Music leaders who work with B Sharp:
John K Miles – Instrumentalist/Voice/Composer
John K Miles has composed numerous scores for film and television (BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4, Channel 5 and various independent film production companies), released two solo CD’s (‘The Enchanter’ and ‘Trane Ride’), and written prolifically for theatre, jazz groups, world music ensembles, and the classical concert hall.
As an instrumentalist he’s worked with a range of artists including reggae star Maxi Priest, US soulman Geno Washington, British jazz institution Alan Skidmore and long standing Latin group King Salsa.
John has also led many creative music workshop projects, facilitating composition and performance for a range of clients. Most recently these have included The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The City of London Sinfonia, ENO Baylis, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Anvil Arts, The Roundhouse and Create2learn.
This site includes composition and instrumental credit listings, audio clips from film, television and theatre, solo CD releases, and a creative music workshop project CV.
Ralph Cree –Drumming/Beats/Percussion/Compositer
Ralph Cree is a professional performer and educator in World / Ethnic drums and percussion. He has a condition called ‘percussionitis’, which means that for the last 18 years, he has had to obsessively play rhythms on anything within arms length of his body! In 2004 he and Glyn Bush set up the company Magic Drum which provide workshops in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Drumming; ‘in-the-moment’ music making; and Music Technology. In 2004, he co-founded The Magic Drum Orchestra, a 14 piece Samba Band, who regularly play at festivals such as The Big Chill, and Camp Bestival, and local cultural events.
Glyn Bush – DJ/Tec/Beats and Loops/Drumming/Digital/Guitar/Key board/Composer
Glyn Bush is a Dorset-based musician, producer, composer and DJ with a particular interest in drums and percussion. He has a wide range of experience in the music industry having worked with major labels, toured in the UK and abroad as well as running his own independent label. With Ralph Cree he runs Magic Drum providing drumming workshops in schools, colleges and arts centres as well as team- and confidence- building sessions in the corporate sector. He also leads the Magic Drum Orchestra with Ralph, which is a 15 piece percussion group playing a range of styles including samba, afrobeat, hip hop, funk and drum and bass.
Pete Wild -Piano/Keyboard
Pete Wild has played the piano and many other keyboard intsruments professionally for over 20 years. He has toured extensively in the UK and Europe playing in bands and has also worked worldwide in other areas of the music industry as a promoter, stage technician and tour manager.
For the last 8 years Pete has also been giving private piano lessons around West Dorset as well as running music workshops and community events with people of all ages.
Pete lives in Charmouth, Dorset with his wife Polly and their 6 year old son who has turned out to be a great little drummer!
Jacques Verhaeren (JV) Founder Member & Trainee 2007 – 2011. 2012 to date – Music Leader.
Jacques was a late-comer to the world of music, not playing an instrument till his last year of school at the age of 16. Once he picked up the guitar however, he realised that he had found something worth pursuing for the rest of his life. Though he wouldn’t class himself as a guitarist, he is willing to play whatever is needed to get the job done, now playing bass for local Afro-Funk band Papa Le Gal with fellow trainees Olli and Greg. He can often be seen dancing in silence to music inside his own head and has now resigned himself to the fact that music has officially taken over his whole body. Spent a while rubbing shoulders with special brew guzzling homeless people as a busker in this country and abroad, although the money was good, got fed up with being thought of as a homeless man as he always had a roof over his head. Is loving his time with B Sharp as making music with others has always been for him, the best way of learning music, and in John, Glyn and Ralph, he has found some excellent teachers.
Sammy Hurden –
Having studied piano and singing at Trinity College of Music, Sammy went on to write music for dance and theatre. This led to composing music for nature films, including three National Geographic Specials with wildlife filmmakers David and Carol Hughes. The music for one of these “Rainforest” won the I.F.P.A award for musical enhancement of visuals and was nominated for an Emmy.
For many years now she has followed a passion for singing and the effect that it can bring to peoples lives, leading the Luminos choir at Lighthouse in Poole. As a freelance workshop leader she has worked with many organisations, including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras education department, taking singing and songwritring projects into the community….from prisons to hospitals…teenagers to people in their nineties… still constantly amazed at the transformation that music brings.