Sally 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.
Marlen used to teach languages, but after retiring in 1990 was persuaded to teach violin and viola at West Norfolk Music Centre and hasn’t looked back! She plays in two orchestras (Norfolk Symphony Orchestra and Ely Sinfonia) and is involved in quite a lot of chamber music.
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.
Saxophone, keyboard, clarinet
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.
Percussion, guitar, bass guitar
Jake has been in many bands of varying musical styles and tastes, performing all over the UK and abroad.
Cello, flute, piano
Jenny 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 accompanies the Youth Choir and conducts the String Group, for which she also arranges music where necessary.
Brass, beginner guitar, brass group
Robbie 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.
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.
Donald has had a wide-ranging career including teaching guitar in private schools and 3 music services, and fifteen years teaching in the university sector. As a classical guitarist he has performed widely including a live performance on Classical FM. A few years ago he discovered the classical ukulele and is currently preparing a concert programme for this instrument.
He moved to West Norfolk in 2018 after deciding to swap a thriving private practice in West London for the beautiful Norfolk countryside.
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.
Piano, clarinet, recorder, saxophone
Guitar, bass guitar