Music Teachers

Sally Maddison
Piano, Clarinet, Recorder

sally2Sally has taught at the centre since 2004. After teaching her own four children she now works in various local primary schools, running recorder and keyboard clubs as well as providing individual tuition. She also regularly plays for exam accompaniments, concerts and private functions.

Sally runs the Beginner Recorder Group.

Rob Galliard
Wind Band, Orchestra

Robert was Director of Music at Springwood High School for thirty years until his retirement in 2009. When he first moved to Lynn he was instrumental in setting up the West Norfolk Music Centre in 1980 and taught singing there for twelve years; he was delighted to be invited back to conduct the band and orchestra in 2011.

In addition to leading the Music Centre groups, Robert also conducts the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra (WNJYO) and sings with the King’s Lynn Minster Choir. Robert is an A level examiner and still undertakes occasional consultancy work in the field of music education.

Emily Savage
Saxophone, clarinet, beginner flute

emily2 43Emily has a BA(Hons) in music from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She works principally for the Norfolk Music Service teaching woodwind in primary and secondary schools.

Emily plays in the Centre Stage Swing Band, the Alan Norris Big Band and the Regis saxophone quartet and she leads the saxophone ensemble at West Norfolk Music Centre.

Alison Cracknell

Alison studied violin, piano and baroque violin at the Royal College of Music, gaining performance and teaching diplomas. She continued in post-graduate studies as a member of the European Baroque Orchestra, studying at Oxford University and touring Europe.

Alison worked as a freelance musician for many years, touring and recording with London-based chamber orchestras including The English Concert, The Academy of Ancient Music and The Hanover Band. She has taught violin for 35 years in schools, for music services in Essex and Hertfordshire, and privately. In 2003 she also qualified as an early years educator.

Alison plays in the professional chamber group Face2face. They perform and eclectic range of music, and they give concerts in community venues, for charities and in prisons. She has recently moved to Norfolk and joined the Music Centre in 2019.

Jenny Sargent
Cello, flute, piano

jenny2Jenny has been connected to the Music Centre for a number of years, initially as a pupil. She left to get a Joint Honours Degree in Music and History at Bath Spa University before returning to Music Centre in 2009 as a teacher.

Jenny also does some private teaching and accompanies instrumental exams up to Grade 5 outside Music Centre. She plays for the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra on cello and also plays piano for church services.

Jenny conducts and arranges music for the String Group.

Robbie Germeno
Brass, beginner guitar, brass group

robbie4Robbie has been playing the Trombone for 15 years, and he studied Music and Music Technology at Anglia Ruskin University. He currently performs with a vast range of ensembles throughout the East Anglia region, including the Imperial Vienna orchestra, several brass bands and his own jazz/swing quartet.

While teaching in a local school Robbie also finds time to arrange music and to developing his musical directing skills.

Deborah Cooper
Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, flute

Deborah has been involved with Music Centre since 1994, first as a parent and then as a teacher. She has worked as a peripatetic woodwind teacher for both Norfolk and Cambridgeshire music services as well as teaching privately. She also provides woodwind tuition for Springwood High School and its feeder primaries.

She was a founding member of the early music group the King’s Lynn Waites, performing on shawm, recorder and bagpipes, and was principal oboe with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra for many years.

Deborah runs the Intermediate Recorder Ensemble.

Victoria Lee

Victoria studied music and piano at the Keyboard Department of Rimskiy-Korsakov Conservatoire College of Music, St. Petersburg. After working as a piano teacher and accompanist for string instruments and singers in a music school in Russia, Victoria came to the UK in 1997 to Cambridge.

Since then she has been teaching piano both privately and in a primary school and also has been working for Cambridgeshire Music Services. After moving to Norfolk in 2012, Victoria joined the Music Centre in 2016 first as an accompanist for the Youth Choir and later as a piano teacher.

Victoria teaches piano to children and adults up to Grade 8 and above, enjoys playing in ensembles and for a few years was a pianist  for Phoenix’s Singers Choir in Swaffham.

Sue Collins
Violin, viola


Suzanne has a BA(Hons) in Music from Anglia Polytechnic University and a PGCE in Early Primary Education from University of East Anglia.

She was a classroom teacher for 13 years and then changed her focus to provide violin, viola and ‘cello tuition in local primary and secondary schools and West Norfolk Music Centre. She started with us in 2017.

Suzanne has played with Norfolk Symphony Orchestra since 1999, and she runs our String Ensemble.

Simon Benefer

Jonathan Chaddock
Piano, clarinet, recorder, saxophone

J Mellor
Beginner Band

David Collingsworth
Drum kit, percussion

Amy Power
Singing, youth choir, workshop


George King

George was one of the founders of Music Centre, and will be remembered fondly. George passed away on 8 February 2021 at the age of 90, having been with Music Centre for over 40 years. The Lynn News remembered George in an article here.


George grew up in a family grounded in music. Grandfather was Organist and Choir Master at Lincoln Cathedral; Father rebelled and was a much-valued Pub Piano Player and Blindfolded Piano Stage Act.

George used to copy the tunes Dad had been playing prior to leaving for the Pub. His first gigs were playing piano for his Mother’ Girl Guide Concerts. However, with too much piano about, George swapped a Meccano set for an old-type clarinet. He then met virtuoso Derek Cubitt who got him a newer model and gave basic lessons.

George was invited to play saxophone in a Palais Dance Orchestra where his main musical apprenticeship began. Years of commercial playing followed, cementing his skills by touring the US air bases. In 1971, he was invited to teach saxophone and clarinet at the new Music Centre when it was housed in the Old High School in King Street. He has continued, mainly uninterrupted, since then and is favoured when improvisation is needed for an additional skill.

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