Principal:  Carolyn Hawkins             G.L.C.M., L.L.C.M.(T.D.), F.L.C.M.



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Last updated: 29/04/2020
Issue: 2.0.2

About Us

Carolyn Hawkins (nee.Riddick) is a Graduate and a Fellow of the London College of Music. She holds diplomas in organ, piano and flute.

Although she has dedicated the last thirty years to running the music studio she started her career as a theatre organist - performing in theatres and concert halls throughout the UK and abroad, recording on vinyl and cassette (!) and broadcasting on local and national radio, including 'The Organist Entertains'.

Carolyn’s pupils have been very successful in music festivals and in music exams at all levels

    Thirty-one pupils have achieved grade 8, two thirds of them with merit or distinction

    Four pupils achieved ALCM (Associate of the London College of Music)

    One pupil achieved ARSM (Associate of the Royal School of Music).

Carolyn also teaches the flute at 'Lady Barn House School’ in Cheadle.

Malcolm Bolan Teacher of piano (classical, jazz and popular music) home organ, electronic keyboard and theory is an Associate of the Royal College of Music (A.R.C.M. Piano).  Studied piano, double bass and composition at the Royal College of Music from 1964 - 1967.  Worked professionally in rock and comedy bands all over the UK from 1967 until 1973, playing bass guitar, piano, organ and various types of synthesisers.  From 1973 until 1979 worked as a backing keyboard musician for bands, solo musicians and singers, and a variety of other types of entertainers.  During the period 1979 until 1987 Malcolm worked in the Middle East as a solo pianist/singer and entertainer, as well as being a part of cabaret acts in various duos, trios and quartets, performing a very wide range of styles whilst working out there.  He also did a lot of teaching, especially in Qatar.  From 1988 until present Malcolm has taught at ‘The Music Studio’ and has thoroughly enjoyed it.

Brian Clayton - first became interested in the electric guitar and performed with several local rock and pop bands in pubs and clubs in the North West.
He was a member of the Buxton based blues band 'Route 66' for ten years, recording several albums and featuring regularly at major blues festivals.
On leaving the band, Brian turned his attention to music education and attained an associate diploma in classical guitar performance from the London College of Music in 2000.
He subsequently joined the team at the Music studio and has guided many students through examinations from grade one to grade eight in classical and electric guitar.

Tim Hawkins graduated with distinction from the London College of Music in 1985, winning the Westminster prize for keyboard harmony. He studied the organ with Gordon Phillips. A one year post-graduate year at Reading University led to a career in secondary school music teaching, and for part of that time, teacher training.

After thirty years service Tim took early retirement to allow more time to teach privately and pursue other projects.

Tim has directed the music in several churches and is currently Director of Music at St George, New Mills. He was formerly an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music.

Adam Hutchins BA Hons (GLCM) PGDip MISM  is a professional musician

based in New Mills specialising in jazz piano, keyboards, improvisation & conducting. He studied at Leeds College of Music on the BA Honours Degree in Jazz Studies (1995-98) & the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at Salford University (1998-2000). Since then Adam has maintained a busy schedule of gigs, teaching & MD work including Ronnie Scott's, the Bridgewater Hall, Band On The Wall & numerous theatres, weddings, clubs & pubs. Recent highlights have included accompanying Daniel Koek from Les Miserables & working with the Mike James Swing Orchestra. Adam teaches piano at schools in Macclesfield, Tytherington, Poynton & Hope Valley in addition to the Music Studio and is also Musical Director of New Mills Brass Band.

Flute Punch is a flute quartet who have been performing for over ten years. They are all pupils at the music studio and rehearse fortnightly in term time Their abilities range from grade six to grade eight.

Associated Board Examinations - exams are held at the Music Studio from time to time. Local teachers are welcome to use this facility for their pupils. An accompanist can be provided.

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