an orchestral violinist at the Swedish National Orchestral Academy. She loved living in Sweden but was happy to move back to Newcastle, where it's much warmer! Hannah started working for the In Harmony programme in 2017 and also teaches at Sage Gateshead and in other schools and music centres in the area. She performs regularly as a freelance violinist and violist, and likes to play music from lots of different genres including classical music, Scandinavian folk music and British folk music.