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.
Violin, viola, piano
With a BA(Hons) in Music/French, Elaine has been involved with the Music Centre both as a teacher and a mother for nearly 20 years. She teaches violin and viola in various local primary and high schools and runs a beginner and a more advanced string group for Springwood High School. She is a member of the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, has been involved with various chamber groups and has played in the pit for various shows at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange.
Piano, clarinet, recorder, saxophone
Oboe, clarinet, recorder, beginner flute
Guitar, bass guitar